How your podiatrist in Marietta, Georgia can help with bunion pain
Have you ever had a bunion? They show up as a large bony bump on the side of your big toe. They can be very painful, making it difficult to walk around, and painful to even put on shoes.
The good news is, you can do a lot to prevent bunion formation, and your podiatrist can help. Dr. Ketan Patel at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia in Marietta, Georgia offers a wide range of foot care services, including treatment for painful bunions.
There are some genetic conditions that can increase your risk of bunion formation, like bad foot structure or having flat feet; but one of the most common causes of bunions is wearing shoes that are too narrow. That’s why bunions are far more common in women. High heels only add to the problem by pushing the toes forward.
You can prevent bunion formation if you:
- Choose shoes with a wide toe box, with plenty of room for your toes.
- Avoid wearing high heels.
- Wear inserts inside your shoes for added support.
- Visit your podiatrist for custom-fit orthotics to give your feet support
If you do form a small bunion, there are several easy home treatments you can try, including:
- Placing ice on your bunion to reduce swelling and pain
- Taping the bunion and your foot with athletic tape to add support and cushion
- Wearing inserts or bunion pads in your shoes to cushion the bunion
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
If you have a large bunion, causing moderate to severe pain, you should visit your podiatrist for professional treatments. Large bunions often have some bone involvement, so your podiatrist will take x-rays to determine how much bone is involved.
After a thorough foot examination, including x-rays, your podiatrist will determine the best course of treatment to give you relief from bunion pain. Common treatments include:
- Removing corns and calluses
- Night splints to help realign your toe
- Custom-fit orthotics and footwear
- Stretching and physical therapy exercises
- Surgical removal, known as a bunionectomy
You don’t have to limit your activities because of bunion pain. Get some relief today by calling Dr. Ketan Patel of Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia in Marietta, Georgia at (770) 952-5300. Call now!
Our Marietta, GA, podiatry team can show you how to prevent diabetic foot problems.
People with diabetes are at an increased risk for dealing with foot problems and infections. To prevent serious problems and complications, it’s important that you understand how to best care for your feet. From the office of our Marietta, GA, podiatrist Dr. Ketan Patel, here are three helpful tips for how to properly care for your feet with diabetes.
Examine Your Feet Daily
In order to recognize problems right away this requires you to actually take a look at your feet. Since many people with diabetes also have nerve damage this also means that you may not be able to feel when you have an injury or problem.
That’s why you should inspect your feet daily to look for any cuts, open wounds, sores, redness, swelling, skin changes, ingrown toenails or other problems. Even the most minor issues need to be addressed. If you have trouble checking your feet yourself ask a family member or use a hand mirror.
Wear Shoes and Socks at All Times
Whether you’re spending time outside or just kicking it at home, you still need to sport protective footwear. Again, nerve damage can make it difficult to tell when you’ve cut, wounded or burned your feet. By wearing shoes and socks throughout the day you can minimize injury. Furthermore, the type of shoes you wear matters.
Look for shoes with large toe boxes, that won’t rub against your feet or bunch up toes, and that provide you with ample cushioning and support. Not sure which kind of shoes to get? Our podiatrist would be happy to provide some recommendations the next time you’re at his Marietta, GA, office.
Keep Feet Dry
It’s important that you are washing your feet every day with warm, soapy water. Once feet are cleaned it’s also just as important that you dry them thoroughly. This is particularly important for the areas behind toes, because leaving skin moist can also increase your risk for infection. So, the next time you step out of the tub, make sure to towel dry your feet. You should also remove sweaty or wet shoes and socks immediately.
The best way to protect your feet from problems is to prevent injuries and wounds in the first place. Of course, if you do end up dealing with an injury it’s important that you turn to our podiatrist who specializes in treating diabetic feet. Call Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia in Marietta, GA, at (770) 952-5300.
Would you like to see someone who is thoroughly qualified to care for your feet and ankles? You can when you come to Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia. Dr. Stephen Barrett and Dr. Ketan Patel are your Marietta area foot doctors with the experience, expertise and compassion to keep your feet working well, feeling good and looking great.
Why a podiatrist?
Foot doctors in the Marietta area and across the country treat only foot and ankle problems. They receive years of medical training and undergo a rigorous residency program. They specialize in the latest diagnostic, surgical, imaging and treatment techniques that concentrate on the form, function and health of the lower extremities.
Seeing a foot doctor is very important if your lifestyle or health conditions impact your feet and ankles. Examples include:
- Athletics (sports injuries--either repetitive or acute)
- Peripheral circulation issues
- Congenital or acquired foot or ankle deformities (flat feet, hammer toes, bunions)
- Soft tissue injuries and conditions (Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, ingrown toenails)
- Gait problems due to aging, injury, balance or deformity
- Traumatic injuries from occupational accidents, MVAs, sports and more
What a podiatric examination involves
When you come to Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia, expect a friendly, prompt greeting and foot exam in a fully equipped treatment room. Your foot doctor will review your medical and surgical history, particularly as it pertains to your feet and ankles, and then visually inspect your feet.
He or she may suggest special imaging as needed (an MRI, for example) or gait analysis (checking to see how you walk). You'll discuss any discomforts or concerns you have and your day to day activities, occupation, sports and more.
From there, your foot doctor will recommend in-office treatments and lifestyle changes to ensure your feet are pain-free and working well. These may include:
- Stopping all tobacco usage
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Beginning a plan of regular exercise
- Shoe modifications (more supportive footwear or shoe orthotics to provide better support, gait correction, and protection)
- Controlling blood sugar levels
Your feet take you everywhere
And, they are very complex structures. As such, they need careful attention. At Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia, you'll get that expert and compassionate care from Drs. Patel and Barrett. Please call our Marietta, GA, office for an appointment: (770) 952-5300.
Do your bunions make it difficult to walk easily or even wear shoes? Treatments offered by your Marietta, GA, podiatrists, Drs. Ketan Patel, Stephen Barrett and Sequioa DuCasse of Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia (formerly Windy Hill Podiatry Associates) can help relieve your pain.
Bunion treatments and strategies
If your bunion isn't painful or only causes mild pain, you may benefit by trying one or more of these treatments or strategies:
- Toe Exercises: Exercises, such as picking up a towel or marble with your toes, can help keep your big toe flexible and decrease stiffness.
- Over-the-Counter Medication: Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen sodium and other over-the-counter medications offer pain relief. Some medications also decrease inflammation.
- Pads: Adhesive pads protect and cushion your bunions. The pads can also prevent calluses from forming if your toes begin to overlap.
- Weight Loss: If you're overweight, losing a few pounds can decrease pressure on your foot and ease bunion symptoms.
- New Shoes: Wearing tight shoes or high heels can worsen your bunions and increase pain. Choose shoes that offer plenty of room in the toe box and are wide enough to accommodate your bunion.
- Orthotics: Your Marietta foot doctor may recommend prescription shoe inserts to improve the alignment of your foot and decrease pain.
If these measures don't help, surgery may be an option. Surgery can be helpful if:
- Conservative treatment methods haven't been effective.
- Your pain interferes with your daily activities.
- Your big toe overlaps your other toes.
- Your big toe is stiff or constantly swollen or inflamed.
Surgery removes the bunions and inflamed tissues and corrects the alignment of your big toe joint. A variety of surgical techniques are used to treat bunions. The best type of surgery for you will depend on the severity of your bunion and your symptoms.
Ease your painful bunion symptoms with a visit to the foot doctor. Call your Marietta, GA, podiatrists, Drs. Ketan Patel, Stephen Barrett and Sequioa DuCasse of Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia (formerly Windy Hill Podiatry Associates) at (770) 952-5300 to schedule an appointment.
If a persistent or severe toenail fungus is affecting you find out how we can treat the problem.
Have you noticed that one of your toenails has thickened, or turned brittle or yellow? If so, you could be dealing with a fungal infection. Unfortunately, a lot of people may have fungal toenail infections but not even know it. If left untreated this can lead to more unpleasant complications. Of course, if you find that at-home treatments aren’t clearing up your infection, then it’s time to turn to our Marietta, GA, podiatrists Dr. Ketan Patel, Dr. Stephen Barrett and Dr. Sequioa DuCasse for laser treatment.
How does laser toenail fungal therapy work?
While some patients may respond to oral antifungal medications those who experience persistent or recurring toenail fungus may require a more effective strategy. In this situation, our laser therapy (known as Laser Nails) may be the best option. A special laser is directed over the infected toe where it will heat up and destroy the fungus lying underneath while leaving the skin and healthy parts of the nail unaffected.
What are the benefits of getting laser therapy to treat your fungal infection?
There are many benefits to getting laser toenail fungus treatment in Marietta, GA. For one, this treatment is painless and non-invasive, which means that you won’t need anesthesia. Results are fast and many infections can be completely treated in just one session.
Another advantage to choosing this treatment is that unlike other fungal infections treatment options like oral or topical antifungal medications, laser therapy is safe and doesn’t have any side effects. Those who want to treat their fungal infection but don’t want to resort to drugs in order to do it may be ideal candidates for this treatment.
What should I expect from laser fungus treatment?
In less than 30 minutes our foot doctor can treat your infection. There is no pain associated with this treatment. Most patients feel nothing more than a slight warming sensation as the laser is directed over the nail. There is no recovery period associated with this treatment. You can go back to your normal routine immediately after.
Can my fungal infection come back?
While this laser treatment is effective at eliminating persistent and severe toenail fungus, it is important to understand that this treatment cannot prevent another infection from occurring. After all, fungus is all around us. So it’s important that you adopt certain habits (e.g. wearing shoes in public showers or locker rooms) to prevent a future fungal infection.
If you are having trouble treating your toenail fungal infection and want to find out if laser therapy is right for you then call Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia in Marietta, GA today.
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