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Due to the excessive use of the muscles and joints in the legs and feet, it is no surprise that runners are susceptible to common foot problemsin the foot and ankle. Despite their common occurrence, these running injuries are preventable. Some of these injuries include plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and Achilles tendonitis.

Overworking the foot to the point of creating a tear and inflammation is characteristic of plantar fasciitis; it is preventable with the use of arch support that removes burden from the heel. Metatarsalgia typically occurs after excessive running and/or jumping, or because of ill-fitting shoes. It is preventable with shoes that have a wide toe box. An inflamed Achilles is a marker of Achilles tendonitis; it can be prevented with proper stretching of the calf muscles.

Running injuries can be preventable after taken certain measures. For more information, see Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M.of Salama Foot Care.Dr. Salama will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee: a decrease in strength in your quadriceps that can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.

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 care needs.

 

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According to the College of Podiatry, the average foot has increased by two sizes over the last forty years.  In the 1960s, the average size for a woman’s foot in the US was 6.5.  Now, it’s between 8.5 and 9.  Men’s feet have been following the same trend, shifting from a norm of 6s and 7s to today’s range of primarily 9-12.  In Britain, retailers have been calling this trend Bigfoot Britain even though the scope is much wider. 

This foot growth is the natural result of overall body expansion.  Over the years, better nutrition has lengthened the human frame.  Escalating obesity rates have also contributed to this shift, and have forced feet to broaden so that they can accommodate extra weight. 

Not wearing the right shoe size increases risks of bunions, hammertoes, and joint problems.  For help finding appropriate footwear, see podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will show you how to properly measure your feet and teach you exactly what to look for then you go shopping.

Getting the Right Shoe Size: How To Keep Your Feet Happy

Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.

  • Make sure your toes are not cramped
  • Be able to wiggle your toes
  • There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip

Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. If you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.

If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:

·foot pain
·knee pain
·blisters
·swelling

Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently.

For more information about Getting the Right Shoe Size, follow the link below.

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 care needs.

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http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/image-library/port/500/a/abbey-clancy-veet-image-4.jpgAbbey Clancy, British model and television presenter, has claimed the title of best legs in showbiz in a survey of 2,000 British women. Of these women, half are choosing to keep their legs and feet covered this summer due to hairy legs and chalky complexions. Another half blame hard skin on the feet and cracked heels as the reasons why they are keeping their legs and feet hidden.

Clancy comments, “I get the most compliments and feel best about myself when I have taken the time to ensure my legs are smooth and hair-free and that my feet are well cared for.”

The prevention of cracked heels is often overlooked in regular foot care. If you are seeking assistance in caring for cracked heels, speak to podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will attend to any of your foot and ankle concerns.

The Truth about Cracked Heels

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks– wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.

Moisturizers– applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones– these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

For more information regarding cracked heels, follow the link below.

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 care needs.

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TV newsreader Chris Bath when she was a young girl as a dancerAs a young girl, flat feet and knock-knees kept Chris Bath from pursuing her ambitions as a ballet dancer. Today, the South Wentworthville native is keeping her love for dance alive as the new ambassador of Form Dance Projects in Parramatta. The foundation started as a community outreach center fourteen years ago and is now looking to find a home for its 800 dancers, choreographers, and school students. Local business and creative leaders appear to have the same goals as Form as there is now a push to establish an artistic center in the city.

“I loved dancing, but was not anatomically made for it so I had no turnout, my knees always wanted to knock in and my feet were also flat,” Bath commented. “I realized at age 12 when my teacher told me, but I refused to give in. This is the great thing about Form, it’s not just dancing—there are opportunities to become involved in workshops, choreography, special artistic projects.”

Having flat feet can be very troublesome. If you’re flat feet are bothering you consult with podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M.of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

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.

To learn more about flat feet, follow the link below.

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

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