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By Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia - Windy Hill Podiatry
November 29, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus in Marietta, GA is not a topic most people want to discuss. However, if you suffer from this condition, it is important that you seek treatment early on. Dr. Ketan Patel of Windyhill Podiatry Associates serving is here to help you better understand the dangers of this condition and how you can find treatment and healing. Keep reading to learn more. 

Fungal Infections

This is a common, yet serious condition. The fungus can develop on the toenails when there is a fungus present and it spreads to the toenail. Often, this condition will develop because of a cut or scrape that is present. When the fungus begins to grow, it can get down between the nail and the nail bed. The nail bed is made of soft tissue and it can create infections. The fungus can be transmitted to the feet from showers that are shared, public pools, and sporting equipment. Fungal growths can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact as well.

What Are The Symptoms? 

Symptoms of fungus can differ from person to person, but for the most part, the following are some symptoms you can be looking for. 

  • Discoloration of the toenails- Nails can become yellow or cloudy looking. 
  • Thickening of the nails
  • Nails cracking or splitting 
  • Pain or tenderness

What Are The Risks?

Toenail fungus in Marietta, GA can become serious when left untreated. One of the biggest problems with this condition is that it is highly contagious. The fungus can spread from your toenails to other parts of your body. In addition to this, the fungus can also be spread to others. In fact, the most common way people contract fungus on the feet and toenails is through using public pools and showers. Getting this condition treated promptly will ensure that you do not pass it on to someone else. 

If left untreated, this condition can also develop serious infections. If you have diabetes or other health problems, you should do all you can to avoid toenail fungus in Marietta, GA. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact Dr. Patel at Windyhill Podiatry Associates. Call today at 770-952-5300.

By Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia - Windy Hill Podiatry
June 30, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Do you have a bump on your biggest toe? Bunions, or hallux valgus, are bony bumps that appear at the base of the big toe and cause it to bend. Fortunately, we provide bunions treatment In Marietta, GA. Dr. Ketan Patel of Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia will evaluate your bunions and recommend treatment.

Bunions are categorized into three stages: mild, moderate, and severe. If not treated immediately, mild and moderate cases will become severe ones.

The treatment of bunions depends on their severity. If you have a mild or moderate bunion, your podiatrist in Marietta, GA, will recommend the following treatment options:

  • Over-the-counter pain killers
  • Ice-packs and warm soaks
  • Using orthotic pads
  • Cortisol injections

Wearing comfortable well-fitted shoes is very important for patients with bunions to prevent the fast progression of the condition. If your condition doesn’t improve after trying these measures, your podiatrist will probably suggest performing surgery. Bunion surgery is an outpatient procedure in which you will undergo general or local anesthesia. Then the surgeon will remove the bunion and realign the toe joint surgically.

If not treated properly, your bunions will cause long-term problems. Arthritis is one of the most common complications of bunions. Arthritis happens when the bunion causes deteriorations in the cartilage of your toe joint.

Another common condition that follows untreated bunion is crossover toe. Crossover toe happens when your second toe sits over the largest one, causing foot deformity.

Also, the quality of life for patients will diminish. Movement difficulties, persistent pain or swelling, and difficulty wearing shoes are the most common causes of reduced life quality.

If you’re suffering from bunions in Marietta, GA, don’t hesitate to visit Dr. Patel of Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia to evaluate and treat your condition. Call (770) 952-5300 and book your appointment now.

By Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia - Windy Hill Podiatry
March 30, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

From home treatment options to professional care, here’s how to tackle toenail fungal infection.

Toenail fungus is a problem that can lead to crumbling and unsightly nails and even permanent nail damage. Of course, there are many ways in which to treat toenail fungus, from home remedies to turning to our Marietta, GA, podiatrist Dr. Ketan Patel. If you’re wondering what your treatment options are, then you’ve come to the right place.

Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus

From natural alternatives to over-the-counter topical fungal treatments, there is a wide range of ways to treat toenail fungus on your own. It’s important to know whether you should take treatment into your own hands. If you have diabetes, nerve damage in your feet, or a compromised immune system it’s important that you turn to our Marietta, GA, podiatrists for toenail fungus treatment rather than trying to treat the problem on your own.

Some natural toenail fungus treatment options include:

  • Making a baking soda and water paste and applying it directly to the foot
  • Applying apple cider vinegar to the infected toe or soaking feet for up to 20 minutes in a 2-parts apple cider vinegar to 1 part water bath
  • Applying hydrogen peroxide to the infected toes
  • Altering your diet so you’re not feeding the fungus (this includes limiting carbs, avoiding sugar and alcohol, and consuming probiotic-rich foods)

There are over-the-counter remedies that you can use to treat fungus on the feet. However, these creams, and ointments won’t typically penetrate the nail, so they aren’t always effective at killing the fungus. If you don’t notice changes or an improvement in your symptoms within a couple of weeks of home treatment, then it’s probably time to see a medical professional.

Professional Toenail Fungus Treatment

There are several strategies that our podiatric team may take to treat your toenail fungus. Some treatment options include:

  • Prescription medications that are much stronger than anything you can get over-the-counter. While prescription-strength topical creams may be more effective than commercial fungal creams they should only be used on milder fungal infections.
  • Dr. Patel may also prescribe an oral antifungal medication, which will act on the body as a whole to clear the infection. This may be the first course of action or may be recommended if topical medications don’t work.
  • Those with severe or persistent fungal infection cases may benefit from laser treatment. Unlike topical medications, lasers can penetrate the infected toenail to kill the fungus underneath. Laser fungal treatment is incredibly effective at killing the fungus, often in just 1-2 sessions.

Here at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia, our Marietta, GA, foot and ankle podiatrist, Dr. Patel, can treat everything from toenail fungus to arthritis. To discuss treatment options including laser fungal treatment, call us today at (770) 952-5300.

By Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia - Windy Hill Podiatry
December 29, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot doctor   Podiatrist  

If your car had a flat tire, would an air-conditioning specialist fix it? Silly question, isn't it? However, the same idea applies to caring for your podiatric health. There are many benefits to seeing a highly trained foot doctor, such as Dr. Ketan Patel in Marietta, GA. At Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia, he provides preventive care and treatment of a wide range of foot and ankle problems.

Your feet...

They are more complex than you may think. Composed of 26 separate bones and a staggering array of ligaments, tendons and muscles, your feet bear tremendous stresses. As such, a lot can go wrong with them--arthritis, reduced circulation, ingrown toenails, bunions, sore arches and more.

When you should see a foot doctor

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon (ACFAS) urges adults of all ages to see a podiatrist routinely--at least once a year--for a hands-on podiatric examination. This is particularly important for diabetics or others who have conditions that compromise motion, place undue stresses on the feet and ankles or reduce circulation and sensation.

So, be sure to contact Dr. Ketan Patel at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia if you:

  • Sprain or break a toe, foot or ankle
  • Have persistent athlete's foot or fungal nails
  • Develop a bunion, heel spur, or other deformities
  • Are diabetic or have a degenerative condition, such as arthritis
  • Stand for prolonged periods of time for your job
  • Have persistent pain in your feet, ankles or legs
  • See a change in the color, temperature or texture of skin on your lower extremities
  • Have corns, calluses, or warts (do not attempt at-home surgery)
  • Begin a new, and vigorous, exercise routine or sport
  • Need a recommendation for shoes or require inserts (orthotics) to protect or correct a wound, gait issue, or deformity
  • A serious laceration or infected wound

We can help

At Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia, Dr. Patel performs many procedures, therapies, and other podiatric treatments in his state of the art facility. We have state of the art MRI imaging, endoscopic surgeries and provide physical therapy as needed.

For comprehensive foot and ankle care, contact our Marietta, GA, office for a consultation with this experienced foot doctor. Your feet and ankles are so worth it. Phone us at (770) 952-5300.

By Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia - Windy Hill Podiatry
November 19, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: heel pain  

Overuse, overweight, overpronation. These three factors and more contribute to a problem your podiatrist, Dr. Ketan Patel, sees at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. It's heel pain. Fortunately, Marietta, GA, patients find relief through his expert diagnostic skill and state of the art treatments. Do you wish to feel better and stay active?

Heel pain is no joke

It can impact your daily routine, family life and athletic pursuits. Harvard Health says that systemic health issues, such as gout, may cause heel pain, but more likely, the problem is local--in the heel bone and surrounding connective tissue.

Typically, heel pain is sharp and stabbing. Redness, swelling and tenderness may accompany it, and in many cases, it's worse in the morning, improves during the day and returns when you're inactive at your desk or watching an evening TV show.

Also, gait problems, such as the twisting action of overpronation, place stress on the plantar fascia on the arch of the foot. An over-stretched Achilles tendon and tight calf muscles cause almost debilitating heel pain, and something as simple as a plantar wart, bone spur, stone bruise or poorly fitting high-heeled shoes can make your heels hurt.

Finally, when you're on your feet a lot for your job or pound your heels with running or volleyball, they'll get very sore. Add the pressure of too much bodyweight and these conditions result:

  • Plantar fasciitis, chronic irritation of the connective tissue bridging the arches between the toes and heels
  • Achilles tendonitis, swelling and limited range of motion where this large tendon attaches to the heel bone
  • Bursitis, inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs which cushion foot and ankle joints
  • Heel spur, a small bony growth on the front of the heel bone

Diagnosis and treatment

To understand heel pain causes, your podiatrist will do a complete foot and ankle exam in his Marietta office. He takes X-rays or other kinds of imaging and watches you walk. He'll ask you about your symptoms and what may start or relieve them; so be as specific as you can. Then, Dr. Patel can arrive at an accurate diagnosis and create a care plan specific to your needs.

Conservative treatments often work extremely well, reports Harvard Health. Rest, ice and elevation may relieve swelling and discomfort, along with over the counter analgesics, such as ibuprofen.

Sometimes, just a change of shoes or the addition of customized inserts, or orthotics, reduce pressure on the feet and correct gait problems. Also, Dr. Patel offers in-office Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, or ESWT, in which sound waves reduce inflammation, improve circulation and speed healing.

You can feel better

Heel pain is very common and highly treatable when you consult the helpful team at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. Why not give your podiatrist, Dr. Ketan Patel, a call to arrange a consultation in his Marietta, GA, office? Phone us at (770) 952-5300.

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