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Women's footwear choices, whether flat, mid-heel, or high-heeled, can significantly influence foot health and overall well-being. Flat shoes, while often considered comfortable and practical, may lack proper arch support, leading to issues such as fallen arches or plantar fasciitis. Mid-heel shoes provide a compromise between style and comfort, offering a modest lift without placing excessive strain on the feet and calves. However, prolonged wear of mid-heel shoes can still contribute to foot pain and discomfort, particularly if the shoes lack adequate cushioning or support. On the other hand, high-heeled shoes, while stylish and elongating, can cause a myriad of foot problems, including bunions, hammertoes, and metatarsalgia, due to the increased pressure and instability they place on the feet and ankles. If any of the above foot conditions have developed from wearing high heels, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective treatment strategies.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, 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.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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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Tarsal tunnel syndrome, or TTS, is a condition characterized by compression of the tibial nerve as it travels through the tarsal tunnel, located on the inner side of the ankle beneath the ankle bone. This compression leads to various symptoms affecting the foot and ankle. Diagnosis of TTS involves a thorough examination by a podiatrist, including a detailed medical history and physical assessment. Common symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome include tingling, burning, or shooting pain along the inner ankle and the sole of the foot. Some individuals may experience numbness or weakness in the affected area, which can worsen with prolonged standing or walking. As the condition progresses, symptoms may intensify, impacting daily activities and overall quality of life. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, 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.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

The Early Stages of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, quietly lurks in the shadows of our nails, often unnoticed until it progresses to more severe stages. In its infancy, this fungal infection may exhibit subtle signs that easily escape attention. One common indicator is a slight discoloration of the nail, typically appearing as a yellow or white spot beneath the tip. As the fungus infiltrates deeper into the nail bed, the nail may become thickened or brittle, making it prone to crumbling or flaking. Additionally, affected nails may develop a distorted shape or exhibit a foul odor. Although these symptoms may seem inconsequential at first glance, they serve as crucial warning signs of an underlying fungal infection. Recognizing and addressing toenail fungus in its early stages is paramount for successful treatment. Consulting a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and personalized management strategies can halt the progression of the infection and restore nail health. If you begin to see signs of toenail fungus, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist sooner rather than later who can effectively treat this condition.

For more information about treatment, 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.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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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