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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
August 24, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Your feet are in constant chronic pain. You have tried medication, shots, physical therapy, acupuncture and all kinds of different methods to try to keep the pain down. Nothing you have done is working and you are getting desperate. You don’t want to live with the pain and you want peace again. Fortunately you don’t have to lose hope! Radial shockwave therapy may be the right choice for you.

Shockwave therapy is a good alternative if you have tried every other option for pain management. This treatment treats the bones in the body and gets to the core of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms. It loosens any calcium deposits that have built up on the bones and tendons to help the body stimulate the healing process. 

How does it work?

A physiotherapist will use a shockwave applicator to the injured and pained area. Within 24 hours you should notice reduced pain. It usually takes 5 total treatments done every other week in order for the therapy to be effective. Many patients feel some sort of result immediately after their first therapy and many feel the effects long after.

What issues can this be used for?

Has evidence proves this even works?

The 2005 Journal of Orthopedic Research indicated that there was a 90% success rate for patients that suffered from plantar fasciitis. 

What are the side effects of this treatment?

There are minimal side effects that have been reported. In rare cases, soreness and bruising can occur.

Does the therapy hurt?

No, but if you do bruise from the therapy, it may cause a little pain.

Does insurance cover this therapy?

No.

If you are suffering from pain from heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, fractures and have explored every other avenue, then give Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton, Michigan, a call at 313-274-0990. You can also request an appointment online today. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will help you decide whether or not radial shockwave therapy is right for you.  

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
August 09, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Choosing A Podiatrist

There are all kinds of specialists in the medical field. The heart, stomach, head, hands, and even feet all have their own specialist. These specialists only treat cases for certain parts of the body and make it their mission to know everything and anything about that body part. These specialists are very important to our everyday health and care. A podiatrist is one such specialist.

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a medical professional who studies, treats, and specializes in the area of the foot and ankle. They treat disorders such as bunions and heel spurs, recommend therapies, and consult with other physicians on a case by case basis. Some of these podiatrists even teach about the foot and the ankle. In order to become a podiatrist, the doctor must get a DPM, or Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. There are only a small number of schools in the United States that offer this course of study.

Why Choose a podiatrist?

Podiatrists have the most knowledge about feet and ankles. This is their only area of focus. They treat the foot and ankle every single day and have seen all types of ailments, deformities, and disease that involve the feet and ankles. Think about it, would you hire a painter to work on your plumbing? Probably not. A painter specializes in painting and a plumber specializes in plumbing, it is their niche. This same logic applies to a podiatrist.

Do I need to see a podiatrist?

If you notice something has gone awry with your foot or are experiencing pain in that area you will probably call your primary care physician first. After visiting your primary care doctor, he or she will refer you to an office of podiatry such as Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama. There, Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will examine, diagnose, and treat your foot problems.  Another reason you might visit a podiatrist is if you have a hammertoe, ingrown toenails, foot ulcer, or other foot problem. Sometimes a referral is not needed and you can make an appointment online to see a podiatrist right away.

How do I find a podiatrist?

  • Referral – Your doctor can give you a referral to a podiatrist in your local area.

  • Insurance – You can call your insurance provider who can provide you with a list of all covered podiatrists in your local area.

  • Google – Google can bring up a list of podiatrists in northeast and northwest Houston and localize your search.

    Call us! – You can call Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama to make an appointment today. Our number is 248-474-0040.

If you suspect you have a foot or ankle problem, do not delay, call our offices today! If you wait to treat your foot or ankle the problem can become more severe. Our offices are conveniently located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton, Michigan.

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
July 25, 2017
Tags: Bunions   heel spurs   baby feet  

Just like adults, babies need to wear shoes to protect their feet from the elements, debris, and other hazards. Shoes also help when your little one is learning how to walk. Not just any adorable shoe is right for your baby’s feet though. It is important to get the right size and fit when picking out baby shoes because their feet are growing and forming. If the wrong shoes are used, their feet can be damaged for life.

Cute shoes look fun but can cause more harm than good. If shoes are restrictive they don’t allow for normal foot and toe motion. This can cause deformities and make it harder for your child to learn to walk. Heel spurs, bunions, and other structural problems can also occur if the wrong shoes are worn.

Choose a nonrestrictive pair of shoes and socks. Make sure that elastics aren’t too tight on the socks so that they do not cut off circulation. Crib shoes are a great option for babies and their growing feet. Not only are they soft but they also have a flexible bottom. Many crib shoes are made out of leather which is a breathable material. Save the cute sturdy dress shoes for quick photo shoots.

When kids are learning to walk, shoes are only needed to prevent splinters, slipping and the ground outside. Use non-slip socks or booties when at home. Many children learn to walk faster when they have bare feet. Bare feet are not restrictive and there is comfort when the child can feel the floor they are stepping on. It also helps to strengthen the appropriate muscles in their toes.

When choosing a set of shoes for your walking child, get lightweight and flexible shoes that bend easily. Make sure the shoe is straight all the way through. Shoes that flare inward or outward can cause improper gait, foot deformities, and other lasting problems.

Children’s feet grow very quickly! Be sure to check the fit of their shoe and the size of their feet constantly. It is helpful to buy a size up in advance to prevent overcrowding of the foot in shoes that are too small.

Still having a hard time choosing the right shoe for your child? Do not fret. Call Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan. You can make an appointment by phone at 313-274-0990 or request an appointment online. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will gladly educate you on the proper fit of children’s shoes.

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
July 20, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

After a few drinks and some motivation from your friends, you decided that it would be a great idea to go out onto the dance floor and show them all of the moves you had kept locked away for the past three years. Everything went well, until you woke up the next morning with your foot so sore that you couldn’t even dream of walking on it. What is that pain? Did you break your foot somehow? Sprain it? Or could it be plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tough tissue on the bottom of the foot. Typically, it occurs along the plantar fascia, which extends from the heel all the way down and attaches to the toes. Essentially, it makes up the majority of the bottom of your foot. This condition not only causes pain in this area, but it can also cause heel spurs.

Pain from plantar fasciitis is usually at its worst in the morning and eases up by the end of the day. That is why it is common for people to wake up with the pain seemingly out of nowhere. 

One of the major causes of plantar fasciitis  is continuous, repetitive stress to the foot. This means that all of that stomping from dancing to Cotton Eye Joe only made things much worse, and likely caused the pain to begin. Another cause is poorly fitting shoes. If your shoes do not fit and have no arch support, you can also find yourself facing the pain of plantar fasciitis.

Treatment

For mild cases of plantar fasciitis, rest, stretches, and over the counter pain medication can ease pain and allow for the arch to heal over time. If pain persists or worsens, you should call a podiatrist right away. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan can address all of your podiatry related questions and problems. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will examine, diagnose and treat your ailment according to each patient’s individual needs. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online today. “We want all our patients to be informed decision makers and fully understand any health issues you/they face.”

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
March 09, 2017
Tags: Orthotics   Flat Feet   Bunions   heel spurs   tendonitis  

Flatfeet is a common disorder that effects the arch of your feet, also known as fallen arches. While orthotic insoles or gel padding may help reduce some of the potential problems, it is wise to have a professional diagnose the condition to avoid further damage to your feet. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama specialize in routine podiatry, treatment and surgery. 

Chances are you had an injury that caused your arches to fall but here are other reasons why people develop flat feet. Weight gain is a culprit along with aging, two things we could do without. It is very beneficial to treat this condition so that other problems do not take over.  

The most common symptom of flat feet is pain, especially in the arch of the foot. The arches give spring to our step and distribute the bodies weight across the feet. If the foot lies flat as we walk, then other problems can arise.

Related issues from having flat feet:

  • Bunions ~ bony, often painful hump at the base of the big toe 
  • Weak posture and hip discomfort
  • Pronation ~ ankle rolling too far inward, over pronation
  • Heel spurs ~ calcium deposit on the underside of the heal bone
  • Tendonitis ~ irritated or inflamed tendons
  • Stretches and Tears in ligaments
  • Alignment problems with ankles, knees, back and legs

Remedies:

  • Wear more supportive shoes 
  • Use custom made orthotics
  • Eliminate heels higher than 2 & ¼”
  • Lose weight if necessary
  • Physical therapy – if recommended 

Having flat feet shouldn’t restrict your daily life and make your activities challenging. It is a common condition and can be treated either with therapy, medications, bracing or surgery. Our office provides complete podiatry care and our doctors listen to your concerns, diagnose your problem and ensure proper treatment. 

If the symptoms from having flat feet are effecting you in any capacity, then we suggest you call for a consultation visit. We have four locations in Michigan, Dearborn, Trenton, Clarksville and Farmington Hills. And believe it or not we make house calls! To make an appointment call 243-474-0040. 



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