Young Boy’s Broken Foot Examination Reveals Cancer

dylan-mccabeAt the end of last December a large frame fell off a wall and landed on sixth-grader Dylan McCabe’s foot, causing it to break. A month later, when the injury had been treated and the cast removed, McCabe’s foot was still quite swollen. Puzzled, his mother brought him to an orthopedist that discovered that he actually had a 14 inch long tumor growing between his hip and knee.

The doctor diagnosed it as osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. “Dylan never complained about any pain, though,” said McCabe’s mother Tammy. “It was a blessing that he broke his foot, because we wouldn’t have known otherwise.”

Broken feet are extremely painful and can require surgery to fix in the worst cases. If you think you might have a broken foot, call podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein of S.E.T FootCare. Dr. Klein will guide you through the recovery process and help you decide on an appropriate treatment method.

Identifying and Dealing with a Broken Foot

When bones in the foot are bent, stretched, or crushed in an unnatural way, they can sometimes break or fracture. Doctors can often determine how the break occurred based on its severity and location.

There are many common symptoms of a broken foot to look out for. Those who experience significant trauma to the feet should check for:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

If one or more of these symptoms persist, one should have x-rays taken by a medical professional. Cold or numb feet, blueness of the skin, cuts, and deformities can be indications of a foot that is very badly broken. It’s advised to see a doctor right away if these conditions are observed.

Care for a broken foot depends on the type and severity of the injury. Often times aids likes crutches, casts, and splints will be administered. Surgery is also a possibility, although this is reserved for very bad cases. One can also apply ice and keep the foot elevated to reduce swelling. Rest is important during the recovery stage so that the break doesn’t become any more aggravated.

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

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Nerve Disorders in Active Women the Subject of Podiatric Surgeon Conference

mortons-neuroma3 The Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) held a conference focusing on neuromas in active women. Women were a focal point since they are generally possess a higher likelihood in sustaining foot and ankle conditions. Conference presenter Kris DiNucci stated that active women who either have flat feet or regularly wear narrow shoes are more likely to develop neuromas. Morton’s Neuroma, which occurs between the third and fourth toe, is the most common neuroma of the feet.

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, talk to podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein of S.E.T FootCare. Dr. Klein can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

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

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Unregulated Diabetic Amputations are a Problem in UK

poor-circulation2A group of MP’s and colleagues believe that information from England’s NHS indicates a rising trend in unnecessary lower limb amputations in the country’s diabetic population. They urge hospitals and NHS commissioners to treat diseases like diabetes and peripheral arterial disease from a multidisciplinary perspective and hopefully move toward a national standard for identifying the need to amputate limbs.

Diabetes UK referred to the current variations in circulatory medical care as “unacceptable.” "Too many patients aren't getting the treatment they need to avoid losing their legs,” said Neil Carmichael, Conservative MP for Stroud. “The figures for parts of the south-west of England are particularly alarming, and this needs to be tackled.”

Foot amputations are usually the result of unchecked circulation problems. If you are concerned about poor circulation in your feet, consult podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein of S.E.T Foot Care, PC. Dr. Klein can assess the cause of your decreased blood flow and help you get proper treatment.  

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

 Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.
It can also cause:

-muscle pain   -numbness in legs
-cramps          -skin discoloration
-weakness       -slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness         -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.
If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Waterford, MI. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your foot care needs.

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Walking vs. Running; which is better?

walking2Running is a pastime many take up and for many different reasons; to slim down, to boost energy, etc. The benefits are undeniable: healthy heart, improved mood, boosted immunity to sickness. Recent studies have shown that these are just some of the side-effects of running; not including that running is one of the best ways to lose and maintain weight.

But the debate between walking versus running has new evidence; research shows that between the two, running is the way to shed pounds. Energy expenditure is more than doubled and running seems to release regulatory hormones that affect appetite—leading to the belief that it is another cause of weight loss and maintenance.

Regardless, walking and running have about the same overall benefits; lowered risk of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and better overall health.

All areas of the body need exercise, including the feet. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein of S.E.T Foot Care, PC. Dr. Klein can provide tips and exercises for your feet.  
 

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Waterford, MI. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Athletic Equipment Donations Give Kids New Footwear

childrens-feet The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) have come together for the purpose of providing adequate equipment for kids who want to become active. One of the goals is to promote a healthy lifestyle by collecting donations of socks and new athletic shoes.

The president of NIACC’s Physical Therapist Assistant Club, Ben Back, states that the other aim of the movement is to draw attention to the amount of needy children present in America. “A lot of us take for granite having five, ten, 15 pairs of shoes in our closet,” Back said, “where as some are at a disadvantage to not have that many pairs of shoes and new pair of shoes might be a big deal.”

Providing them with proper athletic shoes is one of many ways to keep your children’s feet healthy. If you have any questions, call a podiatrist like Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein of S.E.T FootCare. Dr. Klein can suggest steps for you to take to keep your kids’ feet safe and clean.

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’.

  • 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

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