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If you are experiencing painful inflammation in your heel, it’s likely that you’re suffering from the common podiatric condition plantar fasciitis. Luckily there are many ways to treat this disorder, including the use of orthotic insoles.

Orthotics can be customized so that they decrease the amount of pressure being placed on the arch and heel when worn, which can help fortify the wearer against plantar fasciitis or ease his or her pain if they already have it. A doctor can help you make an informed decision about whether or not to use orthotics to help treat your problem.

Many types of foot or ankle conditions are caused by biomechanical issues, meaning that the problem lies in the way the feet move. Using foot and ankle orthotics is a good way to correct these problems and protect your feet against serious podiatric complications. To learn more, take the time to speak to podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, DPM of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will evaluate the condition your feet are in and recommend an appropriate orthotics design to help fix whatever pain you may be dealing with.

What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?

Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

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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Al Jefferson suffered an injury Sunday against Miami. (USATSI)Charlotte Bobcats Al Jefferson suffered a foot injury during the first game of the NBA playoffs last month. Jefferson says that he felt something rip while on the court. However, after taking two painkiller shots Jefferson was able to get back in the game, scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Jefferson was later diagnosed with a strain in his plantar fasciitis. Jefferson’s injury is believed to have contributed to his relatively poor performance.

Even the most careful athletes can become injured. If you are someone who is playing sports with a foot or ankle injury, see podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, DPM of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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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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stretching exercisesFilming for John Simm’s new crime drama PREY has been stopped temporarily so that the actor can recover from a leg injury he recently incurred while on-set. Simm was shooting a scene where his character climbs out of a river bank when he suddenly feels a sharp pain in the muscles of one of his lower extremities.

"We were on about the third take of me clambering up this wet verge,” he said. “As I launched myself forward my foot slipped and I felt my calf muscle tear.” Simm claims that he did plenty of stretching exercises and other forms of preparation before the shoot, so he’s not sure what could have caused the injury.

Failing to stretch the feet correctly before taking part in strenuous activities could make you more susceptible to getting an injury. If you have questions about the best ways to stretch the feet, call podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, DPM of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will go over proper techniques with you assist with any other problems you may have.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

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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Joseph and his mother meet Mayor Lydia Mihalik to ask if she'll sponsor him, as he runs a mile in high heels for Findlay Open Arms "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes."Lydia Mihalik, the mayor of Findlay, OH, was probably quite surprised to see nine-year-old Joseph Miller walk into her office wearing high heels one morning. Joseph was there to ask her to donate to the charity Open Arms, which is dedicating to helping people who have suffered from domestic abuse. He had been a victim of abuse at one point himself, and he participates in Open Arms’ event “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event every year to show his support for others in similar situations.

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is a mile-long journey where participants wear high heels to raise awareness and money for the cause. Mihalik was impressed with Joseph’s attitude, and promised to donate $1000 to the cause.

Frequent use of high heels can result in excruciating foot and ankle injuries. For assistance with a foot condition related to wearing trendy shoes too often, consult with podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, DPM of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will diagnose your injury and discuss with you ways to better manage your use of high heels in the future.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • 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 kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

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

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

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion.

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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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