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Posts for: May, 2017

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
May 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Corns   calluses  

Summer brings a range of shoes from sandals to sneakers and while they look great the question is, do they feel great? Chances are they don’t always feel good all of the time. Or they may not be the right shoe for the right activity. Let’s talk about the three most common problems with wearing the wrong type of shoe.

Bunions, corns and calluses are all part of the life of a woman and her shoes. It’s a small piece but can create large problems with foot ailments if your footwear literally cramps your feet and your style.

Common Ailments:

Corns can be annoying and painful to your feet but your body forms them to protect sensitive skin. They occur at pressure points like the bottom of your feet or the sides of your toes.

Bunions cause swelling on the first joint of your big toe and can eventually deform the shape of your feet if they aren’t treated in a timely fashion. When your toe becomes misaligned it will likely become swollen and tender and will eventually effect the other toes.

Calluses are thickening of the outer layer of the skin and are painless. They pop up where ever there is repeated friction from your shoes.

Where there is a bunion there are usually calluses and corns, therefore most of the time all three are a problem at the same time.

Simple Suggestions:

  • Exercise, including yoga, will keep the joints mobile and can slow down the growth of a bunion.
  • Using pads in your shoe can eliminate the friction and prevent the corns or calluses from growing.
  • Cortisone injections will relieve the pressure of a bunion temporarily.
  • Last, but not least, the right shoe! Choose from orthotics to sports cleats or see us for a consultation to make sure you have it right.

These suggestions are mostly temporary solutions, however there is a surgical option that can be discussed at an office visit with Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama. Since bunions are a progressive bone issue and the symptoms can worsen over time, surgery may be an option to relieving your pain, but let’s let the experts help you decide the best treatment. Based in Dearborn, Trenton, Clarkston and Farmington Hills Michigan we can be reached at 313-274-0990 to schedule an appointment 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. 

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!

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
May 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Blisters   Corns   calluses   athelete's foot  

Your feet should be fit first!  If the warm weather has arrived and you didn’t accomplish the weight loss goals that you planned over the winter it may be time to stop by one of our offices and prepare your feet. We have offices in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton Michigan for your convenience, but let’s start with safety and go from there.

Warm Up Those Toes

  • Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground directly in front of you. Lift your leg off the ground (one at a time) and make circles in the air by using your big toe as the focal point. Move for 20 to 30 seconds in clockwise direction. Repeat with other foot.
  • Stand flat foot on the ground and hold on to a sturdy surface. With your feet beside each other rock your feet forward and backward as far as your muscles will allow without straining yourself.
  • Standing up straight with your feet beside each other, take your right toe and place it beside the heel of your left foot and softly push forward towards the floor to gently stretch your arch.

Focus on Your Feet

Coordinate and Balance

  • Rhythmical moves that slowly expand your range of motion gives your tissues energy and enhances your coordination so you are less likely to fall. If you lack coordination for a certain class you should find one that suits your ability and gain experience first. After you have achieved some new goals then go back and try that class again.

Ease in and Adapt

  • Increase your intensity as your body gets warm and flexible. If you are tired and jump right in then your energy will drain quickly and you will feel defeated. Adapt your body and mind to the exercise you are doing and you will be more likely to relax and do it correctly.

These suggestions will enhance your performance plus help to reduce injury, which will eventually lead to making your goal.  If you are thinking of trying a more intense routine or if you are getting back in shape after a long break you should contact Dr. Mayer Salama or Dr. Daniel Salama at 313-274-0990 and schedule an appointment for a foot examination before beginning your fitness program. When it comes to exercise your feet often get overlooked so put them first this season and see results!

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