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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
July 25, 2017
Tags: Bunions   heel spurs   baby feet  

Just like adults, babies need to wear shoes to protect their feet from the elements, debris, and other hazards. Shoes also help when your little one is learning how to walk. Not just any adorable shoe is right for your baby’s feet though. It is important to get the right size and fit when picking out baby shoes because their feet are growing and forming. If the wrong shoes are used, their feet can be damaged for life.

Cute shoes look fun but can cause more harm than good. If shoes are restrictive they don’t allow for normal foot and toe motion. This can cause deformities and make it harder for your child to learn to walk. Heel spurs, bunions, and other structural problems can also occur if the wrong shoes are worn.

Choose a nonrestrictive pair of shoes and socks. Make sure that elastics aren’t too tight on the socks so that they do not cut off circulation. Crib shoes are a great option for babies and their growing feet. Not only are they soft but they also have a flexible bottom. Many crib shoes are made out of leather which is a breathable material. Save the cute sturdy dress shoes for quick photo shoots.

When kids are learning to walk, shoes are only needed to prevent splinters, slipping and the ground outside. Use non-slip socks or booties when at home. Many children learn to walk faster when they have bare feet. Bare feet are not restrictive and there is comfort when the child can feel the floor they are stepping on. It also helps to strengthen the appropriate muscles in their toes.

When choosing a set of shoes for your walking child, get lightweight and flexible shoes that bend easily. Make sure the shoe is straight all the way through. Shoes that flare inward or outward can cause improper gait, foot deformities, and other lasting problems.

Children’s feet grow very quickly! Be sure to check the fit of their shoe and the size of their feet constantly. It is helpful to buy a size up in advance to prevent overcrowding of the foot in shoes that are too small.

Still having a hard time choosing the right shoe for your child? Do not fret. Call Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan. You can make an appointment by phone at 313-274-0990 or request an appointment online. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will gladly educate you on the proper fit of children’s shoes.


By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
July 20, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

After a few drinks and some motivation from your friends, you decided that it would be a great idea to go out onto the dance floor and show them all of the moves you had kept locked away for the past three years. Everything went well, until you woke up the next morning with your foot so sore that you couldn’t even dream of walking on it. What is that pain? Did you break your foot somehow? Sprain it? Or could it be plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tough tissue on the bottom of the foot. Typically, it occurs along the plantar fascia, which extends from the heel all the way down and attaches to the toes. Essentially, it makes up the majority of the bottom of your foot. This condition not only causes pain in this area, but it can also cause heel spurs.

Pain from plantar fasciitis is usually at its worst in the morning and eases up by the end of the day. That is why it is common for people to wake up with the pain seemingly out of nowhere. 

One of the major causes of plantar fasciitis  is continuous, repetitive stress to the foot. This means that all of that stomping from dancing to Cotton Eye Joe only made things much worse, and likely caused the pain to begin. Another cause is poorly fitting shoes. If your shoes do not fit and have no arch support, you can also find yourself facing the pain of plantar fasciitis.

Treatment

For mild cases of plantar fasciitis, rest, stretches, and over the counter pain medication can ease pain and allow for the arch to heal over time. If pain persists or worsens, you should call a podiatrist right away. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan can address all of your podiatry related questions and problems. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will examine, diagnose and treat your ailment according to each patient’s individual needs. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online today. “We want all our patients to be informed decision makers and fully understand any health issues you/they face.”


By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
July 13, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

People see podiatrists everyday. They treat a range of issues from fungus and deformities to breaks and sprains. No one likes to go to the podiatrist or any other doctor, so how do you prevent yourself from winding up in their waiting room?

  1. Look at your feet – Examine those feet regularly. If you see swelling, redness, sores, warts or any other change or sign of a potential problem, call a podiatrist immediately. Quick action and early intervention can prevent more severe cases and more trips to the podiatrist down the road.
  2. Wear the right shoes – Rounded shoes with a wide toe area are great for our feet. Heels shouldn’t be more than two inches high. Shoes without good arch support can cause pain. Narrow shoes, tight shoes, shoes with heels, shoes that are too loose, all of these shoes are bad for your feet. Find a pair that provides good stability and support and that fit you properly to avoid a trip to the podiatrist.
  3. Pay attention to your kids – Look at your children’s feet all the time. Just like your feet, they are susceptible to foot injuries and disorders. Warts, flat feet, sprains, breaks, fungal nail problems and athlete’s foot all can develop in your child’s feet.  Be sure to examine them regularly to prevent a mild issue from becoming severe.
  4. Get your kids' shoes right – Just like you need to wear properly fitting shoes, so do your children. Poor stability and support can cause their growing feet to become deformed, have a poor arch, and cause pain. Their feet grow quickly, so be sure to check that their shoes are the correct fit on a regular basis.
  5. Cut toenails straight – this helps to prevent ingrown toenails from digging into the toes.
  6. Do not use over the counter medicines without consulting a doctor – sometimes they can cause a lot more harm than good.
  7. Warm up before exercising – If you work out and do not warm up your muscles, they will not react kindly to being stretched and overexerted too fast. Prevent tears and strains by stretching before and after exercising.

Want to know other ways you can prevent foot and ankle injuries? Want some basic tips on everyday foot care for you and your children? At Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan, Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama are here to help you with all your foot care questions and needs. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online today.


By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
July 05, 2017

Diabetics have an array of different obstacles they have to come on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the need to watch their sugar intake and insulin levels is not the only concern someone with diabetes has. People with diabetes also have to worry about their feet. Diabetes and the feet are linked. Studies show that those with diabetes are more likely to encounter foot problems. One such problem a diabetic can face is Charcot Arthropathy or Charcot Foot.

Charcot foot is a relatively rare condition, even for those that are suffering from diabetes. Although it is rare, it is not unheard of. It is a very serious condition where the joints inside the foot become disrupt and begin to disintegrate.  This can start in the foot and make its way into the ankle. It causes the foot to begin to look deformed and large amounts of pain.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Charcot foot are redness, swelling, and deformity. These symptoms can range in severity and are different for each individual.

Cause

The cause of Charcot Foot is not yet clear. It is understood that Charcot Foot and Diabetes share a link and that people with Diabetes are more likely to acquire the disorder.

Treatment

It is crucial to call a podiatrist right away if you have any symptoms of Charcot Foot. If this disease is left untreated it can lead to ulcers, infection, amputation or death.

Once a Podiatrist diagnosis the disease treatment will start right away. Typically, a cast is put on the affected area to immobilize the foot. This helps prevent any further injury or damage and allows for the foot to heal. Depending on the severity of the case, the Podiatrist may recommend surgery for the foot. Some cases can be corrected with surgery. After intervention, treatment, and prevention, and depending on the severity and amount of trauma to the foot, people can heal from the disease in as little as 1-2 years.

Please contact Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan right away if you think you may have Charcot Foot or any other foot or ankle related problems. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online. Your health matters.




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