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Tuesday, 25 July 2023 00:00

The Benefits of a Foot Massage

Foot massages offer numerous benefits beyond simply feeling good. They can also promote overall health, enhance a sense of well-being, and induce deep relaxation. Chinese medicine reveals that the sensory nerves connected to internal organs are predominantly located in the feet. Consequently, a skilled reflexology or massage practitioner can utilize the foot as a precise map to address various health conditions through targeted massage techniques and pressure point work. Regular foot massages not only offer therapeutic effects but also contribute to the stimulation of muscles, improvement of circulation, reduction of stiffness, and alleviation of foot pain. By applying appropriate pressure and manipulating specific areas of the foot, a massage can enhance blood flow to the feet and lower extremities, delivering vital nutrients and oxygen to the tissues. This increased circulation helps to nourish the muscles, reduce inflammation, and support the body's natural healing processes. If you're intrigued by the potential advantages of foot therapy and wish to delve deeper into its healing properties, it is highly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer specialized guidance, tailor treatment plans to your individual needs, and provide comprehensive information on the subject.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, consult with Nrup Tolat, DPM from Atlanta Total Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Woodstock and Atlanta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 23 July 2023 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

Sources of Heel Pain

People who have heel pain may notice it is worse after awakening in the morning. A common reason people have heel pain can come from a condition that is called plantar fasciitis. It happens when the plantar fascia, which connects the heel to the toes on the sole of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated. A heel spur can also be a source of heel pain, and is defined as a bony growth that develops on the underside of the heel. Both conditions can be caused by wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or if weight has gradually been gained. There are specific stretches that may help to relieve heel pain. A calf stretch can be effective in accomplishing this and is done by standing on a step and lowering one heel until a gentle stretch is felt. This can be done on both feet, repeated several times. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with treatment options that are best for you.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Nrup Tolat, DPM of Atlanta Total Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Woodstock and Atlanta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

Effective Ankle Stretches

Many people enjoy exercising and performing stretches that can target specific areas of the body. Unfortunately, the ankles are often overlooked and are only noticed if an injury occurs. The ankles provide balance and mobility to the feet, and they must remain strong and flexible. This can be helpful in avoiding an injury, such as a sprained or broken ankle. Some stretches can stabilize the ankle joint, which may help to reduce the chances of incurring an injury. One effective stretch is called a soccer kick, which is done by standing with one foot in front of the other while lengthening one leg and tapping the toes forward. This is started with the arms above the head, and are brought down as the leg is elongated. Ankle pumps are also effective, and can be accomplished by standing with the legs apart while lifting up onto the balls of the feet, and repeating several times. If you would like to learn about additional methods of how to exercise the ankles, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with useful information.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Nrup Tolat, DPM from Atlanta Total Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctor to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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Anyone with plantar fasciitis knows how much pain it can cause, and one of the ways to ease that pain is by using shoe inserts, or orthotics. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot. When this tissue is torn from overuse, it becomes inflamed and a stabbing pain is mostly felt in the heel and arch. One of the major causes of plantar fasciitis is improper footwear. It is especially common in runners and women who frequently wear high heels. Shoes should have the proper arch support as well as ample cushioning to absorb shock. Special orthotics may be helpful in this regard, particularly in people with flat feet, high arches, or other biomechanical foot conditions. In these cases, ready-made shoe inserts may not be able to solve the problem. Custom orthotics made by a podiatrist can be exceedingly helpful because they are constructed to fit the contours of your feet perfectly and correct the problem areas. For more information, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Nrup Tolat, DPM from Atlanta Total Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Woodstock and Atlanta, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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