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We treat various foot and ankle ailments in people of all ages. We pride ourselves in using both conservative and surgical treatment modalities custom tailored to each individual to achieve maximum benefits. We offer comprehensive foot and ankle care, here is a partial list of issues we address:
 
•  Arthritis
•  Bunions
•  Tendonitis
•  Ganglions
•  Hammer Toes
•  Peripheral Neuropathy
•  PVD
•  Flat Feet
•  Corns
•  Neuromas
•  Childs Feet
•  Ankle Sprains
•  Plantar Faciitis
•  Warts
•  Fungal Problems
•  Nail Problems



Parents: Avoid kids' foot problems with the right shoes

Before you head to the store to buy your kids shoes, follow these helpful guidelines to prevent or minimize foot problems from poorly fitting or worn out shoes.

Shoes should fit

Your child's feet can grow up to two sizes in six months, so you need to account for growth when buying shoes. That doesn't mean you should buy shoes that are too big-oversized shoes cause the foot to slide forward, putting excessive pressure on the toes. A good fit is about a finger's width from the end of the shoe to the tip of the big toe.

Tight shoes can cause blisters, corns and calluses on your child's toes, blisters on the back of the heels or worse, ingrown nails, which can become infected. Signs of infection from ingrown nails include pain, redness or fluid draining from the area. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with a foot and ankle surgeon, who can perform a simple, safe in-office procedure to remove the nail.

Shoes wear out

kidsshoesShoes lose their shock absorption over time, so inspect new and old shoes for proper cushioning and arch support. Replace any shoes with wear and tear around the edges of the sole. When buying shoes, check to see that the toe box flexes easily and the shoe doesn't bend in the middle of the sole.

Worn-out shoes elevate the risk for heel pain, Achilles tendonitis and even ankle sprains and stress fractures.

Children with flat feet

Children with flat feet need shoes with a wide toe box, maximum arch support and shock absorption. The best shoes to buy are oxford, lace-up shoes that have enough depth for an orthotic insert, if necessary.

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Foot and Ankle Associates based in Los Gatos, California are committed to helping people maintain active and independent lifestyles. By educating patients and addressing their needs, they are focused on treating and preventing a wide spectrum of foot ailments in people of all ages.

Podiatrists are uniquely trained to treat all foot and ankle disorders. Preparatory education for most Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) consists of 4 years of pre-med undergraduate studies, followed by 4 years of coursework in an accredited podiatric medical school. After this, graduates attend a 2 or 3 year hospital-based residency. They then must sit for a state licensing exam. Podiatrists are well-versed in sports medicine, biomechanics, radiology, dermatology, and surgery relating to the foot and ankle.

Drs. Meltzer, Elardo, and Sheth are an integral part of the healthcare team, working with other medical specialists and primary care physicians, with a common goal of keeping people healthy.

For more detailed information on our services visit www.sjfeet.com, www.sanjosepodiatrist.net and www.sjfootandankle.com. You can also contact us by phone: 408-358-6234 or via email: info@sjfeet.com.


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