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Dr. Johnnie Alston

Podiatry
Montgomery, AL
16 years experience male

Locations

Office

Montgomery, AL

Address

2167 Normandie Dr., Montgomery, AL
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Insurances accepted

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Alabama

Cigna

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UnitedHealthcare

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

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Podiatry

Doctor Q&A

185 Answers
113 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
People vary : Your foot print will vary much like any other characteristic. Everyone is different.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
No: Warfarin may make you bleed more if you have an ulcer but it will not cause an ulcer.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Caution: I would use caution with how much activity you do. Joint implants are not intended for a tremendous amount of high impact activity. They wear out fast... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Depends: Joints are fused by removing the cartilage and placing the two raw bone ends together and fixating with screws and/or a plate. There are external fixa... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Supports: Orthotics and good supportive shoes help to reduce the amount of cramping. Stay hydrated as well.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Bone spurs : Build up of bone around joints from trauma or abnormal wear and tear. Spurs around the heel are cause from ligaments and tendons pulling on the bone. ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Dressings: Wounds are going to drain. Typically normal drainage is clear to an amber color and a thin fluid. If the drainage is thick and opaque or more solid co... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
No: Bone spurs are not going to go away without surgery. The pain associated with bone spurs may feel better with soaking.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Possibly: Flat feet can cause back pain. Many times you will have knee or hip pain to along with the back pain if it is coming from your feet. All of your joint... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Usually neural: If you have been around chemicals, they may be the cause. Usually diabetics get neuropathy. Excessive alcohol use, chemotherapy certain drugs, back pr... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Depends: You must remove whatever is irritating the bunion first. Either stop the activity or wear different shoes. It depends on how bad your bunion is as wel... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
No: Improperly fitting shoes will cause blisters. New shoes should not rub anywhere to the extent that you create blisters.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
No: Pinched nerves will not create these problems. If the way you walk is altered enough from the nerve pain, you may develop a tendinitis or heel pain a... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Where's the bite: Brown recluse bites generally cause tissue death where the bite is. There is normally not a rash on other parts of the body. You may have a red area e... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Limits motion: If you have a spur on the ball of your foot this t-strap will not do much for you. It essentially stabilizes the toe and keeps you from dorsiflexing c... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Bone spurs : Build up of bone around joints from trauma or abnormal wear and tear. Spurs around the heel are cause from ligaments and tendons pulling on the bone. ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Possible : You likely will not be able to stand on your own but wheelchairs work well.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Pills or creams: Oral antifungals work best. Creams and lacquers do not work very well.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Dial soap: Dial soap and water work well or if you want an actual wound cleanser you can go to your local pharmacy and tehre should be several to shoose from.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Stay dry: Keep your skin and shoes dry and rotate the shoes regularly and change socks daily.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Depends: The degree of injury and severity of the bursitis will determine the length of time to heal.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Control sweating: You need to control the moisture problems with your feet. Generally feet smell when they stay wet and develop fungal issues. Antifungal powders or at ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Podiatrist: Start with a podiatrist but orthopedists do it as well.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Possibly: You are correct to quesiton the diagnosis. Fluid within the plantar fascia may represent torn areas. Fluid around the plantar fascia is just inflammat... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Advil/aleve: Ibuprofen or other antiinflammatory medications may be helpful.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Old injury: You obviously injured something. It is very likely that you could have broken something. You should follow up with a podiatrist for xrays and possible... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Many things: It depends on where your pain is. When one foot hurts enough for you to change the way you walk, even a little, then the other foot may start hurting ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Compression: Compression stockings are helpful and if you are swelling in both legs you may need a diuretic.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Not really: There are some normal complications that may occur postopertively. One of the more common that I have seen is a suture abscess. This is where the diss... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Fluid and cells: There is a mix of lymphatic fluid and cells. There are a variety of cells within the fluid. Once the fluid dries it turns into the scab you see.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
NSAID's: Colchicine, uloric, indocin, (indomethacin) etc. Steroids by mouth or by injection.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Possible: You likely bruised it badly. As long as your to is still in line with the rest of your toes i would just monitor your toe. If your pain gets worse get... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Yes: There are multiple over the coutner anti-itching creams and gels. Any of them should work. You can take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) pills but they may ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Pad it : If the ankle brace is in fairly good shape you can try padding with mole skinsoaking or a thin foam. If the brace is worn out you just need s new one.... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
A couple : The fastest ways are to freeze them off or cut them out. Acid treatments are an option but slower.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Depends: There are many different types of sores. Your mother could possibly be an undiagnosed diabetic. Have the sores evaluated. As long as they are healin... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Alcohol?: If you are wanting to drink alcohol you really should finish your medication first. I generally discourage alcohol consumption when i prescribe any me... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Allergic reaction: Usually rashes on the top of your feet are casued by some type of allergic reaction or contact dermatits. With your lower legs involved i would rule o... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Depends: Usually there is a fungal infection with peeling skin. Some other skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis may cause it to. If your feet are staying ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Many things: Many things can make you swell. If the swelling is in both legs then you may need to more concerned with your heart and/or kidneys. If it is just one ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Possible: Protein is made up of amino acids. These acids breaking down is what cause the flare ups of gout. So if you are taking in large amounts of protein it ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Yes: You may have some pain but you can still walk. I would suggest a surgical shoe or a shoe wth a stiff sole.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Yes: You could ask. If you are very anxious then it may be helpful. You would still need a local block, you just would not care that it is happening.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
People vary: Everyone is different. The taller you are the more likely you will have bigger feet.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Depends: It sounds like you need to be evaluated by a wound care doctor. Once the ulcers have healed you may need orthotics for your shoes to help redistribute... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Many reasons: Feet may swell for a variety of reasons. Standing all day or sitting with your feet hanging down for a while. Circulation issues, the list keeps going... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Typically no: Most spiders in the us do not have the toxicity to make your leg go numb. You would see a tremendous amount of tissue destruction before numbness to t... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Depends: It depends on the specific procedure performed. It can range from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Talk with your doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
Nerves or arteries: You are likley putting pressure on the sciatic nerve creating some of the problems or possibly interrupting the blood flow to your feet.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 16 years experience
No: You can control what you eat to prevent increasing your levels but nothing to specifically lower your levels.

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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
Baptist Hospital
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