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 Between a Fracture and a Break?

    What is the difference between a fracture and a break? Nothing! A fracture and a break are the same. This is a common misconception. Our patients often ask if the bone is broken or "just fractured, assuming a fracture will be less severe. Since they are the same, the treatment for a fracture and a break are the same.

    Treatment will began with RICE- rest, ice, compression and elevation. Your doctor will determine whether you need a hard cast or a walking boot. Although, both will immobilize the foot or ankle. Crutches or different types of walkers can be used to help getting around during this time. You will continue visits with the office and most likely continue with X-rays. Laser therapy is used to decrease swelling and speed up healing.

    Once the break if healed you will free from the cast but will usually need to wear a CAM walker until advised by your doctor. After the boot it is best to continue wearing a supportive sneaker with your orthotic for a few months. Some people will need physical therapy, as well. 

  • Do I Have to Sleep in My CAM Walker?

    You've broken a bone or have just come from surgery and now you're in a CAM walker. Usually the next question we hear is do I have to wear the boot while I'm sleeping. Your doctor will go over your treatment plan with you at your visit but you may be overwhelmed and have questions once you get home and reality sets in.

    While each case is different, in most cases you do NOT have to wear a CAM walker while your sleeping. Usually, you can take the boot off once you get in bed for the night. You DO have to put the boot back on before you put your feet down in the morning. You need to keep the boot close to you on the floor or on your nightstand so you can reach it easily. You SHOULD keep the boot on while you're laying around the house to prevent bumping the injury and to help the foot heal properly.

    Listening to your doctor and following the treatment plan will help to get you better and out of the boot faster!

  • Do I Need to See a Podiatrist if I Have a Broken Toe?

    Yes, you should see a podiatrist if you have a broken toe.  Broken toes are usually caused by dropping something heavy on them or jamming it into something whether a door or sports related.  Your doctor will examine your toe and take x-rays to determine if your toe is broken or just "stubbed". Depending on the severity, you may need to tape the toe or in more serious cases- wear a boot, cast or have surgery.

    If you have pain for more than 3 days, you may have a broken toe or something more serious. Your doctor will examine your toe and take x-rays to determine if your toe is broken or just "stubbed".  Depending on the severity, you need to tape the toe or in more serious cases wear a boot, cast or have surgery. Arthritis and nail problems are common results of not treating a broken toe.  If you have think you may have broken your toe, you should call your podiatrist.

  • Should I Use Heat or Ice on a Sprained Ankle?

    Heat and ice work differently in treating or relieving pain for an injury. In the case of a sprained ankle and most other acute injuries, you should use ice. Ice is the best choice for recent injuries where the main goal is to decrease inflammation or swelling. Heat is an assumed better choice as it feels better and may seem like it can help the distressed muscle or bone, it can actually do more damage.

    Ice will constrict the blood vessels which decreases blood flow. This process will help to reduce the inflammation in the area. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation is the best start to treatment. After that, you should call a podiatrist!

  • 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. 

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Can Orthotics Help My Ankle Injury?

    Yes! Orthotics can definitely help an ankle injury including ankle sprains and ankle fractures. Orthotics are designed to correct any biomechanical abnormalities, like ankle rolling, as well as stabilize the foot to prevent ankle sprains and fractures. Custom orthotics are molded to fit your exact foot which can both prevent and treat common foot and ankle problems.

    If you have an ankle injury, you should see a podiatrist to get the proper diagnosis. In order to have a quick and proper treatment, you need to know be seen right after you have an injury. Our office uses state of the art equipment to diagnose your problem, including digital X-Rays and Ultrasound machines. If you have an ankle injury or experienced one that doesn't seem to be healing, call our office and get treated!

  • Will I Need Surgery for My Achilles Tendonitis?

    Here at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, we have many painless treatment options available. We always recommend starting with conservative treatments such as laser therapy, Cryotherapy, Shockwave Therapy and so on. We don't jump straight into surgery. Your doctor usually takes X-Rays and analyze those as well as factors like how long you had the problem and the cause of the problem to determine the best treatment for you.

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  • What Causes Achilles Tendonitis?

    Achilles Tendonitis can be very painful.

    Events that can cause Achilles tendinitis may include:

    • Hill running or stair climbing.
    • Overuse resulting from the natural lack of flexibility in the calf muscles.
    • Rapidly increasing mileage or speed.
    • Starting up too quickly after a layoff.
    • Trauma caused by sudden and/or hard contraction of the calf muscles when putting out extra effort such as in a final sprint.