Bunions 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.
If 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.
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.
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.
Heel pain affects millions of American adults every year. Heel pain is often caused by standing for long periods, playing sports, being overweight, 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.
Find out whether laser therapy is the best approach for tackling fungal infections of the toenail.
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.
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 condition, 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.
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