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By Premier Podiatry
June 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: proper footwear  

If you typically put style ahead of function and support when shopping for shoes, you are not alone. From regular everyday "street" shoes proper footwearto athletic footwear, many people are wearing shoes that do not provide adequate support for their feet and ankles. Common podiatry problems like flat feet (low arches) and plantar fasciitis related heel pain can often be prevented and managed with better support, and orthopedic shoe inserts like orthotics. Dr. Trevor Beach and Dr. I. Cristina Verlezza, podiatrists at Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA, recommend that you become familiar with your specific foot type (do you have high or low arches for example?) Knowing how much support you need to avoid excessive strain on your feet and ankles is the first step in finding the right shoes to meet both your style and orthopedic needs.

Support Your Feet and Ankles with Orthotics in Marietta

If you have ever walked into an athletic or sporting goods store, chances are you've seen someone walking around in their bare feet while a sales associate looks on. Known as a gait analysis, it can help the sales associate to recommend the best shoe for your foot type. People with flat feet and lower arches can be more prone to pain and foot and ankle strain due to inadequate arch support. Orthotics are a type of removable arch support designed to lift and support your arch during movement to help prevent injuries. They are available both over the counter, or they can be custom designed for your feet for the best fit.

As a rule, look for styles that provide an adequate level of support for you arches and ankles when shopping for athletic or leisure foot wear. Try to avoid overly narrow shoes that crowd the toes, which can increase the risk of developing bunions. Also, consider your activity levels, and wear shoes that will be comfortable if you are going to spend a lot of time on your feet, and that will also protect them from the environment and elements.

Find a Podiatrist in Marietta

To find out if orthotics are right for you, and to learn more about treatment options for foot and ankle pain and injuries, contact Premier Podiatry by calling (770) 971-9820 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Beach or Dr. Verlezza today.

By Premier Podiatry
March 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Surgery  

Find out whether or not your foot problems could benefit from surgery.foot surgery

It isn’t always easy to know whether or not you need foot surgery. That’s why it’s a good idea to turn to one of our Marietta, GA, podiatrists, Dr. Trevor Beach or Dr. I. Cristina Verlezza, who can help you decide whether this is truly the right step. Foot surgery requires a lot of thought before jumping in and you’ll have to consider quite a few factors.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before getting foot surgery in Marietta, GA:

  • What symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is your pain level on a typical day?
  • How long have you been experiencing pain?
  • Does your pain or other symptoms affect your day-to-day activities?
  • Have you been treating your symptoms for several months or up to a year?
  • Are the treatments not providing you with a reprieve from your symptoms?
  • Have you tried every non-surgical treatment option?

If you discover that your symptoms are severe, that they impact your daily life and that all the treatments you’ve tried just aren’t working, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors. Coming in for a consultation is the best way to understand your options. Whether or not you get foot and ankle surgery has a lot to do with your lifestyle, finances and other factors.

The most common problems that may require foot and ankle surgery include,

  • Arthritis
  • Tendon disorders or injuries
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Morton’s Neuroma

While surgery can be a nerve-wracking situation for some, it’s important to recognize that if your symptoms are serious enough and your quality of life are being greatly impacted then getting foot and ankle surgery could finally,

  • Give you the pain relief you’ve been looking for
  • Significantly improve how your feet move and function
  • Make simple tasks such as wearing shoes painless

Do you want to talk further about foot surgery and whether it’s right for you? If so, call Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA, today to schedule an appointment with us. There is no reason that pain should keep you from living the life you want.

By Premier Podiatry
January 30, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Fungus  

How your foot doctors in Marietta can helpfoot fungus

Foot fungus, from athlete’s foot to toenail fungus, is a common problem with annoying signs and symptoms. The good news is there are effective treatments for foot fungus. The bad news is you can spread foot fungus to your partner or family members if you are not careful. Your podiatrists at Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA, want to help you get relief from foot fungus.

Athlete’s foot can cause burning, itching, redness and peeling of the skin on your feet. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in moist, warm places like public pools and showers. Toenail fungus can cause thickening, yellowing, darkening and brittleness of your toenails.

Foot fungus can spread among family members, so it’s important to take some precautions to prevent the fungus from spreading. Your podiatrists at Premier Podiatry want you to:

  • Always wear socks or sandals walking around the house. If you go barefoot, other family members can come in contact with the fungus.
  • Give your feet some fresh air; avoid keeping your feet in sweaty socks or shoes where the fungus can thrive.
  • Disinfect your shower and bathtub with an antifungal cleaner after each family member uses it. The tub and shower are a perfect breeding ground for the fungus. Alternatively, each member of your household can wear flip flops in the shower to avoid contact with the fungus.
  • Separate your towels and don’t share towels with other family members. Wash your towels in hot water at least weekly, preferably immediately after use.
  • Wash your sheets at least weekly in hot water.
  • Wash your socks separately in hot water. Use wipes containing chlorine bleach to clean the laundry hamper and other containers which have come in contact with laundry.
  • Remember to wash and dry your feet at least daily. You can try over-the-counter antifungal creams for minor cases of fungal infection. For stubborn cases of athlete’s foot or toenail fungus, it’s best to visit the experts.

Your podiatrists in Marietta offer several effective treatments to kill the fungus and heal your feet. They may suggest prescription anti-fungal medications, prescription strength medicated creams, laser therapy and other treatments.

For more information on how to prevent foot fungus and healing foot therapies, call your podiatrists at Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA. Keep you and your family members safe from a fungal infection by calling today!

By Premier Podiatry
December 01, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics can help with a variety of foot problems. For instance, they can alleviate foot pain when walking or running. There are some orthoticsorthotics available over-the-counter. However, over-the-counter orthotics can only help with mild symptoms. Prescription orthotics custom-made for your feet can treat a wider range of foot problems. Custom-made prescription orthotics in Marietta, GA, are available at Premier Podiatry.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts placed inside a shoe to correct a specific foot problem. Some orthotics are cushioned to provide additional protection for the feet when walking, running or exercising. Other orthotics function as arch supports for feet with little to no natural arch. In general, an orthotic is intended to correct an irregular step pattern that is putting strain on the foot and causing the patient pain or discomfort. In Marietta, orthotics can be custom-made to fit your feet by your local podiatrist, like those at Premier Podiatry.

There are three main types of prescription orthotics: rigid, semi-rigid and soft. Rigid orthotics correct foot functioning when walking and help alleviate pain in the legs and lower back. Semi-rigid orthotics are used by individuals participating in athletic activities who need improved foot balance. These orthotics can be used for walking as well. Soft orthotics provide cushioned support. They absorb shock and alleviate pressure on sensitive areas of the foot. Soft orthotics are ideal for patients with diabetes or arthritis in the feet and legs or who have deformed feet.

How Orthotics Can Help

Orthotics can help you in many ways. If you are suffering from foot pain, orthotics can help by providing additional cushioning and protection for your feet. If you are experiencing discomfort when running or exercising, orthotics can help correct abnormal foot patterns. In general, orthotics can help you to stand, walk, run and work out in greater comfort. As mentioned, prescription orthotics can deliver the best results because they are custom fit to your feet to treat the specific problem you are experiencing.

Whether you need relief from pain, correction for abnormal foot functioning or both, orthotics can help. For prescription orthotics in Marietta, GA, contact Premier Podiatry by calling (770) 971-9820.

By Premier Podiatry
October 03, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts  

Warts, one of the most common types of skin conditions, can be particularly painful when they appear on the bottom of your feet. Dr. I. wartsChristina Verlezza and Dr. Trevor Beach, your Marietta, GA foot doctors at Premier Podiatry, share information about warts and explain what you can do about them.

What causes warts?

Plantar warts, the type of warts you see on the soles of your feet, occur if you've been exposed to the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus enters through small breaks or cuts in your skin. You can catch the virus if you have skin-to-skin contact with someone who has it or come in contact with surfaces contaminated by the virus, such as public locker room or shower room floors.

What do plantar warts look like?

Plantar warts are bumpy and contain dark lines or bumps that are caused by leaking blood vessels. Plantar warts may be the same color as your skin or may be brown, grey, pink or white. Although you might initially only notice a small bump, warts can grow if they're not removed. Warts may spread to other areas of your body if you don't wash your hands after touching them.

How can I get rid of plantar warts?

You'll find a variety of preparations at your local drugstore designed to get rid of warts. Although these products may be helpful in some cases, they're often not effective because it's hard for the medicine to penetrate your skin and penetrate deep into the core of the wart.

What can I do if home treatment doesn't work?

Your podiatrist offers wart treatments that are much more effective than drugstore products. Common treatments include freezing off the wart with a liquid nitrogen treatment or removing the wart during a minor surgical procedure. Laser treatment can also be used to kill wart cells without damaging the surrounding skin.

Instead of spending months trying to get rid of your warts, why not make an appointment with your podiatrist? Call Dr. Verlezza and Dr. Beach, your Marietta, GA foot doctors at Premier Podiatry at (770) 971-9820 to schedule your consultation.

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1121 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 215
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 971-9820
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