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heel painThere is good and bad news for Louisana State University gymnastics squad. The good news is that they won first place at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, setting a national record and earning them a seat competing in the NCAA champions. However, the bad news is that one of their top competitors, Kaleigh Dickson, tore her plantar fascia in her right foot during a routine and is most likely unable to compete in two key events at the Championships.

Coach Breaux has stated that she will be tapping reserve members to fill the gap in the floor and vault categories left behind by Dickson.

Anyone is susceptible of suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting, see podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, DPM of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric related needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                 
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change          
- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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

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New Treatment for Hyperhidrosis DevelopedA research team from John Hopkins University has developed a surgical procedure that they claim is a permanent solution to hyperhidrosis. Thoracic Sympathectomy, the name of the procedure, involves cutting the sympathetic nerve endings in the patient’s underarms.

The researchers at the Hopkins Center for Sweat Disorders believe this treatment works instantaneously and does not require a lengthy recovery period post-procedure. Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating; commonly affecting the feet, hands, and underarms. 

Hyperhidrosis can be a tough condition to contend with. If you or a loved one struggles with excessive foot sweating, come and see podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, DPM of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can treat your foot and ankle needs.   

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

Botox is a common option only because these injections minimize the sweat glands. A final last resort approach would be surgery but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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

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runnersResearch conducted in the Locomotion Lab at the University of Colorado found that running with shoes on may be more efficient for the body than running barefoot. Jason Franz, a doctoral student and the head of the study, and his colleagues had test subjects run on treadmills while wearing lightweight shoes and while barefoot with weights attached.

The researchers recorded their levels of oxygen intake and carbon dioxide exhalation and found that the runners used three to four percent more energy without shoes. According to Franz, this might be due to the increased amount of effort the body has to exert to cushion the impact of the feet without shoes.

Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. To learn more about this trend, consider speaking to a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will explain the facts of barefoot running and help you decide if it’s a practice you’d like to take up.

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, feel free to contact our offices in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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foot injuryDaniel Curry, an actor/dancer in the Broadway musical about Spider Man, is not sure if he will ever dance again. Curry suffered a grave injury on the set of the musical and the New York Times reports that his foot, snagged in a mechanical stage lift, had to be mostly replaced with pins and plates.

Surgeons repaired the pulverized foot and ankle in three places. Now, Curry is forced to use crutches and wears an orthopedic boot. So, as a result, Curry has filed a complaint and is suing the producers of the show; Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris, for negligence.

Curry states that he, at one point, really believed he was going to die. “I was praying through those moments, and just trying to stay as calm as possible.”

Foot surgery is necessary for all kinds of different foot and ankle conditions. If you have had a foot complication recently and are considering surgery, consult with a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will identify how severe your injury is and help you decide if surgery is necessary for you.

When is Foot Surgery Needed?

Foot surgery is usually required in events where regular therapy has proven to be ineffective. Surgeons often use foot surgery as a last resort because of its invasive nature. In many cases physical therapy, medication, rest, exercise, and casts can help to heal a foot injury. However, sometimes you may need to have surgery done without ever having an injury. Foot surgery can correct a birth defect or deformity or be used for reconstructive purposes. Foot surgery is designed to improve the quality of your feet and to help you return to your daily life.

In extreme cases where the foot cannot be saved, or is beyond repair and is hinders the health of nearby parts of the body, amputation may be a necessary. However the main goal is to save the feet, making such options a last resort.

For more information about Foot Surgery, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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