Dr Shirai

Do I speak Japanese?

The answer is yes, I speak Japanese. I grew up in Nagano, Japan. I came to the United States after high school to further my education.

Will orthotics help me?

Yes, a properly made foot orthotic will give your feet support and can potentially prevent foot problems.  It is important to get orthotics that are made specifically for your feet, your shoes, and your lifestyle.

Does plantar fasciitis pain ever go away? 

In most cases yes, plantar fasciitis pain will eventually go away.  Sometimes home remedies such as stretching, rolling exercises, and icing can help.  For our patients, we usually start a program of conservative treatment to get the symptoms under control, until they eventually resolve.

Is fungus hard to treat?

It depends, mild cases that are caught early can be fairly easy to treat, but neglected cases with more severe nail damage can require more extensive treatment. Education on prevention is important. 

Why are my toenails discolored?

Toenail discoloration could be caused by something as simple as bumping your toe, or other minor trauma. It could even be caused by using toenail polish but, the most common cause of nail discoloration is a fungal infection in the toenails. Some more serious medical conditions can cause toenail discoloration such as Kidney problems, poor circulation, or even some types of cancer.  If you have some type of toenail discoloration that has not been diagnosed, you should see a podiatrist as soon as possible!!!  


Questions About Your Foot Health? Need to Book an Appointment? Call us at Sol Foot and Ankle Centers! Dr. Shirai and our dedicated team are here to help. Reach out to us at 562-433-0478 for expert advice or to schedule an appointment. We're committed to your foot wellness journey!

Mie Shirai, DPM
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Jan Libourel 09/17/2021 10:58 PM
Going Barefoot? How beneficial is it for your feet to go barefoot whenever safe and feasible. I have read that health and fitness advocate Bernarr McFadden would walk 25 miles barefoot to his office each day, which seems a little extreme to me!
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Sol Foot & Ankle Centers 01/02/2024 2:23 PM
Here is an article related to your question: 'The Truth About Barefoot Walking'. It explores the benefits and risks of going barefoot, inspired by your reference to Bernarr McFadden's practice. We hope you find it insightful!
Sol Foot & Ankle Centers 01/02/2024 2:23 PM
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