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50 N La Cienga Blvd
Suite 203
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(800) 989-0225

Los Angeles
2711 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 483-4246

Sherman Oaks
4955 Van Nuys Blvd
Ste 107
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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North Hollywood
12125  Vanowen Street  
Suite 4

North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 765-3330

Whittier
7217 Painter Ave.
Whittier, CA 90602

(800) 989-0225

Ontario
653 East E Street  Suite 109
Ontario, CA 91764
(800) 989-0225

Glendale/Pasadena/Burbank
1510 S Central Ave
Suite 120
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 242-3668

 

 

Our Services

From routine checkups to treatments for surgery, Dr. Schlomo Schmuel and Dr. Lim is equipped to handle all your podiatric needs. To help you understand your options, we've included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
bullet Fungus Toenails bullet Flat Feet
bullet Achilles Tendon bullet Geriatric Foot Care
bullet Ankle Instability bullet Hammertoes
bullet Ankle Sprains bullet Heel Spurs
bullet Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care bullet Ingrown Toenails
bullet Athletes Foot bullet Injuries
bullet Bunions bullet Neuromas
bullet Calluses bullet Plantar Fasciitis
bullet Corns bullet Warts
bullet Crush Injuries bullet Diabetic Foot
bullet Laser Treatment for Nails    
 
Fungus Toenails Fungus Toenails
Nail fungus is a fungal infection in one or more of your nails. An infection with nail fungus may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges - an unsightly and potentially painful problem.
An infection with nail fungus may be difficult to treat, and it may recur. But medications are available to help clear up nail fungus.
 
Achilles Tendon
can cause inflammation and degeneration of the achilles tendon. The pain caused by achilles tendonitis can develop gradually without a history of trauma. Achilles tendonitis is aggravated by activities that repeatedly stress the tendon, causing inflammation. It is a common problem often experienced by athletes, particularly distance runners. The most common cause is over-pronation (flat feet). This occurs because the arch collapses upon weight bearing, adding stress on the achilles tendon. Other factors that lead to achilles tendonitis are improper shoe selection, inadequate stretching prior to engaging in athletics, a short achilles tendon, direct trauma (injury) to the tendon, and heel bone deformity.
Achilles Tendon
 
Ankle Sprains
Ankle Sprains
are the most common athletic injury. Nearly 85% of ankle sprains occur laterally, or on the outside of ankle joints. Sprains on the inside ligaments are less common. An ankle sprain occurs when the ankle rolls causing the ligaments to be stretched or torn. Many sprains occur when participating in sports, or by twisting the ankle when walking on an uneven surface. Some individuals, due to their bone structure or foot type, are more prone to ankle sprains. Although ankle sprains often heal without need for surgery, it is important to consider the problem as a partial dislocation of the ankle joint and treat it accordingly. Early treatment is key in preventing further sprains, painful joints, or fractures in the future.
 
Athletes Foot
Athlete's foot is a common infection caused by the tinea fungus. It is not serious. Symptoms include itching, burning and cracked, scaly skin between your toes. Tinea grows best in damp, dark and warm places, which is why it often develops between your toes. It can spread to your toenails, as well, making them thick and crumbly.
Athletes Foot
 
Bunions
Bunions
  Bunions are a boney bump on the first metatarsal bone, at the base of the big toe.

Cause
This portion of the foot bone becomes prominent when the first metatarsal and big toe shift out of alignment, most often as a result of tight shoes or excessive pronation.

Treatment

Purchasing wide shoes can relieve pressure on the bump. Bunions can be corrected with a minor surgical procedure where the bump is removed and the bones are shifted back into alignment. This is done on an outpatient basis and usually people are able to walk on the foot that day and return to an athletic shoe within a few weeks.
 
Corns and Calluses
 These are areas of hard, dense skin. Calluses are wider and flatter and found on the soles of the feet. Corns are smaller and usually found on the tops of toes, or between them.

Cause
Too much pressure upon the skin causes Corns and calluses. The skin's response to this pressure is to grow thick and hard, creating the corn. Most corns are seen on the tops of contracted, hammered toes or frequently between toes. Here the knuckle is causing too much pressure, or sometimes, a spur between the toes projects out and creates the corn.

Treatment
There are a number of treatment options. Trimming the corn or callus and applying a felt or moleskin pad will give temporary relief. Purchasing wider shoes to decrease the pressure will help. An orthotic support with a depression to relieve the pressure on the ball of the foot will help a callus. Corns can be eliminated permanently if the toe is straightened and the pressure from the bone beneath the corn is eliminated.
Corns and Calluses
 
Crush Injuries
Crush Injuries 
Crushed Fracture Injury. Depicts a compression of the deep fibular and medial plantar nerves, a compression of the dorsalis pedis and posterior tibialis arteries, disruption and tearing of ligaments, a collapsed arch of the foot, and a non-displaced fracture of the second metatarsal. A dorsal view of the crushed foot is also included to reveal the ligament injuries and foot fracture, otherwise unable to be viewed the side.
 
Diabetic Foot
Diabetes is a medical condition that effects many areas of the body including the feet, eyes, kidneys, nerves and arteries. Some of the more dangerous problems involve the feet. Problems that might be considered minor in non-diabetics, like thick nails, corns or callouses, are dangerous with diabetics. Some diabetics lose sensation in their feet so they can't feel if they have a problem. Diabetics are more prone to infections and ulcerations (forming holes through the skin). How significant is this? Approximately 86,000 amputations are performed each year on diabetics in the United States (American Public Health Association). Comprehensive podiatric care and good control of the diabetes is the best treatment for prevention of diabetic foot problems.

Cause
Diabetes causes heightened levels of sugar in the blood which goes on to effects many areas and tissues of the body. Nerves begin to lose their function, beginning in the toe tips. The arteries can become occluded so that inadequate blood flow to the feet. Skin becomes dry, cracked and brittle. Corns, calluses and ingrown nails that put pressure on the skin can go on to cause infection and ulceration.

TreatmentRegular foot care is essential for prevention of diabetic complications, including testing for loss of sensation and ongoing education for home care. Debridement of corns, calluses, ingrown nails that could cause skin breakdown at regular intervals is essential. A prescription for protective shoes is given if necessary.

The Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program: Medicare will provide a pair of therapeutic shoes and protective innersoles each year to qualified diabetic patients.
Diabetic Foot
 
Flat Feet Flat Feet
or flattened arch can contribute or be the cause of the following (from left to right): hammertoe, bunion, and/or plantar fasciitis. This condition may tremendously benefit from custom orthotics, ask your foot and ankle specialist today.
 
Ingrown Toenails
An ingrown nail is present when the side of the nail curves down into the flesh and causes pain, and frequently infection.

Cause
Ingrown nails often run in families or can be the result of an injury to the root cells at the base of the nail. Nail fungal infections make the nails more thick and curved and can also contribute to this condition.

Treatment
These can be treated temporarily or permanently. A wedge of nail can be removed from the ingrown portion to relieve the pressure and this usually makes the toe comfortable for a few months. However the ingrown nail frequently returns. For permanent relief, the toe is anesthetized with local anesthesia. The ingrown portion of the nail is removed, leaving the top, flat part alone. Once the root cells are exposed, they are cauterized with a chemical so that the ingrown part will no longer grow back. People are usually able to return to normal activities immediately.
Ingrown Toenails
 
Hammertoes
Hammertoes
Tendon imbalance is the major cause of toe deformities in adults. The tendons may stretch or tighten to compensate for imbalance of the foot. Thus, people with abnormally long toes, flat feet or high arches have a greater tendency to develop toe deformities. Over time, the toe may become permanently deformed and arthritic changes may develop. Patients can benefit from custom orthotics or may need surgery to illeviate the pain and deformity.
 
 
Injuries
Injuries
There are many kinds of sports related injuries, some more prevalent due to the stresses of specific sports. Many injuries are caused by faulty foot structure and function and aggravated by improper shoes.

Treatment
The goal when treating athletes is to get them safely back to participating in their sports as soon as possible. If the condition is severe enough that they cannot participate in their sport for a period of time, an alternative exercise can usually be found to allow the athlete to stay in shape during the rehabilitation period. Once the painful condition has resolved, steps must be taken to prevent recurrence. If poor foot structure or function is to blame, we can often correct this with a support worn in the shoe. We offer both experience an d the latest technology in the fabrication of orthotic support.
 
Neuromas
Neuromas are a painful condition, also referred to as a "pinched nerve" or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes that brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot. The principal symptom associated with a neuroma is pain between the toes while walking. Those suffering from the condition often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. At times, the patient will describe the pain as similar to having a stone in his or her shoe. The vast majority of people who develop neuromas are women. There are many treatment options including orthotics that may alleviate your symptoms.
Neuromas
 
Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis
or heel spur syndrome commonly results from inflammation of the band of fibrous connective tissue (fascia or "ligament") running along the bottom surface of the foot, from the heel to the ball of the foot. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, causing the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length. This commonly leads to inflammation, pain, and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone. The condition is most often successfully treated with conservative measures such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs, stretching exercises, and orthotics devices.
 
Warts
or Plantar Verrucae are caused by a virus that enters the body through a break in the skin. The virus grows in warm, moist environments. Plantar warts often spread to other areas of the foot, increase in size, and can form into a cluster. They may be difficult to distinguish from calluses. However, what differentiates them from a callus is that they have tiny black dots on the surface layer which are ends of capillary blood vessels. Plantar warts can be very painful and tender. Although plantar warts may eventually disappear by themselves, you should seek treatment if they are painful or to prevent spreading.
Warts or Plantar Verrucae
 
Plantar Fasciitis
Laser Treatment for Nails
Laser toenail fungus treatment procedures are safe and work without discomfort, compare this to painful toenail removal surgery and leading prescription topical treatments for toenail fungus, such as Penlac, that only provide an 8% effective rate after months of treatment of fungal toenails or fingernails.

The Foot Clinic toenail fungus treatment providers' have reported that laser fungus removal treatment for patients results in significant improvements in the health and appearance of their nails - both toenails and fingernails.

The Foot Clinic laser toenail fungus treatment providers use lasers and are drug-free. There are none of the potential side-effects, life threatening risks and possible liver damage associated with some perscription oral toenail fungus medicine, such as Lamisil. These prescription medications require constant physician, podiatrist or dermatologist monitoring. Many of these non-laser fungal treatments offer no guarantee of success at eliminating toenail fungus medically known as Onychomycosis.
 
 
 
 
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