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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
January 03, 2018
Tags: Bunions   Blisters   Arthritis   Injuries   Diabetic Feet   sprains   spurs   tarsals  

Podiatrists everywhere deal with ankles and feet every day. They treat blisters, corns, bunions, spurs, arthritis, diabetic feet and many other conditions of the feet and the ankles. At Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan, we have seen just about everything when it comes to feet. One of the most common questions we receive is, what is an ankle made up of and why is it so important?

Although podiatry is not exclusively focused on the ankle and its injuries, many podiatrists like Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama and their staff treat the ankle too. After all, the ankle is connected to the foot bone and plays a large role in our ability to stay mobile, balance, and our overall foot health.

There are seven bones that make up the ankle. One type is called the tarsals. They make up the composition of the ankle. These bones are held together by muscles and ligaments, which are often susceptible to sprains, tears, and other injuries related to overuse, trauma, or normal wear and tear.

The muscles and ligaments connect the ankle bones to the foot. The ankle also connects the foot to the lower leg bones known as the tibia and fibula. The ankle acts as a connection or joint from the foot to the leg and allows us to move around. It helps our foot have a full range of motion and allow us to walk.

The ankle is also known to help keep you stay balanced. Due to the joint, muscles, and ligaments, the ankle is flexible enough to move back and forth as you walk. It also provides flexibility and shock absorption when you run or partake in other activities.

Without the flexibility of the ankle, your entire body will start to feel negative effects of physical exertion. Due to the connective nature of the ankle, you could see problems in your feet, your legs, knees, hips, and spine. Your ankles help balance your body as a whole.

Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama know just how important your ankles are and how they can affect your body as a whole. Want to talk anatomy? Think you might have a sprained ankle or arthritic pain? Call 313-274-0990 and appointment online today. We strive to get you fit and on your feet.

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
August 17, 2017
Tags: Orthotics   Heel Pain   Bunions   Blisters   arch support  

At Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton, Michigan we make custom orthotics for your feet. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama work closely with patients to get the right orthotic device for their individual needs.

Orthotics are a medical device designed to be worn inside a shoe. They typically control abnormal foot functions and movements. They also help to alleviate foot pain and discomfort. Orthotics have the potential to help impaired feet stay mobile and improve multiple symptoms for disorders such as heel spurs, bunions, blisters, and more.

What are they made of?

Plastics and carbon-fiber composites are what make orthotics. They are firm devices that do not flex easily. After a podiatrist takes a molding of the patient’s foot, the mold is used to craft the orthotic device. After the custom orthotic is made, the podiatrist helps the patient try it on and adjusts it so that it fits properly. Once the orthotic is adjusted, the patient is able to use it on a daily basis. These devices are typically comfortable and do not cause additional pain and suffering. Orthotics are meant to be placed inside your shoe

How long does an Orthotic last?

An orthotic can last for many years.  They are made out of medical grade materials that last with normal wear and tear. If the orthotic has special pieces, also known as additions or extensions, then the patient who has the orthotic will need to replace these extra pieces regularly.

If you have a sensitive foot and are unable to tolerate rigid materials, there are other options you can use instead. Some orthotics can be made using soft, breathable materials that are gentler on the foot and ankle. Ask a podiatrist about these softer alternatives.

Over the Counter Orthotics

Beware of over the counter “orthotics” such as arch support inserts. These devices are mass produced and not tailored to individual needs. People who do not have the proper training can cause worse pain and suffering with a poorly composed orthotic.

If you are interested in obtaining an orthotic custom fit for your foot, do not delay, call our office today! Our number is 313-274-0990. You can also make an appointment online.

 
By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
June 22, 2017
Tags: Orthotics   podiatrist   foot exam  

Here at Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama in Dearborn MI, Farmington Hills MI, Clarkston MI, and Trenton MI, Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama are highly trained professionals that can do the following:

  1. Examine, diagnose, and treat patients with a multitude of diseases, disorders and injuries.
  2. Prescribe medicine to treat various disorders, diseases and injuries.
  3. Talk to patients to learn more about their history so that they can build a file regarding their case history to help determine previous illness, complaints and points to investigate further.
  4. Look at a patient’s shoes to determine whether or not they fit properly, and advise them on the proper fit of a shoe.
  5. Physically examine the patient’s feet and ankle tissue, bones, and muscles.
  6. Arrange for follow up and lab testing based off of any findings that were made in the office.
  7. Gives referrals with other specialists for further diagnosis or treatment of an existing or preexisting condition that is not in the podiatrist’s scope. 
  8. Treats lesions, infections and diseases effecting the feet and the ankles.
  9. Preforms surgical procedures on patients that have a need for feet and ankle surgery. If a surgeon is not available, then a referral is given to the patient so that all proper surgical procedures can be carried out in a timely manner.
  10. Prescribes and supervises creation of orthotic foot devices.
  11. Fabricates individual footwear to meet patient’s needs.
  12. Puts orthotic or appliance and footwear on the patient properly and then teaches them how to do the same on their own.
  13. Consults with surgeons to establish a proper treatment plan for each individual patient.
  14. Reviews patient’s progress and records medical history as it arises.
  15. Advises over the counter options for each patient on a case by case basis.

The staff at Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama are standing by to assist you with any and all concerns regarding the care and treatment of your feet and ankles. If you have a concern and wish to speak to a highly trained podiatrist, do not hesitate, call our office today at 313-274-0990. Alternatively, you can make an appointment online. We strive to make sure you are an informed patient and feel confident with any decision you make regarding your health and your feet.

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

Most people associate shin splints with sore shins after a long walk or run. In reality, it is a phrase that covers many different foot and ankle problems, as well as the more common shin pain it is known for. Shin splints are typically due to the overuse of the muscles and tendons. Tendons attach the muscles to the bones which allows us to use biomechanics. Without biomechanics, the human body would not be able to move around.

One of the most well-known tendons in our body is the Achilles Tendon. It is located at the back of the ankle. Achilles Tendonitis falls under the category of shin splints. This is because this disorder is from the overuse of the tendon, which causes inflammation and pain. A lot of jumping will also cause this disorder.

Prevention

You can save yourself a lot of grief and pain from shin splints if you follow some basic guidelines. At the offices of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn MI, Farmington Hills MI, Clarkston MI, Trenton MI, they recommend three basic preventative measures.

Shoes

The right shoes can make all the difference for any kind of shin split or ailment caused to the feet and ankles. If you are a runner and use your shoes all the time, it is often best to buy multiple pairs. Shoes that receive a high amount of stress wear down faster and lose the ability to support your feet, ankles and shins. This will lead to painful disorders and require a trip to the podiatrist.

Stretches

Stretching before and after physical activities can help prevent shin splints. The use of heel stretches and toe stretches make the biggest difference of all. Mayer Salama, DPM and Dr. Salama welcome you to make an appointment or call 313-274-0990 to set up an appointment to assist you in learning the appropriate stretches.

Rest

Rest is not only great at helping the prevention of shin splints, it also helps them heal. After a hard workout, your body needs time to repair any damage or stress that it has taken from the activity it recently participated in. Without rest, the body is not able to hone in on weakening or stressed areas to alleviate tension. Without relief, and with repetitive overuse, the body will eventually break down. Be sure to rest appropriate so that your body can heal itself, and prevent shin splints.

If you are concerned that you may have shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, or any other foot or ankle related ailments, please contact us right away so that we can assist you in diagnosing, treating, and preventing any further pain or disorders.



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