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Foot Problems

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:

Orthopedics

What is Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedics is a branch of surgery for conditions of the musculoskeletal system. The usual problems are: musculoskeletal trauma, spine diseases, injuries from sports or work, degenerative diseases, or complications from infections, tumors or congenital conditions.

Depending on their severity, orthopedic surgeons can use both surgical and non-surgical methods to repair these conditions.

Who Needs Orthopedic Surgery

Many of the previously mentioned conditions can be caused by accidents, or wear and tear over the course of daily activities. People who do heavy duty labor or intense sports – like
construction workers or athletes – often injuries requiring our services. And there are
complications from old age, such as hip fractures from falls.
In short, anyone can require orthopedic treatment! This is an unfortunate reality, but we are
prepared to help people overcome these conditions and get better.

Orthopedic Surgical Procedures We Specialize In

Our specialties include :

● Knee repair
● Shoulder repair
● Ankle fracture repair
● Hip replacement
● Shoulder and elbow repair
● Wrist and hand treatments such as carpal tunnel release
● Foot surgery
● ACL and MCL ligament injury repairs
● Tendon tear repairs
● Bicep injury treatment

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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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Achilles Tendon

Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles (uh-KILL-eez) tendon, the band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone.

Achilles tendinitis most commonly occurs in runners who have suddenly increased the intensity or duration of their runs. It’s also common in middle-aged people who play sports, such as tennis or basketball, only on the weekends.

 

Most cases of Achilles tendinitis can be treated with relatively simple, at-home care under your doctor’s supervision. Self-care strategies are usually necessary to prevent recurring episodes. More-serious cases of Achilles tendinitis can lead to tendon tears (ruptures) that may require surgical repair.

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SPRAINED ANKLE

A sprained ankle is an injury that occurs when you roll, twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can stretch or tear the tough bands of tissue (ligaments) that help hold your ankle bones together.

Treatment for a sprained ankle depends on the severity of the injury. Although self-care measures and over-the-counter pain medications may be all you need, a medical evaluation might be necessary to reveal how badly you’ve sprained your ankle and to determine the appropriate treatment.

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GENERAL FOOT & ANKLE CARE

Even relatively mild foot pain can be quite debilitating, at least at first. It is usually safe to try simple home remedies for a while.

WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION

  • Have severe pain or swelling
  • Have an open wound or a wound that is oozing pus
  • Have signs of infection, such as redness, warmth and tenderness in the affected area or you have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C)
  • Are unable to walk or put weight on your foot
  • Have diabetes and have any wound that isn’t healing or is deep, red, swollen or warm to the touch

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ATHLETES FOOT

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes.

Signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be spread via contaminated floors, towels or clothing.

Athlete’s foot is closely related to other fungal infections such as ringworm and jock itch. It can be treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal medications, but the infection often recurs. Prescription medications also are available.

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CALLUSES & CORNS

Calluses and Corns are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. They most often develop on the feet and toes or hands and fingers. Corns and calluses can be unsightly.

If you’re healthy, you need treatment for corns and calluses only if they cause discomfort. For most people, simply eliminating the source of friction or pressure makes corns and calluses disappear.

If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet, you’re at greater risk of complications from corns and calluses. Seek your doctor’s advice on proper care for corns and calluses if you have such a condition.

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HEEL SPURS

Heel spurs occur in at least half the people who have plantar fasciitis, a painful condition involving the thick tissue that runs between your heel bone and your toes.

In treating plantar fasciitis now, doctors rely more on ice, arch supports (orthotics), physical therapy and pain medications, and surgery.

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FLAT FEET

You have flat feet when the arches on the inside of your feet are flattened, allowing the entire soles of your feet to touch the floor when you stand up.

Flat feet can occur when the arches don’t develop during childhood. In other cases, flat feet develop after an injury or from the simple wear-and-tear stresses of age.

Flat feet can sometimes contribute to problems in your ankles and knees because the condition can alter the alignment of your legs.

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NEUROMAS

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma may feel as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on a fold in your sock.

Morton’s neuroma involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to your toes. This can cause a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes also may sting, burn or feel numb.

High-heeled shoes have been linked to the development of Morton’s neuroma. Many people experience relief by switching to lower heeled shoes with wider toe boxes. Sometimes corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary.

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Plantar fasciitis

Planter Fasciitis involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.

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WARTS

Common warts are caused by a virus and are transmitted by touch. It can take a wart as long as two to six months to develop after your skin has been exposed to the virus. Common warts are usually harmless and eventually disappear on their own. But many people choose to remove them because they find them bothersome or embarrassing.

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