Relieving Your Foot Care Stress and Concerns

When you’re feeling lousy or have inexplicable pain, not knowing the reason behind it can make the discomfort seem that much worse. However, before you fall into the paranoid well of online diagnosis, allow us—the professionals—the chance to answer your questions and relieve your concerns. Our extensive knowledge and experience with all types of foot-related problems not only can help you understand your pain, but also can convince you to get the proper treatment. Come see what we have to offer.

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  • What should I look for in shoes for seniors?

    Here are some tips to follow when shopping for shoes for seniors:

    Go in the afternoon or evening to find shoes that will fit even when your feet swell during the day. Wear the socks you will use, and get your feet measured each time, because feet change in shape and size as you age.

    Make sure the shoes are sturdy. If you squeeze the heel, it should feel firm and not collapse. You shouldn’t be able to twist the shoe in the middle, but the toe area should be a bit flexible. It should also have room for your toes to lie flat without being pressured or pinched.

    Your shoes should feel comfortable right away, and they should help you feel steady on your feet. Walk around in them for five minutes or more. When you remove them, check for redness on your feet that would indicate pressure spots.

    For more information, or for help with any foot concern you have, call Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Orange City, FL, at (386) 775-2281, or one of the other locations listed on our website. We want your feet to grow old with you—gracefully and free of pain.

  • What does a podiatrist do?

    A podiatrist has special medical training to diagnose and treat problems of the feet and ankles. We examine your feet, perform any tests needed, and talk with you about ways to treat your condition that fit your particular needs. We offer a wide variety of conservative and surgical remedies to relieve your foot pain. Within the broader podiatric field there are many specialties. Our office focuses on conditions such as pediatrics, diabetic foot care, sports injuries, and innovative therapies.  

    For everything from an ingrown toenail to chronic heel pain, podiatrists like our experts at Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Florida are the best qualified to correctly identify what is causing your foot problem. Call our offices at the following numbers: Daytona Beach: (386) 274-3336, Port Orange: (386) 788-6333, Palm Coast: (386) 586-7373, Orange City: (386) 775-2281, and Edgewater: (386) 957-4818 and kick your foot pain out the door.

  • What should I expect during my first appointment?

    Your first appointment is our chance to get to know you and understand the foot health issues that concern you. It involves collecting all the new patient information we need to make sure your care and treatment go as smoothly as possible. We will ask about your medical history and any conditions that run in your family, as well as what activities you engage in and the specific problem that brings you to our office. We will also need basic data such as your address, emergency contact, and insurance coverage. Downloading and filling out the various forms before you come is very helpful, as it allows us more time to talk together when you come in. We recommend that you write down any questions you have about us, too. The friendly staff at Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates looks forward to being part of your health care team!

  • Do I need bunion surgery?

    You can probably manage your bunions without surgery. Most cases respond well to conservative treatments like choosing the right shoes, using the RICE treatment (Rest/Ice/Compression/Elevation), or taking pain relievers under a doctor’s recommendation. At Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates our podiatrists treat this condition often. We can fit you for a custom orthotic that corrects problems in your gait—a remedy that has helped many of our patients. In fact, we don’t recommend bunion surgery unless unresolved pain issues make it difficult for you to function normally. If surgery is needed, we will walk you through every step of the way.

    For bunion relief, call our Daytona Beach office at (386) 274-3336 or the Port Orange office at (386) 788-6333, or visit our website for other locations on Florida’s east coast. Digital X-rays are offered right in our office if needed, and we will be pleased to give you expert care for all your foot problems.

  • What’s the difference between a bunion and bunionette?

    A bunion and a bunionette are two forms of the same problem: bones in your toe joints that become misaligned. The first occurs in the MTP (metatarsophalangeal) joint where your big toe joins the foot, and the second in that same joint of the littlest toe. The toe leans toward its neighbor, and the joint moves in the opposite direction, causing it to bump out at the side of your foot.

    The location and toe involved are the main differences. In other aspects these deformities are very similar. Both are caused by pressure on the toes that moves them out of position. This is usually the result of biomechanical issues—the way your foot bones move while walking and running. The condition is aggravated by shoes that are too tight or pinch you toes so they are unable to move normally with your steps.

    If you notice a bump starting to form on your foot, contact the staff at Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates for treatment options to keep it from becoming a debilitating problem. Call us in Daytona Beach: (386) 274-3336, Port Orange: (386) 788-6333, Palm Coast: (386) 586-7373, Orange City: (386) 775-2281, or Edgewater, FL: (386) 957-4818.

  • What’s the bump on the side of my big toe?

    Unless you have broken your toe and the bone is jutting out, the bump on the inside of your toe joint is a probably a deformity called a bunion. How you take each step depends on several factors, such as the type of foot structure you inherited, a disease like arthritis, a former injury, or even the shoes you wear. When the pressure on your foot isn’t distributed properly from one of these factors, your big toe is pushed out of position with each step. The tip bends towards your other toes, forcing the joint at the bottom of the great toe toward the side. This is where the bony bump forms. These deformities can become very large and painful, making it difficult to wear shoes or walk comfortably.

    If you notice a bump forming, contact Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates as soon as possible. Our expert podiatrists have many remedies to treat and even help prevent a bunion. Call our Daytona Beach office at (386) 274-3336, or contact one of the other locations on our website.

  • What are the symptoms of tendonitis?

    Tendonitis is the condition when one of the bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone becomes inflamed. Typical symptoms of tendonitis include pain, stiffness, swelling, tenderness, and weakness.

    The pain can be a muted aching, or a sharp, intense stabbing, and it is also described as burning pain that radiates to various surrounding areas. The tendon can stiffen up as it cools down, which makes it difficult to move properly. Swollen tissue can also feel stiff, as there is not enough room or flexibility for it to move freely. Whereas pain often occurs when you try to move, tenderness can also be felt when you press on the damaged tendon. If there is weakness, it is possible the tendon has been torn, as well as being inflamed.

    Remember to condition muscles and tendons, and use stretching to avoid problems with tendinitis. When you notice redness, warmth, or fever, don’t delay calling Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates to evaluate your condition. If you keep walking on damaged tendons, they will only get worse. Contact us at our Port Orange or Palm Coast offices—(386) 788-6333 or (386) 586-7373—or our three other Florida locations listed on our website. 

  • What is the recovery time for Achilles tendon surgery?

    Surgery is often the best way to assure full recovery from a tendon tear and avoid future injuries. Achilles tendon recovery times can vary, but you should plan on several months before you can resume your normal activities.

    Recovery time will include 6 to 12 weeks in a cast or surgical boot. At first, it will keep your foot pointed slightly downward so the tear can heal. Then it will gradually move your foot into a neutral position as healing continues.

    Physical therapy may begin as soon as possible. It will include exercises to regain movement in the ankle joint, followed by those to strengthen the tendon and muscles. Part of the routine may include working on gait training to prevent further biomechanical problems that may weaken the tendon.

    The better you follow the physical therapy regimen, the quicker you will regain use of your ankle, but it will likely take 4 to 6 months before you are in condition to participate in sports.

    Our foot experts can guide you through every step of your recovery. Call Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates Orange City, FL, office at (386) 775-2281 or check our website for other locations near you.

  • How can I treat heel pain after a run?

    To treat heel pain from plantar fasciitis (the most common cause) try these remedies after you run. Roll a golf ball under your arch to massage the area, then do the same with a frozen water bottle to reduce swelling and pain.

    Whether you are running or just walking around the house, make sure you use proper footwear. Flat sandals or flip-flops do not give your arch enough support and can make it harder to recover from the condition. Your shoes should fit comfortably, support your particular arch style, and have enough cushioning to absorb the impact of your steps.

    If proper shoes don’t offer enough relief, we can design custom orthotic inserts to help provide what your feet need. Call Atlantic Foot and Ankle Associates in Port Orange, FL, at (386) 788-6333, or in Edgewater at (386) 957-4818, for more information, or to get help for your heel pain.

  • Why does my heel hurt in the morning?

    When your heel hurts in the morning as you first stand on it, the culprit is usually plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the ligament at the bottom of your foot (plantar fascia) that helps support your arch.

    The pain is caused by inflammation of the ligament and surrounding tissue, often due to overuse that stretches the ligament too far. The reason that the pain is worse when you first get up is that the ligament contracts while you rest. Then when you stand and the ligament suddenly is stretched taut again, it pulls where it’s attached to the heel bone. This tension can damage the lining of the bone or the fibers of the ligament itself. Your body rushes blood, fluid, and nutrients to the area to repair the damage, and inflammation results.

    Other causes for sore heels include heel bursitis (inflammation of the protective bursa), Achilles tendon problems, arthritis, stress fractures, or (in kids) Sever’s disease.

    For help with morning heel pain, contact the experts at Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Florida. Call (386) 788-6333 in Port Orange, FL, or check our website for our other four locations and phone numbers.