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Dr. Brody is available to serve you at this main office in Culver City or at one of his satellite locations in Huntington Park. He provides you with the latest technology in podiatric care and provides the following tools and techniques to find the best way to solve your foot and ankle problems:

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BUNION

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. It forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. The skin over the bunion might be red and sore. Wearing tight, narrow shoes might cause bunions or make them worse.

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Custom Fitted Orthotics

Most problems in the foot and ankle are a result of Bio Mechanical problems in the foot. Instability in the foot can cause symptoms of heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, nerve, most foot and ankle pain and even low back pain.

An Orthotic will treat what caused the problem to occur by reestablishing the arch and correct the alignment of the foot, ankle and low back. This is similar to if you have problems with the foundation of your house, it will result in jam doors or roof problems. If you fix the door or roof problem without fixing the foundation, the problem will just return. If you have a minor problem you can try over the counter arch supports, but if the problem is more severe, Custom Orthotic Supports should be made. This is similar that if you have a minor vision problem, you can buy your glasses at the Drug store, but if you need the correct prescription, you would go to an Optometrist to get glasses with the correct prescription. A Podiatrist will evaluate you for alignment problems and determine if Custom Orthotic are required to correct your foot problems.

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HAMMER TOES

A hammer toe is a deformity that causes your toe to bend or curl downward instead of pointing forward. This deformity can affect any toe on your foot. It most often affects the second or third toe. Although a hammer toe may be present at birth, it usually develops over time due to arthritis or wearing ill-fitting shoes, such as tight, pointed heels. In most cases, a hammer toe condition is treatable.

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Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown nail is a result of a portion of the nail growing into the skin that surrounds a nail. This can occur when the edge of the nail is not trimmed properly, an accident that causes the skin to be pushed into the nail, abnormal pressure from shoes, or from a fungal infection. The tip or entire toe may become red, infected, and painful to touch. The condition will not get better until the offending portion of the nail is removed. If the ingrown nail is diagnosis as a condition that would reoccur, the Doctor may advise a portion of the nail be removed permanently by either a chemical, surgical, or laser procedure. After examining the nail, your Doctor will advise you what treatment will be best for your condition.

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Fungal Toenails

Nail Fungus is a common condition that affects about 10 % of the population. It can cause the nails to become yellow or discolored. The infection can cause the nail to become thick, brittle, and separate from the nail bed. This can cause pain and discomfort when wearing shoes.

There are several treatment options available for nail infections. There is no treatment that is effective for all patients and there are risk and benefits associated with each one.

Topical drugs are less effective because it is difficult for the medication to pass through the nail to reach the infection. There are no significant side effects.

Oral Medication can be very effective in eliminating nail infections and restore normal clear nails. The medication must be taken 6-12 weeks but may occasionally have side effects of stomach irritation, rash, and liver irritation. Periodic blood test may be required to monitor any possible health changes.

Laser treatments are effective in eliminating nail infection and restoring clear nails. Most patients will experience some improvement and there is little discomfort. There are no adverse effects reported from the laser.

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