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Thursday, 28 March 2024 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that results in heel pain. It happens when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running across the bottom of your foot and connecting your heel bone to your toes, becomes inflamed. This inflammation can cause sharp, stabbing pain, particularly noticeable with your first steps in the morning or after long periods of rest. Customized foot orthotics can reduce the heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis by providing targeted support and cushioning to the foot. These tailored inserts fit into your shoes to distribute pressure more evenly across the foot, reduce strain on the plantar fascia, and correct any abnormal walking patterns that could be contributing to the pain. Customized orthotics can significantly alleviate uncomfortable heel pain from plantar fasciitis and help prevent its recurrence, especially because it is a solution tailored to your specific foot problems. If you are experiencing heel pain from plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist, who can determine if customized orthotics are the right course of treatment for you. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Pedram Aslmand, DPM of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our podiatrist can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Management of Foot Neuropathy

Foot neuropathy refers to nerve damage in the feet, leading to sensory loss, tingling, or pain. It often results from conditions like diabetes, where prolonged high blood sugar levels can damage nerves throughout the body, including those in the feet. Diabetes-related foot neuropathy is common due to poor circulation and nerve damage caused by uncontrolled blood sugar levels. Symptoms may include numbness, burning sensations, or sharp pains in the feet. Left untreated, foot neuropathy can lead to complications such as foot ulcers and infections. If you have foot neuropathy, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide comprehensive foot assessments to monitor nerve function, offer preventive measures to reduce the risk of complications, and prescribe medications or nerve-stimulating treatments to alleviate symptoms.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Pedram Aslmand, DPM from Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our podiatrist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2024 00:00

What to Look for in Walking Shoes

When searching for the ideal walking shoes, prioritize comfort and fit above all else. Ensure that your shoes provide adequate support while accommodating the unique shape of your feet. Before shopping for walking shoes, it may be wise to visit a podiatrist for a gait analysis and to see if any foot abnormalities may indicate the need for custom-made orthotics. Look for shoes with cushioning and stability, but don't assume that more cushioning is always better. Instead, opt for a balance that promotes natural foot movement. Try on shoes later in the day when your feet are at their largest. Bring along socks of the thickness you typically wear, and test the shoes by taking a few laps around the store to assess comfort and fit. Ensure there's enough space for your toes to wiggle and that there's at least a finger's width of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. For help with foot problems associated with walking, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Pedram Aslmand, DPM from Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our podiatrist will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sometimes, it can be tricky when different health issues overlap, such as when a diabetic patient gets foot sores from diabetes, pressure, or both. In such cases, podiatrists need to make sure patients get care that deals with the cause of the sore. For example, a diabetic individual might have a foot sore from pressure or friction, which would likely require different treatment than a foot sore caused by nerve damage or poor circulation. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist. This foot doctor can routinely examine your feet and administer proper treatment depending on the diagnosis. These types of exams will include checking blood flow, making sure your shoes are not causing foot problems, and caring for wounds as needed.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Pedram Aslmand, DPM from Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our podiatrist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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