By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
October 24, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

Find out more about this foot condition and how it could negatively impact the health of your feet.hammertoes

Have years of shoving your feet into high heels and tightly fitted shoes started to cause you some discomfort? If so, then you may have recently examined your feet and noticed that your toes are more curled and bent than they used to be years ago. If you’ve noticed this problem in your own feet, our Oviedo and Orlando, FL, podiatrists, Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock, are here to help you determine whether this issue could be due to a deformity known as hammertoes.

What are hammertoes?

Your feet are made up of a variety of tendons, muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues. If there is an imbalance in your feet then one tendon may end up being overworked more than others. An overstretched or overworked tendon can easily lead to a hammertoe, in which one or more toes bend downward at the middle joint.

What causes hammertoes to form?

As we just mentioned briefly, overworked tendons can cause the toes to curl downward; however, this usually starts because the muscles of the feet are weak, which affects the health and function of the tendons, resulting in a hammertoe.

Hammertoes are often heredity, so if you have any immediate members of your family who have this problem then you may be more likely to develop this issue in the future.

Hammertoes are also more likely to form if you have arthritis, have had a foot injury in the past or if you often wear shoes that are too tight and put pressure on the toes.

How do I know that I have one?

Take a second to examine the look and shape of your toes. Toes should naturally be straight; however, if you notice that your toes curl downward then you may have the beginning stages of a hammertoe. Not all hammertoes will cause pain or discomfort. If you have the ability to straighten out the curled toe or toes then your hammertoe is still flexible. Of course, if you are unable to straighten out the affected toes then the hammertoe may already be rigid.

How are hammertoes treated?

The treatment our Oviedo and Orlando foot doctors provide you will depend on the extent of your condition and the symptoms you are experiencing. Most of the time a flexible hammertoe can be managed through simple conservative measures. Of course, if you have a rigid hammertoe, the only way to repair it will be with surgery.

Don’t just ignore symptoms of a hammertoe. Get the diagnosis and treatment plan from our Oviedo and Orlando, FL, foot care experts that you need to prevent the issue from getting worse. Call Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando today to schedule an evaluation.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
August 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Bunions are bone deformities that are caused by the enlargement of the joint at both the base and the side of the big toe. They form when bunionsthe toe itself moves out of place. The enlargement causes pressure and friction as they rub against your footwear; the movement of the big toe angles toward the other toes. Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock can treat a bunion in Orlando, Florida, in a variety of ways.

About Bunions

Those with bunions suffer from pain and discomfort because of the constant rubbing, irritation, and friction. The skin over the toe on a bunion can become red and tender. Because the joint flexes with every step, the bigger that the bunion gets, the more it will hurt to walk. Over a period of time, arthritis or bursitis will set in leading to chronic pain. This makes it increasingly important to treat bunions as they develop and not letting them get so painful or uncomfortable before seeing a professional podiatrist in Orlando, Florida, for help.

One of the leading causes of bunions is wearing shoes that are too tight. Flat or pronated feet can also contribute to the development of bunions. Treatment for bunions focuses on relieving pressure and pain and to stop the growth of the enlargement. Dr. Mason and Dr. Hanckock can offer protective padding to patients in order to eliminate friction against shoes and to help reduce inflammation. Custom orthotics are also helpful in stabilizing the joint and putting it in the proper position. Splints are worn during the night help to keep the toes and joint aligned. In more severe cases, a surgery known as a bunionectomy is performed, where the bunion is removed and the toe is realigned.

To learn more about treating a bunion in Orlando, Florida, call Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando to schedule an appointment at 407-365-9511 today.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
July 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot fungus   bunions  

Don’t you want to know how to care for your feet when problems arise?foot problems

Most people don’t often stop to think about their foot health until an issue manifests that affects day-to-day activities. You may be caught off guard and not sure what to do about the problems you are facing. This is where our Orlando and Oviedo, FL, podiatrists Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock come in. We often hear a lot of the same questions from our clients, and so we want to answer some of the questions to help you decide the best approach to take for your foot health.

Q. Do I need bunion surgery?

A. Whether you need bunion surgery or not will really depend on your symptoms and how much your bunion pain affects your day-to-day life. If you are in severe pain that can’t seem to be managed through more conservative treatment options or if your quality of life has greatly diminished because of your bunion problems, then surgery may finally be able to provide the relief you need. Our Orlando and Oviedo foot doctors will be able to determine whether surgery is the best option for you.

Q. How do I pick the proper footwear?

A. The shoes you wear are important for stabilizing and supporting the feet but also preventing issues such as bunions, hammertoes and heel pain. Avoid high heels and shoes with pointed toes, as they can bunch up your toes and lead to pain, swelling and a host of other structural issues down the road.

You’ll also want to choose the proper shoes for the job. For example, if you play sports you’ll want to find sneakers that offer both your feet and ankles the cushioning and shock absorption you need to prevent pain and other sports-related injuries.

Q. Is shockwave therapy right for me?

A. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a great treatment option for those dealing with chronic forms of Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. These shockwaves are able to stimulate the body’s natural healing process while also improving blood flow and allowing more nutrients into these areas to speed up healing and to reduce your symptoms. If you have been dealing with chronic heel pain and at-home treatment isn’t cutting it, then it might be time to talk to us about whether ESWT is right for you.

Q. How do I prevent toenail fungal infections?

A. Being smart about your foot hygiene is the best way to ward off a fungal infection. If someone in your household has a fungal infection, make sure to never share shoes, towels or socks with the infected person. Avoid wearing the same shoes twice and apply an anti-fungal powder to your shoes prior to putting them on, particularly if you have sweaty feet. Also, wear protective footwear whenever you are in communal environments like your gym’s shower room or lockers.

Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando and Oviedo, FL, have two convenient locations to serve you better. Whether you want to find out different treatment options for managing your bunions or you want to learn more about the other services we offer, don’t hesitate to call us anytime.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
May 31, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Could that pain in your ankle be a sprain? Dr. Timothy Mason of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Oviedo and Orlando, FL, shares ankle sprainsigns and symptoms of ankle sprains and explains what you can do to ease your pain.

Sprained ankle signs and symptoms

You may have a sprained ankle if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Pain: Depending on the severity of a sprain, pain may be constant or intermittent and will probably become worse when you attempt to stand or walk. You may also experience pain if you simply press on your ankle.
  • Difficulty Moving Your Ankle: Because sprains stretch or tear the ligaments that connect the bones in your joint, it's not surprising that you may notice decreased range of motion after an ankle sprain. If the sprain is severe, you may not be able to walk easily.
  • Swelling and Bruising: Swelling can occur fairly soon after you hurt your ankle. You may also notice bruising.
  • Popping: At the moment you experience your ankle injury, you may hear a popping or snapping sound.

Sprained ankle treatment

Resting your ankle is one of the most important and easiest things you can do to promote healing. Avoid unnecessary walking for at least the first few days after your injury. Keep your ankle elevated at home and at work, if possible. Reduce swelling and pain by applying ice to your ankle four times per day for no longer than 15 or 20 minutes at a time. Wrapping your ankle with a compression bandage will also reduce swelling. In many cases, you're ankle will feel much better in a week or two.

If you have severe pain, or you continue to experience pain or difficulty walking after caring for your ankle at home, it's a good idea to make an appointment at our Orlando or Oviedo offices. Depending on the extent of your sprain, you may benefit from a boot or brace and crutches. Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around your ankle may also be helpful. If your ankle has become unstable, you may need surgery.

Not sure if your pain is caused by a sprain or other condition? Call Dr. Mason of Foot & Ankle Specialists at (407) 365-9511 to make an appointment in the Orlando or Oviedo offices.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
March 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: proper foot care  

What your podiatrist in Orlando and Oviedo wants you to knowfoot care

Your feet carry you through the activities of your life, and they will benefit from some extra care. Fortunately, proper care of your feet takes only minutes each day, but they are minutes well spent. Dr. Timothy Mason at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando wants to share the facts about how to care for your feet. He has offices in Orlando and Oviedo, FL to serve you.

If you are lucky enough to have healthy feet, and you don’t suffer from a medical condition like diabetes, foot care can be simple. Remember these simple tips:

  • Wash and dry your feet thoroughly each day.
  • Moisturize your feet with cream or lotion each day.
  • Keep your toenails short, trimmed straight across.
  • Check your feet regularly using a hand mirror.

Some common problems you might notice when you examine your feet are:

  • Thick, crumbly nails (nail fungus)
  • Unhealed cuts or cracks (infection)
  • Peeling, scaling skin (Athlete’s foot)
  • Corns, calluses, bunions, or other growths

If you suffer from a condition like diabetes, you need to spend extra time caring for your feet. In addition to the steps listed above, you need to look for any indications of a diabetic ulcer, an open lesion that doesn’t heal. Diabetic neuropathy is another condition that can affect your feet, resulting in burning pain. It’s best to visit Dr. Mason if you suffer foot problems from diabetes.

Don’t forget to protect your feet by wearing comfortable, supportive shoes with plenty of toe room. Avoid going barefoot because you may injure your feet.

In the summer, apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 15, and don’t forget the tops of your feet and toes.

Proper care of your feet includes a regular visit to your podiatrist, especially if you suffer from diabetic foot problems. For more information about proper foot care call Dr. Timothy Mason at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando with offices in Orlando and Oviedo, FL. Take care of your feet so your feet can take care of you. Call today!

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