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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
November 15, 2017

In 2004, Duke University Medical Center conducted a study about how Basketball players move and how it affects them. This study allowed them to better understand the cause of stress fractures. This breakthrough allowed podiatrists and scientists to better understand the mechanics of the foot and why it is so susceptible to stress fractures. In particular, it focused on basketball players, as they are one of the many types of athletes who suffer from stress fractures and other foot related conditions. They are constantly on their feet and moving them at quick, sharp angles.

In order to research this topic, the group used 11 male college basketball players for the test. They used special electronic sensors that were able to give continuous readings when they were inserted into the soles of the shoes of the basketball players. They also used sensors on two major foot muscles to monitor their activity.

After the players were hooked up they were asked to perform 3 typical basketball maneuvers. These maneuvers were: landing on one foot after a jump, changing direction 180 degrees during a side shuffle and pivoting 180 degrees during a sprint forward. These three motions are the top three that cause stress fractures in the feet of basketball players.

After each player participated and performed as per the test, the results were collected and evaluated. The scientists concluded that simply adding more arch support to the shoes of the athletes could minimize the risk of career ending stress fractures. This allowed for athletes and their podiatrists to focus on a different type of fit for their shoes. Instead of shoes with a lower arch, they would need to look for shoes with a higher, more supportive arch to enable more cushion and shock absorption. Due to these heightened benefits, they would be less likely to suffer a stress fracture.

Do you or a loved one play basketball? Are you having a hard time choosing the right shoes for the sport? It is time to see a podiatrist from Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will help you choose the right shoes for your sport. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online to help. We know athletic feet.

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
November 08, 2017
Category: Foot Facts
Tags: Walking   Shoes   cancers   blood sugar  

Going for a walk outside is a pastime that many people enjoy. It is relaxing, soothing, and has a lot of great health benefits. Some people walk on a track, on a trail, or on the road. Some people wear boots while others wear sneakers. There is even a new trend getting people to walk outside completely barefoot.

Barefoot walking or “earthing” is when a person walks outside on the soil, grass, or sand without any shoes or socks on. Studies have shown that walking barefoot outside can improve quality of sleep, can reduce anxiety, stress and blood pressure and can also reduce inflammation.

Earthing does not include walking barefoot on pavement. Walking on pavement can be dangerous and do harm to your feet.  The theory behind earthing is that walking on the earth’s natural environment directly affects the electrons your body uses to function.

Earthing isn’t for everybody but walking does provide a lot of proven health benefits. It can reduce the risk of certain types of cancers, help with obesity, and also help lower blood sugar levels.

What are other benefits?

Your body’s overall balance and circulation can improve since walking barefoot is usually harder on the body and muscles and increases blood flow. Your blood pressure can also drop when walking because exercise can help an individual relax and allows for better circulation.

What if I want to walk barefoot?

It is important to walk in a place that is clean, free of hazardous debris, and animal matter. If you walk barefoot and injure your foot you can become prone to wounds, infections and diseases.

Are you interested in barefoot walking? Are you unsure whether or not barefoot walking is right for your feet? Contact Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, Trenton, Michigan. Making an appointment is easy! Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online today.

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
November 01, 2017
Tags: Fractures   Swelling   Achilles Tendon   Sports   sprains  

A sports injury can be perceived as broad term and encompass many different ailments. Sports injuries are most commonly found in athletes but they can also affect people who go to the gym, work or engage in other daily tasks. Sometimes accidents and even poor training can result in a sports injury. If you do not warm up or stretch, wear the wrong gear, or do not know the rules, you are also more at risk for a sports injury.

What is classified as a sports injury?

How can I tell if I have sustained a sports injury?

Usually a sports injury occurs while playing, practicing or participating in a sport or other athletic activity. These injuries can be due to a fall, an impact, or moving in the wrong direction. Almost all sports injuries result in some sort of pain, swelling, or tenderness. It is important to treat these sports injuries immediately so that they can heal properly over time. Seek a podiatrist’s help immediately if you think you may be suffering from a sports injury.

What do I do if I have a sports injury?

If your sports injury is severe you should call 911 immediately. If it is moderate and you are not in any life-threatening scenario, then you should seek the help of a trained podiatrist. While waiting to see a podiatrist consider using the RICE method to treat your foot, ankle or other sports injury until you are seen.

Rest- reduce or stop your normal activities. You can do this by relieving pressure and weight from the affected area. Try laying on the couch or sitting down. If you have a set of crutches these may also help you.

Ice- use an ice pack and place it on the injury for 20 minutes about 8 times a day. Be sure to wrap it in a towel so that you do not give yourself further injury. If you do not have an ice pack a bag of peas or a plastic bag of ice cubes also work well.

Compression- use even pressure on the injury to help reduce swelling. An ace bandage, air cast or splint can all help give proper compression.

Elevation- elevate your injured foot or ankle. When laying down, prop it on a pillow so that it is angled above your heart. This will also help reduce swelling.

Did you twist your ankle at practice? Hear a funny popping noise after an accident impact? You should call Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan. Podiatrists Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will help treat your sports injury with attention and care. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online today. 

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
October 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters   activities  

As technology and modern medicine grow and develop, so do the products on the market. Believe it or not, socks have come a long way over time due to technological advancement. There are many types of socks on the market and some boast new fiber blends to better tailor to the needs of athletes, workers, kids, and others. Here is the low down on the newest advancements in the sock field.

Wicking Fabrics

Athletes know that high intensity activities can make them sweat. This can lead to blisters on the feet due to the moisture and friction that is caused. Because of this, specially engineered polyester fibers have been created to help wick away moisture during sport activities. One such fiber is called Coolmax. It boasts fibers that have 20% more surface area than regular fibers. This allows the water to spread over a greater distance of fabric, which will in turn allow for quicker evaporation. Coolmax is just one brand. There are other brands that work similarly such as Dryfit, BiPolar, Stretch Supplex and many more.

Cold Weather Fabrics

This type of innovative fabric is for those who practice in cold weather activities. There are brands such as Thermolite. Fibers in the Thermolite brand have a hollow core and twisted surface. This makes it so that the fibers can hold in air which allows for extra insulation in the sock. This insulation traps body heat and prevents it from escaping.

Abrasion Reducing Socks

Lastly, there are also socks that help reduce the chance of getting blisters. Blisters occur due to friction and the rubbing of a sock and shoe against one another. Breeze brand socks make it so that the sock sticks better to your foot. The foot will then slide better in the shoe and cause less friction and abrasions resulting in less blisters.

As you can see, socks have come a long way from the basic cotton that we all know and use regularly. Sometimes it can be hard to decide which sock is the right fit for your needs. If you are having trouble picking out socks that are right for your specific activity, call Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan. Foot care specialists Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will help you find the right socks for your situation. Make an appointment online today or call 313-274-0990. Not all socks are the same, so let us show you the way.

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
October 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Living with chronic pain in your feet can be detrimental to your health and quality of daily life. After all, we use our feet constantly throughout our day. We use them to walk, climb, stand, and sit down. Without them we would not be able to stay mobile and keep up with society. Unfortunately, some people suffer from chronic pain due to certain types of life altering conditions.

People who live with neuromas or certain types of plantar fasciitis know that living a normal daily life can be a challenge. They often suffer from severe pain and can have difficulty being mobile. These patients typically try many different courses of treatment, such as over the counter pain medication and orthotics. Sometimes these methods do not work and they are left with pain and suffering. Some of these patients then turn to cryotherapy for help.

Cryotherapy is a state of the art therapy for nerve pain relief. It can help treat patients who suffer from neuromas, fibromas, and some types of plantar fasciitis.

How does it work?

Cryotherapy is the process of freezing of nerves. When a nerve is frozen, it stifles the transmission signals that the nerve usually receives to indicate pain, thus reducing pain. The treatment is guided via ultrasound and is done under local anesthesia. This procedure can be done in office during a regular appointment. Most patients respond well to the treatment.

If a patient does not respond well to a treatment, there is no need for panic. The nerve can still be removed with a surgical procedure. Before resorting to this procedure, podiatrists will first try to treat a patient using other options such as injections, physical therapy and insoles. This type of procedure is used as a last resort but prior to a surgical remedy.

Do you have chronic pain due to a neuroma? Does your heel area experience a lot extra pain? Cryotherapy could help you live a pain free lifestyle. Call Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn, Michigan, Farmington Hills, Michigan, Clarkston, Michigan, and Trenton, Michigan. There, foot care specialists Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will help you decide if cryotherapy is the right course of action for you. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online. Allow our caring and compassionate team help you make a decision of a lifetime. 

 





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