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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
November 08, 2017
Category: Foot Facts
Tags: Walking   Shoes   cancers   blood sugar  

Going for a walk outside is a pastime that many people enjoy. It is relaxing, soothing, and has a lot of great health benefits. Some people walk on a track, on a trail, or on the road. Some people wear boots while others wear sneakers. There is even a new trend getting people to walk outside completely barefoot.

Barefoot walking or “earthing” is when a person walks outside on the soil, grass, or sand without any shoes or socks on. Studies have shown that walking barefoot outside can improve quality of sleep, can reduce anxiety, stress and blood pressure and can also reduce inflammation.

Earthing does not include walking barefoot on pavement. Walking on pavement can be dangerous and do harm to your feet.  The theory behind earthing is that walking on the earth’s natural environment directly affects the electrons your body uses to function.

Earthing isn’t for everybody but walking does provide a lot of proven health benefits. It can reduce the risk of certain types of cancers, help with obesity, and also help lower blood sugar levels.

What are other benefits?

Your body’s overall balance and circulation can improve since walking barefoot is usually harder on the body and muscles and increases blood flow. Your blood pressure can also drop when walking because exercise can help an individual relax and allows for better circulation.

What if I want to walk barefoot?

It is important to walk in a place that is clean, free of hazardous debris, and animal matter. If you walk barefoot and injure your foot you can become prone to wounds, infections and diseases.

Are you interested in barefoot walking? Are you unsure whether or not barefoot walking is right for your feet? Contact Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, Trenton, Michigan. Making an appointment is easy! Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online today.

Phil Loadholt of the Minnesota Vikings limped off the field during a team scrimmage to unfortunately discover that he had likely sustained a torn Achilles tendon. The injury on his left foot could potentially keep the right tackle out for the rest of the season. Coach Mike Zimmer shared, “It’s disappointing for Phil, because he worked so hard and because he’s a great person.” Loadholt has played in 89 out of a possible 96 games through the first six years of his career and has been the starter since he was drafted.  

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with your Achilles tendon, consult with Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Any tendon injuries, however, can create serious difficulty.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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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With his step-counting pedometer, 69-year-old Jim Palmquist tracks his daily steps in a log book. He will often favor a hike over his Toyota Highlander if he has a chance to walk the distance. “I’m really convinced that walking is one of the best things you can do for your health,” said Palmquist. “Walking is wonderful.” According to the American Heart Association, walking for 30 minutes daily can help reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood pressure and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Exercising the feet and ankles regularly is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any foot or ankle concerns, contact Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 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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Blisters a byproduct of firefighters’ trekA trio of firefighters from White Bear Lake decided to do a 150-mile trek across the state of Minnesota in order to raise money for a new ATV with forest fire fighting capabilities. But they realized they may have bitten off more than they could chew when their feet became extremely painful.

“We really underestimated how long it would take us,” said Ron Hawkins, one of the firefighters. “We started hurting the first 12 miles. We thought, ‘how will we finish this?’ But we trudged on.” The three men brought several pairs of shoes with them, but still suffered from joint pain and blisters on their feet. They finished the walk in four days, and were fortunately able to raise all of the money that they needed.

Blisters can be painful. If you are suffering from a blister on your foot, receiving treatment from a podiatrist such as Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care help you manage your blister as well as provide treatment.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a band-aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister seek a doctor.

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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