Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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Should I cut off my foot wart?
If you want to remove a foot wart, it’s not a good idea to attempt excising it yourself. Trying to cut off your wart may actually damage the healthy surrounding tissues. It can also create scarring and may not stop the growth from returning, since cutting it doesn’t necessarily eliminate the virus causing the problem. Warts are stubborn infections and will come back if the virus stays in the skin. Other more conservative measures are usually better.
Talk to our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona about noninvasive ways to remove a foot wart, like peeling medications or freezing therapy. Immunity-boosting injections, beetle juice medicines, and other physical therapy methods are also effective. Even some home remedies may help. Try these approaches first before looking into a minor procedure to cut away the growth. If you’re struggling with a stubborn skin lesion, let us know. Just contact either of our two Arizona offices for an appointment: for the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; for the Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.
Why does it feel like there is a stone in my shoe?
If you feel like you’re walking on a stone, but nothing is in your shoe, you may have developed a Morton’s neuroma. This is an uncomfortable swelling and thickening of the nervous tissue between two metatarsal heads in the ball of the foot. Typically, this appears between the third and fourth digits. The more pressure you place on the ball of your foot, the more uncomfortable the neuroma will feel. Often you develop problems like tingling, numbness, and burning pain that radiates into your toes, in addition to the feeling of standing on a rock.
If you’re experiencing nerve pain in your lower limbs, you shouldn’t ignore it. Nerve damage—and the pain that goes with it—can become permanent if not treated promptly. Let our team of experts here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona take care of your Morton’s neuroma pain. You can reach us for an appointment or more information by using our online contact form, calling, or faxing us: call our Chandler office at (480) 963-9000 or fax us at (480) 963-0375; call our Gilbert location at (480) 981-1800 or fax us at (480) 981-0229.
How are mid-foot injuries treated?
How mid-foot injuries are treated depends on the severity of the problem. Many of the injuries in the arch or Lisfranc joint area can be quite serious. Conservative therapies work best for the mild conditions. This involves wearing a non-weight bearing boot or cast for several weeks to allow the damaged tissues to heal. Then you’ll ease your way back to using your foot. You may need physical therapy to regain your full strength.
More serious mid-foot injuries, like Lisfranc dislocations or fractures, may need surgery to realign the damaged bones. Sometimes this can include pinning or screwing the affected bones in place, so your mid-foot heals properly. Once again, you’ll need to avoid putting weight on the foot for a time, then slowly work your way back to walking normally.
Prompt and accurate treatment is the key to recovering from a mid-foot problem. Let our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you restore your foot’s function. To make an appointment with us, you can call, fax, or submit an online request. For the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; for the Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.
Does stretching prevent injury?
For many years, people have been stretching to prevent injury during activities. While the principle of this practice is right—activating muscles before exercising does prevent painful problems—cold and static stretching may not be the best for your performance. Some sports do need significant flexibility. For these activities, stretching during your warm up is an important part of preparing your muscles. For most sports, however, you don’t need increased flexibility to perform well. Stretching before you participate, then, could over-loosen your muscles. Instead of stretching, prevent injury by practicing dynamic warm-ups that activate your muscles and prepare them for the strain of your activities.
Traditional static stretching is a better part of your cool-down routine to help prevent your muscles from tightening up and risking injury after your activities. If you’re not sure how to stretch dynamically, or you’re concerned by some foot pain that has developed, contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for an evaluation. Use our online contact form, call, or fax us to reach our two offices: for our Chandler location, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; to reach our Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.
How do I get an ingrown toenail?
You can get an ingrown toenail in many different ways. Shoes that squeeze your toes and press down on your nails can cause them to curl. Cutting your nails too short or clipping the corners may allow the tissue to grow into the skin. Dropping a heavy object on your foot or kicking something too hard can damage the nail and influence its growth. Your natural nail shape may play a role as well. Some people have curved nails that may be more prone to ingrowing.
However your nail problem developed, taking care of it promptly can help eliminate the pain and prevent infections. While some conservative measures may help, having the offending edge cut away and the toe treated for bacteria is the best way to truly deal with the problem. If you develop an ingrown nail, Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona is here to help. You can reach us for an appointment to take care of your nails by calling, faxing, or submitting a form on our website: for the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; to get the Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
How long does a heel fracture take to heal?
A heel fracture can be a serious break that requires extended healing time. It may need up to 10 - 12 weeks of no weight-bearing on the bone. Your foot will most likely be in a cast or boot to immobilize it. You will also need treatment to bring down the swelling. If your bone requires surgery, this takes place after the initial swelling has decreased and may add a few weeks to your recovery time. Even after the bone has recovered, you will be at risk for chronic problems like arthritis, so you may need additional therapies.
Failing to remedy the problem could lead to deformities and permanent weakness and pain, so seek immediate treatment. The sooner the problem is addressed, the more likely you will recover without severe complications. Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona by using the online contact form, calling, or faxing our two locations: call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 our Chandler office; or call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 our Gilbert location.
What can I do to treat my foot odor?
Foot odor is a common problem, but home care can help. Smelly feet are the result of your sweat mixing with the bacteria that live on the surface of your skin and in your shoes. Dealing with the sweat can help reduce or eliminate the unpleasant scent. Wear moisture-wicking, fitted socks made from breathable materials. Make sure your shoes allow air to circulate—skip the plastic kind in favor of those made with canvas, leather, or mesh. Wash and dry your feet daily to keep them clean, and avoid wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row. If you sweat heavily or participate in athletics, change your socks during the day to minimize how much moisture stays trapped against your skin. Apply antiperspirant deodorant, sprays, or powders to your feet and footwear; these can help with both the moisture and the smell.
If you continue to struggle with smelly feet, let our staff at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you with more intensive ways of managing foot odor. You can use our website, call, or fax a request for an appointment: to reach the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; to reach the Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
What are symptoms of capsulitis?
Symptoms of capsulitis are uncomfortable. You develop pain in the forefoot, particularly underneath the first joint of the affected digit. Any toes can have this problem, though the second digit is the most common. You may notice swelling around the painful spot, including at the base of the toe. Sometimes, people feel like they are standing on a small marble or a wrinkled sock. Movement makes the discomfort worse. You’ll have difficulty wearing certain shoes, particularly models that add pressure to the forefoot, like high heels. Advanced capsulitis causes the affected digit to drift out of the correct alignment. You may end up with your second toe crossed over its neighbor.
Since the early stages of the condition can resemble nerve damage from a neuroma, you’ll need to have the condition carefully examined to diagnose and treat it correctly. The sooner you identify the problem, the easier it will be to treat. Let our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help. You can call, fax, or send us an online request to reach us: for the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; and for the Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
What is this painful arch mass on my foot?
A plantar fibroma puts a whole new meaning to the term "stepping stone." Found on the bottom of your foot, this painful arch mass is usually slow growing and measures less than an inch in size. Plantar fibromatosis, on the other hand, is more invasive and grows much more rapidly. Both of these nodules are actually benign tumors made up of cells found between your heel pad and forefoot. The more aggressive condition may even involve the skin and muscle layers as well as digital nerves and arteries.
If you've found a tender bump in the middle of your arch, seek treatment. Painful fibromas can be treated both surgically and non-surgically, depending on the severity. Dr. David Laurino and Dr. Antonius Su can help. You can reach the experts here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists by calling our Chandler office at (480) 963-9000 or our Gilbert location at (480) 981-1800. You can also conveniently make an appointment right here, online, by using our online contact form. It's time to take a stand against unnecessary pressure and pain.
What is causing my ankle pain?
Many different issues can cause ankle pain. The source of your discomfort largely depends on what structures within the joint are affected. A series of bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels make up the ankle, and issues in any of those can cause discomfort. The most common injuries include sprains, tendonitis, connective tissue ruptures, fractures, and arthritis. Tarsal tunnel syndrome, narrowed arteries, and bursitis are also culprits for joint discomfort.
If you’re struggling with ankle pain or weakness, don’t continue your normal activities without accommodations and hope it will improve on its own. In most cases, you need to have the condition examined and allow it to heal to restore the joint to full strength. Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for more information or an appointment to see about healing your lower limbs. Don’t wait until you can barely walk. Call, fax, or use our online contact form to reach either of our two office locations: to reach the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; to reach the Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.