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By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
November 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Once you've experienced the pain of an ingrown toenail, you'll probably do anything to avoid developing the condition again. Luckily, ingrown toenailpreventing the common condition can be simple if you follow these tips offered by Dr. Thomas Neuman of Northridge and Lancaster, CA.

Keep them straight

Do you round the edges of your toenails because you think they look more attractive? Failing to cut your nails in a straight lines is one of the chief reasons that they may become ingrown. When the edges are rounded, it's much easier for them to grow into the skin at the sides of the nails.

Reduce the pressure

Toenails are more likely become ingrown if they're exposed to constant pressure. Wearing high heels or other shoes that don't provide enough room for your toes can increase your risk. Tight socks may also be a contributing factor. Choosing shoes with plenty of wriggle room and avoiding tight socks can help you avoid the pain of ingrown toenails.

Tackle fungal infections promptly

Toenail fungus thickens toenails, which may make it easier for them to become ingrown. If you notice that your toenails are starting to look a little yellow, don't ignore the problem or simply cover up your nails with polish. Treating your infection will not only improve the appearance of your toenails, but also help prevent ingrown nails.

Examine your feet

Regular examinations of your feet can help you identify signs of trouble. If you notice that a nail is starting to grow into your skin, you may be able to free it yourself if it hasn't become too firmly embedded. Soak your foot in warm water for about 15 or 20 minutes, then slide a small piece of cotton or dental floss under the nail. Ideally, the floss or cotton will lift the nail out of the skin. If it doesn't, don't try to forcibly remove your nail from the skin. Instead, make an appointment with our Northridge or Lancaster office.

Don't follow these steps if you have diabetes. Because your risk of infection is much higher if you have the disease, it's important to visit one of our offices as soon as you notice an ingrown toenail, open sore, red streaks or color or sensation changes in your feet.

Are you concerned about an ingrown toenail or another foot and ankle problem? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Neuman by calling (818) 885-8400 for the Northridge, CA, office or (661) 945-3628 for the Lancaster, CA, office.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
September 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain   ankle pain  

Heel pain, bunions, and ingrown toenails are some of the most common foot and ankle problems. For people in good health, ingrown foot problemstoenails can be painful but do not typically pose a threat to their health. However, people with diabetes are at risk of potentially serious complications from common cuts or blisters and should seek medical treatment at the first sign of an injury or infection. Dr. Thomas Neuman, a podiatrist in Lancaster and Northridge, CA, offers diagnosis and treatment for foot and ankle conditions and injuries.

Foot and Ankle Pain and Injury Treatment in Lancaster and Northridge, CA

Your feet are constantly subjected to pressure and wear and tear from everyday activities like walking, exercising, and wearing shoes. Some of the most common foot conditions often result from wearing ill fitting shoes or footwear that lacks the proper level of support for your foot type. Whether you exercise regularly or simply spend a lot of time on your feet, wearing comfortable shoes with adequate support is important to help prevent foot and ankle and other orthopedic injuries.

3 of the Most Common Foot Conditions

Ingrown toenails - Ingrown toenails develop when the edge of a toenail digs into the flesh on the side of the toe. They are most common in the big toe, but can technically develop on any toe. Ingrown toenails are usually painful, and can become infected if left untreated. Wearing comfortable shoes with sufficient room for the toes, and cutting the toenails straight across to avoid jagged edges is the best way to avoid ingrown nails.

Bunions - A bunion is a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe that results from an injury or deformity of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. They tend to be more common in women, but anyone can develop a bunion. They are usually caused by wearing tight narrow shoes that crowd the toes, but can also develop from an injury to the joint or due to genetics and heredity (they tend to run in families), or the biomechanics of your feet. Most bunions can be treated conservatively with supportive shoes and assistive devices, but in rare cases surgery may be recommended to realign the bones in the joint.

Heel Pain - There can be a number of causes for heel pain. The most common is plantar fasciitis, which results from inflammation to the thick band of tissue that runs the length of the foot from the ankle to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis usually resolves on its own with rest.

Find a Podiatrist in Lancaster and Northridge, CA

If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, contact Complete Foot & Ankle Care today by calling (818) 885-8400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Neuman in Northridge, or (661) 945-3628 for Lancaster.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
June 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Could your foot problems be due to a bunion? Help is on the way!

A bunion is a fairly common foot ailment; however, just because you have one doesn’t mean that you have to just put up with the pain and discomfort. Learn more about this condition and how your Northridge, CA  podiatrist may be able to help provide the relief you’ve been looking for.

What is a bunion?Bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that originates at a toe’s joint. While any toe can be affected, bunions are most often found at the base of the big toe.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of a bunion are:

 

  • A large, hard protrusion at the base of the big toe
  • Localized pain and swelling
  • Soreness and redness around the affected toe
  • Difficulty moving the big toe
 
If you are experiencing chronic foot pain, decreased mobility and a visible bump on the joint of the big toe, then it’s time you visited your foot doctor for proper care.

 

What causes a bunion to form?

A bunion forms when weight isn’t distributed evenly on the joints of the feet. Over time this causes the joint to become unstable and form a hard lump. A bunion may be the result of a congenital foot deformity, a past injury or arthritis. There is also a debate as to whether wearing tight, high-heeled shoes could also cause a bunion to form.

What treatment options are available to me?

There are many conservative options that you can try to help alleviate your bunion symptoms. Some of the most common options include:

 

  • Wearing shoe inserts or custom orthotics (which your podiatrist can prescribe for you)
  • Only wearing shoes that fit comfortably and give your toes room to move
  • Splinting or taping the foot so it’s in the proper position
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like Tylenol or Aleve
  • Taking prescription medication or cortisone injections may also reduce pain and swelling, particularly if symptoms are more severe
  • Applying a wrapped ice pack to the bunion to reduce swelling and discomfort

Can a bunion be removed?

While the treatment options above are designed to reduce and even eliminate the pain you are experiencing, they are not designed to remove or get rid of the bunion. The only way to truly get rid of a bunion is to have it surgically removed, and surgery is not often recommended until you have exhausted all other treatment options and still haven’t experienced any relief.

Will a bunion get worse if left untreated?

Bunions are known to increase over time, but it will be hard to predict when a bunion will get larger. When you come in to see your foot doctor we may be able to determine just how large your bunion may become over time.

Contact your Northridge, CA Podiatrist

A bunion doesn’t have to rule your life. Turn to your Northridge, CA  podiatrist to find the answers you need to treat your bunion symptoms effectively.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M.
March 09, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Learn more about orthotics and how they could improve your foot health.

Are you dealing with foot pain or other problems that are affecting your daily life? Do you find discomfort just walking or moving orthoticsthroughout the day? Then it’s time you talked to your Northridge and Lancaster, CA podiatrist about ways to reduce your issues. One way may be through wearing custom orthotics.

What are orthotics?

These devices that created by your Northridge and Lancaster foot doctor to change how your foot functions and to support and treat various foot problems that cause issues such as pain or problems when moving.

While orthotics can be purchased over the counter at your local drugstore these often don’t provide the unique care and support needed to meet every patient’s individual needs. That’s why it’s so important to consider getting custom orthotics.

What are the different kinds of orthotics available in Northridge and Lancaster?

There are two different kinds of orthotics to choose from: functional and accommodative.

Function orthotics are used to correct faulty biomechanics in the feet. This orthotics can be great for correcting pronation and taking some pressure and shock absorption off certain areas of the feet while walking or exercising. It’s also great for preventing repetitive use injuries from affecting your foot and correcting common foot deformities.

Accommodative orthotics are often made from a softer material and used to fix minor pain and other foot problems. It can also be a great option for correcting foot issues in children.

Who should consider getting orthotics?

People of all ages from children to the elderly can benefit from orthotics. They are a great way to alleviate common ailments and symptoms. You can even liken orthotics to eyeglasses as both correct physical dysfunctions.

Common issues that can be corrected with orthotics include:

  • Bunions
  • Chronic heel, knee or back pain
  • Flatfeet
  • Arthritis
  • Foot deformities
  • Shin pain

If you are dealing with foot pain this is your body trying to warn you that there is an issue. Don’t ignore it! Call our Lancaster and Northridge, CA podiatric office. Turn to Complete Foot & Ankle Care to provide you with everything from custom orthotics to neuropathy treatments.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M.
February 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  
What is Hammertoe and What Can I Do about It? Causes and treatment of hammertoe. 
 

You may have heard about hammertoe, and just thinking about it makes your feet hurt. You might wonder if you have one because you're getting an odd pain in your toe and it won’t go away. To find out if you have hammertoe, you need to talk with a podiatrist like Dr. HammertoeThomas Neuman at Complete Foot and Ankle Care with offices in Northridge and Lancaster, CA.

What is Hammertoe?

Hammertoe gets its name from a deformity of your second, third or fourth toe in which your toe is bent at its middle joint making your it resemble a hammer. Hammertoe can be caused from poorly fitting shoes or an imbalance in your tendons and muscles. When you bend your toes, if your tendons and muscles aren’t working the way they should, your toe may be held in the wrong position long enough for them to tighten to the point they can’t stretch out.

Common signs you may have a hammertoe are calluses or corns appearing at the top of the middle joint on your toe. These growths rub against the inside of your shoes, making it very difficult for you to find shoes you can tolerate. You may also have redness and swelling.

What Can I Do?

According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, there are some things you can do at home to prevent and treat hammertoe, including:

  • Finding shoes that have enough room at the front and don’t crowd or bend your toes; wearing sandals is often more comfortable than closed shoes.
  • Doing toe exercises like stretching each of your toes with your fingers or picking things up from the floor with your toes
  • Using corn or callus pads or cushions
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen

If you have tried home remedies but you are still plagued with the pain of hammertoe, you should see Dr. Neuman, your podiatrist in the neighborhood. He may suggest:

  • Corticosteroid injections to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Custom-made orthotics to place in your shoes to affect any tendon or muscle imbalance
  • Splinting your toe to try and realign and straighten it
 

More advanced cases, in which your toe is rigid and painful and won’t respond to conservative therapies, may require surgery to correct the deformed toe. If you think you have hammertoe, call Dr. Thomas Neuman at Complete Foot and Ankle Care, in Northridge and Lancaster, CA for a consultation. Don’t suffer from hammertoe when relief is a phone call away!





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