Podiatry Blog
By L.A. Institute of Foot & Ankle Surgery
September 15, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Replacement  

Ankle pain is often debilitating because of the importance this joint plays on your bodily support. Thankfully, various innovations have helped to make this problem more easily treatable. So if you live in Northridge or Santa Clarita, CA, or want ankle replacement in Burbank, CA, the Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery can help you.

What is Ankle Replacement?

The best ankle replacement Burbank, CA, has to offer is a unique procedure that expands on earlier implant concepts to help improve your overall ankle strength and capability. The first few implants created for ankles were not effective and provided minimal movement capability. However, ankle replacement creates the kind of stability and long-term support that people need to stay healthy.

This procedure lets surgeons carefully remove damaged portions of the bone and cartilage throughout the ankle and replace them with stronger, more supportive metal pieces. Typically, these pieces are installed in the tibia and the talus. A solid plastic piece is then inserted between the two to increase flexibility and strength. 

Who is a Good Candidate for Ankle Replacement?

If you suffer from heavy ankle pain due to degraded muscles or cartilage, you may be a great candidate for replacement. Many people with conditions like arthritis find this treatment essential for their overall recovery. Factors that must be weighed if you are considering this treatment include:

  • Your general level of pain and suffering caused by ankle pain
  • Past treatment methods utilized to help manage this problem
  • Allergies and other health issues that could complicate treatment
  • Your age and other related health problems, like heart concerns

Most people are great candidates for this ankle replacement. It is particularly useful for those going through physical therapy after an injury or those who have to take anti-inflammatory medicines regularly for arthritis-related pain. Talk to your specialist to gauge whether or not it is the best option for your needs.

Reach Out to Us Today to Learn More

Are you sick of ankle pain and want to live an active life again? Do you live in Northridge, Santa Clarita, or Burbank, CA, and need ankle replacement surgery? Then please contact us at the Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery to learn more. We can provide high-quality surgical ankle repairs and replacements that will keep you on your feet. Call 818-848-5588 to set up an appointment.

By L.A. Institute of Foot & Ankle Surgery
September 13, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion Surgery  

What is a Bunion?

Bunions are a bony protrusion located on the inside of your foot at the joint of your big toe where it meets the rest of your foot.  At the Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery, we have three clinics that can help with this bothersome condition and determine the necessity of bunion surgery, located in Burbank, CA, Northridge, CA, and Santa Clarita, CA.

What Causes Bunions?

The exact cause of bunions is unknown. Research on bunions is inconclusive as to what may cause the formation of a bunion.  There are known factors that are correlated with the formation of a bunion, however.  They may be:

  • Genetics. You may possess an inherited structural abnormality that may put you at risk of developing a bunion later in life.
  • Injury to the foot or other excessive stress on the foot
  • A risk may be wearing tight-fitting shoes or frequently wearing high heels.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

How is a Bunion diagnosed?

Bunions are usually easily diagnosed.  This is due to the presence of a physical deformity.  Obvious physical changes in your foot may be present. However, getting an x-ray or other imaging of the foot is recommended to make an accurate diagnosis. The expert physicians at the Institute located in Burbank, CA, Northridge, CA, and Santa Clarita, CA who perform bunion surgery provide diagnostic procedures as well. Symptoms other than pain may be:

  • Frequently developing callouses on your foot
  • Swelling around the joint of the big toe
  • Decreased range of motion
  • The appearance of a bulge on the inside of the foot

When is Bunion Surgery Necessary?

Bunion surgery to remove it becomes necessary when the pain from the bunion becomes intolerable and affects your day-to-day functioning. You can implement ways to decrease the pain and stress placed on a bunion to prevent the condition from worsening, but surgical intervention will be necessary to completely remove and correct the deformity. 

Bunion surgery will almost always be necessary if you are experiencing pain, even when resting. Bunion surgery is called a Bunionectomy.  Multiple different forms of surgery for a bunion may be performed which will be dependent upon the severity of your bunion, where exactly it is located, and if it is limiting your daily function.

The doctors at Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Burbank, CA, Northridge, CA, and Santa Clarita, CA are experts at bunion surgery.  You can learn more about our expert care and make an appointment for a consultation by calling 818-848-5588.

By L.A. Institute of Foot & Ankle Surgery
June 02, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist   Foot Doctor  

The podiatrists of the Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery provide comprehensive foot and ankle care at our locations in Northridge, Santa Clarita, and Burbank, CA. If you've never seen a podiatrist, come see us and take control of your foot health.

Do I need a podiatrist?

A podiatrist can be an important lifeline if you've had a foot injury or surgery, or if you are a diabetic or an athlete. Both diabetics and athletes have an increased risk of mishaps with their feet, diabetics due to decreased sensitivity in the extremities, and athletes because of their increased activity level.

Even without a preexisting condition, a podiatrist can help keep your feet in great health. Your Northridge, Santa Clarita, and Burbank, CA, podiatrists also treat common foot issues like ingrown toenails, bunions, and hammertoes. If you are prone to any of these problems a podiatrist will be an important contact for you. The benefits to having a foot doctor you know and trust increase as you age because a podiatrist's goal is to keep you healthy and on your feet.

How Often Should I See A Podiatrist?

If you have any foot issues, it's recommended to see a podiatrist as often as every three months to ensure great foot health. Diabetics should see a podiatrist at a minimum once a year, even if they don't experience complications. Diabetics at higher risk for complications should be seen as often as every 2-3 months.

Even when you have healthy feet, they should still be examined by a podiatrist once a year. If you are an athlete your yearly visit may line up with the season of your sport. Your doctor can recommend exercises and stretches to prevent injury at your peak of activity. 

The Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery is here for you with locations in Northridge, Santa Clarita, and Burbank, CA. Contact your podiatrists for an appointment at (818) 848-5588.

By L.A. Institute of Foot & Ankle Surgery
April 08, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

It’s important that you are doing everything you can to protect your feet against diabetic-related complications.

Have you been diagnosed with diabetes? If so, you probably know just how important it is to properly care for your feet, as diabetic feet are prone to ulcers, infections, and other serious complications. It’s important to find a podiatrist who can provide you with care when you need it. This is why our Burbank, Northridge, and Santa Clarita, CA, podiatrists offer customized, gentle, and compassionate diabetic foot care, whether you simply need your toenails trimmed or you are dealing with ulcers and other issues that require immediate attention.

Diabetes and Your Feet

Those with diabetes have elevated blood sugar. If blood sugar levels remain high, either through untreated or poorly controlled diabetes, this can cause nerve damage in the feet. This is known as peripheral neuropathy. Along with nerve damage, diabetes can also lead to:

  • Decreased circulation in the feet, which can cause wounds to heal slowly
  • A loss of sensation in the feet, so you are more likely to develop injuries and not know it
  • Ulcers and infections
  • Amputation in serious cases

This is why it’s incredibly important that you are managing your diabetes through a healthy lifestyle and proper medication. If your blood sugar is still high despite your current treatment plan, it’s important that you tell your doctor right away.

Caring for Your Diabetic Feet

Along with managing your blood sugar levels, it’s important that you know how to properly care for your feet, so you don’t deal with the problems above. Here are some ways to care for your feet:

  • Wash feet daily with soap and water
  • Always dry feet off thoroughly after bathing or showering, especially between toes
  • Get up and move around since regular exercise during the day promotes blood flow
  • Wear compression stockings to improve blood flow
  • Always wear shoes and socks to protect feet, even indoors
  • Trim toenails properly or turn to our Burbank, Northridge, and Santa Clarita, CA, podiatrist for nail trimming and other specialized diabetic foot care
  • Keep feet moisturized to prevent cracked skin, which can increase infection
  • Examine feet daily for blisters, cuts, burns, discolorations, pain, calluses, and other problems that could lead to more serious problems
  • Always call a podiatrist if you notice any changes in your feet

Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery is your Burbank, Northridge, and Santa Clarita, CA, practice for diabetic foot care. If you want to discuss ways to keep your feet healthy while living with diabetes, our podiatrists would be happy to help. To schedule an appointment, call (818) 848-5588.

By L.A. Institute of Foot & Ankle Surgery
January 26, 2021
Category: Foot Health

If you have sustained damage to your ankle and are struggling with chronic pain and instability, ankle reconstruction surgery could provide relief. The entire ankle joint, or just a portion of it, can be replaced with an artificial implant. Patients undergoing the procedure regain proper function in the ankle, while chronic symptoms are alleviated. The skilled podiatrists and foot surgeons at the Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery in Burbank, Northridge, and Santa Clarita, CA, can determine if ankle reconstruction surgery is an option for you.

What is ankle reconstruction surgery?

Ankle reconstruction surgery is a procedure for restoring proper function to a damaged ankle joint. During the procedure, the damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial implant. Following recovery from surgery, symptoms such as chronic pain and inflammation should diminish or disappear.

When is ankle reconstruction surgery needed?

Many types of ankle injuries and conditions can be treated using non-surgical methods. However, persistent ankle problems, such as chronic inflammation or instability, can significantly damage the ankle joint over time. Ankle reconstruction surgery restores the ankle joint and provides relief from chronic symptoms, such as pain, stiffness, inflammation, and instability. The experienced podiatrists at our practice in Burbank can determine if you need ankle reconstruction surgery.

What does ankle reconstruction surgery involve?

Before surgery, general anesthesia is administered so patients are asleep throughout the entire procedure. During the surgery, either the entire ankle joint or the damaged portion of it is removed. Then the artificial implant is carefully set in place. The procedure can take a little more than two hours if the full ankle joint is being replaced. Following surgery patients wear a splint over the foot and ankle for the next few weeks. Crutches might be needed during that time, as well. The recovery process takes several months for the ankle area to completely heal.

Ankle reconstruction surgery can help you regain the complete function of your ankle without chronic pain, inflammation, or instability. Schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable podiatrists to learn more about ankle reconstruction surgery by calling the Los Angeles Institute of Foot and Ankle Surgery in Burbank, Northridge, and Santa Clarita, CA, at (818) 848-5588. 

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