High Heels most common cause of Foot Pain

corns2In a 2014 survey from the American Podiatric Medical association, results found that heels were the most common cause of foot pain among women. Much of the foot pain stems from the foot being forced into the “plantarflexed” position, such as standing on tiptoes or wearing high heels. This posture can lead to painful muscle fatigue and strain injuries. High heel wearers are especially prone to calluses, blisters, bunions, and ingrown toenails. The higher the heel, the more concerns the wearer should be aware of.
High heels can negatively affect your feet if they do not offer enough support. If you would like to learn more, speak to Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

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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Heel Pain often mistaken for Plantar Fasciitis

A new study reports that doctors trying to determine the cause of a patient’s heel painmay accidentally cause more injury if the examination does not include an ultrasound.

Approximately 10 percent of people will experience heel pain at least once in their lives. Plantar fasciitis is commonly pinpointed as the cause of most heel pain. Other causes, however, can be behind foot pain, such as a tear in the ligament, a fatty cyst, or a plantar fibroma.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
·      Excessive running
·      Non-supportive shoes
·      Overpronation
·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia
 
How Can It Be Treated?
·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and is usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel
 
While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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Solutions for Sweaty Feet

Hyperhidrosis of the feet is a clinical condition in which the feet sweat excessively. Young men are particularly susceptible to the condition. To combat sweaty feet, there are several solutions.

Wear moisture-wicking socks made out of synthetic material and change them at least once-a-day to prevent bacteria from growing in the damp environment. Foot powder, cornstarch, or even an antiperspirant or deodorant on the feet can also help control sweaty feet.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment 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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Gareth Bale injures Toe

Wales winger Gareth Bale is suspected to have a broken toe and was forced out of a recent training session. Bale was also pulled from the game against Rayo Vallecano. Madrid fear Bale has fractured his toe; if that is the case, Bale’s season would be coming to an end, and he would need significant time to recover.

While the injury may be serious, it may come as a blessing in disguise, as many Madrid fans believe Bale is the least needed member of Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI. Both Bale and Ancelotti, however, have stood firm, and Bale’s injury could possibly save him for being dropped. 

A broken toe is extremely painful and needs immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet contact podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe
Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.
Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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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Arthritis Classes at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital educate the Elderly

Seniors attending the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation National Arthritis Foundation exercise program at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital are learning more about arthritis and how to exercise properly to fight the condition. The two classes, Walk with Ease and the National Arthritis Foundation Exercise program, are supported by studies.

Physical therapy assistant and certified class instructor Missy Frank shared, “Students report improved pain and energy. Studies time and time again show that exercise—walking and strengthening—keeps your bones strong, keeps your health and heart stronger. It increases your overall health. People have already reported better balance and getting stronger.”

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein at S.E.T. FootCare, PC. Dr. Klein can examine your lower extremities to help alleviate your joint pain.

Arthritic Foot Care
Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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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