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 is Sever’s disease?

    Achilles TendonSever’s disease is the leading cause of adolescent heel pain. Not many people are actually familiar with the condition, however. Also known as calcaneal apophysis, Sever’s is not actually a disease, nor is it an injury. Instead, this is a condition that develops when the heel bone (calcaneus)—more specifically, a growth plate found in the back of the bone—reaches physical maturity before the Achilles tendon.

    Because of a fully-developed heel bone and still-growing Achilles tendon, there is a painful tugging in the back of the heel. This pain can then be exacerbated by physical activity.

    Sever’s disease goes away on its own over time, and without leading to any long-term issues, so treatment is centered on managing the painful symptoms (as opposed to correcting the condition). We have various options at our disposal to help your son or daughter find the relief they need. This is important because if your child starts altering the way he or she walks (on account of the pain or discomfort) it could lead to other issues.

    For more information, or effective heel pain treatment, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) or request an appointment with any of our five Florida offices online today.

  • What causes heel spurs to form?

    When looking at the causes of heel spurs, the best place to begin is with bone spurs in general. Bone spurs are calcium deposits the body makes on bone tissue subjected to frequent stress, friction, or pressure. Over time, the deposits build up until they become a bump that may or may not be noticed under normal circumstances. Whether a spur is observable or not typically depends on its location.

    Heel spursHeel spurs are normally caused by repeated tearing of the membrane covering the heel bone, strain placed on ligaments and muscles, and stretching of the plantar fascia.

    A bone spur is not painful in and of itself. However, when a spur digs into soft tissue, problems like heel pain can develop. If this is the case for you, it’s time to come see us at one of our five Florida offices.

    For further information or assistance in scheduling a visit, call 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) and our staff will be glad to help. You can also request an appointment online right now.

  • How do I get rid of a black toenail?

    Healthy FeetBlack toenail treatment will vary based on the patient, severity of the condition, and root cause. To start, it is important to emphasize the need for you to make an appointment with Foot and Ankle Associates of Florida so our doctors can accurately diagnose and evaluate your case. Most black toenails are not serious, but it is best to be cautious and let our podiatrists rule out that your black toenail is not caused by a serious condition.

    When you come into one of our offices, there are a variety of treatment options. We may drain blood that has pooled under the nail (subungual hematoma) with a sterile, large-gauge needle. Another possibility we have is to burn a hole in the nail with a device so the blood can drain. In some cases—particularly if the nail is falling off—we might need to remove the nail.

    If your nail has started falling off, you can cover it with a sterile bandage until you come see us at one of our five Florida offices (Lake Mary, Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Tavares, and Kissimmee). Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) for additional information or to request an appointment.

  • How do blisters form?

    BlistersWhen we look at how blisters form, the best starting point is with the anatomy of the skin. We only see the surface, but skin actually has several layers, the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis (which is also called subcutaneous). When your skin is subjected to friction from something rubbing against it, the outer layers of skin can separate from inner layers. If this happens, the body responds by filling the space between the separated layers with a fluid called serum.

    Serum comes from other body tissues and is used to protect the damaged area while the body works to repair it. As the fluid fills in, a skin bubble forms.

    Blisters can develop anywhere on the body, but tend to be most commonly found on feet and hands, since these areas are more frequently subjected to the friction needed to cause a blister.

    For more information about blisters, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County). If you need treatment at any of our Orlando, Lake Mary, Tavares, Kissimmee, or Altamonte Springs, FL offices, simply request your appointment over the phone or via our online form today.

  • What does RICE mean?

    You may have heard healthcare professionals recommend RICE therapy, either for first aid or injury treatment. But have you ever wondered – what RICE means? RICE is simply an acronym formed by the first letters in rest, ice, compression, and elevation. All four of these components serve a specific function when it comes to caring for injuries like stress fractures and sprained ankles.What is RICE?

    • Rest is important for both preventing further damage to the injured area and also allowing the body to conduct its natural healing processes.
    • Icing the area can reduce inflammation and relieve painful symptoms. Be sure to wrap the ice or ice pack in a thin towel to prevent skin damage.
    • Compression and elevation are both useful for further reduction of inflammation.

    For more information on RICE therapy, or to learn about other treatment options for foot and ankle conditions, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida by calling us at either 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for those calling from Lake County). Of course, you can also request your appointment online for any of our five Florida offices—Orlando, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, and Tavares.

  • What is turf toe?

    Turf ToeEssentially, turf toe is a sports injury that happens when the forefoot is planted in the ground, but your momentum keeps moving you forward. This results in a sprained big toe that can be rather painful and take some time to heal. This injury is commonly associated with sports like baseball and football. But turf toe can also be experienced by dancers (particularly when they put all of their weight on their forefoot).

    The main joint affected with turf toe is the metatarsophalangeal joint, which is found at the base of the big toe (where it connects to the foot). This joint is formed by the metatarsal bone in the foot and the proximal phalanx bone of the toe. The respective bones are held in place by ligaments. When these ligaments are extended beyond their intended range of motion, it causes this painful injury.

    If you feel you have sustained turf toe, or you simply would like additional information about it, contact our office and we will be glad to help. Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) and we can arrange a visit with any of our Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Tavares, or Orlando offices. You can also request your appointment online for any of our locations.

  • What are the symptoms of Achilles tendinitis?

    Achilles tendinitis is a common overuse injury experienced by men and women, especially those who either have recently become physically active or those who suddenly increase the intensity of their existing training regimen. It is important to recognize the symptoms of this injury so you can receive the care you need promptly before the condition worsens.

    Achilles Tendonitis symptomsThe most commonly experienced symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include:

    • Pain in the back of your heel or pain along the Achilles tendon that becomes worse during physical activity
    • Discomfort and stiffness along the tendon first thing in the morning
    • Severe pain the day after exercising
    • A painful lump above the heel along the Achilles tendon
    • Swelling that is present all the time, but becomes increasingly severe with activity throughout the course of the day

    If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a case of Achilles tendinitis. It is important to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists for a thorough foot exam. To request an appointment at any of our five Florida offices, give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) and we will be happy to help. You can also request your appointment for our Orlando, Lake Mary, Altamonte Spring, Kissimmee, or Tavares offices online.

  • Should I use a corn and callus remover?

    Callus and corns on footThere are various treatment methods you might consider using when you have a corn or callus, but it is always best to utilize ones recommended by medical professionals. Over-the-counter products provide a great illustration of this. An over-the-counter corn or callus remover may do more harm than good due to the acids that many of them use.

    Additionally, corn and callus removers can potentially be dangerous for patients who have diabetes. If you are a diabetic, always seek professional care for any medical issue. Minor issues can escalate into major problems if handled incorrectly.

    Remember, if you are in need of any lower limb care, Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is here for you. Contact us today by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) and we will be glad to provide additional information or help you schedule an appointment. You can also request an appointment online for any of our Orlando, Lake Mary, Tavares, Altamonte Springs, and Kissimmee offices right now.

  • What is the itching and burning between my toes?

    In many cases, burning and itching between toes is an indication of athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). This is a common fungal infection, one that is easily contracted. The offensive fungus simply needs a warm, damp environment to thrive, and this can accurately describe a foot encased in a sock and shoe.

    Itching and pain between the toesIf you are experiencing a burning or itching sensation between your toes, you should check to see if it is accompanied by a red, scaly rash. Should the sensation start to spread across more of your foot, it makes it even more likely that you have contracted this fungal infection.

    Men are more likely than women, and older individuals are more likely than younger ones, to experience this infection. That said, people of all ages and both genders have contracted athlete’s foot. While some people have success with over-the-counter products, many others find that they simply do not work.

    For additional information on the itchy, burning sensation between your toes, or for professional treatment, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. Call us at 407-339-7759, or if you call from Lake County dial 352-589-9550, and our staff will be ready to assist you. You can also request an appointment for any of our five Florida offices online right now.

  • How long does it take for a broken ankle to heal?

    Broken ankleThe exact amount of time for a broken ankle to heal will depend on a variety of factors (including the severity of the break and your age). We can provide a rough estimate, but it generally takes at least 6 weeks for the broken bones in the ankle to heal. That said, it might take longer for the affected tendons and ligaments to mend. It is important to make an appointment so one of our doctors can do a thorough examination to determine the extent of your injuries.

    There are several different types of fractures that can happen to an ankle bone. In the best situation, you sustain a simple fracture. Simple fractures are ones where the bones, while broken, are already lined up correctly and will heal in a normal fashion. More complicated breaks will often require surgery, which can affect the length of time for the healing process.

    To receive treatment after an ankle injury, or to make an appointment to find out if you have a broken bone, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. Our staff is ready to help you schedule an appointment with one of our five Florida offices – Lake Mary, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, Tavares, and Orlando. Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for those calling from Lake County).