Get the Fact on Your Foot or Ankle Condition in Our Podiatry FAQ
Our patients are full of questions both before and during treatment. In order to help patients find relief as quickly as possible, our Florida podiatrists have compiled the most popular questions about bunions, diabetic foot injuries, ingrown toenails, and more on one page. Search our FAQ for fast answers!
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What causes peripheral arterial disease?
Peripheral arterial disease is a condition that causes reduced blood flow, which is particularly evident in the feet and lower limbs. In a broad sense, peripheral arterial disease is caused by a buildup of fatty deposits (plaques) along artery walls. Arteries are the blood vessels oxygenated blood travels through to deliver essential nutrients to tissue throughout the body. (Veins, on the other hand, are the blood vessels leading back to the heart.)
When plaques collect along arterial walls, it restricts how much blood can flow through them at any given time.
There are several factors that contribute to peripheral arterial disease, including diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol levels, family history, old age, and obesity. This condition can be dangerous – since it increases your risk of stroke, heart attacks, and neuropathy. Being aware of these causes is a good first step in taking measures to reduce your risk and recognizing the problem early. Many of the factors contributing to this condition can be managed with lifestyle changes.
Understanding the causes of peripheral arterial disease is important, but it is also important to see us at one of our five Florida offices when you recognize the effects of this condition in your lower limbs. Our doctors are expertly trained in conditions affecting your lower limbs, so call Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) for additional information or to request an appointment.
Can you get carpal tunnel syndrome in your feet?
Carpal tunnel syndrome has received a lot of attention over the past twenty years, but the good news is, it doesn’t affect your feet. Unfortunately, what you may develop instead is a case of tarsal tunnel syndrome.
The simple reason you cannot develop carpal tunnel syndrome in your feet is because the carpal tunnel is found in your wrist. But there is a very similar anatomical structure found in your ankle, known as the tarsal tunnel. This canal contains various arteries, tendons, and nerves (including the tibial nerve responsible for providing sensation to the bottom of your foot). When the tibial nerve is compressed, it can cause burning, tingling, shooting pain, or even numbness.
The good news for those who suffer from tarsal tunnel syndrome is that our doctors are highly-trained and experienced in providing treatment for this condition. If you have developed painful sensations, or numbness, in either of your feet, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. We will properly diagnose the issue (since there are other causes of nerve pain and numbness) and then create a customized treatment plan for you.
Call 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) and one of our staff members will be glad to help set up your visit. If you’d prefer, you can request your appointment online right now for any of our five central Florida offices.
What are symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
There are many medical conditions affecting your lower limbs that can be concerning, including nerve damage (neuropathy) in your feet. This particular complaint opens the door for serious problems like Charcot foot and dangerous foot ulcers. You can lower your risk for developing a dangerous medical issue by recognizing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, and then making an appointment with us for professional treatment.
Specific peripheral neuropathy symptoms vary by case, but include:
- Burning, tingling, freezing, throbbing, or sharp pain
- Prickling or tingling sensations in your extremities
- A gradual onset of numbness
- Hypersensitivity to physical touch
- Muscle weakness
- Lack of coordination or balance
You have three different kinds of nerves in your peripheral nervous system, and the specific type affected will play a role in the symptoms you experience.
Although there are other causes, peripheral neuropathy is most commonly experienced by men and women who have diabetes. If you live with this disease, you should make an appointment to see us at one of our five Florida offices. Our team can work with you to create a diabetic foot care plan that will lower your risk for serious medical complications.
How long does it take to recover from flatfoot surgery?
A major consideration when it comes to deciding whether or not to pursue surgical intervention for a medical issue is the time it takes to recover from the procedure. In the case of flatfoot surgery recovery, you will likely face approximately 12 weeks to achieve permission for full weight-bearing activities.
Looking at the events that unfold after the procedures is over, the first thing to note is that patients typically go home the day of the surgery. In some instances though, a patient may need to stay in the hospital overnight. We will place the affected leg in a cast or splint and you will have to keep it elevated for the first two weeks. After two weeks, we will remove the sutures and issue a new cast or removable boot.
For the first six to eight weeks, it is important not to put any weight on the corrected foot. At approximately eight weeks, you may start to gradually resume weight-bearing. Between eight and twelve weeks, weight-bearing will be progressed, along with the use of ankle bracing and shoe inserts.
Our goal at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is to treat your flatfoot condition with conservative techniques. This will be our initial treatment plan, and we will only recommend surgery if those methods do not provide the relief you anticipate.
If you have any questions about recovering from flatfoot surgery, or you need to request an appointment for any foot or ankle condition, contact us by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County). You can also request your appointment online, if that is more convenient for you.
What are treatment options for Charcot foot?
One of the reasons you should have a comprehensive diabetic foot care plan is to reduce your risk of developing Charcot foot. This condition can develop when nerve damage and restricted blood flow—both of which are related to diabetes—weaken foot bones and cause an inability to feel when damage has been sustained. When these issues exist together, it can lead to severe deformity.
The goals for Charcot foot treatment are to heal the broken bones and prevent further deformity and joint destruction. In some cases, this might be achieved via nonsurgical treatments like orthotics and custom shoes. Body weight should be kept off of affected limbs to protect the weakened bones as well.
Nonsurgical care is most effective when administered early. For conditions that have existed for longer time periods, or more severe cases, surgery may be recommended.
Prevention is the best form of treatment for Charcot foot. This can be achieved with a robust diabetic foot care plan, managing your diabetic condition, and coming to see us for regular foot care appointments.
Charcot foot is a big concern when you have diabetes, but it certainly is not the only one. If you are diabetic, it is important to have the guidance of an expert podiatrist to help prevent serious medical conditions from developing. For additional information, or to request an appointment with one of our offices (Orlando, Kissimmee, Tavares, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs), simply give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County).
What can you do to get rid of shin splints?
Shin splints are common running injuries, but the good news is that they can usually be treated with conservative methods, which includes:
- Rest – Giving your body time to heal is important, but even more so is making sure you are not sustaining further damage by continuing to perform high-impact activities.
- Ice – Our doctors can provide you with a specific icing regimen, and this will help to reduce both pain and inflammation in the affected area.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – Always check with our office for advice regarding specific dosage recommendations first, but you can further reduce pain and inflammation with certain over-the-counter medications.
- Orthotics – If you sustain shin splints on a frequent basis, we may recommend a pair of orthotics to control abnormal biomechanical motion while you run. This could be instrumental in helping to address a current problem, while at the same time preventing it from coming back.
If you, or a loved one, is suffering from shin splint pain and are unable to take care of it on your own, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. You can reach us either online or by phone, and our staff will be glad to provide additional information or help schedule an appointment for you at any of our five Florida offices – Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Tavares, and Orlando. Fill out our online form right now or give us a call at 407-339-7759 (or 352-589-9550 if you call from Mt. Dora) today!
Why does it feel like there’s a pebble in my shoe?
Have you ever felt like there was a pebble in your shoe? The first step is to check and see if there actually is one there. If so, you remove it and go on your way.
In the event you have the sensation that there is something in your shoe—and nothing is actually present—then you might have a Morton’s neuroma. This condition is a thickening of nerve tissue, often onset by excessive pressure on the front of the foot. Symptoms can include burning and tingling pain, and faulty sensations (like the aforementioned phantom pebble, or the feeling your sock is bunched up).
Whereas this is the most likely explanation for the feeling, your best course of action is to come in for an appointment with one of our expert podiatrists. They will provide an accurate diagnosis and then create an effective treatment plan for you.
Don’t suffer from the symptoms of a Morton’s neuroma! Instead, request an appointment at any of our five Florida locations. We have offices in Orlando, Tavares, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, and Kissimmee to better serve you. Call us today for more information at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you are calling from Lake County).
What are stress fracture symptoms?
Stress fractures are tiny, surface-level cracks in bone tissue that develop in response to an accumulation of forces overtime. These common overuse injuries need to be treated so as to prevent bigger problems from developing. In order for you to receive the treatment and care you need, you will need to be able to recognize stress fracture symptoms, including:
- Pain, which is barely noticeable at first, but becomes stronger over time.
- Tenderness in a specific area—the location of your stress fracture—that decreases during rest.
- Swelling in the tender, painful area.
Now that you know the signs of a stress fracture, make sure you come in and see our doctors here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida if you are experiencing any of them. We will evaluate the injury and determine the extent of the damage, and then set you up with a treatment plan to effectively resolve it for you. You can request your appointment for any of our Orlando, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, and Tavares offices online, or give us a call at 407-339-7759 (or 352-589-9550 if you call from Lake County) today!
Are high foot arches bad?
When you walk, your arches are used in an important biomechanical process known as pronation. This process is a roughly fifteen percent inwards roll the foot goes through between the heel strike and final push from the toes with every step. If you have high foot arches—a condition known as cavus foot—your pronation is less than the optimal fifteen percent. This is called supination, and it can cause extra force and pressure that is applied to the outer edge of your feet.
Abnormal foot arch heights cause an array of problems, and is evidenced with both high and low foot arches. With regard to high arches, there are many possible symptoms that indicate an existing issue you should have treated by one of our doctors here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida.
Due to the abnormal structure and supination, high foot arches can cause problems like:
- Calluses on the heel, side, or ball of foot
- Claw toes and hammertoes
- Increased risk of ankle sprains
- Pain while walking or standing
If you are experiencing discomfort, pain, or impaired foot function as a result of high foot arches, you may need the treatment we provide at our five Florida offices – Orlando, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Tavares, and Kissimmee. Contact us today for more information, or to request your appointment, call 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County).
What are the symptoms of gout?
There are numerous forms of arthritis, including gout. Gout is different than the others because it isn’t caused by “wear and tear” (like osteoarthritis) or an autoimmune disorder (like rheumatoid arthritis). Instead, it is, in part, the result of dietary choices. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of gout will help you understand if this is the condition you are experiencing. Then you can make an appointment with one our doctors to receive the treatment you need.
The symptoms of gout include:
- Intense joint pain. Gout typically affects the joint at the base of your big toe, but it can also develop in other areas. The pain is usually most severe during the first four to twelve hours once symptoms start.
- Inflammation and redness. Affected joints become swollen, tender, warm and red.
- Limited range of motion. Decreased joint mobility often occurs as gout progresses.
- Lingering discomfort. After the most severe pain subsides, you may experience some joint discomfort for a couple of days and up to a few weeks. Later attacks are prone to lasting longer and affecting additional joints.
If you have any of these symptoms, give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) and one of our staff members can help you arrange a visit to any of our five Florida offices – Orlando, Tavares, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, and Altamonte Springs. If it’s easier for you, request your appointment online right now.