Posts for category: Foot conditions
Corns develop because every day, the feet are generally exposed to several hours of steps and pressure applied when standing. It is this pressure that causes corns to form on the skin of the foot that can be exasperated when they are bunched together in tight and narrow shoes. Corns can become soft or hard, depending on the location of the toes they form on. Seed corns form underneath the foot and do so because of sweat glands being clogged. This condition can cause discomfort, with soft corns being the most painful due to their propensity to become infected. For these reasons, it is imperative that they are treated early on to avoid complications.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Soaking the corns in warm water to soften them up so that the outer layers can be shaved off.
- Utilizing chemical acid treatments to lessen the hardened layers of skin on corns. This is especially helpful since it avoids invasive methods such as cutting off layers of the skin as mentioned above.
- Using the correct footwear is very important since it will diminish the amount of friction that the toes experience when rubbing into the inside of shoes.
- Wearing foam pads that cover the corn can assist with reducing the pressure placed on the corn. It’s important to remember that these pads should be non-medicated to reduce the chances of irritation that can cause an infection.
- Placing wool in between toes can provide a cushioning effect that prevents toes from hitting into each other, decreasing the chance of corn formation.
Corns can be an unfriendly condition as they can become painful and infected. They don’t, however, have to be a huge annoyance if they are treated appropriately. Here at Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, 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 help give your feet the best chance of avoiding this ailment. Please call our office at (404) 355-4522 and expect to feel relief from corns because we’ll provide your feet with the utmost care!
Gout occurs in the big toe’s joint and other areas of the feet and ankles due to a buildup of uric acid flowing in the blood. This uric acid forms from the digestion of meats, seafood, alcohol and any other foods or liquids that contain large amounts of sugar. Moreover, if an individual is dehydrated, the body will have a much more difficult time excreting it through the kidneys since they are responsible for filtering the blood.
Kidney or thyroid complications and medications such as diuretics can make it difficult for the body to excrete uric acid as well. When uric acid is not being filtered through the blood, it is generated into a crystalline structure, which can cause severe aching, inflammation, sudden/intense pain and a feeling that the foot is on fire. This condition can, therefore, cause a significant limitation of mobility if allowed to progress without obtaining the necessary treatment.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- The use of appropriate medications to help reduce pain and inflammation at the joints suffering from this condition.
- Limiting the amount of alcohol, soda, sweet juices and meats consumed on a daily basis.
- Increase the amount of water consumed daily.
- Exercise is helpful for speeding up the reactions of breaking down uric acid.
- Loss of weight can help to reduce stress on the joints.
Gout can become painful and difficult to deal with when not treated appropriately. Here at Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, 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 provide the necessary treatment for your particular gout to ensure the best possible chance of a reduction in pain and swelling. Please don’t wait any longer to make an appointment and call our office at (404) 355-4522 so that your feet can get on the road to recovery and make gout a pain of the past!
A Ganglion is a very common form of non-cancerous soft tissue growth that can develop on the foot or ankle. They usually form on the top of the foot or around the ankle area because of routine wear and tear of tendons and joints. This condition can become painful when it becomes large and rubs against the inside of shoes or presses against a nerve.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Padding to reduce pressure on the ganglion.
- Ice to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Medical assistance to drain the cyst using a syringe and needle and a cortisone injection to reduce swelling. However, there can be risks with cortisone such as a change in the coloring of the skin at the injection site, cartilage nearby becoming weak, ligament or tendon ruptures and related infections.
- Surgical procedures may also be utilized to remove the ganglion. Surgeries of this nature are successful for the most part, however, this condition can occasionally return. Side effects or risks that are associated with this type of surgery can include infections, arthritis, tendonitis, entrapment of a nerve, extended amount of time for full recovery, scarring at the incision site, a nagging pain that remains or no reduction in any pain, and toes or a foot that may be amputated as a result of an infection.
It is important to have this condition treated in a timely manner and to never attempt to pierce and drain the ganglion yourself because it could cause a severe infection. Therefore, please contact us to receive quality treatment that can reduce the size of this cyst or have it removed completely if necessary. Here at Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., are here to help you maintain optimal foot and ankle health! Please make an appointment today by calling our office at (404) 355-4522.
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.
- 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.
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!
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