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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
May 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The answer to this question is simple. A doctor of Podiatry helps diagnose and treat a wide variety of foot and ankle issues. If you show any of the following problems then it is time to call the doctor! Although our feet are a big part of our overall health, many people delay seeing a podiatrist or foot specialist until it is too late. Most times it is because they don’t recognize the signs that require a closer look.

  • Blisters on any part of your feet especially if they seem to be infected or if you are diabetic.
  • Severe scaling, peeling, cracking or itching on the heel of your foot.
  • Changes in skin or nail color indicate potential problems that should be looked at as soon as possible.
  • Ongoing pain in your feet or ankle could mean a variety of things.

While those are a bit more generic, here are some more specific concerns that should send up a red flag to call the doctor.

  • If you are a diabetic who contracted Athlete’s Foot.
  • Symptoms in your feet or ankles that have not improved after two weeks of treatment.
  • Thickening toenails that have become uncomfortable.
  • Infection that has spread from one area of the foot to another, like from the nail to under the skin.
  • Tingling in the heel and persistent pain without touching or putting pressure on it.
  • Increased swelling, pain, redness, heat or tenderness.
  • Pain when you walk or perform daily activities. If your feet are causing you pain during regular activities you could have a fractured or other injury.
  • Persistent cracked or bleeding heels will become susceptible to infections.
  •  Ingrown toenails can quickly go from being a minor nuisance to an extremely painful infection.

If you tiptoe around the fact that you are experiencing pain in your feet or ankles then you may end up off your feet all together. Examine your feet each day as you shower to eliminate some of the surprises that could arise. Pay attention to your feet and if you notice anything unusual call Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama at 313-274-0990 and schedule an appointment. We have four locations in Michigan; Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton plus house calls!

Fidel Edwards, paceman for Hampshire, suffered a broken ankle injury during warm-ups while preparing for his Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Yorkshire. He sustained the injury when his foot became stuck in the turf and he fell onto the ground. The extent of Edwards’s injury was at the time unknown, but he saw a specialist in late April for further consultation.

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles visit Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salamawill assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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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35-year-old New York City resident Denise Maione-Schwind has undergone ‘Cinderella surgery,’ or a Bunionplasty, to correct the bony bump on the side of her left foot that has been keeping her from comfortably wearing high heels. Determined not to wear flats on a night out, the flight attendant would often spend her evenings at home to avoid pain caused by the bunion. Despite the severity of the procedure, Denise was able to walk within a week. Since having fully recovered, Denise now happily wears any shoe she desires without having to endure any pain. The NYC resident even hopes to one day run the New York Marathon, which would have been a difficult and painful feat prior to surgery. 

To avoid extended pain, consider bunion treatment as soon as possible. For more information about bunion treatments, consult with podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

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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Ankle SprainsBrooklyn Nets Deron Williams is recovering from a third sprained ankle this season. Having already missed several games, Williams won't be on the court for quite some time. This is due to Williams receiving cortisone shots since the beginning of the start of last season, as his ankle issues have become an everyday affair.

 Editor Alex Raskin of the Wall Street Journal states that Williams signed a five-year $98 million deal with the Nets in 2012, and then hurt his left ankle while training with the U.S. Olympic team. In times past, Williams had suffered bone spurs and inflammation to the joints of his ankles. Williams went on to mention that two of his sprains were “bad luck,” and were a result of wrong landings. "When you jump, land on somebody's foot, I don't care who you are," Williams said after that pair of sprains.

If you sustained an ankle sprain, contact podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can diagnose your problem and help to minimize your discomfort of your foot and ankle.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are quite painful and can limit your mobility. Although they are not completely unavoidable, wearing appropriately fitted shoes and stretching before physical activity can help lower your risk of incurring an injury. Ankle sprains occur when the ankle rolls over itself or twists in an awkward way, causing a ‘pop’ or ‘snap’ in the tendons around the ankle. Some causes of ankle sprains include:

· Walking
· Sports
· Previous Injuries

In addition to pain, ankle sprains are characterized by skin discoloration and swelling, which is the result of ligaments being stretched beyond their limits. Usually ankle sprains are not severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room as there are many home treatments available, including ACE bandages, pain relievers, medication, and of course the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method. However, if the ankle muscles or ligaments or damaged from a rip or tear, it is advisable to see a physician immediately, as the injury may require surgery.

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 and ankle injuries.

Read more on Ankle Sprains.

 Morton's NeuromaAccording to theChicago Tribune’s Harvard Health Letters, wearing shoes or boots are too tight or having bunions can potentially lead to the development of Morton’s Neuroma. Symptoms from Morton’s Neuroma, in addition to other adverse foot conditions, can be noticed and even made worse during the colder months and weather. "Colder weather makes you realize there's a problem," says Dr. Jim Ioli, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. "You're no longer wearing sandals, and your feet are enclosed in shoes. That brings pain to your attention."

Dr. Ioli advises any symptoms that are being experienced, such as pain or fallen arches, need be addressed immediately. In addition, Dr. Ioli prescribes over the counter supports and of course wearing supportive shoes in order to maintain proper foot health.

If you think you may be suffering from Morton’s Neuromaor other heel-related injuries, don’t be afraid to contact a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can help treat your injuries and prevent any permanent damage.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition. When a person has Morton's neuroma, it can feel as if they are walking on stones or marbles.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot. The podiatrist will also apply pressure to the foot or toe area to replicate the pain a person experiences when active. The podiatrist may also prescribe an x-ray to rule out other conditions or problems.

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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 and ankle injuries.

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