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Find Answers to Your Foot & Ankle Questions

We've created this list of FAQ's to help you understand more about foot problems, treatment options and general foot care. For more information schedule an appointment with an experienced podiatrist.

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  • What is a Bunion?

    Don't let bunions get in your way! 

    A bunion is a painful swelling or bump on the inside of the big toe joint. A bunion, occurs when the first metatarsal bone starts to deviate to the inside of the foot (moving away from the second metatarsal).  As this occurs the big toe usually starts to move toward, and sometimes even over or under, the second toe. 

    Bunions by themselves are not usually painful, unless they become severe or if arthritis develops in the big toe joint. 

    However, bunion pain can be caused by wearing closed shoes that put pressure on the bunion area.

    Wearing shoes that are painful or that put pressure on the bunion can make the lump become inflamed and eventually becoming larger.

    If you're having pain in your bunion get help by scheduling your appointment with an experienced podiatrists.



  • What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)?

    The iliotibial band is a tendon-like structure that extends along the outside of the thigh from the hip to the knee.

    Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS):   is a common overuse injury that most commonly occurs in sports that require repetitive flexion and extension of the knee, such as running, long distance running and even cycling.

    ITBS occurs when there is inflammation and injury to the iliotibial band. Repetitive knee motion can cause pain anywhere along the course of the iliotibial band, but the pain most commonly occurs along the outside of the knee.

    Read more about running injuries on our podiatry blog.

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    How to Prevent Heel Pain

  • What is a Heel Spur?

    Heel Spur: A heel spur is an abnormal growth of bone on the back or bottom of the heel bone. Heel spurs can take years to devleop and are caused from repeated trauma to the bone from the tendon pulling away from the bone creating inflammation.

    As the body naturally attempts to heal itself it deposits calcium and other bone building elements around the injured area. With repeated trauma to the area a spur will event eventually develop.

    Heel spurs themselves are not typically painful. Approximately 70 percent of patients with plantar fasciitis have a heel spur that is visible on an X-ray. However, many patients without symptoms of heel pain or plantar fasciits can have a heel spur.

    Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are common conditions we treat in our podiatry office in Long Beach. Schedule an appointment today, call 562-433-0478.


  • What is a Foot Fracture?

    Foot Fracture: A fracture is a break, or 'crack' in one or more of the bones of the foot. Foot fractures are often caused from trauma (ankle sprain) or with too much "stress" as with (running) overuse injuries.

    Symptoms of a foot fracture include pain, swelling and redness of the foot, often accompanied by bruising or discoloration of the skin. Treatment includes rest, ice, immobilization (R.I.C.E.S Rest, Ice, Elevate and Support) and or even surgery depending on the severity of the fracture.

    If you suspect you have a foot fracture then it's best to have your foot evaluated by a podiatrist. Proper treatment for foot fractures are important for the short term healing of your injury and help prevent long term foot and ankle problems. 

    Always seek immediate treatment for foot and ankle injuries!

  • What is a Plantar Wart?

    Plantar Wart: A plantar wart is a lesion on the skin caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. It is called a “plantar” wart because it appears on bottom of the foot. There are many different strains of the virus and, as a result there are many different types of warts. Warts on the foot can be round and raised or flat, big or small.

    At Sōl Foot & Ankle Centers we use a specially compounded medication to treat plantar warts. We can usually get rid of the lesion much faster than other treatments and avoid having to surgically excise the lesions. 

  • What is a Stress Fracture?

    A Stress Fracture is a common condition where there is a "crack" or small break in the bone. Stress fractues are caused from repeated trauma to the bone or overuse to the same area. If it is not treated properly there is a risk doing more serious damage to your foot and a longer recover time.

  • What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?

    Ingrown toenails: There are several different causes of ingrown toenails. The condition can be hereditary, but can also be caused from trimming the nail to short or curving inward, injuries to the nail area, and/or tight-fitting shoes. Also, pedicurist who try to trim or scrape too deeply along the nail borders are often to blame as well. Ingrown toenails occur most commonly on the great toes, but can affect any of the lesser toes.

    Stop your ingrown toenail pain with the help of our caring podiatrist. Easy, simple ingrown nail treatment at Sol Foot & Ankle Centers in Long Beach.


    Don't delay on getting treatment for your ingrown toenail! We have safe, easy and effective treatment for your ingrown toenail. 

    Get your ingrown toenail treated right, the first time! Call us at 562-433-0478. 

  • What is the Best Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis?

    foot taping for heel painThe best way to alleviate plantar fasciitis heel pain is to seek treatment immediately!

    The best treatment for plantar fasciitis will vary for each individual depending on the severity of their condition. However, the number one priority in stopping heel pain is by supporting the arch of the foot. This can be done with:

    • Sports tapings
    • Arch supports
    • Shoe insoles
    • Custom foot orthotics


    Other important treatments for plantar fasciitis  include:

    • Stretching
    • Using night splints
    • Anti-inflammatories
    • Cortisone injections


    Learn more about the symptoms and treatment for plantar fasciitis, or schedule an appointment with an experienced podiatrist.


  • What Are Shin Splints?

    Never Ignore Shin Pain!

    Shin Splints is a term that is used to descibe the pain that occurs along the shinbone. Shin pain most commonly occurs on the inside of the shinbone and is caused by damage to the fibers that connect the leg muscles to the outer lining of the bone.

    If you have pain in your shin when running, reduce the number of miles you're running, ice and rest. If you continue to have shin pain talk to an experienced sports medicine podiatrist about treatment options.

    Remember. Don't ignore shin pain. It is estimated that it can take 10 weeks to recover from shin splints!


    Try these exercises from Runner's World to strengthen your legs and prevent shin splints.

  • What is an Ingrown Toenail?

    An ingrown toenail is when a nail begins to cut into the skin and nail fold causing pain, swelling and redness of the toe. Ingrown toenails can start off as intermittent pain but quickly progress towards infection. Ingrown toenails can become so painful that it can even be difficult to put on a shoe!

    Don't delay on getting treatment for your ingrown toenail! We have safe, easy and effective treatment for your ingrown toenail. 

    Get your ingrown toenail treated right, the first time! Call us at 562-433-0478. 


    Find more information about ingrown toenails:

    5 Myths About Ingrown Toenails 

    What Should I do About My Ingrown Toenail? 

    What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?

  • What is Achilles Tendonitis?

    Achilles Tendonitis is a condition where there is inflammation of the tendon caused by injury or overuse of the tendon. Achilles injuries can start as inflammation but can eventually lead to small tears and even tendon rupture.

    Find helpful information about preventing common running injuries in our FREE running book, Run For Your SoL!


    The purpose of this book is to provide the comunity with a practical resource to keep runners healthy, strong, and most importantly, running.                                                                            

  • What is Plantar Fasciitis?

    Plantar Fasciitis is the term for an injury to the ligament (the plantar fascia) that runs through the arch of the foot, from the bottom of the heel to the ball of the foot, and helps to support the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis symptoms include heel and arch pain and pain with the first step in the morning and after rest.


  • What Are the Treatments for a Neuroma?

    There are different treatment options for a Morton's Neuroma.

    For conservative treatment, the first option is to reduce the pressure of the neuroma on the nerve. This is done by using a metatarsal pad and/ or in conjunction with custom foot orthotics. A cortisone injection may also be helpful to reduce the inflammation, swelling and pain of the neuroma.

    If conservative treatment is not controlling the neuroma pain it may be necessary to perform surgery and surgically remove the neuroma in the foot.

    Tired of that nagging forefoot pain? Schedule an exam with one of our experienced podiatrists. 

    Contact our office at 562-433-0478.


  • Where Do Neuromas Commonly Occur?

    Neuromas most frequently occur between the third and fourth metatarsal bones of the foot. The second most common place for a neuroma to occur is between the second and third metatarsal bones.


    Symptoms of a neuroma may include sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot with pain that radiates to the 3rd and 4th toes. Other symptoms include tingling or numbness in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th toes.


    For more information or to schedule an appoitment with a foot and ankle specialist, call 562-433-0478.

  • Who is Most Likely to Get a Neuroma?

    Neuromas occur most frequently in those who wear tight-fitting shoes or hwo put a lot of pressure on the ball of thief feet. Ladies who often wear high-heels, dancers and runners are all commonly affected.


    If you're suffering from symptoms of a neuroma, we can help! Let us alleviate your forefoot pain so you can get back to activities you enjoy.

    Call our office at (562) 433-0478 to schedule an appointment with one of our trusted podiatrist's.

  • Are Neuromas Painful?

    Neuromas are not always painful. Neuromas become painful as they become larger. As the size of a neuroma grows more pressure is placed on the nerve causing the nerve to become inflammed and causing pain in forefoot.


    Foot pain is not normal!  If you're eperiencing pain in the ball of your foot, it may only get worse. Call our office to speak with a representative today 562-433-0478.

  • Is the PinPointe Laser Treatment Painful?

    Most people feel no pain during the PinPointe Laser treatment. Some may feel a warming sensation. An isolated few may feel a slight pinprick or burning sensation. There is no recovery period or down time after the procedure.

    If you would like more information about nail fungus treatment with our advanced laser technology. Please call one of our two Long Beach locations 562-433-0478.

  • Is Recovery Time Needed After Laser Treatment?

    No. There is no recovery period after the PinPointe Laser Treatment for fungal toenails at Sol Foot & Ankle Centers. The laser treatment is a quick outpatient procedure in either of our Long Beach locations. There are no restrictions and you may return to normal activities as soon as possible. Nail polish may also be applied to your toenails immediately.

  • When Is It Safe To Polish My Fungal Nails?

    You may apply polish to your nails immediately after the Laser treatment for fungal nails at Sol Foot & Ankle Centers.

    However, we do recommend that if you are fighting a fungal infection in the toenail that you remove the nail polish regulalry to let the nails breathe. Most nail polishes contain harsh chemicals and toxins that can be hard on your nails; so if you must wear toenail polish opt for an all natural or vegan friendly nail polish such as Dr.'s Remedy nail polish with vitamins, proteins and no harsh chemicals.


  • Do Neuromas Go Away?

    Unfortunatley, neuromas do not go away. The good news is that the pain coming from a neuroma may go away if the pressure on the nerve in the forefoot is removed and if there is a reduction in the inflammation of the nerve.


    If you're suffering from a neuroma, or pain in the ball of your foot and would like more information CALL 562-433-0478.