FAQ's

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

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  • 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.

  • 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 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 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!

  • 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.

    pregnancy and foot pain

    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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 is that Bump on Top of My Big Toe Joint?

    The bump on top of the big toe joint is not a bunion, it is most likely a bone spur.  Like all bone spurs, this spur comes from excessive pressure along the bone. In this case, there is excessive pressure along the big toe joint when it moves.  The bone will lay down calcium to protect the bone. As the bone spurs grows, there will be less movement in the joint.  The joint itself will break down and this condition is known as arthritis.

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    This can be very painful or cause other problems, like lower back pain or even knee or hip pain.  It is best to have this problem looked out. If you have a bump on the top of your big toe joint, our doctors can help to relieve your pain and prevent further problems.

  • Do Shoes Cause Hammertoes?

    Many people assume shoes are the cause of hammertoes. While they can be a cause, genetics are usually the driving force. Chances are if your parents or grandparents had hammertoes, you will too. Wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow for your feet will cause you to develop hammertoes, along with a slew of other problems.

    The best prevention for hammertoes is to be fitted for a pair of shoes. Being fitted by a pedorthist is much different than being fitted by a kid at a shoe store at the mall. A pedorthist is trained and educated to measure your feet, keeping in mind your specific foot type, and can prescribe the best shoe for your feet and activity.
     

  • When Can I Walk After Bunion Surgery?

    Our patients have many concerns about bunion surgery. One of the most common questions we hear is, how long after bunion surgery can I begin to walk. Walking after bunion surgery will depend on on many facors. The severity of your case will influence your recovery time greatly. If you had mild bunion surgery, you will be able to walk much sooner than someone who had a severe bunion surgery. In addition, the type of walking you're doing. If you want to go o the movies, you will be given approval much sooner than if you want to return to work. Typically, you will not be able to put any weight on the foot anywhere from 3 days to 6 weeks.

    In order to prevent a long recovery time, the sooner the better for gettting treated. To make an appointment to visit our office and discuss your treatment options click here.

  • How Long After Bunion Surgery Can I Go Back To Work?

    You may have many concerns about your bunion surgery, including the recovery process. Most people are worried about when they will be able to resume their normal activities....like walking, working, driving. Your recovery will depend on your individual situation. The severity of your case, the type of job you have will all influence when you can begin activities again.

    For example, if you had a mild a bunion surgery and work a desk job, you may be able to return to work as early as 3-4 days. However, if you have job that requires you to stand or walk a lot like a waitress or flight attendant you may not be able to return to work for longer. In addition, the foot that you had surgery on will dictate when you will be able to drive again. Of course, as long as you're on pain medication, you should not drive.

    The longer you wait to have you're bunion treated, the longer you can expect for the recovery. The bunion will progress to get worse and worse, so having it treated early, will help to expedite the healing and recovery process.

    Getting evaluated and treated ASAP will be your best bet for a quicker and easier recovery time. To make an appointment to be seen by a doctor, click here.

  • What Foods Are Good For Gout?

    Gout "flares" can be very painful and are usually related to your diet. There are foods you should avoid to reduce the number of gout attacks you have such as beer, shellfish, and meat. However, there are some foods that can also benefit you:

    • Foods High in Vitamin C
    • Dairy Products
    • Cherries
    • Vegetables (most)

    If you are experiencing pain from gout, you should see a podiatrist so they can check to make sure you are treating the problem correctly. In addition, there are some medications that c help to prevent further gout attacks and reduce your pain.

  • What Foods Should I Avoid If I Have Gout?

    Gout is a condition that occurs when your body has too much uric acid in the blood. This can be caused some common foods such as those high in proteins. Below are some foods that you should avoid to help reduce flare ups and pain. If you are experiencing pain from gout attacks, you need to see a podiatrist to have you feet checked. Avoiding these foods is just start to controlling your gout pain.

    • Alcohol
    • Meat
    • Seafood
    • High Fructose Corn Syrup

  • Why Do I Get Foot Cramps?

    Foot cramps are a common occurrence, many people will experience a foot cramp in their life. A cramp is an involuntary contracted muscle. Basically it's when your muscle flexes and you have no control to relax the muscle. There are different reasons you may experience a foot cramp and for different reasons.The most common reason is overuse of a muscle, and can be caused from not properly stretching or stretching enough. In addition, many people complain about cramps while they're sleeping or right when they wake up.

    Other reasons you may experience foot cramps are dehydration, an injury, or being in the same position for a long period of time. The best way to prevent foot cramps is to properly stretch, drink plenty of water, and be sure not to overextend yourself. If you have continues foot cramps, you will want to see your podiatrist.

  • Why Do I Have Pain on the Top of My Foot?

    There are different reasons you may have pain on the top of your foot. The area of the pain and when it occurs will help to determine what caused the pain. Stress fractures, arthritis, and tendon problems could all be the cause for the pain. Treatment options will vary depending on the problem. It is best to speak to your doctor and discuss where and when the pain happens.