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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Will I have to miss work if I have foot surgery?
In all likelihood, you will have to take some time off from work for foot surgery. The amount of time depends on your work schedule, when your surgery is performed, the type of procedure being performed, and the nature of your job.
Surgeries are typically done during normal office hours (which vary at each of our locations and where your surgery is done). If you have an early morning job, such as a “first shift” or an office job, you will likely need to take some time off from work for the surgery itself.
There is also a chance you may need to schedule additional time off from work for your recovery. We may recommend rest, ice, and elevating your leg for a period of time after the procedure. Additionally, you will probably need to avoid strenuous activity, so those whose jobs require manual labor should plan accordingly.
If we are performing a surgical procedure to treat a foot or ankle issue for you, we will provide a thorough consultation with you so you understand exactly what is required for your specific case. Call Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida by dialing 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) and we will be glad to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you at any of our five offices – Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Tavares, Altamonte Springs, and Orlando, FL.
How will my activity be affected after foot surgery?
Will my activity level be affected after foot surgery? The answer to this question depends on what type of foot surgery we perform. In some cases, activity after foot surgery can be resumed after healing without any modifications. Conditions where this might be the case include fractured bones, turf toe, and midfoot injuries. In other cases, recovery is even quicker and activities may be resumed shortly after surgery.
Hammertoes, bunions, and other common foot deformities could potentially have a longer healing time. But the good news is, once you have completed your recovery, you should have a greatly reduced level of pain and discomfort from what you experienced before the procedure.
It is also possible that your activity levels will be restricted. This can be the case when we perform joint fusion to treat a severe case of arthritis in the foot and other types of major reconstructive procedures.
Your ability to perform activities after foot surgery depends on several variables, but we will discuss your surgery with you and answer your questions prior to surgery so you will know what to expect.
Contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida to discover how we can help you. Give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) or request an appointment online at any of our five Florida offices: Orlando, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, and Tavares.
Why are my feet tingling?
There are several potential causes of tingling in your feet, so it is important that we perform a complete foot exam before making a diagnosis. Some of the conditions which can cause tingling sensations in the feet include neuromas, neuropathy, metatarsalgia, tarsal tunnel syndrome, peripheral arterial disease, and lower back problems.
These conditions are varied and may require different treatment paths to provide the relief you need. We will discuss a treatment plan with you to address the root cause and any additional symptoms being experienced.
No matter what’s causing your tingling feet, Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida can provide the care you need. Call 407-339-7759, unless are calling from Lake County (in which case dial 352-589-9550), and our staff will be happy to provide additional information. You can request an appointment at that time, or online right now, for any of our five Florida offices: Kissimmee, Orlando, Lake Mary, Tavares, or Altamonte Springs.
Are flat feet common?
If you find out you have them, you may wonder “Are flat feet common?” Essentially, yes, they are, but fortunately, they are often painless, especially when observed in children.
New parents can be concerned when they don’t see the familiar foot arches for newborns. This is especially common, since babies are born with pads of fat obscuring the infantile arches. Even as a child starts walking, he or she will not likely exhibit foot arches until around age 3. Arches do not fully develop until around age 8, so it is still not a big surprise to see a child with flat feet.
Even into adulthood, flat feet might not be normal, but they are fairly common.
Most cases do not cause pain or create issues, but some do. If you have flat feet and are experiencing pain or problems (or a loved one is), Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida can help. Our doctors can provide an accurate diagnosis, and then create an effective treatment plan.
For more information, give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for Lake County) or use our online form to request an appointment at any of our Orlando, Tavares, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, or Kissimmee, FL offices today.
What causes warts?
It is fairly common to wonder what causes warts. We will start by letting you know it doesn’t have anything to do with frogs or toads. Instead, warts are caused by a virus, specifically the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is most often found in warm, damp environments—locker rooms, showering areas, pool decks, sweaty feet—and has over 100 different strands.
Not all strands of HPV cause warts, and even the same strand might cause a wart for one individual, but not another person. In addition to the virus, though, there also has to be a path into the body for a wart to grow. Given the fact viruses are microscopic, this means the skin break doesn’t even have to be large or visible.
Warts could possible go away on their own over time, but you don’t have to wait for this to happen (which is good because it can take years). Instead of experiencing discomfort or tenderness on your foot due to a wart, reach out to our medical experts at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida and we can safely remove it for you. Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) and request your appointment at any of our Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, or Tavares offices today.
How can I safely get rid of warts?
You can find many recommendations online for wart treatment, but the safest, most effective way to eliminate a problem wart is with professional care.
There are wart removal kits available for purchase at stores and pharmacies, but the effectiveness of these products is fairly suspect. Additionally, they often rely on salicylic acid, which can harm the healthy skin surrounding the wart.
Some people advocate the use of the “duct tape method.” In this process, duct tape is used to cover the wart for a period of time, and then removed. At this point, an emery board or file is used before the wart is covered for another period. This method however does not address the virus that is responsible for causing the wart and is rarely successful at eliminating the wart.
If you are attempting to eliminate a wart at home, we cannot emphasize enough you should not perform “home surgery” and try to cut it out on your own. This can potentially lead to an array of issues, and may cause an infection.
The best practice is to simply have our medical professionals at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida remove the wart for you. We can do this safely and effectively, so call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for Lake County residents) and request an appointment with any of our five Florida offices.
How can I prevent ingrown toenails?
If an ingrown toenail develops, we can correct the problem. But the good news is, there are several measures you can take to avoid the situation in the first place. Steps to prevent ingrown toenails include:
Trim toenails correctly. Too often, ingrown toenails develop when the nails are rounded off and clipped too short. Always clip toenails straight across and keep them approximately even with the edge of the toes.
Wear shoes that fit. In addition to improper trimming practices, tight footwear is another common cause of ingrown toenails. To reduce the risk of a nail becoming ingrown, always wear shoes that have room in the toe box and do not crowd the toes together.
Protect your feet. If your job involves moving heavy items on a frequent basis, you can reduce the risk of ingrown nails that develop from a traumatic injury by wearing safety shoes or steel-toed boots.
For more information on ingrown toenail prevention, contact the professionals at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. We have offices in Orlando, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, Tavares, and Altamonte Springs to better serve you, so call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for Lake County). You can also request an appointment online for any location.
How are fungal toenails treated?
Fungal toenails can be embarrassing and could potentially place individuals with diabetes at risk for medical complications. But the good news is that treatment options are available to provide relief.
Traditionally, fungal toenail treatment has meant oral or topical medications. Oral medicine attack the offensive fungus from the inside, while topical treatments address the issue from the outside. These options can help, but do have their respective drawbacks (potential side effects from oral medication and an inability to get under the surface of the nail for topical solutions).
Laser treatment for fungal nails is a sophisticated, state-of-the-art method that is safe (FDA-approved), effective, and poses no side effects. A treatment session is quick with no down time—patients walk out after their treatment the same way they walked in.
If you have toenail fungus and need professional treatment, Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is here for you. We are pleased to provide a variety of treatment approaches for your nail fungus, including laser treatment (offered exclusively in our Altamonte Springs and Sandlake (Orlando) office locations). Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, or Tavares offices. You can request an appointment online, or give us a call at 407-339-7759—or 352-589-9550 for those who live in Lake County—and our staff will be glad to assist you and answer any questions you might have.
Why is my wound not healing?
If you have any type of wound on your lower leg or feet that is not healing, we need to see you in person at one of our offices to provide an accurate diagnosis. Wounds that do not heal properly are often due to a medical condition, like diabetes or PAD (peripheral arterial disease).
A diabetic ulcer (a sore or wound on the skin) can be a serious health concern due to slower healing time, the risk of infection, and poor blood flow. High blood sugar levels can reduce the body’s ability to fight infection and heal. Diabetic ulcers are a leading cause of amputation. So it is important for anyone with diabetes to check their feet carefully every day so any minor cuts or scraps are found early and treated before turning into a more serious problem.
PAD is a concern because wounds that do not heal correctly can be a result of this condition. The blood vessels carrying oxygenated blood (arteries) have become constricted due to plaque buildup on the arterial walls. It is also important to note that PAD leads to increased risk for more severe issues like heart attacks and strokes.
If your wound is not healing in the normal amount of time, or your skin has become hardened or discolored, be sure to contact us as soon as you are aware of a problem. We will provide a diagnosis and ensure you receive the treatment and care you need to stay safe.
Call us at 407-339-7759, or 352-589-9550 (if you live in Lake County), for additional information or to request an appointment at our Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Orlando, Kissimmee, or Tavares, Florida offices. Our staff at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is committed to your health, so contact us today.
How does diabetes affect my feet?
Diabetes has wide-ranging effects on the health of the entire body. It is especially important not to overlook the implications it can have on the feet. The excess glucose in the blood stream from diabetes can cause problems like neuropathy (nerve damage) and PAD-peripheral arterial disease (narrowed blood vessels).
Neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease are a concern when present on their own. Neuropathy causes pain, tingling and burning sensations, and numbness of the feet while PAD can increase the risk of non-healing foot wounds. These conditions can combine to increase the risk of Charcot foot (severe foot deformity) if left untreated.
Diabetic neuropathy can also turn otherwise minor issues (blisters, calluses, tiny cuts, etc.) into potentially dangerous foot ulcers. The loss of blood supply to the affected tissue can cause gangrene if left untreated. Diabetic ulcers are a leading cause of limb amputation.
If you have diabetes, you need to give special attention to your feet. Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida can help you create an effective diabetic foot care plan to keep you safe. Contact us for more information by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for those in Lake County) or request an appointment online at one of our five Florida offices.