Children affected with Clubfoot Recover thanks to Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic consultant surgeon Professor Rohan Rajan is a hero amongst children patients at the Royal Derby Hospital for introducing the Ponseti method of treating clubfoot. Professor Rajan has treated over 180 cases of clubfoot. The Ponseti method treats clubfoot through manipulation and by using a series of casts to change the shape of the feet without surgery.

“In the old days, a child with clubfoot would have to wait until they were 18 months old before they could have treatment. It would involve a long incision—big surgery—to reshape the foot and there was risk of a lot of complication. The Ponseti method means children can have treatment as soon as they are born and it means they do not have to undergo surgery.”

Making sure that your child has the proper foot health is important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Waterford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Home Remedies for Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that should be seen by a foot doctor. While contagious, Athlete’s foot is very curable and can even be eased with home remedies made from easy-to-find ingredients that many people have in their pantry.

One of the simplest cures for Athlete’s foot is a salt water soak. Allow your feet to soak for 10-15 minutes in a mixture that contains about two cups water and two teaspoons of salt. This can be repeated at regular intervals until the skin no longer peels.

Another option is a green tea soak. Dip about five or six tea bags in boiling water. When the water is lukewarm, soak the feet in the tea water for about 30 minutes and then pat dry. Water can also be mixed with baking soda or mustard oil to create other mixtures that can treat Athlete’s foot.

For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Waterford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Phillies Outfielder Domonic Brown confirms Tendinitis

After recently having an MRI on his left Achilles, Domonic Brown, outfielder of the Philadelphia Phillies, has been confirmed with tendinitis. Brown had been complaining of soreness in his Achilles tendon during his game against the Yankees, eventually causing the athlete to leave the field during the third inning. The team reports that Brown is a day to day case, but the athlete could potentially miss one week. “I’m definitely frustrated,” stated Brown. “It seemed like we were going in the right direction, but it was grabbing me a little.”

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with your Achilles tendon, consult with Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein 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 contact our office located in Waterford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Florida Gators lose High Scorer to Sprained Ankle

Michael Frazier II of the Florida Gators has missed seven consecutive games due his high ankle sprain. The high scorer has been missed by his team and has not even been cleared to join practice. Coach Billy Donovan has stated that the guard has been experiencing pain while starting stopping and cutting. “I don’t anticipate him playing unless I got some miraculous diagnosis from our trainer and doctor that say he’s cleared to play,” Donovan stated.

Sometimes the opinion of a healthcare professional is required to ensure a sprained ankle is properly healed. If your ankle is sprained, consult with Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer all of your related questions.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Waterford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Flat Feet Can Worsen Over Time If Not Treated

According to research published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, treatment and prevention of a flat foot can reduce the possibility of other major foot ailments. Flat fleet also known as partial or total collapse of the arch has been known to occur mostly in overweight males with blue collar jobs. Often time symptoms such as, pain, swelling, flattening of the arch, and rolling of the ankle, will go on ignored and untreated. Foot and Ankle Surgeon H. Ashley Ledger states, “Flatfoot disorder may gradually worsen to the point that many of the tendons and ligaments in the foot and ankle are simply overworking.” Early treatment is important in flatfeet since ignoring the condition can lead to even more serious conditions including arthritis and loss of function.

Certain sports and physical activities may become difficult for children with flat feet. If you suspect that your child has the condition, speak to Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will answer any of your foot and ankle related questions and attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:
Pain around the heel or arch area
Trouble standing on the tip toe.
Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
Flat look to one or both feet.
Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Waterford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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