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 the difference between an acute and chronic injury?
Essentially, acute injuries are ones that happen as the result of a singular event. Chronic injuries are caused by overuse. Ankle sprains and compound fractures are examples of acute injuries. Stress fractures and Achilles tendonitis are chronic injuries.
When it comes to distinguishing between acute and chronic pain, you can think of acute pain as the normal pain that lets you know when an injury has been sustained. It will usually have a sudden onset and rarely lasts for a long time. The acute pain will become better as the injury heals. Chronic pain, on the other hand, can last for an extended period of time, even years.
No matter if you are experiencing acute or chronic pain, you have an issue that needs to be addressed. You can find the effective treatment you need right here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida, so give us a call and find out what we can do for you. Either call 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County), or request an appointment with any of our five Florida offices—Orlando, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, or Tavares—online right now.
Why does my heel hurt in the morning?
Heel pain in the morning is likely an indication of plantar fasciitis. This is the most common cause of heel pain for adults. The primary symptom is sharp, intense pain that accompanies the first steps of the day.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that develops when the connective tissue (the plantar fascia) running along the bottom of the foot becomes irritated and inflamed when faced with excessive pressure. This is considered to be an overuse injury, one caused by repeated stretching and tearing of the fascia.
Don’t let heel pain stop you from enjoying your daily activities! Instead, come see our doctors here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida so we can provide an accurate diagnosis, and create a treatment plan to provide you with the relief you need. Contact us for more information by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County). Our friendly staff will be glad to answer any questions and help you with scheduling an appointment. If you’d prefer, you can always request an appointment with any of our five Florida offices online right now.
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.
Is laser treatment effective for treating toenail fungus?
Laser therapy for fungal nails is quite effective and is approved by the FDA (the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The governmental regulatory agency responsible for determining whether or not medical equipment is safe).
At Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida, we provide treatment for fungal toenails using the Fotona laser. This procedure uses concentrated light beams to weaken and kill the parasitic fungi responsible for your discolored, unsightly nails. These therapy sessions are quick, painless, and performed exclusively in our Altamonte Springs and Sandlake offices.
There are a variety of options for treating toenail fungus, but many have disadvantages. Oral medications can cause unwanted side effects and it is often difficult for topical compounds alone to reach fungus residing below the surface of the nail in the nailbed. As such, laser treatment is an option that is safer and more effective than traditional approaches.
For more information on laser treatment for toenail fungus, give us a call at 407-339-7759 (unless you live in Lake County in which case, call 352-589-9550). If you are ready to clear up your discolored nails, request an appointment with any of our Lake Mary, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, Orlando, or Tavares offices today! Remember, we can treat your nail fungus at any of our convenient Central Florida locations, but the laser option is available exclusively in our Altamonte Springs and Sandlake offices.
What causes heel pain?
There are several possible causes of heel pain, including:
- Plantar fasciitis. This is one of the most common source of heel pain for adults. It is caused by an inflamed plantar fascia (the tissue running along the bottom of the foot). This causes sharp, intense pain in the bottom of the heel, especially when moving from a sitting to standing position or when getting out of bed.
- Achilles tendinitis. If you have recently started a new physical activity or increased the intensity of your existing activity, it is possible your heel pain comes from Achilles tendinitis. In this overuse injury, the pain is more likely to be experienced in the back of the heel and worsens following activity.
- Sever’s disease. For adolescents, the most common form of heel pain is from Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysis). This is not a disease or necessarily an injury, but rather a condition that develops when the heel bone grows at a quicker rate than the Achilles tendon. The resulting pain is often worse during and following physical activity.
Heel pain might also be a symptom of bone spurs or a fracture, and there are other causes as well. If you are experiencing heel pain, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) and request an appointment today for an accurate diagnosis!
Why does my foot arch hurt?
There are several possible reasons that factor into an explanation of what causes arch pain. Some of the possible causes include:
- Plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia runs underneath the foot and helps to support the arch. When the fascia sustains excessive force or stretching, it becomes inflamed and arch pain can develop.
- Weakened arch-related ligaments, tendons, or bones. This is particularly true when the tissues forming or supporting the arch are subjected to overuse.
- Abnormal foot structure. Specifically, arch pain can arise when foot arches are either too high (cavus foot) or too low (flatfoot). Orthotic devices are often beneficial. Our treatment plan for you may include recommending these devices.
If you are suffering from foot arch pain, visit one of our doctors at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. You will not only receive treatment to address your existing pain, but we will also suggest ways to prevent it from returning. Contact us for more information by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) or request an appointment online today for one of our five Florida offices – Orlando, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, and Tavares, or Lake Mary.
When is bunion surgery necessary?
Bunions are progressive in nature, which means they will worsen over time when not addressed and in some cases will need surgical intervention to correct the deformity. That said, not all bunion cases need surgery.
Generally speaking, bunion surgery is reserved for cases where conservative care is unable to provide relief of discomfort, when you have trouble finding shoes to fit and feel comfortable, and especially when the condition causes difficulty performing everyday activities. Toes that are unable to bend and/or drift inward to the point of crossing over other toes are more likely to require surgical intervention.
Bunion surgery is often able to relieve painful symptoms and restore the performance of normal activities for patients. But we do not recommend surgery for every patient that comes to our office with a bunion. In order to determine the best course of treatment for you, schedule an appointment at one of our five Florida offices.
To better serve our patients, Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida has offices in Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Tavares, Lake Mary, and Orlando. You can reach us for more information by calling 407-339-7759 (or 352-589-9550 if you live in Lake County) or request your appointment for any of our locations online today.
What should I do after foot surgery?
Post-operative care is an important part of any surgical procedure. Too often, issues arise when patients do not follow the instructions provided. Understanding what to expect beforehand, though, puts you in a better position to minimize post-operative complications and achieve positive surgical results.
There are a variety of surgical procedures that our doctors perform and patients will be given specific post-op precautions depending on the type of surgery. With that in mind, some general guidelines include resting, keeping bandages clean and dry, and being sure to keep follow-up appointments.
In various cases, you will be prescribed medication, and it is important to follow our instructions regarding dosage and frequency. Icing is often beneficial to reduce swelling and manage post-operative pain. In addition to resting and icing, you may be instructed to keep your foot elevated.
Daily activities may need to be put on hold for a certain period of time, and you may be required to take time off from work depending on your type of job.
We will provide more detailed information both before and after your surgical procedure. If you have any questions regarding post-op care, give Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) and we will be glad to provide assistance.
What to look for in a podiatrist?
The very first thing to look for in a podiatrist is his or her credentials. Podiatrists are foot and ankle doctors who have earned their doctorate in podiatric medicine (DPM) and completed a surgical residency. Depending on your foot care needs, you may also wish to look for one who is trained, experienced, and board-eligible or board-certified to perform surgical procedures.
Beyond checking qualifications, you want to find a podiatrist who has a good reputation with his or her patients. Reviews and testimonials can help with this. Additionally, an office location that is convenient for you is also a plus.
At Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida, we make it easy for you to find everything you need in a podiatrist at our Central Florida offices. We are proud to be staffed with experienced, skilled, and compassionate foot doctors who provide effective care for all of our patients. Request your appointment with us by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you are calling from Lake County) and our call center will be glad to assist you. If you’d prefer, use our online form to request an appointment today at our Orlando, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, or Tavares, FL locations.
What conditions can a podiatrist treat?
Podiatrists are doctors specializing in foot and ankle health. There are many specific conditions a podiatrist can treat, but general categories include:
- Heel pain. Heels face tremendous amounts of pressure, so heel pain is common from conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and Sever’s disease.
- Sports injuries. Foot and ankle injuries are always a risk in sports. We treat injuries like sprained ankles, turf toe, and fractures.
- Toe deformities. Bunions, hammertoes, and claw and mallet toes will get worse over time unless treated.
- Nail and skin conditions. There are various skin and toenail issues that can develop, including ingrown nails, fungal nail infections, and cracked skin.
There are, of course, many lower limb issues which do not fall into these categories, such as arthritic conditions, diabetic foot care, or neuropathy. However, the important thing to keep in mind is that if you are experiencing pain or difficulty in your lower limbs, Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is the place to come. We can provide the treatment you need at any of our Florida locations: Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Tavares, or Orlando. Call us for more information at 407-339-7759. If you are calling from Lake County, dial 352-589-9550.