FAQ's

We will help you understand all about proper foot care, treatment options, and different foot problems.

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  • What is the Difference with a Medically Safe Spa?

    Yes, our spa is specifically designed to be the safest spa experience possible.  First, we sterilize all of our instruments in an autoclave, the same machine surgeons use to clean their tools before an operation.  In addition, our salon chair was designed to be sterile and clean.  Bacteria and other nasty organisms cannot live on our chair as they do in most other salons.  Finally, we are attached and monitored by a doctor's office, there is no skipping steps on cleanliness or re-using of intruments on different people.  We strive to provide you with the safest and cleanest spa experience.

  • Is the Laser Therapy FDA Approved and Safe?

    Yes, the laser therapy has been used in Europe for over 30 years and has been reviewed and accepted by the FDA in the USA.  Our laser therapy is safe to use on most people, excluding a small handful such as pregnant women and those with serious infections on the foot.  The laser therapy was designed to treat and help alleviate pain.

  • Can I Get Free Copies of the Books the Doctors of Family Foot & Ankle Have Written?

    Of course, we always offer our friends in the community free copies of all three of the books they have written.  

         * The Truth About Diabetes and Your Feet
         * Stop Foot Pain Fast
         * You Do Not Have To Suffer With Heel Pain

    You are always welcome to copies of these books at absolutely no cost to you.

     Please click here to receive your free copy.

  • Will Keryflex cure my nail fungus?

    Keryflex is a cosmetic procedure to limit embarrassment of affected toenails.   This topical treatment lasts only 15 minutes in the office and supplies NO PAIN.   It is simply applied to the affected nails, those who are discolored, brittle, chipped, or peeling, and covers the unsightliness of the nail.   The treated nail acts as a normal nail in that you can cut, file, even apply nail polish.  

    This new technology allows people to enjoy their lives without having to worry about the appearance of an "ugly" nail.  This treatment can be used for summer months of sandals and open-toe shoes, for weddings, vacations, or any other time you would like to be free of embarrassment.

    It maintains the appearance of the nail while it helps to move the fungus off of the nail. It also helps to keep the fungus contained and limits spreading of the fungus onto the skin around the nail as well as other nails. Your doctor will prescribe safe topical medications to treat the fungus as well as use the Keryflex to keep your nails looking beautiful.

  • How Can I Protect Myself While Getting a Pedicure?

    While we do not recommend getting a pedicure at a public nail facility, there are precautions you can take if you do choose to go. First, bring your own instruments. You do not want someone elses bacteria contaminating your feet.   If they use the same nail file on your feet as someone else, you are at risk for infection. Also, never, never let them cut or scrape your feet with sharp objects. There are places that still use razors to cut off dead skin on your feet, although illegal some states. This is the easiest way to get yourself a life threatening disease. Staphylococcus, more commonly known as Staph infection, can be deadly. To learn more about safe pedicures click here.

  • Is Cryosurgery Painful?

    Cryosurgery is nearly painless!There are many advantages to Cryosurgery on foot pain. First, it is nearly painless, the doctor will numb the area with a local anesthetic before the tiny incision is made. The procedure is so quick and easy patients are able to walk on their feet the day is is performed. Second, it provides long lasting pain relief.

    Cryosurgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is done in the office to help relive patients of the pain they are experiencing. It is very helpful in neuromas, plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, and especially heel pain. The procedure is done under local anesthesia while the doctor cuts a tiny incision in the area. The freezing from the Crosurgery provides a much deeper pain relief than a simple cooling. This type of procedure has been used for centuries because of its great results. The vasoconstriction of blood vessels reduces inflammation, just as holding ice to a painful area would.  The cryosurgery offers long lasting relief. 

  • How Long After Cryosurgery Can I Walk?

    Most of our patients end up walking right out the door without any crutch or support; that's just how simple the procedure is.  We do recommend that if it's your right foot being treated, that you have another adult accompany you to your appointment because your foot may be numb. You will not be in pain, but for safety reasons we suggest that you do not drive until your foot has regained full feeling. To read more on Cryosurgery click here.

  • When should I call a doctor?

    When To Call a Doctor
     

    • You have persistent pain in your feet or ankles.
       
    • You have noticeable change to your nails or skin.
       
    • Your feet are severely cracking, scaling, or peeling.
       
    • There are blisters on your feet.
       
    • There are signs of bacterial infection, including:
       
      • Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.
         
      • Red streaks extending from the affected area.
         
      • Discharge of pus.
         
      • Fever of 100°F(37.78°C) or higher with no other cause.
         
      • Symptoms that do not improve after two weeks of treatment with a non-prescription product.
         
      • Spreading of the infection to other areas, such as the nail bed, or skin under the nail, the nail itself, or the surrounding skin.
         
    • Your toenail is getting thicker and causing you discomfort.
       
    • You have heel pain accompanied by a fever, redness (sometimes warmth) or numbness or tingling in your heel, or persistent pain without putting any weight or pressure on your heel, or the pain is not alleviated by ice, aspirin, (or ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
       
    • You have diabetes or certain diseases associated with poor circulation and you develop athlete's foot. People with diabetes are at increased risk for a severe bacterial infection of the foot and leg if they have athlete's foot.

  • What is a Podiatrist?

    A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, including, but not limited to sprains and fractures, bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel.. In addition to undergraduate medical school training, podiatrists also attend graduate school for a doctorate degree in podiatry. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams, as well as be licensed by the state in which they practice.
     

    • Many podiatrists are surgeons and are skilled and experienced to surgically correct the foot or ankle.
    • Podiatrists can treat children, adults, seniors, athletes and anyone else with feet and ankles.
    • Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and lab tests.
    • Prescribes or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
    • Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.

    To learn more about our Podiatrists and what they have to offer click here.