Posts for category: Foot Condition

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
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.