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Foot pain is not normal and depending on the severity, it can be debilitating. From athlete’s foot to bunions, there is no condition or ailment that seems small. Your feet are truly amazing parts of your body that are capable of bearing unimaginable amounts of weight. So, any kind of pain or affliction is only magnified. As your local podiatrist in Marietta, we are familiar with a number of different foot conditions. Whether they are caused by ill fitting footwear or by another condition, we are here to help relieve our patients of these common problems and to help them get back to their daily runs.

  1. Bunions- If you keep up with our blogs, you know that we recently discussed bunions and how they form. However, for those of you who missed our last blog, bunions are unnatural bony bumps that form at the base of the toe (typically the big toe). This hump causes the toe to deviate towards the other toes causing the other joint to protrude outwards. Bunions can be very painful and often require surgery to fix. Many times, they are the result of years of wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow.

  2. Hammertoe- According to WebMD, while some people are more prone to hammertoe, it is another common foot problem that could be potentially caused by tight footwear. Hammertoe causes the toe’s middle joint to bend downward which, causes the toe to appear as if it raised near the base of the foot. This is another condition that sometimes requires surgery to fix.

  3. Gout- Gout is a form of arthritis that usually forms in the large joint of the big toe. It is formed by too much uric acid in the body, which then forms hard crystals in the joint. Gout can be very painful and can also cause swelling and stiffness in the foot.

No matter the problem, the doctors at the Podiatry Group of Georgia can help. You do not have to live with foot pain. Let our doctors help you start enjoying those morning runs or evening walks again.



What are Flat Feet Podiatry Group of Georgia Marietta

What are Flat Feet?

By definition, flat feet (fallen arches) is a condition when the entire sole of your foot presses to the ground. In essence, you do not have an arch in your foot. It should be noted that is s relatively common in ten to twenty percent of the population.

The Causes of Flat Feet

Flat feet is a natural situation in infants, who typically develop an arch throughout childhood. When one reaches adulthood, flat feet can be a result of an arch never fully developing through childhood. However, if developed by adulthood, flat feet generally remain flat permanently. In addition, flat feet can also occur in pregnant women as a result of temporary changes, due to increased elastin (elasticity) during pregnancy.

Other causes of flat feet can  occur due to an injury, the overall stress of aging, wear and tear on feet as well as rheumatoid arthritis. This is most common in woman over 40 years of age. Known risk factors include obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Flat feet can sometimes cause problems in your ankles and knees because the condition can force your ankles to turn inward and this throws off the alignment of your legs. If you aren’t experiencing any pain, no treatment is usually necessary for flatfeet.

Possibly the biggest risk to having flat feet is a chance of heel and ankle pain resulting from walking inwardly as the ankles of a flat-footed person naturally move more inwardly when walking than feet with a natural arch. Other risks include weakened muscles in the feet.

Treatments for Flat Feet

Potential treatments to avoid weakened muscles and foot pain:

  1. Barefoot walking or running especially on a beach.
  2. Standing as often as possible
  3. Ensuring you are wearing the proper footwear for the activity you are participating in.
  4. Stretching exercises if the cause is tight heel ligaments. (recommended by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society)
  5. Under-arch pads inside shoes. (orthotics)

What tips do you have will someone who has flat feet?


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