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...

Flat Feet
...with flat feet, also known as fallen arches, the arches of their feet are either partially or completely collapsed...

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...

Pregnancy and Foot Pain: How Mothers-to-Be Can Relieve Aching Feet
... Another troubling foot problem that can occur during pregnancy is over-pronation (flat feet) which is caused when a person's arch flattens out upon weight bearing causing the feet to turn in abnormally...

Healthy Footwear Promote Healthy Feet
...if you have flat feet, select shoes with good arch support) Still not ready to part with your favorite pair of sneakers or trendy heels...

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment
... Foot deformities, such as flat feet, which increase strain on the nerve...

Looking After Little Feet: Proper Foot Care for Your Baby
...A young child can be affected by foot conditions such as: Intoeing Outoeing Flat feet Warts Heel pain Tips for Parents Parents can help promote normal, healthy foot development for their baby...

Prevention and Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis
...People with flat feet, arthritis and other foot problems are also more susceptible to develop Achilles tendonitis due to increased demands placed on the tendon when walking...

Are Your Feet a Pain in the Back?
...Also known as flat feet, this condition causes the foot’s arch to flatten and collapse under the body’s weight...

Heel Pain? Seek Expert Care from Your Podiatrist
... Faulty foot structures, such as flat feet or high arches, are common causes of plantar fasciitis...

Heel Pain
... While anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, the most common causes of the condition include: Running Being overweight Walking/working out with shoes that do not provide adequate support, especially for people with a high arch, flat feet, or biomechanics issues that cause weight to be distributed unevenly as a person walks and stands...

Common Childhood Foot Injuries and Ailments
...This includes pigeon toes, flat feet and knock knees...

Help Your Child Avoid The Aches and Pains of Pediatric Flat Foot
...While many toddlers grow out of flat feet, it is important to pay close attention to your child’s feet in order to ensure they are developing properly...

Are You Dealing With Bunions?
...Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet)...

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...

Types of Custom Orthotics
... Podiatrists typically recommend custom orthotics for people with flat feet, or very high arches...

What is a Neuroma?
... Neuroma Causes While the causes of a neuroma are still not clear, there are factors that can increase the likelihood of developing one, such as: Extremely high arches Flat feet Trauma that leads to nerve damage in the feet Improper footwear (high heels over two-inches tall; pointed toes) Repeated stress placed on the foot Treating a Neuroma A neuroma will not go away on its own, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing any of the condition's symptoms...

Taking Care of Flat Feet
While there are many people with flat feet, often times they won’t even know it; however, there are others with flat feet that regularly experience pain, soreness, and other problems...

Taking Care of Little Feet
...A young child can be affected by foot conditions such as: Intoeing Out-toeing Flat feet Warts Heel pain Tips for Parents Parents can help promote normal, healthy foot development for their baby...

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