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17/Dec/2017

Do I Have A Broken Ankle?

Broken Ankle

A broken ankle occurs when one or more of the three bones that make up the ankle is fractured. Aside from a broken bone, a patient diagnosed with a broken ankle might also suffer from injuries to the connecting tissues or ligaments in the ankle, as well as the two ankle joints. Since ankle sprains and other ankle injuries have causes and symptoms similar to those of a broken ankle, it is important to seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment of an ankle injury.

What Are Some Causes of a Broken Ankle?

  • Sports-related injury to the ankle
  • Falls and trips
  • Sudden twisting or rolling of the ankle
  • Car accident

What Are Symptoms of a Broken Ankle?

  1. Swelling
  2. Bruising of the ankle area
  3. Acute, severe pain immediately at the onset of the injury
  4. Tenderness and sensitivity to touch, along with an inability to endure weight on the ankle
  5. Ankle deformity if the injury involves dislocation

How Is a Broken Ankle Treated?

  • Apply ice to the ankle area and elevate the affected lower leg to lessen swelling
  • Wear a leg cast or brace if the ankle is stable and no bones are out of place
  • Undergo surgery if the ankle is unstable, has torn ligaments,is dislocated, or has fragmented, loose bone
  • Healing is monitored by X-rays to check progress and to avoid complications

After the bone repairs, physical therapy, braces, and supports are part of continued treatment until the ankle is fully healed.

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!


17/Dec/2017

What is Achilles Tendinitis?

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Like many other foot disorders, including bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas, Achilles tendinitis will get progressively worse and may eventually lead to degeneration of the tendon if not properly diagnosed and treated by a foot care doctor or podiatrist.

What Are the Symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis?

The most common symptom of Achilles tendinitis is pain or stiffness along the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel, particularly when walking or exercising. There may be swelling or warmth in the area. Pain may also occur after a period of inactivity or when getting up in the morning and taking those first steps.

What Causes Achilles Tendinitis?

Because the Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel, Achilles tendinitis is often caused by over training, overusing, or injuring the tendon during repetitive sports activities. Muscle tightness in general or back and hip problems that throw off the body’s proper alignment can sometimes be the culprit. Another major cause of Achilles tendinitis is tight calf muscles resulting from continuously wearing high-heeled shoes. Flat shoes can also cause Achilles tendinitis since they tend to shorten calf muscles as well.

Treatment for Achilles Tendinitis

The most common treatment for Achilles tendinitis is icing the injured area to reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medications can be taken in conjunction with icing. Gentle stretching, heel lifts in shoes, orthotics, padding, and wearing a different type of shoe are also helpful in alleviating Achilles tendinitis. If tendinitis is severe, staying immobile for a period of time will help to accelerate the healing process.

If you’ve been searching for Foot Doctor 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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17/Dec/2017

What are Plantar Warts?

Plantar Wart

Warts are soft tissue growths that can occur on anywhere on the skin, including the soles of your feet. A wart that develops on the bottom of your foot is called a plantar wart. Warts are usually not painful, although they can be if a plantar wart is located on the ball or heel of the foot.

How can you get a plantar wart?

All warts result from a viral infection of the skin caused by direct skin-to-skin contact. The virus, called Human Papillomavirus (HPV), enters the skin through a cut. The cut may be so small that it is invisible to the naked eye. Plantar warts are contracted in public places where people walk around barefoot like locker rooms, pools, gyms, and salons where foot care treatments such as pedicures are performed.

Are plantar warts contagious?

All warts, including plantar warts, are very contagious and are easily spread by physical contact including touching or scratching, with skin shed from another wart.

How do you know it’s a wart?

Often mistaken for benign lesions such as corns or calluses, plantar warts are often discovered while visiting a podiatry office for foot care. Plantar warts are gray or brown in color, while common warts are white, tan, flesh colored, or pink in color. Serious malignant lesions can also be mistaken for a wart, which is why it’s important to have any suspicious lesion checked by a podiatry specialist at Podiatry Group of Georgia.

Plantar warts on the bottom of the foot are generally hard and flat, with a rough surface. They may have tiny black pinpoints scattered throughout. Warts on the top of the foot are raised and more fleshy looking.

Seeking Treatment

If left untreated warts, including plantar warts, can spread to other parts of the body. Self-treatment using over the counter acid preparations or freezing solutions is an option for many, but should be avoided by anyone with diabetes or circulatory disorders.

If you suspect a wart, contact Podiatry Group of Georgia to confirm a diagnosis and get professional treatment, which may be a combination of shaving, application of a very strong acid, laser, freezing, or surgical excision. A series of treatments may be necessary to successfully eradicate plantar warts, which may grow deep into the skin.

If you’ve been searching for Foot Doctorfor 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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17/Dec/2017

 What is Freiberg’s Disease ?

Freiberg’s disease is a rare disorder of the foot’s Freiberg’s Disease joints. The metatarsal bones run from the toes to the arch of the foot. With Freiberg’s disease, the joint surfaces disintegrate and/ or collapse and abnormal tissue forms in the joint. It can be the result of foot injury or trauma or the occurrence of longer-than-normal metatarsal bones. At its onset, the disease can cause pain or stiffness in the forefoot, which can become chronic; however, some cases are asymptomatic in the early stages. Although anyone can become susceptible to Freiberg’s disease, females are three times more likely to develop it than males, and it usually occurs during adolescence.

Freiberg’s disease may heal without treatment in its earlier stages. Usually, treatment involves resting the affected joint area to alleviate pressure and allow healing, orthotics, and cortisone. Joint surgery or replacement may be necessary in severe cases.

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!


17/Dec/2017

My Shoe AnatoShoe Anatomymy

Familiarizing yourself with the parts of a shoe is helpful when choosing footwear that accommodates your foot shape and size, as well as your activities.
Here are the basic parts of a shoe:

  • Counter: The counter is the stiff part of the heel area of the shoe that strengthens the back part of the shoe; it adds support and helps the footwear keep its shape.
  • Heel: The heel is positioned at the heel of the foot. It elevates the back part of the foot so it sits higher than the front. The degree of heel elevation varies, and higher heels place more pressure on the forefoot.
  • Sole: The sole is the bottom of the shoe that runs the entire length of the foot, from the toes to the heel. The insole is the layer of material that lines the inside of the shoe’s bottom, providing comfort and support. The outsole is the outside of the shoe’s sole that comes in contact with the ground when standing, walking, or running. It should be made of a material that is durable and waterproof and provides a good grip.
  • Toe Box or Toe Cap: The toe box or toe cap is the front upper portion of the shoe where the toes are positioned. There are different types of toe boxes, depending upon the activity at hand, ranging from open or decorative to solid or steel for extra protection. The toe box should have enough space to comfortably fit the toes without pressure or restriction. The shape of a toe box can be pointy, round, or square.
  • Upper: The upper is the top of the shoe area that covers the entire foot. It is attached to the sole.
  • Vamp: The vamp is the part of the shoe where the laces are placed. It covers the upper middle part of the foot below the toe box.
  • Waist: The waist covers the arch of the foot, as well as the instep. It curves in a way that accommodates most foot shapes. This curve distinguishes between a shoe for the left foot versus a shoe for the right foot.

Footwear can be made of a variety of materials for breathability, support, shock absorption, and protection.

If you’ve been searching for Foot Doctor 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 !


17/Dec/2017

What is Acrocyanosis?

Acrocyanosis

Acrocyanosis is a disorder that causes spasms in the arteries responsible for blood flow to the skin on the hands and feet. When the skin is deprived of necessary oxygen due to the constricted blood flow, it takes on a blue color, known as cyanosis. Acrocyanosis is not a common condition, although it afflicts women more than men. In addition to blue-colored skin, the hands and feet may feel moist and cold. Swelling may also be present, but the condition usually does not cause pain.

Since acrocyanosis can worsen with exposure to cold, acrocyanosis of the feet is treated by keeping the feet warm and dry so that the blood circulates as best as possible. Insulated boots and insulated socks can help with this. The condition does not worsen over time. Since acrocyanosis can be present alongside a serious medical condition affecting the cardiovascular system or connective tissue.

Acrocyanosis  is often seen in healthy newborns and refers to the peripheral cyanosis around the mouth and the extremities (hands and feet) . It is caused by benign vasomotor changes that result in peripheral vasoconstriction and increased tissue oxygen extraction and is a benign condition

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

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

Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area!


17/Dec/2017

Orthotics SolutionOrthotics Make My Feet Hurt

There Ready! Your custom orthotic shoe inserts are ready for you to pick up. Who knew you could get so excited about orthotic shoe inserts. You’ve been looking forward to them for weeks because you’ll finally be able to manage your foot pain and get back to enjoying daily activities – like taking long walks through the park or just standing and watching your child’s soccer game without being distracted by your feet.

You arrive home with your orthotics, slip them into your shoes, and try them on. Hm. Something doesn’t feel quite right. You wiggle your toes inside your shoes, walk around a bit, and then decide you just need time to get used to them. You can’t wait to try them out in the morning.

It’s 7a.m. and you’re welcoming the sound of your alarm because it’s time to go for a morning run in your new custom orthotics! You quickly get dressed, tie your shoes, and hit the pavement.

But something feels off. Your orthotics are not helping your foot pain at all. So, you make excuses – maybe it’s the running surface. Maybe it takes a few runs to break them in.

After the third mile you think no way are these orthotic inserts made custom for my feet! Your custom orthotics hurts. In your disappointment you wonder why and what should you do now?

Reasons Your Orthotics Are Hurting Your Feet

The purpose of orthotic shoe inserts it to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern caused by your foot not bearing weight properly, and to help your foot function better in general. As your foot rests on the orthotic insert it’s directed into the correct position for walking, running and standing.

SORE MUSCLES

Changing the alignment in your feet changes the way the muscles in your feet are being used. Muscles protest when doing something unfamiliar to them – think about how you feel after a new workout routine at the gym – so your feet may be sore because they are being supported in an area that hasn’t had support in a while, causing them to be tired and achy until they get used to your new orthotics.

THEY WEREN’T MADE CORRECTLY FOR YOUR FEET

Custom orthotics are made a couple of different ways: by casting your feet and making a mold or by using the F-Scan, a computerized system that works by slipping an arch with computer chips built in, into the shoe.

As you begin to walk and run the device makes a mini-movie that gathers data and scans showing how pressure is going through your foot. These computer scans are used to create a multi-layered custom orthotics device made for your unique foot shape and to target your specific problem.

It’s possible the orthotics were poorly casted, there was an error during the scan, bad materials were used, or they just need adjustment.

IMPROPER FOOTWEAR

Another reason your orthotics aren’t working out may be because you aren’t wearing the right shoes for your feet in the first place. Make sure your shoes aren’t too tight, or worn down and have strong soles that offer some support.

Everyone has their own break-in time to get used to their orthotics, but don’t force yourself to push through the pain. If after a few weeks your custom orthotics are still hurting your feet, you should talk to your podiatrist. If you’re visiting or living in the Atlanta area, consider scheduling an assessment with a podiatrist in Marietta Georgia.

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 the Atlanta Area!


17/Dec/2017

Treating Gait Abnormal Walking in ChildrenGait Abnormal Walking in Children

Watching a baby learn to walk makes it clear that our gait changes significantly as we age.  Gait refers to the way that a person walks, and there are a set of standards used to signify a range of normal.  Babies wobble, and often have a wider stance as they learn to balance during walking.  However, for some children, an abnormal gait carries over into the toddler years.

What are some common gait abnormalities in children?

In-toeing and out-toeing are the most common concerns seen among toddlers.  It’s very common for children in this age group to angle their feet either in (also referred to as pigeon-toed) or out.  While it may trouble parents to see these gait concerns, children experience no pain from them, and most see improvement as they age.

What causes in-toeing and out-toeing?

The most common reason for these gait abnormalities is that the bones of the leg are rotated.  For instance, in-toeing is usually caused by tibial torsion, which means that the tibia (or lower leg bone) angles inwardly.  If it angles outward, then out-toeing is the result.  Femoral anteversion can cause the same problems due to a turning in or out of the thigh bone (femur) which then impacts the tibia.  Also, if a child’s foot curves, in-toeing can result.  This foot curvature is known as metatarsus adductus.

Why does my child have a gait abnormality?

There are no clear answers regarding the exact reasons that some children develop in-toeing or out-toeing while others do not.  Some professionals suggest that these childhood gait abnormalities may run in families.  If possible, find out if you or your siblings experienced an unusual gait as children.  This may help your doctor to understand the family history, and assess the likelihood that your child’s gait will improve as they get older.

Another theory regarding these gait concerns is that limited space in a mother’s womb may lead to out-toeing or in-toeing.  Space is limited, and as a baby grows inside his mother the bones of the leg may turn to fit within the confines of the womb.  In this case, seeing the child learn to walk will give tell-tale signs that turning of the bones of the leg and the feet have occurred.

What should I do if I notice that my child is either in-toeing or out-toeing?

Many parents will see improvement as their child grows, and becomes a more experienced walker.  Children gain greater control over their gait as they mature, and often the bones of the leg will go back to the appropriate angle.  As a parent, it may be helpful to use video to document your child’s gait on a yearly basis.  This will assist you in noting changes and improvements as your child ages.  Most likely, you will see that your child’s gait has improved.  However, if you see that it hasn’t, you should discuss your concerns with your child’s doctor to determine the best course of action.

Some basic guidelines that are used to decide when it’s time to seek medical intervention include:

  • Reports of pain
  • Gait concerns that are getting worse and not better
  • Limping
  • Persistent in-toeing or out-toeing beyond age 3
  • Imbalances:  one foot that angles more than the other
  • Delays in development such as talking

In some cases, gait abnormalities can indicate neuromuscular conditions, so it is important to seek a podiatrist’s advice to determine if further testing is needed.

Are there other gait abnormalities that show up in children?

Limping and toe-walking are two other gait concerns that appear in children.  Toe-walking is much less common, and when it occurs past age three is often related to muscles that are tight.  However, it can indicate serious conditions such as cerebral palsy.

Limping is most often a reaction to pain (a blister, sprain, etc.), which are a normal part of life.  However, limping when pain is not present can indicate an issue that is developmental or neuromuscular in nature. cited www.apma.org

Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric Doctor 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!


17/Dec/2017

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis ?Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Treatments

One type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. This is a less common type of arthritis. This is a disease in which certain cells of your body and your immune system attack healthy joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation in the lining of the joints, oftentimes in the joints of the hands and in the feet. Foot pain and problems caused by rheumatoid arthritis occur oftentimes in the ball of the foot. The most common signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are related foot problems, in addition to the abnormal appearance of deformities, are pain, swelling, joint stiffness, and difficulty walking.

A few of the foot conditions associated with rheumatoid arthritis include dislocated toe joints, hammertoes, bunions, and rheumatoid nodules. Rheumatoid nodules are bumps that can form in the feet or ankles that can cause pain with weight or with rubbing.

How to Diagnose Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed on the basis of a clinical examination as well as blood tests. Often a referral to a rheumatologist is made. Long-term treatment of rheumatoid arthritis focuses on medications prescribed by your primary doctor or rheumatologist. We can help form a plan that help to relieve pain and symptoms associated with the foot and ankle specifically.

Seeking Treatment

This typically includes custom orthotics, steroid injections, and accommodative shoes are often used as well. Occasionally surgery is needed with rheumatoid arthritis, to reduce pain and deformity, if the foot does not relieve through other non-surgical methods. A surgery plan is devised and is based on the procedures best suited to your pain, deformity, and lifestyle.

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!


17/Dec/2017

Whats  is a Neuroma?Neuroma

What is a Morton’s Neuroma? A neuroma is a pinched nerve or a nerve tumor—a benign, though usually uncomfortable, thickening or growth in the nervous tissue. There are several ways it can form, but often it is related to irritation or trauma to the nerve. Rubbing, pinching, and sudden injuries can lead to painful swelling and inflammation. Since the nerve is then enlarged, using your foot also causes the damaged tissue to rub against other structures, aggravating the condition. While this can develop in almost any of the nerves in your feet, the one most commonly affected sits between the third and fourth toes. This is called Morton’s neuroma, and it can cause pain in the ball of the foot, tingling, burning, numbness in the toes, or even the sensation that you’re standing on a pebble. Since continued use tends to make the problem worse, neuromas generally do not get better without intentional intervention.

Can a Neuroma Be Fixed?

The good news is that you have no reason to continue to suffer with your ball of the foot pain. Dr. Gephart can offer you real relief from your discomfort and help you regain any mobility you may have lost from the discomfort. The doctors will perform a thorough examination of your feet and ankles to be sure you don’t have a stress fracture, metatarsalgia, or arthritis, which can have similar symptoms. They may request different diagnostic images, like digital X-rays, to be sure. Once they’ve properly diagnosed a neuroma, they can begin looking for the cause and for the best solution to eliminate your foot distress.

You’ll need to relieve pressure on the damaged nerve and reduce the swelling in the area. In most cases, this can be done conservatively, or without surgical intervention. You may need to change your shoes or add orthotics to provide extra padding under the injured structure or correct any preexisting conditions that are adding pressure to the balls of the feet. Resting the foot, icing the painful area, and massaging out the ball of the foot can all help as well.

Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for Foot Doctor 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 the Atlanta Area!


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