By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
March 26, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Does bunion pain keep you off your feet much more often than you'd like? Orlando, FL, podiatrists Drs. Timothy Mason and Jason bunionsHancock explain what you can do to ease your painful symptoms.

Buy new shoes

Bunions form due to a misalignment or imbalance in the bones of your foot. Although wearing high-heeled or tight shoes may not cause bunions, these shoes increase pressure on your foot and make it more likely that you'll develop a bunion. Wearing roomier shoes reduces pressure and helps prevent your bunion from worsening.

Pad your bunion

Even the roomiest shoes can aggravate your bunion to some degree. Applying adhesive pads to the base of your big toe can help.

Stay off your feet

Standing or walking for long periods of time can worsen your bunion pain. Reducing the time you spend on your feet can be helpful, but it's not always practical. If your job requires standing, or your bunion prevents you from participating in sports or activities, it may be time to visit a podiatrist.

Talk to a foot doctor

No matter how carefully you care for your feet at home, your bunion won't go away. Fortunately, treatments offered in our Orlando or Oviedo office can slow the progression of bunions or eliminate your bunion with surgery.

Both night splints and orthotics will help improve the alignment of your foot, reducing pain. Orthotics are custom-designed shoe inserts that reposition your foot in your shoes, reducing pain. When your foot pain affects the quality of your life, corticosteroid injections may offer a more effective pain relief option than over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. For persistent bunion issues, surgery may be used to treat the bunion. During the procedure, the bone and ligaments may be repositioned or the entire joint may be fused.

Bunion treatment offers an effective way to relieve your pain. Call podiatrists Drs. Timothy Mason and Jason Hancock at (407) 365-9511 to make an appointment for the Oviedo, FL, office or the Lake Underhill Road or South Orange Avenue offices in Orlando, FL.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
January 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

What your podiatrists in Orlando, Florida want you to knowingrown toenail

Ingrown toenails are common, and they are also annoying. They can be painful, making it difficult to wear shoes and walk around. The good news is there are some ways to prevent ingrown toenails, and if you do get an ingrown toenail, there are some simple home remedies you can try to heal your ingrown toenail. Drs. Timothy Mason and Jason Hancock at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando, Florida want to share some things you should know about ingrown toenails.

You may be more prone to developing an ingrown toenail if you:

  • Have toenails that curve down
  • Cut your toenails too short
  • Suffer a toe injury
  • Have abnormal foot structure
  • Develop fungal infections under your toenails
  • Routinely wear shoes that are too narrow

You can do a lot to prevent ingrown toenails by remembering to always cut your toenails straight across. Don’t round the corners because this can make the toenail grow downward into the skin of your toe. Avoid cutting your toenails too short, and always wear comfortable, wide shoes that don’t cramp your toes.

So how do you know if you have an ingrown toenail? Typically ingrown toenails are painful. You may notice increasing pressure and throbbing pain under your toenail. Your toe may look swollen, dark, and red, often with pus or other drainage coming from underneath the nail.

If you do get an ingrown toenail, you can get relief by following a few simple home remedies like these:

  • Soak your toe in warm water
  • Place dental floss under your toenail to push the nail back up
  • Apply antibiotic cream around your toenail
  • Bandage your toenail to provide support
  • Wear sandals or other open-toe shoes to help your toe heal

For stubborn ingrown toenails that don’t respond to home treatment, your podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando have several options they can recommend including:

  • Trimming or shaving your toenail to reduce pressure
  • Lifting the toenail to allow it to grow normally
  • Removing the toenail to allow a healthy nail to grow

You don’t have to let an ingrown toenail disrupt your life. Get some relief by calling Drs. Timothy Mason and Jason Hancock at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando, Florida today!

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.





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