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
July 24, 2018
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete's foot can be very stubborn. Sometimes, it lingers even if you apply over-the-counter anti-fungal creams and avoid walking barefootathlete's fungus in public places. Luckily, help is available for the itchy infection, thanks to effective treatment options offered by foot doctors and strategies that will help you avoid a new infection. Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman, foot doctors at Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley, provide treatment for athlete's foot and other troublesome foot and ankle problems at their Granada Hills and Westlake Village offices.

How to protect your feet from athlete's foot fungus

Understanding how athlete's foot fungus grows can help you prevent or treat the itchy, uncomfortable rash. Like all fungi, the fungus multiplies rapidly in dark, moist conditions. Unfortunately, sweaty feet enclosed in shoes provide the perfect place for the growth of the fungus.

Keeping your feet as dry as possible can reduce your risk of developing athlete's foot. When you're at home, wear sandals or other shoes that let your feet breathe. Bring an extra pair of socks to work with you if your feet perspire heavily. Wash your feet thoroughly during your lunch break, apply a little powder, then slip on a clean, dry pair of socks.

Do you swim in public pools or work out at a gym in the Granada Hills or Westlake area? Floors in these facilities can be contaminated with the athlete's foot fungus. If you take a shower without wearing shower shoes or walk on the pool deck barefoot, you may pick up the fungus.

Over-the-counter anti-fungal medications offer a simple way to treat athlete's foot. Apply them to clean, dry skin, following product directions.

What to do if home treatment doesn't work

If you still have athlete's foot a week or two after using an athlete's foot preparation, make an appointment with your podiatrist. You may need prescription-strength anti-fungal topical medications that can penetrate the deepest layers of your skin or oral anti-fungal medications.

Would you like to finally get rid of athlete's foot? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Stefan Feldman and Charles Kelman, foot doctors at Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley by calling (818) 363-9900 for the Granada Hills, CA, office or (818) 706-1924 for the Westlake Village, CA, office.

By The Foot Specialists
July 12, 2018
Category: Custom Orthotics
Tags: orthotics  

Shoe OrthoticWhether you have an aching back, bunions, or another foot condition, orthotics may help relieve your symptoms. Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman of Foot Specialists of Conejo Valley in Westlake Village and Granada Hills, CA, offer orthotics and other treatment options that will keep you on your feet.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts prescribed by podiatrists to treat a range of foot and ankle problems. Although you can find shoe inserts in any drugstore, over-the-counter products aren't designed to treat specific issues. In some cases, drugstore inserts may even worsen your problem.

Orthotics are custom-designed to improve your foot or ankle condition. Your visit with the foot doctor starts with an examination and gait analysis. If your Westlake Village or Granada Hills podiatrist decides that you could benefit from orthotics, he'll make digital impressions of your feet which will be used to create your inserts.

Could orthotics help me?

Back pain doesn't always originate in your back. In fact, it may occur if a structural imbalance in your foot affects the alignment of your entire body. Adding orthotics to your shoes is a simple way to decrease back, hip, or leg pain. Orthotics may also be helpful if you experience pain due to foot and ankle conditions, have injured your foot or are prone to developing strains and sprains because your feet turn inward when you walk. Orthotics offer arch support, provide a little extra cushioning if needed and ensure that your foot is aligned properly in your shoes.

You may benefit from orthotics if you have:

  • Flat Feet
  • Balance Problems
  • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Heel Pain
  • Gait Issues
  • Arthritis in Your Feet
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes

Orthotics may be beneficial if you play sports or run or walk for exercise. Without proper cushioning and support, you may be more likely to develop a variety of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, stone bruises, tendinitis or bursitis.

Could you benefit from orthotics? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Feldman and Dr. Kelman of The Foot Specialists by calling (818) 706-1924 for the Westlake Village office, or (818) 363-9900 for the Granada Hills office.

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!

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