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October 2023

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Understanding the Ache in Your Ankles

Anterior ankle impingement, although not as widely recognized as some other foot and ankle conditions, is a common ailment that can cause discomfort and limit mobility. This condition primarily affects the front part of the ankle joint, where the bones come into contact and create friction during certain movements. It is characterized by ankle pain, tenderness, and swelling in the anterior, or front, of the ankle. While the exact cause can vary, it often stems from repetitive activities that involve excessive dorsiflexion, which is bending the ankle upwards. These activities, common in sports such as ballet or soccer, can lead to the gradual development of bony growths or bone spurs, which cause the impingement. Trauma or injuries to the ankle can also be a contributing factor. Understanding anterior ankle impingement is important for those experiencing persistent pain in the front of their ankles. Early recognition and proper care can help alleviate discomfort and prevent the condition from worsening. By comprehending this condition and seeking appropriate treatment, individuals can regain their comfort and mobility, allowing them to return to their daily activities without the constant ache in their ankles. If you have ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat anterior ankle impingement.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Leonora Fihman, DPM from California. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Encino and Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

When the Achilles Tendon Becomes Strained

The Achilles tendon, a robust band of tissue connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone, plays a pivotal role in our ability to walk, run, and jump. However, this vital structure is not invincible. Achilles tendon injuries can be painful and debilitating. They often result from overuse, sudden changes in physical activity, or inadequate warm-up routines. Strains, characterized by mild to severe discomfort, may be a sign of overexertion or minor tears in the tendon. In contrast, a complete rupture, often accompanied by a sudden, sharp pain and a popping sensation, is a more severe injury requiring immediate medical attention. The road to recovery varies depending on the injury's extent, with treatments ranging from rest for minor strains to surgical intervention for more severe cases. If you experience an Achilles tendon injury, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the correct treatment is for you.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Leonora Fihman, DPM of California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Encino and Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Symptoms of Morton's Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a nerve condition in the feet, often causing discomfort and pain. The primary symptom is a sharp or burning pain typically felt between the third and fourth toes, but it can also extend to the ball of the foot. Individuals with Morton's neuroma may describe a sensation of having a pebble or lump inside their shoe. Additionally, many people experience numbness, tingling, or a feeling akin to standing on a fold in their sock. Pain tends to worsen with walking, wearing tight shoes, or putting pressure on the affected area. People may feel relief by removing their shoes or massaging their foot. These symptoms can be intermittent or chronic, affecting daily activities and quality of life. Recognizing these signs is essential for early intervention and appropriate management of Morton's neuroma. If you suspect you may have this condition, it is suggested that you seek medical advice from a podiatrist who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plan.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Leonora Fihman, DPM of California. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Encino and Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

How Shoes Can Affect Your Foot Health

Proper footwear is essential for preventing various foot conditions and discomfort. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind when choosing your footwear. Those who stand for extended periods on hard surfaces like concrete may experience heel and forefoot pain and calluses and corns. Opt for supportive shoes with softer soles and arch support to alleviate these stresses. This helps distribute your weight more evenly and reduces pressure on the feet. If you have foot soreness, consider lace-up boots. These boots can help maintain leg alignment and distribute even pressure on the muscles and ligaments around your foot. While high heels may be fashionable, they can cause forefoot pressure and deformities. By limiting their use, you can promote better foot health. For those engaged in physical activities, look for shoes that provide cushioning for shock absorption during activities such as running and jumping. Flexibility at the ball of the foot and proper heel support are other essential features. For further help with taking care of your feet through appropriate footwear, it is suggested that you seek the help of a podiatrist.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Leonora Fihman, DPM from California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Encino and Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Do Not Ignore Ingrown Toenails

Even if it does not cause pain, it is recommended that one does not ignore an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails happen when the corner or side of the toenail grows into the surrounding flesh, leading to pain, discomfort, inflammation, and sometimes infection. Initially a minor annoyance, untreated ingrown toenails can escalate into a recurring and serious issue. Treatment methods depend on the ingrown toenail's severity, the presence of infection, and previous treatments that were attempted. Routine podiatry care, including toenail trimming and addressing underlying issues, can help prevent infected ingrown toenails. Options range from daily foot soaking and antibiotics to more invasive nail avulsion procedures, which involve removing the affected toenail. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Leonora Fihman, DPM of California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Encino and Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 01 October 2023 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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