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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.

By Premier Podiatry
November 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Prevention is the name of the game when it comes to protecting diabetic feet from complications.diabetic foot care

As you may already know, diabetes can cause a lot of problems for your feet. Some of these issues can become serious if they aren’t treated right away. Our Marietta, GA, podiatrists, Dr. I. Cristina Verlezza and Dr. Trevor Beach, are here to provide everyday habits you can do to prevent foot complications from happening.

Perform Self-Exams Everyday

How do you know if there is a problem brewing if you barely take time to check out your feet? It might sound odd but if you don’t physically evaluate your feet every day then you may miss signs that trouble is brewing. Take some time each and every day to thoroughly look your feet over and check for signs of open wounds, cuts, blisters, corns and calluses, redness or tenderness. If you are noticing any changes, it’s time to call your Marietta foot doctor.

Monitor Your Blood Sugar Levels

When you have diabetes, one of the best ways to prevent health complications is by working with doctors who can help you keep your blood sugar levels within the normal range. Through a variety of lifestyle modifications and medications, health care professionals can provide you with the treatment options you need to keep your diabetes under control and to keep complications at bay.

Wear Shoes and Socks Everywhere

Even if you spend a lot of time at home, it’s still important that you wear shoes and socks at all times. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, there are many things that can lead to injuries and wounds. Since most people with diabetes have some loss of sensation or nerve damage in their feet, they can’t often feel when they’ve stepped on something that could cause an injury. Protect your feet day in and day out by wearing supportive shoes and socks.

Seek Care Immediately When There are Problems

One of the most important things you can do is call us when an issue arises. Even if the problem seems relatively minor it’s better to play it safe and give us a call when you notice symptoms. We can tell you whether this is something you can handle from the comfort of your home or whether it requires immediate care. Having a podiatrist that you can turn to when problems happen can be very reassuring for patients with diabetes.

Of course, it’s important that at the first sign of a problem that you turn to a foot specialist for the care you need. Here at Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA, we pride ourselves on offering regular and urgent comprehensive foot care when you need it most. Call us today!

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.





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