• Bunions
    • A bunion is when the two bones at the joint of the big toe move out of place. It is commonly referred to as a “BUMP”. The bunion (the bump) gets progressively worse over time. Symptoms include difficulty wearing shoes , along with redness and pain at the site. Some conservative treatment options include proper shoe gear with orthotics, taping, medication, and injections. If all conservative treatment modalities have been exhausted, then you are likely a candidate for bunion surgery. Bunion surgery is the gold standard especially for those dealing with chronic pain and wanting a more permanent solution.
  • Hammertoes
    • A hammer toe is an abnormal bend to the toe. Sometimes it can be painful due to ill-fitting shoe gear. Look into shoe gear with extra depth in the toe box area.
  • Heel Pain
    • Heel pain is very common. The most common heel pain is called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a strong fibrous tissue band which runs from the heel bone to the toes. It helps support the bottom of the feet. Overuse of this tissue can lead to inflammation and irritation. Treatment options can include both conservative and surgical, depending on the severity, and the individual patient.
  • Warts
    • Plantar warts are small growths on the bottom of the feet. Often described as black dots, they are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). Most warts are benign but are highly contagious. More common in kids than adults. Warts can sometimes cause pain. My treatment approach is conservative and relatively pain free for my patients. If necessary, I start by shaving down the wart, which does not hurt patients because the outward part of the wart is an accumulation of dead skin. After the shaving, I apply a topical formulation of vitamin A and salicylic acid. Patients are sent home with the medication and encouraged to apply until complete clearance is seen. Clearance can be seen in as little as 2 weeks.
  • Corns/Callus
    • Corns are caused by friction/pressure from an environmental factor. Typically seen on the top of the toe.
    • Calluses are caused by pressure points when weight bearing. Typically seen on the bottom of the foot.
    • Treatment includes shaving down the corn/callus, changing into more appropriate shoes as well as custom orthotics.
  • Ankle Sprain
    • Depending on the severity of the ankle sprain, treatment includes RICE. Rest, Ice, Compression( with ACE) and Elevation. I advise to obtain X-rays to rule out  fracture. Sometimes you will be offloaded in a CAM walker or Air Cast.
  • Flatfeet
    • Flatfeet is very common especially among the pediatric population. Custom Molded Orthotics are primary treatment for this foot issue. Custom orthotics are specially designed insoles that support and provide comfort based on the unique imprint of your feet. Conveniently removable, orthotics can be placed in different pairs of shoes.
  • Pediatric Population
    • As a podiatrist, you are also trained to treat and diagnose pedal conditions in the pediatric population. I enjoy treating children, especially when it comes to resolving any sort of pathology causing them discomfort or pain. Some common foot issues I treat kids for include:

      1. Ingrown toenails: often caused by kids improperly cutting their toenails or picking at them.
      2. Plantar warts: often picked up in locker rooms, sometimes mistaken for a callus.
      3. Athletes foot: some kids sweat a lot with exercise and wearing socks all day long. This can cause an abundance of moisture. Athlete’s foot can be presented as macerated skin or have a scaling presentation.
      4. Flatfeet : often congenital, can be treated with custom made orthotics.

      Kids won’t always say how their actually feeling or if something is bothering them. As a parent it’s a good idea to evaluate and look at your children’s feet, and have them evaluated by a podiatrist if there are any concerns.

  • Ingrown Toenails
    • Very common foot problem seen in the practice. Symptoms include redness, swelling to the corner of the toenail. You will typically see the nail growing into the skin and causing discomfort. Sometimes the ingrown toenail will cause an infection. It is advised to see a podiatrist immediately when symptoms first occur. Treatment will include removing the ingrown toenail in the office.
  • Fungal Toenails
    • Once you start noticing discoloration and thickening of a toenail, there is a very good chance you have fungus in your toenails. There are multiple ways to treat fungal toenails. Dr. Khalifa uses a topical solution which is dispensed in the office and you can start treatment on the same day of the visit.
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Dry Skin
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Geriatric Foot Care
  • Wounds
  • Foot Infections
  • Neuropathy
  • Fractures