Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


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Questions and Answer

Condition – Feet-Poor Circulation Q: What can you do about cold feet?

A: Cold feet is a sign that you have poor circulation.  Try to keep moisture away from your foot because that could cause your feet to get cold.  If your feet remain cold then go to your podiatrist. 


Condition – Flatfeet-foot pain Q: I have been having foot pain and noticed that the arch of my feet are starting to lower. Could this be a cause of falling arches?

A: Yes, you are suffering from falling arches, also known as flatfeet.  Flatfeet can be caused by weakened muscle due to aging or due to injury.  Flatfeet can also be hereditary. 

Condition – Heal-Foot Pain Q: There is a bump on the back of my heel that is causing foot pain. What is the bump called and what should I do?

A: The bump is Haglund’s deformity; this is cause by shoes and excessive use of the Achilles tendon.  Use orthotic devices to help support the arch of your foot.  There is also medication that could treat Haglund.  If the problem still continues see your podiatrist.


Condition – Neuroma – Defined Q. Could you please tell me what is a Neuroma?
A. The most common neuroma is Morton’s neuroma which occurs in the foot. It is a thickened nerve tissue area and can develop in other parts of your body.  More specific a Morton’s neuroma will frequently appear at the toe area in the third and fourth toes.  The enlargement of the nerve will lead to foot pain, numbness, a burning and/or tingling feeling.


Condition – Neuroma and Foot Pain Q: A year or so I had a Neuroma removed from my foot and every once in awhile I get these sudden foot pains.  Why does my foot still hurt?

A: Only about 25% of patients have negative responses to neuroma surgery.  You should treat your feet by wearing supportive shoes and use orthotics, which will help with your foot pains.  If you are still experiencing any foot pain, then you should go see your doctor immediately. 

Footwear Q: A few years back I had bunion surgery.  After the surgery it healed well. Now my big toe is starting to overlap my second toe.  What can I do to stop this?

A: Wearing a well-fitted shoe will help decrease any foot pain you might be experiencing.  Wearing a high and wide shoe might be better treatment for your foot.

Footwear-treatment Q: My favorite hobby is to run and I suffer a case of Post-Tib .  What kind of footwear should I use for exercise activities.

A: Proper footwear for running would be a shoe with a wide toe and orthotic cushion that will give you extra support and stability.


Heels – Foot Pain Q: Lately I have been getting sharp heel pains and it hurts especially when I wake up in the morning.  Is there anything that will stop this foot pain?

A: This could be because of Heel spurs develop as an abnormal growth in the heel bone, which is very painful in the morning. You might want to wear some kind of supportive shoe right when you wake up to help your foot pain.


Podiatry Surgery Q: Are there any new Podiatry surgical operations that are available?

A: Yes, the procedure is called Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy a, which will help with heel pain.  If you do go along with this procedure you may experience side effects like infections and numbness.


Toes-Foot Pain Q: Once in awhile my toes start to hurt.  It is an on going pain and get blisters on top of my toes. What can I do to stop this pain?

A: The blisters on your toes could be a case of hammertoes. Hammertoes are usually caused from your toes rubbing against your shoes because your shoes might be too small. To decrease the blistering you should get some toecaps to protect your feet or purchase bigger shoes.


Condition – Athlete’s Foot How do I prevent athlete’s foot?

Fungus that causes athlete’s foot usually grows in dark, moist environments like locker rooms, spas, pools and other public areas. You can prevent getting athlete’s foot by wearing rubber flip-flops when you use public showers or walking around locker rooms.

Condition – Bunions Do I just leave my bunions alone and let them heal by itself or do I have to get them fixed?

If your bunions are affecting your daily activities and hurts every time you walk on your feet, then you should probably go see your podiatrist.

Condition – Corns/Bunions and Foot Pain How do corns, calluses and bunions differ?

A corn is an area of thickened skin due to pressure and can be found on top, bottoms or between the toes. Callus is an area of hard skin because of repeated friction and it is painless. A bunion is a painful swelling at the base of the toe, which is enlarge and misaligned.

Condition – Crooked Toes I was wondering why my toes are starting to go crooked and why are they starting to hurt?

Crooked toes can be a result of shoes you wear.   The reason they are hurting is because you are starting to get arthritis in your toes and now are less flexible. If the pain doesn’t stop go see your podiatrist.

Condition – Diabetes and Foot Pain Can foot pain identify if someone has diabetes without being diagnosed from it?

Yes. If you feel sharp foot pains like a needle is stabbing you in the foot, numbness, or other foot problems can be a sign of diabetes.

Condition – Dry Heels What can I do about dry heels?

You should go to your podiatrist.  You should also moisturize your feet with foot cream.  Make sure you moisturize daily.

Condition – Flatfeet – Children Can children be treated for flatfeet?

Yes, if your child has flatfeet and causes foot pain, you should take him/her to the podiatrist to have their feet examine and figure out the best solution for them.

Condition – Fungus How can you determine if you have fungus growing on your nails?

Usually you can determine fungus by seeing if there is a dark yellow, sometimes black color on your nails.  If you let the fungus grow it can get thicker and the nail will become brittle.

Condition – Heel Pain What do you do about heel pain?

Wear shoes with good arch support and make sure to ice the heel.  If you still have foot pain then go see you podiatrist

Condition – Ingrown Nails and Foot Pain How to prevent ingrown nails?

The best way to prevent ingrown toenails is to neatly trim your toenails straight across and carefully cut the edges with a file.

Condition – Plantar and Foot Pain I have had a pain in my heel for a few weeks now.  I was wondering ,could that be a sign of plantar fasciitis?

It could, but there are many other conditions that causes heal pain like arthritis, Achilles Tendinitis, and growth spurs.

Condition – Warts Are warts contagious?

Yes, warts can be contagious.  It is very common to get warts in public areas like a swimming pool, locker rooms, or public showers.  Wearing flip-flops reduces your chances of catching this virus.

Foot Pain – General What kinds of conditions are involved in foot pain?

Diabetes, arthritis, and nerve damage are involved with foot pain.

Foot Pain – General Do women have a higher risk of foot pain?

Yes, women who wear high heals all the time could get foot pain like corns, calluses and bunions.

Foot Pain – General How do doctors diagnose foot pain?

Doctor usually determines foot pain by just looking or feeling the injured foot.  They also will use x-rays or MRI.

Foot Pain – General
Who do I see when I have foot pains?

Podiatrists are specialized doctors who concentrate only on the foot and ankle.  So if you are having foot problems then the best choice is to go to the Podiatrist.

Foot Pain – General I’ve been having foot pains under the balls of my feet.  What is causing this?

When having foot pains under the balls it is referred to as “metatarsalgia” many different things can cause this, it could be a damaged nerve or a torn ligament.  To find out have a podiatrist evaluate your feet.

Foot Pain – Generial What causes foot pain?

Many things like fractures, tearing a tendon, ingrown toenail, or athlete’s foot, can cause foot pain.

Hammer toes and Foot Pain What are hammertoes?

Hammertoe is a deformed toe, which is bent in a claw like arch.

Othotics How often do you replace orthotics?

It really depends how active you are.  Experts say orthotics should be replaced every 1 or 1.5 years.

Podiatric Surgery Can you go to a podiatrist for cosmetic surgery for feet?

Podiatrists only perform surgeries for patients who suffer from foot pain.

Running Shoes How many times should I replace my running shoes?

Experts say that people who run a lot should change their shoes every three to four months.

Synovial Fluid Test What is synovial fluid analysis?

A synovial fluid analysis is a test that uses a needle to take a sample of fluid from the joint to detect foot problems.