FAQ's

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

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  • Do You Have Evening Hours?

    evening and weekend appointments available

    Yes! We offer convenient evening and weekend hours at both of our office locations. We have appointments available as late as 8pm during the week and Saturday appointments. We understand it can be difficult to maintain doctor appointments when you work during regular daytime hours or you have to tend to children. We offer these appointments as a service to our patients so they don't have to be inconvenienced due to limited office hours.

    Also, we offer 24/7 emergency appointments. We always have a doctor on call who will meet you in our office, day or night, so you don't have to wait in the emergency room. 

    Stop putting off your foot pain or concerns, it won't "just go away". Call our office and make an appointment at your convenience!

  • How to Prevent From Getting a Foot Ulcer?

    Foot ulcers are common among diabetics. However, they can be extremely dangerous to diabetics if they are not treated immediately. There are ways you can prevent a foot ulcer. First, you need to maintain proper hygiene. Make sure to wash and inspect your feet daily. If you cannot see the bottom of your feet, either use a mirror or have someone help you. An important factor is to check you feet for calluses. Calluses can easily lead to ulcers. Also, make sure you trim your nails or have a podiatrist routinely cut your nails. In addition, wear supportive, diabetic approved shoes in order to prevent cuts from seam lines and provide extra room. Most importantly, you need to see a podiatrist regularly to have your feet checked!

  • What Causes a Bone Spur?

    A bone spur is the result of your body trying to repair itself, it's a defense mechanism. A bone spur develops when the body is trying to an injury by building up calcium deposits. A main cause of a bone spur is osteoarthritis. Another causing factor are activities that add extra stress to the feet. Bone spurs are common in athletes and dancers. In addition, plantar fasciitis can cause bone spurs when the foot tries to repair itself from the extra strain. Wearing shoes that are too tight can also result in bone spurs.

    Treatment options generally start conservatively. Proper shoes, orthotics or shoes inserts, and stretching exercises are the best way to start treating a bone spur. In extreme cases, surgery may be needed.

  • How Can I Relieve My Heel Pain Now?

    If you are suffering from heel pain and are searching for an immediate relief, we can help! There are a few treatment options that can help end your heel pain instantly. For many a steroid injection, Cortisone injection, can give patients immediate pain relief from heel pain. The injection delivers a numbing agent that provides long term pain relief.

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    In addition, simple stretching exercises may be able to end your pain immediately. Although you will receive the best results after continuous  practice of the stretching exercises, starting a routine may be able to give you instant, temporary relief.

    Cryotherapy and laser therapy are also great treatments that can provide immediate pain relief from heel pain. They are boh painless and can be done right in our office. The effects of these treatments are long lasting. Laser therapy is non invasive, does not require any needles, and is completely painless. Cryotherapy is also painless.

    At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, we understand that heel pain can be just that painful! It can also interfere with your lifestyle. People who work on their feet, servers, airline attendants, teachers and many more suffer everyday from their heel pain. Getting treated can be easy, painless, and effective at ending your heel pain and keeping you on your feet!

    Call our office to get your immediate relief!

     

  • How Do I Know If I Have a Twisted Ankle or Sprained Ankle?

    A twisted ankle can be caused by one little misstep. Sports, walking down steps, icy surfaces can all cause someone to take the wrong step and twist their ankle. Usually a sprained ankle can heal safely without much need for treatment other then to take it slow and apply some RICE- rest, ice, compression, elevation.

    Sprained ankles are more serious and often involves torn ligaments. A sprained ankle is caused when someone's foot is planted into the ground and their ankle rolls out. A sprained ankle very painful! The ankle will swell up and become bruised almost immediately. Often, a sprained ankle can heal with the same methods as a twisted ankle, however, in severe cases surgery may be needed.

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    As soon as you injure your foot or ankle, you need to see a doctor immediately. Getting the ankle checked out quickly will ensure the best outcome. The sooner you get it checked out, the faster you may be able to begin healing. 

  • Is There a Permanent Treatment for Flat Feet?

    There are many treatment options available for flat feet. The treatment can range from conservative options to more invasive surgical options. The best choice for you or your child would depend on what you're trying to accomplish and how much time you can take for recovery.

    Conservative treatments such as orthotics are effective, safe and begin to work immediately. They do not require any down time. However, orthotics are only effective when they are being used. This can be frustrating when you are walking barefoot or wearing shoes, like sandals or slippers, that do not accommodate orthotics. This can also be a worry for parents whose children may not always remember the orthotic.

    Other surgical options can be invasive and require weeks and weeks of down time. While surgical interventions are permanent, they of course come with risk of side effects like any other surgery.

    Another minimally invasive and permanent solution to flat feet is a procedure called HyProCure. HyProCure requires minimal down time and side effects. It is credited to being a more natural surgical treatment for flat feet. The procedure only takes about 30 minutes.

    Talk to your doctor to determine which treatment option is the best for you or your child based on lifestyle.

  • What are Lynco Shoe Inserts?

    There are two types of orthotics- custom and prefabricated or over the counter. Both are designed to support the foot and correct any biomechanical problems. However, the difference between custom and prefabricated is that the Lynco orthotics come based on shoe sizes while custom orthotics are molded to fit your specific foot.

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    To get the most from your orthotics, we recommend getting custom orthotics because they are specifically made for your individual foot and not just your foot type. However, Lyncos can provide some great relief, as well. Lyncos are recommended as a back up insert to custom orthotics.

    Furthermore, prefabricated inserts can be a good option when you are in between sizes. If you are pregnant, for example, Lyncos inserts can be used while your foot is larger than normal and a custom made orthotic can be made once you have the baby.

    While custom orthotics are typically the best option, there is a place for over the counter, prefabricated inserts, as well. Talk to your doctor about your specific needs and uses to make the best decision based on your needs.

  • How Do I Know If My Child's Shoes Fit?

    There are some easy ways to make sure your child's shoe is fitting properly. For starters, your child should be absolutely comfortable in the shoe. Your child should play, run and jump as they normally would. The first sign of a shoe that doesn't fit properly is when your child begins sitting out of activities they love or requests to be held or carried. Your child should be walking and playing normally. In addition, your child's foot should not be sliding up and down in the back of the shoe. Lastly, when you remove your child's shoe at the end of the day, you shouldn't notice any red marks, blisters, or tender spots.

    These are some simple ways to notice quickly if your child's shoe doesn't fit. You should always have your child's foot measured by a professional. A shoe store that specializes in children's shoes or a Certified Pedorthist are your best choices for an accurate measure. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child that do not go away after a new, properly fitted shoe, you should bring your child in to see a podiatrist.

  • Why is My Shoe Size Bigger Now That I Had a Baby?

    It is very common for your feet to grow a whole shoe size after you have a child. During pregnancy many women experience edema, swollen feet, which can make fitting into a regular shoe quite difficult. However, once the child is born and the swelling goes down, many women notice that their feet have grown a whole shoe size.

    The cause for this comes from the hormone relaxin which the body releases while you are pregnant in preparation for child birth. The hormones main purpose is to relax the ligaments in the pelvis but it tends to relax the ligaments throughout the whole body. The ligaments in your feet will be looser and allow the bones in your foot to spread, therefore making your feet bigger.

    Some women go back to being the same size while others will go up a half or whole size forever. At least you have a great excuse to do some shoe shopping!

  • Why are My Feet Swollen While I'm Pregnant?

    Many women experience swollen feet and swollen hands during pregnancy. With all of the extra fluids circulating throughout your body to help nourish the body, some of them will begin to pool in your feet and ankles and your hands. In addition, with extra weight gain, your feet could have added some extra weight, as well.

    Usually around the 22nd week, women begin to notice that their feet and ankles have become swollen. It might be difficult to wear your normal shoes or socks. This swelling problem can also effect your hands which is why some women choose to take off their wedding rings before they are stuck on their chubby little digits. Depending on the type of day and the weather your feet might be more or less swollen.

    The swelling, in most cases, is perfectly normal and there isn't too much that can be done. Upon delivery, you should start to see the swelling subside, to much relief.

  • How Can I Increase Circulation to my Lower Legs and Feet?

    If you are dealing with circulation problems in your feet or lower legs, compression stockings can be a great aide to help increase circulation. Along with treatment, compression stockings can help your veins function normally. Compression stockings will force blood to flow back up the legs, instead of pooling around the foot and ankle. The best fit for a compression stocking is when they are tighter at the foot and ankle and gradually become less constricting up the leg. They work by constricting the diseased veins and redirecting blood flow to the healthy veins.

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    Always speak to your doctor before wearing compression stockings or compression socks to make sure they are right for you. You should, also, be fitted to ensure the best outcome and to prevent any adverse effects. If you are dealing with circulation issues, contact our office to see how compression stockings can help increase your blood flow.

     

  • What is This Pain on the Bottom of My Foot?

    If you feel a dull ache, especially when getting out of bed in the morning, or when getting up after sitting for a period of time during the day, you most likely have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar Faciitis can be caused by several reasons. Recent weight gain and increased activity level often start an episode. Even a drastic change of footwear such as going from athletics sneakers to flip flops can cause this condition. When the arch of the foot collapses or flattens, the Plantar Fascia is stretched, causing the injury where it attaches to the heel bone. Lastly, generalized increased inflammation can lead to this such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

    At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists we have several different conservative treatment options to help alleviate this pain!

  • What are the Treatment Options if I Have a Stress Fracture?

    At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists we have a variety of treatment options. The most important part of your treatment process is to rest and ice your foot. It’s very important not to place any further stress on your foot. The ice will help the inflammation and reduce the pain. Rest and icing will help improve your pain tremendously.

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    Proper fitted shoes and/ or extra padding in your shoes can help alleviate the pain. Orthotics are another treatment option. If the stress fracture is more severe, you may need a splint or cast. However, at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists it is our priority to get you back on your feet and retuning to your daily activities as quick as possible.

    Call our office today to see which treatment option is best for you! 

  • What is This Pain on the Top of My Foot?

    One of the most common causes of pain on the top of your foot without any specific injury is a stress fracture. A stress fracture is an incomplete crack in one of your bones caused by overuse. For example, running, kicking, and jumping can cause this sudden condition. The top of your foot may be tender to touch and swollen. Due to the pain and swelling, your daily activities may be reduced and even make you feel uncomfortable to wear your shoes.

    If untreated, this will only cause the stress fracture to become a more serious problem, leading to chronic foot pain. Stress fractures are already extremely painful which is why it’s important to see a podiatrist right way. At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, we have several different treatment options for you.

    Call our office today if you think you may have a stress fracture!

  • Why Does My Foot Keep Falling Asleep?

    If you are experiencing the “pins and needles, tingling” sensation there are many reasons why this happens. Some causes are sitting in the same position for long periods of time, wearing shoes that are too tight, and sitting in way that restricts blood flow to the lower limbs. Often times, this happens when you are cross-legged.

    At Family Foot & Ankle Specilists we have a certified pedorthist to make sure your shoes fit you properly and aren’t too tight! If this type of sensation happens frequently and doesn’t go away as easily, you may be experiencing a more serious condition such as diabetic neuropathy.

    Call our office to see one of our podiatrists today!

  • What Can I Do at Home to Treat My Bunion?

    The shoes you wear are very important! Pointed toe shoes will apply pressure to the bunion which will worsen the pain.   If you are in the early stages of Hallux Valgus ( bunion), converting from a pointed toe shoe to a wider box toe shoe may arrest the progression of the deformity.  Our shoe expert will help you still wear stylish shoes that are comfortable and fitting for your feet! At our office, we offer bunion pads which will help alleviate the pain by reducing the pressure and rubbing from the shoe. Another option you can use at home is toe spacers.  The toe spacers will attempt to splint the big toe and reverse the deforming forces.

  • How do I know if I have Nail Fungus?

    Nail fungus is an unsightly appearance. The nail will be thickened and discolored, usually a yellow or green, even black color. If the infection worsens, white or yellow patches may appear in the nail bed.  You may notice that the nail will become soft and crumble causing some of the nail to fall off. The nail will be brittle. If you are diabetic or have poor circulation and HIV, you are more susceptible to this infection and re-infection. At our office, we offer the laser and keryflex treatment. This simple treatment doesn’t involve any needles, knives, or cuts and leave you walking out of our office in 15 minutes with a beautiful and healthy nail. Nail fungus is embarrassing so come to our office to find out more about this treatment plan!  nail fungus

     

  • Can Nail Fungus Become Painful?

    Although nail fungus usually isn’t painful and is just an unsightly infection, it can become more painful in time. As the nail becomes thicker and deformed it may begin to grow at an angle and become an ingrown nail. This type of pain can become aggravated from the shoes you wear and an inflammation can develop. Standing or walking for long periods of time can become uncomfortable even without inflammation. Before your day to day activities are reduced, we recommend our Laser and Keryflex treatment which only takes 15 minutes to have a beautiful and healthy looking nail. The Laser and Keryflex treatment requires no cuts, needles, or knives.

    Call our office today to find out more information about the laser and keryflex treatment!

  • What are Some Warning Signs to Look for if My Child has Misaligned Feet?

    If your child has misaligned feet, there are many signs as a parent you will notice.

    • Your child has fallen arches, or flat feet which doesn’t have the typical arch.
    • He/she may resist or avoid normal physical activities, runs significantly slower and/or is less coordinated than other children.
    • They may want to be held and carried longer and more often. 
    • If their shoe laces come untied more than normal this is due to the foot rolling inward into the ankle. 
    • At bed time, your child may experience growing pains and/or wakes up shortly after falling asleep from pain in their legs.
    • Lastly, if you see a lot of your kids’ toes when viewing him/her from behind this is another warning sign.

  • What Causes Nail Fungus?

    There are many causes for nail fungus. Dermatophytes is a type of fungus that can grown on the skin, hair, and nails. The most common dermatophyte is athlete’s foot, which infects the toenails. You can get infected by anything you come in contact with that has dermatophytes on them. For example, if you’re going to the nail salon make sure everything is sterilized because if not this can cause nail fungus. Also, the shoes you wear are swimming with fungi. Fungi thrive in warm, dark, moist environments. We need to be aware that nail fungus can spread quickly. Therefore, if untreated, other nails will be infected too. At our office we offer a laser and keryflex treatment which only takes 15 minutes to get a beautiful and healthy nail! nail fungus cover up