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Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a common nail infection caused by fungal organisms that thrive in warm and moist environments. This condition typically starts as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail and can spread to the other toenails, causing the nail to become discolored, thickened, and brittle. The fungi responsible for toenail infections live in areas such as public pools, showers, and locker rooms. Additionally, tight or non-breathable shoes can create an environment conducive to fungal growth. Preventive measures can include keeping the feet clean and dry, and wearing well-fitting shoes that are made from breathable materials. Additionally, it is beneficial to refrain from walking barefoot in public places. If you suspect a toenail fungus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help to prevent its progression and guide you toward effective treatment methods.

For more information about treatment, contact James Pak, DPM of California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Anaheim, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 27 August 2023 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.

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Causes and Solutions for Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, a common and often painful foot condition, can make each step a struggle. An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing inflammation and discomfort. Causes can range from improper nail trimming techniques to wearing tight shoes that exert pressure on the toes. In some cases, a genetic predisposition or an injury can trigger this condition. Soaking the foot in warm water, gently lifting the ingrown edge, and applying antibiotic ointment can aid in healing. Wearing open toed shoes and avoiding tight footwear can also promote recovery. Seeking medical attention for severe cases ensures effective relief, often involving minor surgical procedures to remove the ingrown portion. By addressing the root causes and following appropriate treatment, individuals can bid farewell to ingrown toenail discomfort and regain comfortable strides. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment method.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact James Pak, DPM of California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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

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Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Osteomyelitis of the Feet

Osteomyelitis, a bone infection caused by bacteria or fungi, can significantly impact the feet if left untreated. It commonly occurs in the feet of adults, and the hips and spine also may be affected. The feet are susceptible to infections through injuries, wounds, or surgeries. Symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness, and redness often manifest in the infected feet. Timely diagnosis is crucial, involving physical exams and imaging scans. Treatment options may include antibiotics or surgical removal of infected bone tissue. Prompt wound care and proper footwear play a vital role in safeguarding against osteomyelitis and its potential long-term effects on the feet. If you suffer from this condition, or any type of foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper examination and care.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with James Pak, DPM from California. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Senior Foot Care

Proper foot care is crucial for the overall health and mobility of seniors, as certain podiatric issues can indicate underlying health conditions. While family caregivers often take on the responsibility of foot care, it can be challenging for seniors with limited mobility to receive the care they need. Although a regular pedicure at a salon may seem like a solution and can offer aesthetic benefits, it may not be sufficient for most seniors' foot health. Those with conditions such as arthritis, neuropathy, or poor circulation that affect their feet would be best served by a podiatrist. Podiatrists offer comprehensive foot care, including checking for a pedal pulse and skin integrity and addressing specific podiatric issues. Medicare may even cover podiatrist visits, making it an accessible option for many seniors. If you are a senior with foot problems or caring for one, it is strongly suggested that you include a podiatrist on your healthcare team for regular examinations and treatment for anything that is brewing. Make an appointment with a podiatrist today. 

If you need your feet checked, contact James Pak, DPM of California. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anaheim, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Navigating Volleyball Foot Injuries

Volleyball players commonly experience foot injuries due to the fast-paced and dynamic nature of the sport. Sprained ankles and twisted knees frequently occur, often resulting from sudden stops, starts, and side-to-side movements on the court. Additionally, repetitive jumping and landing can lead to conditions like plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and Achilles tendonitis. Immediate relief for these types of injuries includes taking a break from volleyball play, resting the affected foot, and elevating it as often as possible. If you have more severe injuries or those that worsen over time, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for care. This foot and ankle expert can accurately diagnose the problem and provide appropriate treatment so that you can return to the game as quickly as possible.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact James Pak, DPM of California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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