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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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  • Will surgical implant(s) in my foot set off the metal detector at the airport?

    Most implants used in the foot including screws, plates and joint replacements do not set off the metal detectors at airport.  Even larger implants like hips and knees can sometimes escape detection.  If you have had more extensive foot surgery for a trauma or foot reconstruction implants may set off the detectors, but this is not common.  A simple detector wand over the foot can clear up this problem quickly.


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  • What is the Proper Way to Cut Your Toenails?

    Toenails should be cut straight across with toenail cutters then smoothed at the edges with an emory board. Digging too much into the corners can cause an ingrown toenail. Remember to clean your toenail cutters with alcohol every time you cut your toenails!

  • My feet burn when I run, what could this be?

    Burning pain or pins and needles sensations in your feet while running can be from lumbar radiculopathy (referred pain from a pinched nerve in your back), a neuroma (scar tissue wrapped around a nerve), neuritis (an irritated nerve from compression or rubbing) or tarsal tunnel syndrome (compression of the nerve as it crossed your ankle). There is a full article on this question for more information in the library under nerve-related issues.

  • What's the difference between a fracture and a break?

    A fracture and a break are the same thing.  Fracture is the medical term we use to describe a break in the bone.

  • How Can I Prevent Athlete's Foot Fungus?

    Athlete's foot fungus is a common fungal skin infection on your feet. Itchy, scaling moccasin rash with peeling in bewtween the toes is common.

    Tips to prevent athlete's feet:

    • Wash your feet every day with sopa and water. Dry thoroughly, especially in between your toes.
    • In public facilities, always wear flip flops or another kind of bathing shoes.
    • Before putting on shoes, sprinkle your feet with talcum powder.
    • Wear shoes that are light and airy.
    • Frequently change your socks and shoes to help feet stay dry.

    Itchy, peeling feet? Contact us for an appointment.

  • What causes frequent ankle sprains?

    Common causes of ankle sprains are improper shoe gear, instability of joints, muscle weakness or a high arched foot type.   Treatment and prevention depends on root cause which your podiatrist can determine with a biomechanical examination, gait exam and x-rays. 

  • What is a copay?

    A copay may be assessed by the insurance plan on physician evaluations; it is a flat amount owed by the patient. Copays are typically an in network benefit. Providers have a contractual obligation to collect the copay at the time of service.

  • What is the difference between a Primary Care and a Specialist copay?

    A specialist copay is generally higher than a family physician, due to accessing a higher level of care.

  • How do I know if I tore my Achilles tendon?

    Achilles tendon injuries are common in the “weekend warrior.”  This injury is often described as feeling like someone kicked you in the back of the ankle. Inability to go up onto toes is a simple test to diagnose complete rupture, but often partial tears have occurred and evaluation by a podiatrist and possible MRI examination are required. Early treatment is important to prevent long term disability.

  • What causes my foot to feel like I am walking on a stone when barefoot?

    Pain of this type typically occurs under the ball of the foot and is caused by an inflamed nerve called a neuroma.  Neuroma’s are treated with special padding or inserts and often an injection that reduces inflammation and pain.