FAQ's

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

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  • How Can I Prevent My Child From Getting Warts?

    It is important we take proper precautions to prevent ourselves from developing warts. Warts are most contagious in communal showers, bathtubs, swimming pools, and Jacuzzi areas because they harbor the virus in the moist environment. Therefore, with the nice weather arriving, it is extremely important to wear shoes at all times. Also, do not share socks or shoes, and avoid direct contact with warts on other parts of the body or on other people. If you have a wart, make sure it is covered if you are going swimming or are walking barefoot, so you do not spread this virus.

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    Lastly, to avoid getting warts again, keep your feet clean and dry. Family Foot & Ankle Specialists highly recommends for you to inspect your feet frequently for new warts. Warts can increase in size and number so if you have a wart, you should see a podiatrist as soon as possible!

  • Do I need to get surgery to repair a torn Achilles?

    No, you do not need surgery to repair a torn Achilles. There is a new technology that injects cryopreserved amniotic fluid into the injured area to help heal these partial Achilles tendon tears and heal a full tear faster. The amniotic fluid is rich in proteins and stem cells, which are needed for the tissue repair. These amniotic cells come from highly screened individuals, so, it is rare to get an allergic reaction or a transmission of a communicable disease from the donor.

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    Studies show, 18 of the 19 patients in the study reached successful wound closure with 100% improvement regardless of wound origin (Applied Biologics, 2004).  To further elaborate on the safety of this treatment, our doctors have used these cells and received excellent results. Another treatment option is a brace. After you’re in a cast for about 4-6 weeks, an air stirrup brace or lace-up ankle support is beneficial to the healing process.

    Call to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists to help eliminate your foot pain today!

  • What are some helpful tips to make sure I don't get an infection at the nail salon?

    Some helpful tips to keeping yourself infection-free when getting a pedicure at the salon are:

    1. Having the spaces in between your toes dry

    2. Resisting the urge to have your cuticles pushed back

    3. Booking your appointment early when there is least amount of bacteria

    4. Asking the technician to cut your nails straight across, and if you need your calluses and corns trimmed, making sure that the technician uses a pumice stone or emory board.

    If you want the best service with guaranteed infection free pedicures, Family Foot & Ankle Specialists has our own salon with an autoclave, which is a machine that uses intense heat to kill any bacteria, fungus or other diseases.

      Get ready for Spring and call to make an appointment with our nail technician today!

  • What are the side effects of flat feet?

    One of the side effects of flat feet is tendonitis. Tendonitis is a common problem for people who have severe flat feet. The reason why people with flat feet have tendinitis is because they have collapsed arches. While the tendon attempts to pull the arch up, the foot and the tendon oppose forces.

    One of the most common affected tendons is the posterior tibial tendon, which is inflammation of the tendon on the inside of the ankle bone. When this tendon gets inflamed, it can be very painful. Some treatment options may include surgery, anti-inflammatory treatment, low-dose steroid, or an occasional injection. 

    If you have tendonitis, we recommend a proper orthotic custom device to control the grinding foot motion. It’s also important to have proper foot wear! Our certified pedorthist can help properly measure your foot to ensure it is the best fit for your feet. If left untreated, this condition could lead to disability and chronic pain.

    Call to make your appointment today with one of our podiatrists!

  • How can flip flops damage my feet?

    As the warm weather is approaching and flip flop season is in, Family Foot & Ankle Specialists recommends you to stay clear from those fun sandals. Flip Flops are your foots’ worst enemy. Although wearing flip flops may be cute- wearing fungus is NOT! Sandals increase the amount of bacteria surrounding your foot. Furthermore, since your toes need to grip on to the shoe, this causes an overuse of the muscles. Overusing the muscles can lead to tendonitis or inflammation of the tendon. Not only could you have these conditions, but overuse can also lead to stress fractures in the bones of your feet. 

    Flip flops increase the likelihood of you getting a blister, which as many of you probably know are extremely painful! Since this is an open toed shoe usually plastic or leather it screams danger to your feet. Lastly, since there is no support for your feet your natural gait is thrown off which eventually will lead to issues in your ankles.  Flip Flops are not worth the pain or spending part of your spring or summer with a sprained ankle!

  • How Can I Help My Cracked and Dry Heels?

    If you have cracked and dry heels, one of the main reasons is barefoot walking especially during the winter time and wearing a shoe with an open back, like a flip flop. Therefore, wearing shoes that protect your skin is highly recommended.  Also, at our office we offer a wonderful cream with a sock called “Heel So Smooth.” This heel sleeve has mineral oil to repair damaged skin; in addition, for better results you’ll need to wear the cream provided approximately 3 nights per week for a couple of weeks. You will no longer have to go for pedicures at your salon to help this condition!  

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    Also, at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, one of our podiatrists can smooth your calluses down and get you started on a treatment plan. This is absolutely painless and your dry skin will be healed and smooth just in time for the Spring season! 

    Call one of our podiatrists to make your “HeelSoSmooth” today!

  • What is this pain in my big toe?

    If you are having pain in your big toe and feel tenderness and inflammation, a likely condition you may have is sesamoiditis, a form of tendonitis.  Sesamoiditis is an irritation or inflammation of the sesamoid bones, which are tiny bones within the tendons that run to the big toe.

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    This type of condition is most common in people who play tennis, baseball, basketball. Runners and ballet dancers are likely to be diagnosed with condition as well.   Anybody who increases their activities increases their chances for this condition. Also, people with high arches are at risk for sesamoiditis. If you frequently wear high-heeled shoes this can be a contributing factor as well.

    The pain may develop gradually but with a fracture, pain will be immediate. Also, swelling and bruising may or may not be present. It’s common that you will experience difficulty and pain in bending and straightening the big toe.

  • Will the Laser Treatment Make my Nail Fungus Go Away Forever?

    The laser treatment is a highly effective way to clear up the nails; however, there is no guarantee the infection won’t come back. Although the laser treatment at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists will be done successfully, many people are re-infected by their environment. The shoes we wear have a pool of bacteria in them which is why it is so common for nail fungus to grow back. Even from the socks we wear and walking around barefoot in public areas are ways to re expose our feet to the problem we had in the first place.

    For these reasons, we highly recommend periodic treatment every three to six months with the laser for maintenance. Fortunately, the procedure is painless with no side effects and you can return to your regular activities immediately.

    Make an appointment with one of our podiatrists today to start your laser maintenance program!

  • What Should I Do if I Have a Bunionette?

    There are many different grades of bunionettes along with treatments for each condition. For simple bunionettes, sometimes you might just need some temporary padding and an injection of cortisone to stop the irritation. However, if you want to prevent it from getting worse, we highly recommend for you to get a different shoe or change your shoe size. A certified pedorthist can help properly measure your foot to make sure the shoes you have are the best fit. Another option is to get customized orthotics. These inserts are made to keep your foot aligned and to prevent the bunionette from getting worse.

    If the bunionetee is more severe, surgery will most likely be necessary. The surgery is a same day procedure and you will be able to go home with a walking boot. You’ll have minimal pain and if your job is mostly sitting you may only have to miss a day or two!

    Make an appointment with one of our podiatrists to see which treatment option is best for you!

  • What Should I Do if I Have a Bump in Between My Toes?

    The bump between your toes is called a soft corn which can look like a blister or even an open sore. One of the best ways to treat a soft corn is to make sure your shoes fit properly. Our certified pedorthist can properly measure your feet to make sure the shoes you have are the best fit. Another important factor is to have socks that aren’t too tight, especially around your toes. If you sweat excessively, antiperspirants such as Mycomist will help greatly.

    Even wearing a cotton or liquid absorbing sock will help you not sweat as much. Sweating will only make the condition worse. There are also pads that can help cushion the areas that are being rubbed in your shoe. Most importantly, you should see a podiatrist if you have this condition. Although there are conservative treatments, a podiatrist can take x rays and chose the best treatment plan for your individual condition.

    Make an appointment today with one of our podiatrists!

  • What Causes Diabetic Neuropathy?

    As a diabetic, suffering from neuropathy can be painful but difficult to recognize. Diabetic neuropathy can cause insensitivity and the loss of ability to feel pain, cold, and heat. Blisters, scrapes, cuts, and pressure sores may occur without you even knowing.  Even if you have a minor injury, it is important to see a podiatrist because of further complications. Bunions, hammertoes, Charcot foot, and even amputations are a result of untreated conditions. Therefore, it is extremely important to check your feet every day.

    Also, with improper footwear, irritation and injuries are more likely to occur. Our certified pedorthist can measure your feet to ensure the shoes you are wearing are the best fit for you. In addition to well fitted shoes, orthotics highly recommended. Following these small tips and having regular check-ups by a podiatrist will reduce the risks of developing serious foot conditions.

  • What are common foot problems when we age?

    By the time we are 65, we experience different changes in our feet. Some common foot problems when we age are an increase in foot size and width, the skin becomes thinner, ligaments and tendons become weaker, the arch flattens, dry and flaky skin, thick and discolored toenails, and crooked toes and feet. Due to the many conditions we could have, it is important that we check our feet every day to look for any swelling, blisters, or cuts.

    Also, it is vital that the shoes you wear are stable and well supported. Our certified pedorthist can measure your feet to ensure the shoes you are wearing are the best fit for you.  To help avoid any toenail fungus or ingrown toenails, our podiatrists are trained to make sure your feet are fungal free and well groomed.

  • What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?

    There are many benefits for Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy elimates or drastically reduces foot or heel pain without surgery. Some other foot conditions this treats are neuroma or Achilles tendonitis. It’s a non invasive procedure that can be done at our office or as an outpatient. There are no needles, stitches, and cutting nerves or tissues. The procedure is quick and there is no need for recovery time.

    Therefore, after this procedure you can go back to work and still run your day to day errands. One recommendation we do have is to put some ice on it for a couple days after the procedure. You can even still fit into your shoe without any cast or brace. Another great benefit is it’s covered by most insurances. Cryotherapy has a high success rate and our patients love this treatment option. 

  • What are the benefits of Biofreeze?

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    Biofreeze helps relieve pain once it is applied to the affected area. It is mainly used for sprains, joint pain, twisted ankles, and stiffness. Biofreeze comes in three different options, a tube, spray, or roll on stick. All of these options are simple to use and equally affective. You can apply Biofreeze directly to the affected area and you will immediately feel pain relief.

    The benefit of biofreeze is that you can use it topically, the effect does not have a long delay, and it doesn’t interfere with anything you drink or eat. For athletes, this is great to use when you are having foot pain because it enables you to still participate without any pain. For anyone suffering heel pain, neuropathy, or Achilles tendonitis, Biofreeze is commonly used to relieve pain.

  • What is an appropriate length for high heels?

    When you are looking to buy high heels, we recommend you to stay away from those heels that are 5 to 6 inches high. Not only is that high of a heel uncomfortable, but it can cause a great amount of pain in your feet, specifically your heel. Heel pain will cause a lot of pressure on the balls of your feet. If bunions and hammertoes run in your family, we recommend low heels and a square or rounded toe box. high heels foot pain

    In general, high heels can cause a laundry list of problems such as contractures, stress fractures, and ankle sprains. We highly recommend that you buy high heels that are 1 to 2 inches high.  However, if you want more height, a platform shoe will give you the height you want without any pain.  Keep in mind, when wearing high heels you should wear them in moderation and not for a long period of time.

  • Can I Drive After Bunion Surgery

    How quickly you can drive after bunion surgery depends on a number of situations. it will depend on which foot you had surgery, how severe the case, your prescription medication and a few more. We have a number of patients who had bunion surgery and were able to return to work (a desk job) in as little as 3 days. If they had surgery on their left foot and have an automatic car, they would most likely be able to drive themselves.

    Each surgery case is different, your situation will be unique. However, our best piece of advise is to have your foot and ankle problems treated ASAP. Bunion surgery for a person with a mild case, will have an easier and more convenient recovery. The longer you wait, the worse your problem gets which will likely cause a more in depth surgery and longer recovery.

    Take advantage of our free exam to have your bunion examined and discuss treatment options with our doctors.
     

  • Will a Steroid Injection Help Bunion Pain?

    Bunions can be very painful and uncomfortable. Our office offers different treatment methods so we can meet the individual needs of our patients. We always opt for conservative measures before we turn to surgical interventions. One great way to treat the pain caused by a bunion, is to have a steroid injection.

    A Cortisone injection will help to ease the pain associated with a bunion with minimal side effects. Our doctors inject the steroid directly into the source of pain. Our doctors believe this is much more effective than taking medication as it gets to the exact spot of the pain. The injections are great for temporarily minimizing pain, however, the effects may wear off after time.

    We have a number of different treatments available for bunion pain. Call our office to set up your free exam and discuss different treatment options with a doctor.

  • What Can I Do to Help my Smelly Feet and Toenail Fungus?

    Mycomist is an anti-fungal and antiperspirant cool spray. If you have toe nail fungus or have excessive sweating, Mycomist would be beneficial for you. Re-infection occurs and it is best to take these simple steps to help. You can apply this product daily and even several times throughout the day if necessary to your feet and/or inside your shoes. If you have toenail fungus it is important to make sure you do your best to prevent this infection.  Mycomist can kill off any spores that might have evaded. This simple spray will reduce infection and bad odor.

    Mycomist is a great product to keep handy in your gym bag, your work bag and even your car. You can keep your feet fresh and cool throughout the entire day.

  • What is a Moore Balance Brace?

    The Moore Balance Brace is a light weight brace which reduces the risk of falling. This brace provides ankle support and is used to maximize and improve balance. Due to the support the brace has, it stabilizes the foot if you are feeling weak and unsteady.

    This brace is a great tool to reduce the serious injuries many seniors incur due to falls. The brace can return the confidence of engaging in everyday tasks again, as well as, enjoying hobbies. Many seniors are seriously injured everyday due to falls in and around the house. This simple tool can help to prevent injuries.

  • What are the Benefits of the Moore Balance Brace?

    The Moore Balance Brace is a long term solution for people who need support when walking or are fearful of falling while walking. The brace can make you feel confident in the way you walk, prevent you from falling, and improve the quality of your life.  Also, this is a custom made ankle foot orthosis that accommodates most supportive shoes. It is lightweight and easy tp put on by yourself.

    The Moore Balance Brace gives people back their independence and allows them to live without fear of falling. To make an appointment in our office to be custom fitted for the Moore Balance Brace and to learn how it can give you back your life, click here.