Podiatrist Leonora Fihman, DPM

Mar 2016

Ingrown Toenails: Self Treatment is not Always Best

Posted by Leonora Fihman in blog

As every podiatrist knows, ingrown toenails (Onychocryptosis) are among the most common of all foot problems. For this reason, self treatments for this painful condition permeate the Internet. If the toenail does not grow too deeply beneath the skin, self treatment is entirely possible. However, there are times when people who suffer from ingrown toenails should forgo treating this condition themselves and instead seek out a podiatrist. Diabetics, for example, should not treat ingrown toenails themselves as their feet are often insensitive and they may cut themselves. Moreover, people who have very deep ingrown toenails can risk infection of the bone (Osteomyelitis). In these cases, sufferers should contact a podiatrist rather than risk further infection and other complications.

What causes ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails can have several causes including cutting toenails too short, wearing shoes that are too tight and accidents or repeated injuries to the toe. Heredity even can play a role in developing ingrown toenails.

Correcting Ingrown Toenails

After a thorough examination of the foot a podiatrist will anesthetize the affected toe. He or she will then carefully cut the ingrown toenail and pull the skin out over the nail so that it does not grow beneath the skin again. Sometimes cutting the nail root (ablation) is necessary. Naturally, the toenail will grow back again after several months.

Dr. Fihman is a podiatrist in Calabasas and surrounding areas who has experience treating conditions of the foot even when they require surgery. If you are one of the millions of people who have ingrown toenails and are concerned that self treatment may not be the best option, Dr. Fihman is a foot doctor in Hollywood who can properly diagnose and treat you.

Feb 2016

When Your Career Choices Lead you to the Podiatrist

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Your career of choice has a much bigger impact on your life than you may realize. Just think about it; your office—whether it’s in a traditional office building, a classroom or the great outdoors—is where you spend the majority of your life. You work at least 5 days a week for 8 hours or more a day. Your job is the biggest part of your daily routine and it has a huge effect on your mood, mindset and overall health; and different careers present different health risks. With that in mind, let’s talk about some of the jobs that might leave you searching for a Los Angeles foot and ankle doctor like Dr. Leonora Fihman…

If you sit at a desk in front of a computer all day it makes sense that your most common ailments will include back and neck pain, wrist issues such as carpal tunnel, and vision or eye problems. So it follows that if you work in an industry that has you on your feet all day you will be at high risk of developing foot and ankle problems that will leave you in need of the best Podiatric doctor Encino, Ca has to offer.

Nurses, school teachers, factory workers, chefs and those who work in retail are some of the top professionals who need to be aware of possible foot injuries. And it’s important to keep in mind that lower back pain may actually be stemming from issues down below. You can help protect yourself from potential issues by wearing orthotics and making sure you take a load off during your breaks. But in the event that those tootsie problems do catch up with you, don’t hesitate to give Dr. Fihman a call.

Feb 2016

Custom Orthotics: Correcting Walking Patterns and Beyond

Posted by Leonora Fihman in blog

More and more people today are relying on orthotics – which is the managed use of devices that provide support or help weak or abnormal joins and/or muscles – to seek relief from problems of the foot and ankle and to correct walking patterns. While, there are many over-the-counter products that are now available to help patients with problems of the foot and ankle such as Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, bunions and bunionettes, tarsal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, corns and calluses, cavus foot, Morton’s neuroma, etc, it is always best to see a podiatrist so that she can supervise these devices and address treatment options. As a Los Angeles foot and ankle doctor, Dr. Fihman has helped many people with these conditions find relief.

While few things are more rewarding than knowing that our office has helped to correct a patient’s issues with his/her walking pattern, sometimes conditions of the foot and ankle affect more than just a person’s normal gait. To begin with, a correct gait has a profound effect on a person’s posture and alignment. Additionally, a correct walking pattern also impacts other health issues. For example, there is a great deal of evidence that orthotics can help treat lower back pain. Orthotics can also help treat knee and hip pain. When we treat patients, we look at the total picture. Dr. Fihman assess the patient and helps him/her to understand how conditions of the foot and ankle affect his/her overall health. As a foot doctor in Hollywood, she understands that her patients have many options in choosing a provider so she gives her patients the benefit of her experience and lets them know that choosing the right doctor is as important to their overall health as any orthotic that she may recommend.

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Seeking medical treatment early can help prevent many foot and ankle conditions from progressing and affecting your ability to walk and enjoy life. Contact Dr. Leonora Fihman for a consultation to get back on the road to recovery and get back on your feet.