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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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  • My Orthotics Squeak!! What can help this?

    Firm polypropylene (plastic) orthotics tend to squeak especially in athletic shoes. An easy fix for this annoying sounds is to place a dryer sheet under the orthotic. It stops the squeak and deodorizes the shoes at the same time! Another option is using a nylon Ped to line the underside of the orthotic. Ban the squeak!

  • What is Formula 3 and how and why does it work?

    Formula 3 is a topical agent used to treat stubborn nail fungus. Formula 3 is great to give to our patients so they can proactively treat their nail fungus. Often times it is combined with laser therapy to increase the chance of complete cure. It works great alone if you only have a mild case of onychomycosis or fungus in your nails. With its easy brush on application and no drying time, patients love the convenience and effectiveness of this product. We know it works so well, the company is willing to refund, 100% of your money, if you are not 100% satisfied.

    The Benefits:

    • Odorless
    • Will Not Stain
    • Absorbs in Seconds
    • Requires No Drying Time
    • Residue Free
    • Will not Blacken the Nail
    • Conditions the Nail & Skin
    • Work if you are diligent and consistant!

  • Is it true that if I can walk on my foot it probably isn't broken?

    Totally NOT TRUE! Many people are walking around on broken bones, especially if it is a hairline fracture. If you have fallen or twisted your foot or ankle, and have noticed swelling and bruising; there is a good chance you may have broken something. Better to get an x-ray and make sure it's not broken then to walk around in pain for months due to failure to properly treat your injury!

  • What is a deductible?

    A deductible is the amount of eligible expenses an individual or family should expect to pay before a benefit or plan will begin reimbursing eligible expenses.  Since physcians line itemize their services, insurance plans will either apply the patients benefit to either the whole visit or to each line, depending on the structure of the plan and where the services are rendered. When services are performed in the physician's office, a "copay type" plan,  may apply the deductible to services outside of the evaluation such as: injections, casts,  procedures, orthotics, ankle foot orthosis. Other benefit plans that do not offer coverage under a copay, may apply the deductible to the evaluation in addition to the other parts of the visit. Should the insurance relay to our office that the patient's deductible is not satisfied and it applies to any of our services, we will collect the patient's portion according to the contract allowables.

  • How do I know I am getting the right shoe fit?

    Shoe shopping deficiently involves more than just you selecting shoes. For the best fit, do not select a shoe size alone. Have the sales associate measure both feet every time you are shopping for shoes. Shoes should be fit to the longest and widest foot. The ball of your foot should fit comfortably into the widest part of the shoe and you should be able to wiggle your toes in the toe box. There should be a half -inch space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe when standing upright. Most of all, the shoes should feel comfortable on both feet as you walk.

  • When is the best time of day to shop for shoes?

    It is best to shop for shoes in the afternoon or toward the end of the day. Feet can change in length and width especially as the day progresses.

  • My foot has always been a size ___. I had my feet measured and the size I was told just can't be right! Can feet change?

    Yes! Your feet can change in length and width. Changes in feet can be caused by weight loss, weight gain, genetics, even diseases. Pregnancy has been known to add at least a half a shoe size for each child up to the third!

  • What is the most common foot problem?

    The most reported foot ailments among Americans are heel pain, blisters and ingrown toenails. Heel pain is the winner with a whopping 43% of Americans polled experiencing some kind of heel pain in the last year. Six in 10 Americans polled (60%) that experienced heel pain in the last year also had trouble performing life's daily activities due to pain. Wow! There really is an epidemic of heel pain in the US!

  • One Grandmother asked: Is it safe for children to use nail polish or does this increase their likelihood of developing fungal nails?

    Dr Karpati replies: I want to calm your fears about this. Fungal toenails in children is so very rare!   In fact, in North America the likelihood of your child developing nail fungus is less than 0.5%, with adolescents over 10 having a greater chance than those under 10!

    The wonder of children is how quickly they heal when they get hurt and the stronger immune system they have just by the nature of their youth.  As we get older, our bodies are less capable of fending off these dermatophytes (the primary "bugs" causing onychomycosis).  In the cases where onychomycosis is diagnosed in children, it would not surprise me that they or someone in their family has a history of chronic Athlete's foot (tinea pedis), or one of the family members has severe onychomycosis.  Even then, it is hard to "catch"!   Does this mean I would take my daughter to any nail salon in town to have her nails done?  Anyone who has read my Southern Living article on this topic knows the answer to that!  Simply NO WAY. This has everything to do with hygiene on the part of these salons we go to!  However, taking their feet for a treat to a reputable salon where true care is taken to use a new soak tub for every client and where care is taken to sterilize their instruments?  I wouldn't hesitate a bit!  

    I am the mommy of a 5 year old princess and she LOVES to do this!  It makes her feel pretty special and allows some of that precious (and calm!)  "bonding" time.  I will tell you that I like to use Dr. Remedy Nail Polish.  The tea tree oil and garlic bulb extract both have anti-fungal properties. Princess gets what she wants and hey, you do too!  Happiness all around!

  • Is a blister on a diabetic foot an emergency?

    Simple answer: Yes!
    A blister on a diabetic foot can be the only outward sign of a severe infection. Diabetic feet usually don't respnd to infections like a "normal foot". Redness, heat and drainage are usually the sign of a sever infection. A small blister is an earlier sign. The faster you seek attention, the better your outcomes! See a blister? Call the office!