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By Premier Podiatry
October 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   Foot Pain  

For comfortable and correctly functioning feet and ankles, your Marietta foot doctor at Premier Podiatry may recommend over-the-counter Orthoticsor custom orthotics. These shoe inserts correct a variety of gait issues, relieve pressure points and cushion the physical forces of sports and day-to-day living. Dr. Trevor Beach and Dr. I. Christina Verlezza recommend orthotics as part of customized care plans which help people move well and feel their best.

The purpose of orthotics

Whether pre-made or custom-fabricated according to your podiatrist's instructions in Marietta, orthotics normalize and balance how your feet and ankles feel and function. They support flat arches, cushion arthritic or diabetic feet (helping wounds and neuropathy), and prevent and treat deformities such as hammertoes and bunions, reports the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

When you come to Premier Podiatry

The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends that individuals over the age of 40 have an annual foot examination. Diabetics, people with impaired peripheral circulation problems or patients with diagnosed deformities should see their Marietta foot doctor more often as he or she advises.

If orthotics are part of your customized treatment plan, they may be one of three common types, depending on your particular needs:

  1. Soft orthotics to cushion wounds, reduce friction and protect sore spots and bony prominences, such as bunions
  2. Semi-rigid orthotics to provide sports enthusiasts the proper support and gait regulation they need to prevent injuries such as stress fractures and tendinitis
  3. Rigid orthotics to correct gait issues such as overpronation and to protect against overuse injuries such as shin splints and stress fractures

Dr. Beach or Dr. Verlezza will analyze how you walk and also take plaster molds or three-dimensional digital images of your feet. From there, an orthotic specialist will fabricate your shoe inserts according to your doctor's specifications, resulting in orthotics which feel good, fit properly and accomplish your treatment goals.

Learn more

Orthotics are a common sense, non-invasive way to treat many foot and ankle problems without surgery or complex therapies. When you come to Premier Podiatry in Marietta for your routine examination, ask your foot doctor about the many advantages of customized shoe inserts and if they can help you have healthy, happy feet and ankles. Call today for an appointment: (770) 971-9820.

By Premier Podiatry
August 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete's foot is a condition that most people have heard about, but not everyone understands its cause or how to treat it. At Premier athlete's footPodiatry in Marietta, GA, athlete's foot is one of the most common issues treated by our podiatrists, Dr. Trevor Beach and Dr. Cristina Verlezza; it's estimated that athlete's foot may affect up to 70 percent of Americans at some time in their lives. Below is a primer on athlete's foot and how it's typically treated and prevented.

What is athlete's foot?

Medically known as tinea pedis, athlete's foot is an accumulation of fungus on the feet, most commonly between the toes, that can start with no symptoms but lead to intense itching and inflammation. Highly contagious, its nickname comes from the fact that it is easily picked up in warm, damp places like gym locker rooms and swimming pools. Your Marietta podiatrist and other foot doctors are particularly concerned about their patients developing secondary bacterial infections from scratching to relieve the itching, as well as the risk of spreading it to the hands, nails, and other parts of the body. Preventing complications is crucial in diabetic patients, whose reduced circulation makes healing difficult.

How is athlete's foot treated?

There are many prescription and over-the-counter medications designed to treat athlete's foot; most are topical, meaning you apply them directly to the affected skin. If these treatments don't help, your Marietta podiatrist may prescribe a round of anti-fungal oral medication. You may also need nail fungus treatment as well. After your athlete's foot has been resolved, keeping the feet dry and clean and diligently wearing shoes in damp places like locker rooms will help prevent further infections.

If you think you have athlete's foot, stop scratching and start dialing Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA! Our reception staff would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

By Premier Podiatry
May 22, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out how your Marietta podiatrists can help you with your heel pain

The podiatrists at Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA, are equipped with years of experience and knowledge of how to:

  • examine your feet
  • prescribe the proper course of treatment
  • create a custom plan according to your needs

This is especially necessary when it comes to resolving issues and problems, like heel pain.

Heel Pain Causes

The heel is the largest bone in your foot and, although it has more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and 33 joints, this sturdy structure is subject to damage by external forces, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Heel pain is a result of the foot's fascia, a connective tissue that extends from the heel of the foot to the toes, becoming irritated or inflamed. Heel pain is also a result of heel spurs, a growth on the bone that may be painless in many cases but may also result in chronic pain, arthritis, which is swelling of cartilage and lining in joints, or gout, which is the buildup of uric acid salts, a normal byproduct of the diet, in the joints. Other disorders and issues including, collagen disorders, nerve injuries, heel bone abnormalities, and tumors may also lead to heel pain.

Heel Pain Treatment

There are invasive surgical treatments to get rid of heel pain, such as the removal of connective tissue and heel spurs, but before going down that road, consider wearing comfortable shoes made of soft rubber, stretching your feet out daily, and avoiding rigorous sports and exercises.

For more information regarding your heel pain, contact Dr. Trevor Beach and Dr. I. Cristina Verlezza of Premier Podiatry at (770) 971-9820. Their office is conveniently located in Marietta, GA, for when you're ready to schedule an appointment with them.

By Premier Podiatry
April 11, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ankle Surgery  

Your ankles provide much-needed support to your legs, feet, and the entire weight of your body. When there’s a fracture, sprain, strain, orankle surgery instability, patients quickly learn just how important their ankles are when it comes to participating in physical activity. In some cases, an ankle injury may require surgery. Explore the reasons why a podiatrist at Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA might recommend ankle surgery.

Ankle Health and Function
The ankle is a joint that connects your leg to your foot. It is made up of three bones and ligaments that keep them together. The ankle gives you range of motion and support when running, walking, and jumping. It allows you to move the top of your foot upward toward your leg and bend downward toward the floor. Because it is so essential to your daily activities, the ankle is vulnerable to injuries, particularly in athletes. Common ankle injuries include sprains, fractures, and ligament tears. Ankle instability is a weakness in the joint that often is associated with past sprains or injuries.

Reasons Why You May Need Surgery
Physical therapy,  ankle wrapping , bracing, and other non-invasive procedures often help with ankle problems. But if any of the following issues apply, you may need to discuss ankle surgery with your Marietta podiatrist:

- There is a bone fracture that has not healed after a long period of time, or a reoccurring fracture.
- There is severe ankle instability that makes it difficult to walk or stand.
- The ligaments connecting the ankle are inflamed or torn.
- Non-surgical solutions don’t provide ample healing.

Types of Ankle Surgery
The type of ankle surgery your podiatrist recommends depends on your specific ailment. These are a few of the most common types of ankle surgery:

- Ankle fracture surgery (ankle bone is fused together so that it can heal properly).
- Achilles tendinosis surgery (damaged tendon is removed).
- Lateral ankle ligament reconstruction (repairs ankle instability).
- Ankle cheilectomy (bone spur removal).
- Total ankle arthroplasty (ankle is rebuilt using an implant).

Consult a Podiatrist
Find out from a Marietta, GA podiatrist if your ankle issue can be repaired with therapy or if you need ankle surgery. Call (770) 971-9820 today for an appointment with Dr. Trevor Beach or Dr. I. Cristina Verlezza.

By Premier Podiatry
January 23, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Do your feet ache at the end of the day or even by the middle of the day? You may benefit from orthotics. Marietta, GA, podiatrists Dr. orthoticsTrevor Beach and Dr. I. Cristina Verlezza of Premier Podiatry explain how the custom inserts can help you.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts that are custom-designed by a podiatrist to fit your foot and they address your particular foot issue. They come in soft, semi-rigid, and rigid styles. Before we recommend a specific type of orthotics for you, we'll examine your feet and evaluate your gait. After we complete the design, we'll send it off for fabrication and ask you to return to our Marietta, GA, office in a week or two.

Are orthotics a better option than drugstore inserts?

Over-the-counter shoe inserts do provide additional cushioning for your feet, but often aren't effective in relieving the symptoms of common foot conditions such as gait issues, flatfoot, or heel pain. They're also not designed to last very long. After a few months of wear, you may need to replace them. Because orthotics are created with durable materials, they can last for years.

How can orthotics help me?

Orthotics keep your feet in the optimum position when you wear shoes. Proper alignment is crucial because your feet support the weight of your entire body. If there's an alignment problem due to overpronation, structural defect, arch problems, or another issue, you may experience pain in your feet, ankles, knees, or hips.

Orthotics are often used to improve the symptoms of flatfoot, address issues with your gait, and even improve your balance. Repositioning and supporting your feet with orthotics also reduces pressure on the muscles and tendons and may ease the symptoms of arthritis, plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and help you avoid diabetic ulcers.

Do you run or walk for exercise? Wearing orthotics is a good way to prevent common overuse injuries, such as Achilles tendinitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, or plantar fasciitis. Orthotics are a particularly good choice for people who spend all day on their feet. Although your feet were designed to handle standing and walking, standing for hours can lead to foot and ankle pain. Orthotics cushion your feet and act as shock absorbers.

Relieve your pain with orthotics. Call Marietta, GA, podiatrists Dr. Beach and Dr. Verlezza of Premier Podiatry at (770) 971-9820 to schedule your appointment.

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Premier Podiatry
1200 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 150
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 971-9820