5 Secrets to Foot and Ankle Tendinitis

One of the most common foot and ankle injuries is tendinitis (also called tendonitis or tendinopathy). Tendinitis occurs when the tissue that connects muscles to bone becomes inflamed. This can be caused by excessive exercise, a sudden increase in activity level, or poor arch support of your shoes—or any combination of these things! Other causes include: running on hard surfaces …

Cosmetic Foot Surgery in Glendale, CA

Cosmetic Foot Surgery is a branch of foot surgery that carries an unfortunate stigma in the Foot and Ankle community. Some believe that plastic surgery is the only profession that should be allowed to perform cosmetic surgery. Unfortunately, plastic surgeons are not trained to perform orthopedic or podiatric procedures, leaving a void in medical care. Cosmetic vs Unnecessary It can …

Laser Treatment for Skin Conditions

Lasers have been used for dermatological conditions for decades. Various conditions have been successfully treated effectively with this technique. The most effective laser used in the lower extremity is the Nd:YAG Laser, which specifically targets the involved cells for each condition. Plantar Warts (Verruca) is the most commonly treated condition using this technique in our practice, with success rates significantly …

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are usually due to improperly functioning valves within the veins. The veins typically appear prominent or look raised. The condition can cause swelling of the legs, ankles and feet. The skin may become discolored due to leakage of blood into the surrounding tissues, and ulcers may form on the skin. The foot and ankle surgeon may advise use …

Turf Toe

What Is Turf Toe?    Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint resulting from injury during sports activities. The injury usually results from excessive upward bending of the big toe joint. The condition can be caused from either jamming the toe or from repetitive injury when pushing off repeatedly when running or jumping. Although this injury is …

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

What Is the Tarsal Tunnel?    The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space that lies on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. The tunnel is covered with a thick ligament (the flexor retinaculum) that protects and maintains the structures contained within the tunnel—arteries, veins, tendons and nerves. One of these structures is the posterior tibial nerve, …

Rigid Flatfoot and Coalition

What Is a Tarsal Coalition?    A tarsal coalition is an abnormal connection that develops between two bones in the back of the foot (the tarsal bones). This abnormal connection, which can be composed of bone, cartilage or fibrous tissue, may lead to limited motion and pain in one or both feet. The tarsal bones include the calcaneus (heel bone), …

Tailor’s Bunion

What Is a Tailor’s Bunion?    Tailor’s bunion, also called a bunionette, is a prominence of the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe. The metatarsals are the five long bones of the foot. The prominence that characterizes a tailor’s bunion occurs at the metatarsal head, located at the far end of the bone where it meets …

Stress Fractures of the Foot

Stress fractures are tiny hairline breaks that can occur in the bones of the foot. They can be caused by overtraining or overuse, improper training habits or surfaces, improper shoes, flatfoot or other foot deformities and osteoporosis. These tiny breaks in the bones of the feet can lead to a complete break if left untreated. Pain, swelling, redness and bruising …