Granada Hills, CA Podiatrist
The Foot Specialists
10515 Balboa Blvd., Suite 140
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 363-9900

 

Westlake Village, CA Podiatrist
The Foot Specialists
32144 Agoura Rd., Suite 105
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(818) 706-1924


By Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley
July 14, 2017
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: orthotics  

How custom orthotics from Granada Hills and Westlake Village can fix your feetorthotics

If your feet hurt, chances are you’ve experimented with over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all foot and arch supports. You’ve probably found out that one size really doesn’t fit all and that your feet still hurt. Your foot doctors at The Foot Specialists want to introduce you to a solution for foot pain, custom-made orthotics. They have offices in Westlake Village and Granada Hills, CA, to help you.

Custom-made orthotics can help relieve foot pain due to:

  • Peripheral neuropathy from diabetes
  • Joint pain and swelling from arthritis
  • Fatigue from overuse and aging
  • Flat feet or fallen arches
  • Sports-related injuries

Unlike over-the-counter supports, custom-made orthotics are created using computer-assisted precise measurements, impressions and casting. The finished product is guaranteed to fit your feet. Custom-made orthotics are designed to support your foot and relieve pain. Consider:

Soft orthotics, if you have balance issues and want to relieve foot pressure; soft orthotics are commonly used to treat arthritic feet, or foot conditions associated with diabetes. They cover the entire sole of your foot with cushioned, soft materials.

Semi-rigid orthotics, if you have balance problems when you walk or play sports; semi-rigid orthotics are commonly used to treat children who are flat footed. They cover the sole of your foot with both cushioned, soft materials and more rigid materials.

Rigid orthotics, if you have tendon strain, muscle aches or pains in your lower back, legs or thighs; rigid orthotics limit how much your foot moves, reducing strain on your foot joints. They are made entirely of rigid, hard plastic and provide additional support when you are walking.

For more information about custom-made orthotics, please visit the orthotics page on the website at https://www.2footspecialists.com/orthotics.html

Orthotics can save your feet and help you recover from debilitating foot pain. If you are moving around less due to foot pain, it’s time to act! Don’t let foot pain control your life; call your foot doctors at The Foot Specialists. Stop by one of their offices in Westlake Village and Granada Hills, CA, or call today!

By Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley
July 14, 2017
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

How your foot doctors in Westlake Village and Granada Hills can help your heel painheel pain

Heel pain is a common problem, and it is often ignored when it starts. You shouldn’t ignore your heel pain because it can turn into severe, disabling pain that can keep you sitting on the couch. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for heel pain and your foot doctors at The Foot Specialists want to help you feel better. They have two convenient office locations in Granada Hill and Westlake Village, CA, to treat your feet.

There are several frequent causes of heel pain which are easily treatable:

If you have dry skin, it can cause fissures and cracks on your heel. That’s why you should always moisturize your feet with a heavy, creamy moisturizer.

Stepping on sharp objects can also bruise your heel. If you experience a heel bruise, try icing the bruise for 15 minutes several times each day and wear thick, cushioned footwear.

Heel or bone spurs can also cause heel pain. They result from excess calcium deposits or ligament and muscle strain. Heel spurs are best treated by your foot doctors at The Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley.

One of the main causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which results from inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue which runs across your heel. You are at increased risk of plantar fasciitis if you are a runner, carry excess weight, are diabetic, or if you stand and walk on hard surfaces for extended periods.

You can try taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medications and placing ice packs on your heel, but you should see a specialist. Your doctors may recommend:

  • Cushioning and padding your heel
  • Taping your foot
  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy
  • Wearing a custom-fit orthotic
  • Injections of cortisone into your heel
  • A walking cast or night splint

Don’t ignore your heel pain. Instead get relief from heel pain with just a simple phone call. Heel pain is treatable when you call your foot doctors at The Foot Specialists. They have an office near you in Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA, so call today!

By Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley
March 30, 2017
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Bunions   sports injuries  

Your feet endure a lot every day. The stress and impact of activities such as walking, running and standing can lead to the development foot issuesof various foot problems. Bunions, heel pain and ankle injuries are just a few common foot problems that can occur. Fortunately, there are treatments and procedures available at your Westlake Village and Granada Hills, CA, podiatrist’s office that can help. Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman, of The Foot Specialists, will diagnose your foot problem and recommend the right procedure to correct it.

Bunions

Bunions are a painful foot condition that develops when the big toe moves out of place, causing the joint at the base of the big toe to protrude outward. The result is a bony protrusion that becomes repeatedly inflamed and irritated every time your shoes rub against it. Bunions do not go away on their own. Your Westlake Village and Granada Hills podiatrist can prescribe a treatment to alleviate the discomfort, such as wearing orthotics or protective padding in your shoes. In some cases, surgery is necessary to remove the bunion and realign the big toe.

Sports Injuries

Many foot problems result from sports injuries to the ankles and heels. Whether you are a competitive athlete or simply enjoy working out, an untreated sports injury to the foot can potentially sideline you for an extended period of time. Sufficient rest, combined with the proper treatment from a Westlake Village or Granada Hills, CA, podiatrist, can potentially shorten your recovery period and get you back on your feet sooner.

Sprained ankles are one common sports-related foot injury. When the ankle twists the wrong way, ligaments can become stretched or torn. Untreated ankle sprains can progress into chronic foot problems. Treatments include rest, ice and compression bandages. In severe cases, surgery might be required.

Other common sports injuries affecting the feet include plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Both conditions are associated with pain in the heel area. For Achilles tendinosis, pain is felt behind the heel. For plantar fasciitis, pain is felt on the bottom of the heel and can also lead to the development of heel spurs. Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form on the bottom of the heel. Treatment for these conditions can include rest, ice, wearing orthotic shoe inserts, physical therapy and even surgery.

Whether you suffer from bunions or have sustained a sports injury to the foot, there are treatments and procedures that can help. Your Westlake Village and Granada Hills, CA, podiatrist can diagnose the problem and recommend the appropriate treatment. To find out about treatment options for your foot problems, schedule an appointment with Dr. Feldmand or Dr. Kelman by contacting The Foot Specialists. Call (818) 706-1924 for the Westlake Village office or (818) 363-9900 for the Granada Hills location.

By Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley
March 30, 2017
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: foot problems  

The feet endure a lot of wear and tear on a daily basis. The constant stress of walking, standing, climbing stairs or wearing unsupportive foot issuesfootwear can result in the development of a variety of foot conditions. Heel pain, bunions and calluses are just a few foot problems that can develop. Whatever type of foot condition(s) you suffer from, a podiatrist can diagnose the problem and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman, of The Foot Specialists, are your Westlake Village and Granada Hills foot doctors.

Foot Conditions

Bunions are a common foot condition that occurs when the big toe moves out of place, resulting in the development of a bony protrusion on the side of the foot called a bunion. This profusion is actually a bone deformity and will not go away on its own, so treatment is necessary. Left untreated, bunions are likely to become further inflamed, irritated and painful, especially when wearing footwear that rubs against that area of the feet. For proper treatment of bunions, it is important to see a Westlake Village and Granada Hills foot doctor.

Another common foot condition is heel pain, which can develop slowly over time due to repeated pounding on the heel from walking, running or working out. Causes of heel pain include plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Pain is felt on the bottom of the heel with plantar fasciitis and behind the heel with Achilles tendonitis. Untreated plantar fasciitis can lead to the development of heel spurs, which are calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel. A podiatrist can recommend the right treatment for your heel pain.

In addition to bunions and heel pain, other common foot conditions include blisters, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, toenail fungus and sports-related foot and ankle injuries. These are all conditions that can be treated by a podiatrist. It is best not to put off treatment or the condition could worsen and possibly become more painful. This is particularly true of sports injuries. Without treatment, such injuries can become further aggravated and require an even longer recovery period.

Your feet endure a lot daily and are susceptible to developing one of several common foot conditions. Whether you struggle with heel pain, bunions or another condition, there is a treatment that can provide relief. Visit The Foot Specialists, your Westlake Village and Granada Hills foot doctors, to learn about what treatments can help you. Call (818) 363-9900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Feldman or Dr. Kelman at the Granada Hills location or call (818) 706-1924 for the Westlake Village office.

By Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley
January 19, 2017
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: orthotics  

Do you suffer from foot and ankle problems? Orthotics offer a simple way to reduce pain and other symptoms of foot and ankle orthoticsconditions. Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman, your Westlake Village and Granada Hills, CA, podiatrists at Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley, explain how you can benefit from orthotics.

Support for your foot

Feet are two of the most important parts of your body. They not only help you get from place to place but also support the weight of your entire body. A weak arch, structural problem or imbalance with bones of your foot can affect your entire body, causing foot, ankle, knee, hip and back pain. Orthotics correct the issue by aligning your feet properly when you wear shoes.

Drugstore arch support or orthotics?

You may wonder why you should choose orthotics when your local drugstore has an entire section dedicated to arch supports. Although those products can be helpful, they offer a one-size-fits-all solution to support problems and won't necessarily improve your symptoms. In some cases, the wrong shoe insert can even worsen your pain.

Orthotics are custom-made for your foot

Your Westlake Village and Granada Hills foot doctor will prescribe orthotics only after examining your feet and watching you walk. The information from the examination, as well as images taken of your foot, will be used to design orthotics that address your specific foot and ankle condition.

Orthotics are recommended for many conditions

Orthotics are a good choice if your arches are weak, but are also helpful for many other foot conditions. They reduce pressure on your foot, which is important if you have a diabetic ulcer or another foot condition, such as tarsal tunnel syndrome or plantar fasciitis. Bunions, painful bumps that form at the base of your big toes, occur when the bones of your feet become misaligned. Orthotics hold the foot in the proper position, reducing pain and preventing the condition from worsening. Orthotics are also used to treat arthritis, tendinitis, and foot, ankle and heel pain.

Are you tired of living with foot and ankle pain? Call Dr. Feldman and Dr. Kelman, your Westlake Village and Granada Hills, CA podiatrists at Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley, to schedule an appointment to discuss your condition.





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