At Total Foot and Ankle we want our patients to be informed about their foot and ankle problems and treatments, because informed patients make better decisions about their health and well being. Below you can find answers to many frequest questions and information about many common conditions.

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What Is a Podiatrist?
A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, heel pain, spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. A podiatrist also renders read more...

When To Call a Doctor?
People call a doctor of podiatry for help diagnosing and treating a wide array of foot and ankle problems. Please contact our office if you experience one of the following:

  • Persistent pain in your feet or ankles.
  • Changes in the nails or skin on your foot.
  • Severe cracking, scaling, or peeling on the heel or foot.
  • Blisters on your feet.
  • There are signs of bacterial infection, including:
  • Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.
  • Red streaks extending from the affected area.
  • Discharge or pus from an area on the foot.
  • Foot or ankle symptoms that do not improve after two weeks of treatment with a nonprescription product.
  • Spreading of an infection from one area of the foot to another, such as under the nail bed, skin under the nail, the nail itself, or the surrounding skin.
  • Thickening toenails that cause discomfort.
  • Heel pain accompanied by a fever, redness (sometimes warmth), or numbness; tingling in the heel; persistent heel pain without putting any weight or pressure on your heel; or pain that is not alleviated by ice or over-the-counter painkillers (such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
  • Diabetics with poor circulation who develop Athlete's Foot.

Overview of Feet and Ankle Problems
Foot and ankle problems usually fall into the following categories:

  • Acquired from improper footwear, physical stress, or small mechanical changes within the foot.
  • Arthritic foot problems, which typically involve one or more joints. Read more...

Ankle Sprain Injuries
Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, which may result in excessive stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The severity of the sprain can impact the degree of damage as well as the type and duration of treatment. If not properly treated, ankle sprains may develop into long-term problems. Read more...

Gout
Gout (also known as gouty arthritis) is a condition caused by a buildup of the salts of uric acid (a normal byproduct of the diet) in the joints. A single big toe joint is the most commonly affected area, possibly because it is subject to so much pressure in walking. Attacks of gouty arthritis are extremely painful. Read more...

Arthritis
Arthritis is an inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. Arthritis is a disabling and occasionally crippling disease afflicting almost 40 million Americans. In some forms, it appears to be hereditary. Although the prevalence of arthritis increases with age, all people from infancy to middle age are potential victims. People over 50 are the primary targets. Read more...

Arthroscopy
Arthroscopic surgery on the foot and ankle may be used as a diagnostic or treatment procedure, or both. A small instrument, called an arthroscope, penetrates the skin through small incisions. Read more...

Orthotics
Orthotics, also known as orthoses, refers to any device inserted into a shoe, ranging from felt pads to custom-made shoe inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular, walking pattern. Sometimes called arch supports, orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. Read more...

Children's Feet
Children with strong, healthy feet avoid many kinds of lower extremity problems later in life. That's why it is important to inspect your children's feet periodically. Read more...

Neuroma
A neuroma is an enlarged, benign growth of nerves, most commonly between the third and fourth toes. Neuromas are caused by tissue rubbing against and irritating the nerves. Pressure from poorly fitting shoes or an abnormal bone structure can also lead to this condition. Symptoms may include sensations of thickness, burning, numbness, tingling, or pain in the ball of the foot. Read more...

Hallux Limitus (Stiff Big Toe Joint)
Hallux Limitus is a condition that results in stiffness of the big toe joint. It is normally caused by an abnormal alignment of the long bone behind the big toe joint, called the first metatarsal bone. Left untreated, Hallux Limitus can cause other joint problems, calluses, and/or diabetic foot ulcers. Painful bone spurs also can develop on the top of the big toe joint. Read more...

Achilles Tendonitis
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body and can withstand forces of 1,000 pounds or more. It also is the most frequently ruptured tendon, usually as a result of a sports injury. Both professional and weekend athletes may suffer from Achilles tendonitis, a common overuse injury and inflammation of the tendon. Read more...

Fractures
Nearly one-fourth of all the bones in your body are in your feet. A broken (fractured) bone in your forefoot or in one of your toes is often painful, but rarely disabling. Most of the time, these injuries heal without operative treatment. Read more...

Broken Ankle
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, doctors have noticed an increase in the number and severity of broken ankles since the 1970s, due, in part, to the Baby Boomer generation being active throughout every stage of their lives.

The ankle has two joints, one on top of the other, and three bones. A broken ankle can involve one or more of the bones, as well as injury to the surrounding connecting tissues or ligaments. Read more...

Shin Splints
Shin splints refer to pain on either side of the leg bone that is caused by muscle or tendon inflammation. The problem is usually related to a collapsing arch, but may be caused by a muscle imbalance between opposing muscle groups in the leg. Read more...

 

 

 

 

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Total Foot & Ankle of Tampa Bay
...We offer treatments for plantar fasciitis (heel pain), bunions, ingrown toenails, foot pain, ankle replacement, and diabetic foot care...

Our Services
... Achilles Tendon Ankle Replacement Ankle Sprains Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care Athletes Foot Bunions Calluses Corns Crush Injuries Diabetic Foot Care Flat Feet Foot Pain Fractures Fungus Toenails Geriatric Foot Care Hammertoes Heel Pain/ Heel Spurs Ingrown Toenails Injuries Neuromas Warts Wound Care Ankle Sprains Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, often resulting in one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle to be stretched or torn...

Patient Education
... A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, heel pain, spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses...

Pamphlets
... Diabetic Foot Care Pamphlet Heel Pain Pamphlet Hammertoe Pamphlet Bunions Pamphlet

Bunions
... Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities...

Metatarsalgia
...High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms...

Morton's Neuroma: What is it and How to Stop the Pain
...People with foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes and flat feet are at higher risk for developing a neuroma...

Healthy Footwear Promote Healthy Feet
...In fact, shoes that fit poorly or have high heels frequently cause foot problems, including calluses, corns, bunions, and blisters, just to name a few...

Walking Your Way To Good Foot Health
...Serious foot ailments, such as bunions or hammertoes, should be checked by our office before you begin your exercise regimen...

Foot Scanners for Custom-Fit Orthotics
...Orthotics help correct structural problems and conditions, such as heel pain and plantar fasciitis, arch pain, pain related to diabetes or age and many other foot pains related to bunions, sprains and other conditions...

Start Your Marathon Training off on the Right Foot
...If the pain gets worse with reduced exercise and rest, stop training and visit your podiatrist Aside from stress fractures which often occur from overtraining, additional foot problems you may experience include: Toenail problems, including ingrown and fungus Heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis Achilles tendon and calf pain Toe pain, such as bunions Shin splints Before you start training, our practice recommends visiting a podiatrist for a complete evaluation of your lower extremities...

Are Your Feet a Pain in the Back?
...This continued stress can cause deformities of the foot over time, such as misaligned bones, hammertoes and bunions, eventually making its way to the legs, knees and lower back...

Bunionectomy: A Surgical Solution to Bunions
Characterized by a large, unsightly bump on the side of the big toe joint, bunions signal an underlying deformity in the structure of the foot...

Foot Surgery: Get Back on Your Feet
...Foot surgery is performed to treat many foot problems including: Bunions Hammertoes Fractures Heel pain Neuromas Flatfoot Warts Nail problems Surgical treatment for foot and ankle problems can help you return to your active lifestyle while relieving pain and discomfort...

Our Doctors
...His area of interest is MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery) for bunions, hammertoes, as well as foot and ankle fractures...

Bunions
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Ingrown Toenails
...However, foot deformities like bunions, wearing improperly fitting or too-tight shoes, trauma to the toe, obesity, diabetes and arthritis can also contribute to ingrown toenail development...

Foot Pain
...The most common include: Plantar fasciitis Heel spurs Fractures Morton’s neuroma Arthritis Ingrown toenails Bunions The best way to determine the cause of your pain is to see us for a proper evaluation...

When to Visit Your Podiatrist
... Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people suffering foot, ankle and lower leg problems such as corns, warts, bunions and sprains...

How We Can Help You Deal With Your Foot Pain
... - Bunions (protruding toe joints)...

Are You Dealing With Bunions?
...While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated...

What You Can Do About Hammertoes
When most people think about foot deformities they most often think about bunions; however, hammertoes are just as common...

Caring For Arthritic Feet
...Some people have had arthritis since childhood (juvenile arthritis or JA), making them more likely to develop foot deformities like bunions and struggle with swollen joints...

What to Do If You Have a Bunion
... Bunions Bunions are when the joint of your big toe becomes larger...

Types of Custom Orthotics
... Accommodative orthotics are designed to provide more cushioning and support and are typically prescribed for problems like plantar fasciitis and bunions...

Common Causes of Foot Pain
... Bunions: A bunion is a bony bump at the base of your big toe...

Ways a Podiatrist Can Help You
...Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care: Plantar fasciitis Achilles tendinitis Heel pain Ankle sprains and fractures Foot fractures Sports-related injuries Bunions and hammertoes Corns and calluses Diabetic foot care Fungal infections Ingrown toenails Heel spurs Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need...

Struggling with Ingrown Toenails? We Can Help
...Give us a call! Don’t let ingrown toenails, fungal infections, bunions, or other issues affect the health of your feet—turn to your footcare experts in Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Riverview, and Wesley Chapel, FL...

Treating Diabetic Feet
...Early detection of circulation issues, nerve degeneration (neuropathy), and deformities, such as hammertoes, bunions, and Charcot Foot, are key...

What is Metatarsalgia?
...High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms...

Bunions: Symptoms and Treatment Options
With the ability to cause nagging discomfort throughout the day and prohibit daily movements as simple as walking, bunions can quickly turn from a barely noticeable bump on your toe, to a painful deformity that detracts from your over wellbeing...

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