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By Atlanta Foot Care Center
January 16, 2018
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: ingrown toenails  

Ingrown toenails like to dig deep, causing pain and complications. Our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., can treat this condition at the Atlanta Foot Care Center where we can be reached at (404) 355-4522, and are located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ingrown Toenails form as the side of the toenail digs into the skin surrounding it. This causes inflammation and discomfort.  This can happen by incorrectly trimming toenails, wearing the wrong type of footwear, and not changing socks when damp.

Symptoms include:

  • Severe discomfort
  • Swelling around the ingrown nail
  • A discharge from the area surrounding the nail if it becomes infected

This condition can be caused by any of the following factors:

  • An inherited defect
  • Severe trauma to the toes from blunt force
  • Toenails that are cut too short
  • Improperly fitting shoes that are too narrow around the toes
  • Fungal infections

Preventative measures include wearing sandals, that allow the toes to move freely, and wide toe-boxed shoes that have extra padding ensuring unnecessary friction. Treatment for this condition includes soaking the toes with the ingrown toenail condition in warm water which will act to unstiffen the area around the toenail and will help to prevent irregular cutting. Furthermore, if the above-described methods do not alleviate this condition, surgical procedures may become necessary. In certain instances, the nail may need to be removed completely.

Due to the complications associated with this condition, please contact us if you have any of the symptoms associated with this ailment to prevent the formation of any unnecessary infections.  

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
January 10, 2018
Category: fungal toenails
Tags: laser treatment  

Laser treatment is a great way to treat toenail fungus as it is not invasive like practical surgical procedures. Our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., can treat this condition with skill and state of the art technology at the Atlanta Foot Care Center where we can be reached at (404) 355-4522, and are located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Laser Treatment for fungal toenails is used to fight discolored toenails that have developed because of fungus. Laser Treatment can strip the infected nail of fungus without pain. With this form of treatment, light rays are focused on the nail, piercing it and extinguishing the fungus. The infection begins as an unattractive sight but can turn the toenail fragile and tender if not treated early on. Laser treatment also has no harmful side effects because it only targets the infected area of the toenail. This treatment is also efficient in preventing the need for medicines, which can cause other problems. Laser treatment commonly takes no longer than an hour to finish. Toenails will replace themselves every year and the new, healthy nail can be seen within the first three months as they continue to mature in a nourishing way.

The benefits of this form of treatment include the following:

  • No side effects.
  • Clear nail development in most cases.
  • Nail polish, shoes and socks can be worn with no worries.
  • A relatively quick procedure at half an hour.
  • Two treatments required.
  • No anesthetic is used.

As it can be seen, there are many benefits to the use of laser treatment for irradiating toenail fungus. The conservative nature of this procedure allows for a worry-free experience with no potential complications. To utilize this form of technology, the toenail fungus must not develop to such an advanced state that the toe requires surgical removal. To avoid these complications, we highly recommend that you contact us at early signs of this condition so that you can utilize this pain-free treatment to the benefit of your toes!

 

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: athlete's foot  

Athlete’s foot can be painful and spread easily. Our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., will treat this condition with the utmost care at the Atlanta Foot Care Center where we can be reached at (404) 355-4522, and are located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Athlete’s Foot is a contagious fungal infection that can spread from the skin of the feet to the toenails. The fungus that causes this condition can be contracted from another person or contaminated surfaces such as public pools, locker rooms or showers. Those who frequent these areas are more likely to acquire this condition, as are those who share socks or shoes with someone who has this infection. Symptoms of this condition include:

  • Itching or burning in between the toes or on the soles of the feet.
  • Itchy blisters on the feet.
  • Skin that’s breaking on the feet.
  • Discolored skin of the feet.

Treatment for this condition can include the use of antifungal medications or antibiotics if a bacterial infection develops. Preventative tips include the following:

  • Washing feet with soap and hot water daily.
  • Drying feet on a daily basis after they become wet.
  • Using antifungal powders on feet daily.
  • Refraining from wearing open shoes in public places such as pools.
  • Using socks made from cotton that pull moisture away from the skin of the foot.
  • Changing socks as feet get damp.
  • Keeping feet uncovered when home to allow them to stay dry.
  • Wearing shoes that have materials that allow air to pass through the insides of them.
  • Using different pairs of shoes every other day to prevent excess moisture from building within them, which can be a breeding ground for fungus.

Athlete’s foot can be unsettling as it can have a wide array of consequences on the feet. We therefore recommend that you please contact us as soon as you notice any of the symptoms described above so that we can treat your feet with the care they deserve!

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
December 29, 2017
Category: Ankle conditions
Tags: Ankle sprains  

Ankle sprains are painful and annoying because they can happen suddenly, without notice. Our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., has experience treating this condition and can do with great care at the Atlanta Foot Care Center where we can be reached at (404) 355-4522, and are located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ankle Sprains can happen when your ligaments over-stretch. It’s common for ankle sprains to occur because there are multiple ligaments that hold the bones of your feet together. The ligaments on the outside of the ankle are the ones that usually are prone to sprain and the ones on the inside are stronger. Risk is highest among athletes since they have tendencies to move their ankles in sudden and abnormal manners. If you experience a minor injury, you can generally return to sports activities within several days. For more serious injuries, it could take a few weeks for recovery. They may take longer to heal if they occur higher up on the ankle.

Treatment that can help alleviate ankle pain and speed up recovery including wrapping the ankle with a bandage so that the pressure can help with swelling, ice packs to reduce swelling and increase mobility, relaxation to allow the ankle to heal and ankle exercises to assist the ligament with a speedy recovery. When ankle pain causes more severe pain, surgery may be required to properly treat an ankle sprain. This is because ankle sprains that do not recover properly may lead to ankle instability. This can lead to much agony if it occurs over and over again. An incision is made over the ligaments that tore so that they can inspect the ligaments in a detailed manner and finally repaired. A splint can be utilized to protect the ankle thereafter to prevent an injury from happening again.

Due to the sudden nature of this condition to cause severe pain, it is best not to allow them to occur that often. In order to protect your ankle from consistent sprains, timely treatment is required. So, please contact us today to get your ankles functioning like new!

 

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
December 18, 2017
Category: foot deformities
Tags: Hammertoes  

Hammertoes are troublesome and unfortunately occur in high frequencies, partially because of the choice of foot wear individuals choose to utilize. Our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., strive to treat many foot conditions and will do their best to alleviate pain from this condition at the Atlanta Foot Care Center where we can be reached at (404) 355-4522, and are located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hammertoes may form because of severe traumas to the toes, which can result from weighty objects falling on them or a severe hit against fixed objects. They may also be inherited. This condition occurs with higher frequency in women since they tend to wear high heels that cause the toe to bend in an unnatural way and narrow shoes that lead to bending in the center of the joint. This condition causes the joints to collapse, making the toe point upwards. When a toe is too long, the toe is restricted when in a shoe. To reduce pain from this condition, shoes with deep toe boxes should be worn, high-heeled shoes should not be used, padding should be used to reduce pressure placed on toes and loose-fitting shoes should be chosen over narrow fitting foot wear. If this condition is not treated timely, toes can become stiffer, requiring surgery to fix the deformity.

Surgery will help to fix toes that have become unnaturally bent due to a lack of preemptive treatment. This will be accomplished by removing the joint or redirecting the tendon to correct the deformity. Physical therapy will also help to promote the strengthening of the muscles around the joint and stretching also helps to reduce tension in tendons. 

This condition can grow into an unnecessary problem as toes may become misshaped and cause annoyances to your routine. As it progressively gets worse, pain will be accompanied with this condition. So, please contact us today to receive a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment if necessary to allow your toes to straighten and allow your routine to return back to normal!





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