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By Premier Podiatry
September 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

A little temporary foot pain from time to time is usually normal. Uncomfortable shoes, a long day on your feet, or an intense session at the heel paingym can make anyone run for a soothing foot soak or massage. But when pain becomes persistent it can be a sign of an injury. Just as you wouldn't ignore a toothache or chronic back pain, heel pain should be evaluated by a podiatrist to rule out an injury. Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA, offers diagnostic and treatment options for a range of foot and ankle conditions and injuries.

Heel Pain Treatment in Marietta, GA

Most of us don't give much thought to our feet until they start hurting, which can throw everything off balance - from the ability to work out, to wearing your favorite shoes. In extreme cases, a foot and ankle injury or condition like arthritis can impact your mobility and quality of life. When it comes to heel pain, which is one of the most common orthopedic complaints, the most common cause is a condition known as plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the large tendon that stretches from the heel to the base of the toes (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed and swollen, usually due to overuse or from biomechanical problems with your feet, such as having low arches or "flat feet."

Another common cause of heel pain is Achilles tendinitis, which causes pain at the back of the heel (plantar fasciitis affects the bottom of the heel). A podiatrist will accurately diagnose and recommend treatment for your heel pain, which will vary depending on the cause, but typically consists of rest, medication, physical therapy or assistive devices and inserts like orthotics.

Find a Foot Doctor in Marietta, GA

If you are suffering from ongoing heel pain, don't wait to get help. For more information, contact Premier Podiatry by calling (770) 971-9820 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trevor Beach or Dr. Cristina Verlezza today.

By Premier Podiatry
July 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Sprain  

Have a sprained ankle? Ankle sprains are common injuries. They are often very painful and incapacitating. If treated properly, your ankle sprainsprained ankle will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Premier Podiatry, which is located in Marietta, GA, offers state-of-the-art treatments for ankle sprains. Dr. Trevor Beach and Dr. I. Cristina Verlezza are your podiatrists in Marietta, GA.

Ankle Sprain Overview

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch beyond their limits and tear. Ankle sprains range from mild to severe, depending on how much damage there is to the ligaments. Without proper treatment, a severe sprain can weaken your ankle—making it more likely that you will injure it again. Recurrent ankle sprains can lead to long-term problems, including arthritis, ongoing instability, cartilage deterioration, and chronic pain.

Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain

The symptoms of an ankle sprain may include bruising, pain, stiffness in the joint, swelling, and difficulty walking. The symptoms of a sprained ankle may vary in intensity, depending on the severity of the injury. Even if you do not have pain with an ankle sprain, treatment is crucial. If you have a severe ankle sprain, you might hear a popping sound when the sprain occurs. Symptoms of a severe ankle sprain require prompt medical evaluation. 

Ankle Sprain Diagnosis

Your foot doctor will diagnose your ankle sprain by performing an examination of your ankle and foot. Your podiatrist will order x-rays to rule out a broken bone in your foot or ankle. A broken bone can cause similar symptoms of swelling and pain. Your foot doctor may order an MRI if he or she suspects a severe injury to the ligaments, a small bone chip, or damage to the cartilage or bone of the joint surface.

Your Treatment Options

Your podiatrist will give you medications to reduce pain and inflammation. You may receive a short-leg cast or brace to keep your ankle from moving. Once you can bear weight without increased swelling or pain, rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the tendons and muscles in your foot will be added to your treatment plan. In severe cases, surgery is required to adequately treat an ankle sprain.

An ankle sprain can affect your day-to-day activities and make life frustrating and miserable. Life always offers another chance to get back on track. It's called today. Call Premier Podiatry at 770-971-9820 now to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists in Marietta, GA.

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!





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