Meet Dr. Dawson – Your Foot and Ankle Podiatrist

Dr. Fui Dawson Podiatrist Marietta GA
Dr. Fui Dawson – Podiatrist, Marietta GA

 

Since moving to the area a few months ago, we have received quite a few questions from patients who would like to get to know more about our Marietta Podiatrist, Dr. Fui Dawson. So, we thought it would be a great idea to answer 10 of the most frequently asked questions we have been hearing from our new patients.

What are your qualifications as a foot and ankle expert?

I completed a four-year undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and then followed up with a medical degree in podiatry from the Dr. William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. For residency, I attended the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University where I put into practice all of the knowledge I had acquired in medical school. Due to my thirst for learning and pursuing excellence in patient care, I also decided to complete an additional qualification – a fellowship in reconstructive foot & ankle surgery and trauma from a top university in Germany. Patients should be confident in the knowledge that I am board certified by both the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery. In addition, I routinely attend many continuing education programs in order to expand my knowledge on the latest techniques in foot and ankle care.

What differentiates you and your podiatry practice in Marietta?

Three immediate things come to mind. First, we are highly qualified to treat both surgical and nonsurgical foot and ankle disorders so our patients know that they are in good hands. Second, we deeply care for our patients and always go the extra mile in terms of making them feel as comfortable as possible and following up to address their concerns (please read our patient reviews to see the great things our patients are saying about us.) Third, we offer same day and Saturday appointments. That’s a great perk for our patients who are usually very busy and want to be seen as soon as possible.

I’ve never seen a Podiatrist in Marietta, GA. What can I expect when I first visit your office?

Your initial visit will consist of a comprehensive medical evaluation to diagnose your foot or ankle problem. This will include understanding your medical history, conducting a physical examination of your foot and then performing any additional tests such as x-rays. After I have provided a diagnosis, I will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is unique to your needs and specially crafted to bring you the relief that you need for your foot or ankle problem.

Is foot pain normal?

It depends. I tell patients that if you are experiencing pain in your feet, it is usually because something is not quite right. For some people, this could be a temporary problem that goes away on its own or with conservative treatments at home. For others, it could signify a greater underlying problem. Seek help from a podiatrist right away if your pain is severe, you have an open wound, your feet are red or inflamed or you cannot place weight on your foot.

What can I do at home to relieve my foot or ankle pain?

The type of treatment I recommend for patients at home depends on the severity of the pain so I would need to perform a complete evaluation to provide specific guidelines. However, generally, patients have found the following helpful for mild foot pain:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Elevating their feet
  • Using ice on the affected area
  • Not standing or walking for long periods of time
  • Wearing appropriate shoes such as those that have a wide toe box

What is the number one tip you can give us about taking care of our feet?

Wear appropriate footwear! I can’t tell you how many foot conditions arise from wearing ill-fitting shoes so that will definitely be my number 1 tip.

What are the best shoes to wear?

The best shoes to wear are those that provide a combination of support and shock absorption. Look for fit and arch support as well as the types of materials used to construct the shoe. It’s also a good idea to get your feet measured when shopping for shoes so that you are getting the best fit for that particular style of footwear.

You recommended orthotics – can I just buy them over the counter?

If your pain is mild, some over-the-counter orthotics such as gel inserts may provide some relief. However, custom orthotics are usually better when you are dealing with more serious foot problems. We recently wrote an article on this – read more here.

Which websites should we visit to learn more about foot and ankle disorders?

We recommend the following highly authoritative sites to learn more about foot and ankle disorders:

What do you like most about the Marietta, Ga area?

I’m excited to be a podiatrist in Marietta. The area offers a lot in terms of shops and restaurants. In addition, residents are very friendly and I look forward to welcoming patients to our practice!

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If you are looking for an excellent Marietta Podiatrist to evaluate your foot and ankle disorder, don’t hesitate to come meet Dr. Fui Dawson and his staff at the Advanced Foot & Ankle Institute of Georgia! We welcome all patients from Marietta GA and surrounding areas. Click here to book an appointment.

When should you visit a foot doctor?

Although feet are vitally important to our overall well-being, most of us are quick to dismiss potential foot problems and tend to believe they will go away on their own. While this can be true in some instances, it’s not always the case. Sometimes, foot pain can signal a greater underlying condition and should be evaluated by a foot doctor, also known as a podiatrist. Here are 6 types of foot related problems that should not be taken for granted:

Foot pain that just won’t go away

There are many reasons why we get foot pain. While certain types of foot pain can be treated at home, if the pain persists and is preventing you from carrying out regular activity, you should contact your foot doctor as soon as possible to prevent it from worsening.

Painful growths

A variety of different growths can occur on your feet and toes. Examples of these include warts (a small growth that may look like a blister), neuromas (growth of nerve tissue usually found between the third and fourth toes) and bunions (deformity of the foot that causes the big toe to turn inward toward the other toe.) While these may be benign, it’s important to reach out to your foot doctor if they begin to cause discomfort or become unsightly.

Skin irritations or discoloration

Generally, your feet should be colored similarly. If there is a difference, it could be due to a problem brought about by conditions such as inadequate blood flow, vein problems, infections, gout or athlete’s foot. See your foot doctor straight away for a proper evaluation.

Numbness or swelling in feet

After standing or walking for long periods of time, your feet may start to feel numb or even swell. However, persistent numbness or swelling particularly involving most or all of the bottom of your foot could indicate a more serious condition which requires regular monitoring by a foot doctor.

Ingrown toenails

At best, ingrown toenails, which occur when the toenail grows into the nail fold, can be an annoying occurrence. At worst, they can become infected and cause significant pain. Seek help from your foot doctor if your home remedies are not bringing you any relief.

Changes to the shape of the foot

If you are suffering from an imbalance of muscles in your foot, it can cause potential structural changes and result in conditions such as hammertoes. Contact your foot doctor right away to discuss treatment options.

Remember that even if you are not dealing with one of the conditions listed above, it is always a good idea to schedule an evaluative visit with a foot doctor at least once a year. This will help maintain the health of your feet and ensure that you are in the best position to treat any potential conditions that you may have missed otherwise. Contact our foot doctor, Dr. Fui Dawson, today to see how we can help and get you back on your feet as soon as possible!

How can orthotics relieve my foot pain?

what are orthotics and how can they relieve my foot pain? There are certain foot types such as flat feet or high arch feet that can cause pain. In addition, heel pain can arise from repeated tearing of the plantar fascia or the Achilles tendon. To relieve the pain, many podiatrists recommend wearing orthotics as a conservative treatment option.

What exactly are orthotics?

Orthotics are a functional device, constructed for the sole purpose of correcting and optimizing the function of the foot. They work by realigning your feet and ankles. Further, they help to distribute your weight more evenly, easing pressure on areas such as your heel or the ball of the foot. They are also useful for improving muscle positioning and performance. Orthotics can be an effective part of your treatment plan, and may even prolong or eliminate the need for surgery.

Orthotics can be purchased over the counter or can be custom made to fit your feet. For some mild conditions such as moderate heel pain or ball of the foot pain, over the counter orthotics such as gel inserts may be sufficient to cushion the foot and thus relieve pressure and pain. However, if over the counter orthotics are not providing relief, custom orthotics could be the answer for you.  Our Marietta Podiatrist, Dr. Fui Dawson, can perform an evaluation and custom design the right orthotics for you.

Why would one need custom orthotics? 

Custom orthotics can ease your pain when foot problems negatively impact balance, function or gait. Common problems addressed by custom orthotics include back pain, flat feet, heel spurs, Morton’s neuroma, severe heel pain, ball of the foot pain, high arch feet and Achilles tendonitis. Remember that every foot, like every person, is unique. The value of custom orthotics is that they reject the one size fits all approach. In addition, custom orthotics can be made to fit different types of shoes including dress shoes, sneakers, wedges and high heels. They can also be made in different finishes such as suede and leather.

Our Marietta podiatrist, Dr. Fui Dawson, can work with you to design your orthotics with your unique profile in mind. Your consultation will include an evaluation of your foot, your gait, how you stand, x-rays of the foot, as well as any pain or complications you may be experiencing. Dr. Fui Dawson will then use this information to customize your orthotics.

Note that you have to wear custom orthotics for a period of time before they fully conform to your feet. Dr. Fui Dawson also advises that you have your orthotics with you when you shop for shoes as orthotics take up space for which you may not have accounted. We recommend that you continue to wear your orthotics even when your feet and ankles feel better unless our Marietta podiatrist advises otherwise.

If you are suffering from foot pain and are considering orthotics, our Marietta Podiatrist, Dr. Fui Dawson, can recommend and design a product that is perfect for your unique needs. Contact us today or book an appointment online.

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