Granada Hills, CA Podiatrist
The Foot Specialists
10515 Balboa Blvd. Ste. 140
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 363-9900
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Westlake Village, CA Podiatrist
The Foot Specialists
32144 Agoura Rd. Ste. 105
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(818) 706-1924
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By The Foot Specialists
April 10, 2018
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

The pain is intense. You can hardly walk. And, it's all because you twisted your ankle as you stepped off a curb during your morning run. ankle sprainWhat's happened? Likely, you've sprained that ankle. Right away, seek the competent and compassionate care of Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman, your Westlake Village podiatrists. The Foot Specialists will get you feeling better and avoid long-term problems with your ankle.

How ankle sprains happen

Ankle sprains are an "any time, any where" type of injury. Usually involving an overstretching of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle, this common injury leaves sufferers in a lot of pain. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, ankle sprains also may include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Limited range of motion

These symptoms occur in response to sudden, unexpected twisting motion of the ankle from walking or running on uneven surfaces, a blow to the side of the ankle or a fall. The injury may be mild, moderate or severe, and the degree of injury helps determine the treatment your Westlake Village podiatrist recommends.

Treatment of ankles sprains

Dr. Feldman or Dr. Kelman confirm an ankle sprain with visual inspection, gentle palpation (feeling) of the ankle and digital X-rays. Simple treatments often suffice. However, if the injury is severe and the podiatrist is concerned about continued ankle instability, he may advise surgery.

Conservative treatment of ankle sprains includes:

  • Rest, ice, compression (with an elastic bandage) and elevation above the level of the heart
  • Physical therapy
  • Ambulation with crutches
  • Cast-boot or brace with laces
  • Strengthening and balance exercises

Prevention is key

An old adage says, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This applies to ankle sprains. To prevent them, refrain from being a "weekend warrior." Exercise regularly to stay in good physical condition. Also, warm-up and stretch before you run, play tennis or engage in some other strenuous activity. Wear quality, supportive shoes, and if you experience pain, don't ignore it. Instead, call your podiatrist for advice or a same-day appointment as needed.

Healthy feet and ankles

You can have them with a little thoughtful care at home and from Dr. Feldman and Dr. Kelman, your Foot Specialists. They have two convenient locations for all your podiatric medical needs. In Granada Hills, CA, phone (818) 363-9900. For the Westlake Village location, phone (818) 706-1924.

By The Foot Specialists
April 10, 2018
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: ingrown toenails  

Your left big toe is red along the inside border right by the nail. It's really sore to the touch, too. Could it be an ingrown toenail? Your ingrown toenailGranada Hills, CA, podiatrists, Dr. Charles Kelman and Dr. Stefan Feldman, see patients of all ages struggle with this very common problem, and they can help. Learn the details on ingrown toenails, how to prevent them and what your treatment options are.

What is an ingrown toenail?

Your Granada Hills podiatrist at The Foot Specialists sees many ingrown toenail patients every year. An ingrown toenail, or onychocryptosis, occurs when the nail, typically on the big toe, intrudes on the skin around it. As a result, the skin reddens, becomes sore and irritated, and even infection can result.

What contributes to the almost three million ingrown toenails that form in the US annually? Well, the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons says that inherited foot structure often causes the toe to brush against the inside of the shoe. Constant friction from the shoe, or from improperly fitting socks, makes the nail curve down into the skin.

Additionally, medical conditions such as Athlete's Foot, fungal toenails and trauma to the foot (dropping something heavy on the toe) contribute to ingrown toenails. Finally, trimming the nails in a curved fashion, rather than straight across, leads to this problem.

Treating an ingrown toenail

Please contact The Foot Specialists at the first sign or redness or discomfort. When neglected, ingrown toenails progress to infection, a serious condition for diabetic patients or those with poor circulation in the feet and ankles.

Your podiatrist in Granada Hills will inspect your nails and if possible, carefully trim the affected one. Sometimes, the foot doctor advises removing the entire side of the problematic nail and may apply a special chemical to prevent that portion of the nail from regrowing. Also, your podiatrist may prescribe antibiotics to ward off or heal infection.

How to avoid onychocryptosis

Prevention is the best treatment. So, if you're prone to ingrown toenails, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Trim your toenails straight across with a sharp, clean clippers.
  • Wear clean, dry, well-fitting socks every day.
  • Wear shoes with plenty of room in the toes.
  • Wash and dry your feet daily, and inspect them for any signs of problems.
  • See your podiatrist at least once a year for an examination.

Have normal nails

You can have healthy, normal-looking nails. If you're concerned about ingrown toenails or any other condition involving your feet or ankles, contact The Foot Specialists for an appointment with one of our podiatrists. In Granada Hills, call (818) 363-9900, and in Westlake Village, phone (818) 706-1924.

By The Foot Specialists
January 15, 2018
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Flat Feet  

Though babies almost always begin their lives with a flat foot lacking any arch, they often develop an arch by the time they are about three flat feetyears old. However, some people never grow out of their flat feet, developing a condition which can cause foot, leg, or knee issues later on in life. Learn more about flatfeet and how to tell if you have them with Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman at The Foot Specialists with locations in Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA.

Do I have flat feet?
People with flat feet often do not notice any symptoms at all. However, over time, patients may begin experiencing some symptoms which are some common indicators of flat feet. Patients with flat feet may experience easily tired feet, difficulty standing on the toes, leg or back pain, painful or aching feet, or swelling along the bottom inside of the foot.

What causes flat feet?
Flatfeet often come from a naturally-occurring abnormality of the foot the patient is born with. However, flatfeet are often also associated with tendon damage, stretched tendons, broken bones, nerve issues, or arthritis. Those who are obese, older in age, have diabetes, or are pregnant are more at risk for flat feet. If you notice the symptoms of flat feet, it may be time to consult with your podiatrist to determine the best course of treatment for your flat feet.

Treating flatfeet in Granada Hills and Westlake Village, VA
Diagnosing flatfeet involves a physical examination with your podiatrist. They will gather your medical and family history to investigate into possible causes of flatfeet, then ask you to do some simple tests, such as standing on your toes, to examine the physical condition of your feet. Treatment may begin with stretching exercises, injection therapy, simple rest and ice, or custom orthotics worn in the shoes to help properly distribute the body’s weight.

For more information on flatfeet and its treatments, please contact Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman at The Foot Specialists with locations in Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA. Call (818) 363-9900 to schedule your appointment in Granada Hills and (818) 706-1924 to schedule your appointment in Westlake Village today!

By The Foot Specialists
January 15, 2018
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Careful foot care is an important part of daily life for a person suffering from diabetes. Luckily, working this crucial part of the day into your diabetic foot careroutine is easy with help from your podiatrist. Learn on which main foot care points to focus and which steps you can take to protect your feet with Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman at The Foot Specialists with locations in Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA.

Why is foot care important to people with diabetes? 
A diabetes diagnosis comes along with several daily tasks which are crucial to successfully managing your condition, including monitoring your blood sugar and ensuring your diet is balanced and healthy. However, diabetes causes reduced blood flow to the extremities, causing a lesser amount of feeling in places like the feet. This reduced feeling can cause insignificant issues like small cuts or blisters to go unseen, eventually snowballing into a more serious problem like an infection. Daily foot care can help you keep your feet healthy and properly care for small injuries before they become a complex medical issue.

How should I properly care for my feet? 
Examine the feet daily and search for any redness or swelling, cuts or scrapes, and other abnormalities. Always cut toenails straight across and do not round them at the edges to avoid ingrown toenails. Shake out your shoes before putting them on to ensure no rocks or other debris remain inside. Finally, commit to seeing your podiatrist at least once a year to undergo a foot examination.

Diabetic Foot Care in Granada Hills, CA and Westlake Village, CA 
Taking extra care of your feet as a diabetic can be the difference between a small cut and an infection. Consult with your podiatrist to ensure that you receive the best foot care possible for your condition.

For more information on diabetic foot care, please contact Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman at The Foot Specialists with locations in Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA. Call (818) 363-9900 to schedule your appointment in Granada Hills and (818) 706-1924 to schedule your appointment in Westlake Village today!

By The Foot Specialists
October 10, 2017
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: sports injuries  

You love to exercise, be active and even have a favorite sport or two that keep you busy. You wear proper protective gear, hydrate and of sports injuriescourse, keep proper statistics on your performance. But, what about your feet and ankles--are you protecting them from the injuries that happen suddenly or even gradually over time? The Foot Specialists in Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA--Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman--diagnose, treat and instruct patients on sports injuries of all kinds. They aim to keep your lower extremities pain-free and functioning at their best.

Ankle sprains and more

No matter what sport you engage in--football, running, tennis, soccer and others--ankle sprains seem to be the most common lower extremity injury. Overpronation, sliding, sudden stops and twisting motions wreak havoc on ligaments and of course, on the Achilles Tendon that runs long the back of the leg.

Besides sprains, your podiatrists see deep bruises, lacerations and repetitive motion injuries, particularly with sports such as tennis and running. These activities involve constant bouncing on the balls of the foot, leading to plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the connective tissue running across the bottom of the foot, and Morton's Neuroma, a benign thickening of the nerve between the third and fourth toe. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society says that this nerve "tumor" is very common in runners who push off one foot at the start of a competition.

Protecting yourself from sports injuries in Granada Hills and Westlake Village

Common sense prevails when avoiding foot and ankle injuries related to sports and exercise. Dr. Feldman and Dr. Kelman like to see their most enthusiastic athletes at least once a year for routine physical exams to catch any problems early on while they are less difficult to treat.

Additionally, prevention remains the best cure. The foot doctors recommend the following strategies to stay injury-free:

  • Warm up and stretch for at least 15 minutes before training or playing a game.
  • Wear properly fitting protective gear and shoes.
  • Use custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, if you have side to side foot movement or require special support because of a previous injury.
  • Hydrate adequately.
  • Condition. If you have not been physically active, build up to your new sport or exercise gradually.
  • Know basic first aid. Employ RICE with acute injuries to prevent further damage: REST, ICE, COMPRESSION and ELEVATION.

Finally...

If you have any concerns about the health of your feet and ankles as you train, please contact The Foot Specialists. You'll get first class evaluation, treatment and recommendations on how to keep yourself healthy and moving. In Granada Hills, call (818) 363-9900, and in Westlake Village, phone (818) 906-1924.





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