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ServicesDr. Leonora Fihman is a podiatric physician and surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery. She combines state of the art implants and fixation devices with the latest and most innovative procedures available today to obtain the best possible aesthetic and functional result with little to no pain.

The main focus of her practice is the complete satisfaction of all of her patients. Every effort is made to ensure that her patients make well-informed choices and achieve the best results possible, all within a comfortable and confidential setting.

One of the goals of this website is to provide you with an extension of care. As you navigate through the site, you will find a wealth of information and services available. Dr. Fihman treats all aspects of foot and ankle structural disorders, including lower extremity muscular, neurological, vascular and skin conditions.

During your consultation, Dr. Fihman always performs a thorough evaluation, explains her findings in detail and creates a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. You will find her warm and direct approach for treatment very comforting. She involves her patients in their care and is easily approachable for questions and concerns.

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What is the Achilles Tendon?  The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body.  The Achilles tendon is located at the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.  The chief function of the Achilles tendon is to bring...

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The ankle is one of the most complex joints in the body. It is designed for constant movement and is one of the few joints that bear the full force of the body's weight with every step you take. It is made up of several tendons and ligaments that...

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What is athlete's foot? Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes,but can appear anywhere on the foot.  It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within closed toed...

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What is Hallux Rigidus? The term hallux rigidus is used to describe a degenerative arthritic process that causes a functional limitation of motion of the big toe joint, reducing the ability to dorsiflex or move the big toe upward.  There is pain...

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What is it? One of the more common conditions treated by a podiatric surgeon is a painful bunion.  A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe.  A painful bunion leads to restrictions of daily and recreational...

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What is it? The most common cause for heel pain is plantar fasciitis.  There are many other causes for heel pain such as stress fracture, fat pad atrophy, arthritis, compressed nerve, tendonitis or cyst.  Heel pain must be properly diagnosed to...

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Platelet rich plasma or PRP has been a breakthrough in the stimulation and acceleration of bone and soft tissue healing. It uses the patient’s own blood components to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues. When there is an injury or...

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What is a Plantar Fibroma? A plantar fibroma is a benign fibrous knot located in the arch of the foot.  It is embedded within the plantar fascia, which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot.  It...

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What is a Plantar Wart? When skin is infected by a virus a small growth develops on the skin.  The most common location is the bottom of the foot, but warts can develop anywhere on the body.  Warts can appear as a single wart, which often...

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What is a Sesamoid? Athletic activities have caused an increase in sesamoid-related problems.  Sesamoids are two small bones located at the ball of the foot beneath the big toe joint.  These bones are very small, but a source of disabling pain...

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This presents as pain directly beneath the 1st metatarsal (big toe joint) caused by inflammation or damage to any of the two small bones (sesamoids). Treatment includes offloading in a special shoe, orthotics, cortisone injections and occasionally...

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What are shin splints? Shin splints are pain along the tibia (shin bone), which is the large bone in the front of your lower leg.  The medical term is known as medial tibial stress syndrome. This pain is common in runners, dancers and military...

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What is a stress fracture?  Many stress fractures are overuse injuries.  A stress fracture is a small crack or bruise in the bone.  This is a common injury in runners and athletes who participate in sports such as soccer and basketball.  Stress...

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What is a Tailor’s Bunion? A tailor’s bunion is a prominence of the distal lateral aspect of the fifth metatarsal head.  Similar to a bunion on the medial side, there is an increase in the angle between the 4th and 5th metatarsals, which are the...

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What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome? The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space that lies on the inside of the ankle.  A thick ligament called the flexor retinaculum courses over the tarsal tunnel, which includes tendons, nerves, arteries and veins.  Tarsal...

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What is a hammertoe? Hammertoe is a bending of one or both joints of the lesser digits (digits 2-5). The digits contract as a result of a muscle imbalance between the tendons on the top and the tendons on the bottom of the toe.  Hammertoes can be...

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What is hyperhidrosis? Hyperhidrosis is abnormally excessive sweating that is not necessarily related to higher temperature or exercise.  The sweating may be so severe that it soaks through your clothes and drips off our hands or feet.  This can...

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What is it? Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis occurs when the nail plate has grown into the sides of the nail with or without an infection.  The skin becomes irritated when the nail digs into the nail borders and can cause pain,...

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Keryflex is a safe, nonsystemic in-office application that restores the appearance of patient’s natural nails. Patients’ nails affected by fungus, nail dystrophies and trauma can be remodeled. The patented resin creates a flexible, non-porous nail...

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Morton’s Neuroma (Intermetatarsal Neuroma) What is a Neuroma? A neuroma is a benign thickening of nerve tissue and the most common in the foot is a Morton’s neuroma, which occurs between the third and fourth toes.  With chronic irritation,...

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What is chronic ankle instability? Chronic ankle instability is a condition characterized by recurring giving way of the outer side of the ankle.  Repeated ankle sprains causes this condition.  Usually, the giving way occurs while walking or doing...

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The goals of light-based (laser) treatments are a shorter treatment regimen, minimal to no local side effects and no systemic side effects. Light-based treatments have the ability to penetrate the nail to eliminate fungus through a thermal...

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What are corns and calluses? They are thick, hard layers of skin that develop when the skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure.  The body produces extra skin for protection.  A corn is a buildup of skin that develops on parts of...

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Orthotics are shoe inserts that correct an abnormal, or irregular, walking pattern. Generally called arch supports, orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. Podiatrists sometimes prescribe orthotic devices to...

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Ganglion Cyst What is a Ganglion Cyst? Ganglion cysts are the most common benign fluid filled masses which commonly occur on top of the foot.  They typically form around tendons or joints.  The word “ganglion” means knot which describes the...

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It is estimated that approximately 17 million Americans have diabetes mellitus with almost 1 million new cases diagnosed each year.  Diabetes is a multisystem disease that effects the cardiovascular, renal, retinal, nervous and immune systems,...

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PEDIATRIC FLEXIBLE FLATFOOT A flatfoot deformity is diagnosed when the entire surface of the bottom of the foot comes in contact with the floor. Some people are born with flat feet, while others can lose their arch over time. Proper treatment can...

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This is usually a benign soft tissue mass filled with a thick jelly like fluid. They often arise from a joint capsule or tendon sheath. A lump beneath the skin can cause pressure on a nearly nerve or pain in shoes. These fluid-filled masses are...

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What is Gout? A recurrent acute arthritis that affects joints and the most common joint in the foot that it affects is the joint of the big toe.  Gout is characterized by a sudden severe attack of pain, redness and tenderness in the joints.   A...

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