Posts for category: Podiatry

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.