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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
June 01, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Athlete’s foot is an itchy rash on your feet that is the most common fungal infection among athlete’s. It is caused by a fungus that grows on the top layer of your skin and thrives in wet, warm places like in between your toes. It spreads easily and is very contagious and is most likely contracted by walking barefoot on a contaminated floor near swimming pools or locker rooms.

If you believe you may have one of these types call Dr. Mayer Salama or Dr. Daniel Salama for a consultation visit.

Here are the 3 types of athlete’s foot and their symptoms;

Toe web infection – occurs between the fourth and fifth toes. The skin will typically peel and crack, ultimately breaking down.

Moccasin infection – will start with soreness on the foot and the skin on the bottom of the foot will become thick and crack. Some cases the toenail can get infected and perhaps fall off. This will need a different treatment.

Vesicular infection – arises with an abrupt outbreak of pus filled blisters under the skin and can appear anywhere on the foot. A bacterial infection can also be contracted with this type.

How to avoid Athlete’s foot;

  • Dry the areas between your toes after showering or swimming
  • Wear cotton socks that absorb perspiration
  • Keep your feet dry and clean always
  • Use talcum or antifungal powder on your feet to help with moisture
  • Let your shoes air out for 24 hours before you use them again
  • Wear shoes made of material that will allow your feet to breathe
  • Don’t go barefoot in public spaces

How to help the itching:

  • Use baking soda and water paste between your toes or on your feet – rinse thoroughly and dry your feet
  • Dust cornstarch or powder in itchy areas
  • Steep five tea bags in a liter of boiling water, let cool to a warm temperature, soak your feet for 30 minutes
  • Apply an antifungal over the counter medication

Athlete’s foot isn’t a serious condition but can be hard to cure. More importantly If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and believe that you have athlete’s foot call 313-274-0990 to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston and Trenton, Michigan. 

By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
March 16, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Yes, but it doesn’t come from Spring or the pollen in may bring. This allergy hides in our footwear and can strike in any season. Some of the chemicals in shoes can irritate your skin without you suspecting it. The barrier between you and your shoe, your comfy socks, can be the culprit too. In addition, and more seriously, if your feet are exposed to chemicals and other synthetic materials on a regular basis this could be a bigger issue.

Here are three of the most common foot allergy symptoms:

  • Red skin ~ you may see signs of reddish areas along with flakes, crust, blisters and cracks.
  • Contact dermatitis ~ skin will swell and feel irritated sometimes causing a rash.
  • Inflamed skin ~ flaky scales called plaques may develop and prolonged exposure to the culprit may turn into psoriasis and spread. If pus accumulates underneath the area a blister can form.

What can I do to avoid or treat it?

  • The most common solution would be to wear cotton socks that are all natural.
  • If you change the material that your socks are made of but it persists then you must look at the material your shoes are made of.
  • Educate yourself on the dyes, glues and metal in your shoe that meet your feet. Nickel and cobalt are common in shoe décor and can easily cause irritation.

What is the difference between athlete’s foot and foot allergies? Athlete’s foot is an infectious and contagious condition that is usually contracted by being bare feet in public places or sweating in your shoes for too long. Allergies are noncontagious and the skin becomes inflamed and irritated upon contact with the allergic material causing the problem. Both conditions can be acute or chronic but with a quick visit to the podiatrist both can be easily resolved.

Shoe contact dermatitis can be diagnosed and treated by our expert podiatrists Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama. If you have been itching your feet repeatedly and suspect you may have an allergy or athlete’s foot call our office in any of our conveniently located towns in Michigan; Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston or Trenton. Don’t forget we offer house calls too! Let our team help relieve your irritation so you can step into Spring and crush that allergy! 

Toenail FungusIMB chemists led by Organic Materials scientist James Hendrick have teamed up with researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore to create new nanofibers that attack drug-resistant fungal cells, while leaving healthy ones alone.

The nanotechnology is made from recycled plastic that the scientists were able turn into new molecules by using an organic catalyst. “The ability of these molecules to self-assemble into nanofibers is important because unlike discrete molecules, fibers increase the local concentration of cationic charges and compound mass,” said Yi Yan Yang, one of the project’s head researchers.

If you are suffering from fungal toenails you should seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can diagnose your problem as well as provide you with treatment options.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

Those who are skeptical or unsure of using Lamisil containing terbinafine may consider the following:

Alcohol, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or Vicks VapoRub will help as well.

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.   

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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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