Podiatry Blog
By L.A. Institute of Foot & Ankle Surgery
August 09, 2022
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

If you are experiencing chronic inflammation, irritation, and foot pain due to bunions, bunion surgery could help. Bunions do not heal on their own so some type of treatment is always needed. If you have tried more conservative methods for treating bunions without success, you should consider bunion surgery. The board-certified podiatrist at Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery in Northridge, Santa Clarita, and Burbank, CA, perform bunion surgery.

How Bunions Develop

A bunion is a bony protrusion that forms on the side of the foot just below the big toe. The bump is caused by the big toe slanting toward the smaller ones. As the big toe slants one direction, the dislocated bone slants the opposite way and pushes against the side of the foot forming a bony bump. One of the reasons bunions can be so painful is due to the friction produced when the interior of the shoes rubs against the bunion, which can result in inflammation.

Bunions usually develop as a result of a dislocated metatarsophalangeal joint where the bones meet at the base of the big toe. The joint could become dislocated due to many factors, such as an injury, arthritis, a structural deformity, or repeatedly wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow.

Bunion Surgery

Bunions do not heal on their own so it is important to seek treatment. Some non-surgical methods for treating bunions include wearing custom orthotics to stabilize the toe joint, inserting protective padding in the shoes to reduce friction, and wearing night splints to realign the dislocated joint. However, if conservative treatments have not provided sufficient relief, bunion surgery can help. The experienced foot surgeons and podiatrists at our office in Burbank, CA, can determine when bunion surgery is needed.

Bunion surgery is referred to as a bunionectomy and can be performed multiple ways. Some methods involve cutting the bone so that it can be realigned in the correct position. In some cases, the joint might be fused together with a pin or screw to prevent further dislocation. Bunion surgery can also involve treating the ligaments around the dislocated toe. Our skilled foot surgeons will recommend the appropriate bunion surgery for you.

It is time to consider bunion surgery if more conservative treatment methods have not fully resolved the problem. For bunion surgery in Burbank, CA, call the Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery at (818) 848-5588 to schedule a consultation. Additional offices are conveniently located in Northridge and Santa Clarita, CA.

By L.A. Institute of Foot & Ankle Surgery
June 10, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion Surgery   Bunion  

How bunion surgery from your podiatrists in Burbank, Santa Clarita, and Northridge, CA, can help your feet

Bunions can be large and extremely painful. If you are suffering from a large, painful bunion, you might be thinking about bunion surgery. You probably have a few questions too.

The podiatrists at Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery provide comprehensive foot and ankle services, including bunion surgery. They have several convenient offices in Burbank, Santa Clarita, and Northridge, CA, to help you and your feet.

These are just a few frequently asked questions about bunion surgery:

Why do I need bunion surgery?

Bunion surgery is often recommended if your bunion has grown large, has a substantial degree of bone involvement, and is very painful. Bunion pain can interfere with your ability to put on shoes, enjoy activities, and stand and walk.

How do I prepare for bunion surgery?

Before your surgery, you need to:

  • Avoid eating or drinking after midnight
  • Thoroughly wash your feet the night before and the morning of the surgery
  • Bring someone with you who can drive you home after surgery

You also need to prepare for life right after the surgery, when you might not be walking around. Remember to:

  • Remove any objects from the floor you can trip over
  • Buy easy, convenient meals that you can prepare yourself
  • Ask for help and support from family members and friends

Will I stay in the hospital after bunion surgery?

Most bunion surgery is performed on an outpatient basis with no hospital stay.

What is bunion surgery recovery like?

  • You may need crutches or other assistive devices after surgery.
  • You will need to keep your feet dry for about 2 weeks, until after the sutures are removed.
  • To aid in recovery, your podiatrist may recommend stretching, exercises, and physical therapy.
  • 3 to 4 weeks after surgery, you may be able to begin wearing a wide athletic shoe.
  • 5 weeks after surgery, you should try to walk short distances and do some mild exercises.

These are just a few of the frequently asked questions and answers about bunion surgery.

To find out more about bunion surgery and how it can help you, call the podiatrists at Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery in Burbank, Santa Clarita, and Northridge, CA. You can reach them in their offices by calling (818) 848-5588, so call now.

By L.A. Institute of Foot & Ankle Surgery
April 14, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

If you have questions about caring for diabetic feet, we can provide you with answers.

When you have diabetes, maintaining proper foot care is even more critical to preventing foot problems that could lead to infections, amputation and other serious complications. Our Burbank, CA, podiatrists get many questions about diabetic foot care. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

How does blood sugar impact the health of the feet?

People with diabetes have elevated blood sugar levels. If blood sugar isn’t adequately managed with a healthy lifestyle and medications, these elevated levels can damage the blood vessels and nerves of the feet. This nerve damage is known as diabetic neuropathy, which can lead to a loss of sensation in the feet, as well as tingling and pain. This is why managing your blood sugar is incredibly important for people with diabetes.

How often do I need to examine my feet?

Part of proper diabetic foot care is to check your feet every day, even if you aren’t dealing with any issues. What should you look for when you examine your feet? Our Burbank, CA, team recommends looking for,

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin color or temperature
  • Numbness, tingling or discomfort
  • Corns and calluses
  • Open wounds
  • Cuts and ulcers

Are you dealing with any of these issues? Schedule an immediate appointment with our Burbank, CA, foot care team. Having a podiatrist that understands and works with diabetes is imperative to helping you manage your symptoms.

I’m at home. Can’t I just go barefoot?

Chances are good that you’ve been told to wear shoes and socks at all times, even at home. While it may be tempting to go around barefoot, especially in your own home, this can also leave you at risk for cuts, scrapes and other foot injuries. If you also have nerve damage in your feet, it’s also possible that you could hurt your foot and not even know it. You should always wear supportive, properly fitted shoes and socks to protect your feet, no matter where you are.

When should I see a podiatrist?

It’s always a good rule of thumb to visit our Burbank, CA, foot and ankle specialists once a year for a comprehensive evaluation, especially if you have diabetes. Of course, you should also call us if you are dealing with any changes or problems with your feet. Since even the most minor issues can turn serious quickly, it’s essential to schedule an immediate appointment with us if you are dealing with any foot problems.

If you have questions or concerns about your current diabetic foot care routine, the Burbank, CA, podiatrists at the Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery are always here to help. We offer everything from emergency foot care to routine checkups. Call (818) 848-5588 to schedule your next visit.

By L.A. Institute of Foot & Ankle Surgery
February 09, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Replacement  

An ankle replacement performed by your Northridge, Santa Clarita and Burbank, CA, podiatrists at Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery could be the solution to your chronic pain and stiffness. The surgery is an excellent option if you want to relieve your pain yet retain the normal range of motion in your ankle joint.

Who is a good candidate for ankle replacement surgery?

Your Northridge, Santa Clarita and Burbank, CA, foot doctor may recommend ankle replacement surgery if:

  • You have pain, stiffness, difficulty walking, instability, swelling or reduced range of movement due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, a bone infection or broken ankle
  • Anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, corticosteroids, braces, boots, casts and other treatment options haven't improved your condition
  • You don't plan to participate in sports that require running, jumping or sudden stops or turns after the surgery.
  • You have good blood flow to your ankle and don't have osteoporosis or any dead bones in the joint

What are the benefits of ankle replacement surgery?

Fusing bones together in your joint was once the only option for persistent ankle pain and mobility issues. Although the surgery relieved pain, it limited the range of motion in the ankle.

Today, ankle replacement surgery offers a better option for many people. During ankle replacement surgery, your foot doctor removes damaged bones and replaces them with an artificial joint. In addition to relieving pain, the surgery offers several benefits, including:

  • Improved Flexibility and Movement: Your new joint will move just like a natural joint, making it easier to navigate steps or walk on uneven surfaces. Physical therapy will help improve mobility in your new joint.
  • Better Balance: It's much easier to keep your balance when your ankle joint moves freely.
  • Shorter Recovery Period: You'll only need to wear a cast for about three weeks if you choose ankle replacement surgery versus 10 to 12 weeks for ankle fusion surgery.

Would you like to find out if ankle replacement is a good option for you? Make an appointment with the podiatrists at Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Call (818) 848-5588 to schedule an appointment at the Northridge, Santa Clarita or Burbank, CA, office.

By L.A. Institute of Foot & Ankle Surgery
January 18, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Fracture  

The ankle is made up of three bones and when one or more of these bones is broken, that’s considered an ankle fracture. An ankle fracture can range from mild to severe, depending on how many bones are broken and how severe each break is. Your podiatrists at the Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery in Burbank, Northridge, and Santa Clarita, CA, can explain everything you need to know about an ankle fracture and how they’re treated and cared for.

What to Know about a Fractured Ankle

A fractured ankle can occur from trauma that’s been caused by an accident or sports injury. It’s commonly caused by sports injuries and can happen when the ankle rolls incorrectly. Your podiatrist in Burbank, Northridge, and Santa Clarita, CA, will examine your ankle and take an x-ray to be sure that you’re dealing with an ankle fracture.

If you’re dealing with an ankle fracture, you may notice severe and sudden pain with your injury, swelling and bruising, and the inability to put weight on your foot. It might look like your ankle is out of pace and that’s a sign that you should seek help immediately.

The best form of treatment is with rest. You should be resting and icing your ankle. It’s important that you avoid putting weight on the ankle while it heals so that you can avoid injuring it any further. Your podiatrist will give you instructions on how to care for your ankle so that it can heal as fast as possible!

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

If you’ve recently suffered from an ankle injury, be sure to talk to your podiatrist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and treatment! Contact your podiatrists at the Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery in Burbank, Northridge, and Santa Clarita, CA, to treat your ankle fracture today. Call for more information at (818) 848-5588 today!

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