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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
May 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Basic foot care is easy to miss because our feet are the last thing we think of when it comes to health. But when they are neglected they can certainly remind us of their pain and discomfort.

 Here are some basic foot care suggestions to keep your feet healthy.

  • Wash your feet regularly and pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Peeling on the soles can indicate athlete’s foot, while discolored toe nails can be a sign of a nail fungus.
  • Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments because they can turn a small problem into a larger one if it isn’t treated.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and not too short or close to the nail bed. Cutting into the sides can cause ingrown toe nails.
  • Chose the right shoe, it is so important especially as you age. The wrong shoe can create many issues and the style right now is sympathetic to health conditions and offer more options.
  • Rotate your shoes every day as this could save you from getting athlete’s foot or any other related fungal condition.
  • Walking bare foot in the summers comfortable but it can put you at risk for injury and infection. Supportive andals are a good alternative and still allow your toes to get some air.
  • Do not ignore foot pain, it is your body’s way of telling you that there is something wrong! Please contact us if you are experiencing foot pain.
  • If you are a diabetic you should consult both your podiatrist and general doctor to ensure you are tending to every sign of trouble.
  • Use moisturizing lotion to help keep skin dry. Just a small amount a few times each day does the trick.
  • Exercising daily keeps your feet moving which keeps them healthy!

If you are experiencing pain in your feet or just need to address chronic foot or ankle issues call Dr. Mayer Salama or Dr. Daniel Salama for an appointment at 313-274-0990. We understand the importance of keeping your feet in good health all year long and educating yourself on foot care is the key to long term prevention. You can visit us in any of our locations in Trenton, Dearborn, Farmington Hills, and Clarkston Michigan. 

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
May 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The answer to this question is simple. A doctor of Podiatry helps diagnose and treat a wide variety of foot and ankle issues. If you show any of the following problems then it is time to call the doctor! Although our feet are a big part of our overall health, many people delay seeing a podiatrist or foot specialist until it is too late. Most times it is because they don’t recognize the signs that require a closer look.

  • Blisters on any part of your feet especially if they seem to be infected or if you are diabetic.
  • Severe scaling, peeling, cracking or itching on the heel of your foot.
  • Changes in skin or nail color indicate potential problems that should be looked at as soon as possible.
  • Ongoing pain in your feet or ankle could mean a variety of things.

While those are a bit more generic, here are some more specific concerns that should send up a red flag to call the doctor.

  • If you are a diabetic who contracted Athlete’s Foot.
  • Symptoms in your feet or ankles that have not improved after two weeks of treatment.
  • Thickening toenails that have become uncomfortable.
  • Infection that has spread from one area of the foot to another, like from the nail to under the skin.
  • Tingling in the heel and persistent pain without touching or putting pressure on it.
  • Increased swelling, pain, redness, heat or tenderness.
  • Pain when you walk or perform daily activities. If your feet are causing you pain during regular activities you could have a fractured or other injury.
  • Persistent cracked or bleeding heels will become susceptible to infections.
  •  Ingrown toenails can quickly go from being a minor nuisance to an extremely painful infection.

If you tiptoe around the fact that you are experiencing pain in your feet or ankles then you may end up off your feet all together. Examine your feet each day as you shower to eliminate some of the surprises that could arise. Pay attention to your feet and if you notice anything unusual call Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama at 313-274-0990 and schedule an appointment. We have four locations in Michigan; Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton plus house calls!

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
May 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Blisters   Corns   calluses   athelete's foot  

Your feet should be fit first!  If the warm weather has arrived and you didn’t accomplish the weight loss goals that you planned over the winter it may be time to stop by one of our offices and prepare your feet. We have offices in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton Michigan for your convenience, but let’s start with safety and go from there.

Warm Up Those Toes

  • Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground directly in front of you. Lift your leg off the ground (one at a time) and make circles in the air by using your big toe as the focal point. Move for 20 to 30 seconds in clockwise direction. Repeat with other foot.
  • Stand flat foot on the ground and hold on to a sturdy surface. With your feet beside each other rock your feet forward and backward as far as your muscles will allow without straining yourself.
  • Standing up straight with your feet beside each other, take your right toe and place it beside the heel of your left foot and softly push forward towards the floor to gently stretch your arch.

Focus on Your Feet

Coordinate and Balance

  • Rhythmical moves that slowly expand your range of motion gives your tissues energy and enhances your coordination so you are less likely to fall. If you lack coordination for a certain class you should find one that suits your ability and gain experience first. After you have achieved some new goals then go back and try that class again.

Ease in and Adapt

  • Increase your intensity as your body gets warm and flexible. If you are tired and jump right in then your energy will drain quickly and you will feel defeated. Adapt your body and mind to the exercise you are doing and you will be more likely to relax and do it correctly.

These suggestions will enhance your performance plus help to reduce injury, which will eventually lead to making your goal.  If you are thinking of trying a more intense routine or if you are getting back in shape after a long break you should contact Dr. Mayer Salama or Dr. Daniel Salama at 313-274-0990 and schedule an appointment for a foot examination before beginning your fitness program. When it comes to exercise your feet often get overlooked so put them first this season and see results!

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
April 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The Challenge

The challenge of tennis can be stressful on your feet. Its quick jolts from side to side and repeated lateral motions on the court’s surface can cause common tennis injuries quicker than the moves you make to hit that little fuzzy ball. Those injuries can include sprains, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and tennis toe.

The Prevention

The most effective way to prevent foot injuries from a good game of tennis is to condition yourself to the sport. Body strength, flexible muscles, hydration, and of course as in any sport, the right shoe! The right shoe with all the right moves equals a win on the course even if you lose the game.

The Technique

If you balance your upper body weight by bending your knees and raising your heels instead of putting it all into your back, you will likely prevent most injuries. However, when landing right after a hard jump it is wise to avoid landing on the ball of your foot as there is little to no balance with that move. That will most definitely help prevent an ankle sprain. While focusing on the ball it may be hard to focus on technique but this little tip could save you big pain.

The Shoe

Let’s talk about tennis shoes, they have become quite “a style” in the general fashion world but are they really “tennis shoes”? They need lots of cushioning and shock absorption along with a reinforced toe and wiggle room in the toe box. Padding at the ball of the foot, supportive sides and of course a low heel. As if you would try to play in stilettos!?

The Break

You need to practice increasing your game but you also need to rest your bones to avoid injury. If you follow these pieces of advice from our expert team you will very likely improve your game and keep your health intact!

If you have injured your ankle or feet while playing tennis or any other sport this Spring, let Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama take care of the problem before it takes you out for the entire year. We can be reached for an appointment by calling 313-274-0990. Our four conveniently located offices are in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton Michigan. We even make house calls if you can’t make it in the office to see us, call 248-474-0040.

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
April 20, 2017
Tags: ankle sprains  

We are in full Spring swing and injuries are hovering over the ball fields, playgrounds, hiking trails and tracks. It is so easy to twist your ankle while you are getting back to outdoor activity from a long winter break. Look for swelling and bruising directly after your fall or twist, as they are the first and most prevalent signs that you have sprained your ankle. 

Treatment for such an injury is primarily rest but elevation and ice are key solutions to healing along with supportive bandaging. Preventative measures can also be taken to avoid ankle sprains by strengthening and stretching regularly. However, there are three levels of a sprain that you should know about.

Level 1 Sprain ~ Mild symptoms with little pain and almost no swelling. There may be some stiffness and slight difficulty in walking. Ligaments are usually stretched more than torn and should heal rather quickly.

Level 2 Sprain ~ Moderate to severe pain with more difficulty walking or playing sports. Minor bruising and swelling will develop as the ankle becomes more stiff and unstable to walk on. This level injury could take up to two months to heal.

Level 3 Sprain ~ Extreme symptoms will mean there is a torn or ruptured ligament. The onset of pain is more immediate and the ankle will feel very weak along with swelling and bruising. This level of injury should be treated right away and will require x-rays to make sure the bones are not broken.  Unfortunately, this sprain will take up to three or more months to heal properly.

PRICE is a great acronym to remember when it comes to a sprained ankle:

  • Protection of the injured area is important to stop the damage in its tracks.
  • Rest is one of the most effective components since the body knows how to heal on its own.
  • Ice is widely known and used for acute injuries but should only be applied for 15 minutes at most.
  • Compression is good right after the injury and should be applied for the first 24 to 48 hours.
  • Elevation is the final principal but also important since it helps reduce swelling.

Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama have offices in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton Michigan for your convenience and can be reached at 313-274-0990 to schedule an appointment. If you think you may have sprained your ankle do not delay, spring awaits you!

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