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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
November 21, 2017
Category: Foot Care

As an avid worker you are on your feet all the time. Even the most sedentary jobs require that we use our feet to get around in the interim. The use of our feet at the workplace creates lasting wear and tear, which can cause larger problems such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, and other pain. Although most of us have to work, we do not have to suffer from painful feet. Instead, we can be proactive and care for them even while at the workplace.

One of the most important steps you can take for caring for your working feet is to be sure to wash them every day. Washing and drying them thoroughly can help prevent warts, athlete’s foot and other conditions.

Working feet should also have regular toenail maintenance. When cutting your toenails, be sure to cut the nail straight across. Cutting the nail at an angle or in a curved shape could cause ingrown toenails.

Also, be sure to change your socks daily. If you are working in a job that makes your feet very sweaty or wet, it is also important to change your socks during the work day. This will make it so you can prevent athlete’s feet, chilblains, or smelly feet.

Have sweaty feet at work? There are tips for that too!

  • When selecting a pair of shoes for work, try picking shoes that are made from leather or canvas. These shoes are better at preventing and wicking away moisture. Synthetic materials tend to trap moisture in the shoes and your feet.
  • Switch your shoes during work. Make sure to bring a spare pair with you, and when your feet start to get very moist, swap them, along with your socks, for a new fresh pair.
  • Use foot powder. Foot powder helps to absorb excess moisture and can help prevent smelly feet, calluses, corns, and even athlete’s feet.

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, located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan. Podiatrists 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
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
May 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Basic foot care is easy to miss because our feet are the last thing we think of when it comes to health. But when they are neglected they can certainly remind us of their pain and discomfort.

 Here are some basic foot care suggestions to keep your feet healthy.

  • Wash your feet regularly and pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Peeling on the soles can indicate athlete’s foot, while discolored toe nails can be a sign of a nail fungus.
  • Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments because they can turn a small problem into a larger one if it isn’t treated.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and not too short or close to the nail bed. Cutting into the sides can cause ingrown toe nails.
  • Chose the right shoe, it is so important especially as you age. The wrong shoe can create many issues and the style right now is sympathetic to health conditions and offer more options.
  • Rotate your shoes every day as this could save you from getting athlete’s foot or any other related fungal condition.
  • Walking bare foot in the summers comfortable but it can put you at risk for injury and infection. Supportive andals are a good alternative and still allow your toes to get some air.
  • Do not ignore foot pain, it is your body’s way of telling you that there is something wrong! Please contact us if you are experiencing foot pain.
  • If you are a diabetic you should consult both your podiatrist and general doctor to ensure you are tending to every sign of trouble.
  • Use moisturizing lotion to help keep skin dry. Just a small amount a few times each day does the trick.
  • Exercising daily keeps your feet moving which keeps them healthy!

If you are experiencing pain in your feet or just need to address chronic foot or ankle issues call Dr. Mayer Salama or Dr. Daniel Salama for an appointment at 313-274-0990. We understand the importance of keeping your feet in good health all year long and educating yourself on foot care is the key to long term prevention. You can visit us in any of our locations in Trenton, Dearborn, Farmington Hills, and Clarkston Michigan. 

Ingrown toenails can occur when too much pressure is exerted on the toenails, typically on the big toenail. Ingrown toenails, if left untreated, are painful and can potentially lead to infection. Understanding your daily routine is vital to prevention. If you exercise often or wear high heels, take heed of your shoes. Improperly-fitting shoes and socks can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails. Make sure to take proper care of your toenails, keep your cuticles intact and cut your toenails straight across.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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 In a recent study physicists of the University of Nottingham in England took a closer look at the mechanical forces that act on fingernails and toenails—particularly the outward growth of the nail. Researchers have found that ingrown toenails form because of an imbalance in the forces acting on them from nail growth. Nails that grow too quickly tend to have a nail edge that becomes more curved, which in turn makes it more likely for the far edges of the nail to poke down into the skin beside the nail—creating an ingrown nail. To combat ingrown nails, cut nails into a parabolic or oval shape rather than straight across at the end of the nail. Using this method will cause the forces acting on the nail and nail bed to balance, preventing the growth of ingrown nails.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are left unattended. To learn more, consult with podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M.of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out

-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts

-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

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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