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By Premier Podiatry
August 22, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Find out how these custom-made shoe inserts could improve the way your feet function and feel.

From improving morning workouts to eliminating the foot pain of working a job with excessive standing requirements, there are many shoe-orthoticreasons why someone may benefit from orthotics, i.e. the custom-made shoes inserts from our Marietta, GA, podiatrists, Dr. Trevor Beach and Dr. Cristina Verlezza. Have questions about orthotics? We have answers!

 

Who can benefit from orthotics?

Orthotics can be a great option for patients of all ages. If you find that your condition or foot problem is making day-to-day activities painful or difficult, then you may want to talk with our podiatrists about whether orthotics could benefit you. If you’ve been trying to avoid surgery but are looking for corrective treatments to help with bunion and hammertoe pain, a simple orthotic may be all you need.

Children who are dealing with foot, ankle, and knee problems may also benefit from orthotics, as they can ease symptoms of:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Shin splints
  • Knee pain
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Flat feet (fallen arches)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Metatarsalgia

 

What makes custom orthotics different from commercial shoe inserts?

While you could find shoe inserts down at your local drugstore, these products will not be able to bring you the positive results that orthotics can. Commercial shoe inserts aren’t tailor-made to the shape of your feet and they aren’t designed to treat the specific problems you are dealing with. Conversely, custom orthotics from our Marietta office are created to your exact physical specifications and made to address your individual needs.

 

How long should I wear my orthotics?

Most people who get custom orthotics are dealing with chronic or recurring foot problems that need constant treatment and support. In this case, orthotics will be worn throughout the day whenever a person is standing or moving. With the proper care, orthotics can last years. Of course, it will also take a couple of weeks to get used to your new inserts.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

Still have questions about orthotics? Want to find whether you could benefit from them? If so, call Premiere Podiatry in Marietta, GA, today at (865) 588-1361 to schedule a consultation.

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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(770) 971-9820