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
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.


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.

By Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley
October 03, 2017
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Foot Fungus  

Are your feet itchy and bumpy? The Foot Specialists say that you may have a foot fungus called Tinea pedis. Tinea pedis, or athlete's foot, foot fungusaffects up to three million people annually in the US. Not limited to people playing sports, athlete's foot, and fungal toenails, happen when heat and moisture combine to create the perfect breeding ground for this bothersome microorganism. Learn what your podiatrist in Granada Hill and Westlake Village, CA, Dr. Stefan Feldman or Dr. Charles Kelman, recommends to keep foot fungus from spreading to your loved ones.

What is foot fungus?

A microorganism that causes blisters, redness, peeling and itching of the skin between the toes and other areas of the feet, Tinea pedis is very contagious. It often affects multiple people in a household who share bathrooms and other areas where people go barefooted. In fact, it's so common that most everyone has had it to one degree or other sometime in their lives. Physicians at the Cleveland Clinic say that public areas such as gym locker rooms, public pools and saunas breed this fungus because of the moisture and intense humidity.

Your toenails are targets

Besides the skin on your feet, your toenails may become rough, thick and yellow to brown in color when infected with Tinea pedis. Other parts of your body suffer when the infection spreads--places like the groin and hands.

While diabetics and people with weakened immune systems develop fungal infections more easily, no one really is immune. Nevertheless, there are precautions you can take to avoid Tinea pedis, or if you've developed an infection, to keep it from spreading to your spouse or children.

Diagnosing, treating and preventing its spread

The International Foundation for Dermatology states that your foot doctor, dermatologist or primary care physician may gently scrape some skin for analysis from the affected areas of your foot. However, a simple visual inspection by your podiatrist in Granada Hills, CA, usually suffices for diagnosis of this common foot ailment.

Treatment is straightforward, too. Topical creams or ointments, while taking some time to work, usually clear the typical fungal infection. For more severe cases, the doctor may prescribe an oral anti-fungal medication.

Of course, prevention is the best cure. Dr. Feldman and Dr. Kelman advise:

  • Washing and drying your feet carefully every day.
  • Wearing dry, clean socks and changing your shoes frequently.
  • Wearing flip flops or shower sandals at the gym or pool.
  • Never sharing nail clippers or files, even with members of your own family.
  • Keeping manicure and pedicure tools clean.

The last two recommendations especially help loved ones avoid the spread of fungal infections throughout a household.

Find out more

Don't feel embarrassed by your athlete's foot or toenail infection. Get real help at The Foot Specialists. In Granada Hills, call (818) 363-9900. In Westlake Village, phone (818) 906-1924.

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

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!

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