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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
November 30, 2017

Diabetes can be taxing on those who suffer with the condition. People who suffer from diabetes have to watch what they eat, track their blood sugar, monitor their exercise regimen, and constantly check in with their physician and specialists to make sure that they are doing everything they can to keep their disorder under control, as well as to help prevent other disorders from cropping up. Diabetes can be hard to live with and should be treated delicately. People with diabetes should be especially aware of the importance of taking care of their feet. It is well known in the world of podiatry that those who suffer from diabetes also suffer from foot disorders caused by diabetes.

Peripheral neuropathy causes reduced feeling or numbness in the foot. If someone loses feeling or experiences numbness in their foot, then that means it can be harder for them to recognize when they have another foot related injury or the beginning of a foot or ankle problem. These unknown ulcers, wounds, lesions and infections can grow and lead to permanent foot and tissue damage. If they are not caught early enough they can even lead to partial amputation of the foot.

Keep Your Eyes Open

It is important for people with diabetes to screen for this disorder and other foot related disorders linked to diabetes. Podiatrists like Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan, use a medical device that looks similar to a toothbrush and brush it along certain parts of the foot while asking the patient what they feel. This screening allows the podiatrist to see how much feeling a patient has left in their foot and whether or not it has decreased from their last visit.

Outlook

Unfortunately, peripheral neuropathy is not reversible, but if it is caught early on it is manageable. Physical therapy can help but is not a cure for the disease. Investing in the right kind of shoes and orthotics has been known to help slow down the progression of the disease. It is important to continuously visit your podiatrist and check your feet regularly. In between visits it is helpful to ask family and friends to check your feet for any possible injuries if you are unable to do so yourself.

Are you still having problems even with these foot care tips and tricks? Do your feet ache, smell, or seem out of shape? It is time to see a podiatrist from Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will help you learn the best way to protect your working feet. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online to help. Your feet are our work.

 

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
October 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   Diabetes   Arthritis  

When we are born we are given our feet. As we grow and mature, our feet grow with us. They are with us for our first steps, our first fall, our walk down the aisle and so much more. Our feet take us on journeys, to work, to school and just about everywhere else. They are so important to us and we often do not appreciate them enough. As we age, our feet start to wear down from all of their use. The average life expectancy of an American has increased by 30 years. This means that we have 30 more years to use our feet.

The body’s “mirror of health” is its feet. Why is this? Well that is because podiatrists are usually the first ones to see signs and symptoms of oncoming diseases and conditions. Diabetes, arthritis, and vascular diseases can all be found in the feet first. Some of the most common signs of these disorders are brittle nails, dry skin, and tingling in the feet. If you experience any of these symptoms in your feet, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. Once examined, you can prevent a minor problem from becoming a severe issue.

With the right foot care, many of your foot and ankle problems can be prevented. Foot pain is not just a part of growing older, and you should not live your life thinking that it is. More than 300 foot and ankle ailments can be prevented just by visiting a podiatrist twice a year. These examinations are very important. A podiatrist will help you find the right fit for your shoe, teach you different exercise options to keep your feet in optimal health, and can also prescribe custom orthotics to insert into your shoes to help aid in reducing pain and other foot and ankle conditions.

Walking is also key for the aging foot. If we do not walk our feet and our bodies will not be healthy. Over time the feet will deteriorate and weaken. Sores and structural issues can occur. Avoid these severe health issues by making time to walk for at least 30 minutes a day.

Are your aging feet achy? Are they sore in the shoes they are in? Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton, Michigan will provide you with quality and compassionate foot care. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online today.

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
June 29, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

At Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama in Dearborn MI, Farmington Hills MI , Clarkston MI, Trenton MI, Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama know that there are two types of burning feet. The first type, are feet that feel like they are burning but aren’t physically hot. The second type, are feet that burn and are hotter in temperature.

If your blood flow is increased, your feet will be hotter. Alcohol, vascular diseases, exercise, infection, and inflammation can all cause a temperature increase in the feet. Due to these various factors, it can sometimes be hard to diagnosis the exact cause of burning feet without further testing.

Clothing can also cause burning feet. Clothes insulate the feet and prevent heat from escaping. Socks, shoes, nylons and tights can all cause an increase in foot temperature and cause a burning sensation. While it isn’t completely abnormal to feel a burning in your feet, it is still important that at the first signs of burning, you seek the help of a podiatrist.

Diseases and disorders like alcohol abuse, diabetes and nutritional deficiencies can damage nerves in the feet. These damaged nerves will cause the feet to feel as if they are on fire. Other nerve injuries or trauma to the feet is can have the same effect. If the burning in your feet is due to nerve damage it can sometimes be reversed. If your podiatrist determines that your burning feet are caused by another illness not within the scope of their practice, they can refer you to a specialist.

Unfortunately, not all reasons for burning feet are known. Some cases are not even reversible, just manageable. If you have burning feet it is important that you call your podiatrist right away. If you do not have a podiatrist, consider calling Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama. They are highly trained professionals who have many years of experience treating all kinds of foot and ankle ailments. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online. We look forward to speaking with you and finding a solution to your fiery feet.

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
June 01, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Athlete’s foot is an itchy rash on your feet that is the most common fungal infection among athlete’s. It is caused by a fungus that grows on the top layer of your skin and thrives in wet, warm places like in between your toes. It spreads easily and is very contagious and is most likely contracted by walking barefoot on a contaminated floor near swimming pools or locker rooms.

If you believe you may have one of these types call Dr. Mayer Salama or Dr. Daniel Salama for a consultation visit.

Here are the 3 types of athlete’s foot and their symptoms;

Toe web infection – occurs between the fourth and fifth toes. The skin will typically peel and crack, ultimately breaking down.

Moccasin infection – will start with soreness on the foot and the skin on the bottom of the foot will become thick and crack. Some cases the toenail can get infected and perhaps fall off. This will need a different treatment.

Vesicular infection – arises with an abrupt outbreak of pus filled blisters under the skin and can appear anywhere on the foot. A bacterial infection can also be contracted with this type.

How to avoid Athlete’s foot;

  • Dry the areas between your toes after showering or swimming
  • Wear cotton socks that absorb perspiration
  • Keep your feet dry and clean always
  • Use talcum or antifungal powder on your feet to help with moisture
  • Let your shoes air out for 24 hours before you use them again
  • Wear shoes made of material that will allow your feet to breathe
  • Don’t go barefoot in public spaces

How to help the itching:

  • Use baking soda and water paste between your toes or on your feet – rinse thoroughly and dry your feet
  • Dust cornstarch or powder in itchy areas
  • Steep five tea bags in a liter of boiling water, let cool to a warm temperature, soak your feet for 30 minutes
  • Apply an antifungal over the counter medication

Athlete’s foot isn’t a serious condition but can be hard to cure. More importantly If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and believe that you have athlete’s foot call 313-274-0990 to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton, Michigan. 

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!



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