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Linsey CorbinPro tri athlete Linsey Corbin, understands how far she needs to go when running, and says that barefoot runningis not an ideal alternative. When Corbin is working out on a grassy, smooth ground, she takes off her regular running shoes and goes barefoot.

"I don't think I could sustain the proper running mileage and type of mileage that I need to do as a professional triathlete with only barefoot running," Corbin said. However, even though many Americans have opted for barefoot running shoes since last year, the trend seems to be going downhill recently. The US accounts for about 4 percent of all minimalist running shoes sold year to date, according to Matt Powell an athletic-shoe analyst for SportsOneSource.  Minimalist and barefoot peaked last year. Most runners are returning to shoes that offer more cushion and stability,” said Powell.

Allowing your body time to adjust properly to barefoot running is essential, and part of this preventative care involves talking to a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care.  Dr. Salama can advise you on a running regimen, as well as provide information on techniques of barefoot running to help avoid foot pain, heel pain, and injury.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

Read the full article on Barefoot Running.


(Photo Credit: KDKA)Like many teens, Jessica Onder enjoys typical high school activities. “She was on the swim team, marching band, rifle team, and did a lot of things,” says Maureen Onder about her daughter. Onder suffered from flat feet after stepping on a rock, causing her bones to turn inward.

“I thought it was something with her leg, or her knees or something, you know, bow legged. I never considered it being flat foot, ‘cause I didn't know anyone who had It.” said Maureen. Flat feet are a problem more common than you might realize according to West Penn Hospital orthopedic foot specialist Dr. Victor Prisk. “About 30 percent of people have a flat foot,” said Prisk.  

Having flat-feet can lead to complications down the road. If you think you have flat feet you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care.  Dr. Salama will diagnose any foot conditions you may have as well as provide you with a range of treatment options.

What are Flat Feet?

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees– if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area.
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe.
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
  • Flat look to one or both feet.
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

For more information on the treatment of flat feet, visit this link.


Untitled.jpgHigh heels can be fun, beautiful, and elongate a woman’s body. Little do we know how detrimental these sky-high shoes can be to your feet. According to Jo Willey of Express, a recent study claimed that high-heels wearers are at risk for serious medical conditions like: arthritis, muscle damage and trapped nerves.

Fashionista and high-heel addictive Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, 48, was forced to give them up. “I went to a foot doctor and he said, ‘Your foot does things it shouldn’t be able to do. That bone there…You’ve created that bone. It doesn’t belong there’.” Fashion designer Victoria Beckham, 39, recently confessed she must have surgery on her bunions caused by years of towering shoes. A study by The College of Podiatry found that almost half of women have had foot problems after ignoring the agony of uncomfortable shoes.  

If wearing high heels has been giving your foot or ankle pain and have been causing problems, you should seek the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care  who can determine the cause of your pain as well as provide appropriate treatment options for you.

Wearing High Heels and How it Affects Feet

High heels affect what parts of the body?

· Joints in the Ankle
· Balls of the Feet
· Achilles Tendon
· Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
· Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What problems can arise from long term use of high heels?

· Calluses
· Corns
· Morton’s Neuroma
· Plantar Fasciitis
· Bunions
· Hammertoe

How can I maintain my foot health and still wear high heels?

For more information on maintaining proper foot health while wearing high heels, visit our link at the bottom.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

Read the full article on The Effects on High Heels.


Footloose and fancy free? Not so much. Kim Kardashian's swollen feet strained against her perspex stilettos yesterday in Beverly HillsReality television star Kim Kardashian and movie star Julianne Moore like to flaunt out extravagant dresses but also the most fashionable and expensive shoes. However, many celebrities like the Kardashians and Moore don’t know how improper footwear can be seriously damaging their feet.

Kardashian was seen wearing a pair of stilettos, revealing the 32-year-olds swollen ankles. Moore attended the Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony as she walked down the red carpet with tight fitting heels revealing her poking pinky toes on the corners of her feet. Celebrities and the general public don’t seem to mind leaving their heels, to opt for more comfortable appropriate footwear.

It is important that the right shoes are worn for protection and guard against pain and discomfort. A podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care can make recommendations on how to care and find shoes that fit you, as well as help you with any foot pain you might have experienced from wearing ill-fitting footwear.

Proper Foot Care Leads to Better Health

Long periods of standing often times lead to pain and discomfort around the feet. Every day the body undergoes a series of stresses, especially during work. To minimize these stresses on your feet, better shoe choices and proper posture will significantly help.

Better Choices

A Negative Heel

· This is where the heel is slightly lower than the ball of the foot.

Going Barefoot

· Having your feet crammed into shoes for long periods of time increases pressure. Giving your feet some exposure to air and walking barefoot helps tremendously.

Exercise Your Feet

· A foot workout helps correct movements and stimulates the blood flow and muscles of the feet.

Foot Care

Spending a majority of the time on your feet will most likely trigger pain; even more so if you suffer from poor circulation.  Proper footwear and appropriate stretching will alleviate pain and prevent further issues. When your feet hurt, it is best to take care of them right away.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

Read the full article Working on Your Feet.




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