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!

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
November 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care

The Arthritis Foundation reports that millions of Americans suffer from arthritis in their feet and ankles, a condition that causes substantial pain and limited mobility. However, this inflammatory condition is not the only source of foot and ankle pain. Your Foot and Ankle Specialists of Orlando, Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock, expertly diagnose and treat the numerous podiatric conditions which cause lower extremity pain.

Why feet and ankles hurt

Some podiatric problems develop over time (simple aging is the cause), find their origin in systemic diseases such as diabetes, or just may be acute in nature (a laceration, sprain, or fracture for examples). Whatever the cause, Dr. Mason, Dr. Hancock, and their professional team will treat your foot and ankle pain with compassion in their Orlando office.

Common causes of foot and ankle pain include:

  • Metatarsalgia, a painful thickening of the bones and connective tissue in the ball of the foot
  • Bunions, a deformity of the metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe
  • Plantar fasciitis, overstretching of the bond of connective tissue in the arch of the foot
  • Bone spurs (heel)
  • Corns and calluses
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Gait issues (overpronation as an example)
  • Ankle sprain (the number one cause of ankle pain)
  • Achilles tendinitis, inflammation of the large tendon connecting the heel and the calf muscle
  • Hammertoes, a deformity of the second, third and fourth toes
  • Stress fractures and acute fractures

People of all ages and walks of life suffer from foot and ankle pain. However, the American Podiatric Medical Association does indicate that women are prone to more these problems likely because of their narrow, high-heeled shoes.

Sensible interventions

What can you do for your painful feet and ankles? Call Foot and Ankle Specialists of Orlando—your podiatrist will examine your feet, look at how you  walk,  and take digital X-rays of the problem areas. Commonly, an individualized care plan, consisting of a variety of less invasive interventions, helps correct foot and ankle disorders without surgery.

Common recommendations include:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation
  • Change in footwear (low heels and good support)
  • Customized shoe inserts
  • Cortisone injections
  • Over-the-counter analgesics
  • Shoe padding
  • Bracing
  • In-office corn and callus removal

Find out more

Take your hurting feet and ankles to Dr. Mason and Dr. Hancock at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Orlando. We have four locations to serve you and look forward to helping you feel better fast. Call (407) 365-9511 for an appointment.

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