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.
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.
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.
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.
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