By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
November 19, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: ankle pain  

Find out when you can treat ankle pain at home and when you need to see a professional.

Some minor ankle pain can often be treated with rest and home care; however, this isn’t always the case. In fact, sometimes putting off proper treatment can lead to increased pain, weakness, and long-term instability. Read on to learn what could be causing your ankle pain and when you should make an appointment to see Dr. Timothy Mason, your podiatrist in Orlando, FL.

More about foot and ankle pain

If you are dealing with minor pain, you can often treat your symptoms on your own with simple home care. For instance, you can often ease pain by,

  • Wrapping or bracing the ankle to stabilize and support it
  • Performing stretching exercises to improve circulation to the ankle
  • Wearing supportive, well-cushioned shoes with a low heel
  • Applying a wrapped ice pack on the ankle for 15-20 minutes every three hours
  • Elevating your ankle to reduce swelling
  • Resting as much as possible and staying off the ankle

You should see your Orlando, FL, foot doctor as soon as possible if,

  • The pain is severe
  • You heard a popping sound at the moment of impact or injury
  • The pain has come back or is getting worse
  • The pain interferes with your regular activities
  • Your symptoms haven’t gotten better despite 2 weeks of at-home care
  • You experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in the ankle or foot
  • You have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet

There are many things that can cause ankle pain, from worn-out shoes to excessive exercise. The symptoms you experience can actually give you insight into what could be causing your pain. Common causes include:

  • Sprained ankle: leads to pain, swelling, and bruising, especially after exercise
  • Bursitis: a dull aching pain in the ankle, often accompanied by swelling
  • Fracture: a sudden sharp pain that occurs on impact, as well as an audible snapping sound, immediate swelling/bruising, and trouble walking on the foot

Concerned? Give us a call

Are you looking for comprehensive podiatry care in the Oviedo, Lake Mary, or Orlando, FL, area? If foot pain, ankle swelling, or other problems are affecting you, turn to the professionals at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando by dialing 407-365-9511.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
July 24, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Do you get ingrown toenails often? If so, find out why this might be happening to you.

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin. While this most commonly occurs in the big toe, any toenail ingrown-toenailcan be affected. As you might imagine, this condition can be rather painful and lead to redness and tenderness of the foot. So, what should you do if you have an ingrown toenail and when should you turn to Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock, your podiatrists in Lake Mary, Oviedo, and Orlando, FL? Read on to find the answers.


At-Home Care

If you are a healthy individual who hasn’t been diagnosed with diabetes or poor circulation in your feet, then you will most likely be able to manage your symptoms on your own. However, if you have diabetes or poor circulation, you should immediately turn to a foot doctor if you are experiencing any changes in your feet. Even small problems such as an ingrown toenail or swelling can lead to serious complications.

Common remedies and at-home care include,

  • Soaking the feet for 15-20 minutes in warm water a few times a day
  • Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen
  • Wearing shoes and socks that don’t put pressure on the affected toenail
  • Placing a piece of cotton under the edge of the nail to lift it away from the skin


Seeing a Doctor

If you notice that your symptoms aren’t responding to at-home care, it is the time to see a doctor. Additionally, you should also see a podiatrist for your ingrown toenail if you are noticing symptoms of infection. Signs and symptoms of an infection include:

  • Significant and persistent pain
  • Bleeding
  • A pus-filled blister
  • Redness
  • Skin that is hard, swollen and tender around the nail

Sometimes our foot doctor will also need to remove part of the nail that is digging into the skin. Cotton may be placed under the nail as it grows back in to prevent the problem from happening again.


Call Us

Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando want to make sure that you are getting the proper foot care you need. If ingrown toenails are becoming a regular occurrence, or if you are dealing with other issues that affect your feet or ankles, then call one of our offices in Lake Mary, Oviedo, or Orlando, FL, today for immediate care—each location can be reached at 407-365-9511.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
May 28, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Over 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. In addition to the complications to general health that come with the disease, diabetic patients are also at risk for a condition known as peripheral neuropathy, which can lead to potentially serious infections and problems from otherwise common podiatric issues like blisters or ingrown toenails. Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock, the podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, offer diabetic foot and podiatry services in Orlando, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, FL.

Diabetic Foot Care and Podiatry Services in Orlando, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, FL

People with diabetes are susceptible to nerve damage in the legs and feet, a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. Damaged nerves make it difficult to feel sensation from cuts and injuries, so diabetic patients must be especially careful and check their feet regularly for any problems or signs of infection.

In addition to preventive podiatry care, here are a few ways to keep your feet healthy if you have diabetes:

  • Inspect your feet every day for any new symptoms or signs of infection—even a small blister or cut can increase your risk of infection!
  • Keep your feet dry and clean—wash with lukewarm (avoid hot water) and gentle soap
  • Change your socks regularly
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes, and never go barefoot
  • Cut your toenails straight across and avoid jagged or crooked edges to prevent ingrown toenails
  • Never apply lotion between the toes
  • Discuss any symptoms or concerns with your podiatrist

Keeping your blood sugar in check and managing your general health is also key in preventing diabetic foot problems and complications. If you have any concerns or notice even a small problem like a callous or small cut, do not try to treat it yourself, and schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as promptly as possible.


Find a Podiatrist in Orlando, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, FL

For more information about how to care for your feet if you have diabetes, or for other podiatry problems and concerns, contact Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando by calling 407-365-9511 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mason or Dr. Hancock today.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
April 04, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Bunions, an often painful foot deformity, generally grow so slowly over a long period of time that you may not even notice one's presence Bunionsuntil it has reached its more advanced stages. However, learning to spot a bunion in its early phases can help you get the treatment you need to avoid bunion-related symptoms and, in some cases, even slow or stop the growth of the bunion altogether. Find out more about bunion treatment by reading below, and for personal treatment, contact Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Orlando with locations in Lake Mary, FL; Oviedo, FL; Orlando, FL; and Downtown Orlando, FL.

What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bony growth toward the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe. The bunion’s severity advances slowly, usually over the course of several years. The growth is often attributed to wearing too-tight, high-heeled, too-narrow, or otherwise ill-fitting shoes. Genetics can also add to the likelihood of developing a bunion. Though more common in women, bunions can occur in both sexes.

Do I have a bunion?
Doctors can often diagnose a bunion based on a visual examination alone since their symptoms are usually outwardly obvious. However, there are a few other signs of a bunion that may be less obvious:

  • Lump at the base of the big toe
  • Pain in the area of the bunion
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Friction from wearing shoes
  • Toes which overlap
  • Corns or calluses

Bunion Treatments in Lake Mary, FL; Oviedo, FL; Orlando, FL; and Downtown Orlando, FL
If you think you have a bunion, a consultation with your podiatrist can help you ensure that you receive the treatment you need. In some cases, an early-stage bunion may only require simple lifestyle changes, such as changing the type of shoes you wear, to slow or even stop its growth. However, more severe cases may require that patients undergo a surgery called bunionectomy to remove the growth and, if necessary, realign the toes.

For more information on bunions, please dial 407-365-9511 to contact Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Orlando with locations in Lake Mary, FL; Oviedo, FL; Orlando, FL; and Downtown Orlando, FL. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mason today!

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
January 17, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Tinea pedis is a fungus that infects any part of the body. When the foot is infected, it's called athlete's foot. There are several precautions to take, according to your Orlando and Oviedo, FL, foot doctors, Dr. Timothy Mason and Jason Hancock, help prevent or manage this podiatry condition.

More On Athlete's Foot:

Athlete's foot is mostly associated with athletes, but this fungus can infect anyone. The fungus thrives in dark, moist, warm environments, such as a shoe, which is why they usually attack feet.

Symptoms of athlete's foot include:

  • Scaly rash
  • Itching
  • Stinging and burning sensation
  • Raw, moist skin between toes

Foot Care in Orlando and Oviedo:

Fungus grows in moist places, like showers, swimming pools, and locker rooms, and common during warm weather.

There are several preventative measures to take:

  1. You should wear shower shoes, flip-flops, or sandals when near pools, in gyms, or public showers and locker room areas.
  2. Keep your feet clean and dry. The fungus thrives when your feet are wet and when you're wearing tight-fitted shoes. This is especially a problem when it's hot outside and your feet sweat profusely.
  3. Don't walk around barefoot in hotel rooms since foot fungus may be on the floor.
  4. Change your socks when they get wet, instead of waiting for them to dry while on your feet.
  5. Make sure you wash your feet every day with soap and water, then completely dry them.
  6. Don't wear the same shoes every day. Give your shoes a chance to air out and dry before wearing them again.
  7. Don't share towels, linens, or shoes with someone who has athlete's foot. It usually spreads through skin-to-skin contact and touching a contaminated surface like a blanket or doorknob.
  8. Avoid synthetic socks. Wearing socks made from natural fabrics, or fabrics that quickly dry and/or wick moisture to help keep your feet dry.

Athlete's foot shouldn't be a serious problem, but if it takes too long to heal, you need to speak to your foot doctor. If you have any podiatry questions or concerns about athlete's foot, call your Orlando and Oviedo, FL, foot doctor at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando today!

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