Find Answers From Our Roanoke Podiatrists About Your Foot and Ankle Pain...and About Our Practice!
We love to hear (and answer) your questions! Listed are some frequently asked questions we receive at office, as well as some answers to others that we think you may find very informative. Make sure to check out our blog as well, where you’ll find in-depth articles on common feet and ankle problems.
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Is this procedure/shot, etc. going to hurt?
Everyone has a different tolerance for pain. The shot may feel like a bee sting, we use a cold spray to reduce the chance of you feeling the needle. We will go slow and explain what we are doing as we go along to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
How long has Dr. Keller been in this office/in practice?
Dr. Keller (formerly Dr. Feeny) started the practice in Troutville in 2001.
Is there a certain time of day that is best to shop for shoes?
Oddly enough, yes! It is best to shop for shoes at the end of the day. As the day progresses, your feet change in width and length. To prevent injury to your feet caused by an ill-fitted shoe, wait until the evening to go shopping.
I am diabetic and I have a blister on my foot. Should I be concerned?
There is one answer to this question: Yes! A blister on a diabetic foot may indicate a severe infection. Because diabetic feet respond differently than healthy feet, redness, heat, and drainage are usually positive signs of a severe infection. This is one example of something I would consider to be an emergency.
How do I know if I should have my bunions fixed or leave them alone?
There are two lines of thought on this issue. The younger you are, the better your healing potential. You are also less likely to have other medical conditions or arthritis in the joint that can affect the outcome of the surgery. But, there is always that small possibility that you develop a complication after surgery. So, if it is not hurting, leave it alone. I usually suggest waiting until it starts interfering with what a person wants to do.