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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tips For Happy Feet When Wearing High Heels

The doctors at the Michigan Foot and Ankle Center understand the importance for a lot of people that shoes have in the world of fashion. Specifically, we’re talking about high heels. We understand that most women are not going to stop wearing heels altogether, so we have some common sense recommendations to make wearing heels less damaging to your feet: Minimize the amount of time in the shoes. Wear boots or other comfortable shoes on your way to the event and return to those comfortable shoes as you depart. Place shoe pads in the inside of the shoes for added support and comfort for the ball of your foot. Consider bringing “purse slippers” – or compact slippers – that are…

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Selecting The Right Socks And More

At Michigan Foot and Ankle Center we understand the needs of runners and their related injuries.  Many of us here actively run and have vast experience treating these ailments.  Our goal is to keep you moving. In fact, Dr. Ohlgart recently placed 3rd in the St. Mary Mercy Livonia annual 5K and plans to compete in a marathon this spring!  Our other doctors all have experience with athletes of every sport and are able to treat any foot and ankle condition or injury that you may have. When Selecting Socks Remember “Cotton is Rotten” Many dermatological skin conditions afflicting the lower extremity can be traced to excessive perspiration. Whether you’re a marathon runner or a weekend mall walker, the socks…

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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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