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
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.

By Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley
January 13, 2017
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: sports injuries  

Rest and ice are the ideal way to treat many sports injuries, but when those injuries don't get better with a little TLC, it's time for a visit to sports injuriesthe podiatrist. Stefan Feldman, DPM, and Charles Kelman, DPM, your Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA, foot doctors at The Foot Specialists, share some information on common sports injuries and treatments.

Sprains

Painful sprains of the ankle, foot or big toe can keep you off the playing field or court. If your sprain isn't getting better after a week, your podiatrist may recommend that you use a walking boot and crutches and participate in physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your ankle. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to stabilize a sprained ankle.

Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

Inflammation of the retrocalcaneal bursa in your heel can cause significant pain. The problem is particularly common in people who run or play sports that involve jumping. The doctors at Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA, may use ultrasound therapy, physical therapy or steroid injections to reduce the inflammation and ease your pain.

Achilles Tendon Problems

Your Achilles tendon is a tough band of tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel. The tendon can become inflamed if you run, participate in a sport that involves repetitive activities or suddenly increase the intensity of your workout. Custom-made orthotics can reduce your pain, as can physical therapy, steroid injections or extracorporeal shockwave therapy. If your pain doesn't improve, surgery may be necessary.

An Achilles tendon rupture occurs when the tendon tears fully or partially. Wearing a walking cast takes the pressure off your foot and ankle, allowing small tears time to heal, but surgery may be needed if the tear is severe or if your pain doesn't improve. Orthotics and physical therapy can also be helpful in managing the pain of a tendon rupture.

Fractures

Treatment for fractures may involve wearing a boot or walking cast while your bones heal. Fractures can occur suddenly during the heat of competition, or, in the case of stress fractures, may develop when you overwork your muscles. Overworked muscles aren't efficient at absorbing shock, and shift pressure to your bones, causing small cracks. Most fractures don't require surgery, but it may be needed if the break doesn't heal on its own.

Prompt treatment can prevent lingering issues after sports injuries. Call Drs. Feldman and Kelman, your Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA, foot doctors at The Foot Specialists to schedule an appointment if you've suffered a sports injury.

By Foot Specialists of the Conejo Valley
October 18, 2016
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: ingrown toenails  

If ingrown toenails plague your life, you are not alone. Many people develop painful and irritating ingrown toenails a year. Luckily, an ingrown toenailingrown toenail is a treatable and preventable condition with help from your podiatrist. Learn more about what causes ingrown toenails and what you can do about them with Dr. Stefan Feldman and Dr. Charles Kelman at The Foot Specialists in Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA

What causes an ingrown toenail? 
An ingrown toenail occurs when pressure placed onto the nail causes it to grow into the skin on the side of the toe. The nail may feel faintly painful or annoying at first, then, as the nail grows further into the skin, become extremely painful and even infected. The infection occurs in the skin around the nail. Many patients experience reoccurring or chronic ingrown toenails.

Can I prevent ingrown toenails? 
Most cases of ingrown toenails happen due to improperly cutting the toenail. Before cutting your nail, wash and dry your feet thoroughly. Use a clean pair of toenail clippers to trim the nail straight across. Attempting to round the nail or cut it further down on the sides can cause an ingrown toenail. Additionally, ingrown nails can happen due to genetics or simply wearing shoes which do not fit your foot correctly. Narrow or too-tight shoes are notorious for causing ingrown toenails.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment in Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA 
If you experience an ingrown toenail, you can try treating it at home by soaking it in lukewarm water with Epsom salt, taking anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, or trying to trim the nail by lifting the curled part up from the swollen skin. However, if you experience an ingrown toenail that is very painful, begins affecting your everyday life or if you have diabetes, you should schedule a visit to your podiatrist as soon as possible to avoid infection. Your doctor may recommend conservative treatments in mild cases. For reoccurring or severe ingrown nails, your doctor may perform surgery to remove the ingrown portion of the nail.

For more information on ingrown toenails or what you can do about them, please contact Dr. Feldman and Dr. Kelman at The Foot Specialists in Granada Hills and Westlake Village, CA. Call to set up an appointment today!





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