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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  • 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.