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Andrew SwallowAndrew Swallow of the Kangaroos suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a game against Melbourne. The 26 year old midfielder collapsed in pain during the early third quarter with no one around him. Swallow was taken to the hospital during the last quarter, with medics certain he suffered a full-blown rupture. Since the start of 2009, Swallow has not missed any games, though now the footballer faces at least a year on the sidelines. “It’s really disappointing for everyone associated, for our club and footy fans in general.” North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said.

Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be frustrating and a painful ordeal. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can examine your Achilles tendon as well as other foot and ankle injuries, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

Just What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our bodies. As the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon helps with even the most basic movement in the legs such as walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or even a rupture. Those especially at risk include people who overexert themselves during physical activity, namely athletes.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:

  • Inflammation
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Tendon Thickening
  • Slower Movement Time
  • Pain ranging from dull to severe

Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ‘snapping’ or ripping. There are often more painful and immediate as opposed to Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures, with recovery time possibly taking up to a year.

While no injury is completely avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances. This includes:

  • Incorporating strengthening exercises to your workout regimen such as squats and leg presses
  • Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
  • Wear comfortable, fitted footwear that is occasion-specific

And of course, if you believe you have injured your Achilles tendon be sure to visit a podiatrist immediately, as they can help diagnose and address your problem.

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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.

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Ankle SprainsSpraining your ankle is not something that is pleasurable to tolerate. It requires patience and determination to restore any ankle injury effectively and correctly.

Giving to current figures about 28,000 ankle injuries happen in the United States, maximum of them ensuing from playing sports. Though numerous individuals consider ankle sprains to be no big deal and that they can even heal themselves, studies have established that leaving an ankle sprain unattended for more than a month can cause unsafe problems.

When you first sprain your ankle, it is recommended that you take medication a day or so after your injury. “It’s best to wait 48 hours before taking an NSAID (ibuprofen,naproxen) because you want the normal inflammatory process to kick in and begin the healing process. Then you take the NSAID to keep the swelling from getting worse.” Don’t take an NSAID on an empty stomach and don’t exceed the dosing directions. said Dr. Thomas W. Kaminski, lead author of a recent news report regarding this issue.

An ankle sprain can cause you to miss important events. Ankle sprains should always be treated, no matter how minor it may seem. If you have sprained your ankle, seek the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care to ensure the injury is properly evaluated and appropriate treatment options are given.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

· Mild to moderate bruising
· Swelling
· Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.

Preventing a Sprain

· Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
· Stretching before exercises and sports
· Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

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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.

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Proper Shoe SizeCarol Cornachini, who owns Branhaven’s Plaza Shoetique, worked with a group of women from BHcare, an organization that aids people who are struggling with domestic abuse, mental illness and substance abuse. Cornachini, along with other workers, helped to provide shoe-fitting and footwear for the group. “We serve our customers the old fashioned way,” Cornachini says, “we take care of them. We want them to feel taken care of. We want them to walk out of here happy customers and come back happy customers.”

The mother of two descends from an extensive family line of shopkeepers and works as a school-nurse during the off-summer seasons. The group of women exchanged hugs and smiles with the staff, stating they had never ‘felt so special’ or having worn a nicer pair of shoes. Cornachini has partaken in these acts of kindness for years, adding a loving touch to her business ethics.

Wearing properly fitted exercise shoes can serve to prevent injuries and adverse conditions to your legs and feet. Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care can help size your feet and provide recommendations on the best exercise footwear for your feet so they remain healthy and can provide care should you develop any foot problems.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people that wear shoes that are ill-fitting, which affects their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to selecting the right pair.

· When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot
· When measuring your foot with your shoe on, add 1-2 inches to the size
· Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes
· Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently
· Purchase shoes later in the day as your feet swell as the day progresses
· If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat your feet right by choosing the right pair of shoes that can provide them comfort and mobility with minimal pain.

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.

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The United States is not seeing the problem of obesity disappearing any time soon.  The condition already has some miserable numbers accounting for about 60 percent of ladies in some counties. On the happier side of things, physical activity has increasing. Counties in California, Kentucky, Florida and Georgia have been seeing this transpire. Problematically, while more Americans are working on keeping their bodies fit and healthy with exercise, just as many are suffering from obesity.

 “More aggressive strategies to prevent and control obesity are needed. Diet and changes in individual behavior are key components,” according to Dr. Ali Mokdad, study researcher and professor of global health at the University of Washington. The study found that more men have been keeping physically active, but that the increase in physical activity from 2001 to 2009 was greater in women. Obesity is often linked with health conditions such as Type-2 Diabetes and diseases of the heart, and should be addressed.

Experts blame excessive eating and drinking for the increase in those prone to obesity. Your feet are an important part of your body, and if you think you may have sustained a foot injury or developed a foot illness due to weight you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics– These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

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.

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Albert PujolsAlbert Pujols has been dealing with a bothersome left foot, due to plantar fasciitis. The question that stirs most conversations with Pujols is if the first baseman will consider having offseason foot surgery.

“When we get to that point, we’ll talk about it. I’m definitely going to try to do something after the season to help me out and not play in that pain I’ve been playing in. There’s no doubt that I’ll be a full-time first baseman next year,” said Pujols in a recent statement to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. In the meantime, Pujols has been seen as a designated hitter due to his bothersome foot.

It is important to carefully consider all treatment options before choosing a surgical treatment. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and are considering surgery, you should see a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. With his help, your injury can be evaluated properly and the right treatment options can be provided for you.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, when it is undertaken, if can provide more complete pain relief than before, and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Such techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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