Caring for Aging Feet

On average, a person will walk 75,000 miles by the age of 50 and take up to 10,000 steps on any given day. This creates up to hundreds of tons of foot pressure every day. The podiatrists of Michigan Foot and Ankle Center, P.C. share that, as we age, proper foot care is essential to maintain good health and to continue our walking independence. There are several ways to reduce the risk of foot problems: Check feet regularly, or have a family member check them for skin cracks or peeling, color and temperature anomalies, or thick and discolored nails. Practice good foot care. Applying moisturizing creams and scrubbing feet with pumice helps keep the skin supple and prevent cracks. Warm…

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April Is Foot Health Awareness Month

Special attention is given to foot health each April as Foot Health Awareness month is observed. The podiatrists and staff of Michigan Foot and Ankle, P.C. would like to remind you and your loved ones that this is the perfect time to determine what shape your feet are in. Examining our feet can help identify early symptoms of other serious disorders such as vascular disease and diabetes. Foot issues can also cause other problems throughout our body. Abnormal changes to the foot include: Bunions (the formation of a large bump on the big toe, which starts to point toward the little toes) Hammering of the toes (curling of the toes) Clawing of the toes (more severe curling of the toes)…

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Do you suffer from night-time leg/foot cramps?

Leg cramps are sudden spasms or tightening of muscles in the calf and foot and can occur when you’re falling asleep or even wake you from a sound sleep.  They can last from a few seconds to several minutes. Common causes:  Spinal disorders (ie stenosis of the spine), poor circulation, improper shoe gear, tight calf muscles, diuretic medication (ie water pills), cholesterol medication, neuropathy. Common Treatments:  Magnesium 400mg daily 6-8 glasses of water daily Zinc Calf / foot exercises/stretching 3 oz of tonic water at bedtime (do not take if already on anti-coagulation medication, ie coumadin) Co-Q 10 100mg at dinner/bedtime Vitamin E 400mg – 2 tabs at bedtime Wearing supportive shoe gear during the day Foods rich in potassium…

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Be aware of frostbite

Frostbite is a serious tissue destroying disorder.  It is also something that can be avoided.  The doctors and staff at the Michigan Foot and Ankle Center have some advice to share to avoid frostbite during this brutal winter.  Depending on the severity of the exposure, frostbite can affect the skin or underlying tissue, especially in your arms, legs and feet.  In most cases, the area becomes numb and feels frozen.  Skin will appear waxy, white or grayish.  Any exposure should be evaluated and treated by a physician. Avoiding frostbite is easier than treating it.  If you must go out in bitter cold, be prepared. – Dress in light, loose, layered clothing for ventilation and insulation.  Water repellant fabric is a…

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Oh, my burning feet…

“The Burning Foot Syndrome”      Many patients present to the Michigan Foot and Ankle Center (MFAC) with a chief complaint of a burning sensation in one or both feet, usually worse at bedtime. These symptoms can be quite debilitating, often interrupting ones sleep, and creating significant pain. Your physicians at the MFAC can provide several treatment options for this, once an accurate diagnosis has been established, as several conditions can produce these symptoms.      The “Burning Foot” can have etiologies arising within the anatomy of the foot itself, or, it may represent a more widespread (“systemic”) complex. Your doctors may need to order specific tests to confirm their diagnosis.      Please contact the MFAC to make an appointment, if you…

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