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23/Oct/2017

What’s the Difference Between Breaks, Sprains, or Fractures?Difference Between Broken and Fractured Bone

Broken Bones, Sprains, and Fractures

If you’re running when you stumble over a large crack in the pavement You may feel a sudden, sharp pain in your foot. Whenever you try to move your lower limb, it hurts, and you must limp to keep walking. What did you injure—a bone, or the supporting connective tissues? When a problem occurs inside your body, out of sight, it can be hard to tell exactly what it is. Symptoms like these can be indicative of several different foot and ankle injuries, including a broken bone or a sprain.

Break vs. Fracture vs. Sprain

Trauma to your foot or ankle can cause serious damage to the bones and connective tissues that hold them together. The specific damage that results is what determines the type of injury. The painful overstretching or tearing of a ligament is called a sprain. This is different from the same type of damage to a tendon or a muscle—that is called a strain. When the injury is a disruption of the bone, it’s a called a break or a fracture.

There is a common misconception that breaks and fractures are different. Some assume that a fracture isn’t as serious as a broken bone, but that isn’t the case. Though you can certainly injure bones to varying degrees—small, aligned cracks are easier to treat than misaligned bones or ones with multiple breaks—the names “fracture” and “broken bone” mean the exact same thing: a break in the hard tissue.

Although broken bones and sprains affect different structures within the lower limb, it can be hard for you to tell which injury has taken place until you have it diagnosed by a doctor, like those here at Podiatry Group of Georgia. Both kinds of damage can be extremely painful. The discomfort is immediate and can make it very difficult, and sometimes impossible, to put weight on the affected foot, depending on the severity of the problem. The injured area swells and often bruises. Both conditions can result in chronic pain and weakness, as well as lead to additional injuries, if they are not addressed and remedied.

How To Repairing the Damage

How your foot is treated does depend both on the specific diagnosis and the severity of the damage. The professional staff of Podiatry Group of Georgia will evaluate your foot with tests and diagnostic images to get a clear picture of what structures are injured. Dr. Gephart know whether you have a fracture or a sprain, they can move forward with accurate treatment.

Both conditions can usually be treated conservatively. A sprain will need to have the irritation and swelling decreased. This means resting and icing the affected area. You may need to have your foot immobilized in a wrap or brace to keep from stressing the injured ligaments. More serious sprains may require a no weight-bearing period to allow the connective tissues to recover. A broken bone will need a period in a cast or special boot to hold it still so the body can repair the crack. Usually this means no weight on the foot until the break has healed.

Ruptured ligaments or displaced broken bones may need surgery to repair the damage. Neither will heal correctly on its own unless the ends of the torn or misaligned tissues are brought back together. The edges must be surgically realigned—and sometimes pinned in place for them to reattach.

Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

Serving Marietta and Atlanta area!

 


23/Oct/2017

What is the Pain in the Ball of Your Foot?Stabbing Pain in Ball of Foot

One area that we hear patients complain about often is discomfort in the ball of their foot.  This is where the toes join the rest of the foot and it is composed of muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and nerves. Your forefoot endures a great amount of stress and impact, particularly if you are active in sports. This structure is used for balance, weight distribution, and pushing off during movement. Pain in this area can have several different causes, including weight gain, overuse in an activity, nerve damage, or even poor footwear. Two of the most common causes for pain in the ball of your foot are metatarsalgia and sesamoiditis. If you have forefoot pain, it may be one of these two injuries, and we have the treatments to get you back on your feet.

  1. The Burning Pain of Metatarsalgia

Pain in the Ball of the FootMetatarsalgia is actually a group of symptoms that involve localized pain in the area behind your toes, and there can be many factors involved. Pain is felt where the metatarsal heads connect to your toes. Sharp, shooting and/or burning pain are telling signs that this area is under too much pressure. You may also feel tingling or numbness and a sensation as if you have a bruise in the bottom of your foot.

Wearing shoes with tight, narrow toe boxes is a common cause for added pressure on the metatarsals as well as being involved in a high-impact sport such as gymnastics, football, basketball, and soccer. Other causes include being overweight, bunions or hammertoes, having a high arched foot, and arthritis. It is common for symptoms to come on slowly over time and to dissipate during periods of rest. Even if the discomfort is minor and comes and goes, it is likely to get worse without treatment.

  1. Chronic Inflammation of Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a very common forefoot problem. It stems from irritation to the sesamoid bones, which are two pea-sized bones beneath the big toe joint in the ball of your foot. These two small but very important bones act like pulleys for the surrounding tendons, allowing the big toe to move normally. They also play a large role in the absorbing the weight put on the forefoot and big toe. An injury in this area can involve the bones themselves and/or the surrounding tendons and tissues. Frequent impact and stress through sports, wearing high-heeled shoes and having high arches are common contributors for this injury. Chronic, dull pain beneath the toe joint is the most common symptom for sesamoiditis. 

How To Relieving the Pain

If you are experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, the good news is that we can help. The cause determines the treatment, so our first step will be to determine the reason behind your discomfort.

  • Relieving the pressure is usually the first goal, so you will need a period of rest, eliminating any activities that would cause further stress.
  • Icing can help with inflammation and switching to more supportive shoes is often very helpful.
  • Orthotic inserts can add extra cushioning and stabilization, and there is also the option for injectable fillers as a treatment for metatarsalgia.
  • Taping and strapping the big toe joint to immobilize it may be necessary with sesamoiditis, as well as rest from activity while the bones heal, and icing for inflammation.

 Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric  your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today !Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

Serving Marietta and Atlanta area!


23/Oct/2017

What is Pain in the Ball of Your Foot?

Foot Pain Radiating Up Leg

One area that we hear patients complain about often is discomfort in the ball of their foot.  This is where the toes join the rest of the foot and it is composed of muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and nerves. Your forefoot endures a great amount of stress and impact, particularly if you are active in sports. This structure is used for balance, weight distribution, and pushing off during movement. Pain in this area can have several different causes, including weight gain, overuse in an activity, nerve damage, or even poor footwear. Two of the most common causes for pain in the ball of your foot are metatarsalgia and sesamoiditis. If you have forefoot pain, it may be one of these two injuries, and we have the treatments to get you back on your feet.

The Burning Pain of Metatarsalgia

Pain in the Ball of the Foot Metatarsalgia is actually a group of symptoms that involve localized pain in the area behind your toes, and there can be many factors involved. Pain is felt where the metatarsal heads connect to your toes. Sharp, shooting or burning pain are telling signs that this area is under too much pressure. You may also feel tingling or numbness and a sensation as if you have a bruise in the bottom of your foot.

Wearing shoes with tight, narrow toe boxes is a common cause for added pressure on the metatarsals as well as being involved in a high-impact sport such as gymnastics, football, basketball, and soccer. Other causes include being overweight, bunions or hammertoes, having a high arched foot, and arthritis. It is common for symptoms to come on slowly over time and to dissipate during periods of rest. Even if the discomfort is minor and comes and goes, it is likely to get worse without treatment.

What is Chronic Inflammation of Sesamoiditis?

Sesamoiditis is a very common forefoot problem. It stems from irritation to the sesamoid bones, which are two pea-sized bones beneath the big toe joint in the ball of your foot. These two small but very important bones act like pulleys for the surrounding tendons, allowing the big toe to move normally. They also play a large role in the absorbing the weight put on the forefoot and big toe. An injury in this area can involve the bones themselves and/or the surrounding tendons and tissues. Frequent impact and stress through sports, wearing high-heeled shoes and having high arches are common contributors for this injury. Chronic, dull pain beneath the toe joint is the most common symptom for sesamoiditis.

How to Relieving the Pain

Should you be experiencing pain in the ball of your foot, the good news is that we can help. The cause determines the treatment, so our first step will be to determine the reason behind your discomfort.

  • Relieving the pressure is usually the first goal, so you will need a period of rest, eliminating any activities that would cause further stress.
  • Icing can help with inflammation and switching to more supportive shoes is often very helpful.
  • Orthotic inserts can add extra cushioning and stabilization, and there is also the option for injectable fillers as a treatment for metatarsalgia.
  • Taping and strapping the big toe joint to immobilize it may be necessary with sesamoiditis, as well as rest from activity while the bones heal, and icing for inflammation.

    Seeking Treatment

    If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

    Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

    Serving Marietta and Atlanta area!


23/Oct/2017

What is Metatarsal Surgery?Metatarsal surgery

There are five metatarsal bones in each foot. These bones are the long bones behind each toe. The metatarsal bone behind the big toe is called the first metatarsal. The metatarsal bone behind the little toe is called the fifth metatarsal. The most common metatarsal surgery is performed on the first metatarsal for the correction of bunion deformity. The second most common metatarsal surgery is on the fifth metatarsal for the correction of tailor’s bunion deformity. This article will address metatarsal surgery of the other metatarsals.

Surgery on the remaining metatarsal bones is performed infrequently. When surgery is performed on the second, third, or fourth metatarsal bones, it is generally for the treatment of painful callouses on the bottom of the foot or for the treatment of non-healing ulcerations on the ball of the foot. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis may require surgery of the metatarsals, which is discussed in another section. Also, surgery of the metatarsals may be necessary in instances of trauma of the foot where the metatarsal bones may have been fractured. This article will discuss elective metatarsal surgery.

Painful callouses on the ball of the foot are due to an abnormal alignment of the metatarsal bones. If a metatarsal bone is lower than the others, excessive weight is placed on this area of the foot, and a painful callous may form. In people with diabetes, these areas of excessive pressure may break down and form open sores or ulcerations. Initial treatment generally consists of using a functional or accommodative orthotic to reduce the pressure to these areas. If this is not successful, metatarsal surgery may be considered.

The Surgery

The surgery consists of cutting the metatarsal bone just behind the toe. Generally, the bone is cut all the way through, and then manually elevated and held in its corrected position with a metal pin or screw. Following the surgery, the patient may be placed in a cast, or may be required to use crutches for several weeks. If a pin is used to hold the bone in place, it is generally removed in three to four weeks. Removal of the pin can be done in the doctor’s office without the need for anesthesia. While the pin is in place, the patient should keep the foot dry to prevent infection. Generally, it takes a total of six to eight weeks, or longer, for the bone to heal. During this healing period, the foot should be protected from excessive weight bearing. Walking prematurely on the foot can cause the bone to shift and heal in an incorrect position. This is the most common cause of failure with this surgery. Some studies indicate a failure rate as great as 60%. If the bone shifts downward, or is not elevated enough at the time of surgery, the painful callous may return. If the bone is elevated too much, a painful callous may form under the metatarsal next to the one which was operated on.

Some surgeons will also cut out the painful callous on the bottom of the foot when they perform the metatarsal surgery. Rarely will a foot surgeon remove the painful callous without also performing the metatarsal surgery. Without correcting the metatarsal alignment, the painful callous is almost certain to return.

Most surgeons prefer to do the surgery in an outpatient surgery center or hospital. In this setting, intra-venous sedation or general anesthesia can be used for the patient’s comfort.

After the surgery, the surgeon places a gauze bandage on the foot. Generally, the bandage stays in place until the patient‚ first follow up visit with the doctor. The skin stitches are removed in ten to fourteen days. If there are stitches in the bottom of the foot, they may remain in place for three weeks. The foot should be kept dry while the stitches and/or pin are in place to help prevent infection. May surgeons will have the patients wear a below the knee cast and/or use crutches for six to eight weeks. Other surgeons will allow the patient to wear a stiff-sole post-operative shoe, and allow limited walking on the foot.

Recovery Time

The time required to be off work will vary with the demands of the person job. A minimum of one week off work would be advisable with the patient staying at home with the foot elevated above the heart.

Possible Complications

Complications associated with this surgery are: infection, failure of the bone to heal in its correct position resulting in the return of the painful callous or transfer of the callous to a new location, delays or failure of bone healing, stress fractures of adjacent metatarsals, or excessive swelling. A common occurrence following the surgery is elevation of the toe associated with the elevated metatarsal bone that was operated on.

Metatarsal Surgery to Treat Diabetic Ulcerations

Diabetic patients with non-healing ulcerations on the ball of the foot may undergo a different type of metatarsal surgery. In this instance, the section of the metatarsal bone associated with the excessive pressure, called the metatarsal head, may be removed entirely. This is a relatively common and successful surgery that aids in the healing of the ulceration on the bottom of the foot. Possible complications with this surgery include infection, failure of the procedure to heal the ulceration, or the development of new ulcerations in adjacent areas on the ball of the foot. If the patient has poor circulation, further complications may be failure of the surgical sight to heal, or gangrene with partial loss of the foot or leg.

In most instances of metatarsal surgery, the patient should use an orthotic in their shoe after the surgery has healed. This is especially important for the diabetic patient. The orthotic will reduce the risk of reoccurrence or the development of new areas of callous formation or tissue break down. Cited PodiatryNetwork.com.

Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

 Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area!

 


23/Oct/2017

Our Podiatric ServicesPodiatric Services

Podiatry Group of Georgia is your foot and ankle specialist, offering a full array of podiatric services to help you treat and maintain healthy feet. Our Podiatrist that practices in our office is ready and willing to get to know you and ensure you receive the best treatment for your feet.As a foot and ankle specialist, Podiatry Group of Georgia is qualified to treat a variety of foot problems – whether you’re dealing with an irritating ongoing condition or an injury you’ve had for years.

Our Services Include:

Foot and Ankle Surgery

When you need foot surgery, you want to find the right doctor of podiatry for the job. Look at the medical team at the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Led by Dr. Tammy Gephart, our clinic has becoming the leading podiatry clinic in Georgia for a reason. We’ve worked hard to establish our office as a place where patients can come to get top of the line care.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

At Podiatry Group of Georgia, we offer toenail fungus laser treatment, an innovative outpatient procedure that zaps fungus by shining a laser light beam onto the nail, penetrating through the surface of the nail, and killing the pathogens that are causing the fungal infection.

Common Foot Problems

A foot and ankle specialist at Podiatry Group of Georgia is ready and willing to help treat your common foot problems. Each Podiatrist in our office will work with you to make sure you feel well taken care of. We know how easy it is to take your feet for granted, which is why we are committed to getting your feet treated as soon as possible.

Pain Management

Foot pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including the type of shoes you wear, the kind of activities you participate in, genetics, injuries or health problems. A foot and ankle specialist at Podiatry Group of Georgia can tell you about the variety of pain management options we have available to help you get back on your feet again.

Ingrown Nail Treatment

Most of the time, an ingrown toenail can be easily treated by a Podiatrist here at Podiatry, either by providing proper recommendations for at home treatment, or surgery in extreme cases. Either way, we can help you find out what is causing your ingrown toenails.

Custom Orthotics

Orthotics are shoe inserts that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Podiatry Group of Georgia offers three different varieties of custom orthotics that are made to fit your individual foot structure. This orthotics are used to correct an irregular or abnormal walking pattern caused by the foot not bearing weight properly, and will help you stand, walk, run and generally just move more comfortably and efficiently.

Medical Foot Spa

Our Marietta foot doctor knows the importance of treating your feet right. You spend all day on your feet, moving around from one task to another. Keeping your feet happy will help keep the rest of your body happy. That’s why we offer spa services for your feet right in our office. We offer three different levels of service so you can choose the treatment that’s right for your feet and your budget.

 Call For Treatment!

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area!


23/Oct/2017

 Can You Cutting Your Nails Too Short?

Cutting Your Nails Too Short

Yes , and here are some general foot care tips to guide you when it comes to your toenail length.

Consider the type of activities you are partaking in and the style of shoes you wear most often. For instance, if you’re a runner, you should keep your toenails short enough so that they don’t jab into your skin or the end of your shoes as your feet experience extra pressure and impact when you’re running. If you frequently wear sandals, then you don’t want your toenails so short that they allow micro-organisms and bacteria to enter your skin, potentially leading to toenail fungus.

Proper Way To care and Trim Your Toenails

  1. Learning how to trim your toenails correctly will help protect you against ingrown toenails, which often lead to pain, discomfort and possible infection.
  2. Wash your feet and dry them. This will help make your nails less brittle and easier to cut.
  3. Use a proper toenail cutting tool, such as nail clippers, and make sure they are clean and sanitized.
  4. Trim your nail straight across. This step is key. If you round the edges of your toenails or cut them at an angle, you risk the corners growing into your skin, which can be very painful.

Best practice, cut your toenails so the edge reaches the tip of your toe.

  • Be sure to eliminate any jagged edges by filing the cut nails down with an emery board. This will help prevent any snags or tears as your nail grows.

Your toenail is there to protect your toes from the wear and tear you put on your feet each day. Following proper foot care tips to make sure your toenails are trimmed correctly will help protect you from other foot problems too, such as ingrown toenails or toenails fungus.

Where to Seek Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today!

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

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Marietta 

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Atlanta Area!


23/Oct/2017

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Here are general foot care tips to guide you when it comes to your toenail length.

First, consider the type of activities you are partaking in and the style of shoes you wear most often. For instance, if you’re a runner, you should keep your toenails short enough so that they don’t jab into your skin or the end of your shoes as your feet experience extra pressure and impact when you’re running. If you frequently wear sandals, then you don’t want your toenails so short that they allow micro-organisms and bacteria to enter your skin, potentially leading to toenail fungus.

The Proper Way To care and Trim Your Toenails

  1. Learning how to trim your toenails correctly will help protect you against ingrown toenails, which often lead to pain, discomfort and possible infection.
  2. Wash your feet and dry them. This will help make your nails less brittle and easier to cut.
  3. Use a proper toenail cutting tool, such as nail clippers, and make sure they are clean and sanitized.
  4. Trim your nail straight across. This step is key. If you round the edges of your toenails or cut them at an angle, you risk the corners growing into your skin, which can be very painful.

As a best practice, cut your toenails so the edge reaches the tip of your toe.

  • Be sure to eliminate any jagged edges by filing the cut nails down with an emery board. This will help prevent any snags or tears as your nail grows.
  • Your toenail is there to protect your toes from the wear and tear you put on your feet each day. Following proper foot care tips to make sure your toenails are trimmed correctly will help protect you from other foot problems too, such as ingrown toenails or toenails fungus.

 Where to Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

  Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area

 


23/Oct/2017

Are Bunions Arthritis ?Are Bunions Arthritis

Bunion Treatment

If you think you have a bunion, you know how painful it can be and how important it is to receive treatment, but you may not know what is causing you the pain.

At PODIATRY GROUP OF GEORGIA, We Can Help Answer and Treat Two Common Questions Related to Bunions:

  1. What is a bunion?
  2. What kind of bunion treatment options are available?

A bunion is a bone deformity on the foot that forms when the toe moves out of place. Bunions are caused by an enlargement of the joint located at the base and side of the big toe. This enlargement creates a bump that causes friction and pressure as it rubs against footwear. Bunion treatment and in some cases, bunion surgery, is available to help alleviate the pain.

There Are Three Parts of The Bunion That Give Patients Problems:

The big toe moving toward the other toes causing it to go over or under the second toe.

The bump itself that causes friction and pain.

When the long bone of the foot, specifically known as the first metatarsal, moves toward the other foot so it’s at an angle when it’s supposed to be parallel. This causes a loss of cartilage between the two bones which is painful because cartilage is what allows the bones to move over each other.

What Kind of Bunion Treatment Is Available?

Bunions are not able to heal themselves because they are bone deformities. Instead, bunion treatment involves:

  • Relieving the pressure and pain cause by the irritation
  • Stopping the continued growth of the bunion
  • Bunion surgery in some cases

BUNION TREATMENT OPTIONS AT PODIATRY GROUP OF GEORGIA INCLUDE:

  • The use of protective padding or bandaging to eliminate the friction against shoes.
  • Changing to carefully-fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion
  • Custom orthotic devices to help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position for walking and standing
  • Physical therapy to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis
  • Splints for nighttime wear to help the toes and joint align properly
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Depending on the size of the enlargement, misalignment of the toe, and the degree of pain experienced, bunion treatment may require more complex alternatives. Bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy, is a possibility that may be advised to remove the bunion and realign the toe.

Bunion Surgery

The above types of bunion treatment can help take care of the pain, but not the deformity itself. When it becomes difficult to bear weight, bunion surgery is an option. PODIATRY GROUP OF GEORGIA specializes in minimally invasive bunion surgery to help correct the bunion. The bunion surgery would consist of correcting the position of the big toe joint by making a small incision in the foot.

THE BUNION SURGERY CAN ALSO HELP WITH:

  • The position of the big toe joint
  • Relieving pain and stiffness
  • Getting back to normal activity in a timely manner

Who to Call !

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today at Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

 Serving the Marietta & Atlanta Area

 


23/Oct/2017

How To Choose A Foot Health ProfessionalFoot care professional

Podiatrist (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM) – Diagnoses, treats and helps prevent foot diseases and conditions. May also provide toenail care and maintenance and works with people with diabetes and other medical conditions who have foot issues.  May perform surgery and often prescribes special footwear.

Orthopaedic Surgeon (Orthopedist, Orthopaedic Physician) – A medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and correcting issues with the musculoskeletal system. Corrective measures may involve surgery.  Many specialize in the foot and ankle.

General Practitioner, Family Physician or Primary Care Physician – A medical doctor who diagnoses and treats a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages.  May not have specialized knowledge of the feet, but can make referrals to an appropriate foot specialist.

Foot Care Nurse – Specializes in the care of the feet, and often provides general foot care, nail care and basic diabetic foot care.

Certified Pedorthist (C.Ped) – Trained in the manufacturing, fitting and modification of foot appliances and footwear. Does not diagnose, but often takes prescriptions or recommendations from medical practitioners to develop footwear solutions for specific problems.

Certified Orthotist (CO) – Specializes in providing mechanical devices to support or supplement weakened or abnormal joints or limbs.

Certified Prosthetist (CP) – Specializes in the replacement of missing limbs and other body structures with manufactured substitutes

Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) – Combines the two disciplines of the orthotist and prosthetist.

The podiatrists at Podiatry Group Of Georgia are well-versed and experienced in treating many different foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, flat feet, hammertoes, heel pain, ingrown toenails, misaligned feet, plantar fasciitis, toenail fungus, and more.

Podiatry Group of Georgia has been working with patients to provide the best podiatric care for patients in the Marietta and Atlanta Area. Dr. Gephart ‘s experience in podiatry is coupled with genuine concern for his patients. All our staff members are dedicated to your comfort and prompt attention as well. Our goal is to help you maintain healthy feet.

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

Proudly Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area!


23/Oct/2017

Different Types of Foot Doctors?Different Types of Foot Doctors

Whether you’re a career woman who wears high-heeled shoes every day, an avid athlete who plays sports all year round, or you just have foot issues caused by bad genetics, odds are you will need foot pain management at some point in your life.

SOME OF THE ISSUES WE SEE THE MOST THAT REQUIRE FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN MANAGEMENT ARE:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Flat Feet
  • Improper Footwear
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Sprains
  • Stress Factures
  • Warts

Podiatry Group of Georgia Offers Many Foot And Ankle Pain Management Options

If you’re experiencing chronic foot pain it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible so the problem doesn’t lead to something more severe. Treatment depends on the type of foot problem and severity of the condition causing the pain. Before deciding how to treat your foot pain, a qualified podiatrist at Podiatry Group of Georgia will want to get to know you and will work together with you to provide a full assessment of the issues causing you pain. It’s important to us to see the whole picture. That’s why you can expect us to ask a lot of questions so that we can determine when the pain started, how often it occurs, what you’re doing when you experience the foot pain, and your medical history.

There are many foot pain management and ankle pain management options available; some are conservative treatments that are used to treat a variety of conditions causing foot pain, and some are surgical procedures used to treat specific conditions. We’ll give an overview of some of the pain management options available.

CONSERVATIVE TREATMENTS FOR FOOT PAIN AND ANKLE PAIN MANAGEMENT ARE:

  1. Anti-inflammatory medications
  2. Over the counter or prescription pain medications
  3. Stretching exercises
  4. Custom orthotics
  5. Physical therapy
  6. Fitting for proper footwear

SURGICAL TREATMENTS 

We perform surgeries in our  Marietta office, but these treatments are best determined and discussed on a case by case basis. Common issues that may require surgery if allowed to go untreated are:

When to Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today !

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

 Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area

 


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