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Dr. David Moats

Podiatry
Orlando, FL
37 years experience male

About

Bio

I am a Florida native and even at an early age wanted to become a doctor in order to help others. My undergraduate degree was from the Mercer School of Pharmacy graduating as a pharmacist. My medical education was at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. I attended a two-year residency in Houston, TX at the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency Program specializing in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. I have performed over 10,000 foot and ankle surgical procedures and have a special interest in plantar fasciitis. I was the first in Central Florida to perform the endoscopic plantar fascial release and the first to shock wave therapy for heel pain. Now, I often prevent surgery and many pains resolved with the use of a cold pain free MLS Laser in my office.

Specialties
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Podiatry

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

Pain Management

Wound care

Doctor Q&A

100 Answers
29 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Yes: Swelling with such a serious fracture can easily last for 6 months, although some patients will experience mild swelling indefinitely.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Gout: I have also had patients experience their first gout attack after surgery, rare but happens. Gout is caused by an elevated level of uric acid in your... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Surgical repair: A complete tear of this retinaculum can lead to a chronic dislocation of these tendons. Most often a complete rupture is repaired surgically.
A female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Domino effect: In my foot and ankle practice, I see a lot of what I call the "Domino effect", which is when one biomechanical foot or ankle problem leads to an over-... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Podiatrist: Conservative care for a Morton's neuroma include wearing wider shoes, lower heels or flats, and changing activities. Podiatrists treat Morton's neuro... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Yes it is.: Unfortunately, physical therapy can be aggressive at times and an injury can occur. In 27 years of practice I have similar injuries occur twice, so it... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Culture: See the doctor that removed your nail and ask about having a culture and sensitivity swab test of the wound. You may just be healing slowly or may ha... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Paraffin wax dip: I have had numerous patients receive significant relief from rheumatoid arthritic pain of the ankles/feet/hands from the regular use of a paraffin wax... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Possibly: I have treated two patients in which the ultrasound was negative for clots but on repeat ultrasound 2 weeks later the test did show clots. However, in... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
See your surgeon: Please see your surgeon for follow up. Conservative treatments to reduce your pain could include a tens unit or MLS Laser treatments.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Root surgery??: If the doctor just removed the nail, the entire nail should regrow. If he or she also killed the root surgically or chemically(called a matrixectomy) ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Biomechanics: The biomechanics of standing and walking are so different. With standing there is constant pressure on the joints and tendons and if you have flat fe... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Yes and yes: There are surgical procedures to remove gout crystals but rarely performed unless the large gout crystals(tophi) are interfering with joint mobility o... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Needs time to heal: Heel and nerve surgery can take several months to completely heal. Post-op treatments could include anti-inflammatory medications, a night splint, ph... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Need exam: A dark blue spot under a nail can be trauma related, or a tumor under the nail and even a melanoma skin cancer can appear as such. Suggest asap exam ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Yes: Yes, if scar tissue develops around the medial calcaneal (heel) nerve then another surgery may be needed. Sometimes a small incision plantar fascioto... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
4 to 12 weeks: Depending on the small or large incision type of heel surgery, it can take from 4 to 12 weeks.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
3 to 8 weeks: Depending on how you take care of yourself and follow your doctor's instructions. As we all know : doctors and nurses make the BEST patients.(not real... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Loose nail: A loose nail is usually due to direct trauma or chronic repetitive trauma from a tight shoe or sports activity. Rarely will reattach on its own witho... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Yes and fungus cream: If the corns or calluses are painful, please see a podiatrist as there are surgical procedures to resolve corns and calluses. These are usually cause... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
PRP: If you have a doctor with experience and a good success rate with the PRP injections , then I would suggest you have the injections. Another conserva... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Fractured heel: On average, such a heel fracture is non-weight bearing for a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks. This could be even longer depending on how the healing process i... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Physical therapy: Follow all of your surgeons post op instructions and physical therapy is needed.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Physician visit: Excessive redness, excessive swelling, red streaks, pus in the drainage. Best to see your surgeon right away for he or she to decide.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Unpredictable: Surgery for an entrapped nerve can be unpredictable. Often the patient will experience numbness or tingling up to 18 months after such nerve surgery .... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
No: That is an antibiotic and will not help a fungal infection
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Yes and no: To resolve a athlete's foot infection an anti-fungal cream should be use for a full month. Some patients are prone to reinfections and may use these p... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Type of bites: I have seen such bites on many patients but the key factor is what bit you? Ants, mosquitos, noseeums(beach). If infected you need to see your health ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Over-use syndrome: Practicing in Orlando, I have heard many such complaints from those on vacation as they walk our theme parks. Many times it is from one of the follow... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Tinea pedis: Such symptoms can be caused by a tinea pedis fungu infection, bacterial infection, eczema, psoriasis, or a growth under the skin.
A female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Months: It actually depends on the type of bunion surgery that you are having. Just a simple bunionectomy may allow you to return to some of these activities ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Need evaluation: Yes, being bow-legged can affect the way you walk. Any bone or joint in a less than optimal position can affect ones gait or stance. Suggest you see... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Arthritis/bone spur: The middle joint of the big toe can develop arthritis and spurs and then the end of the toe starts to deviate towards the 2nd toe. I have also seen a... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Foot pain: The tingling in your foot could be a neuroma(pinched nerve in the ball of the foot), tarsal tunnel syndrome(pinched major nerve on the inside of the a... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Yes and No: Yes, anti-inflammatory medications are usually given to relieve plantar fasciitis prior to surgery and can often help. However, taking such medicatio... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Yes as a last resort: My practice has a special focus on plantar fasciitis. Surgery can include a partial cutting of the plantar fascial ligament thru a small incision or w... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
80%: The success rate of plantar fascial surgery is about 80%. Other non-surgical treatments include the MLS Laser and ECWT(extra corpeal shock wave thera... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Biomechanical: A callus can be a sign of a biomechanical problem of the foot and can need custom orthotics to correct the problem. At times, a plantar wart can appe... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Worsening of surgery: Best to see the surgeon today or as soon as possible as the infection may be worsening.
A female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Nothing otc: There are no over-the-counter (OTC) medications that have been proven to cure nail fungus. If you read the labels and leaflets from these products yo... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Stump neuroma??: A very small percentage of patients can develop a stump neuroma where the nerve is cut out and develop pain for prolonged periods of time. I am not s... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Plantar fasciitis??: It is very rare to have a heel pain due to a thinning of the fat pad. The majority of patients have pain due to plantar fasciitis and or a heelspur i... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Up to 6 months: The surgery that you had can take up to six months to heal. Other post operative pain treatments could include the use of a TENS unit and or MLS lase... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Gels sleeves/splints: There are gel sleeves for the toes to reduce the rubbing of the toe on shoe or the big toe as well as splints to pull the toe down and or over. Howev... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Vitamins/therapy: Obviously begin by eliminating all alcohol intake, vitamin therapy can include an oral B complex, B-12 injections or sublingual(under the tongue disso... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Popping nerve: With a Morton's neuroma, the nerve is enlarged. This enlargement is between the metatarsal bone heads. With side to side pressure or in tight shoes ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Fasciitis vs neuroma: A neuroma is a swollen nerve in the ball of the foot that usually occurs under and just below and between the 3rd and 4th toes, second most common is ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Moats
Podiatry 37 years experience
Tendon pain: Because when you heel walk after bunion surgery, you pull up your big toe with the extensor halluces longus tendon which is in the direct area of your... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Moats is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Moats is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. It is unfortunate my Ortho's do not have the same assessment.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you Dr. I did injure it a week ago so hopefully that's it.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Looking in to buying a parrafin wax kit thanks!! :)

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

California College of Podiatric Medicine
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

HARRIS COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT
Completed 1987

Awards

25 Year Acitve Staff Osceola Regional Hospital
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons
American Podiatric Medical Association
Florida Podiatric Medical Association
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