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By Premier Podiatry
June 21, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

Treating Your Hammertoes

Hammertoes are a common deformation in which the middle toe joint buckles permanently. Hammertoes can be rigid or flexible and are often painful. If you have a habit of wearing high heeled, pointy toed, or too small shoes, you may be at risk for hammertoes. If you suffer from arthritis, diabetes, or have flat feet or elongated toes you also have an increased chance at developing hammertoes. Your podiatrist can help you figure out the best treatment for your hammertoes, which is why it is important to visit your podiatrist in Marietta, GA, as soon Hammertoeas possible!

What are the signs of hammertoe?

  • You develop corns on the top of the toe joint or calluses
  • Your toe joint is inflamed and red
  • It is painful to move your toe joint, or to put on shoes
  • You develop sores on your toe

How do I treat my hammertoe?

You may be able to treat your hammertoe with basic care and exercises. In some cases, surgery may be needed to treat your hammertoe.

In-home treatment:

  • Wear comfortable, roomy shoes with low heels and rounded or squared toe boxes
  • Stretch your toes using your hands, or try picking up small objects with the affected toe to keep it flexible
  • Try a shoe insert to reduce pressure and pain on the affected toe
  • Use corn pads or foot straps, available at drugstores
  • Wear proper shoes when exercising
  • Try an ice pack to reduce swelling
  • Ask your podiatrist in Marietta about a cortisone injection if the pain persists

Surgical options:

  • Possible surgical procedures include:

    • Arthroplasty: In this procedure, half of the joint under the bent portion of the toe is removed. This allows the toe to straighten.
    • Weil osteotomy: After the metatarsal bone is shortened, a piece of hardware is inserted to help promote healing.
    • Tendon transfer: Tendons are moved from the underside of the toe to the top of the toe to help straighten the toe.
    • Arthrodesis: The joint is removed and a temporary pin is inserted to help promote healing.

If you are suffering from hammertoes, contact your podiatrist at Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA, at (770) 971-9820 today!

By Premier Podiatry
April 17, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Your heel feels stiff and sore when you wake up in the morning. It improves when you point your toes and start your day, but your aerobics Heel-Painclass provokes the symptoms again. At Premier Podiatry in Marietta, Dr. Trevor Beach and Dr. I. Cristina Verlezza treat many patients with this uncomfortable foot condition. They can detect the source of your heel pain and help you overcome it.

It may be plantar fasciitis

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says that plantar fasciitis is the most frequent cause of heel discomfort. in fact, about two million individuals undergo some type of medical treatment for it annually.

So, what is plantar fasciitis? It's an inflammatory condition affecting the connective tissue between the heel and the toes. While a gait problem called overpronation, or turning the foot inward, often irritates and inflames the fascia, other contributing factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Poorly constructed shoes with poor arch support
  • Age
  • Repetitive activities such as jumping, running, and tennis

Many patients also exhibit a calcification of the heel bone--a heel spur--which can add to the discomforts of plantar fasciitis.

How to feel better

Come to Premier Podiatry for a complete foot exam and digital imaging of your feet. Your Marietta podiatrist will ask you about your heel pain and will manually flex your foot to precipitate symptoms. He or she will compose a treatment plan to include many simple strategies to relieve the heel pain.

It may surprise you to know that surgery is indicated in only very severe cases. The AAOS reports that a full 90 percent of plantar fasciitis patients experience significant improvement in their heel pain when employing the recommended combination of these common sense strategies:

  1. Lose some weight
  2. Wear quality foot wear with good arch support
  3. Stretch your feet and calf muscles upon arising in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time, and stretch before a workout
  4. Wear night splints to keep your toes pointed and your plantar fascia stretched
  5. Use customized orthotics (shoe inserts) to correct gait problems
  6. Get physical therapy, anti-inflammatory injections and massage therapy as directed
  7. Use ice, rest and elevation to relieve symptoms

Find out more

Please don't suffer with persistent heel pain. You can do something about it by contacting Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA. We are open Monday through Friday at our beautiful new location on Johnson Ferry Road. Call us at (770) 971-9820.

By Premier Podiatry
February 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care

How your podiatrists in Marietta, GA, can help your feet and ankles

Your feet and ankles perform many important jobs including supporting your weight, keeping you standing upright, walking, running, and many other tasks of everyday life. Your feet and ankles also need a little TLC from time to time, which may include having surgery due to a medical issue, injury, or accident. Drs. Trevor R. Beach and I. Cristina Verlezza at Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA, offer a full range of podiatry services to help you and your feet.

So, how do you know if you may need foot and ankle surgery? There are some definite causes which produce identifiable signs and symptoms that it's necessary, including:

  • Arthritis, which produces joint destruction leading to a loss of mobility and proper function; typically, arthritis produces pain, making it difficult to move. Common surgeries for arthritis include joint fusion or bone realignment.
  • Diabetes, which impairs blood flow and nerve function; diabetes can lead to injuries which don’t heal and lead to vast tissue death. Common surgeries for diabetes-related issues include ulcer treatment or amputations due to lack of adequate blood flow.
  • Plantar Fasciitis, which causes heel pain and loss of mobility; a common surgery for chronic plantar fasciitis is releasing the affected tendon to eliminate pressure and pain.
  • An ankle fracture, which causes increased pain with activity or when you put weight on your ankle; surgery can be done to reconstruct and realign your ankle.

You may also need foot surgery to treat toe problems including large bunions, hammertoes, and other issues.

Foot and ankle surgery can help you and your feet feel better. There are many benefits to having foot and ankle surgery, including:

  • Permanent pain relief
  • Increased mobility without pain
  • Increased stability in your feet and ankles
  • An easier, more comfortable time wearing shoes

 

Concerned? Give Us a Call!

If you think you may need foot or ankle surgery, don’t wait! Talk with an expert who can get you back on your feet again! Call our Marietta office today at (770) 971-9820.

January 11, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged
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By Premier Podiatry
December 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   Foot Pain  

Easing your foot pain may be as simple as adding orthotics to your shoes. The prescription inserts not only relieve pain caused by foot andOrthotics ankle conditions, but may also decrease back, hip, and knee pain. Your Marietta, GA, podiatrists, Drs. Trevor Beach and Cristina Verlezza, provide the custom-made inserts for their patients at Premier Podiatry.

What are orthotics?

Any product that's advertised as one-size-fits-all, whether it's a tee shirt or shoe insert, rarely meets the needs of everyone who buys it. Although the inserts sold at drugstores do cushion your feet and offer a little arch support, they're not designed to address your particular foot and ankle issues. As a result, your foot condition may not get better and may even worsen.

Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts created specifically for you, and you alone, by your foot doctor. Although they cushion your feet and offer arch support just like over-the-counter products, they offer many more benefits and can be tailored to fit your particular foot problem.

How can orthotics help me?

Orthotics improve the alignment of your foot while you wear shoes as well as reduce pain, control foot movement, improve balance, and decrease pressure on the joints, muscles, tissues, tendons, and ligaments in your foot.

They can help control:

  • Overpronation: Overpronation occurs when you roll the inside of your foot inward when you walk. The biomechanical problem can cause pain not only in your foot but in your back and legs and may increase your risk of plantar fasciitis. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia on the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed, which triggers heel pain. Orthotics prevent your foot from turning inward, helping you avoid these painful problems.
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Blisters are more than a minor inconvenience if you have diabetes. Burst blisters can quickly become infected sores, which can be very difficult to treat. Orthotics reduce pressure on your foot, decreasing your risk of blisters.
  • Sports-Related Foot Injuries and Conditions: Foot imbalances and other issues can lead to overuse injuries, such as Achilles tendinitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, plantar fasciitis, and back and leg pain. Luckily, orthotics offer a simple way to avoid foot and ankle conditions that will keep you on the sidelines.

Orthotics are also recommended if you have:

  • Flat feet
  • Bursitis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Foot or heel pain
  • Back, knee, hip or ankle pain
  • Arthritis
  • Tarsal tendinitis
  • Bunions
  • Uneven leg lengths
  • A foot imbalance or structural issue

Interested? Call Our Marietta Office Today!

Reduce your pain with orthotics! Call your Marietta, GA, podiatrists Drs. Trevor Beach and Cristina Verlezza of Premier Podiatry at (770) 971-9820 to schedule your appointment.





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