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By Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia
May 23, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Do your bunions make it difficult to walk easily or even wear shoes? Treatments offered by your Marietta, GA, podiatrists, Drs. Ketan Patel,bunions 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.

By Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia
April 16, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

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. toenail fungusUnfortunately, 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.

December 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain plagues children, teens, and adults. Commonly due to overuse, the stabbing, throbbing pain of a sore heel impacts daily function for countless people a day. At Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia in Marietta, GA, Dr. Ketan Patel, Dr. Stephen Barrett, and Dr. Sequioa DuCasse, offer state-of-the-art diagnosis, staging, and treatment for heel pain. Learn here how you can have healthy, happy feet again.

Why does your heel hurt?

Many factors contribute to heel pain:

  • Simple overuse due to work or athletics
  • Poor quality shoes
  • Overpronation, or an inward turning of the foot toward the midline (this is a gait problem)
  • Obesity
  • Age (the 40 to 60 age group, says the American Podiatric Medical Association)
  • Gender (more women than men)
  • Inherited foot structure (high arches)

Plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition in which the connective tissue between the heel bone and the toes is overstretched and swollen. Sometimes bone spurs on the calcaneus (the heel bone) contribute to pain in the heel and across the plantar fascia.

See your podiatrist in Marietta, GA
Don't suffer any longer. Come to Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia for a complete podiatric examination, X-rays, and gait analysis as needed. Your foot doctor can stage, or grade, the severity of your plantar fasciitis and suggest ways to improve your foot function and your overall well-being through pioneering in-office procedures.

Simple healing strategies include:

  • Staying in good condition (don't be a "weekend warrior")
  • Over-the-counter ibuprofen to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Shoe inserts (custom-made orthotics) to correct overpronation and provide support
  • Weight loss
  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy

Also, for chronically severe heel pain due to plantar fasciitis, the podiatrists offer Endoscopic surgery.

Heal that heel pain

You can with help from the experts at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. Call today for an appointment: (770) 952-5300.

By Dr. Alan Rothstein
April 22, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Running Shoes  

Running Shoes

If you’re a runner, then you know that your shoes are an integral piece of equipment when it comes to comfort, performance and injury prevention.  Your foot type and function will determine which type of running shoe will be best for your unique needs and training regimen. A shoe must properly fit the shape and design of your foot before you can train in it comfortably.

There are several factors to consider when searching for a new running shoe. These may include:

  • Foot structure
  • Foot function
  • Body type
  • Existing foot problems
  • Biomechanical needs
  • Training regimen
  • Environmental factors
  • Previously worn running shoe

Failing to replace old, worn shoes is a major cause of running injuries, as old shoes gradually lose their stability and shock absorption capacity. The typical lifespan of a pair of running shoes is approximately 500 miles. It’s important to keep track of their mileage to avoid overuse.

Helpful tips for choosing your shoes include:

  • Go to a reputable shoe store that specializes in running footwear
  • Bring your old/current running shoes with you
  • Know your foot type, shape as well as any problems you’ve previously experienced
  • Have your feet measured
  • Wear the same socks you wear when training
  • Try on both shoes, and give them a test run

If you’re a beginning runner and just starting your training regimen, then it’s a good idea to visit Windy Hill Podiatry Associates PC for an evaluation. Your podiatrist will examine your feet, identify potential problems, and discuss the best running shoes for your foot structure and type.Seasoned runners should also visit their Marietta or Atlanta podiatrist periodically to check for potential injuries.

Don’t allow poor shoes choices derail your training program and jeopardize your running goals.  A proper-fitting running shoe is an invaluable training tool that allows you to perform your best without injury or pain. The correct footwear, in combination with a proper training routine and professional attention from a skilled Marietta and Atlanta podiatrist is the key to minimizing faulty foot mechanicsand maximizing your performance.

By Dr. Alan Rothstein
April 22, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Physically active feetYour feet are made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments and a vast network of tendons, nerves and blood vessels.  Each of these parts works in harmony, enabling you to walk, run and jump normally and without pain.  

But before jumping into a rigorous workout or fitness program that involves running, you may want to give your feet some extra attention, starting with a trip to your Marietta and Atlanta podiatrist. A professional podiatrist can properly examine your feet, detect potential problems, and provide tips for injury-free training and shoe selection.

Beginning runners are not the only ones who should see a podiatrist. Frequent runners should also pay their podiatrist a visit from time to time to check for any stress on the lower extremities brought on by repetitive force.

Common injuries experienced by runners include plantar fasciitis, heel spurts, Achilles tendon and stress fractures.

Helpful Tips for Preventing Injury

In addition to visiting Windy Hill Podiatry Associates PC, you can also prevent injuries that commonly occur during training and running by stretching properly, choosing appropriate footwear and paying attention to pain or signs of an injury. 

  • Stretch

To prevent injury to your lower extremities, it’s important to stretch carefully before beginning any workout regimen. When muscles are properly warmed up and stretched, the risk for injury is greatly reduced. Appropriate stretches include stretching of the hamstring and wall push-ups.

  • Choose Proper Footwear

The type of shoe you should wear also plays an important role in your ability to run without pain and with optimal performance. The shoe that your foot requires will depend on your foot structure and function, your body type, and the type of running or workout regimen. Your podiatrist may also prescribe an orthotic, or shoe insert, to alleviate any foot pain or anomalies.

  • Be Mindful of Injuries

Even with proper footwear and stretching, not all foot problems can be prevented. Whenever you experience pain, stop whatever workout you are doing and rest. As pain subsides, gradually increase exercise with caution.  When pain persists, visit Windy Hill Podiatry Associates PC for a proper evaluation.

New joggers and seasoned runners alike should take the necessary steps to avoid injury to the lower limbs. Consult with your Marietta or Atlanta podiatrist before start any new workout, and always seek professional care when pain or injury occurs.

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