FAQ's

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

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  • What Kind of Cream Should I use for my Feet if They are Dry and Cracked?

    The Kera-42 cream is a safe, effective, medical strength, keratolytic, and moisturizing urea-based formulation used for calloused, rough, dry skin. The benefits of this cream are that it exfoliates dead skin cells while restoring moisture to the new cell layer. Since it contains tea tree oil, aloe vera, and antioxidants, it keeps your skin healthy and hydrated. You can apply this cream one or two times a day. For best results, apply directly after showering. There aren’t any risks, it absorbs quickly into your skin, has a clean scent, and you will have smooth and silky skin.

     

  • What are the Effects of Cryotherapy?

    Cryotherapy has a long lasting effect to eliminating or drastically reducing foot or heel pain without surgery. The Cryoanalgesia is a specialized technique for providing long-term pain relief for conditions such as heel pain, neuromas, Achilles tendonitis, and tarsel tunnel syndrome.  The procedure provides a freezing blast to the damaged, painful nerves so a new nerve can begin to grow. Cryotherapy has a high success rate and our patients love this treatment option. Within 15 minutes, you will no longer have any pain and can continue your day to day activities.

  • What is Sever’s disease?

    Sever’s disease is a common cause of heel pain in growing kids. It’s an inflammation of a growth plate in children. It usually affects children between the ages of 8 and 14 years old, because the heel bone (calcaneus) is not fully developed until at least age 14. This type of condition can occur in one or both feet. The heel’s growth plate is sensitive to repeated running and pounding on hard surfaces, resulting in muscle strain and inflamed tissue. Due to this sensitivity, active kids are more vulnerable to this condition. Walking typically makes the pain worse. At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists we provide the best care for your child!

  • How to Treat Arthritis in Your Feet?

    There are many ways to treat arthritis in your feet. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications are often prescribed and will help alleviate the pain as well as reduce swelling. Another conservative treatment option is to apply an ice pack or take a contrast baths (which use alternating cold and hot water to reduce inflammation). This will help reduce inflammation and control the symptoms for a short period of time.

    As for your shoes, a stiff-soled shoe with a rocker or roller bottom design will help alleviate the symptoms. This shoe supports the foot when you walk and reduces the amount of bend in the big toe.

    We also have a treatment option called Microvas, which decreases inflammation and pain. If the damage is severe, surgery may be required.

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

  • What are Signs of Arthritis in Your Feet?

    The most common form of arthritis in your foot is an unmovable big toe called Hallux Rigidus. You will feel stiffness in the big toe and an inability to bend it up or down. Some symptoms of this condition are a bump, like a bunion or callus developed on top of your foot.

    Also, you will have a pain in your joint when you are active, especially when you push-off on the toes. Walking can become painful and difficult. There will also be swelling around the joint. If you have a Charcot foot, this form of arthritis can develop suddenly and without pain.  The arch of the foot often collapses, and pressure areas develop on the bottom of the foot, leading to open sores or ulcers.

  • What is the Difference Between Using the Lamisil and Keryflex/Laser Nail Fungus?

    The lamisil has been used for years; however there are some cons to this oral medication.  There may be negative effects on your liver as well as your kidney. A frequent testing of your liver is required. Also, the lamisil is less effective and expensive. If you do not prefer to take an oral medication, this is not the best treatment option for you.

    Although, the laser/keryflex is newer treatment, it makes your toenails look better immediately. It’s topical and not harmful to your body. The laser/keryflex is affordable as well as quick and easy. This treatment option is non- invasive and is a painless procedure!

    Nail fungus can reoccur no matter which treatment option you use. As a friendly reminder, nail fungus thrives in warm, dark, moist environments such as our shoes!

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

  • What to Expect After Bunion Surgery?

    After bunion surgery, you should stay home for a few days to give yourself rest and time to elevate your foot. During these days you may experience some pain from the post op swelling. Do not be alarmed by this because swelling is necessary for healing. To experience minimal pain, ice your foot 25 minutes four to five days, keep your foot elevated, and take the prescribed anti-inflammatory pills.

    After you give yourself the appropriate amount of time, you can be on your feet again and resume your daily activities, whether it may be work, out to dinner, or to the movies. Some of our patients have returned to work within 3 days, it will depend on the severity of the problem. Each surgery case is different but every patient of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists will be treated with the best care. 

    If you have any questions about your bunion surgery, please do not hesitate to call and ask! 

  • How Do I Know if I Have a Neuroma?

    Neuromas frequently start as a numbness or tenderness in the ball of the foot. This is the area just behind the base of the toes. You will experience some pain and strange sensations such as numbness, burning and tingling in the area. The pain will almost feel like a sock is constantly bunched up in your shoe. These types of sensations can radiate out into the toes or back into the foot. 

    The area may be hot or very swollen that can disappear and reappear. At first, the pain is only present when weight bearing in tight shoes. As it gets worse, spontaneous shooting pains, often like electric shocks, can be felt even when you're off your feet. Unfortunately, this type of pain will only get worse which is why it’s important to contact a podiatrist as soon as possible.

      Call our office today if you think you may have a neuroma!

  • Can a Podiatrist Perform Surgery?

    Yes. A podiatrist is highly trained and specialized to perform foot and ankle surgeries. Podiatrists complete a four year undergraduate degree, then go on to complete a 4 year doctoral degree at podiatric colleges. After schooling, podiatrists move on to 3 year residency programs where they get hands on experience with patients and surgery. Podiatrists must also pass their states required tests.

    Before any type of surgery is considered, our podiatrists will try all non surgical treatments. If you are still having pain, our podiatrists will take x-rays and will perform a thorough clinical exam.  Our doctors will know the best procedure for you and will be there for you every step of the way.


    Call our podiatrists today to find out the best treatment option for you!

  • What are Some Tips to Run Without Pain?

    Some helpful tips to run without pain are proper fitted shoes, learn your terrain, and stretch! Proper fitted shoes are vital to ensure your feet will be supported and protected. Our certified pedorthist can help ensure the shoes you have fit you properly. To have the correct size shoe and type will avoid any future injuries.

    Also, wherever you are going to mainly run, make sure you are well educated about the area. Whether it’s running on the treadmill, trails, or on the street, they all require different types of preparation. Lastly, it is essential to stretch, stretch, and do more stretching! It’s important to stretch before AND after! We recommend warming up about 15 to 20 prior to stretching.

    Running does not have to painful with these helpful tips. Foot cramps, heel pain, and other common foot pain can be prevented. Call our office today if you are having any foot and/or ankle pain!

  • What is an ulcer?

    An ulcer is usually a painless sore on the bottom of the foot or top of toes which results from excessive pressure at that site.  Often, they can form under a pre-existing corn or callus which was permitted to build up too thickly. Sometimes, an ulcer can even be found on the side of your foot if you have poorly fitted shoes. Our certified pedorthist can help make sure your shoes are fitted properly to help prevent this condition.

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    Regardless where the ulcer is, it cannot be avoided and you should see a podiatrist right away. With continued pressure and walking on the injured skin this will only worsen the open sore and make it larger. The sore will frequently become infected and may even penetrate to bone. If diabetic, you are at higher risk when an ulcer is developed. If neglected, ulcers can lead to a bone infection, which could cause an amputation.

    Call our office today if you think you may have an ulcer!

  • What are Some Helpful Tips to Prevent a Gout Attack?

    Three important tips to help prevent a gout attack are your diet, medication, and maintaining a healthy weight. Your diet is vital to preventing a gout attack. A diet rich in purines increases your risk for a gouty attack. We highly recommend avoiding eating organ meats, sardines, anchovies, and red meats.  Sweetened beverages and excessive alcohol consumption increases your risk for a gouty attack.

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    In correlation with this diet, if you are overweight trying to lose weight, this will help any future flare-ups. Your weight can highly affect gout flares. Lastly, ensure you are taking your prescribed medication for your gout.  Gout attacks are painful, but by following these three tips of dieting, weight loss and taking your medication you can avoid these painful flare-ups.

    Call our podiatrists today, if you are experiencing any pain!

  • Why is it so Important for Diabetics to See a Podiatrist Regularly?

    Diabetics are at high risk for foot problems, which is why it is essential for regular podiatric visits. Podiatrists can help prevent and treat common foot problems in Diabetics such as, ulcers, infections, and neuropathy. It’s important to understand, diabetics are not able to properly feel their toes and are unaware of stepping on any foreign body or if their skin is cracked.  This leads to an open wound allowing bacteria to move in. Since there is no pain, many diabetics ignore this problem when they should not. Once the infection can no longer be treated by antibiotics, the only option left is an amputation of the toe, foot or perhaps even the leg.

    Proper foot wear is important for everybody, but it is essential for Diabetics. At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists we have our own certified pedorthist to help ensure you have proper foot wear. 

  • Are There Creams to Help Dry, Cracked Heels?

    Calicylic cream is an effective aid in treating cracks and fissures, and rough dry skin. This is perfect for anyone who has callus conditions. Due to the Salicylic Acid, it breaks down the dead, scaly skin, allowing new room for new tissue growth. The moisturizer in the cream (Urea) helps your skin keep hydrated and restore the damaged skin to a normal radiant look. Before your cracked heals become painful, we recommend for you to moisturize your feet everyday to maintain foot health.

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    For others, like Diabetics, it is essential to use this moisturizer to prevent an infection. Simply applying this cream once or twice a day can help tremendously. Remember, summer is coming soon and no one wants dry, cracked skin!

    At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, we offer calicylic cream!

  • What is the Difference Between a Callus and a Wart?

    A wart is a small skin lesion found on the bottom of your foot or toes. Usually they are about 1 cm diameter; however, they can be much larger and surrounded by a small cluster of warts. This condition is caused by a virus and can be spread very quickly. Warts are not painful unless they are squeezed, pinched, or if there is direct weight on them.

    A callus is hard, dry, thick, and possibly even bumpy. There may even be a slight color of yellow or grey to its appearance.   Unlike a wart, a callus is not caused by a virus and is not contagious. Instead it is caused by repeated pressure or friction on an area of skin. Similar to a wart, calluses are not painful unless they are squeezed or pinched. Even wearing shoes can be painful when you have a callus.

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  • What to Expect When You Receive a Medical Grade Pedicure?

    At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, our Healthy Nails & Body Spa offers the highest quality. Your health and safety is guaranteed at our location. All of our pedicure and manicure equipment is sterilized on an individual basis. Our nail technician, Felicia, is highly trained and kept up to date with all of the latest techniques of modern sterilization. In addition, all state ordinances and laws are strictly adhered to at Healthy Nails & Body Spa.

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    Not only are we up to date with sterilization, but as well as all the most fashionable nail polish colors! Even the nail polish we use is free of harmful chemicals and enriched with enamel strengthening vitamins and ingredients. Unlike other salons, from the moment you walk in, you know you will receive the cleanest manicure/pedicure! 

  • Why is My Toenail Yellow?

    Fungal nails is an unsightly infection of the nails. Your nail will be thickened, brittle, yellow, discolored and sometimes even painful. The major cause of this infection is from the funguses thriving in a warm, moist, dark environment, such as our shoes, socks, and stockings. These funguses grow in the nail bed, beneath your nails, and live off Keratin, the protein in the nail.

    Other contributing factors would be excessive perspiration, and Athlete's Foot, which is caused by similar fungi. Anyone who has medical conditions such as diabetes and poor circulation and HIV, are more susceptible to infection and re-infection. With this type of infection, it is extremely important to see a podiatrist right away. The infection can spread quickly to your surrounding nails and can become more painful.

    Call our office today to visit one of our podiatrists!

  • What to Expect When Having Laser for Nail Fungus?

    When you are having the laser therapy for your nail fungus you can expect a beautiful, healthy, and normal nail. There won’t be any pain or cuts and needles. You can expect this typical treatment to take a few 15 minute office visits. Even though the laser will be executed successfully, there is a chance that the fungus may return. The reason for this is because fungus thrives in warm, dark, and moist environments, such as our shoes.

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    In order to prevent this fungus coming back, we suggest that you sanitize your shoes or just get new ones. You should bleach your bathtub and be sure to never walk barefoot in public areas, especially at gyms or public pools. In addition, we offer a laser maintenance plan. This plan consists of coming back to the office every six weeks for a minimal cost.

    You no longer need to be embarrassed or frustrated with your nail fungus with our treatment plan! Spring is here, and who doesn’t want beautiful nails to show off? Call our office today to start your laser treatment!  

  • What are some helpful tips to decrease foot pain while I’m pregnant?

    With the added baby weight, your feet are under a lot of pressure, causing them to swell. Therefore, when you’re pregnant you need as much support as possible for your feet. It is important to not go barefoot and have shoes that fit!  During pregnancy, your feet can change sizes and shapes, which is why we highly recommend for you to see our certified pedorthist.

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    Our pedorthist will be able to tell you any significant changes in your shoe size and help you get the corrective footwear you need. Although this is already known, do not smoke! Smoking not only affects the health of the baby and yours, but it also decreases the circulation to your feet. Also, try your best to not cross your legs because this decreases your circulation as well. In all, we highly recommend for you to see a podiatrist because of how important the health of your feet are when you’re pregnant.

  • How can I treat my athlete’s foot?

    There are many different treatment options for athlete’s foot, all of which are simple! However, before committing yourself to any treatment plan, it’s important to understand the treatment of Athlete's foot depends on the type and extent of the fungal infection; therefore you should see a podiatrist first.

    For your socks, make sure they are cotton, rather than synthetic or nylon. Cotton socks absorb moisture, whereas synthetic or nylon socks trap perspiration. Also, it’s imperative to change your socks at least every day and wash your shoes periodically since the fungi thrives in a dark, warm, moist environment. In addition, make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, particularly between the toes. Usually athletes foot can be treated with anti-fungal cream, however if that doesn’t work we recommend for you to see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

    Lastly, keep in mind re-infection is common so continue the treatment plan as prescribed!