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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
August 31, 2017
Category: Foot Facts

Your foot is a very complex part of your body. It houses 26 bones that are held together by muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  These muscles, tendons, and ligaments form a network within your foot and connect it together. They also support your joints and your mobility. Without them, we would not be mobile beings and our feet would not be in the same shape that we are so familiar with.

There are approximately 20 muscles in one entire foot. They give the foot its overall shape. These muscles expand and contract as your foot moves and help with stability. These muscles each have their own name and function.

  • Anterior Tibial – Lets the foot move upward.
  • Posterior Tibial - Supports the arch and allows it to keep its shape.
  • Peroneal Tibial – Controls outside ankle movement.
  • Extensors – Allows the toes and ankles to raise to take a step.
  • Flexors – Stabilizes the toes on the ground and helps keep balance.

The small muscles in the foot allow the foot to lift and curl. This is also helpful when walking and running.

The tendons in the foot connect the muscles to bones and joints. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It is also the strongest tendon. It runs from the heel all the way up into the lower leg. It has important functions during running, jumping, and walking up the stairs.

The ligaments in the foot hold the tendons in place and help to stabilize the joints. The biggest ligament is the plantar fascia, which forms the main arch of the foot and allows the arch to contract and extend  when you walk.

There are also medial (inside) and lateral (outside) ligaments in the foot. These ligaments provide more stability and balance when the foot moves up and down.

If the foot did not have its intricate anatomy, then we would not be able to live a mobile and active lifestyle. Each piece of the foot is so important to our daily lives and health.

If you suspect an injury to your muscles, ligaments, or tendons, it is important to call a podiatrist right away. Delayed treatment could lead to permanent and irreversible damage. The office of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, which is located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton, Michigan, can help you heal your foot issues and any other underlying conditions. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama are highly trained podiatrists who take pride in their work and their patients. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online today.

Barack Obama is general known for having a clean bill of health thanks to a healthy, active lifestyle. However, that does not mean Obama has diplomatic immunity from foot and ankle conditions. According to the NY Times, President Obama contends with pain in his right foot. Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, President Obama’s physician, says that Obama’s pain is said to be consistent with “regular recurring plantar fasciitis”.

Chronic plantar fasciitis occurs often middle aged people because of feet that are overworked. With Obama at 52 years of age and constantly on his feet, it comes as no surprise. Fortunately, Obama is in picture perfect health otherwise, including refraining from smoking.

Plantar fasciitis can be quite painful. If you have heel pain, visit Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salamacan treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

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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http://media4.onsugar.com/files/2013/06/11/769/n/1922729/99ef893129012a99_feet-sneakers.xxxlarge.jpgWhile an active lifestyle is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, keep in mind that too much time on your feet can place more stress on them. Time on your feet increases the risk of injury to the plantar fascia.

According to Lizzie Fuhr of Popsugar Fitness, when the feet are put under pressure, tissues can slit, causing swelling and make your feet less supple. Lizzie recommends following a steady routine of stretching exerciseswhich will help alleviate stress on the plantar fascia.    

Although it is important to get adequate exercise for your feet and ankles, you should be aware of proper exercise techniques before you embark on a new program. A podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care can provide exercise recommendations that allow you to gain strength in your feet and ankles while avoiding foot pain or foot injuries.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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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Description: 042413 noah and lopezJoakim Noah, the famous center for the Chicago Bulls Basketball team, is currently going through a tremendous amount of pain due to plantar fasciitis. Due to this condition, the athlete is limited playing time on the court. “It really sucks.” Noah told reporters.

“It feels like you have needles underneath your foot while you’re playing. It’s not easy, but that the end of the day, you do what you’ve got to do. I’m trying to stay focused on getting better every day,” said Noah  According to editor Jeff Zillgit, When asked about how his foot felt in Monday's game Noah stated in sarcasm: “It feels great.”  

If you are currently experiencing pain in the ball of your foot or heels, where the plantar fascia is located, then we recommended you seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can examine your feet and work with you to provide an appropriate treatment option to ensure healing and recovery.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Ill-fitting shoes
· Weight change
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
· Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 

· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.

If you have any questions, please 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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