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23/May/2017

Recently in our blog, we discussed different common foot problems that people suffer from. While some people are prone to certain foot problems and others are due to natural causes, many of the foot problems people experience develop from wearing incorrect fitting footwear. Problems such as bunions or hammertoes develop slowly over time and are often the result of years of wearing restrictive footwear. As your localRunning Shoes foot specialist in Marietta, we are going to go over how to select the right running shoe for your foot.

If you maintain an active lifestyle and spend a lot of time exercising, whether that is running or walking, it is imperative that you have the right shoes for the job. Not only do the correct shoes help improve your performance but they also help protect your feet, as well as the rest of your body. Your feet bear all of your body weight, plus some. So, how you carry and support your body weight has a direct effect on other parts of your body.

In order to choose the right running shoe, you first need to know what kind of feet you have. Are they flat, normal, or do you have a high arch? These are all questions you should be asking yourself. You can typically examine your foot and its arch to answer these questions. If you have flat feet, meaning you have no arch, it is very probable that your foot rolls inward when you walk or run. You will need to invest in a running shoe that offers your foot support and stability so it does not continue to roll inwards. High arched feet tend to roll outward when you walk or run. In this case, you will need to look for running shoes that have a soft, absorbent mid sole to help prevent your foot from rolling outward.

It is always a good idea to work with a salesperson when you are searching for the right running shoe. You will want to work with someone who is knowledgeable about what kinds of shoes best fit different kinds of feet. The right shoe can help prevent a multitude of problems down the road so, take the time to invest in your feet now.


23/May/2017

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

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

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

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

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


23/May/2017

Disorders or complications with the feet can be incredibly painful and debilitating. Unfortunately, almost ¾ of Americans will suffer from some kind of foot problem within  their lifetime. Foot problems can vary but one common problem many people experience is the development of bunions.

According to WebMD, a bunion is an unnatural bony hump that forms at the base of toe, where it connects to the foot. This most often occurs on the big toe and it typically deviates towards the other toes. This, in turn, pushes out on the first metatarsal bone, forming a bunion. Sometimes the little toe can deviate and push out on the fifth metatarsal. When this occurs this is known as a bunionette. Bunions can be extremely painful because they form at the joint, which bears all of our weight when we walk. Bunions, like many other foot problems, begin to form and develop in early adulthood and then progressively get worse. Poor foot structure can lead to their development as well as wearing shoes are too tight or restrictive. Women are especially prone to developing bunions due to years of wearing high heels and pointed shoes. These type of shoes slowly cause feet to develop an unnatural shape.

Foot pain, no matter how mild, is not natural. If you are experiencing pain or noticing a change in your feet you should seek medical care right away. Early care can help prevent the condition from worsening. If you suffer from bunions and they are extremely painful, surgery may be a viable option for you. We offer surgical treatments, including bunions surgery, to Marietta residents. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment!


23/May/2017

Feet are incredible mechanical structures of the human body. Many of us take our feet for granted but they are amazingly strong parts of the body that keep us mobile. Here at the Podiatry Group of Georgia, we find feet fascinating and we are committed to keeping them in healthy, working order. We want to help our clients better understand how incredible their feet really are so they can understand the importance of caring for them.

  1. Feet are Strong- Your feet are unbelievably strong. During an average day of walking, your feet can bear forces that can equal up to hundreds of tons. Even your toes are amazingly strong. When you lift your heels, your toes bear at least half of your total body weight! This is a shocking feat, considering how small your feet and toes are compared to other parts of your body.

  2. Walking is Good for Your Feet- Walking is the best possible exercise for your feet. In fact, it is less tiring for your feet than standing in one spot. Walking involves several different muscles in the foot instead of a few isolated muscles that are involved with standing.

  3. Your Feet Mirror Your General Health- Foot ailments or complications can be the first sign of a more serious health problem. Conditions such as arthritis and diabetes can show their first symptoms in your feet. It is important to monitor the health of your feet.

These are just a few of the wonderful facts about our feet. You can find these and many more at foot.com or you can contact your foot specialist in Marietta and we can answer any questions you have about your feet. Whether you have a serious problem or if you simply would like a medical-grade pedicure, please let us know! We are dedicated to providing our clients with the very best treatment so you can protect the health of your feet.


23/May/2017

As you age, you may discover the development of spider and varicose veins. Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels near the surface of your skin that commonly develop on your face or legs. Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and twisted and typically occur in the legs as well but they can develop anywhere. Spider and varicose veins are unsightly and many people who suffer from them may feel self conscious about them. If you have spider or varicose veins, you do not have to live with them anymore. Not only does our podiatrist use a laser to treat toenail fungus but they can also use a laser to treat and remove varicose and spider veins.

If you suffer from smaller varicose or spider veins, you may benefit from laser vein removal. We use the Q-Clear laser to treat and remove such veins. The laser targets each blood vessel and causes the blood to coagulate. This then causes the vessel to burst. This process is not painful and the blood vessel is simply reabsorbed by your body. The blood flow is then redirected to other blood vessels that are located deeper below the surface of your skin.

Patients may experience mild discomfort when receiving the laser treatment. The discomfort is so mild however, that patients do not require local anesthetics or pain medications. The number of treatments need to remove these vessels depends on their number, color, and size. Each patient is different and requires a different treatment plan. You can work with our podiatrist to come up with the best treatment plan for you.

If you are embarrassed by your spider and varicose veins and are afraid to show off your legs, contact the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our podiatrist is happy to serve the people of Marietta in anyway possible. We can help remove those unattractive veins and restore your confidence. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your consultation!


23/May/2017

No one wants toenail fungus, but we’re surprised at how many people think they have to live with it. Toenail fungus isn’t something you have to accept! Our podiatrist uses a laser to painlessly treat toenail fungus for the patients in our Marietta, Georgia clinic. It’s a quick and painless procedure that can help eliminate toenail fungus in just a few treatments. You’ll have healthy looking toenails again in no time!

Toenail fungus can worsen over time, making your nails look yellow and become brittle. They may even begin to be painful. Our laser penetrates the nail and nail bed, getting rid of the infection and allowing your body to grow new, healthy nails naturally. Many patients see and feel results in as little as one treatment, but depending on the severity of your infection, you may require multiple treatments to see the results you desire.

Want to see what our laser can do for your toenail fungus? Call and make an appointment with our Marietta, Georgia podiatrist today. You’ll come in for a consultation with our podiatrist, who will make sure that this treatment is right for you. If it is, you can start treatment right away!

Be sure to check out our other podiatry services, including our medical spa, which can make sure your feet look and feel their absolute best everyday. You’ll be glad you came to our office for the help that your feet need! Get in touch with us by giving us a call or using the contact form on our website.


23/May/2017

The team at our podiatry group in Marietta have spent years learning about feet! Your feet are an amazing area of your body, and one of the most complicated mechanically. There are over 26 bones in your feet, along with 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. With so many parts and pieces working together to make your feet function properly, there is plenty of room for error. One small bone, joint, or ligament getting out of place can cause you endless pain in your feet.

There are things you can do to keep your feet performing their important function of keeping you moving and balanced. Wearing supportive shoes is one of the most important. The next most important is visiting our podiatry group in Marietta at the first sign of foot pain. Because the mechanics of your foot are so complicated, you want to be sure you are seeing someone who thoroughly understands how your foot works and how to correct any problems you might be experiencing with them. Our doctor has been working with patient’s feet for years, and she knows how to accurately diagnose and resolve your foot and ankle pain.

Your feet shouldn’t hurt, and foot pain isn’t something you have to live with. Get in touch with our office today and make an appointment to find solutions to your foot pain issues. Learn more about our office, your feet, and the different conditions we treat by browsing through our website before your visit. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!


23/May/2017

When you are looking for podiatric surgeons, you want to make sure you are choosing a doctor who you can trust with your feet and ankles. Making this choice can be overwhelming, but following these tips will help you find a doctor you love.

  • Ask about their medical training, and if they have any specialties. Podiatric surgeons go through a lot of training, and many of them will have a specialty. For instance, if you are suffering from a sports injury, finding a podiatric surgeon who specialized in sports injury rehabilitation would be a great fit.
  • Find out how long they’ve been in practice. A doctor fresh out of school might do great work, but someone who has been practicing for years will have more experience handling your particular issues and may have unique insight into how to help you feel better.
  • Read what other patients are saying about them. Thanks to the internet, you can find reviews for any local service–including podiatric surgeons. Find out what other patients have to say about them, because their experiences in the office will give you a good idea about what you can expect.
  • Evaluate after your initial consultation. Did the surgeon take time to listen to your concerns? Did they answer your questions? Did you feel comfortable with them? If the answers are yes, you’ve probably found a great doctor.

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.


23/May/2017

When you need foot surgery, you want to find the right doctor of podiatry for the job. Take a 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, whether they are seeking foot surgery or a medical-grade pedicure. Our office has it all and does it all with excellence.

Dr. Gephart specializes in the care and prevention of foot and ankle injuries, and believes in offering her patients both non-invasive and surgical solutions for their health concerns. Each patients is treated with their individual goals in mind, and she works hard to create a treatment plan that addresses their concerns and helps them move towards the goals they have for their foot and ankle health. She did her podiatric surgery training at the Northport VA Medical Center, and her years of experience and training have made her a premier choice for those requiring surgery on their feet or ankles.

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Gephart or the Podiatry Group of Georgia, we encourage you to make an appointment with our office today. Come in for a consultation or a tour and see everything we have to offer you to better the health of your feet. Because we can do everything under one roof with such a high degree of excellence, you’ll be thrilled with your decision to come to us!


23/May/2017

Foot pain affects many people, but if you try to simply cope with the pain, thinking it will eventually pass, you could be doing more damage to your feet and ankles by continuing to put strain and weight on them. At the Podiatry Group of Georgia, we want to provide you with effective and soothing relief. When you need podiatry in Marietta, come see us right away. Foot pain is not something that you should have to deal with alone.

When you first notice something isn’t right, or you feel a twinge of pain, it’s important to seek medical help right away. Putting off seeking professional advice can often compound the pain and the problem. We will focus on finding the source of the issue, not simply diagnose the symptoms and provide temporary relief. We want you to remain mobile, without worrying about pain while walking or running. If it’s determined that surgery is required to fix the problem, we will make sure that you understand the process before we schedule the operation.

If you have foot or ankle pain due to an injury, diabetes, or another neurological or physical condition, please come see us today. We want to offer you the best podiatry care in Marietta, and help you literally get back on your feet. There’s no need to suffer with chronic foot pain. Our expert staff can see you at anytime and our attention will be dedicated solely to you and your concerns. You can make an appointment online or call us at your convenience.


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