Paying extra attention to your feet can help you avoid serious health complications if you have diabetes. Podiatrists Dr. Randy Bernstein, Dr. Randy Semma, and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma of Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Commerce Township, Livonia and Royal Oak, MI, discuss diabetic foot care and share a few tips.
What foot problems can occur as a result of diabetes?
Glucose, a natural form of sugar produced by your body, serves as a source of energy for your cells, muscles and organs. When you have diabetes, you produce too much glucose. If your diabetes isn't controlled, you can experience a range of health problems, including vision impairment and kidney and heart disease.
High blood sugar levels increase wound healing time. If a sore on your foot becomes infected, it can be very hard to fight the infection, even with antibiotics. High levels can also damage nerves throughout your body, including those in your feet. Unfortunately, you'll no longer feel painful sensations that can indicate the presence of an infection if you have severe nerve damage.
What can I do to prevent these complications?
Decreasing your risk of these serious complications can be as easy as:
- Scheduling Daily Foot Examinations: If you can't feel your feet, you won't be able to tell if you have a sore or blister. Take a look at your feet once every day. Switch to another pair of shoes if you see a red spot from too-tight shoes. Call our Commerce Township, Livonia or Royal Oak office if you notice any signs of trouble, such as open sores, blisters, calluses, ingrown toenails, calluses, skin color changes, red streaks or warm or cold feelings in your feet.
- Choosing Comfortable Shoes: Shoes that don't fit well or are too tight can rub against your feet, causing blisters. Look for shoes that not only provide ample room for your feet, but also cushion them.
- Wearing Orthotics: Orthotics, podiatrist-designed shoe inserts, can be helpful in decreasing pressure that can lead to blisters.
- Visiting the Foot Doctor: Even small wounds or blisters can quickly become infected if you have diabetes. Visiting the podiatrist at the first sign of trouble can help you avoid complications that can threaten your health.
Are you concerned about a diabetic foot care issue? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Bernstein, Semma and Bertelle-Semma of Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care by calling (248) 956-0177 for the Commerce Township, MI, office, (734) 261-3400 for the Livonia office and (248) 549-3338 for the Royal Oak, MI, office.
Foot conditions which cause pain and discomfort can quickly take a toll on your daily life, especially when they begin affecting standing and walking. Bunions are no different, and, though they start painlessly and grow slowly, can become very painful. However, you can find relief from your bunion pain with help from your podiatrist. Find out more about relieving bunion pain and treating this common condition with Dr. Randy Bernstein, Dr. Randy Semma, and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care with locations in Livonia, Royal Oak and Commerce Township, MI.
Do I have a bunion?
Bunions are very slow growing and many patients do not realize they suffer from this condition until it begins causing them pain. However, you and your podiatrist can work together while your bunion is in its early stages in order to prevent its growth and treat the symptoms it causes. Some early warning signs and symptoms of bunions include:
- a lump on the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe
- pain or discomfort around the joint of the big toe
- decreased range of motion of the big toe
- redness or irritation on the side of the foot due to friction
- the big toe growing towards the small toes, causing the smaller toes to overlap
- corns or calluses where the toes overlap
Bunion Treatment in Livonia, Royal Oak and Commerce Township
If your podiatrist catches your bunion in its earlier stages, you could prevent its growth by wearing properly fitting shoes which have enough room in the toe box for the toes to lie flat. Other conservative treatment options include orthotics that improve the support and stability of your shoes. Your doctor will also advise you to avoid wearing ill-fitting, too-narrow or high heeled shoes. If conservative treatment options don't provide you with relief, surgery may be needed. This surgery removes the bunion and realigns the toe.
For more information on bunions or their treatments, please contact Dr. Bernstein, Dr. Semma and Dr. Bertelle-Semma at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care with locations in Livonia, Royal Oak and Commerce Township, MI. Call (734) 261-3400 to schedule an appointment in Livonia, (248) 549-3338 to schedule an appointment in Royal Oak, and (248) 956-0177 to schedule an appointment in Commerce Township today!
Find out what might be causing your heel pain and when to seek medical attention.
Heel pain is an annoying issue, and one of the most common complaints we hear about. Most people will deal with heel pain at some point during their lifetime and for many people, the cause is plantar fasciitis. Our Royal Oak, Commerce Township and Livonia, MI, podiatrists Dr. Randy Bernstein, Dr. Randy Semma and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma are here to provide you with a little more insight into how plantar fasciitis happens and when you should see a doctor about your heel pain.
What is plantar fasciitis?
There is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the heel to the toes. This tissue is known as the plantar fascia and it provides support to the arches of your feet. If you have plantar fasciitis, this means that there is inflammation and irritation.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
There are many reasons why you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis. This condition is more common in older individuals, as well as those who are athletic or have to be on their feet for long periods of time. You may notice pain in just one foot or you may have plantar fasciitis in both.
You may also be prone to plantar fasciitis if you suddenly increase the intensity or duration of your exercise regimen. Perhaps you have only been running a couple miles on the treadmill but you suddenly decide to run another extra mile outside on rocky terrain. This can lead to some pretty inflamed fascia.
If you wear shoes that don’t provide enough support or are too old, if you have flat feet or high arches, or if you are overweight, you may also be prone to plantar fasciitis.
When should I see my Royal Oak, Commerce Township, or Livonia, MI, podiatrists?
There is a lot of information on the Internet regarding ways to handle your plantar fasciitis, from avoiding high-impact exercises to icing the heel to wearing orthotics. Most cases of plantar fasciitis will go away on their own with the proper care. Of course, if you think you may have plantar fasciitis, it’s a good idea to give us a call. Any new symptoms or changes to your feet should always be assessed, just to be on the safe side.
If your heel pain is also accompanied by numbness or tingling in the heel, a fever, redness or skin around the heel that’s warm to the touch, then you should give us a call right away, as you may have an infection. If at-home treatment doesn’t ease your symptoms and heel pain doesn’t go away in a week, it’s also a good time to turn to us for more effective care.
Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care is dedicated to serving the Livonia, Royal Oak and Commerce Township, MI, areas to provide you with the comprehensive foot care you need. Whether you are dealing with diabetes or heel pain, we offer the treatment and care you need whenever you need it most.
If you've noticed a change in the shape of your foot, particularly a hardened bump on your instep below your big toe, you're likely dealing with a bunion. Many people have this foot issue, and your Oak Royal, Commerce Township and Livonia, MI podiatrists - Dr. Randy Bernstein, Dr. Randy Semma and Dr. Michele Bertellei-Semma - at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care see patients with bunions on a regular basis. To learn more about bunions and how to deal with them, read on!
What is a bunion?
If you look up a picture of a bunion, you might think that it is a growth or tumor on the inside of the foot. This is a common misconception – bunions are actually the result of the bones associated with the big toe becoming displaced as the big toe begins to push against the smaller toes. Over time, the joint starts to become misshapen and the appearance of a lump begins to appear. Although not directly caused by footwear, bunions are much more likely to appear on women's feet rather than men's because of the narrow width and crowded toebox associated with many styles of women's shoes. The actual cause of bunions is associated with genetics, so if one of your close relatives had bunions, it's likely that you will develop them as well.
How are bunions treated?
Not all bunions are painful, and your Oak Royal, Commerce Township and Livonia podiatrists don't typically treat them until they become problematic. Complications include pain while wearing shoes, pain while walking or during other activities, or a callus developing over the bunion. To lessen the discomfort we may provide specialized shoe inserts that provide padding and take pressure off the bunion. Severe bunions may need surgery in order to realign the toe and allow for normal walking and footwear.
If you're dealing with a painful bunion, we here at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care want to help you! We have three convenient locations in Livonia, Royal Oak and Commerce Township, MI. Contact the closest office to you to make an appointment today.
Do you get blisters a lot? Find out what might be causing them and how to prevent them.
When you get a blister you certainly know it! The minute you put your foot in your shoes it may be short of unbearable to move around. No one wants a blister and yet more often than not most, if not all, people will experience a blister at some point in their lifetime. Of course, if you experience blisters rather regularly then our Livonia and Royal Oak, MI podiatrists, Dr. Randy Bernstein, Dr. Randy Semma and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma, are here to explain why this might be happening.
Perhaps you lead a pretty active lifestyle. Maybe you love hiking or biking but your feet get pretty beat up as a result. If this is where a lot of your blisters come from, then you may want to take a good hard look at the shoes you are wearing. Shoes play a pretty big role in how healthy your feet are.
Shoes that aren’t right for your intended activities or shoes that are too loose or tight will cause additional friction to certain areas of your feet and result in painful blisters. Keep in mind that feet swell throughout the day and while working out, so remember this helpful piece of information when trying out new shoes.
Besides your footwear, there are three other causes of blisters: heat, friction and moisture. How to effectively handle blisters will be different for everyone. One solution may work great for one person but not for another, so if you have questions you can always ask one of our Livonia and Royal Oak foot doctors for help. Here are some other ways to prevent blisters:
Choose the right socks: Always wear moisture-wicking socks. Some people find that thin socks work better for them while others find that thick socks are more protective. Whatever fabrics keep moisture away and don’t cause your foot to rub against your shoes should be a great choice.
Apply antiperspirants to your feet: It might sound odd but antiperspirant powders for your feet are meant to reduce friction by staving off moisture and keeping feet dry and clean. Apply powder over the skin prior to putting on your shoes to keep blisters at bay.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Did you know that drinking enough water throughout the day can reduce swelling in your feet? This can be a great way to reduce fluid retention and prevent shoe friction.
If you are having foot problems or you have questions don’t hesitate to turn to Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia and Royal Oak, MI for the care your feet need. Whether you are dealing with blisters or a serious injury, we are here by your side.
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