General Foot Care

When Should I Get a Second Opinion?

Anytime you have a serious disease or are unsure about a diagnosis, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion. Even if you are simply facing a decision that makes you feel uncomfortable, the more information you gather, the better you can weigh your options, and the more confident, comfortable, and at […]

What are my Treatment Options for Warts?

For most people, warts will eventually go away on their own, but it can take some time.  Fortunately, treatment options for warts can speed up the process.  Look for products like drops, gels, and pads with salicylic acid in them.  These dissolve the protein, or keratin, which makes up the wart and its thick layer […]

Are Flat Feet Painful?

Everyone is born with flat feet. Normally the tendons under your foot will tighten over time to form an arch, but for some people this never happens. Aging, certain medical conditions, and injuries can also make a normal arch fall, but are flat feet painful? Fortunately, in most cases, they do not usually cause severe […]

How does smoking affect feet?

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, but when you have diabetes, those health risks are even higher. Lighting up raises blood sugar levels, making them harder to manage and putting you at greater risk of complications like blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, and heart problems. Smoking contributes to poor circulation as well, which […]

What is the Difference Between a Sprain and a Fracture?

You don’t know whether you’ve sprained your ankle or fractured it, all you know is that it hurts! Sometimes it’s hard to tell where it’s a sprain or fracture. They have similar symptoms of pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking, yet they are completely different injuries. A sprain refers to damaged ligaments—the soft tissues that connect your bones. […]

What is the RICE injury rehab method?

One of the most common methods of alleviating pain, reducing swelling, and promoting healing is RICE, an acronym that stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This is the go-to treatment for soft tissue injuries like sprains, tears, and pulls. Using this first aid technique immediately can pay huge dividends in your recovery process. Rest protects […]

What Does A Corn Look Like?

Corns are thickened layers of dead skin that develop where there is friction or pressure, usually from ill-fitting footwear. They are typically cone-shaped with a hard-packed center, and are found on the sides and tops of your toes. However, there is also a variety that forms between the toes where they remain soft due to the […]

When Should I Make an Appointment with a Podiatrist?

If you wait until you’re in pain to make an appointment with a podiatrist, you’ll be diagnosed and treated, but if you schedule regular visits, you might be able to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. In other words, podiatrists, like those at California Foot & Ankle Institute, can not only alleviate painful […]

How Can I Treat Hammertoes?

A hammertoe is a deformity in which your toe curls downward instead of lying flat. The main reasons behind this condition include ill-fitting shoes and poor foot structure. In the early stages, your toe will remain flexible. This is the best time to treat hammertoes—before they become too rigid and require surgery. The first thing you should […]