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21/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!

 


21/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!


21/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!


21/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!


21/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!


21/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

 


21/Oct/2017

Who is the Best Podiatrist?

Who is the best podiatrist

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.

You’ll find a lot of valuable information on the web site about foot problems, diagnosis and treatments. We believe informed patients are better prepared to make decisions about their health and well being. We encourage you to review this information to help you understand any health concerns you may face.

Why Choose Us As Your Georgia Foot and Ankle Doctor?

Foot and ankle problems can ruin your day, and your life. When you are looking for relief from pain, solutions to foot and ankle conditions, foot or ankle surgery, compassionate diabetic foot management, or a luxurious medical-grade pedicure, it is all here at the Podiatry Group of Georgia.  We are the leading Georgia foot and ankle doctor for a reason.

“I would like to welcome you to our web site. As you navigate through the site you will find a wealth of information about podiatry and treatments available. Our goal is to educate each patient — informed patients are better prepared to make decisions about their health and well being. Whatever your foot and ankle trouble, we will work together to find the answers that will comfort you and bring you relief.” – Dr. Tammy Gephart

OUR STAFF

  • Friendly, accommodating staff
  • Prompt scheduling, same day appointments available
  • Certified podiatric medical assistants
  • Fully computerized and electronic insurance claim submission for patient convenience
  • Foot Medical Foot Spa

When to 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!

Proudly Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area!


21/Oct/2017

What is a Diabetic Foot Specialist?what is a diabetic foot specialist

As a Diabetic Foot Specialist we see people with diabetes can develop many different foot problems. Even ordinary problems can get worse and lead to serious complications.

Foot Complications

Foot problems most often happen when there is nerve damage, also called neuropathy. This can cause tingling, pain (burning or stinging), or weakness in the foot. It can also cause loss of feeling in the foot, so you can injure it and not know it. Poor blood flow or changes in the shape of your feet or toes may also cause problems.

Neuropathy

Although it can hurt, diabetic nerve damage can also lessen your ability to feel pain, heat, and cold. Loss of feeling often means you may not feel a foot injury. You could have a tack or stone in your shoe and walk on it all day without knowing. You could get a blister and not feel it. You might not notice a foot injury until the skin breaks down and becomes infected.

Nerve damage can also lead to changes in the shape of your feet and toes. Ask your health care provider about special therapeutic shoes, rather than forcing deformed feet and toes into regular shoes.

Skin Changes

Diabetes can cause changes in the skin of your foot. At times your foot may become very dry. The skin may peel and crack. The problem is that the nerves that control the oil and moisture in your foot no longer work.

After bathing, dry your feet and seal in the remaining moisture with a thin coat of plain petroleum jelly, an unscented hand cream, or other such products.

Do not put oils or creams between your toes. The extra moisture can lead to infection. Also, don’t soak your feet — that can dry your skin.

Calluses

Calluses occur more often and build up faster on the feet of people with diabetes. This is because there are high-pressure areas under the foot. Too much callus may mean that you will need therapeutic shoes and inserts.

Calluses, if not trimmed, get very thick, break down, and turn into ulcers (open sores). Never try to cut calluses or corns yourself – this can lead to ulcers and infection. Let your health care provider cut your calluses. Also, do not try to remove calluses and corns with chemical agents. These products can burn your skin.

Using a pumice stone every day will help keep calluses under control. It is best to use the pumice stone on wet skin. Put on lotion right after you use the pumice stone.

Foot Ulcers

Ulcers occur most often on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. Ulcers on the sides of the foot are usually due to poorly fitting shoes. Remember, even though some ulcers do not hurt, every ulcer should be seen by your health care provider right away. Neglecting ulcers can result in infections, which in turn can lead to loss of a limb.

What your health care provider will do varies with your ulcer. Your health care provider may take x-rays of your foot to make sure the bone is not infected. The health care provider may clean out any dead and infected tissue. You may need to go into the hospital for this. Also, the health care provider may culture the wound to find out what type of infection you have, and which antibiotic will work best.

Keeping off your feet is very important. Walking on an ulcer can make it get larger and force the infection deeper into your foot. Your health care provider may put a special shoe, brace, or cast on your foot to protect it.

If your ulcer is not healing and your circulation is poor, your health care provider may need to refer you to a vascular surgeon. Good diabetes control is important. High blood glucose levels make it hard to fight infection.

After the foot ulcer heals, treat your foot carefully. Scar tissue under the healed wound will break down easily. You may need to wear special shoes after the ulcer is healed to protect this area and to prevent the ulcer from returning.

Poor Circulation

Poor circulation (blood flow) can make your foot less able to fight infection and to heal. Diabetes causes blood vessels of the foot and leg to narrow and harden. You can control some of the things that cause poor blood flow. Don’t smoke; smoking makes arteries harden faster. Also, follow your health care provider’s advice for keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.

If your feet are cold, you may be tempted to warm them. Unfortunately, if your feet cannot feel heat, it is easy for you to burn them with hot water, hot water bottles, or heating pads. The best way to help cold feet is to wear warm socks.

Some people feel pain in their calves when walking fast, up a hill, or on a hard surface. This condition is called intermittent claudication. Stopping to rest for a few moments should end the pain. If you have these symptoms, you must stop smoking. Work with your health care provider to get started on a walking program. Some people can be helped with medication to improve circulation.

Exercise is good for poor circulation. It stimulates blood flow in the legs and feet. Walk in sturdy, good-fitting, comfortable shoes, but don’t walk when you have open sores.

Amputation

People with diabetes are far more likely to have a foot or leg amputated than other people. The problem? Many people with diabetes have peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which reduces blood flow to the feet. Also, many people with diabetes have nerve disease, which reduces sensation. Together, these problems make it easy to get ulcers and infections that may lead to amputation. Most amputations are preventable with regular care and proper footwear.

For these reasons, take good care of your feet and see your health care provider right away about foot problems. Ask about prescription shoes that are covered by Medicare and other insurance. Always follow your health care provider’s advice when caring for ulcers or other foot problems.

One of the biggest threats to your feet is smoking. Smoking affects small blood vessels. It can cause decreased blood flow to the feet and make wounds heal slowly. A lot of people with diabetes who need amputations are smokers. Cited www.diabetes.org

When to 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!

Proudly Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area!

 


21/Oct/2017

Foot Care in Diabeticsfoot care in diabetics

Inspect your feet every day, and seek care early if you do get a foot injury. Make sure your health care provider checks your feet at least once a year – more often if you have foot problems. Your health care provider should also give you a list and explain the do’s and don’ts of foot care.

Most people can prevent any serious foot problem by following some simple steps. So let’s begin taking care of your feet today.

Prevention

Your health care provider should perform a complete foot exam at least annually – more often if you have foot problems.

Remember to take off your socks and shoes while you wait for your physical examination.

Call or see your health care provider if you have cuts or breaks in the skin, or have an ingrown nail. Also, tell your health care provider if your foot changes color, shape, or just feels different (for example, becomes less sensitive or hurts).

If you have corns or calluses, your health care provider can trim them for you. Your health care provider can also trim your toenails if you cannot do so safely.

Because people with diabetes are more prone to foot problems, a foot care specialist may be on your health care team.

Caring for Your Feet

There are many things you can do to keep your feet healthy.

Take care of your diabetes. Work with your health care team to keep your blood glucose in your target range.

Check your feet every day. Look at your bare feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, and blisters. If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help.

  • Be more active. Plan your physical activity program with your health team.
  • Ask your doctor about Medicare coverage for special shoes.
  • Wash your feet every day. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
  • Keep your skin soft and smooth. Rub a thin coat of skin lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes. Read more about skin care.
  • If you can see and reach your toenails, trim them when needed. Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with an emery board or nail file.
  • Wear shoes and socks at all times. Never walk barefoot. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet. Check inside your shoes before wearing them. Make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Don’t put your feet into hot water. Test water before putting your feet in it just as you would before bathing a baby. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets. You can burn your feet without realizing it.
  • Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes, two (2) or three (3) times a day. Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time. Don’t smoke.

Get started now. Begin taking good care of your feet today.  Set a time every day to check your feet.Cited www.diabetes.org

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!


21/Oct/2017

Kids Foot Doctorkids foot doctor

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?

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

 


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