How our podiatrist in Marietta, Georgia can help you feel better
Achilles tendonitis is a common problem, especially if you are an athlete, but you don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from this condition. It is caused by overuse and strain leading to inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of your heel. Dr. Mathew John at Ankle & Foot Centers in Marietta, Georgia offers a wide range of services including treatment for Achilles tendonitis.
So, how do you know if you have Achilles tendonitis? There are several signs and symptoms which indicate you may be experiencing Achilles tendonitis including:
- Inflammation and swelling behind your heel
- A stabbing or aching pain behind your heel
- Pain along the tendon that increases during or after running
- Pain and stiffness along your tendon in the morning
- Stiffness that decreases as your Achilles tendon warms up
There are things you can do to prevent Achilles tendonitis. Remember to:
- Start out slowly if you are new to an exercise or a sport
- Stretch and strengthen your Achilles tendons by doing heel lift exercises
- Always wear appropriate shoes with plenty of support if you are playing a sport
- Try to walk on even, dry surfaces to avoid injuring your Achilles tendon, feet, and ankles
If you think you may have Achilles tendonitis, don’t worry. Dr. John can help. He may recommend:
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medication to decrease inflammation
- Placing ice packs on your Achilles tendon to reduce swelling
- Custom-fit orthotics to support your Achilles tendon
- Physical therapy and stretching to increase flexibility and strength
- Resting and taking weight and stress off of your Achilles tendon
Achilles tendonitis can keep you on the couch, but you can get relief. To find out more about Achilles tendonitis prevention and treatment, call Dr. Mathew John at Ankle & Foot Centers in Marietta, Georgia today
How your podiatrist in Marietta, GA, can help with plantar fasciitis pain
Do your heels hurt? If so, you could be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that is common among runners and joggers, but you don’t have to be an athlete to experience it. The condition is caused by the large band of tissue running across your heel, the plantar fascia, becoming inflamed.
Fortunately, your podiatrist can help with plantar fasciitis pain. Dr. Mathew M. John at Ankle & Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, offers a full range of podiatry services, including treatments for plantar fasciitis. Read on to learn how he can get you back on your feet again!
More about plantar fasciitis
How can you tell if you have plantar fasciitis? There are a few common signs and symptoms of the condition, including:
- Stabbing heel pain or pain around the side of your foot
- Increased pain after waking up
- Increased pain after rising or standing up
- Increased pain after exercising
You are at increased risk of acquiring plantar fasciitis if you:
- Are overweight
- Have flat feet
- Are 40 to 60 years old
- Run or jog
- Wear worn-out, unsupportive shoes
- Walk or stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time
- Overpronate or roll your foot when you are walking
Sometimes plantar fasciitis pain can resolve itself with the help of a few simple steps. You can try:
- Placing ice packs on your foot several times during the day
- Doing arch stretches several times each day
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications
- Changing to supportive shoes and avoiding going barefoot
For severe plantar fasciitis pain that isn’t relieved with home therapies, it’s best to seek out the help of an expert. Your podiatrist, Dr. John, may recommend:
- Custom orthotics or custom footwear
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy or ESWT
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Plantar fasciitis doesn’t have to keep you on the couch. You can get relief with help from your podiatrist. For more information about plantar fasciitis treatment and other foot care solutions, call Dr. Mathew M. John at Ankle & Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, today. Dial (770) 977-3668 now and help your feet!
Chronic bunion pain can really impact your daily activities, and it's only natural to seek relief. Luckily at Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, Dr. Mathew John treats bunions with the latest surgeries and other more conservative interventions. Podiatry is his passion, and he loves helping people live pain-free, active lives—read on to learn how he can help you too!
What is a bunion?
The medical term is Hallux valgus, an acquired deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. A bunion bulges outward, causing a noticeable, and often red and sore, bump. The big toe may eventually impinge on the second and even third toes of the foot.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that bunions may progress to the point of immobility and disability. However, treatment can limit or even eliminate the problem.
Evaluating your bunion
Your podiatrist, Dr. John at Ankle and Foot Centers, will inspect your foot, specifically evaluating the problem joint and any skin irritations associated with it. He'll watch you walk and ask you about your symptoms. X-rays also give the podiatrist a clear view of how the metatarsophalangeal joint looks.
This joint flexes every time a person takes a step, and its overuse combined with pressure from tight shoes will cause bunion formation. Regular wear and tear associated with aging is another major factor in the deformity's development.
Treating the pain and deformity
Dr. John has a vast expertise in bunion surgery, especially base procedures which involve joint fusion and head procedures which modify the bone in the big toe. However, some patients do not require bunion surgery, but rather, respond well to more conservative interventions which cushion and stabilize the damaged joint. When visiting the Marietta office, you and Dr. John will discuss a treatment plan specific to your activity level, lifestyle, and what stage your bunion development is at.
His recommendations may include:
- Over the counter analgesics such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen
- Ice to the joint to reduce swelling
- Rest and elevation above the level of the heart
- Bunion padding to reduce friction, soreness, and corn/callus formation
- Toe spacers
- Shoes with a wide toe box and low heels
- Socks which fit properly with no bunching or pinching
- Keeping a healthy body weight
When your feet feel good, you do, too! If you are experiencing changes in your foot and ankles and wish to keep your current level of activity, please see Dr. Mathew John at Ankle and Foot Centers—he knows what's best for podiatric patients of all ages. Call the Marietta office today for an appointment regarding your bunion pain: (770) 977-3668.
Periodic walking, standing at your job, running for exercise—all of these activities can aggravate the common podiatric problem of heel pain. Most often related to the plantar fascia (the connective tissue stretching across the arch from toes to heel) this stubborn problem interferes with your daily routine. At Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, Dr. Mathew John diagnoses the causes of heel pain and offers sensible solutions to get you mobile and feeling like yourself again.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Commonly called heel pain, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of connective tissue between the big toes and heel. Often caused by a gait problem called overpronation (a turning of the foot toward the midline), plantar fasciitis can be treated conservatively. Small spurs on the heel bone (calcaneus) can develop with this condition and add to the pain and excessive tenderness.
Treating heel pain in Marietta
Dr. Matthew John treats many cases of plantar fasciitis at Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta. Many of his heel pain patients have weight issues, have flat feet (fallen arches), or wear poorly-fitting/nonsupportive shoes. During an appointment, your podiatrist will review your symptoms and medical history. He also will examine your foot, study how you walk, and take X-rays as needed. This information helps your doctor build a treatment plan customized to your needs.
Your care plan may include:
- Pain control through analgesics (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) or cortisone injections
- Quality footwear with good arch support (no flip-flops or high heels)
- Shoe orthotics, customized to correct gait problems
- Ice to reduce swelling
- Elevation above the level of the heart
- Shoe padding, casting, or splinting
- Stretching therapies for the calf muscles
- Avoiding activities which may aggravate the condition
- Losing weight
Or more advanced options such as MLS Laser Therapy or ESWT (Shockwave Therapy). Surgery is not the first, and generally not even the best option, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Podiatrists even prefer to leave heel spurs in place unless pain is severe.
Get help now
Please don't wait—persistent heel pain is no joke. Dr. John and his team at Ankle and Foot Centers' Marietta office encourage you to come in for an evaluation. Call today for an appointment: (770) 977-3668.
Pain at the back of your heel may be a symptom of Achilles tendonitis, a condition that occurs when the large tendon in the back your leg becomes stressed and inflamed. Luckily, your Marietta, GA, podiatrist Dr. Mathew John of Ankle and Foot Centers offers treatments that will help relieve your tendonitis pain.
What causes tendonitis?
Achilles Tendonitis occurs when you strain your Achilles tendon, the long band of fibrous tissue that connects your heel to your calf muscle. The injury can happen if you increase the intensity of your workout, push yourself too hard or don't ease back into your workout routine after a little time off.
As you get older, your Achilles tendon is less flexible, weakens and is more easily damaged. The risk increases even if you've been running or exercising for years without problems. Other factors that can increase the risk of tendonitis include shoes that don't properly support your feet, flat feet, tight calf muscles, high blood pressure, psoriasis or overpronating (turning your feet inward when you walk or run). Achilles tendonitis affects men more often than women.
What are the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis?
You may notice an achy sensation in the back of your heel or lower part of the leg after you run or exercise. Pain and stiffness may also occur first thing in the morning. Once you begin walking, the pain and stiffness gradually decrease but may increase by the end of the day.
Pain may be accompanied by swelling or difficulty flexing your ankle, weakness in your ankle or lower leg, and redness and warmth on the skin over the tendon. Some people also develop bone spurs as a result of tendonitis.
How is Achilles tendonitis treated?
Like most injuries, Achilles tendonitis often responds well to rest. If you run, it's a good idea to participate in a form of exercise that doesn't stress your tendon, such as swimming, while you recover. Ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce pain and swelling.
If you still have pain after a week or two, make an appointment with your Marietta foot doctor. He can offer a variety of helpful treatments, which may include prescription shoes inserts and heel cups that relieve pressure on your tendon, massage, ultrasound or physical therapy to strengthen your calf muscles. Dr. Mathew John also is one of few specialists offering the technology breakthrough treatment called MLS Laser. High powered MLS laser treatments is very effective in treating Achilles tendonitis. Surgery isn't usually needed but may be an option if your condition doesn't improve or your tendon is torn.
Are you concerned about heel pain? Call your Marietta, GA, podiatrist Dr. Mathew John of Ankle and Foot Centers at (770) 977-3668 to schedule an appointment.
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