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Dr. Scott Koppel

Podiatry
Gainesville, FL
29 years experience male

Locations

Family Podiatry and Vein Care

Gainesville, FL

Address

500 NW 43rd Street, Suite 2, Gainesville, FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Insurances accepted

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Office

Gainesville, FL

About

Bio

17 years of care of the foot and ankle. 7 years of care for Venous Insufficiency. The areas only VNUS center for excellence.

Specialties
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Podiatry

Vascular Surgery

Doctor Q&A

54 Answers
10 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
OTC NSAIDS: Use naprosyn (naproxen) or ibuprofen. The max dosage of naprosyn (naproxen) is 1000mg/day and Ibuprofen is 3600mg a day in 4 divided doses.
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Venous Insufficiency: Likely you have venous stasis of venous insufficiency. You leg veins may not be carrying blood upwards, and as such, the fluid in the blood leaks out... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
No: That is not a possibility.
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
So many things: Possibilities include a neuroma, nerve entrapment, diabetic or peripheral neuropathy, athletes foot, tarsal tunnel syndrome and a host of other things... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Decrease your carbs: Consider a paleo diet, low in carbs. Avoid processed milk and cheese. Raw nuts, vegetables and various organic meats.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Probably: You dont know you have a staph infection. You dont know if you even have an infection, much less the exact bacteria which might be causing it. And p... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Pain in the foot: This question is way too vague to be answered appropriately.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Magnesium: Many of my patients have tried potassium and quinine without improvement, but 900mg of magnesium at dinner and 900mg at bedtime works well for most.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Arthritis: There are so many causes of joint swelling including various types of arthritis, fluid retention from heart disease, or infectious etiologies. Given ... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Positioning: Likely you are sleeping in some contracted position compressing the nerves in your extremities. Or you mattress may need to be replaced.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Diet and exercise: Eat less calories than you use during the day and you will lose weight.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Terbinafine: Terbinafine or lamasil is likely the best treatment. Topicals are often ineffective. Laser treatment can be expensive. Lamasil is generally safe an... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Go see a doctor.: You are not really asking a question. However...Is the pin still inside? It could be coming out. You could be having a reaction to the absorbable su... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Maybe: The black is blood which has pooled under the nail. It may take several months for it to grow out. If an odor develops, it may indicate a bacterial ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Soak it.: Soak in some epsom salts and warm water. If there is pain on the side of the nail it is ingrown. Period. If the pain persists, you will need a part... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Pehaps: Go back to the doctor and get an mri. Ligament injuries that are under treated, i.e. Not immobilized long enough can take months to resolve. Add an ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Soft foods: Soup, jello, applesauce and yogurt should not cause much discomfort. Lozenges with zinc as well.
A member asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Stress fracture?: There are many things that could cause your pain. Stress fracture, a bone spur, tendonitis, a tight shoe etc. Take an otc nsaid, ice the area and de... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
No.: Fibromas if they are painful usually need surgical excision. Injections with cortisone can sometimes help.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Maybe: I'm going to guess what you are trying to ask here, b/c your question is all over the place. Weight gain can lead to leg swelling, though one would e... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Probably: The maximum daily dose is 4000mg daily, so you are well within the guidelines. Nevertheless, if you are taking the medication for an injury consider... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Runner's toe: Whether there was trauma you can recall or not, the nail is or was hitting the top of the shoe and you bled under the nail. (subungual hematoma). C... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Rest: Consider rice!. Rest, ice, compression and elevation. Also add an otc NSAID such as advil (ibuprofen). See a podiatrist if the pain persists.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Maybe: Could be a ganglion or a corn from a hammertoe or a wart. A picture would help to diagnose this.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Support Hose: Many things can cause lower extremity edema including medications, kidney problems, and heart failure. This most common reason, which may be your iss... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Depends: If the fracture involved a joint, it may have led to arthritic changes. Treatment could include medication like ibuprofen, bracing or surgical treatm... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Ice and Elevate!: Perhaps the shoe is too tight or the lacing is too tight. Or you are skating too long. Either way put your foot above your heart and ice the forefoo... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Use an Arch Support: Though most otc supports are not that good (dr. Scholl's), look in a good running shoe store. You are overweight and this puts increased strain on th... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
No: The dosage is 2 tablets not 4. That is a lot of diphenhydramine.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Are you?: Take ibuprofen, tylenol, (acetaminophen) or naprosyn. Put an ice pack on your forehead. Lay down and close your eyes.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Compression hose: There are many causes of leg swelling or edema including vein disease, medication, kidney or heart conditions, and lymphatic disease. Elevation or s... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Soap and water: Really? I need a bit more info like how long its been black, how did it start and probably a picture to give some sort of reasonable answer.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Ankle Sprain: You haven't actually asked a question, but the classic treatment is rice. Rest, ice, compression (i.e. Ace wrap), and elevation. Add an NSAID like n... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
No: Are you doing this in some awkward position, because otherwise there is no correlation.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Support Hose: Blood moves through your leg veins when you work your calf muscles. Elevating your legs above your heart should help. So will support hose. If you ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Yes: You're in philadelphia. There is a podiatry school and a bazillion podiatrists. Go. If needed, have the nail removed and take a course of lamasil (... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
It depends: By walk, do you mean bear weight or walk normally in a shoe. Depending on the bunion surgery, most patients can weightbear immediately, but some proc... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Possibly: Changes in you nails can indicate internal problems, however more likely causes include fungal infections or vitamin deficiency. Consider biotin to ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Support hose: The fetus can caused decreased venous return leading to lower limb swelling. Elevation of the feet above the heart and use of support hose (20-30mmhg... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Venous Stasis: Blood moves through your leg veins when you work your calf muscles. Immobility does not allow the muscles to push the blood up to the heart. Elevati... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
RICE!: Rest, ice, compression (ace wrap), elevation. Also add an NSAID like ibuprofen. If the pain continues see a physician.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Elevate your leg: Swelling may persist for an extended period if the cellulitis was severe. Add an ace wrap as well.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Yes: But there are many causes of swollen ankles including elevated sugar, htn, congestive heart failure and kidney disease to name a few.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Possibly: If you did not seek treatment, it can take months for all of the pain to resolve. For now ice it and consider an otc NSAID such as aleve (naproxen). ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Nerve Issue: Your question is very poorly written. However, burning on your big toe may come from a nerve entrapment or perhaps a bunion or bone spur pressing aga... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Abstinence: If you don't have sex you can't get pregnant! otherwise a condom is your best bet.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Muscle Strain: Did you work upper or lower body? You may have a muscle strain or overuse injury. There is also a small chance of a DVT (blood clot). Take otc napr... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Post op swelling: You list arthroscopic surgery. It it was recent, this may be the cause. In either case elevate the legs above your heart and use support hose.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Doubtful: Numbness is usually nerve mediated. Sitting in certain positions will compress a nerve leading to neuropraxia, a temporary numbness. Dont sit in tho... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Keep it bandaged.: Assuming it is not infected, use of a daily topical such as triple antibiotic ointment and a dry dressing over this is indicated. Try to limit weight... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Koppel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Koppel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This may of saved my life. Thank You! And I worked both upper and lower. When i walk it doesn't hurt but when I stop walking an rest it hurt
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Thanks you! Its just weird because the swelling went away in the leg for 5 days and then showed back up in my foot and ankle no pain/reddnes
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! By the way,is this considered as a disease like a skin disease which can hardly be cured?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

Beth Israel Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Gainesville, FL - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Gainesville, FL - Winter
2013
Top Podiatrist, Third Place, Florida - Winter
2013

Affiliations

american board of podiatric surgery
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
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