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By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
January 23, 2019
Category: Podiatry

Achilles Tendonitis

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.

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
October 17, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

Daily activities like walking, climbing stairs, or standing for extended periods are all made more challenging when you suffer from heel pain. Additionally, heel pain can restrict the ability to work out or participate in your favorite recreational activities. Heel pain can result from a number of different causes, including injuries or repeated pressure and stress on the heel. There are also different types of heel pain and several treatments for healing each type. Dr. Mathew John is your podiatrist for the treatment of heel pain in Marietta, GA.

Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain can result from a variety of factors. Injuries sustained during sports or other activities can cause heel pain. Even when an injury does not occur, participating in high impact activities that put repeated stress on the heels can cause pain. Examples of such activities include kickboxing or other sports and activities that involve extensive jumping. The repeated pounding of the heels against the ground puts a lot of stress and strain on the heels and can aggravate them, leading to pain and discomfort.

Types of Heel Pain
There are several different types of heel pain. Two of the most common are achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendonitis is also called tendonitis and is associated with pain behind the heel. Plantar fasciitis involves pain on the bottom of the heel. Heel spurs can also develop with plantar fasciitis. Heels spurs result when calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heels, making it extremely uncomfortable to walk and put pressure on the heels.

Heel Pain Treatments
There are several possible methods for treating heel pain. Some treatments alleviate any pain or discomfort, while others heel the injury or condition causing the heel pain. Heel pain is best treated by a podiatrist who can recommend an appropriate treatment method based on the type of heel pain you have. Available treatments for heel pain in Marietta include:

  • Resting the heel
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Wearing orthotic foot supports
  • Wearing supportive shoes
  • Corticosteroids
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Extracorporeal Sound(Shockwave) Wave Treatment (ESWT)
  • MLS Laser therapy
  • Regenerative medicine injections
  • Surgery

No matter what is causing your heel pain, a podiatrist can develop an effective treatment plan for you. For the treatment of heel pain in Marietta, schedule an appointment with Dr. John by calling the podiatry office at (770) 977-3668.

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
August 06, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunions  

BunionsBunions are a common foot problem that are probably most recognizable by their most distinctive feature: a bulging joint at the base of the big toe. Depending on the size and severity of the bunion, the big toe usually slants at an angle away from the joint in the direction of the other toes. Bunions are caused by a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint, and range from mild to severe depending on the extent of damage to the joint. Dr. Mathew John, a podiatrist in Marietta, GA, offers treatment for bunions and other foot and ankle problems.

Bunion Diagnosis and Treatment in Marietta, GA

Anyone can develop bunions, but there are a few things that make them more likely in some people. For example, they tend to be more common in women than in men, and also tend to run in families, so if a close relative like a parent or sibling has or has had a bunion in the past, chances are that you may develop one as well. The shape of your feet can also predispose you to developing bunions (having flat feet or low arches), as well as lifestyle factors like wearing tight shoes that crowd the toes or being significantly overweight or obese.

Signs and Symptoms of Bunions

The most common symptom is a bump at the base of the toe. Bunions do not always cause symptoms, but pain, redness, and corns and calluses from friction between the skin and shoes are common with bunions. If bunions are large enough, you may not be able to fit into certain shoes and experience pain and stiffness in the joint when you walk or put pressure on it.

What You Can Do About Bunions

In many cases, bunions can be treated conservatively with supportive devices like splints, orthotics, padding, supportive footwear, and physical therapy to relieve joint stiffness. In rare cases where conservative treatments don't work, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to correct a bunion.

Find a Podiatrist in Marietta, GA

For more information about bunion prevention and treatment, contact Ankle & Foot Centers, PC by calling (770) 977-3668 to schedule an appointment with Dr. John today.

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
May 25, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Tendonitis  

TendonitisIf you’re an athlete or someone who just spends a lot of time on your feet, you may be at a higher risk of developing a common foot condition called tendonitis. It is painful and limits your ability to participate in your usual activities. A foot doctor can take X-rays and examine your Achilles tendon to diagnose a case of tendonitis and treat it efficiently at Ankle and Foot Centers, PC in Marietta, GA.

What Is Tendonitis?
The Achilles tendon is a large band of tissue that connects the calf to the heel of the foot. It helps you move your toes up and down. Ballet dancers use it to stand on their toes. A lot of pressure is put on this tendon when you run up a hill or pivot sharply while playing basketball. When it becomes inflamed, ruptures, or tears, the condition is called tendonitis. Unfortunately, patients who have the early signs of this foot problem often continue to play, walk, or run without seeking treatment, which makes it worse. Know the symptoms so that you can get help as soon as possible.

Tendonitis Symptoms
Catching the early symptoms of tendonitis will allow your Marietta, GA, podiatrist to treat it conservatively. These are some signs to look for:

  • Pain along the back of the heel that radiates up the leg.
  • Swelling and tenderness in the leg area.
  • Discomfort above the heel when you wake up in the morning.
  • Stiff feeling in the tendon as you try to run or jump.

Tendonitis Treatments
The goal of your treatment plan for tendonitis is to reduce pain and discomfort, then provide therapy for the damaged tendon. These are some possible treatments:

  • NSAID medication and corticosteroid injections.
  • Bandaging to restrict movement of the tendon so that it can heal.
  • Orthotic devices designed to reduce pressure on the tendon and provide added support.
  • Stretching exercises and massage therapy.
  • Ultrasound therapy or MLS Laser Therapy for temporary pain relief.
  • A surgical procedure in advanced cases.

Get Your Feet Back in Good Condition
Your entire foot, including your Achilles tendon, needs to be in good health to ensure that you can function at your best each day. Call (770) 977-3668 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mathew John at his Marietta, GA, office to check your feet and treat your tendonitis.

By Ankle and Foot Centers, PC
May 02, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain affects millions of American adults every year. Heel pain is often caused by standing for long periods, playing sports, being heel painoverweight, and wearing poorly fitting shoes. Dr. Mathew John at Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about treatment options for heel pain.

1. Orthotic Devices

Podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices are used to treat heel pain. These shoe inserts provide arch support and cushioning for added shock absorption, comfort, and protection. Studies have shown that orthotic devices improve function and reduce foot pain. 

2. Night Splints

A night splint is one of the most effective ways to treat heel pain. The night splint keeps your foot in a neutral position with the toes pointed up. This position gently stretches the plantar fascia ligament and Achilles tendon. Night splints are designed to provide relief from foot pain. 

3. Stretching Exercises

Foot doctors prescribe stretching exercises for various foot and ankle conditions. Stretching exercises are one of your best bets for easing heel pain. Research has shown that stretching exercises ease foot pain, reduce inflammation, and improve function. 

4. Steroid Injections

Steroid injections can offer fast-acting relief of heel pain. Steroid injections are anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat heel pain. They can also provide relief of inflammation that is much more rapid and powerful than traditional medications given by mouth. You can get steroid injections at your doctor's office.

5. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

For persistent heel pain, ESWT treatment may be needed. This treatment targets the heel with sound waves to increase the body's natural healing function and reduce inflammation.

Leave your heel pain behind. Call Ankle and Foot Centers at 770-977-3668 today to schedule a consultation in Marietta, GA. Our heel pain treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a normal, happy and healthy life.