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By Atlanta Foot Care Center
March 15, 2018
Category: Heel pain
Tags: Heel pain  

Heel Pain can cause significant roadblocks to everyday activities. This can be annoying; very annoying. We use our heels for every step we take and it bears a good portion of weight from the rest of the body. The plantar fascia is a muscle that joins the heel bone to the toes and can play an important role in mobility. Plantar fasciitis occurs as this ligament is stressed and thereafter swells up. As this all happens, mobility becomes severely hindered and routine activities suddenly become strained and out of reach. This condition has a higher chance of occurring when walking with feet turned inwardly, keeping weight on the heel for long periods of time or utilizing shoes that are tight and do not fit correctly.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Relaxing the heel for extended periods of time can lead to long-lasting relief.
  • Using ice therapy to alleviate inflammation.
  • Physical therapy to ease ligaments and the plantar fascia so that heel pain can be condensed.
  • Using shoe inserts, cushioning and orthotics to help redistribute pressure along the foot so that the heel will bear less stress over long periods of time or during periods of short, high-intensity activities.
  • Losing weight can lead to significant reductions of pressure applied to the heel, as well as a variety of other health benefits.
  • Use of medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.

Heel pain is a drag on your everyday activities and when severe, can cause debilitating pain. 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 focus on the cause of your heel pain and treat it with the latest advancements podiatry has to offer. Therefore, we recommend that you call our office at (404) 355-4522 to schedule an appointment today. We will provide you with comprehensive treatment plans that can help your feet recover from this condition and give you a great chance at avoiding it from coming back in the future!

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
March 06, 2018
Category: diabetic footcare
Tags: foot infections  

Foot Infections are risky and potentially life-changing. This is the case because they can lead to amputations. In particular, diabetics who incur foot infections can have severe issues depending on if they are mild, modest or severe.

Diabetes has the potential to make any foot infection turn serious, which can include cellulitis, necrotizing fasciitis, septic arthritis or tendinitis. Foot infections are among the most common and serious complications of diabetes. Diabetics with foot infections have an increased likelihood of requiring hospitalization. Since diabetics have the increased risk of foot ulcerations, infections are the leading influences for amputation. The usual cause of infections in the foot is bacterial in nature.

If a foot infection is formed because of an untreated wound, it will be cultured by a medical professional to determine the exact cause of the infection so that the most effective medication can be prescribed. If the foot has an ulcer, the skin of it will be scraped off for a biopsy.

Consequently, proper care of foot infections involves effective wound management, use of antibiotics and any surgical treatment that may be necessary. It’s also important to prevent the formation of antibiotic-resistant infections by not using too many unnecessary antibiotics. Therefore, antibiotic treatment should last for up to a month or up to 4 months if the infection has spread or become severe and is absolutely essential.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Proper management of diabetic foot infections through proper medications, drainage, removal of debris/dead tissues and wound care.
  • Surgical procedures that involve corrective measures and/or amputation. These procedures are only effective if done so timely.

Proper management of foot infections is paramount for maintaining suitable long-term foot and ankle health. 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 identify and manage any foot infection you may develop. So, please call our office at (404) 355-4522 to schedule an appointment so that we can help your feet beat any infection that may be present or that which may try to infect your foot in the future.

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.

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