Posts for category: Foot Care

By Foot & Ankle Reconstruction
December 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Diabetic Foot CareFor most people, common foot problems like ingrown toenails, blisters, and corns are uncomfortable but ultimately minor annoyances that usually clear up with conservative treatment or over the counter medications. But for someone with diabetes, a minor podiatry problem can lead to serious complications and health risks. In order to lower the risk of diabetes related foot problems, the podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia, Dr. Bret Hintze and Dr. Brian Holcomb, advise diabetic patients to take the necessary precautions and include routine podiatry care in their overall health and wellness plan.

Diabetic Foot Care in Woodstock and Jasper, GA

The most important thing you can do to stay healthy and avoid complications is to manage your blood sugar levels with a healthy and appropriate diet, adequate exercise, regular check ups, and not smoking. Diabetics are more susceptible to a condition known as peripheral neuropathy, which affects the nerves in the legs and feet. Bad circulation and poor blood flow associated with peripheral neuropathy can make even minor foot problems serious when you suffer from diabetes, increasing the risk of infection and other serious problems like necrosis.

If you suffer from diabetes, here are a few precautions you can take to keep your feet healthy:

  • Wear comfortable, supportive, well fitting shoes that allow your feet to breathe and are not too tight to avoid the risk of blisters, corns, and ulcers
  • Keep your feet clean and dry at all times
  • Avoid applying lotion between the toes
  • Do not walk barefoot
  • Keep your toenails neatly trimmed (cut straight across and avoid sharp edges, or have them trimmed by a podiatrist to limit the risk of an ingrown toenail
  • Examine your feet on a regular basis for any issues like cuts, blisters, ulcers, or signs of infection and see a foot doctor as quickly as possible at the first sign of any problems

Find a Podiatrist in Woodstock and Jasper, GA

To learn more about diabetic foot care and how to protect yourself or a loved one from diabetes-related complications, contact Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hintze or Dr. Holcomb by calling (770) 999-0703 in Woodstock or (770) 999-0804 in Jasper.

By Foot & Ankle Reconstruction
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain   Ankle Injury  

What your foot doctors in Woodstock and Jasper, Georgia want you to know

Ankle InjuryIf you sprain your ankle, it can heavily impact your ability to stand or walk around. It can also be very painful! The good news is there are some things you can do to lessen the impact of a sprained ankle. Dr. Bret Hintze at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia wants to share what to do in case you sprain your ankle. He has two convenient office locations in Woodstock, and Jasper, Georgia to help your feet.

It’s easier than you think to sprain your ankle. You can experience an ankle sprain from hiking, jogging, walking on uneven ground, or even stepping off of a curb onto the street. You may be at higher risk of a sprained ankle as you get older because of balance problems, lack of flexibility and other issues.

So, how do you know if you have sprained your ankle? You may hear a popping sound when you injure your ankle and see signs of swelling and bruising. You will also feel pain when you try to put weight on your foot. You may feel tightness and difficulty moving your ankle, leading to restricted movement.

You can try some simple therapies at home to reduce swelling and pain. Remember to:

  • Elevate your ankle and keep weight off of it
  • Place ice packs around your ankle several times each day
  • Use compression bandages to wrap and support your ankle

Your foot doctor at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia can help heal severe ankle sprains and get you back on your feet. He may recommend:

  • Taking the weight off of your feet by using crutches when you walk
  • Wearing a splint, walking boot, or cast to provide support while you heal
  • Stretching and physical therapy exercises to increase flexibility and strength

In severe cases involving torn ligaments or tendons, surgery may be indicated. Your foot doctor will discuss this option when necessary. For more information about treating ankle sprains, and other podiatry questions, call Dr. Bret Hintze at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia, with offices in Woodstock, and Jasper, Georgia. Call today!

By Foot & Ankle Reconstruction
July 26, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel Pain TreatmentThough there are many causes of heel pain, this common condition is almost always treatable with help from your podiatrist. However, understanding where your heel pain comes from and the underlying conditions which may contribute to it can help you get to the bottom of your pain to overcome it for good. Find out more about heel pain with Dr. Bret Hintze at Foot and Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia with locations in Woodstock and Jasper, GA.

What causes heel pain? 
Heel pain comes from various sources and can often be traced back to an underlying condition. However, there are some conditions commonly associated with heel pain, including:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • tendonitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • bursitis
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • stress fractures
  • heel spur
  • arthritis
  • neuropathy
  • bone tumor

How can my podiatrist find out where my heel pain comes from? 
Your foot doctor uses a physical examination paired with, if necessary, imagining techniques like x-rays or MRIs to diagnose the causes of your heel pain. In some cases, heel pain comes from underlying conditions like flat feet or plantar fasciitis, meaning your doctor needs to investigate the entire foot and its components to find other problems contributing to your pain. Keeping a pain diary can also help your doctor get to the bottom of your symptoms. Keep track of when the pain occurs, how bad it is on a scale of 1-10, and what factors make it better or worse.

Treating Heel Pain in Woodstock and Jasper, GA 
Treating heel pain depends on the condition causing it. Some cases may require simple rest and small changes like wearing different shoes. If the pain comes from certain conditions, custom orthotics can help ease your discomfort. Icing the foot and taking over-the-counter pain medications can also help, but prescription medicines may be necessary in some cases. Night splints, heel lifts, and, in severe cases, surgery can also help relieve symptoms of heel pain.

For more information on heel pain or its treatments, please contact Dr. Hintze at Foot and Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia with locations in Woodstock and Jasper, GA. Call (770) 999-0703 to schedule your appointment at the Woodstock office, and (770) 999-0804 to schedule your appointment at the Jasper office today!

By Foot & Ankle Reconstruction
June 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

How your podiatrist in Woodstock, Georgia can help with bunion painbunions

Bunion pain can be difficult to deal with. That large, painful bump next to your big toe can make it difficult to put on shoes, walk, and stand. The good news is you can get relief from bunion pain! Dr. Bret Hintze at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia wants to help. He has two convenient office locations in Woodstock, and Jasper, Georgia to help take care of your feet.

Did you know that over half of the women in America suffer from bunion pain? It’s true, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Women suffer from bunion pain more commonly than men because women wear narrow shoes that crush their toes. High heels add to the problem by shoving the foot forward, cramping the toes even more. The big toe can get bent, causing the toe joint to rub against the inside of your shoe, resulting in a bunion.

If you have a small bunion, you may be able to get relief by trying a few simple remedies, including:

  • Changing to wide shoes with plenty of wiggle room for your toes
  • Using padded inserts, cushions, or custom orthotics
  • Taping your foot to support the bunion

If you have a larger, more severe bunion, you should visit Dr. Hintze. He will examine your foot and take x-rays to determine how much bone is involved in the bunion, and determine the best treatment solution for you. Common treatments he may suggest include:

  • Custom orthotics or fitted footwear
  • Night splints to help realign the toe joint
  • Removing corns and calluses to reduce friction
  • Cortisone injections around the bunion to reduce swelling and pain

Dr. Hintze may also recommend bunion surgery to remove the bunion and realign your foot. For more detailed information about bunion surgery, please visit the Bunion Surgery section on the website at

If you are dealing with bunion pain, it’s time to get some relief. To find out more about relieving bunion pain and other foot care topics, call Dr. Bret Hintze at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia, with offices in Woodstock, and Jasper, Georgia. Call today and save your feet!

By Foot & Ankle Reconstruction
April 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain  

You have a continuous ache on the side of your left ankle. It worsens when you stand, walk or remain on your feet for extended periods of ankle paintime. This ankle pain impacts your daily routines, and you need help. Dr. Brett Hintze of Foot and Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia in Woodstock, GA diagnoses and treats all kinds of ankle pain. Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, he'll uncover the source of your discomfort and treat it precisely and compassionately.

Ankle pain and you

Maybe it started with that ankle sprain last summer when you played tennis. You followed the directions given by the ER doctor, but the ankle hasn't healed. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says that the twisting motion that overstretched your ankle ligaments is the most common cause of acute (sudden) or chronic (continuous) ankle discomfort.

Left untreated, ankle immobility increases. Osteochondritis is an inflammation and swelling resulting from a separation of ankle cartilage from the bones in the lower leg and foot. The stiffness which accompanies your ankle pain could be osteochondritis.

Other causes of ankle pain

Your sore, stiff ankle could be suffering from age- or injury-related arthritis. Achilles tendonitis, affecting the connective tissue between the calf muscle and the heel, affects thousands of Americans annually as does tarsal tunnel syndrome, a compression injury of the nerve which runs along the back of the leg. Addtionally, poor alignment of the hips, knees, and ankle joints lead to persistent soreness in the ankle.

What you can do

See Dr. Hintze and his team. He will examine your foot and ankle, analyze your gait (how you walk) and take digital X-rays and other kinds of imaging as he determines. He'll also discuss your symptoms--when they start, your pain level, what aggravates them and what may relieve them.

Your individualized care plan depends on his diagnostic findings and may include:

  • RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation)
  • NSAIDS for management of pain and inflammation
  • Cortisone injections for inflammation
  • Bracing
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

While always a last resort, sometimes ankle surgery is warranted. Dr. Hintze is fully qualified to perform many kinds of foot and ankle surgeries in the least invasive and most technically advanced manner possible.

Learn more

If you're suffering from ankle pain, please contact Foot and Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia in Woodstock, GA. Your highly skilled podiatrist and his team will help you feel better and restore normal function to that painful ankle.