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By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
October 30, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues

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 Foot painis 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

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
July 02, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

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 Heel Painjoggers, 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

 

Need heel pain relief? Give us a call!

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!