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MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT

Do you suffer from foot or leg problems?

Halloween Pumpkin - American Foot and Leg SpecialistsAs the “Baby Boomers” transition into “senior” status, the potential for a decline in bone and joint health is frightful. Even though the majority of this generation leads increasingly healthy and active lifestyles, almost 50% of the American adult population is affected by some type of bone or joint condition. The following examples of bone and joint related conditions are some of the most common reasons for chronic pain and disabilities:

– osteoarthritis
– rheumatoid arthritis
– psoriatic arthritis
– ankle, toe and knee strains, sprains, and fractures
– shin splints
– bunions, hammertoes, heelspurs
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As with many foot and leg conditions, American Foot and Leg Specialists emphasize that prevention is key.

What Can I Do to Keep My Bones and Joints Healthy?

– Eat a balanced diet, while increasing your calcium and vitamin D intake. Dairy products, vegetables, eggs, and salmon are great additions to your diet.
– Exercise to increase circulation in your joints and to maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight can add pressure to your joints, often causing pain and swelling.
– Take more time to warm up before exercise, and select lower impact activities and weight bearing activities (which are particularly important for mature women to build bone density).
– Change your shoe style. Limit wearing high heels or pointed toe shoes to only special occasions.
– If you have a sore joint, use an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables on the sore spot.

Tell your podiatrist at American Foot and Leg Specialist if the level of your pain improves or intensifies over time. We will work with you to implement treatment options that can help.


TREAT YOURSELF TO HEALTHY AGING

It’s Not Magic – The Trick is Exercise and Movement
American Foot and Leg | PumpkinMost of us anticipate a long life, but worry that our movements and mobility may become rather limited. While some effects of aging are inevitable, many foot and leg ailments or conditions typically associated with aging can be delayed, and in some cases prevented. That’s why during National Physical Therapy Month in October, we focus on the interrelationship between American Foot and Leg Specialists and physical therapy, and the vital role it plays in transforming the aging process. Schedule an appointment today. Call 404.363.9944 and let’s get
moving!
 
 


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Do you have burning pain in your heel?

Heel pain | Atlanta, GAWhen you first step out of bed in the morning, do you find yourself limping to the bathroom? Or after driving or riding in a car for even 20 minutes, when you first step out of the car, you have a burning, painful sensation on the back of your heel and again you may find yourself limping for the first few steps. Then as you continue walking you find the pain dissipating and you can continue on with maybe just a tinge of pain now and then. Heel pain is the most common reason people come to American Foot and Leg Specialists located in Stockbridge, Locust Grove, Forest Park and Fayetteville, GA.

So, what could be the problem? There are 2 major causes of heel pain:
• plantar fasciitis
• Achilles tendinitis

It may be hard to distinguish which one is causing your pain but perhaps by understanding the symptoms and location of the pain, you can make the determination. With plantar fasciitis the pain will be sharp and under your heel bone. If the pain is found at the back of the heel, in the Achilles or toward the base of the Achilles, and is swollen, warm and tender to the touch, then it is likely to be Achilles tendinitis.

Causes of Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis can occur with advanced activity such as trying something new and trying to do too much too soon. Or maybe you changed your walking or running path to include some steep hills which can cause tight calf muscles. Weight gain and improper footwear can also aggravate the problem.

Achilles tendinitis occurs when the tendon (Achilles tendon) that connects the back of your leg to your heel become swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot. The two large muscles in the calf are used to push off with the foot or go up on the toes. The Achilles tendon connects these muscles to the heel. Again the cause is most likely due to sudden increase in the amount or intensity of an activity. Also, very tight muscles that have not been stretched out prior to activity can be the cause. In fact, many of the same causes of plantar fasciitis can cause a swollen Achilles tendon. Rarely either is caused from an injury but more about the person’s activity.

Treatments for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis
It’s always best to seek early treatment for either of these ailments. American Foot and Leg Specialists can provide you with professional diagnosis and treatment plans for either condition. If caught early enough, non-invasive therapy should work just fine for most people. Your diagnostic exam is usually covered by most insurance plans. It is important to understand it may take several months for the pain to go away.

Common treatments include putting ice on the Achilles tendon area or on your heel two to three times a day for 15 to 20 minutes. Change in activity such as stopping or decreasing your running or walking routine for a while. You may want to switch to biking or swimming. It may be time to buy some new footwear that will give you better support. Take non inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen to ease your pain and any swelling. Keep in mind that symptoms can return if you do not limit activities that cause the pain.

The physicians at American Foot and Leg Specialists will give you instructions on how to treat your condition and will always be available if your condition continues or worsens. It’s best to get professional advice and get on your way to recovery as soon as possible. American Foot and Leg Specialists have four locations just south of Atlanta in Stockbridge, Locust Grove, Fayetteville, and Forest Park.

Summer Podiatrist Specials

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Toe to Heel Solutions for Your Feet

PRP THERAPY – OFFERING YOU THE TREATMENT OF CHOICE BY MANY PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES

Athletes have found that injections of platelet rich plasma (PRP) can help spur the body’s natural healing process for soft tissue and tendons. You can benefit from this non-invasive treatment too. PRP therapy treatment offers patients in and around the South Atlanta Metro area including Fulton County, Cobb County, Douglas County, Fayette County, Henry County, and Clayton County a non-surgical method for reducing or eliminating pain from injuries and disorders of the foot and ankle. The concentrated solution, which is all composed of platelet rich plasma provided by the patient’s own blood, is injected into the patient at the affected foot, heel or ankle area. An ultrasound machine is used to guide the injection to the injured site.

Most common foot problems treated by PRP therapy are plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and Achilles injuries such as tendonitis. Learn more about the potential beneficial results for your foot pain with PRP Therapy.

Please call (404) 363-9944 to schedule an appointment for a consultation with one of our doctors to discuss if you are a good candidate for PRP.

TAKE AIM AT TOENAIL FUNGUS WITH LASER TREATMENT

It’s Time for Attractive Summertime Toenails

Does the preparation of your toes for summertime fashion require more than some buffing, moisturizing and nail polish for the ladies? If the answer is yes, you may have toenail fungus. You are not alone – it is a common condition that many people develop at some point in their lives. Toenail fungus can leave your nails discolored, brittle and unattractive. The sooner you treat this condition, the faster you will be sharing your toes with the world. We specialize in highly effective, state-of-the-art fungus toenail laser treatment, using the most powerful, specially designed podiatry MLS yag laser to deeply penetrate the toenail and kill the fungus.

Take Advantage of Our Two Specially Priced Treatment Options

$99.00 for one laser toenail-fungus treatment for up to 5 toes (Save $200)

$199.00 for one laser toenail-fungus treatment for up to 10 toes (Save $300)

You may see improvement within one to three months. Length of time for affected toenail to fully grow out ranges from six to 9 months. It’s time to take action! Call to schedule your appointment: 404.363.9944

EASE FOOT AND ARCH PAIN WITH ORTHOTICS

30% Off – Special Discount Expires June 30th

Do your feet ache after standing or walking in shoes that don’t seem to provide enough support? The answer could be as simple as inserting a pair of orthotics into your shoes. Why do we recommend orthotics?

-Orthotics offer relief for painful foot problems, especially for those who must walk or stand excessively while at work, or in everyday activities.
-Regular use of an orthotic will alleviate knee and back pain.
-Orthotics help to maintain the normal positioning of the bones in the foot, as well as the joints in the ankles, knees and toe alignment.
-Wearing an orthotic helps to realign the spinal column.
-Orthotics help to alleviate fascia pain.
Wearing orthotics aids in the correction of minor foot deformities such as hammertoes.
Orthotics can also provide you with additional shock absorption during movement.

Visit any one of our practices conveniently located in Stockbridge, Fayetteville, Locust Grove and Atlanta to purchase your orthotics at our Product Store.

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Are you planning to run in the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race?

It’s a festive way to spend your 4th of July. Make sure you are race ready by scheduling a check-up at one of our Atlanta area American Foot and Leg Specialists before the big day. For information visit the Peachtree Road Race Website

Oh My Aching Feet!

Woman having hydrotherapy water footbathHow often do you say to yourself “my feet are killing me”? Most people think that their shoes are to blame for foot discomfort and in many cases it’s true; however, there are other causes generally associated with lifestyle (exercise), skeletal health and obesity. Because our feet (especially our heels), take a pounding on a daily basis, it’s important to determine the cause of your heel pain so that a treatment plan can begin. If you are suffering from foot pain, contact the experts at the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta, a specialty center of American Foot and Leg Specialists, to schedule an appointment today.

Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

The term commonly used to refer to heel and arch pain is Plantar Fasciitis and is traced to inflammation of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia). This tissue stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. The most common cause of Plantar Fasciitis is over pronation. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over time, this causes inflammation which leads to a variety of other foot problems. Other causes include the following:

• Plantar fasciitis with heel spur syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
• Sural, tibial, or medial calcaneal nerve entrapment
• Radiculopathy or lower lumbar back problems
• Arthritis
• Flat foot
Achilles tendonitis
• Increase or decrease in weight
• Gastroc equinus
Heel fractures

Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

Many people that suffer from plantar fasciitis describe their symptoms as a constant heel pain while sitting, resting, walking (short or long distances), and during or after exercise. The pain ranges from sharp stabbing pains to deep aches accompanied by a burning feeling in the heel area.

The physicians at American Foot and Leg start with a physical examination to pinpoint the exact cause of heel pain, and then use X-rays, ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans as needed. Once a plantar fasciitis diagnosis has been made, patients are presented with several treatment options depending on the severity. Sometimes splints, orthotics, or physical therapy is all that is needed; however, extreme or advanced cases of plantar fasciitis may require outpatient surgery. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection is the most common treatment for plantar fasciitis and widely used by dozens of athletes suffering from sports injuries. What exactly is PRP?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

PRP injections are used to reduce healing time. The procedure works through a system where blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge. There are many growth factors in the separated blood which is then injected in the damaged or injured area. These growth factors accelerate healing time for plantar fasciitis and other related foot conditions including joint arthritis, achilles tendonitis, or any other tendon tear or inflammation. Injections are administered in the treatment areas after it is numbed, so pain is never a problem. Most patients will be immobilized with the use of a boot for several weeks and asked not to exercise on their feet. In summary, success rates for PRP are extremely high and safe with no side effects.

If you suffer from heel pain don’t ignore it any longer – Heel Pain Center of Atlanta, a specialty component of American Foot and Leg Specialists can help you get back on your feet in time for summer fun! Learn more about plantar fasciitis and PRP treatment, here. Call 404/363-9944 or go online to schedule an appointment at one of four convenient locations south of Atlanta in Stockbridge, Locust Grove, Fayetteville, and Forest Park.

Spring Newsletter & Specials

WELCOME SPRING NEWSLETTER


PUT A SPRING 

BACK 

IN YOUR STEP 

March 2015

ERADICATE TOENAIL FUNGUS WITH OUR POWERFUL FUNGUS LASER TREATMENT

$99 for 1 Session – 5 Toes

  

 
With all of the cold and snowy weather we’ve been having in the Atlanta area, American Foot and Leg Specialists know it’s hard to imagine that spring is right around the corner. But it is, and that means open toed shoes. Will you be ready to flaunt your feet?
 
If you are experiencing symptoms of toenail fungus – the toenails are yellowed or discolored, and thickened with a crumbly appearance – then when spring fever hits and the sandals come out, you may still be wearing your fuzzy boots. So NOW is the time to visit American Foot and Leg Specialists to treat your unsightly toenail condition. 
 
Using a specially designed podiatry laser from Aerolase, the most powerful MLS yag laser available, the Board Certified physicians at American Foot and Leg Specialists deeply penetrate the toenail and kill the fungus. You may see improvement within one to three months, and up to three sessions are recommended, although the number of toenail fungus laser treatments per individual varies with every patient. Call to schedule your appointment at one of our 4 locations : 404.363.9944

You Can’t Hide Your Toes in Boots Forever

KICK-START YOUR LASER TOENAIL FUNGUS LASER TREATMENT WITH OUR GROUPON SPECIAL OFFER

Choose Between Two Options

Physicians use an Aerolase laser to painlessly penetrate the toenail and kill fungus. Toenails may start to clear up after three months, but it generally takes six to nine months for an affected nail to fully grow out.

 

Visit the Groupon website to purchase, or mention the special offer when you book your first appointment for comparable savings. Available at any of our 4 locations: Stockbridge; Fayettville; Locust Grove; and Atlanta. 

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Dr. Mariel Colon, Dr. Rodney Gadson, Dr. Paul Colon, Dr. Loren Colon, Dr. Jeff Flash, Dr. Praya Nam  

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OUR DOCTORS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED

Dr. Mam OPM and Dr. Lewis DPM of American Foot and Leg Specialists have written an article that has been published in the September/October 2014 Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association!

Here’s the LINK for the blog about the article – a very big, big toe.

PRODUCT STORE

Looking for products to ease toe, foot, ankle or leg pain, help maintain fungus free toenails, recover from surgery, support diabetic foot care needs, boost your vitamin and mineral intake, or replenish moisture? The American Foot and Leg Specialists PRODUCT STORE is the right place to find all your foot and leg care needs. Products are available at any of our 4 South Atlanta area locations.

Atlanta Laser Nail Specialist 
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Introducing the Atlanta Laser Nail Specialist micro-site within American Foot and Leg. The Atlanta Laser Nail Specialist is designed as a guide in the treatment of toenail fungus. Don’t wait another day to see if laser toenail fungus treatment is right for you.

Heel Pain Center of Atlanta

We Have Another New Micro-Site! 

Our Heel Pain Center of Atlanta specialty micro-site within American Foot and Leg Specialists is dedicated just to the causes and treatments for heel pain.

What is Charcot Foot?

Charcot foot is a serious condition causing weakening of the bones in the foot, decreased sensation and the loss of ability to feel temperature, pain, or trauma.

Charcot foot is a serious condition causing weakening of the bones in the foot, decreased sensation and the loss of ability to feel temperature, pain, or trauma. Because of diminished sensation, individuals may continue to walk on the affected foot making the injury worse. Stress fractures may cause the tarsal bones to collapse, resulting in an outward bowing of the arch called “rocker foot”. Some patients develop ulcers and if left untreated could lead to deformity or amputation. The board certified podiatrists at Heel Pain Center of Atlanta , a specialty center of American Foot and Leg Specialists, can assess your risk factors and offer tips to prevent Charcot foot from forming.

Causes and Diagnosis

Neuropathy

Charcot foot can occur in people who have significant nerve damage  or neuropathy. Neuropathy is a disorder that occurs when nerves malfunction because they are damaged or destroyed. This disrupts the nerves’ normal functioning. They might send signals of pain when there is nothing causing pain, or they might not send a pain signal even if something is harming you. This can be caused by injury, systemic illness such as diabetes, infection, or may be associated with an inherited disorder. People who have a family history of peripheral neuropathy are more likely to develop the disorder; however, a variety of factors and underlying conditions may also cause this condition.

Diabetes

Although the condition has been around for centuries, it was not known until the early 1900’s that there was a direct link between Charcot foot and diabetes. The diabetic Charcot foot syndrome is a serious and potentially limb-threatening lower-extremity complication of diabetes. Now considered an inflammatory syndrome, the diabetic charcot foot is characterized by varying degrees of bone and joint disorganization secondary to underlying neuropathy, trauma, and perturbations of bone metabolism. For people with diabetes, careful, daily inspection of the feet is essential to overall health and the prevention of damaging foot problems.

Symptoms

The symptoms of Charcot foot include:

•   Dislocation of the joint;

•   Heat;

•   Insensitivity in the foot;

•   Instability of the joint;

•   Redness;

•   Strong pulse;

•   Swelling of the foot and ankle; and

•   Subluxation (misalignment of the bones that form a joint).

Prevention and Treatment

If you are at risk of developing Charcot foot, or already suffer from the condition, it is extremely important that you check your feet often for any of the signs listed above. Preventive care is the key to good overall health. A Podiatrist at Atlanta Heel Pain Center can consult with you to discuss your general health as well as any symptoms you may have, and develop a treatment plan. Failure to adhere to the treatment plan is extremely important the condition can lead to the loss of a toe, foot, leg, or life if untreated. Treatment for Charcot foot may consist of:

Immobilization. In the early stages of Charcot Foot, the foot and ankle are very fragile so they must be protected in order for the weakened bones and stress fractures to repair themselves. To keep the foot from further collapsing, complete non-weightbearing on the affected foot may be recommended. During this period, we may fit the patient with a cast, removable boot, or brace, and they may be required to use crutches or a wheelchair. It may take the bones several months to heal, although it can take considerably longer in some patients.

Custom Shoes and Bracing. Shoes with special inserts may be needed after the bones have healed to enable the patient to return to daily activities—as well as help prevent recurrence of Charcot foot, development of ulcers, and possibly amputation. In cases with significant deformity, bracing is also required. You may purchase custom shoes at any of our 4 locations as well as orthotics and other supplies from our Product Store.

Modification of Activity. A modification in activity level may be needed to avoid repetitive trauma to both feet. Measures must be taken to protect both feet because patients with Charcot in one foot are more likely to also develop the condition in the other foot.

In some cases, the Charcot deformity may become severe enough that surgery is necessary. Your Heel Pain Center of Atlanta doctor will determine the appropriate procedures for each individual case. We have four convenient locations to serve you including Stockbridge,  Fayetteville, Forest Park, and Locust Grove, Georgia.

Watch Your Step This Winter

When you have pain in your heels, ankles or ball of the foot, walking can be difficult, so it is very important to know how to navigate icy, slippery conditions this winter.

When you have pain in your heels, ankles or plantar fasciitis, walking can be difficult, so it is very important to know how to navigate icy, slippery conditions this winter.

Winter in the Atlanta area can be treacherous if you suffer from painful plantar fasciitis and heel discomfort. While we don’t receive a lot of snow, freezing rain and black ice that develops after a snowfall thaws and then refreezes seem to be the trademark, often covering the sidewalks and streets for days. On these slippery surfaces you must be extremely careful where and how you walk – just one misstep on dangerous surfaces can lead to an injury or further damage to your foot and heel conditions. It also is very easy to twist an ankle. The best advice is to avoid trying to navigate icy walkways and the occasional snow patch unless absolutely necessary.

Tips On Navigating Winter Conditions

On ice and snow your feet can slip, slide, glide, and skid unpredictably in any direction, but sometimes you need to use different stride techniques depending on conditions – ice, snow or slush. While it’s a terrific idea to stay active in the winter, heeding these tips on how to get a grip on icy, slippery conditions is recommended:

• Assume that all areas that look dark, wet or white are slippery.
• Pick your foot placement spots on relatively even looking surfaces, or better yet, walk in someone else’s footsteps if there already are tread mark indentations or worn spots, especially in snow.
• Avoid exercising on snowy, icy surfaces – opt for the gym on these days.
• Walk like a penguin on ice. Yes, use short, careful, small, flat-footed steps and try to keep your center of gravity directly over your feet. Spread your body weight as evenly as possible and balance more on the balls of your feet than the heels, otherwise your arms will be twirling around as your legs slip out from under you.
• In deep snow however, walk heel to toe, which creates a hole and keeps your foot from slipping forward.
• Choose appropriate winter footwear that is designed to provide traction; we suggest rubber soled shoes or boots with grooved treads or ridged soles. Avoid wearing smooth leather or pleather soled footwear, and athletic shoes are not recommended.
• In really treacherous conditions, if you must venture out, “city crampons” – ice-gripping devices for your footwear with metal “teeth” that bite into snow and ice, subsequently anchoring you to the ground, should keep you from losing your footing.
• Find a long stick or branch to serve as an anchor or third leg. Ski poles work fine too.
• Use a backpack instead of a purse, shopping bag or briefcase to keep your balance centered over your feet.
• If you don’t have the right shoes, or get caught in unanticipated wintry weather and only have slick bottomed shoes, you can purchase a spray-on rubbery resin coating for extra grip. It can be ordered from tyre-grip.com or usually found in outdoor recreation stores.

How Can I Buffer a Fall?

The most common type of tumble on ice and snow is your feet slipping out from underneath you. In this case the impact occurs on the tailbone, hip or the upper femur area, and then the back of the head connects with the pavement. At the same time, your heels can crash down on the hard surface. For the mature set, a fractured hip may take a long time to recover. Instead, using the hands, preferably the non-dominant hand, to try to prevent or break the fall is recommended. Although it might result in a fractured wrist, the mending time is certainly less than a hip or leg bone injury, and it also helps reduce the potential for cracking your head and heels on the concrete.

When you have plantar fasciitis, or are experiencing pain in your heels, ankles, or ball of the foot, walking may be difficult, and this makes it even more treacherous when walking on crystalized walkways. Contact the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta, a specialized division of American Foot and Leg Associates to customize a pain management plan for you so you can “skate” over slippery conditions. We have four convenient locations and just one telephone number, so call us today at 404-363-9944.

December Newsletter and Specials

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T’IS THE SEASON 

FOR HOLIDAY GIFTING


 
December  2014

STOCKING STUFFERS GALORE

Need creative ideas for goodies to stuff in those holiday stocking? We have a Santa’s Sack full of products for everyone in the family. Foot care products may not be “glamourous” gifts, but they show you really care. And hey, who needs another candle? We have so many items to choose from – something for everyone:  

Anti-Fungal: Steri-Shoe; Fungi Foam: Forma- Don and Forma-Ray: Clean Sweep Spray; Macer RX
Gordon’s Boro-Packs

Toe Problems: Corn Pads; Toe Caps; Bunion Cushion; Flat Gel Metatarsal Cushion; Toe Separator; Hammer Toe Regulator; Toe Crest 

Heel Pain: Heel Pain Kit; Achilles Heel Pad; Gel Heel Sleeve

Foot Comfort & Hydration: Amerigel Lotion; Met Pad Gel; Gel Callus Cushion; Cavilon Cream; Calicylic Cream; Gordon’s Boro-Packs

Nail Fashion: Formula 3; Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish Collection and Treatments 


Foot Comfort & Hydration: Amerigel Lotion; Met Pad Gel; Gel Callus Cushion; Calicylic Cream; Cavilon Cream; Gordon’s Boro-Packs


Diabetes and Nerve Pain: Biofreeze; Compression Socks; 

Orthotics: Revolution Orthotics; Power Step Orthotics; Heel Lifts 

Oral Supplements: NeurRx; Coral calcium Complex; Joint Smoother w/Omega; GouTrol
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WINTER DRY FEET DILEMMA
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

When it’s cold outside, the last thing you want are dry, flaking and cracked feet. Dry skin on the feet occurs to most people at some time during their lives, and some people are more prone to the condition. Dry skin often worsens in the winter months, typically as a result of indoor heating and low humidity. Wet feet and chilly toes also contribute to dry skin. Not only is dry skin often painful or itchy, but the rough edges of flaking and cracked skin can catch on your socks and tights, either damaging your footwear or ripping the skin. Here are some simple tips to soften and moisturize:
  • Use a alpha-hydroxy acid or urea based foot cream every day.  
  • For rough or cracked areas of skin, apply lanolin, which acts as a natural effective moisture barrier. 
  • If you are prone to allergies or skin sensitivities, use skin products that are labeled as hypoallergenic or formulated for sensitive skin.
  • Supplement your diet with essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). These acids decrease water loss in your skin. Sources of ALA include flaxseed oil, walnuts, and canola oil, and evening primrose oil contains GLA.

If your feet have calluses, cracked skin, open wounds, or rashy, dry skin that does not improve with creams or lotions, contact American Foot and Leg Specialists.

Dr. Mariel Colon, Dr. Rodney Gadson, Dr. Paul Colon, Dr. Loren Colon, Dr. Jeff Flash, Dr. Praya Nam  

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November Newsletter and Specials

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NOVEMBER NEWS

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THIS THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 

November  2014

PERFECT GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The Steri-Shoe

Do you know a special someone who rarely buys themselves a treat? Stuck on giving an ingenious gift to someone that is impossible to shop for? Know an athlete with a bad case of stink shoe, or a loved one with diabetic foot problems? We have a perfect idea. 
The Steri-Shoe – this is a one of a kind gift!!

 

Steri Shoe is a patented shoe sanitizer that uses germicidal ultraviolet light (UVC) to sanitize the inside of shoes. This great invention safely and effectively kills 99.9% of the bacteria, fungi, and spores in shoes that cause athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and shoe odor. For people with diabetic foot problems, Steri Shoe can guard against infection.
Regularly $130 – Now $99

NEW DIABETIC FOOTWEAR STYLES !!
Classy and Comfortable

Have you gotten your diabetic footwear yet this fall? Be sure to select your shoes before the end of the year – certain styles are eligible for medical benefits. And the added bonus – our new up-to-date designs have arrived for the fall and winter holidays by Dr. Comfort and Ortho Feet.
 
Dr. Comfort Women’s Casual

OrthoFoot Women’s

Dr. Comfort Women’s Coco
Dr. Comfort Dress

OrthoFoot Men’s

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Dr. Mam OPM and Dr. Lewis DPM of American Foot and Leg Specialists have written an article that has been published in the September/October 2014 Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association!

Here’s the LINK for the blog about the article – a very big, big toe.


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Atlanta Half Marathon
November 27, 7:00 AM
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Lace up your running shoes and head for Turner Field for the annual Atlanta Half-Marathon and 5K Turkey Run. This is among the largest half marathon in the U.S. – a Thanksgiving Day tradition for thousands of runners and volunteers who want to earn the right to eat turkey and pie.
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Same Pain, Different Cause – The Rise of Heel Pain In Youth

Do you have, or do you know a youth under the age of 13 complaining of heel pain? Heel pain in the experience of Heel Pain Center of Atlanta, a specialty center of American Foot and Leg Specialists, is one of the most common ailments we treat.  The most frequent diagnosis is Plantar Fasciitis, which affects the bottom of the heel, usually around the instep.  There are other possibilities for the cause of the heel pain in adults, including tendonitis or bursitis. Although heel pain among youths is also quite prevalent, the causes vary significantly from adults.

What is the Most Common Type of Heel Pain in Youth?

Heel Pain in Severs Disease or Spikes Under Heel Plate in Cleats

Heel Pain is Caused by Severs Disease or Spikes in Cleats Under Heel Plate

Severs Disease is the most common diagnosis in athletically active youth, ages 6 to 13. Although historically this condition primarily affected  boys, Severs Disease is not gender biased, and girls now experience the condition as frequently as boys. The most frequently described symptom is pain in the back/bottom of the heel, which becomes more painful with physical activity, lessening in severity with rest. Increased sports related physical activity, combined with slight irregularities in normal gait exacerbate the atypical motion/trauma within the growth plate.  This motion/trauma is the source of the pain.

Severs Disease is actually an injury/irritation of a growth plate in the heel, not a communicable type illness.  The Achilles tendon and plantar fascia both attach to the heel bone. Motion within the growth plate space due to pull from either or both of these structures can create irritation and inflammation. The result? Pain and limitation of motion. Increased sports related physical activity, combined with slight irregularities in normal gait, exacerbate the atypical motion within the growth plate. As the growth plate begins to close as the child matures, its ability to move with the traction of soft tissue attachments becomes more limited.

What Are the Potential Treatments?

Fortunately, once the growth plate has closed entirely, usually around age 13, the condition resolves. However, if a child begins to exhibit symptoms of pain at an early age, the pain and inflammation could last for 5 or more years. Treatment is aimed at managing the pain and reducing inflammation and include:

•   Rest

•   Ice

•   Non steroidal anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen)

•   Stretching

•   Taping

•   Heel cups, heel lifts and orthotics

•   Cast or walking boot immobilization in severe cases

Benefits Of A Custom Orthotic Insert

When more traditional RICE measures do not relieve the pain cycle symptoms to the extent necessary, the most effective recommended method of treatment is a custom molded orthotic to provide stability, control of motion, and support. The intent of the orthotic insert is to maintain a neutral position of the foot in order to control the atypical pulling motions which result in pain and swelling. These are not drug store shoe inserts – they are made from a custom mold taken of the youth’s foot. Statistics indicate that with proper use of orthotics inserted into supportive shoes, approximately 85% of patients are able to re-engage in sports and other youth activities.

Are Cleats the Culprit?

Another cause of heel pain of young athletes that most people never consider has to do with the construction of their cleat athletic shoes. If a youth complains of pain on the bottom of their foot and wears cleats, take a close look at the shoe, regardless of the sport they are designed for. They are often molded with a posterior spike positioned anatomically directly below the growth plate in the heel area.  Grinding down the spike on the cleat so less direct pressure is applied to the heel upon ground contact, or replacing the shoe with a model that doesn’t have a spike positioned directly under the heel plate should significantly reduce impaction trauma and irritation to the area.

Game Changer

If you feel your child may be exhibiting the signs of heel pain attributed to Severs Disease, contact Heel Pain Center of Atlanta, a specialty center of American Foot and Leg Specialists, with four locations serving the South Atlanta Metro area for your convenience: Stockbridge, Fayetteville, Locust Grove and Forest Park. Don’t wait for the symptoms to resolve on their own. We can help change the game pain.