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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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 some rare foot conditions?
Our Florida podiatrists treat patients for many common lower limb conditions. In some cases, though, a patient will come in with a problem that isn’t seen very often. Some of these include:
- Kohler’s disease. Most often seen in boys between the ages of 3 and 5, this condition causes swelling, tenderness, and pain in one of the two feet. This is the result of avascular necrosis (bone deterioration from impaired blood supply).
- Freiberg’s disease. Adolescents between the ages of 12-15 who experience vaguely-located forefoot pain that worsens with physical activity might have this rare condition.
- Buerger’s disease. Intermittent pain, inflammation, painful open sores, and toes that become pale when exposed to cold temperatures are symptoms of this condition. Buerger’s disease is linked to tobacco usage.
Given the wide range of foot and ankle issues—from common to rather rare ones—it is important to remember that anything unusual in the lower limbs should be evaluated. Our doctors can help you understand what is happening, and then create an effective treatment plan to address it.
If you have questions or need to request an appointment at any of our five locations, simply give us a call at either 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County). You can also contact us online right now.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a catchall term used for numerous conditions that cause stiffness and inflammation in joints. Common types of arthritis that affect foot and ankle health include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and post-traumatic arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is frequently associated with arthritis because it is the most common arthritic condition. This can be thought of as the “wear and tear” variety that develops over time.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder. In this condition, the immune system attacks and breaks down protective joint lining.
Gout is a form of arthritis that develops in response to dietary habits. More specifically, it is caused by uric acid buildup that crystalizes in joints (particularly the one found at the base of the big toe). Uric acid is a natural byproduct of food breakdown, but issues arise when either too much is produced or it is not properly expelled from the body.
Post-traumatic arthritis is an early onset of osteoarthritis that happens following a traumatic injury.
No matter which arthritic condition is affecting your lower limbs, Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is ready to help. Give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) to request an appointment today.
How can I take care of elderly feet?
Understanding how to take care of your feet as you age is an important consideration because of the physical changes your body goes through. Skin loses elasticity, the immune system becomes less effective, and there is less padding on the bottom of the foot. Thus, good senior foot care practices include:
- Keeping feet dry. Bacteria thrives in damp, warm environments. If you do not keep your feet dry, it could lead to potential infection.
- Moisturizing. Keeping feet dry is important, but “too dry” creates its own issue, particularly cracked, fissured heels. Daily moisturizing can prevent this from happening.
- Keeping toenails trimmed. In addition to pain and discomfort, ingrown toenails also increase infection risk. Proper trimming of toenails is important.
- Choosing comfortable shoes. Since you lose natural padding on your feet as you age, make sure to choose comfortable, supportive footwear for optimal comfort and safety.
- Exercising regularly. Even moderate activity levels can help with arthritis, improve circulation, and reduce your risk for medical issues.
What conditions do orthotics treat?
There are many conditions treated with orthotic devices, including:
- Bunions – Orthotics play an instrumental role in managing symptoms and easing the pain often associated with bunions.
- Calluses – We may prescribe orthotics to alleviate weight bearing pressure for painful calluses on the ball of the foot.
- Arch Abnormalities – Both high and low arches can benefit from custom orthotics that redistribute pressure across the foot and/or control pronation abnormalities.
- Hallux Rigidus (Stiff Big Toe) – Morton extension inlays and rocker bottom soles can ease the difficulty and pain from walking with a stiff big toe.
- Toe Deformities – In addition to bunions, other toe deformities (hammertoe, claw and mallet toes) often benefit from accommodative orthotic devices.
- Neuropathic Ulceration – Ulcer prevention is essential for diabetic individuals. Wearing cushioned orthotics can relieve pressure on the feet.
- Plantar Fasciitis – Felt, rubber, or silicone heel inserts can be used in treating and preventing this common source of heel pain.
There are certainly other conditions that can benefit from custom orthotics, but the best way to know if orthotics will benefit you is to make an appointment at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. Call us for more information at either 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County). You can also request an appointment online.