Items filtered by date: February 2024

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Morton’s Neuroma and Flat Feet

Morton's neuroma is characterized by nerve inflammation or thickening between the metatarsal bones. This condition poses significant discomfort, made worse by wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels. People with flat feet face an elevated risk of developing Morton’s neuroma because of altered foot mechanics that increase pressure on the nerves. Symptoms of Morton's neuroma include sharp pain between toes and a burning sensation while walking or standing. Numbness, tingling, and inflammation also may be experienced. Diagnostic tools to determine the severity of Morton’s neuroma include musculoskeletal ultrasound, X-rays, and MRIs. Treatment may encompass modifying activity, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and adjusting footwear. A podiatrist may prescribe corticosteroid injections and suggest custom orthotics for additional relief. In some cases, minimally invasive surgical options to remove the neuroma may be necessary. If you are experiencing the above symptoms in the ball of the foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options. 

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

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 Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 23 February 2024 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Poor circulation in the feet can manifest through various symptoms, indicating potential underlying health issues. Individuals may experience sensations of numbness, tingling, or pins and needles in the feet, often referred to as paresthesia. Coldness or coolness in the feet, even when the weather is warm, can also be a sign of reduced blood flow. Swelling, particularly in the ankles and feet, may occur due to fluid buildup caused by compromised circulation. Additionally, changes in skin color or texture, such as pale or bluish discoloration and dry or cracked skin, can indicate inadequate blood supply to the feet. Slow-healing wounds or ulcers, particularly on the feet or lower legs, may develop due to reduced oxygen and nutrient delivery to the tissues. Recognizing these symptoms of poor circulation is critical for seeking medical evaluation and addressing underlying causes. Many patients have symptoms of poor circulation in the feet. If this applies to you, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer relief and treatment solutions.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.


Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Neuropathy, a condition involving damaged or dysfunctional nerves, can cause chronic ankle pain. Neuropathy may occur after an ankle injury or surgery. When the nerves responsible for transmitting signals from the feet to the brain are affected, it can cause altered sensations and heightened pain responses. Peripheral neuropathy, where the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord are affected, is common in people with Type 2 diabetes. They may experience lessened ability to perceive pain, especially in the feet and lower legs, because persistently high blood sugar damages nerves. Neuropathy can also lead to muscle weakness, which puts patients at increased risk of injury to the ankles. If you’re experiencing chronic ankle pain, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose the source of the pain and offer treatment options for conditions like neuropathy. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

How Podiatrists Manage Diabetic Feet

Podiatrists play a vital role in diabetic foot care, offering specialized assistance to prevent foot complications from developing. People with diabetes need to pay close attention to foot care, because high blood sugar can cause damage to nerves and result in poor blood circulation in the feet. When people cannot feel pain in their feet, they may not notice problems such as cuts and ulcers. Wounds are at even higher risk for infection as a result of poor blood flow. Podiatrists help by conducting regular foot exams to identify any issues early on. They also perform neurovascular and musculoskeletal assessments for the feet. Podiatrists educate their patients about proper foot hygiene, nail care, and daily foot checks, as well as recommend suitable footwear to prevent problems. If a patient has foot issues such as calluses, corns, or ingrown toenails, this type of doctor can treat them to prevent the issues from worsening. If you have diabetes and suspect foot problems, it is suggested you consult a podiatrist who can help you manage and prevent foot-related complications due to having diabetes. 

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, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially 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, as 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 Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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