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By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
January 25, 2018
Category: Podiatry

Find out whether laser therapy is the best approach for tackling fungal infections of the toenail.toenail fungus

Are you dealing with an unsightly yellowing, brittle toenails thanks to a fungal infection? While this infection is relatively harmless for healthy individuals, it’s certainly something that you want to take care of. Of course, over-the-counter antifungal remedies aren’t all they are cracked up to be and some patients dealing with severe or persistent infections often visit our Marietta, GA, podiatrist, Dr. Mathew John, at their wit’s end. Find out more about laser therapy and how it could help.

How does a fungal infection develop?

Fungus is all around us and found in environments you may not even realize. Unfortunately, a fungal infection is also contagious, so if a member of your family has it you may also be prone to developing a fungal infection yourself.

Why should you treat a fungal infection?

Those with diabetes or a weak immune system really need to make sure that they get this infection treated as soon as possible to prevent complications. Of course, even healthy individuals need to find a good treatment option for getting rid of the fungus, as it could become painful, spread to other toenails or even damage the nail permanently.

How does laser fungal treatment work?

If the medicine hasn’t worked for staving off that fungal infection then it’s time to talk to our Marietta foot doctor about laser fungal treatment. The Cutera Genesis laser is the best way to eliminate the fungus responsible for discolored, yellowing toenails.

This treatment is virtually painless for most patients and doesn’t require numbing gels or local anesthesia. The only sensation you may feel is warmth when the laser is directed over the affected toenail. As the laser is directed over the nail, the laser beams will safely penetrate through the nail to heat up and destroy the fungus. Once the treatment is over you can go back to your regular schedule, as there is absolutely no downtime associated with laser therapy.

When will I see results?

It’s important for patients to understand that why laser fungal treatment is an effective way to destroy the fungus it won’t immediately produce clear results. You will need to wait several months for the clear nail to grow in.

How long will laser therapy take?

Each laser treatment only takes about 15 minutes, so you won’t spend a lot of time in our office. You may need one, two or even three follow-up laser sessions every couple of months depending on the severity of your infection.

Are you dealing with a fungal infection that just won’t quit? If so, then it’s time to turn to the foot care specialists at Ankle & Foot Centers in Marietta, GA. Schedule your much-needed appointment today to find out if laser treatment is your best option.

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
November 22, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: neuromas  

Does it feel as if a pebble is stuck in your shoe, yet nothing drops out when you shake the shoe? Morton's neuroma, a common foot neuromacondition, may be responsible for your pain. Podiatrist Dr. Matthew John of Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, discusses the condition and explains treatment options.

How does a neuroma occur?

Neuromas are non-cancerous growths that form as a result of the thickening of tissue around a nerve. The growths usually appear between the third and fourth toes and can be felt when you stand, walk or wear shoes.

What are the symptoms of a neuroma?

Putting pressure on your neuroma when you walk, stand or run can send burning pain shooting from the ball of your foot to your toes. If you must stand or walk for long periods of time, you may notice that the front part of your foot tingles or feels numb. Swelling between the toes can also occur.

How did I get a neuroma?

Your choice of footwear may be responsible for your neuroma. Wearing shoes that place pressure on your front of your foot, such as tight shoes or high heels, can cause the condition. People who've had a recent foot injury or have bunions, hammertoe or flat feet or high arches are more likely to develop a neuroma. Runners are at increased risk, particularly those who use starting blocks that require them to push off with their toes.

How are neuromas treated?

Relieving pressure on your toes is the first step in reducing pain. When you visit a shoe store, look for footwear that not only offers ample room for your toes but also provides plenty of cushioning. The higher the heel, the greater the pressure on the front of your foot. It's best to buy shoes with heels that are 2 inches in height or less.

A visit to our Marietta, GA office can be helpful if changing your shoes doesn't decrease your pain. During your visit, you may be taught how to pad and tape your feet to relieve pain. Orthotics may also be recommended. The custom-made shoes inserts decrease pressure on your foot and improve the alignment of your bones. Anti-inflammatory medication or a corticosteroid injection may be recommended to ease your painful symptoms. Often alcohol sclerosing injections can provide significant relief by shrinking the neuroma. Surgery to remove the inflamed nerve isn't usually needed but may be recommended if conservative treatment options aren't helpful.

Do you suffer from neuroma pain? Call Podiatrist Dr. Matthew John of Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, at (770) 977-3668 to schedule your appointment.

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
September 25, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete's foot is a common foot disorder. Is it affecting you? Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. Cases of athlete's footathlete's foot can range from a little annoying to really uncomfortable. Dr. Mathew John at Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, offers state-of-the-art treatments for athlete's foot.

What is athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot is a is a contagious skin infection caused by fungus. Athlete's foot is caused by fungus growing on the skin. The fungus that causes the infection thrives in moist and dark places. You are more likely to get athlete's foot if you share shoes or towels with other people, walk around barefoot in public places, don't keep your feet dry and clean, or have a weakened immune system.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of athlete's foot typically includes itching, burning, and stinging. The skin on your foot may frequently peel, and in severe cases, there may be some cracking, pain, itching, and fissuring in the toe webs. Occasionally, athlete's foot causes blisters to appear on the bottom of your foot. If left untreated, there's a risk that the infection will spread to your toenails.

What will the doctor do?

A podiatrist in Marietta can figure out if you have athlete's foot. Your podiatrist will be able to tell looking at the skin on your feet. Your podiatrist may scrape off a skin sample to test for fungus. Many medications are available to treat athlete's foot. Your podiatrist may have you apply a cream that contains medicine that kills fungus. In severe cases of athlete's foot, your podiatrist may prescribe a more powerful antifungal medicine.

Say hello to healthy and happy feet! Don't wait another minute -- call Ankle and Foot Centers at 770-977-3668 today to schedule an appointment in Marietta, GA. We will help you achieve real relief with little expense or trouble. Your feet will be in expert hands with our world-class podiatrist, Dr. John!

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
August 25, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Tendonitis  

Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon, a cord of fibrous collagen tissue that attaches muscle to bone. Without proper treatment,Tendonitis tendonitis can increase your risk of experiencing tendon rupture — a serious condition that may require surgical repair. Dr. Mathew John of Ankle & Foot Centers, which is located in Marietta, GA, offers treatments for tendonitis. Read on to learn about treatment options for tendonitis.

1. Medications- Your doctor may recommend a prescription medication to treat tendonitis. Taking ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin may relieve pain associated with tendonitis. Topical gels or creams with anti-inflammatory medication are also effective in decreasing pain.

2. Steroid Injections- The injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. Cortisone injections are often used to treat tendonitis because they work quickly to reduce the swelling and pain.

3. Physical Therapy- Physical therapy is an effective treatment for tendonitis. Your program may include therapeutic exercises, in which you gradually strengthen the muscles, stopping at the first sign of pain. You may also work into easy stretching exercises, done several times a day.

4. A Splint- You may receive a splint to protect the area and limit movement. Usually the first step of treatment, since it allows the overused tendons to rest and thus decrease inflammation. While you use a splint, you can continue other treatments with medication, orthotics, or physical therapy.

5. Surgical procedure- Most cases of tendonitis can be successfully treated with physical therapy, rest, and medications. Surgery is only rarely needed for severe problems not responding to other treatments.

Tendonitis can affect your day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Call Ankle & Foot Centers at 770-977-3668 right now to schedule an appointment in Marietta, GA. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available.

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
June 05, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

Are you convinced that your lingering heel pain will finally go away if you just give it a few more weeks? Although heel pain can often get heel painbetter on its own, ignoring pain that lasts more than a week or two may lead to chronic pain or other issues. Dr. Matthew John, your Marietta, GA, podiatrist at Ankle and Foot Centers, discusses several common causes of heel pain and explains how you can benefit from a visit to the foot doctor.

Fractures

It takes a lot to fracture your heel. Usually, fractures happen if you've been in a car accident or have jumped from a distance of several feet or higher. Heel fractures often cause immediate symptoms, including pain, swelling and foot deformity. You may need to wear a cast or boot on your foot if you fracture your heel and use crutches while the heel heals. In some cases, surgery may be needed to repair the fracture.

Stress fractures are less dramatic than other types of fractures but can be just as painful. They're a common type of overuse injury, which occurs when you overwork your muscles. The problem typically occurs if you decide to train harder or longer than usual. When the muscles are overworked, they transfer their burden to your heel, causing a thin crack in the bone. Stress fractures are often treated with rest, walking boots and crutches.

Plantar fasciitis

An inflamed plantar fascia is the cause of one common type of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a tough band of fibrous tissue that reaches from your toes to your heels. Overuse injuries can cause plantar fasciitis, or it can develop if you're overweight, wear shoes that don't adequately support your foot or work at a job in Marietta that requires you to stand for hours. Treatment of plantar fasciitis involves foot exercises, night splints, shoe inserts and surgery, in severe cases.

Achilles tendinitis

Many of the same things that cause plantar fasciitis can also cause Achilles tendinitis, a painful heel condition that affects the tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel. Treatment for Achilles tendinitis involves walking casts, physical therapy, shock wave therapy, cortisone injections and ultrasound treatments. If you continue your regular activities, despite the pain, you may tear the tendon.

Suffering from heel pain? Call Dr. John, your Marietta, GA, podiatrists at Ankle and Foot Centers at (770) 977-3668 to schedule an appointment.





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