When To See a Podiatrist
October 26, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

If you need a Podiatrist in Marietta, GA, Dr. Ketan Patel of Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia provides the services that you need at his practice. Dr. Patel is a board-certified podiatric surgeon with many years of experience treating foot and ankle conditions.

The most common reason for seeing a podiatrist in Marietta, GA is because your feet are causing you pain. When your feet hurt, it makes just doing your normal daily activities difficult. What you need is to find a solution to your pain issues and that is what your podiatrist is an expert at doing.

Things That Cause Foot Pain

Ingrown toenails For some people, the shape of their big toe causes chronic issues with ingrown toenails. These can become inflamed, and cause a lot of pain. Your podiatrist can help, but to keep this issue from recurring, you need to take care of your toes at home. 

Plantar fasciitis At the bottom of the foot is a band of tissue called the plantar fascia. It attaches the front of the foot to the heel. When it becomes irritated, and there are many things that can irritate it, it is painful. Treatments include exercise, orthotics and, if nothing else helps, Dr. Patels offers endoscopic surgery,

Achilles tendonitis As the largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon is tough but also prone to athletic injuries. Treatments include rest, stretching exercises, a specifically designed bandage, massage, and ultrasound. If all else fails, surgery may be the recommended treatment.  

Heel spur A heel spur is a bony growth on your heel that irritates the tendons that run across the heel and causes pain every time you put your heel on the ground. Treatment includes custom orthotics, exercise, and cortisone injections. 

Other painful foot conditions include flat feet, bunions, hammertoe, and Mortons neuroma. These can all benefit from the care of a podiatrist. 

Diabetic Foot Care

When you have diabetes you can be prone to foot problems due to neuropathy. A small foot injury can lead to an infection, and you won't feel anything. This can lead to something as serious as an amputation, so learning how to keep your feet healthy is vital.

Senior Toenail Care

As you age, your toenails become thick and in some cases misshapen. It may be impossible to trim them on your own and having it done by your podiatrist is a safe alternative. 

Dr. Patel is a Podiatrist in Marietta, GA. You can reach him at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia when you are suffering from foot or ankle pain. Call our office at (770) 952-5300 to make an appointment or use the form on the website.