Foot pain is not normal. At the first sign of pain, or any noticeable changes in your feet, seek professional podiatric medical care. With proper detection, intervention, and care, most foot and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented.
The human foot is a marvel of mechanical complexity and structural strength. The foot can sustain enormous pressure — several tons over the course of a one mile run — and provides flexibility and resiliency.
The foot and ankle are comprised of:
- 26 bones (25% of the bones in the human body are in the feet);
- 33 joints;
- more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue.
Together they provide the body with support, balance and mobility. If any of these parts breaks down, it can result in the development of problems in other parts of the body. Other diseases, like diabetes can also lead to problems in the feet.
The journey to healthy feet starts with one step. The Podiatry Group of Georgia is here to help you with that first step.
Americans face common foot problems and serious foot conditions everyday. The American Podiatric Medical Association recently conducted a study with alarming results – it revealed that some 75% of Americans will suffer some type of foot problem in their lives. Many foot problems are a result of neglect. You may not be able to see them, but your feet are there and should be regularly cared for.
Podiatrists are health care professionals whose training focuses on the foot, ankle, and the muscles and tendons governing foot function.
Dr. Tammy K. Gephart diagnoses and treats foot and ankle conditions including neurological, circulatory, skin, and musculoskeletal system. Oftentimes a serious health condition, such as diabetes, can be diagnosed first by podiatrists who then refer the patient to other medical specialists.