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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
December 18, 2017
Category: Foot Facts
Tags: podiatrist   feet   condition   fungus  

Our feet are used constantly to help us move around, perform a job, and even to balance us. They are essential to our daily lives and sadly, we don’t always pay enough attention to our feet. Our feet are amazing. Sometimes we can even tell if we are suffering from a medical condition due to symptoms showing up in our feet first. One such condition that can have symptoms that originate from the feet is jaundice.

Jaundice is a medical condition in which a problem with the liver causes high levels of bilirubin, resulting in yellowing of the skin, eyes, mouth and nails. The bilirubin does not get processed properly in the body and as a result manifests in the skin. It is usually a sign that the liver is beginning to shut down. It is also a symptom of other serious diseases and should not be treated lightly.

In some cases, children are born with jaundice. This is not usually something to panic over, as it is very treatable in young children. Some children have slight symptoms and can go home. Other children have more severe symptoms and must be put under specialized lights to help them deal with the excess bilirubin and to heal and get better. The feet can turn yellow as well as the rest of the skin on the body.

Yellowing of the skin is the classic feature of jaundice. Yellow toenails are often seen with jaundice as well. Usually they come as a pair but sometimes they are separate. Yellow toenails can also be mistaken as fungus. In order to be sure, it is important to seek the help of a trained podiatrist.

Since normally yellow toenails would not be the only symptom, if you have no other issues, you are unlikely to be suffering from jaundice. However, if you have noticed a yellow/green tinge to your skin or in the white your eyes, or have noticed your urine is darker or your feces lighter than usual, you should consult your doctor.

Prognosis

Jaundice is a very treatable disorder if it is dealt with right away. If you see any signs of yellowing of your feet or your toenails, it is important to contact a podiatrist right away so that they can determine the true cause and prescribe you a treatment as fast as possible.

Have yellow feet but no podiatrist to help? Don’t worry, just call 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 diagnose your foot condition and get you on the road to recovery. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online to help. Do not wait until it is too late.

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
August 31, 2017
Category: Foot Facts

Your foot is a very complex part of your body. It houses 26 bones that are held together by muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  These muscles, tendons, and ligaments form a network within your foot and connect it together. They also support your joints and your mobility. Without them, we would not be mobile beings and our feet would not be in the same shape that we are so familiar with.

There are approximately 20 muscles in one entire foot. They give the foot its overall shape. These muscles expand and contract as your foot moves and help with stability. These muscles each have their own name and function.

  • Anterior Tibial – Lets the foot move upward.
  • Posterior Tibial - Supports the arch and allows it to keep its shape.
  • Peroneal Tibial – Controls outside ankle movement.
  • Extensors – Allows the toes and ankles to raise to take a step.
  • Flexors – Stabilizes the toes on the ground and helps keep balance.

The small muscles in the foot allow the foot to lift and curl. This is also helpful when walking and running.

The tendons in the foot connect the muscles to bones and joints. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It is also the strongest tendon. It runs from the heel all the way up into the lower leg. It has important functions during running, jumping, and walking up the stairs.

The ligaments in the foot hold the tendons in place and help to stabilize the joints. The biggest ligament is the plantar fascia, which forms the main arch of the foot and allows the arch to contract and extend  when you walk.

There are also medial (inside) and lateral (outside) ligaments in the foot. These ligaments provide more stability and balance when the foot moves up and down.

If the foot did not have its intricate anatomy, then we would not be able to live a mobile and active lifestyle. Each piece of the foot is so important to our daily lives and health.

If you suspect an injury to your muscles, ligaments, or tendons, it is important to call a podiatrist right away. Delayed treatment could lead to permanent and irreversible damage. The office of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, which is located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton, Michigan, can help you heal your foot issues and any other underlying conditions. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama are highly trained podiatrists who take pride in their work and their patients. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online today.



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