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ankle surgeryDevin Robinson of the Florida Gators will be out for a few more months as he continues recovering from the foot surgery he had in April to repair a stress fracture in his foot. Robison “was the team’s fifth-leading scorer (9.0 points) and third-leading rebounder (5.6 rebounds) in 2015-16.” Robinson is expected to return to play for the Gators after his recovery.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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toenail fungus7Foot amputations are serious and on the rise, but can be easily remedied with proper assessments by your podiatrist. Foot amputations are most commonly associated with diabetes, when diabetic ulcers develop on the feet and are left untreated. This can lead to infection and the need for amputation if the wounds become severe enough. Proper preventative care is essential in managing your feet as a diabetic patient.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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broken toe3Damon Jackson suffered a broken toe while practicing push kicks before his meeting with Georgian wrestler Levan Makashvili. “It snapped. I felt it, and as soon as it happened, I knew it was broke,” Jackson said of his broken toe. The next day Jackson found his foot swollen and badly bruised. He said that he was determined to battle through the injury.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 09 May 2016 13:49

Managing Your Morton’s Neuroma

foot care6Morton’s neuroma is a condition in which small lumps develop between the third and fourth toes on the nerves, leading to pain, tingling, and irritation. The pain usually occurs in the ball area of your toes. Morton’s neuroma can be caused by various factors, including ill-fitting shoes such as high heels, stress on the feet from high pressure activities, and conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, or flat feet. Treatment options for Morton’s neuroma include changing your footwear, custom orthotics, injections that will help reduce inflammation of the nerve tissues, and surgical removal.

Morton’s Neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • -Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • -Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • -Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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plantar fasciitis6Star forward Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz was unable to play in the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of plantar fasciitis in his foot. Recovery time for Hayward was then unknown, but the Jazz medical staff suggested that “the best course of action for Hayward [is] to undergo a period of treatment and rehabilitation.”

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·     Excessive running

·     Non-supportive shoes

·     Overpronation

·     Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·     Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·     Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·     Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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