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Podiatry

Your Health. Your Hospital

Also known as podiatric medicine, podiatry is a specialty focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the foot, ankle and lower extremity. Foot and ankle surgeries performed by the skillful podiatrists at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are often carried out by using minimally invasive surgery, which promotes a fast and safe recovery. Regardless of the foot or ankle disorder you struggle with, we encourage you to choose our hospital for treatment, as we have over 50 years of experience in providing quality healthcare to the Los Angeles community.

Walk Toward a Higher Quality of Life

A podiatrist is a medical professional who is qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat disorders concerning the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. By virtue of the innovative medical technology available at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, you can regain your health faster than ever if you suffer from a condition of the foot or ankle, such as gangrene, flat foot, or tendonitis. Our talented podiatrists can treat a wide range of disorders, from injuries to complications from ongoing health problems such as diabetes. Some of the responsibilities of a podiatrist are:

  • performing reconstructive surgeries and microsurgeries
  • administrating sedatives and anesthetics
  • conducting physical examinations
  • prescribing medication
  • treating fractures and injuries
  • recommending fit orthotics, insoles, and casts
  • interpreting X-rays, ultrasound, and MRI scans
  • diagnosing foot and ankle disorders

However, before recommending you the most effective treatment, our experienced podiatrists will thoroughly assess your health to ensure no complications will arise during or following the procedure you will undergo. Afterward, you will receive the most suitable treatment for you in a warm and compassionate environment. If your disorder requires surgery, our podiatrists will try to employ minimally invasive techniques whenever possible, which promotes minimal scarring, a low risk of postoperative complications, and a fast recovery.

Excellent Care from Experienced Podiatrists

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our podiatrists can treat numerous disorders of the foot and ankle. The treatment you will receive depends mostly on the complexity and severity of your condition. Numerous people with podiatric issues qualify for minimally invasive surgery, which our talented surgeons will perform so that you will benefit from a speedy recovery. The podiatric conditions and disorders our podiatrists can treat with a low risk of complications include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • athlete’s foot
  • bunions
  • burning feet
  • calf muscle stretch
  • cold foot problems
  • corns or calluses
  • cracked heels and splitting skin
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • feet, ankle, shin, and hip pain
  • foot blisters
  • foot smell
  • fungal nail
  • gout
  • hammertoe
  • heel bone spurs
  • ingrown toenails
  • mallet toes
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • neuroma
  • plantar fasciitis
  • plantar warts
  • sesamoiditis
  • shin pain
  • stress fracture
  • sweaty feet
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome

Some of the above conditions and disorders greatly affect the ability to walk or even stand, which is why treatment is often necessary. Whether it is a non-invasive procedure or surgery, our skillful podiatrists will ensure that you receive the most effective treatment for your foot or ankle problem. Following treatment, you will notice a significant improvement in your quality of life, since your ability to walk will improve to a great extent or completely. If you are looking for quality healthcare and treatment for a podiatric issue, Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital is the ideal place for you.

A Wide Range of Effective Treatment Approaches

The podiatrists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital offer numerous treatment options, including pain laser therapy. Medical technology advancements permit our experienced podiatrists to approach foot and ankle problems with a variety of modern treatments. The most common podiatric treatments provided by Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital include:

  • physical therapy (to reduce or eliminate pain caused by common problems, such as ankle sprains, poor circulation, or Achilles tendonitis)
  • orthotics (special shoes or shoe insert meant to ease foot problems)
  • pain laser therapy (highly advanced treatment that targets inflamed tissue in the case of heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, or sports injuries)
  • standard laser treatment (administered to ameliorate spider veins, fungus, or warts)
  • medication (powder, lotions, creams, or pain relievers, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, to help reduce or eliminate the discomfort caused by athlete’s foot or sprains)

The best treatment approach to alleviating your pain will be determined only after you undergo a complete health evaluation, which includes some of the tests and exams you can find below. Because we highly value the comfort of our patients, we always strive to create a relaxing and calm environment so that you can feel at ease to talk about your symptoms and your suffering.

Precise Tests and Diagnostic Tools for Podiatric Disorders and Conditions

Multiple efficient and innovative testing and diagnostic technologies are available to our podiatrists in their quest to treat a large variety of foot and ankle disorders and conditions. Podiatric testing commonly starts with a physical examination, but certain types of blood tests are often critical for a correct and accurate diagnosis. The diagnostic tests used by podiatrists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital include:

  • blood tests
  • gait evaluation
  • MRI
  • X-ray
  • bone scan
  • CT scan
  • ultrasound
  • nerve conduction tests
  • PET scan

The right diagnosis followed by the correct treatment is the key to the restoration of a good quality of life. For this reason, the podiatric specialists at our hospital place special emphasis on the knowledge and use of the highest technological advances in podiatry in particular and in medical science in general.

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, the problems related to your feet and ankles, such as blisters, pain, athlete's foot, need a podiatrist's attention.

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Patients typically qualify for fasciotomy if they have tried conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory medicine or arch support for approximately 9-12 months without achieving pain relief.

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There are different non-surgical treatment options, but if they fail to provide sufficient pain relief and enhance your ability to walk, you will need surgery.

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