Dr. Johnnie Alston

Podiatry
Montgomery, AL
17 years experience male

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Office

Montgomery, AL

Address

2167 Normandie Dr., Montgomery, AL
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Insurances accepted

CareSource

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Alabama

Cigna

Aetna Life Insurance Company

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

Podiatrist in Montgomery, AL at the Institute for Advanced Wound Care

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Podiatry

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185 Answers
113 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Depends: If the wound is clean i would use a collagen dressing of some sort. If you need a cream i would try medihoney gel or santyl. Both of these medications... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Nerves: Sounds like a neuropathy of some type. If you are diabetic it is directly related to your blood sugar control. There are medications like Lyrica (preg... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Couple: Some MRSA infections can be treated with bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Otherwise you will need IV antibiotics. Zyvox may also work depe... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Red: If the surrounding skin is red and swollen it is likely infected. If the drainage changes color or consistency it is likely getting infected.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Depends: It depends on how severe the break is. If the toe is very crooked it may need to be reset. Otherwise just immobilize it and it should heal fine. If th... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Diuretic: Watch you salt/sodium intake. If your swelling is severe you may uber other problems like kidney issues. Follow up with your doctor.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Either one: Either doctor will be able to help you.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Padding/surgery: Plantar fibromatosis is a condition where you have nodules or fibromas along the plantar fascia. The fibromas do not really go away but may get bigger... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
See a podiatrist : Your foot can hurt for many different reasons. You may need to sit and talk with someone to figure out exactly what is going on.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Yes: It will involve removing part of the joint. Procedures and deformities vary so speak with a podiatrist.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Antibiotics: If your toe is truly infected you will likely need antibiotics. If it is something minor you can try soaking with epsom salt. Follow up with your doct... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Nerves: Lower back injuries can press on the nerves in the area. Those nerves in your lower back travel to your toes. So pain in the lower back can create tin... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Nothing: Just be present and ready to walk. Should be simple exam with a few measurements while wearing your orthotics. If you have not had them made yet, you ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Yes: Either wear wider shoes or have them surgically corrected.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Possibly: Swelling can be an indicator of poor blood return in the veins, usually comes from prolonged standing over years which is managed easily with compress... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Low protein: High protein foods can cause gout to flare up. Red meat, cheeses, etc.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Compression: Ace bandages are elastic compression bandages. Can be used to reduce swelling and may provide minimal support when used as a brace.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Nerves: All reflexes are related to your nerves. If you have nerve problems such as a spinal injury or neuropathy of some sort, then you may have lost your re... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Several things: If you are having heel pain then you can begin a stretching and icing regimen. Stretch the calf muscle and the bottom of your foot. Nsaid's, steroid i... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
What are you doing: If you are working out with weights or anything that can be dropped on your foot or possibly kick something you should wear shoes. If you are doing yo... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Yes: There are several names for that paring, trimming, and debriding are usually terms for the removal of callus tissue.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Yes: The quickest route to healing would be to immobilize the foot, but the fracture will eventually heal on its own. The more pressurei n the area and the... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Oral medication: Oral medication is the most effective way of treating toenail fungus. Laser treatments also work but ar enot covered by insurance and can be expensive... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Creams and ointments: Try using creams and ointments with urea in them. This will soften and moisturize.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Athletes foot: You likely have a fungal infection. You can try over the counter antifungal medications to clear it up. If that does not work you may need to see a do... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Somewhat: Loose shoes do not directly cause claw toes. If your shoes are loose enough you will grip with your toes to hold on to your shoes. This, over time, ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Muscle weakness: Foot drop is caused by the anterior compartment muscles(front of your lower leg) being very weak or paralysed. You are unable to keep your foot from s... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Yes: You can retain water all over.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Swelling: Elevating your feet will decrease the swelling in your legs and reduce the pressure on the nerves and vessels as well.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Generally no: Osteoperosis is mainly going to involve the bones. The nerves should not be effected unless your are having fractures from the bone loss, which would ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
See a podiatrist : Ingrown nails come from parts of the nail digging into the skin. They must be cut out to stop the process. See tour podiatrist.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
It depends: Generally with any type of surgery you want to be able to sit and elevate the foot for the first few days, this is when the swelling is the worst. The... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Callus: You may have a cyst or a callus, either of which would be inflamed or infected. I would get it checked as soon as you can.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
X-ray: The only way to tell is to get an xray. I would recommend checking in with a doctor to see what is going on.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Not necessarily: Likely not. You probably have just bruised the toe. Keep an eye on the toe and the pain should get better over the next day or so. If not, see a docto... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Depends: If the splinter is not really causing pain and not deep, i would likley leave it alone and let the skin on top of it peel off and the splinter will co... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Not necessarily: Some kids are toe walkers by choice. They do it for a while and then they stop. Kids with CP tend to be toewalkers more than autistic kids. This is no... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Not really: Properly fitting shoes are the best just to protect the feet.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Depends: Most antifungal creams do not do much for toenails. Nails are hard and not much penetrates them.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Orthotics: Arch supports or orthotics may be necessary. It depends on what problems the teen is having. See a podiatrist.
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A member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Yes: There are multiple over the counter creams, powders, and sprays that should help to clear up your infection. If these do not work you may need a short... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Many things: There are numerous herbal solutions and ointments that can be applied to ulcers. Many people are taking silver supplements or applying it directly to ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Thin layer: Lotrimin (clotrimazole) is white so apply a thin layer and rub it in until the color is gone and all you see is a sheen on the skin.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Neuropathy: It sounds lilke you have some form of neuropathy. Many things can cause this and it can be a progressive problem. You should see your primary care do... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Not necessarily: A fracture should heal in about the same time frame if it is the same type of fracture. There are a couple of factors that may delay healing. If the f... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Should not: Flat feet can cause some aches and pains, but properly addressed, flat feet should not be a problem.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Nothing: Tight blood sugar control will slow the progression of neuropathy. Nothing will fix it. Some medications will help with the pains of neuropathy.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
No: There are multiple treatments for eczema but nothing is permanent. Steroid creams are helpful when you have a flare up.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
NSAID's: Anti inflammatory medication such as Indocin (indomethacin) or even steroids are beneficial in calming down gout flares. Monitoring your diet may help... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 17 years experience
Diabetes: It sounds like you may have a type of diabetes called diabetes insipidus. Check with your primary care doctor.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Alston is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Alston is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I'll have to check with my current primary care physician to see if this is offered through the VA. I have self treated topicals.
HealthTap member
Thanks for the help. I walk a lot, so I'm sure now I strained a muscle in the arch of my foot. Now to find a cure! Much appreciation Doc!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you now I know there is help. Where do I find a podiatrist to help me.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Graduated 2006MD

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

AAWC, APMA, ALPMA
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