6.21.17

Summer Footwear and Foot Care

This is the time of the year when our feet tend to be frequently exposed to the elements as we wear sandals, flip flops and are often barefoot. The podiatrists and staff of Michigan Foot and Ankle Center, P.C. have some advice to share that can help keep your feet healthy this summer. Limit walking barefoot as it exposes feet to sunburn, as well as plantar warts, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and other infections and also increases risk of injury to your feet. Wear shoes or flip-flops around the pool, to the beach, in the locker room and even on the carpeting or in the bathroom of your hotel room to prevent injuries and limit the likelihood of contracting any bacterial…

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6.8.17

Tips for a Safe Summer Pedicure

With the warmer temperatures outside, open toed shoes are making their way out of the closet and slipped on underneath beautifully manicured feet. The pedicure season is in full swing! 6 Tips for a Better Pedicure Unfortunately, not all pedicure facilities offer clean and proper foot care and infections and other foot ailments may arise. Michigan Foot and Ankle Center, P.C. would like to share the following advice for individuals deciding on a location to receive a pedicure: Make sure that the instruments used are clean and sterilized. Make sure foot tubs or basins are drained after performing a pedicure to get rid of all the bacteria present. Make sure the technician’s hands are clean. If you are diabetic, pedicures…

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5.4.17

May Is National Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis is an inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. It is a disabling and occasionally crippling disease afflicting almost 50 million Americans. The podiatrists and staff of Michigan Foot and Ankle Center, P.C. would like you to know that there is usually no need to endure years of painful ambulation because of arthritic feet. Most conditions can be diagnosed and treated either conservatively or surgically by our team. Symptoms of arthritis in the foot and ankle include: Early morning stiffness. Limitation in motion of joint. Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint. Redness or heat in a joint. Skin changes, including rashes and growths….

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3.3.17

Pedicure Advice As Spring Approaches

Spring/summer marks a busy time for pedicurists.  Unfortunately, not all pedicure facilities offer clean and proper foot care and infections and other foot ailments may arise. Michigan Foot and Ankle Center, P.C. would like to share the following advice for individuals deciding on a location to receive a pedicure: Make sure that the instruments used are clean and sterilized. Make sure foot tubs or basins are drained after performing a pedicure to get rid of all the bacteria present. Make sure the technician’s hands are clean. If you are diabetic, pedicures are not advised. Visit your podiatrist before receiving a pedicure to identify any potential risks. Do not allow aggressive cleaning.  Nails should be cut straight with slightly rounded edges.bleeding…

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1.26.17

Pediatric Foot Problems

Your physicians at the Michigan Foot and Ankle Center treat patients of all ages…yes that includes kids! Conditions that affect the growing foot include a variety of skin problems, including: warts fungus and eczema to name a few Ingrown nails, often caused by improper nail care, along with flat feet and in toeing are seen on a daily basis at the Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.  Sports related injuries, either trauma induced, or shoe induced are successfully treated within our offices as well. If any condition requires surgical care…we’ve got you covered there as well… So, if the kids or grand kids are having any foot or ankle problems…you know where to bring them!  

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1.12.17

Teens and Foot Health

Most teenagers recognize the importance of regularly caring for their teeth, skin, eyes, and bodies (exercise), but few know to care for their feet. Yet, foot health plays an important role in their overall health and wellness. Teens should be aware that foot pain of any kind is not normal. Whether they are dealing with blisters, athlete’s foot, or ingrown toenails, caring for feet at an early age reduces the risk of complications later. Following are some easy steps to maintain healthy feet: Wash your feet daily with soap and water. It’s tempting to just swish your feet around in the shower, but it’s important to use soap to remove germs and grime. Don’t forget to wash in between your…

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1.3.17

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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12.15.16

Diabetes Awarness Month

Last month was Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a disease affecting many parts of the body.  While there is no cure for diabetes, there is hope. With proper diet, exercise, medical care, and careful management at home, a person with diabetes can enjoy a full and active life. Diabetic Foot Exam Of the more than 28 million people in the US with diabetes, about half will develop neuropathy, a loss of feeling in the lower extremities. This nerve damage means an open sore or injury on the foot may go unnoticed until it becomes infected, which can eventually lead to the need for partial or full amputation of the foot or lower leg. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause…

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4.7.16

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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3.11.16

Don’t Ingore Flat Feet

Don’t Ignore Flat Feet – Study links this condition to painful foot maladies Treatment and prevention of adult flatfoot can reduce the incidence of additional foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, arthritis and calluses, and improve a person’s overall health, according to research published in an issue of the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. Risk Factors for Flat Feet Overweight males in white-collar jobs are most apt to suffer from adult flatfoot disorder, a progressive condition characterized by partial or total collapse of the arch, according to the research. FootHealthFacts.org, the consumer website of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, notes that symptoms of adult flatfoot include pain, swelling, flattening of the arch and an inward rolling…

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