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 types of conditions can laser therapy treat?

    Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is proud to be on the medical technological forefront by offering laser therapy (exclusively in our Altamonte Springs and Sandlake offices) as a safe, effective treatment option. Some of the conditions that benefit from laser therapy include fungal nails, arthritis pain, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, sprains, strains, sports injuries and post-surgical swelling.

    Our FDA-approved laser for onychomycosis (toenail fungus) provides a safe, effective treatment administered in the comfort of our office without injections or anesthesia. Laser procedure uses a focused beam of light to eradicate the fungus embedded in the nail bed. During treatment you should not experience any discomfort and you walk out of the office just like you walked in, without any down time or interruption to your daily activities. One treatment normally eliminates the fungus, but we schedule you for three (all included in the cost) to be certain that the fungus is eliminated.

    Another innovative option is MLS® Laser Therapy. MLS or Multi-wave Lock System has been cleared by the FDA and proven successful as evidenced by extensive and credible research studies. Light energy enters the damaged cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity. This therapy can be used to manage pain, reduce inflammation, and speed recovery of the damaged cells. Most patients experience positive results in 1 to 3 treatments, with the average course of treatment being 6 – 10 sessions. The effects of MLS® are cumulative, so you should see improvement as you proceed through your treatment plan. 

    Laser therapy is non-invasive and safe for most patients. The advanced technology used for lasers allows for precise control and shorter recovery time.

    To learn more about our laser procedures (offered in our Altamonte Springs and Sandlake offices), please call 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (when calling from Lake County) and our staff will be glad to help.

  • Does laser treatment hurt?

    At Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida, we recommend laser therapy to help with a variety of medical conditions. However, sometimes patients wonder, “Does laser treatment hurt?” The good news is laser treatment is painless and safe. Some patients may experience a slight sensation at the point of application or a mild warmness. But there should not be any discomfort.

    Laser services are a highly effective alternative for treating both pain and toenail fungus. Laser therapy is approved by the FDA, which is the governmental regulatory agency responsible for ensuring that medical equipment is safe and able to perform its intended function. This means you can have peace of mind knowing you are safe if choosing this treatment option.

    Whether or not laser treatment is the right choice for you depends on several variables, but we can discuss your treatment options during your appointment at one of our convenient central Florida locations. Call us today at 407-339-7759 (or 352-589-9550 for Lake County residents) for more information.

  • What is the difference between a sprain and a fracture?

    The key difference between a sprain and a fracture is where the injury takes place. A sprain is a common injury that can happen to the ligaments that connect bones to each other. “Fracture” is simply another word for a break and refers to instances where bones are cracked or broken.

    There are other differences as well, though. Sprains happen when ligaments are stretched beyond their intended range, with severe ones completely tearing the soft tissue. Fractures happen in response to physical trauma, either via a single event or as an accumulation over time (like with stress fractures).

    The reason people wonder about the difference between these two injuries is the fact that they share common symptoms. In both cases, there may be swelling, bruising, and pain. Further, both happen relatively often during sports and other physical activities.

    Our professionals at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida can provide additional information, accurate diagnoses, and effective treatment plans for either of these common injuries. Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for Lake County) to speak to one of our friendly staff members. We can help you set up an appointment, or you can request one via our online form right now.

  • How long does it take to recover from foot surgery?

    Feet are complex structures, which means there is not a one size fits all approach to improving a problem. There are some foot and ankle complaints that require a surgical procedure to correct them. Since each patient is different, it is difficult to give an exact timeframe for recovery after a foot/ankle surgery. But we can provide estimates for various surgical procedures that we perform.

    • Recovery from a bunion or hammertoe surgery may take 2 to 12 weeks before you are able to perform regular daily activities, but a full recovery may be 3 to 6 months before you can resume your full exercise routine that involves impact activities.
    • Midfoot surgical procedures can take 12 weeks, with full recovery requiring 5 to 6 months.
    • Surgery to repair a bone fracture can take from several weeks to several months for recovery, depending on the nature and severity of the injury and the surgery that was performed.

    These are simply general guidelines. The podiatric physicians at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida will discuss your entire surgical procedure in advance, including expectations for post-operative recovery, so you know what to expect. For additional information, call our professionals at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida by dialing 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you live in Lake County). You can also request an appointment by filling out our easy online appointment form today. 

  • What causes bunions?

    Bunions can cause discomfort, pain, affect your ability to wear certain footwear, and remain active. Consequently, many people wonder what causes bunions. For a long time, the most common answer was “women’s footwear.” More specifically, high heels (pumps, stilettos) were singled out as causing this toe deformity. The medical community is still a bit divided on the role that footwear plays in the development of a bunion, but there are other causes of bunions worth noting.

    In a general sense, a bunion develops due to an imbalance in the joint found at the base of the big toe, the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. When this happens, the joint’s instability leads to the big toe “drifting” inward. At the same time, the MTP joint begins to jut outward toward the inner edge of the foot.

    Specific causes of this condition include: genetics (as the odds are significantly increased if a parent has a bunion), certain activities (i.e. dancers), foot injury, and finally certain shoe types.

    No matter how your bunion was caused, you will want to have it addressed. These are progressive deformities, which means they will worsen if left untreated. Our staff at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida can provide the care you need, so call us at 407-339-7759 and schedule an appointment at our Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Tavares, Kissimmee and Orlando offices or 352-589-9550 (if you live in Lake County).

  • Do hammertoes require surgery?

    Hammertoe surgery may be the only way to truly correct the condition, but there are nonsurgical treatment options that might be able to help. These include wearing sensible shoes (models that have deep toe boxes), using orthotics or pads, foot exercises to keep the toes flexible, and even smoothing out calluses or corns with the use of a pumice stone.

    It is important to understand that even though conservative treatment methods do exist, hammertoes are progressive in nature. This means the condition will not reverse itself without the use of surgical intervention. Additionally, the toe deformity worsens over time when left untreated, so early treatment is advised. A toe that still has flexibility will respond better to conservative care than one that has become rigid.

    When the condition has progressed to the point of rigidity, we will likely recommend surgery if the toe is causing pain or difficulty for you.

    For additional information on hammertoe treatment, or to schedule your appointment at one of our five Florida offices (Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Tavares, or Orlando), give us a call today at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for those who live in Lake County). Or request an appointment online with Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida.