North Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialist join Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia

We are pleased to welcome the newest members of the Ankle & Foot Centers family. We would like to welcome our Calhoun Podiatrist, Dr. Herbert Kosmahl & Dr. Anna McLemore. These physicians are among the best foot doctors in North Georgia, formally operating as North Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists. The Calhoun location is open for business and accepting new patients. Dr. Kosmahl and Dr. McLemore continue to look forward to serving the Calhoun and North Georgia area.

Office Hours:
Monday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Address:
795 Red Bud Road
Calhoun, GA 30701
706-629-1852 – Phone
706-629-8004 – Fax

Making an Appointment

Except in cases of emergency, we see patients by appointment to ensure that every patient receives a thorough examination. If you’re ready to see one of our Calhoun podiatrists, call our office at 706-629-1852 to schedule an appointment today. For your convenience, you can also schedule an appointment online by clicking here.

Healthy Eating = Healthy Feet

A healthy overall diet has multiple benefits that many know about such as shrinking waistlines and a healthy heart, but healthy diets also affect other parts of your body as well, including your feet! healthy-eating-equals-healthy-feet

A healthy diet helps in preventing obesity, resisting inflammation build up, fighting off osteoporosis, improving circulation, and the management of diabetes. 

Preventing Obesity – The go to thought is a trimmer waistline and flatter stomach come with healthy eating, but a managed overall weight is very important for a healthy body and feet. Excessive Weight can cause abnormal amounts of strain on your feet that can lead to plantar fasciitis and other common foot problems.

Preventing Inflammation – A diet that consists of high sugar and trans fats is a leading cause of inflammation build up in your feet and legs. This has also been linked directly with plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the band of tissue at the bottom of your foot. When planning your meals make sure to add more Omega-3’s fats, such as salmon or fish oil supplements, to help prevent inflammation.

Preventing Osteoporosis – Filling your diet with high calcium and vitamin D can help build stronger bones which helps prevent osteoporosis. As we age, our balance deteriorates, making us more vulnerable to falls and subsequent fractures. Strong bones can help stave off broken bones in your entire body, including your feet and legs!

Improving Circulation – Circulation is very important to your feet and lower legs. A diet that is low in saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium and rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms, and head – most commonly in the arteries of the legs. This can cause many issues with your legs and feet.

Managing Diabetes – A diet rich in whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables and a limited amount of fats and sweets is recommended for people that have diabetes. This disease is the leading cause of damaging arteries that bring blood to your lower extremities. It can be managed with the correct diet and physician monitored exercise.

Make Your Appointment Today!
We now have more offices than ever before! Need a podiatrist? Book an office visit by calling us today at (678) 902-0456, or Click Here to make an appointment online!

Let Us  Help You With Your Feet!

Johns Creek Podiatrists Join Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia

We are delighted to announce the newest members of the Ankle & Foot Centers family. We would like to welcome our Johns Creek Podiatrists, Dr. Rupal Gupta, DPM, Dr. Jill Stepnicka and Dr. Jalpa Patel. These ladies are among the best foot doctors in John’s Creek, GA, formally operating as Atlanta Podiatry. The John’s Creek location is open for business and accepting new patients. Dr. Gupta, Dr. Stepnicka and Dr. Patel continue to look forward to serving the Suwanee and Johns Creek area.

Monday – Friday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

4385 Johns Creek Pkwy
Suite 200
Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: (770) 418-0456
Fax: (770) 418-1603

Make an Appointment Today!

If you are suffering from foot pain, and need an industry-leading physician to treat your ailments, then make an appointment today! With more than 20 offices across the metro-area, we are surely just a short drive away. Come see our team for a complete foot and ankle exam!

When To Seek Treatment For Blisters

Blisters, What Are They?foot-blister
They are bubbles that form on the top layer of your skin and fill up with either pus, blood, or serum (the clear part of your blood). They normally form in circles but can be different based on the cause of the blister. They can be a single blister or they can form in clusters. Sometimes blisters can be painful or itch.

Common Types Of Blisters
Friction:  The most common form of blisters is from frictions. Whether you are breaking in a pair of new shoes, do not have the correct shoes, or just repetitive motion in shoes, these are the most common causes that can create friction blisters.
Heat & Cold:  During the winter & summer extremes, heat and cold, if you do not wear the correct protection on your feet it can create blisters that are commonly painful and a response to preserve your skin on your feet.

Home Remedies
A lot of times blisters heal on their own without any type of treatment. If your blister does not heal on its own or if it is painful, carefully open a corner of the blister closest to the bottom of the foot with a sterilized instrument, like a sewing needle. Drain and immediately apply antibiotic cream and a bandage. Keep feet dry and wear socks with properly fitted shoes.

When To Seek Treatment For Blisters
If you suspect that you may be experiencing issues with your blisters such as bright redness or increased pain around the sore, swelling, or signs of gangrene, it is crucial to seek help immediately as the problem might not be able to be resolved on its own. Not seeking treatment in a timely manner will not only cause further pain but could also permanently and further damage your foot.

Make Your Appointment Today!
We now have more offices than ever before! Need a podiatrist? Book an office visit by calling us today at (678) 902-0456, or Click Here to make an appointment online!

Let Us  Help You With Your Blisters!

Calluses & Corns… Signs, Symptoms & Treatments

 

~ CALLUSES ~

Calluses are hardened, thickened, sometimes painful patches of skin on your feet. They can be dry and flaky. 

Signs and Symptoms 
Thickening of skin without borders.
Sometimes painful (throbbing & burning).
May form cracks.
Most commonly over bony prominences. 

~ CORNS ~

Corns are smaller types of calluses, that normally develop between or on the toes. 

Signs and Symptoms
Variable texture – dry, waxy, transparent, horned mass.
Distinct borders.
Commonly on toes.
Mostly painful.

 

Internal & Extercalluses-corns-removalnal Factors That Contribute To Calluses & Corns
Shoes that do not fit properly.
Boney prominences that have developed.
Manual labor.
Not wearing shoes.
Activities that are repetitive and frictional (athletic events; i.e. dancing).
Abnormal foot mechanics. 

How To Help At Home
Keep feet dry and wear socks with properly-fitted shoes. 
Calluses and corns can be smoothed with a pumice stone and lotion.
Place protective coverings to prevent friction.
Soaking your feet and applying a moisturizing cream to affected areas.

When to Seek Treatment for Calluses & Corns
If you suspect that you may be experiencing issues with your calluses or corns such as bright redness around sore, fever, increase in pain or swelling, signs of gangrene or any drainage it is crucial to seek help immediately as the problem might not be able to be resolved on its own. Not seeking treatment in a timely manner will not only cause further pain but could also permanently and further damage your foot.

Make Your Appointment Today!
We now have more offices than ever before! Need a podiatrist? Book an office visit by calling us today at (678) 902-0456, or Click Here to make an appointment online!

Let Us  Help You With Your Calluses & Corns!

Do The 2! “It’s The Journey” 2-Day Atlanta Breast Cancer Walk

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On October 15th & 16th, 2016, the city of Atlanta turned PINK in order to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer with an amazing event called Do The 2! This 30-mile, 2-Day Walk is the flagship event of It’s The Journey, Inc., and consists of a 20-mile walk on Saturday and a 10-mile walk on Sunday. 

Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia takes care of each walker as they make the 30-mile trek! Click here to take a look at the amazing journey of our staff as they cared for the walkers throughout the weekend!

You can see it in the participants’ eyes, that they are so determined to complete the walk. It is really nice that we are able to do little things that help them accomplish their mission.” – Dr. Gregory Alvarez, DPM

In 13 years, the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer has raised $12 million to fund 271 grants that provide breast cancer education, screening, early detection, support services, and continuing care for Georgians.

Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia wants you to Do The 2! Join the Atlanta 2-Day Walk in 2017 and be a part of the fight against breast cancer.

Register here for the 2017 Do The 2!  http://itsthejourney.org/register-for-2-day/

Let Us  Help Cure Breast Cancer One Step At A Time!

Diabetes And Your Foot Health

diabetes-foot-painTaking care of your feet is an essential part of everyday life. If you live with diabetes it needs to become an even more prominent part of your routine. Diabetics are more likely to experience foot issues because diabetes can damage your nerves and reduce blood flow to your feet. Inspect your feet daily and seek assistance should you get a foot injury

Prevention is the key to helping prevent any serious foot problem and can normally be done with a few small steps.

•  Annually your health care provider should perform a complete foot exam. If you have any problems, it should be more often.
•  While doing your yearly remember to remove socks and shoes. This will be a reminder for a foot check.
•  Healthcare providers can trim your corns, calluses, and toenails if you cannot do so safely.

Daily Care Tips For Diabetics

•  Be active. Discuss your physical activity with your health team.
•  Ask your podiatrist about special shoes that are comfortable for all activities.
•  Wash your feet every day, dry carefully between toes.
•  Set a time every day to check your feet for any red spots, cuts, swelling, and blisters.
•  Keep your skin soft. Use lotion in moderation, over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between toes.
•  Wear shoes and socks at all times. Wear comfortable shoes that fit and protect your feet.
•  Protect your feet from hot and cold. Wear shoes on hot pavement and cold floors.
•  Keep blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting down. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 4-5 minutes, 2-3 times a day.
•  No smoking.
•  Begin taking care of your feet today!

When To Seek Treatment For Diabetic Foot Care

If you suspect that you may be experiencing any issues with your feet and you are a diabetic, it is crucial to seek help immediately as the problem will not be resolved on its own. Not seeking treatment in a timely manner will not only cause further pain but could also permanently and further damage your foot.

Make Your Appointment Today!

We now have more offices than ever before! Need a podiatrist? Book an office visit by calling us today at (678) 902-0456, or Click Here to make an appointment online!

Let Us  Help You With Your Diabetic Foot Health!

Atlanta Podiatrist Play Flag Football for Alzheimer’s

Saturday, November 5th, 2016 the Alzheimer’s Association hosted a Blondes vs. Brunettes Flag Football game to raise funds and awareness! Dr. Ketan Patel and his wife both took part in the event. Dr. Patel was the first aid Doctor along with Dr. Amrish D. Patel, Sports & Spine Institute of McDonough. Mrs. Patel was a part of the winning team, the Brunettes. The two ladies teams fundraised over $50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia is thankful to have such caring families as part of our team and we are proud to be a part of such a fun and meaningful event.

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What Exactly Is Hammertoe?

office-woman-hammertoeHammertoe is a deformity of the toe(s); they bend at the middle joint and resemble a hammer. When suffering with hammer toe sometimes it is difficult to find comfortable shoes and you may develop corns or calluses on the tops or tips of your toes.

Sometimes it can cause pain in the toes and feet and be difficult to find shoes that fit comfortably.

Hammertoe can be caused from wearing shoes that do not fit properly, genes, or arthritis. There is an inherited tendency to develop hammertoes because your feet are unstable – They can be flat or have a high arch. Thus resulting in a Hammertoe which is where there is a muscle and ligament imbalance around the joint in the toe which causes it to bend and stick in that position.

Treatment for hammertoe starts conservatively with shoes that have soft roomy toes, do not wear high heels, ice can help reduce the painful swelling, non-medicated hammertoe pads that fit around the toe joint and help relieve painful pressure.

When hammertoes become too painful it is recommended to visit Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. They can continue to instruct you further with drugs that can reduce inflammation or cortisone injections that can relieve pain. They may recommend foot exercises to help restore balance, even splinting in the early stages.

When hammertoes are not resolved through conservative treatments, surgery may be the next step. This procedure is the process of straightening the toe and restoring it to its original shape and alignment. There are several different surgical procedures that can be chosen between, based on factors including structural nature, age, the number of toes to be corrected, and the severity of the damage to the toes. Once all these factors are considered our talented podiatrist here at the Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia will perform one of the successful hammertoe surgeries, including fusion of the toe bones, removal of part of the bone in the affected toes. After hammertoe surgery, you can walk immediately in a protective walking boot. Normally in six weeks, or until the end of your recovery period. Sometimes there is swelling near the surgical site, this is normal.

When to Seek Treatment for Hammertoe

If you suspect that you may be experiencing a hammertoe, it is crucial to seek help immediately as the problem will not resolve on its own. Not seeking treatment in a timely manner will not only cause further pain but could also permanently and further damage your foot.

Make an Appointment Today!

To learn more about hammertoe surgery in Atlanta, GA please do not hesitate to Contact Us at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia today. You can schedule your appointment by phone at (678) 902-0456 or by filling out our online Contact Form.

What Is Achilles Tendinitis and How Is It Treated?

Achilles Tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles’ tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. It causes pain along the back of the leg, normally near the heel.

Achilles Tendinitis commonly occurs in runners and middle-aged people who play sports, such as tennis or basketball. The repetitive stress to the tendon is the problem. Achilles Tendinitis can weaken the tendon, making it vulnerable to a tear which is a painful injury that usually requires surgical repair.

The main form of treatment for Achilles Tendinitis is usually physical therapy with some mild exercising and stretching to be completed at home as well. Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia normally prescribe orthotics, which are shoe inserts that help maintain support for your feet, that help with the Achilles Tendinitis.

Other Tips That Help With Achilles Tendinitis

Rest – Always reduce or stop the activities that make the pain worse. Biking and swimming are low-impact activities that help you stay active while putting less stress the Achilles’ tendon.

Compression – Compression wraps can be used to reduce swelling and movement to the tendon.

Ice – Put ice on the most painful areas to reduce pain. This can be done multiple times a day up to 20 minutes at a time.

Anti-Inflammatory Medication – Ibuprofen and naproxen reduce pain and swelling but do not fix the problem. Always discuss changes with your doctor.

Prevention Is Not Always Possible But These Are Some Risk Reducing Steps

Stretching – Stretch each day before and after exercise, this helps your body maintain flexibility.

Shoes – Make sure you choose shoes that support your foot and ankle.

Increase Activity Gradually – Start exercise programs slowly and gradually, increase duration and intensity slowly.

Cross-Train – Alternate high impact activities with low impact activities to reduce stress when exercising.

Seeking Treatment for Achilles Tendinitis

If you are experiencing any form of heel or leg pain, particularly if the symptoms resemble those of Achilles Tendinitis, are perpetual and/or seem to be intensifying, you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Our professional podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Achilles Tendinitis and their underlying causes. We will assess your situation and discuss your treatment options with you to promptly set you on the path to recovery.

Let Us Help You With Your Achilles Tendinitis

To learn more about Achilles Tendinitis and other forms of heel pain, please contact Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia by dialing (404) 351-5015 or Contact Us. You will then be able to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.