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Frequently Asked Questions and Fun Foot Facts

Frequently Asked Questions and fun foot facts all in one location! Our patients love to ask a myriad of questions! We try to answer them all - sometimes we even have to write a full length article on them, so take a look at our library as well. Have a question about your feet and ankles? You may find your answer here. Gait issues? Problems with shoes and socks? We have answers. Want more? Contact us and ask a question. We will answer!

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  • How do I know whether I should see a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon for my foot problem?

    While a podiatrist’s surgical training centers only around the foot and ankle, so is not the case with an orthopedic surgeon whose surgical practice may include knees, hips, shoulders, arms, hands etc… When it come to foot and ankle problems, remember this is ALL a podiatrist does and what better an expert than one who spends all of their time treating only foot and ankle problems? A podiatrist is the clear choice for your foot and ankle needs.

  • I do not like the way my feet look. I have heard a lot about people getting cosmetic surgery to make them prettier or to fit them into a certain shoe style. Does your practice provide this type of surgery?

    All of the surgeons in this practice believe in "first do no harm". Considering the risk of any surgery, we only perform surgery on people whose feet HURT, and for those whom conservative treatment did not help. We do however believe in "Aesthetic" surgery which is to use the best surgical techniques to provide a cosmetically pleasing post operative result. We want your feet to look pretty. But we do not make them pretty unless your feet hurt first!

  • I have orthotics. How often to I need to have these replaced?

    Orthotics lose their function, that is their ability to properly control abnormal foot function, right at about one to one and one half years. This will be on the lower end if you are heavy or very active. When you reach this point (or sooner if you find your feet becoming more tired or your foot pain is returning) it is time to have them replaced.

  • I was told by another shoe store I needed an arch support to help my arch return in both feet. Can an insert return my fallen arch to normal?

    A fallen arch happens over time, and cannot be reversed. An insert (arch support) placed in a supportive shoe will help create an arch for your foot and give you the support that is necessary in order to function correctly through the gait cycle. An arch support may also help decrease the progression of other deformities that may be caused by a fallen arch.

  • What is causing the pain under the balls of my feet?

    The term for pain under the ball of the foot is called "metatarsalgia" and can have many different causes from a torn ligament responsible for stabilizing the toe, to an injured nerve, an inflammed joint or even a stress fracture. The only way to find out what is causing your metatarsalgia, is it to have it evaluated by a podiatrist.

  • Are warts contagious?

    In many respects, yes. If you have one on your feet, it would be unwise to pick at it and it can spread to someone else if that person has the potential towards getting that virus in the same way certain people have the potential for catching a certain cold. The wart virus likes to linger around moist environments such as pools, spas, locker rooms, public showers (such as those at the gym). Wearing flip flops or crocs in these areas is always a good idea.

  • How do I avoid ingrown nails?

    The simplest way to avoid ingrown nails is to trim your nails straight across and slightly round off the edges with a file. If you tear at your toenails rather than cut them, STOP! You are heading towards developing an ingrown nail if you do so. If you find that the edges of the skin closest to the nail are rough, moisturize them and you can even use a pumice stone to soften them.

  • How do I know if I have fungus on my nails?

    Fungus on the nails usually presents as a darkening yellow, sometimes blackish and opaque discoloration of the nail. It can also present as white splotches on the nail. As the fungus progresses, the nail can get thicker and brittle.

  • How do I know if I should have my bunions fixed or just leave them alone?

    If you have gotten to the point where you are having difficulty finding shoes that do not hurt, if you cannot perform the activities you love to do because your bunion hurts and if you are having discomfort on a daily basis, it is at the very least time to get an X-ray and discuss your treatment options with your podiatrist.

  • My heels are dry and cracked. Is there a solution?

    This problem is usually hereditary. Controlling the problem is your best solution since it will never just go away. If you have a bleeding cracked heel, it is important to see a podiatrist. If they are just dry and cracked, you can start with a good moisturizer in a cream form (lotions are too thin). Apply at least twice a day and even wear socks overnight for better penetration of the cream. Work off what the cream has softened using a pumice stone after a shower or a soak when your feet are the softest. If this does not work, there are numerous prescriptive creams that can help.