Achilles Foot and Ankle Specialist
Bunions, Heel Pain, Diabetic Care
Basic Foot Care
  1. Basic Foot Care Guidelines- Don't ignore foot pain. It is not normal. If you experience any type of persistent pain in the foot or ankle, please contact our office.
  2. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for think or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet may indicate Athlete's Foot. Any growth on foot is not considered normal.
  3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
  4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; this can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet, because they are more prone to infection.
  5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
  6. Select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity that you are engaged in (e.g., running shoes for running).
  7. Alternate shoes - don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
  8. Avoid waling barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sun block on your feet.
  9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may turn a minor problem into a major one.
  10. If you are a diabetic, please contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year.


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513-B Great Oaks Drive | Monroe | GA 30655 | Phone: (770) 267-9391 | Fax: (770) 207-7196 | Email: mwshaffer22@gmail.com
1580 Mars Hill Road | Suite A | Watkinsville | GA 30677 | Phone: (706) 769-9200 | Fax: (706) 769-9299

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We specialize in: Achilles Tendon, Ankle Instability, Ankle Sprains, Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care, Athlete's Foot, Bunions, Calluses, Corns,
Crush Injuries, Diabetic Care, Diabetic Foot Infections, Flat Feet, Fungus Toenails, Geriatric Foot Care, Hammertoes, Heel Pain, Heel Spurs,
Infections, Ingrown Toenails, Injuries, Metatarsalgia, Neauromas, Plantar Fascitis, Warts and Wounds.

Serving Patients In: Walton, Gwinnett, Morgan, Rockdale, Barrow & Oconee Counties including Monroe, Loganville, Grayson, Snellville,
Watkinsville, Social Circle, Walnut Grove, Madison, Winder, Conyers, Athens, Covington, Lawrenceville, Good Hope, Bostwick & Jersey.

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