By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
March 25, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: foot pain  

Podiatrists or foot doctors help with all kinds of issues that negatively impact the lower legs and feet and result in foot pain and related symptoms. They can perform surgery, prescribe appropriate medications, order tests, and reset fractured bones. They can likewise treat injuries and complications from chronic health conditions such as diabetes.

Here at the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, our podiatry specialists, Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock, can diagnose and treat a wide variety of foot problems when you come in for an appointment. With convenient locations in Orlando, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, FL, read on to learn how we can help you.

Common Conditions Treated by Podiatrists

To understand how podiatrists can treat foot pain and related symptoms, below are some common foot-related problems that they can treat:

  • Nail Disorders: These are nail issues such as infections due to ingrown toenails, fungus, or bacteria.
  • Heel Pain: The most common causes of pain the heel include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and Achilles tendinitis. Shoes that lack adequate support and sports are typically to blame for these conditions. Treatment includes home remedies, wearing orthotic devices, and pain medications. Some individuals, however, may require surgery.
  • Hammertoes and Bunions: Hammertoes are toes that don’t bend the proper way, while bunions develop when the big toe joint’s base portion is out of place.
  • Sprains and Fractures: Podiatrists usually treat sprains and fractures when they occur in the ankle or foot. They also conduct sports medicine procedures to treat foot issues of athletes and help them prevent these injuries.
  • Arthritis: This condition is caused by wear and tear, swelling, and inflammation of the joints. Your podiatrist can suggest appropriate treatments including physical therapy, orthotics, or medications to manage your arthritis. Surgery may be recommended for more severe cases.
  • Diabetes: This chronic condition could damage certain nerves in the legs and feet, and make it difficult for your feet to receive sufficient blood and oxygen. That being said, diabetes could result in very severe complications. Going regularly to your podiatrist, even for minor things like calluses or sores, will help prevent potential complications.

Want to Learn More About Our Podiatry Services?

Schedule your consultation with either one of our podiatrists, Dr. Timothy Mason or Dr. Jason Hancock, here at the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando. You can reach our offices in Orlando, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, FL, by dialing (407) 365-9511.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
March 05, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunions  

How your podiatrists can help you deal with a bunion.

 

Bunions aren’t just annoying; they are also painful. If you are dealing with a bunion, you need to know the facts. Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando offer several effective treatments for bunion pain. They have four convenient office locations in Orlando, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, Florida to help you and your feet.

These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about bunions:

How do I know if I have a bunion?

You will see a large, bony bump on the side of your big toe, right at the toe joint. Large bunions are typically painful, but if you have a small bunion, you may not notice any painful symptoms.

What causes a bunion?

Bunions are frequently caused by a bone deformity in your foot and are aggravated by wearing shoes that are too narrow and crush your toes. As your toes are bunched together, your big toe joint juts outward and begins rubbing against the inside of your shoe. The chronic irritation causes inflammation and eventually, a bunion will form.

Is there anything I can do to prevent a bunion?

You can do a lot to prevent bunions by always wearing comfortable, supportive shoes with plenty of room for your toes.

Can I treat my bunion myself?

If you have a small bunion, you can try wearing inserts or taping the bunion for added support.

How can a podiatrist treat my bunion?

For large, painful bunions, your podiatrist may remove any corns or calluses to reduce friction on the bunion. Your podiatrist may also recommend wearing custom-fit orthotics, splints, or other devices to cushion the bunion and help realign your toe and foot. Physical therapy and stretches are also helpful to maintain mobility.

Will I need bunion surgery?

Your podiatrist will discuss surgical options with you, after fully examining your foot, including taking x-rays to determine the level of bone involvement. Surgery is often indicated for large bunions with significant bone involvement. During surgery, the bunion is removed and your toe is realigned.

To find out more about prevention, causes, and treatment of bunions, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando, Florida. Call today and get help for foot pain.

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.





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