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By Atlanta Foot Care Center
February 27, 2018
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: corns  

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! 

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
February 21, 2018
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: Gout  

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! 

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
February 14, 2018
Category: Fractures

Foot Fracture Surgery is an important procedure that is frequently the preeminent treatment for foot fractures. It’s not too difficult to imagine the foot fracturing considering there are 26 bones in the foot! Fractures can be non-displaced, whereby a bone breaks but stays in the same position. A bone can also break into two bits and move apart, in which case they are referred to as displaced. Fractures can also be seen in a bone that breaks in many places, and are called comminuted. Open fractures are bones that break through the skin. Surgery is the general answer in order to return the fractured bones to their right location. This will promote healing, restore function and reduce reoccurrence. Moreover, restoring the orientation of the broken bones will lower the risk of future complications and pain.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Foot fracture surgery comprises an initial incision into the fractured bone to expose it for viewing. The broken bone pieces are thereafter readjusted into their correct places and fastened with metal implants. These implants can be screws, wires or plates. Subsequent to the fracture being steadied the open skin is sown closed and covered with a sterilized bandage. The recovering foot will then be placed in a cast or splint.
  • During the remainder of the healing process, it is imperative that the foot is kept elevated to help reduce lingering pain and inflammation. The foot may then need to be stopped from bearing any weight for up to three months to ensure that it heals fully.

This procedure can be very helpful to those who have fractured their feet. Please contact us to determine if your broken foot bone is ready for surgery. 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 to provide quality treatment that will give your fractured foot the best possible chance of returning to its optimal condition! Please make an appointment today by calling our office at (404) 355-4522.

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
February 07, 2018
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: ganglion  

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.

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
January 31, 2018
Category: Heel pain
Tags: heel spurs  

Heel Spurs are bony expansions of the heel bone that occur because of swelling at the heel. They can be found at the back/bottom of the heel or on the sole of the foot. Heel spurs that occur at the hind of the heel form at that location due to inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which itself can cause complications. This, as you can imagine, causes pain behind the heel; however, if this condition happens on the sole of the foot, it is likely due to the plantar fascia being swollen. Plantar heel spurs can be tender at the beginning stages but can actually get even more painful when placing pressure on the heel if treatment is not sought when pain begins to become noticeable.  Contributing factors that increase the chances of this condition forming are obesity, poorly fitting shoes, and an uneven heel.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • The use of anti-inflammatories to counteract pain that stems from the bottom of the foot to decrease swelling and pain.
  • Ice therapy for swelling of the heel.
  • Compression through bandaging the heel.
  • Exercising and physical therapy to stimulate muscles in the foot.
  • Heel cushions to alleviate pain.
  • Utilizing shoes that fit correctly.
  • Custom made orthotics that line to the contours of your feet so that pressure can be routed away from the heel to other areas of the foot.
  • Minimally invasive surgical procedures that will require the foot to be in a cast to allow for proper healing.

Although heel spurs can be managed, they can become a significant impediment to mobility or accomplishing routine tasks if not treated timely. The heel is used in many movements and this condition can cause many complications. Please contact us to receive treatment that can alleviate your heel pain right away. 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 to restore your heel to its optimal condition! So, make an appointment today by calling our office at (404) 355-4522.





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