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.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
May 24, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters  

BlisterBlisters are pockets of skin that are usually filled with a liquid, such as clear plasma or blood. They are painful, so they can quickly take over your feet and they can also take away your motivation to do your daily duties. If they aren’t treated after a while, they could even become infected. Learn how to prevent blisters and have them treated at Foot & Ankle Specialists, an Oviedo and Orlando, FL podiatry office.

What Causes Blisters?
Blisters usually appear on the feet because of tight, uncomfortable shoes and a lot of time spent on your feet. The friction moves the top layer of skin around, causing it to detach and fill with liquid. Blisters sometimes start off as calluses or corns, then continued pressure on the skin causes the raised skin to burst, swell, and become irritated. Too much moisture on the feet (common when wearing sneakers and exercising) may also promote the formation of blisters.

Preventing Blisters
Chances are, your blisters are related to some sort of continued activity, habit, or choice of footwear. If you want to prevent blisters, take these important steps to protect your feet:

- Always wear thick, comfortable socks when you wear closed-toed shoes to protect your skin from unnecessary friction.
- Keep your feet clean and dry, lightly moisturized.
- Replace high-heels and tight shoes with shoes that are roomier, flatter, and have sufficient inner padding.
- Remember to put sunscreen on the feet to avoid sunburn, another potential cause.

Blister Treatments
If you already have blisters on your feet, visit your Oviedo and Orlando, FL podiatrist for treatment. This will increase the chance of returning your feet to good health and restoring their appearance. The blisters will be drained and cleaned. If they’re related to an infection, an anti-fungal or anti-bacterial medication will be prescribed. Keep the recently treated blister wrapped in a bandage as it heals.

Happier, Blister-Free Feet
When your feet are riddled with painful blisters, it’s hard to go through your day feeling happy and positive. Get help at Foot & Ankle Specialists, an Oviedo and Orlando, FL podiatry practice headed up by Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock. Call 407-365-9511 today to schedule an appointment.

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
January 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

What your podiatrists in Orlando, Florida want you to knowingrown toenail

Ingrown toenails are common, and they are also annoying. They can be painful, making it difficult to wear shoes and walk around. The good news is there are some ways to prevent ingrown toenails, and if you do get an ingrown toenail, there are some simple home remedies you can try to heal your ingrown toenail. Drs. Timothy Mason and Jason Hancock at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando, Florida want to share some things you should know about ingrown toenails.

You may be more prone to developing an ingrown toenail if you:

  • Have toenails that curve down
  • Cut your toenails too short
  • Suffer a toe injury
  • Have abnormal foot structure
  • Develop fungal infections under your toenails
  • Routinely wear shoes that are too narrow

You can do a lot to prevent ingrown toenails by remembering to always cut your toenails straight across. Don’t round the corners because this can make the toenail grow downward into the skin of your toe. Avoid cutting your toenails too short, and always wear comfortable, wide shoes that don’t cramp your toes.

So how do you know if you have an ingrown toenail? Typically ingrown toenails are painful. You may notice increasing pressure and throbbing pain under your toenail. Your toe may look swollen, dark, and red, often with pus or other drainage coming from underneath the nail.

If you do get an ingrown toenail, you can get relief by following a few simple home remedies like these:

  • Soak your toe in warm water
  • Place dental floss under your toenail to push the nail back up
  • Apply antibiotic cream around your toenail
  • Bandage your toenail to provide support
  • Wear sandals or other open-toe shoes to help your toe heal

For stubborn ingrown toenails that don’t respond to home treatment, your podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando have several options they can recommend including:

  • Trimming or shaving your toenail to reduce pressure
  • Lifting the toenail to allow it to grow normally
  • Removing the toenail to allow a healthy nail to grow

You don’t have to let an ingrown toenail disrupt your life. Get some relief by calling Drs. Timothy Mason and Jason Hancock at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando, Florida today!

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
October 24, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

Find out more about this foot condition and how it could negatively impact the health of your feet.hammertoes

Have years of shoving your feet into high heels and tightly fitted shoes started to cause you some discomfort? If so, then you may have recently examined your feet and noticed that your toes are more curled and bent than they used to be years ago. If you’ve noticed this problem in your own feet, our Oviedo and Orlando, FL, podiatrists, Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock, are here to help you determine whether this issue could be due to a deformity known as hammertoes.

What are hammertoes?

Your feet are made up of a variety of tendons, muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues. If there is an imbalance in your feet then one tendon may end up being overworked more than others. An overstretched or overworked tendon can easily lead to a hammertoe, in which one or more toes bend downward at the middle joint.

What causes hammertoes to form?

As we just mentioned briefly, overworked tendons can cause the toes to curl downward; however, this usually starts because the muscles of the feet are weak, which affects the health and function of the tendons, resulting in a hammertoe.

Hammertoes are often heredity, so if you have any immediate members of your family who have this problem then you may be more likely to develop this issue in the future.

Hammertoes are also more likely to form if you have arthritis, have had a foot injury in the past or if you often wear shoes that are too tight and put pressure on the toes.

How do I know that I have one?

Take a second to examine the look and shape of your toes. Toes should naturally be straight; however, if you notice that your toes curl downward then you may have the beginning stages of a hammertoe. Not all hammertoes will cause pain or discomfort. If you have the ability to straighten out the curled toe or toes then your hammertoe is still flexible. Of course, if you are unable to straighten out the affected toes then the hammertoe may already be rigid.

How are hammertoes treated?

The treatment our Oviedo and Orlando foot doctors provide you will depend on the extent of your condition and the symptoms you are experiencing. Most of the time a flexible hammertoe can be managed through simple conservative measures. Of course, if you have a rigid hammertoe, the only way to repair it will be with surgery.

Don’t just ignore symptoms of a hammertoe. Get the diagnosis and treatment plan from our Oviedo and Orlando, FL, foot care experts that you need to prevent the issue from getting worse. Call Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando today to schedule an evaluation.

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