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There aren’t many people who enjoy a visit to the doctor, so many of us often put off a visit to the doctor for as long as possible. Going to a specialist can be even more disconcerting. We might convince ourselves that we’re overreacting, worrying too much, and making a big deal out of nothing. But putting off a visit to the doctor for too long can allow a small health issue to fester into a big one. Here are some tips to help you know when it’s time to come see our foot specialist in Marietta: 

  • You have a sore or wound on your foot that will not heal. This can be a sign of a larger health issue, like diabetes. Seeing a podiatrist right away will help prevent further infection.
  • Discolored or sore toenails. Discoloration might be a sign of a fungal infection, which can be treated topically or with our laser therapy.
  • Numbness or swelling in the feet or ankles. Depending on whether the swelling is happening in one or both feet, it could point to a problem with a bone or tendon or larger health issue.
  • Skin discoloration in the feet. This could be an issue of gout, infection, or a decrease in the circulation in your feet for some reason.
  • A new or rapidly growing growth. Our foot specialist in Marietta can treat bunions, blisters, corns, heel spurs, and more.

Still not sure if you should come into our podiatry office in Marietta? Give us a call. We can help you decide whether or not you need to make an appointment. Book Appointment Online or Call us at 404-806-3731.

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Five Signs Your Child Might Have a Foot Problem Marietta Georgia

A Foot Problem in Your Child

It is not uncommon for foot and ankle problems in children to go undetected due the signs and symptoms being subtle. In addition to this, children oftentimes are unable to explain what the problem is. Based on this, it is the responsibility of any parent to take their child in to be checked early and on a regular basis.

Signs of a Foot Problem In Your Child

  • If you notice your child in unable to keep up with other children in common physical activities. If you notice your child having difficulty, it could be because their feet and legs are constantly fatigued. Typically, this is a result of flat feet.
  •  Another sign is when children refuse to engage in physical activities that at one point in time they enjoyed and participated in with enthusiasm. When a parent notices this, it is usually caused by heel pain, common in ages between 8 and 14. It should be noted that stress from sports creates muscle strain as well as inflammation of the growth plate, the    area at the back of a child’s heel.
  •  Another concern is when children attempt to hide their feet. Some children notice that the appearance of their feet has changed in some manner. However, they fail to inform their parents due to the fact that they don’t want to go in and see a doctor. Some of the signs a parent should look for are calluses, growths, any discoloration or swelling around the toenails.
  • Another area to be on the lookout for is when you notice your child repeatedly trips and falls. If this occurs, it could be in-toeing, lack of balance or possibly neuromuscular situations.
  • If your child has foot pain that last for more than a few days, take them to a Georgia Podiatrist for a complete exam.

A Foot Problem in Children Summary

If your child is experiencing any of the listed things above, it is important to get it checked out immediately before foot surgery or a long-term problem occurs. What steps do you do to prevent a foot problem in your children?

 



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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