Dr. Franklin Kase is a podiatrist practicing in Burbank, CA. Dr. Kase is a medical doctor specializing in the treatment of the foot , ankle and related parts of the leg. As a podiatrist, Dr. Kase diagnoses and treats conditions of the feet. The feet are key body parts that give a person stability, absorb shock, allow for walking and standing and are necessary for overall well-being. So, the feet need expert care. Podiatrists can specialize in surgery, wound care, sports medicine, diabetic care and pediatrics.
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It is not common to get recurrent bunions if the original surgery has been done properly, preferably by a board certified foot and ankle podiatric surgeon. I would recommend that you seek one out and get a second opinion. In doing bunion surgery for more than 30 years, as hard as it is to believe, I have never had a recurrent bunion requiring a second surgery. Now it is possible that some patients have gone to another foot/ ankle surgeon, but I think I would have found out about it(requiring medical records, x rays, etc.). That has never happened. If the correct procedure is done, it is unlikely you will develop a recurrent bunion. Also following bunion surgery, properly fabricated custom foot orthotics are very effective in decreasing the forces that contribute to bunion formation. READ MORE
In answer to your question, bunion correctors only give the appearance of correction but do actually nothing to correct the bunion deformity which is a structural bone and joint problem. If you feel better with a bunion corrector, that’s fine, but please don’t delude yourself into thinking that it is accomplishing anything more than giving possibly some temporary relief and a better cosmetic appearance. Once you stop using the bunion corrector, the toe will revert back to its original position. I highly recommend that you go to a board certified Podiatric physician and have a weight-bearing X-ray taken so that you can see the actual position of the large toe joint. Then appropriate treatment can be discussed and rendered. Dr. Frank Kase READ MORE
There are two ways to remove an ingrown nail. If it is infected, then after local anesthetic is performed at the base of the toe, the offending nail margin is removed. A small dressing is applied that day and the next day you’re in a Band-Aid. If this is a recurrent ingrown nail and it is not infected, a local anesthetic it is again, performed with the base of the nail, the offending nail margin is removed, and phenol chemical is applied to the base of the nail to eradicate the root of the nail and thus prevent an ingrown nail from ever recurring in that area. Again, a small dressing is applied and the patient is in a Band-Aid the next day. READ MORE
It could be due to a variety of causes: 1. Tight calf muscles 2. Decreased calcium or potassium 3. Tight sheets on the bed contracting toe muscles 4. Decreased magnesium I would recommend daily stretching of the calf muscles, eating a banana or orange daily, or taking supplemental calcium. If it doesn’t resolve the cramping, see a podiatrist or family doctor. READ MORE
Getting blisters on the back of your feet is usually due to the shoes rubbing against the back of your feet where there may or may not be a bone spur. This should be evaluated by a sports podiatrist who can make a proper diagnosis and determine message to relieve your blister formation. It may be as simple as changing the shoes you wear or possibly making some kind of an insert to go into your shoes. READ MORE
There can be many reasons that you have pain in your feet when running. It could be related to the shoes you are wearing that may or may not be supportive enough. It could also be due to the fact that you are not doing adequate stretching preparation for the run and or possibly running on a hard surface like sidewalk or concrete. This can also lead to problems. I would recommend you see a sports podiatrist as soon as possible to reduce the chance of injury and allow you to enjoy a comfortable run. READ MORE
You definitely should see a podiatrist regarding this problem. There are many ways to treat feet that sweat a great deal and you can also develop a bacterial infection from excessive sweating. This however can be treated with topical medication. I would recommend that you see a podiatrist to relieve your discomfort and heavy sweating. READ MORE
Flat feet are generally hereditary. Some people with flat feet have discomfort while others do not. You should see a sports podiatrist and be properly evaluated to determine whether or not that is a cause for your foot discomfort. If so, there are many non-surgical treatments to relieve your discomfort including fabrication of foot orthotics. Flat feet are generally hereditary. Some people with flat feet have discomfort while others do not. You should see a sports podiatrist and be properly evaluated to determine whether or not that is a cause for your foot discomfort. If so, there are many non-surgical treatments to relieve your discomfort including fabrication of foot orthotics. Also you will probably be much more comfortable if you wear good supportive shoes. READ MORE
A glass piece has gone inside my foot and the area has become red. Will a podiatrist be able to help me?
You should absolutely see a podiatrist for this problem. He can determine whether or not you do in fact have a piece of glass in your foot and if you do so remove it. Not removing a piece of glass can lead to a severe infection which could severely disable you causing you great pain and discomfort. My recommendation is see a board certified podiatrist as soon as possible. READ MORE
There Should not be any specific problems associated wearing the acupuncture shoes. However, it is possible that they will not provide the pain relief that you are seeking. If they are comfortable however and you do not have discomfort wearing them, by all means continue to do so. READ MORE
Heel pain can be due to multiple causes. The most common being a condition called plantar fasciitis which is an inflammation of a band of tissue on the bottom of the foot that supports the arch of the foot. It is unlikely that bathing in salt and water will have any significant long-term effect on relieving your discomfort. It may feel good temporarily but in general it will have no therapeutic benefit. On the other hand ice massage to the area 10 to 15 minutes at a time several times a day is much more beneficial. I would recommend you see a sports Podiatrist who can evaluate your condition and determine what the most appropriate form of treatment would be. It may be as simple as changing your shoes to a more supportive shoe, doing stretching exercises, taking some anti-inflammatory medication, or possibly making a foot orthotic to go in your shoe. This can be best determined by seeing a sports podiatrist. READ MORE
Yes. There is a permanent way to remove an ingrown toenail provided that the nail is not infected at the time. The procedure is called a partial matrixectomy and it is a procedure where the root part of the nail that is in growing is cauterized with a chemical called Phenol. This is an office procedure, where you are in a bandage for 1 day; thereafter only using antibiotic cream and band aid. READ MORE
Every time you have an ankle sprain it further we can use the ligaments in your ankle resulting in more instability. It is very possible that the muscles around the ankle or weak and you may require a vigorous course of physical therapy and rehabilitation to strengthen the tendons around the ankle. You may also require some bracing especially when you do strenuous activities. I would highly recommend that you see a sports podiatrist or sports orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in foot and ankle. It is also possible that You may benefit from more supportive shoes and or foot orthotic devices to provide additional support and stability for your ankles. READ MORE
The key to treating a sprain is RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation. If after 48 hours there is still significant swelling and pain in the ankle, then it is recommended to see a sports podiatric physician or a foot and ankle orthopedic specialist. X-rays would be taken to determine if there is a fracture and the key is protected immobilization. It is imperative to get the swelling down and then in the absence of a fracture, start aggressive ankle rehabilitation with physical therapy or a Home balance and strengthening exercise program. READ MORE
It sounds like you have a condition called planter fasciitis. This is an inflammation of a band of tissue on the bottom of the foot as it inserts into the heel. The best thing to do is to do calf stretching exercises at night before you go to sleep and after you wake up in the morning. Also icing three times a day is beneficial as well as making sure that you are wearing good supportive shoes. If these measures do not work, then you need to see a board-certified podiatric physician who can take an x-ray and further evaluate the condition. READ MORE
Unfortunately, after both margins of an ingrown toenail are fixed, the nail has been subjected to trauma and the way your nail has grown back is probably a result of that trauma. This does not happen to everyone's nails, but in about 10 percent of cases, it can. There is not much you can do to change the appearance of the nail except you can try an over-the-counter medication called NuVail, which may enhance the nail's appearance. The other option, while being more radical, is to completely remove the nail, kill the root, and once it is healed, you can apply a false nail or a nail polish with nail bed adherent. If you choose that option, there will be no functional deficit as other then cosmetics, the nails in humans serve no functional purpose. Hope this helps. READ MORE
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