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 (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 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...

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, 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...

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...

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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... 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...

...You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms: An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint Treatment For a Bunion Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity...

Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are thick, hardened areas of skin that develop in response to your body's natural defense to repeated pressure or friction...

How to Minimize Diabetic Foot Problems
...Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance Never treat corns or calluses on your own...

...Other signs and symptoms include: Difficult or painful motion of a toe joint Redness or swelling at a toe joint Development of calluses and corns Open sores in severe cases The foot and ankle professionals at our office recommend the following for preventing and reducing the symptoms associated with hammertoe: Wear comfortable, proper-fitting shoes that provide support and allow enough room for your toes Avoid high-heeled or narrow-toed shoes Stretch your toe muscles to relieve pressure and pain Apply splints, cushions or pads to relieve pressure Moisturize with cream to keep the skin soft Generally, a modification of footwear will reduce the symptoms associated with hammertoe...

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...

High Fashion Footwear May Come with a High Price
...The bunion forces the big toe to slant in toward the other toes, resulting in discomfort, blisters, corns and calluses...

Walking Your Way To Good Foot Health
... If the Shoe Fits - Get Walking! Footwear plays a vital role in the duration of your walking routine, and shoes that don't fit properly or that lack support can lead to foot pain or injuries, such as blisters, corns, calluses, nail fungus and plantar fasciitis...

Foot Health and Aging: How to Keep Your Feet Supporting You for Life
... Never cut corns or calluses on your own...

What's Slowing Down Your Game? It Could Be Faulty Foot Mechanics
... It’s important that athletes visit their podiatrist for a thorough assessment of their biomechanics at the first sign of a problem or pain, including foot discomfort, poor balance or unexplained corns and calluses...

Diabetic Foot Care
...For people living with diabetes, common problems that are little more than a nuisance for most people--such as corns, calluses, cuts, blisters, and ingrown toenails--can lead to infections that can threaten a diabetic patient's health...

Expert Corn Removal: Finding the Best Treatment for Painful Corns
Corns are thickened areas of skin that develop in response to excessive pressure and friction...

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...

Taking Steps Toward Healthier, More Attractive Feet
...Mild foot problems, such as ulcers, corns, cracked heels and ingrown toenails can turn into serious complications without proper care...

Common Childhood Foot Injuries and Ailments
...Shoes that are too tight can cause blisters, calluses and corns on the toes and heels...

How We Can Help You Deal With Your Foot Pain
... - Calluses and corns (growths of skin that can become painful)...

Are You Dealing With Bunions?
...Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling...

What to Do If You Have a Bunion
...Other issues may contribute to bunion formation, such as: Flat feet Occupational foot stress Genetics and foot type Foot trauma, or injury Foot injuries Tight, narrow shoes and high heels The problem with bunions is that they can cause other toe deformities, like: Arthritis Corns Hammertoes Bursitis Calluses Hallus Abducto Valgus (When the bunion rotates towards the second toe) Treatment Before resorting to surgery, there are conservative methods to help treat bunions, such as: Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication Taping foot to support bunion and cushioning it Wearing shoe inserts, or padding to cushion bunion and reduce friction Changing to wide, supportive shoes, or sandals, instead of tight, narrow shoes Your Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Wesley Chapel and Riverview doctor may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position...

What Are Corns?
Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences...

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...

Treating Diabetic Feet
... Get in-office treatment of calluses and corns, says the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons...

Dealing With Claw Toes and Mallet Toes
... Buying shoes with more room in the toes, filing down calluses and corns, and padding the toes most often relieve the pain...

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Zephyrhills Office
Zephyrhills Podiatry
6326 Fort King Road
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
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936 Cypress Village Blvd. Suite B
Sun City Center, FL 33573
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Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
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Apollo Beach/Riverview Office
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10141 Big Bend Road, Suite 207
Riverview, FL 33578
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