Foot Care Guide

Dr. Harley’s Guide for Foot Care

Ankle Joint Replacement

Dr. Harley posted on March 1, 2021

Technological advances in ankle replacement are ushering in a new world of pain-free movement for people suffering from debilitating ankle arthritis. While once severely restricted in their activity, those who undergo ankle replacement can enjoy a complete turnaround and actively participate in life again... Read More

In Atlanta, women's feet hurt more in autumn

Dr. Harley posted on February 1, 2021

As they transition from open-toed sandals to closed-in boots and shoes, foot and ankle surgeon Brian Harley, DPM, says he notices more women seeking relief for painful bunions... Read More 

Pro Athletes Not the Only Ones at Risk for Achilles Tendon Problems

Dr. Harley posted on January 4, 2021

You don’t have to be an accomplished athlete to suffer Achilles tendon injuries. They can happen from household tasks like climbing a ladder. Achilles tendon weakness is common in adults... Read More

Managing Flat Feet

Dr. Harley posted on December 7, 2020

Treatment and prevention of adult flatfoot can reduce the incidence of additional foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, arthritis and calluses, and improve a person’s overall health, according to research... Read More

Stress Fractures

Dr. Harley posted on November 2, 2020

The growing popularity of marathons among beginning runners has contributed to the increase in repetitive stress injuries, including stress fractures of the foot. Often, first-time marathoners enter a race with little or improper long-distance training. The lack of experience coupled with the repetitive impact placed on the feet during the run can produce enough stress to cause hairline breaks in the bones of the foot... Read More

Runners: Fit Feet Finish Faster

Dr. Harley posted on October 5, 2020

Both long-distance runners and casual joggers can improve their performance by keeping their feet in top condition and taking steps to control foot problems common in runners.

The human foot is a biological masterpiece that amazingly endures the stresses of daily activity. For runners, the feet are more vulnerable to injury than any other part of the body, and these athletes should be on the alert for signs of foot problems that can slow them down if not treated promptly.

The most common complaint from runners is heel pain. This condition, also called plantar fasciitis, is frequently caused by inflammation of the ligament that holds up the arch... Read More

Be sure to monitor ‘normal’ foot and ankle pain

Dr. Harley posted on September 7, 2020

As we enter the Spring Soccer and Track and Field Seasons, many adult, adolescent and child athletes are training and competing with seemingly normal but persistent foot pain that could be a sign of a more serious injury.

While playing through pain may be viewed as a badge of honor among athletes, they must always be aware that the persistent pain that is often dismissed as ‘normal’ or as exercise-related stress could be something far more serious.

Athletes of all ages visit Alpharetta Foot and Ankle Specialists with foot pain due to overuse injuries from repetitive loading of the foot and ankle during running and aerobics. As athletes train, while it may be normal to experience some temporary discomfort, if pain continues longer than a few days and causes lasting redness, lowered range of motion, warmth or swelling, the athlete should see a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon for proper diagnosis and advice... Read More

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