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After unsuccessfully trying to find a pair of shoes that are both stylish and comfortable, Julie Lopez used her background in orthopedic nursing to create Julie Lopez Shoes. The brand’s shoes are designed for women who suffer from bunions, mild arthritis, larger shoe sizes, and wide feet. “Women will be women, and we feel strong and sexy when we’re wearing heels,” she says. “We should be able to feel that way all day and all night.”

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting consult with Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will attend to all of your foot and ankle 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 located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Getting the best fit for running shoes at a running specialty store depends on the specific activities you intend to use your shoes for. A trained fit specialist may want to watch you run—or walk, if that is what the shoe is for—on a treadmill or outside. He or she may also want to look at your bare feet and your current pair of running shoes to determine how your foot fit in them. This also allows you to explain what you did or did not like about them. You should allow around 30 minutes for a good fitting, which can include time to try on different shoes as well as a gait analysis.

Proper fitting shoes are essential for runners. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits consult with Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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

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According to the College of Podiatry, women have approximately four times as many foot issues as men do. Many podiatrists contribute this to the wearing of high heels. A 2014 survey by The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) found that 49% of all women wear high heels even though 71% of those women report that high heels hurt their feet. Calluses, hammertoes, bunions, and neuroma are several of the problems that can develop from wearing high heels. As time passes, problems can also travel up the legs. Experts agree that women should try to wear heels that are 3 inches or less, aim for thicker wheels, and be aware of their posture to avoid the problems associated with high heels.

High heels can negatively affect your feet if they do not offer enough support. If you would like to learn more, speak to Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

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

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

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Now that the summer months are upon us, many people are stepping out into sandals and flip-flops. The bearing of feet, however, leaves many wary for the possible existence of blisters on the skin. To handle blisters without creating more damage, there are several tips one can follow: let the blister be, make sure the blister is kept clean, try aloe vera, soak the feet, use proper tools if you decide to pop the blisters, do not remove the loose skin, always use clean bandages, watch for infections, and prevent future blisters.

Untreated blisters can worsen and make mobility extremely difficult and painful. For quality blister treatment, see Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

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

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