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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!

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.