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How To Properly Trim Your Toenails

It’s surprising how much something as seemingly minor as an ingrown toenail can hurt! Fortunately, there’s an easy step to prevent this painful condition: Cutting your toenails properly. Read on to learn how.

Apr 1st, 2021
Do Bunions Resolve on Their Own?

A bunion looks like a big bump or callus on the side of your foot. But a bunion is a displaced bone that juts out at its base. Bunions are usually heredity and tend to grow worse without treatment. Here’s what to do.

Mar 15th, 2021
Are Your Child's Feet Healthy?

Parents have a lot to look out for when it comes to their little one’s well being — including whether their feet are developing healthily. Take a moment to learn what’s normal and not when it comes to your child’s feet.

Feb 7th, 2021
What to Expect During MLS Laser Therapy

You know that lasers can rejuvenate skin. But did you know that a new form of laser therapy resolves acute or chronic foot pain? Here’s what you can expect when you use revolutionary MLS® laser therapy for foot and ankle pain.

Jan 14th, 2021
Pain in the Balls of Your Feet? It Could Be Bursitis

If pain in the balls of your feet is interfering with your ability to walk or stand, you may be suffering from bursitis. Find out more about this treatable condition and what you can do to resume pain-free movement and normal activities.

Dec 3rd, 2020
Can Hammertoes Be Prevented?

Do your toes ache at the end of a long day? Are you worried about pain and deformity in your middle toes from hammertoes? Read on to learn about hammertoe prevention and treatment.

Sep 10th, 2020
7 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Foot Surgery Recovery

So you’re having foot surgery? Remember this: careful planning before your foot surgery helps you heal better and enjoy the best outcome possible. Preparing your home before your procedure is an important part of a smooth recovery.

Aug 10th, 2020
Recognizing the Signs of Tendonitis

Overuse or injury could trigger tendonitis: a common cause of pain, stiffness, and swelling in the feet and ankles. But identifying the cause of your pain isn’t always easy. Could it be tendonitis? Find out here.

Jul 17th, 2020
5 Tips for Preventing a Gout Flare-up

If you have gout, you know the crippling pain that can strike at any moment. Gout can cause your joint to feel like it’s being jabbed with a needle or struck with a hammer. Find out how to minimize gout flare-ups and find lasting relief.

Apr 22nd, 2020
3 of the Most Common Risk Factors of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that causes discomfort in your heel. It’s most evident in the morning, and it can interfere with routine activity. You’ve heard people complain about plantar fasciitis and heel pain — are you at risk?

Jan 31st, 2020
Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.

Dec 23rd, 2020
Diabetic Foot Ulcers

It may not surprise you to hear, but complications from diabetes are the top cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in the US.

Jul 22nd, 2019
Plantar Fasciitis Pain

As podiatrists, we often hear the general complaint of “heel pain” or a pain underneath the foot that is sharp when first standing and walking, but as time goes on the pain will dissipate.

Jul 15th, 2019
Morton's Neuroma

Have you ever felt like there was a pebble in your shoe, or that your sock keeps bunching up under your foot? You may be experiencing the early stages of a neuroma.

Jul 8th, 2019
Stress Fractures

Stress fractures, sometimes referred to as hairline fractures, are a common injury that podiatrists see regularly in their offices. Usually a patient will present with symptoms like tenderness in the area of the fracture, as well as swelling.

Jul 1st, 2019
Achilles Tendon Injuries

We’ve all heard the Greek myth of Achilles, hero of the Trojan wars and subject of Homer’s The Iliad. Legend says that the infant Achilles was dipped into the river Styx by his mother Thetis in an attempt to make her son immortal.

Jun 24th, 2019
Summer Foot & Ankle Injuries

Summer is the most active season for adults and children alike. It is also the most active season for foot and ankle injuries. From the beach to the mountains summertime is a time to be outside and having fun, and nothing stops that fun faster than...

Jun 17th, 2019
Best Shoes for Summer

Summer and it’s sweltering heat is finally upon us. With summertime comes a bevy of different shoe choices and from podiatrists point of view these selections are very important for foot health.

Jun 10th, 2019
Good Foods for Gout

Gout is a rheumatic disease, it causes inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles, most frequently the joints of the foot. Gout is the result of too much uric acid build up in the blood and surrounding tissues.

Jun 3rd, 2019
Stop Running Injuries Before They Start

Did you know that the majority of runners have suffered a running injury in the past 12 months? Running is of course a great way to stay active and keep fit, but there’s several factors that can contribute to injuries while running.

May 27th, 2019
Treating Toenail Fungus

It never gets very cold in Georgia compared to other parts of the country, but even by our standards it’s been a warm winter.

May 20th, 2019
Top Tips From Your Podiatrist

While your podiatrist sees a vast array of different types of patients every day there are certain universal truths. What follows are the most basic tips that every foot doctor wants their patients to know.

May 13th, 2019
Ankle & Foot Falsehoods

We’ve all heard myths about our feet. Maybe they’ve grown from an old adage, or something that grandma used to swear by, but what’s the truth behind these myths?

May 6th, 2019
Springtime Heel Pain

It’s springtime and with the beautiful weather everyone is outside and getting active. Frequently in spring we see and increase in the number of patients coming in with heel pain, most frequently plantar fasciitis.

Apr 29th, 2019
Elderly Fall Dangers

Every year in America millions of elderly citizens suffer from falls. Studies conclude that annually 1 in 4 elderly Americans will suffer a fall, and only half of those will report the fall to their doctor.

Apr 22nd, 2019
Injury First Aid: Hot v. Cold

It’s actually a question we get all the time, what should I do for my pain, hot or cold? Well the answer depends on several different factors, so let’s take a look at both hot and cold therapy and what they treat best, as well as when to avoid them.

Apr 15th, 2019
Foot & Ankle Injuries of an Active Life

It’s probably no surprise that active people are in general healthier than those who do not get enough exercise. Your doctor has said it time and again, get out there and do something, anything.

Apr 9th, 2019
4 Things That Drive Your Podiatrist Crazy

As podiatrists we see all sorts of problems and love helping people find the solutions that help them live a healthy and happy life. That being said, we have a confession.

Mar 25th, 2019
Doctors for Diabetics

As podiatrists we see a large number of diabetics on a daily basis. Podiatrists serve as an integral part of a diabetics health care team, which includes the primary care doctor, endocrinologist (diabetes doctor) and eye doctor.

Mar 18th, 2019
Pidgeon Toed

We sometimes see children who point their toes toward each other, commonly referred to as “pigeon toed” or intoeing. These are both terms for what a podiatrist calls metatarsus adductus.

Mar 11th, 2019
Nail Fungus Solutions

As we age our bodies immune systems weaken, leaving our bodies naturally more prone to conditions that affect parts of the body that are normally healthy and take care of themselves.

Mar 4th, 2019
Avoiding Common Foot Problems

If you’ve got feet than the odds are at one point you are going to have a foot problem. Studies show that 7 out of 10 Americans will experience foot pain in their lifetime.

Feb 25th, 2019
Melanoma & Your Feet

“I didn’t know you could get skin cancer on your feet” it is a sentence podiatrists hear all too often. Most people will walk around all day in sandals without ever applying sunscreen to their feet.

Feb 18th, 2019
Diabetes & The Podiatrist

We’ve all heard the horror stories of what can happen to a diabetics feet. Too many of us know a friend or relative who has lost a toe, or even an entire foot, to the effects of diabetes.

Feb 11th, 2019
Bad Habits for Your Feet

As podiatrists we see the effects of bad habits on patients feet all the time. Maybe it is a habit you picked up from family, or even friends.

Feb 4th, 2019
Morning Heel Pain

Has this ever happened to you? You finally manage to get a great 8 hours of sleep, you wake up rested and ready to tackle the new day. Then, with your very first step out of bed, you experience a sudden sharp pain in your heel. How?!

Jan 28th, 2019
Advice For New Runners

It’s 2019 and with a new year comes resolutions. Many Americans will make a resolution to get healthy, eat better, and start working out more. Unfortunately, studies show us that only about 10% of Americans keep their New Year's resolutions all year long.

Jan 21st, 2019
Men's Foot Problems

Studies tell us that 7 out of 10 people will deal with foot problems in their lifetime. It may not surprise you to hear that men often let foot and ankle pain go untreated, sometimes for years, with potentially dangerous consequences.

Jan 14th, 2019
New Year, New Feet

It’s a new year, and with new years come new resolutions. Many resolutions focus on eating healthier, getting more exercise, or just treating your body better overall. A big part of taking care of your body is taking care of your feet.

Jan 7th, 2019
Hydration & Your Feet

It’s common knowledge that the human body operates best when properly hydrated. Your doctor will tell you that most folks aren’t getting enough water every day, and its effects can be far-reaching. Least thought about is probably your feet.

Dec 31st, 2018
Fall Prevention For Seniors

Doctors will tell you that most injuries they see in their patients over the age of 65 are caused by falls. Common knowledge says that exercise is one of the best way to reduce the risk of falls in seniors, knowledge which is now supported by research...

Dec 24th, 2018
Gifts for Feet This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us and with all of the hustle and bustle it’s easy to forget about taking care of your feet. Whether they are for you or someone you love these gifts will help to keep feet happy and healthy all year long.

Dec 17th, 2018
Diabetic Socks

Diabetics are at an increased chance of ulcers and infections on their feet so diabetic socks are constructed differently from regular socks to help protect diabetic feet. Diabetic socks are seamless inside, so they don’t cause rubbing.l

Dec 10th, 2018
Plantar Fibroma

“There’s a knot in my foot” or “it feels like I’m walking on a golf ball”. It’s a common complaint for podiatrists to hear, the description of a hard lump in the arch of the foot. The most common cause of this problem is a fibrous knot.

Dec 3rd, 2018
Winter Foot Problems

Winter can be a very tough season on feet, even winters in the South. Even though we don’t have to deal with the snow and ice that the rest of the US trudges through, winter can still have a devastating effect on your feet and ankles.

Nov 26th, 2018
Hidden Sugars

In observance of National Diabetes Awareness Month we will be focusing on the problems facing our diabetic patients. While diabetic patients experience complications with their feet, it is also common for diabetics to ask their doctors about...

Nov 19th, 2018
Running Injuries Part 4: Ankle Sprains

For our next entry in our series on running injuries we have picked a problem that while it certainly does affect runners is also quite common for non-runners as well, ankle sprains. Over 3 million Americans are affected by ankle sprains annually...

Nov 17th, 2018
November is Diabetes Awareness Month

In the United States November is “Diabetes Awareness Month” to coincide with World Diabetes Day (WDD) which is celebrated worldwide on November 14th. As podiatrists we frequently see diabetic patients for routine foot care to help ensure they have...

Nov 12th, 2018
Diabetes & Your Feet Part 2

It may not surprise you to hear that diabetics have issues with their skin. Diabetes reduces blood flow to the extremities, which can diminish the amount of oxygen and nutrients that reach the feet. In our second entry to our series on diabetes and its...

Nov 8th, 2018
My Bunion Is On The Wrong Side

Bunions are perhaps one of the most infamous of foot problems. Television and movies have made bunions the butt of many a joke, but to people suffering from bunion pain it’s no joking matter.

Nov 5th, 2018
When To Visit The Podiatrist

As podiatrists it is common to see patients coming in and telling us something along the lines of “I’ve had this problem for a couple months and I finally decided to do something about it”. It seems a common problem among all sorts of patients.

Oct 29th, 2018
Vaseline & Your Feet

As podiatrists we see certain home remedies for foot problems time and again. Some of these home remedies have some real facts at their base and can actually affect positive change on your feet, and some don’t have any ground to stand on.

Oct 28th, 2018
Diabetes & Your Feet Part 1

Podiatrists see the effects of diabetes on feet first hand every day. Diabetes affects the glucose (sugar) levels in the body, and high levels of glucose can cause major damage to the body over long periods of time. Diabetes can affect the body in many...

Oct 1st, 2018
Running Injuries Part 1: Achilles Tendonitis

Podiatrists see a lot of running injuries, especially from patients who are new to the sport. Whether you’re running for fitness or fun getting an injury can stop a running routine in its tracks. In this series of blog posts we will outline the most...

Sep 27th, 2018
Running Injuries Part 5: Runners Toe

The final entry in our five part series address a problem that is less painful than the other entries, but certainly no less common. Runners toe is a condition that affects runners, especially long distance runners. The condition causes the toenail...

Sep 14th, 2018
Running Injuries Part 3: Shin Splints

As podiatrists we see runners as patients all the time. It makes sense, they are on their feet more than the average patient, and they can sometimes push their running routines past the point of what's safe for them, resulting in an injury...

Sep 12th, 2018
Running Injuries Part 2: Plantar Fasciitis

t probably won’t surprise you to hear that podiatrists see a lot of patients with injuries from running. While running can be a great way to stay healthy it can produce some painful problems as well. In this series of blog entries (for the first...

Sep 3rd, 2018

Hammertoe is a condition which we see the toes pulling back towards the foot, making the toes unable to lie flat. This can cause pressure on the toe that can lead to painful corns and calluses.

Aug 20th, 2018
Fire Ants & Feet

With summer in full swing we want to spend time outdoors with friends and family. Whether it be a picnic in the town square or a hike through a beautiful national park running into a fire ant nest can be a painful lesson. Let’s talk about what you can...

Aug 13th, 2018
Living With Flat Feet

It’s something we often hear as podiatrists “my feet hurt all the time because I have flat feet”. While flat feet can certainly be painful there are several things that you can do to help keep your flat feet pain free.

Aug 6th, 2018
Smelly Feet

Who among us can say that they have never experienced smelly feet? While most of us have experienced smelly feet from time to time a smaller number of people struggle with smelly feet everyday. But do not despair, we have some simple tips to follow that..

Jul 30th, 2018
My Feet Are Numb

“My feet have gone numb” is something we hear often from our diabetic patients. As diabetics they are at an increased risk of developing a condition called Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is a nerve condition which affects..

Jul 25th, 2018
The Doctors Every Diabetic Needs

Diabetes is a disease that primarily affects the circulatory system. Diabetics have abnormally high levels of blood glucose (sugar) because their pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin attaches to sugar cells and signals the body to absorb...

Jul 23rd, 2018
New Type of Bunion Surgery

Bunions are bumps on the side of the foot near the big toe joints. They are common and often painful foot problems. Bunions tend to run in the family (so you can blame mom, dad, grandma or grandpa for that bump). They are caused from the first...

Jul 18th, 2018
Why Are My Legs Painful?

It’s a question we often hear from patients. If you have painful legs you may be suffering from a condition called Peripheral Arterial Disease, commonly referred to as P.A.D.

Jul 16th, 2018
Sweaty Feet

Did you know you have over 125,000 sweat glands in your feet? We have all had sweaty feet before, but what if your feet are excessively sweaty all the time? If you find that your feet are sweaty almost all the time you may suffer from a condition known...

Jul 11th, 2018
Pedicure Dangers

As podiatrists you can probably imagine that our opinions on pedicures are not exactly stellar. This is because we tend to see a lot of what can happen when pedicures go wrong. It is common for us to treat ingrown toenails and fungal infections that have..

Jul 9th, 2018
Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s Foot is a skin condition in which fungus grows on the foot, most commonly between the toes. It’s easy to identify the symptoms of athlete’s foot, you will notice redness and itching and dry, sometimes scaly patches. A burning or tingling sensatio

Jul 2nd, 2018
Signs That It's Time To Replace Your Shoes

Wearing good supportive shoes can be the difference between pleasure and pain for many patients. It’s important to remember that even if you do wear good supportive shoes they have a limited lifespan. Podiatrists agree that shoes should be replaced...

Jun 4th, 2018
Tips For Summer Feet

Summer is right around the corner and with it all sorts of fun summer activities. While summer can be a great time for lots of fun like hiking, going to the beach or a picnic in the park, summertime can present certain difficulties for your feet.

May 28th, 2018
Hydrogen Peroxide & Wounds

Podiatrists see a lot of wounds, especially on diabetic feet. We clean and dress the wound to give it the best chance of healing. We send the patient home with care instructions on how to keep the wound clean until their next visit. Something we see..

May 21st, 2018
Aging & Your Feet

As we age our bodies go through natural changes, many of which affect our feet and ankles. While these changes are normal they can put our bodies at increased risk of injury, especially when it comes to the feet and ankles. Let’s take a look at...

May 14th, 2018
Causes of Ingrown Nails

Ingrown nails are one of the most common problems that a podiatrist sees. Not only is an ingrown toenail painful to deal with but it is not uncommon for ingrown nails to become a recurring problem. When it comes to ingrown toenails, prevention is the best.

May 7th, 2018
Tips For Your Feet and Walking Exercise

Spring has sprung and with the warm weather a lot of people start a new exercise regimen to help burn off those excess holiday pounds. A common and low impact exercise program usually involves time walking. Just walking for 30 minutes a day can...

Apr 30th, 2018
Shin Splints

We don’t spend much time thinking about our shins until they hurt. Most frequently shin splints occur upon starting a new exercise routine, typically one that involves more running. Don’t let this problem stop your new commitment to living healthier!

Apr 23rd, 2018
Ankle Sprains

One of the most common injuries we see are ankle sprains. More than 3 million Americans a year experience an ankle sprain. A sprained ankle can happen anytime that the ankle is stretched too far in any direction, damaging and sometimes even tearing the...

Apr 16th, 2018
Fallen Arches

As we age our feet can change shape. The muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the arch start to get weaker with age, which is when we typically see patients suffering with fallen arches. Even those with large prominent arches can experience...

Apr 9th, 2018
Blister Prevention

We’ve all been there, the end of a long day filled with walking and you’ve got a brand new blister to show for it. Whether you’ve been running a marathon or just a marathon of shopping at the mall we all know that painful feeling.

Apr 2nd, 2018
Dr. Gale Elected President of The GPMA

Dr. Howard Gale was recently elected President of The Georgia Podiatric Medical Association (GPMA). He will serve as president of the GPMA for his term of the next two years. The GPMA was first incorporated in 1933 for the purpose of providing social...

Mar 26th, 2018
Signs of Plantar Fasciitis

Recent decades has seen a rise in heel pain cases, typically the result of a problem called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, the tendon running from the heel to the forefoot becomes inflamed. The seven symptoms listed...

Mar 19th, 2018
Diabetic Shoes

As podiatrists we see a large number of patients with diabetes. Diabetes affects the circulatory system causing damage to blood vessels and restricting blood flow. This reduction in blood flow leads to slower healing in wounds, especially those on the feet

Mar 12th, 2018
Measure Your Feet

When was the last time you had your feet measured? Not tried on a pair of shoes that you believe to be your size, but actually had a professional measure your feet? Too often when we ask this to our patients we get the answer of “I can’t remember”

Mar 5th, 2018
Treat Now for Beautiful Summer Toenails

Did you know that over 3 million Americans are diagnosed with toenail fungus every year? It's a common condition that may go unnoticed until it starts to cause pain. Toenail fungus can be identified by a discoloration and thickening of the toenail...

Feb 26th, 2018
Lasers & The Future of Medicine

What was once science fiction is becoming science fact. Did you know we owe automatic doors to the crew of the original Star Trek show with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy? A stagehand was sick of opening the doors on the Enterprise when actors...

Feb 19th, 2018
Shoe Care

So you’ve just bought a brand new pair of supportive shoes, good for you. Now what can you do to make sure that your new pair of shoes can have a long and supportive life? We’ve put together some helpful tips to make sure your shoes stay supportive...

Feb 5th, 2018
Corns & Calluses

Calluses occur all over the body, usually on the hands and feet, but can occur wherever the body experiences repetitive friction. In this article we will focus on calluses on the bottom of the foot, called plantar calluses. These typically develop...

Jan 29th, 2018
Start 2018 Off On The Right Foot

Did you know that 7 out of 10 Americans will suffer from foot pain in their lifetime? With that in mind, it may be time to make 2018 the year you visit your friendly neighborhood podiatrist. We’ve put together our top 3 reasons to see your podiatrist...

Jan 22nd, 2018
Webbed Toes

Do you have two or more toes that are joined? Congratulations, you have something in common with actor Ashton Kutcher! However, having webbed toes (also known as syndactyly) is an uncommon condition, affecting only about 1 in every 2000. Most commonly...

Jan 15th, 2018
Weak Ankles

Do you know if you have weak ankles? There’s some signs that your ankles could use extra support that you can watch out for. Do you frequently get ankle sprains? Do your ankles ache at the end of a long day of standing or walking? If you answered yes...

Jan 8th, 2018
What Causes Bunions?

We hear it all the time, “My mother had bunions because she used to spend all day in her high heels”. While the sentiment may be correct, and things certainly have changed, it’s probably not true that those high heels caused the bunions.

Jan 1st, 2018
There's a Bump On Top of My Foot

Have you noticed a bump on your foot? It may be a ganglion cyst! Ganglion cysts are fluid filled sacs that usually occur on joints or on the covering of a tendon. They are common with about 200,000 cases reported in the US annually.

Dec 25th, 2017
Stretches for Plantar Fasciitis

One of the most common foot problems we see as podiatrists is plantar fasciitis, with 7 out of 10 Americans suffering from it within their lifetime, it’s not hard to find someone with a story of pain resulting from this problem. While the causes of...

Dec 18th, 2017
Diabetic Winter Foot Care

As colder weather reaches us this time of year so does the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Long days of shopping and baking can take a toll on feet, especially if those feet belong to a diabetic patient. Let’s talk about some simple steps you...

Dec 11th, 2017