Posts for category: Foot Care

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.

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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.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
September 17, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

What your podiatrists in Orlando, Florida want you to know

Foot BunionIf you are dealing with bunions, it’s hard to know what to do. You may be having trouble putting on your shoes. Standing and walking may be very painful. The truth is bunion pain can impact your life. Fortunately, there are some things you can do at home to ease bunion pain, and there are services your podiatrist can provide to help you get rid of bunions for good.

Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando want to share the facts about how to deal with bunions. They have four convenient office locations in Orlando, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, Florida to help you.

Bunions look like a large, bony bump next to your big toe. They can rub against the inside of your shoe, causing intense pain when you walk or stand. Bunions can be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow, crushing the toes together. High heels add to the problem which is why bunions are more common in women.

For small bunions, you can try a simple home remedy. Consider:

  • Changing to wide shoes with plenty of toe room
  • Using padding, inserts, or cushions inside your shoes
  • Taping the bunion for added support and cushion

For larger bunions, you should seek out the services of your podiatrist because there may be bone deformity involved. At Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, they offer several effective treatments including:

  • Callus and corn removal
  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear
  • Night splints to help realign the toe joint
  • Cortisone injections around the bunion to reduce inflammation

Bunion surgery may also be indicated, especially for large bunions that are impacting your ability to walk. For more information about bunion surgery, please visit the Bunion Surgery page on the website at http://www.fasorlando.com/library/1774/BunionSurgery.html

You don’t have to let a painful bunion keep you on the couch. Relief is possible so just pick up the phone and call Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, with four convenient office locations in Orlando, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, Florida. Call today!

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
July 12, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain   ankle sprain  

Sprained AnkleHave you ever sprained your ankle? At some point in your life, you probably have because it's one of most common lower extremity injuries Americans experience. Usually mild and what doctors call "self-limiting," this overstretching of connective tissue on the outside of the ankle can be serious. Your podiatrists, Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock, at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando and Oviedo, FL, urge you to know the signs of ankle sprains and what you should do it one happens to you.

You and your ankles

You and your ankles function together every day--walking, running, exercising, going up and down stairs. Made up of the tibia, fibula and talus bones and also fibrous ligaments and tendons composed of collagen, your ankles are strong. However, like any jointed part of your body, they are subject to injury from outside stressors.

For ankles, the more injurious of stressors is sudden sideways, twisting movement. That's why so many runners, dancers, and basketball players suffer ankle sprains. However, simply walking quickly down an uneven surface, such as a lawn, or stepping off a curb can sprain an ankle.

When you sprain an ankle, your ligaments and tendons, especially those on the outer aspect of the ankle, overstretch or even tear depending on the severity of the injury. When this happens, various symptoms show up and they should not be ignored. While most sprains heal well by themselves, some lead to chronic ankle instability and immobility. Your podiatrists in Orlando and Oviedo are fully qualified ankle surgeons and can tell if your ankle needs a surgical intervention of if less invasive remedies would suffice.

Signs you sprained your ankle

American Family Physician reports that 2 million Americans sprain their ankles each year. Commonplace signs of ankle sprains include:

  • Noticeable swelling and stiffness
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Tenderness to touch

Because major ankle ligaments stabilize the foot and leg when you stand, walk, and run, any injury to them limits the range of motion in the ankle and the ability to bear weight on the affected limb.

Treating ankle sprains

After an examination and X-rays at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, Dr. Mason or Dr. Hancock will outline an at-home treatment plan to allow your ankle to fully heal over the next several weeks. It can include:

  • Over-the-counter analgesics for pain
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression with an elastic bandage
  • Elevation above the level of the heart
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Support with a walking cast and/or crutches for more severe injuries

In addition, your podiatrist will want you to strengthen your ankles with conditioning exercises. Many people sprain their ankles because they are not physically active and therefore, more prone to injury.

Contact us

If you suspect you've sprained an ankle, call Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando and Oviedo, FL, right away for advice and a same-day appointment as needed. Phone (407) 365-9511 to speak to a friendly team member.