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By Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc.
March 04, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Fracture  

Your podiatrists in Chattanooga, TN, can help with foot fractures.

Your feet are strong. They have to be because they support your weight to carry you through your active life. No matter how strong your feet are, you can still experience a foot fracture. Your podiatrist can help.

Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan of Associates In Foot And Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN, offer a wide variety of foot care services, including diagnosis and treatment of foot fractures.

If you have experienced a foot fracture, seek out the help of your podiatrist right away. You need to see your podiatrist if you are experiencing any of these common signs and symptoms of a foot fracture:

  • You have foot pain that increases when you put your weight on your feet
  • Your foot pain decreases when you take the weight off of your feet and elevate them
  • You have increasing foot pain during activities or while playing sports
  • You notice swelling, bruising, or tenderness in your feet that doesn’t go away

You may have a bone fracture due to an injury, trauma, or an accident. Your bone fracture may include dislodged bones or bones that still remain in correct alignment.

You may have a stress fracture due to increased stress on your foot from increasing your workout or playing sports. If you run on uneven surfaces, it can also cause a stress fracture. Typically, stress fractures occur in the middle of your foot up to your toes.

You can try a few simple remedies at home to get relief from a foot fracture. Remember to:

  • Elevate your foot to take the weight off of it
  • Place an ice pack on your foot several times daily
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication

If you have fractured your foot, It’s important to seek out your podiatrist as soon as you can. Early treatment leads to a better outcome for you and your foot. To find out more about the causes and treatment of foot fractures and other footcare topics, call Dr. Bizzoco and Dr. Burgan of Associates in Foot And Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN, at (423) 855-0728 now!

By Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc.
March 02, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Foot care is particularly important if you have diabetes. Daily self-foot exams and visits to your Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco, and Dr. Brian Burgan of Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, for diabetic care, will help you protect your feet and your health.

Why should I pay more attention to my feet if I have diabetes?

Higher-than-normal blood glucose levels common in diabetes can slow healing, making it more difficult to fight infections. Some people who have diabetes eventually develop diabetic neuropathy, a condition that affects the nerves. Nerve damage due to diabetic retinopathy can cause numbness that makes it impossible to feel sores, wounds, or irritated skin. Unfortunately, if wounds are treated promptly, your risk of infection rises.

How can I care for my feet at home?

Daily foot exams will help you spot any changes in your feet. Examine your feet once a day and look for:

  • Signs of fungal infections like Athlete's foot and toenail fungus
  • Red, irritated spots
  • Calluses and corns
  • Blisters
  • Open wounds
  • Changes in the color of your skin
  • Numbness, tingling, or a cold or hot sensation

Irritated spots can quickly become blisters if you don't change your footwear. If you do notice a blister, bandage it to prevent it from bursting. If it's difficult for you to see your feet, ask a friend or family member to help you with your exam.

Reduce your risk of cuts, scratches, and complications by:

  • Wearing shoes inside and outside
  • Alternating your shoes every day to reduce the risk of blisters and irritated spots
  • Cutting your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails
  • Adding prescription orthotics to your shoes to cushion your feet and reduce pressure

When should I call the podiatrist?

Give your Chattanooga foot doctor a call if:

  • You have an open cut or wound, with or without pus.
  • You see red streaks on your skin.
  • You have an ingrown toenail.
  • You can't cut your toenails yourself.
  • You have corn or callus.
  • You have Athlete's foot or toenail fungus.
  • Your feet are black, blue, red, or white.
  • Your feet are numb, tingling, or painful.

Seeing the podiatrist at the first sign of trouble can help you avoid infections that could threaten your foot and leg.

Do you need to schedule an appointment for diabetic care? Call your podiatrists in Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan of Associates in Foot and Ankle Care at (423) 855-0728.

By Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc.
January 11, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain  

Here are some of the top causes of foot pain that you shouldn’t leave untreated.

Everything from standing on our feet all day to running a marathon can leave us dealing with achy, sore feet. In most of these cases, we know where the pain is coming from and it will usually go away in the next day or two with some rest; however, it’s important to recognize when foot pain could actually be warning you of a more serious underlying problem that requires care from our Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan.

Don’t Push Through the Pain

We know that you’re tough, but there are certain types of pain that you shouldn’t just put up with. In fact, these common causes of foot pain will often get worse if they aren’t properly treated,

Bunions and Hammertoes

These are two of the most common foot deformities. Bunions often cause an enlargement of the big toe joint while hammertoes affect the middle joint of the smaller toes. These deformities are progressive, leading to significant pain, swelling and changes in the structure of your foot. If you notice toes curling downward or a bump on the outside of your big toe, then it’s time to see a podiatrist.

Plantar Fasciitis

This inflammatory condition is often the cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes and runs along the soles of the feet. When the fascia becomes inflamed, often from overuse, this results in heel and sometimes arch pain; however, if you continue to exercise or perform certain activities and don’t give your foot ample time to rest, plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

This problem occurs when the ankle nerve, known as the posterior tibial nerve, has become compressed. This can occur as a result of an injury or damage to the nerve. Those with flat feet are also prone to tarsal tunnel syndrome; however, this isn’t a problem that you can treat on your own. To treat this form of foot pain, our Chattanooga, TN, foot doctors may recommend braces, custom orthotics, steroid injections or, in more severe cases, surgery.


If you start to notice swelling, redness or stiffness of the joints in your feet or ankles then you could be dealing with osteoarthritis. This condition causes the cartilage around the joints to breakdown. You may notice that your pain gets worse with exercise or activity. If you are experiencing any symptoms of arthritis such as joint pain, stiffness, swelling or redness, it’s important that you see a doctor right away. Medication can help to slow the progression of the disease.

If you are dealing with foot pain here in Chattanooga, TN, that is getting worse or isn’t responding to home care, then it’s time to consult the experts at Associates in Foot and Ankle Care for help. Call us today at (423) 855-0728.

By Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc.
December 14, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Fracture  

How your podiatrist in Chattanooga, Tennessee can help if you’ve fractured your foot.

Fracturing your foot is easier than you think. Exercise, a new sport, a sudden fall, or an accident can all result in a foot fracture. Fortunately, your podiatrist can help when you’ve fractured your foot.

Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan at Associates In Foot And Ankle Care in Chattanooga, Tennessee offer comprehensive foot and ankle care, including treatment and recovery for a fractured foot.

There are different types of foot fractures:

A stress fracture, which can result from changing or increasing a sport or intensity of activity, or changing the type of surface you practice on. A stress fracture can also result from osteoporosis.

A bone fracture, which can result from traumatic injury or an accident. Bone fractures can still be in correct alignment with other bones, or they can be moved out of position.

If you have a foot fracture, you may experience:

  • Foot pain that increases when you put weight on your foot
  • Swelling, tenderness, and bruising in your foot
  • Decreasing foot pain when you rest and take the weight off of your foot
  • Increasing foot pain when you increase your activity level

When you are recovering from a foot fracture, it’s important to remember to:

  • Get lots of rest and take the weight off of your foot
  • Elevate your feet when you are resting
  • Wrap your foot in a flexible bandage to maintain support
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications
  • Wear supportive shoes with thick soles

If you are suffering from a foot fracture that is disrupting your life, your podiatrist can help. To find out more about recovering from a foot fracture, call Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan of Associates In Foot And Ankle Care in Chattanooga, Tennessee at (423) 855-0728. Call today.

By Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc.
October 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Ulcers  

When it comes to your feet, even small cuts, blisters, or nicks from clippers can ulcerate and become difficult to treat if you have diabetes. That's why Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan, podiatrists at Associates in Foot and Ankle in Chattanooga, Tennessee, believe in educating their patients about the importance of wound care and how to prevent foot wounds from emerging. These issues are discussed in this article.

Why is wound care so important?

Quick and efficient management of wounds, particularly on the legs and feet, is essential for people with diabetes. This is due to the lack of normal circulation to the extremities, which slows healing and leaves the wound open to infection. Nerve damage, known as neuropathy, is also common in people with diabetes. This results in a reduction in pain signals, which further complicates the healing process and can lead to extensive infections that are difficult to treat and may require amputation in some cases. As you'll learn from your Chattanooga podiatrist in the next section, wound care isn't just about treating existing wounds; it's often focused on the prevention of injuries.

How can I prevent foot wounds?

One of the most effective ways to prevent emergent foot wounds is by wearing closed-toe shoes at all times. This includes inside your home; your Chattanooga podiatrist can make suggestions about the best brands and styles of house shoes for you. It's also important to make sure you wear shoes and socks that are clean and fit well. Washing your feet daily with a mild soap and warm water is also beneficial; it's during that time that you can look and feel for any developing problems on the tops, sides, and bottoms of your feet. A mirror can help you check the places you can't easily see.

What is the treatment for foot wounds?

If you notice even a minor foot injury, or any swelling or pain develops, it's important to contact Associates in Foot and Ankle Care immediately for guidance and possibly an appointment with your Chattanooga podiatrist. Medications may be prescribed and dressings may be applied; you may also need to wear certain types of footwear to take pressure off the foot and promote healing. It's also essential to work alongside other medical professionals to make sure your diet, your glucose levels, and other aspects of your diabetes are managed as well.

If you're a diabetic person in the Chattanooga area and need to establish yourself with a podiatrist, contact Associates in Foot and Ankle Care to make an appointment with Dr. Bizzoco or Dr. Burgan today. We can be reached at (423) 855-0728.

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