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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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  • What is a Family Deductible?

    A deductible may be assessed to the family by the insurance plan on evaluations and/or treatments. The family deductible is a combined effort of all covered family members.

    It is typically two to three times the amount of the individual deductible. When the family deductible is met, additional family members do not have to meet the separate individual deductible. (Please see FAQ regarding Individual Deductible)

  • Why do I have to see a podiatrist if I have diabetes?

    Unfortunately, even if you control your diabetes well, you can have manifestations of the disease in your feet. Diabetes can lead to foot problems including poor blood flow, swelling, numbness and sores that if left untreated can lead to amputation. Visiting a podiatrist is important to help prevent these problems and keep your feet in great shape.

  • Why is my toenail green?

    A toenail that is green is usually a sign of a bacterial infection of the nail.  Infection usually begins after nail becomes loose creating an environment underneath that is great for bacteria to thrive.  Evaluation by a doctor is important to prevent worsening of infection.

  • What is an Individual Deductible?

    A deductible may be assessed to the individual by the insurance plan on evaluations and/or treatments. Services that apply to the individual’s deductible are collected at the time of service from the patient, until the deductible is satisfied. Contractual rates set by the insurance network determine the dollar amount the patient should expect to pay. In network deductibles are traditionally less than an out of network deductibles and they are not typically combined. 

  • How Long Does It Take For Bone To Heal?

    Bones take on average about 8 weeks to heal. In children, they can heal as early as 6 weeks. They can take a little longer if you are older, osteopenic or just not healthy enough to make new bone. Sometimes bones take longer to heal because there is too much movement at the fracture or surgery site. Talk to your doctor about how you can improve your bone healing.

  • What happens if I don’t treat my black toenails caused by trauma/repetitive injury?

    In the case of injury, the nail may eventually just fall off.  However, the nail may grow back thickened or loose.  If trauma is allowed to continue fungal infections can set in.

  • How do I prevent black toenails?

    Trim nails just long enough that the tips can be grabbed by a fingernail.  Wear appropriate sized shoes that give at least a finger width between tip of toe and end of shoe.  Also tighten laces to prevent slippage of feet in shoes.

  • Is it necessary to remove a black toenails?

    Yes, if the bleeding is greater than 50% of the nail, or a direct trauma has caused a fracture of the underlying bone.  If not performed there is a significant risk for bone infection which can lead loss of affected toe. 

  • Can I run on a stress fracture?

    Stress fractures are still a broken bone. You should not run for at least 4 weeks after being diagnosed with a stress fracture. It can take up to 8 weeks to heal and the more stress on the area, the longer it takes to heal. Relative rest like riding a bike or swimming is recommended.

  • My Feet Go Numb on the Elliptical. Is this Normal?

    This can be normal from repetitive stress. If your toes go numb, but then are perfectly normal when you stop; I wouldn't worry about it. If you have continued ball of the foot pain or numbness after getting off the elliptical, time to take a look to rule out a neuroma or metatarsalgia.