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Pregnancy is a transformative journey for women, but it often comes with physical challenges, including changes in foot structure and increased plantar pressure. As the body undergoes hormonal shifts and weight gain, the arches of the feet may flatten, leading to heightened plantar pressure. This increased pressure can contribute to foot pain, discomfort, and conditions like plantar fasciitis. The body's natural response to the added weight and altered biomechanics can result in strained ligaments and muscles, worsening foot pain during pregnancy. Choosing supportive footwear, incorporating gentle exercises, and opting for custom orthotics can help alleviate plantar pressure and mitigate foot pain. Understanding the dynamic relationship between foot pain and plantar pressure is essential for expectant mothers to prioritize foot health during this unique and transformative period. Seeking guidance from a podiatrist can provide tailored strategies to manage foot discomfort, allowing pregnant women to navigate this remarkable journey with greater comfort and well-being. If you have any type of foot pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you additional relief tips.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

When to Consider Bunion Surgery

Bunions, a common foot condition characterized by a bony bump at the base of the big toe, can cause discomfort and affect mobility. While conservative treatments, such as wearing supportive footwear and using orthotic inserts, may help to manage symptoms, some individuals may eventually consider bunion surgery to alleviate pain and correct deformity. Deciding to undergo bunion surgery is a significant choice that requires careful consideration of various factors. It is helpful for individuals to assess the severity of their symptoms and the impact of bunions on their daily activities and quality of life. Consulting with a qualified podiatrist is critical to discuss treatment options and determine whether surgery is appropriate. Additionally, understanding the potential risks and benefits of bunion surgery and having realistic expectations about the outcome are essential aspects of the decision-making process. Ultimately, the decision to undergo bunion surgery should be based on individual needs, preferences, and medical advice, ensuring the best possible outcome and long-term foot health. If you have a bunion and are considering surgery for relief, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who is qualified to help you make an informed decision.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Kinna Patel, DPM of Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2024 00:00

Two Types of Heel Spurs

Heel spurs, bony protrusions that form on the underside of the heel bone, are a common source of heel pain for many individuals. There are two primary types of heel spurs, which are known as posterior and inferior. Posterior heel spurs develop at the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches to the bone. They often result from chronic strain or inflammation of the Achilles tendon, commonly seen in athletes or individuals with tight calf muscles. Conversely, inferior heel spurs form underneath the heel, typically near the plantar fascia ligament's attachment point. This type of spur is frequently associated with plantar fasciitis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia due to excessive stress or strain. Both types of heel spurs can cause significant discomfort and may require intervention to alleviate pain and restore mobility. Understanding the differences between these two types can aid in accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment approaches for individuals experiencing heel pain. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose a heel spur, determine what type it is, and offer correct relief and treatment methods.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Ankle sprains can be a challenge for tennis enthusiasts, often a result of the fast-paced, lateral movements and abrupt stops inherent in the sport. The swift changes in direction, sudden pivots, and the need for explosive acceleration can place excessive strain on the ankle ligaments, making tennis players particularly susceptible to sprains. The lateral nature of the game, combined with the varying court surfaces, increases the risk of missteps and rolling the ankle. Symptoms of an ankle sprain include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Timely and proper care is important for managing ankle sprains in tennis players. Care may consist rehabilitative exercises to regain strength and stability. Wearing supportive footwear and employing preventive strategies, such as ankle braces and adequate warm-ups, can help minimize the risk of ankle sprains and allow tennis enthusiasts to enjoy the game safely and sustainably. If you have sprained your ankle while playing tennis, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat this type of injury.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 03 March 2024 00:00

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