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With the start of the school season comes the start of the school sports season, and for many parents this means ensuring their children avoid sports injuries. Sever’s disease is one of the most common overuse injuries that can develop, and is especially common in children ages 8 to 15. To avoid injuries, make sure kids stretch before playing to warm and loosen the muscles, wear the proper shoes for the sport, and avoid repetitive motions that may place stress on the bones and muscles.   

Growing children are prone to acquiring Sever’s disease. If your child is suffering from heel pain, see podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain asscoiatied with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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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Smooth skin cannot only be achieved at a spa following a pedicure. Certain drugstore products can help people successfully smooth out their feet at home. While skin-removers such as the Pedi-Egg and Clarisonic can help rejuvenate the feet, brands such as Burt’s Bees and L’Occitane offer foot creams and lotions that are designed to penetrate, absorb and prevent dry skin to begin with. Brand Footlogix sells various products especially for the feet, such as the Foot Soak Concentrate and Exfoliating Seaweed Scrub.

Cracked heels can become painful if left untreated. To learn more, consult with Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.  

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.

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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Cooler weather often means training season for runners, and with the influx of running comes an influx of running injuries and cases of foot pain. It is inevitable for many runners to develop pain or injury; to help reduce the chances of succumbing to injury, however, runners can keep several points in mind such as the shoes they are wearing, not adjusting how they run upon feeling pain, and massaging and stretching the feet. Shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles to avoid wear and tear, while massaging and stretching the feet can help ease pain while also helping runners find problem areas.

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury see Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

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. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. 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.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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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Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings is reportedly right on schedule in his rehabilitation. The center had undergone surgery late June to repair ruptured tendons. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland recently shared that the team is encouraged by Datsyuk’s progress. Following a checkup with his surgeon this month, the athlete should have a better of idea of when he will be able to return to the ice.

Athletes often have to go through foot rehabilitation after sustaining an injury. For more information, visit Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can provide you with professional treatment and guidance through foot rehabilitation.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

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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Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers underwent a second surgery on his right foot recently. The surgery included a bone graft to further speed up the healing process. Embiid will consequently miss the entire 2015-2016 NBA season. The athlete missed the entire 2014-2015 NBA season for the same reason. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, however, has high hopes for the player: “I’m optimistic. The doctors that operated on him yesterday are, too.”

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary. If you are struggling with a foot or ankle condition, talk to Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

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
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

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

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

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

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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