Posts for tag: bunions

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
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

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
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
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.