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As bunions are “one of the more common foot deformities, with as many as one-quarter to one-third of adult Americans suffering from bunions,” they are characterized as deformities that develop on the side of the big toe bone. Also known as hallux valgus, bunions are a result of the metatarsal foot bones shifting inward toward the other toes, which can lead to irritation and discomfort in the feet. Research in a 2011 study published by the Foot Journal suggests that using manipulative therapy helped improve bunions at an early stage.

Bunions can be very troublesome if they are not treated correctly. If you are having problems with your bunions visit Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salamawill assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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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foot injuryDaniel Curry, an actor/dancer in the Broadway musical about Spider Man, is not sure if he will ever dance again. Curry suffered a grave injury on the set of the musical and the New York Times reports that his foot, snagged in a mechanical stage lift, had to be mostly replaced with pins and plates.

Surgeons repaired the pulverized foot and ankle in three places. Now, Curry is forced to use crutches and wears an orthopedic boot. So, as a result, Curry has filed a complaint and is suing the producers of the show; Michael Cohl and Jeremiah Harris, for negligence.

Curry states that he, at one point, really believed he was going to die. “I was praying through those moments, and just trying to stay as calm as possible.”

Foot surgery is necessary for all kinds of different foot and ankle conditions. If you have had a foot complication recently and are considering surgery, consult with a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will identify how severe your injury is and help you decide if surgery is necessary for you.

When is Foot Surgery Needed?

Foot surgery is usually required in events where regular therapy has proven to be ineffective. Surgeons often use foot surgery as a last resort because of its invasive nature. In many cases physical therapy, medication, rest, exercise, and casts can help to heal a foot injury. However, sometimes you may need to have surgery done without ever having an injury. Foot surgery can correct a birth defect or deformity or be used for reconstructive purposes. Foot surgery is designed to improve the quality of your feet and to help you return to your daily life.

In extreme cases where the foot cannot be saved, or is beyond repair and is hinders the health of nearby parts of the body, amputation may be a necessary. However the main goal is to save the feet, making such options a last resort.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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Jules Wakeham, 31, is to marry her partner Deane after having surgery to allow her to walk without a crutch or insoles31 year old Jules Wakeham has severe osteoarthritis in her arm and leg. The Bride-to-be can finally walk down the aisle after having surgery to fuse her wrist and ankle joints. Although Wakeham’s surgery was successful, she will have to wear a pair of trainers underneath her bridal dress as a result of her condition.

Prior to Wakeham’s procedure she was unable to walk without the assistance of insoles in her shoes and support of a crutch due to her heel never fully reaching the ground staying at least two inches in the air. ‘I haven’t come across anyone who has had as many joints fused as me at such a young age, said Wakeham.

‘I haven’t been able to walk barefoot for five years now, and I’ve missed being able to walk down the street holding my fiancé’s hand. But I have learned to make the most of what I’ve got,’ she added. Wakeham had to have at least eight operations following two falls, which left her with many broken bones and deformities.

Proper foot support is important.  If you need help or guidance in properly supporting your feet, consult podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can help you choose the best footwear for your feet.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

Shoes to Consider:

- Good heel and arch support
- Have proper length and width for your feet

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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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