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
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!

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 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.

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