By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
September 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   foot pain  

Bunion PainYou see a reddened bump on the side of your right foot by the big toe. The pain increases every day, particularly when you stand for long periods of time. Likely, this is a bunion, but to confirm that and to receive treatment, see Dr. Thomas Neuman, your podiatrist in Northridge, CA. His caring expertise will stop the pain and the progression of that bunion so you're comfortable and active.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a very common, acquired deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint. Due to excessive weight, pressure from narrow footwear, overuse or the aging process, the big toe progressively turns toward the second toe. A reddened, tender, bony bump forms at the base of the toe. Sometimes, the big toe overlays the second toe and even third toe. Pain, decreasing mobility and callus formation on the bottom of the foot result.

How many people have bunions?

Harvard Health reports that a full 36 percent of individuals--mostly women--over the age of 65 have bunions to one degree or other. While years of narrow shoes and high heels contribute to the problem, heredity plays a significant role, too. Some families have foot structures which, given the right set of conditions, tend to develop bunions.

Don't ignore the pain

Unfortunately, bunions hurt--sometimes a lot, leading to sedentary lifestyles, especially in the senior population. Your Northridge podiatrist recommends a complete podiatric examination and X-rays if you exhibit bunion symptoms. However, don't worry. Most bunions respond really well to very basic care strategies. Dr. Neuman will discuss a care plan geared to his diagnostic findings and your lifestyle.

Treating bunions

The simplest of approaches often works best. Bunionectomy, or removal of the bony bump and realignment of the joint and connective tissue, always is a last resort.

Strategies Dr. Neuman frequently suggests are:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Quality shoes with room in the toes and low heels (no higher than 2-1/2 inches, says the American Podiatric Medical Association)
  • Rest
  • Elevation of the foot above the level of the heart
  • Moleskin or other over the counter padding applied to the side of the foot to relieve friction
  • Semi-rigid orthotics (shoe inserts) to provide proper arch support

Come talk to us

You can feel good and retain your mobility when you treat that bunion pain. Please call your podiatrist, Dr. Thomas Neuman, for an examination. We have two offices for your convenience. In Northridge, CA, phone (818) 885-8400, and in Lancaster, CA, call (661) 945-3628.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete's FootAthlete’s foot is a fungal condition that develops between the toes, but can also spread to other areas of the foot. The condition is associated with dry, itchy skin that can appear blistered and scaly. Treatments are available for alleviating the symptoms of athlete’s foot, as well as clearing it up. A podiatrist can prescribe an appropriate treatment, as well as recommend methods for preventing it from returning again. Dr.Thomas Neuman is your foot doctor in Northridge, CA, for treating athlete’s foot.

Causes of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is caused by a fungal infection. The tinea fungus thrives in places that are moist and warm, such as around swimming pools, in showers, and on locker room floors. Protecting the feet by wearing sandals or other footwear in such places can help prevent athlete’s foot from developing. If athlete’s foot does develop, it can be identified by several symptoms. Athlete’s foot symptoms include:

  • Itchiness
  • Inflammation
  • Blistering
  • Scaliness
  • Dry skin

Treatment and Prevention

There are several options for treating athlete’s foot. Minor cases of athlete’s foot can sometimes be successfully treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal ointments and creams. More severe or chronic cases of athlete’s foot are best treated by a podiatrist who can prescribe a professional strength anti-fungal oral medication or topical ointment. A Northridge, CA, foot doctor can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for your specific case of athlete’s foot.

Once the fungal infection has cleared up following successful treatment, there are several steps that can be taken to prevent the athlete’s foot from returning. In general, the feet should be kept dry and clean. Other measures that can be implemented to prevent athlete’s foot from developing include:

  • Wearing airy footwear that allows the feet to breathe
  • Keeping the feet clean and dry
  • Wearing socks with shoes
  • Wearing sandals in/at public locker rooms, showers, and pools
  • Avoiding walking around barefoot
  • Using talcum powder to absorb foot perspiration

Athlete’s foot can be prevented, but treatments are also available if it does develop. For treatment of athlete’s foot, schedule an appointment with Dr. Neuman, your foot doctor in Northridge, CA, by calling either the Northridge office location at (818) 885-8400 or the Lancaster office at (661) 945-3628.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
May 24, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain   Ankle Sprain  

Ankle SprainA hard twist, a snapping sound and sharp pain--it all happened in a flash as you were out for your afternoon run. Now you have a swollen ankle. At Complete Foot and Ankle Care in Lancaster and Northridge, CA, podiatrist Dr. Thomas Neuman sees many ankle sprains at all levels of severity. Is your ankle sprained? Here are the signs and symptoms that confirm it.

What is an ankle sprain?

It's a common injury of the ligaments at the sides of the ankle. Happening to the athletic and non-athletic alike, this stretching and tearing of the connective tissue in the ankle produces a limited range of motion, pain and many times, inability to bear weight on the affected foot.

Other symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Instability of the ankle (wobbling)
  • Extreme tenderness

On a physical exam, your podiatrist will palpate the injured ankle, note its range of motion and your ability to bear weight and take X-rays and other imaging as needed. These tests determine the extent of the stretching and tearing. He'll advise you as to the degree of the sprain and what interventions will help you achieve optimal healing.

Treating an ankle sprain

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says most ankle sprains respond well to a familiar first aid protocol:

  • Rest (get off your feet)
  • Ice (to reduce swelling)
  • Compression (with an elastic bandage to ease pain and provide support)
  • Elevation (above the level of the heart)

In addition, Dr. Neuman may recommend physical therapy, stretching exercises, balance and agility training and just simply moving the ankle gently to reduce stiffness and swelling.

Over the counter ibuprofen helps relieve swelling and pain, and depending on the degree of injury, Dr. Neuman may advise support with a soft cast or boot and use of crutches. Surgery may be necessary when the injured ankle is particularly unstable, and the doctor believes tendons and bones could sustain damage.

Preventing an ankle sprain

Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and sometimes ankle injuries are unavoidable. However, for day to day strength and stability, your Lancaster and Northridge, CA, podiatrist recommends that young and old alike should wear well-fitting, supportive footwear. Also, staying active and in good condition keeps ankles sturdy. In other words, if you are in the habit of exercising and being on your feet, this lifestyle strengthens your feet and ankles, making them less prone to injuries.

Take care of your ankles

They keep you moving. Do all you can to prevent sprains, and if you do suffer one, contact Complete Foot and Ankle Care. You'll be well underway to healing with treatment from board-certified foot surgeon, Dr. Thomas Neuman. Call today for an appointment. For the Northridge office, phone (818) 885-8400, and for the Lancaster location, call (661) 945-3628.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
March 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

If you are dealing with heel pain find out what might be going on.heel pain

While it’s nearly impossible to diagnose your problem without our Lancaster and Northridge, CA, podiatrist, Dr. Thomas Neuman, examining your foot, it is possible that your heel pain is the result of a condition known as plantar fasciitis. After all, this inflammatory condition is one of the most common causes of heel pain.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs from the toes along the soles to the heels. When the tissue becomes inflamed or irritated this leads to heel pain.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

There are many factors that can increase your chances of developing this condition. Those with high arches, flat feet, or other structural foot problems are more likely to develop this condition, as are those who are overweight or obese.

If you are a runner or athlete who suddenly increases the length or intensity of your workout you may also find yourself at an increased risk for heel pain.

What are the symptoms?

While heel pain is the most obvious sign that you are dealing with plantar fasciitis, where the pain is located can also give you an indication of whether or not this inflammatory condition is to blame. You may experience pain under the heel that also extends to the arches of the foot. You may find that the pain is worse when first waking up in the morning or after exercise (or standing for long periods of time).

Of course, a heel pain may also be the result of Achilles tendinitis, a heel spur, arthritis, or stress fractures, which is why it’s important that you turn to our Lancaster and Northridge foot doctor who can determine the cause and provide you with a treatment plan that will cater to your specific needs.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

In most cases, symptoms can easily be managed through simple conservative options such as:

  • Wearing supportive shoes
  • Reducing activity level and avoiding high-impact activities
  • Bracing or splinting the foot
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

If symptoms don’t improve after a couple of weeks of at-home care then it’s time to see one of our podiatrists in Lancaster and Northridge.

Complete Foot & Ankle Care in Northridge and Lancaster, CA, is always ready to provide you with the comprehensive and understanding care you need. No matter whether you are dealing with a foot injury or just have questions about the services we offer, don’t hesitate to call our office to learn more.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
January 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Foot issues can affect more than just your feet. Difficulty standing or walking can have an impact on a variety of daily tasks, from bunionsexercising to something as simple as walking to bed at night. Often, bunions begin painlessly but become painful over time. Nipping your bunion pain in the bud can save you discomfort later on. Find out more about the early signs of bunions and how your podiatrist can help with Dr. Thomas Neuman at Complete Foot and Ankle Care with locations in Northridge, CA, and Lancaster, CA.

Do I have a bunion? 
A bunion grows at the base of the big toe toward the inside of the foot and presents itself visually as a lump or bump. In its earliest stages, you may only notice the lump of the bunion itself with no other symptoms. However, over time, the bunion grows bigger, pushing the big toe toward the smaller toes and causing them to overlap or become deformed. Commonly, corns or calluses develop on the smaller toes due to the friction of them rubbing together. Eventually, you may notice pain, swelling, discomfort, or redness in the area of the bunion. Pain may be intermittent or persistent and usually gets better with rest.

How can my podiatrist help my bunion? 
Your foot doctor can treat your existing bunion, but can also help prevent it from growing larger. In many cases, bunions relate to genetics since you inherit the type of foot which is susceptible to bunions. However, bunion growth also correlates to wearing ill-fitting shoes, such as those which are too narrow, high-heeled, or too tight. By watching the bunion and monitoring its growth alongside wearing the best kind of shoes to slow the growth, your podiatrist can help you take the proper steps to slow or even stop your bunion’s growth.

Bunion Treatments in Northridge, CA, and Lancaster, CA 
Treating a bunion in its later stages usually involves a surgical procedure called a bunionectomy. This procedure removes the bunion altogether and, if necessary, aligns the smaller toes and big toe to ensure they lie correctly next to each other rather than overlapping.

For more information on bunions or their care, please contact Dr. Thomas Neuman at Complete Foot and Ankle Care with locations in Northridge, CA, and Lancaster, CA. Call (818) 885-8400 to schedule your appointment in Northridge or (661) 945-3628 to schedule your appointment in Lancaster today!

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