If you suffer from diabetes, you need to be very wary of your foot's health care. Diabetics are more prone to foot problems because of peripheral neuropathy, a development of painful nerve damage in the foot. Read on to learn more about proper diabetic foot care, and if you need personal podiatric treatment, call up Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care, located in Livonia, Royal Oak, Saginaw, and Commerce Township, MI!
More about Neuropathy
Neuropathy often affects the legs and feet, but it can also impact a person's whole body and cause serious health complications. The condition damages nerves, leading to a loss of feeling in the feet. Without this ability, people become unaware of wounds and injuries, allowing them to go untreated until they become much worse.
Consequently, diabetics should examine their feet on a daily basis. Careful and regular inspection is an easy and inexpensive preventative measure. Note several key symptoms:
- Skin color
- Poor blood circulation and loss of sensation.
In addition to a self-inspection, annual examinations at our offices in Livonia, Royal Oak, Saginaw, and Commerce Township, MI, provide a more thorough exam to detect any signs of changes, like broken skin and/or ulcers.
Another simple but crucial point is to keep your feet clean. It may seem like common sense, but people don't always wash their feet daily with warm water and soap. Dry your feet thoroughly and apply non-irritating moisturizer to keep your feet smooth.
Furthermore, if you develop a foot injury, even a relatively small one such as an ingrown toenail, visit one of our offices for care. We can help prevent infection and keep your foot safe
Other preventative measures include:
- Avoiding smoking
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Wearing clean, dry socks
- Never walking barefoot
Give us a call!
For more information on diabetic foot care, call Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia, Royal Oak, Saginaw, and Commerce Township, MI!
- For Livonia, call (734) 261-3400
- For Saginaw, call (734) 261-3400
- For Royal Oak, call (248) 549-3338
- For Commerce Township, call (248) 956-0177
We are now offering Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) in our Commerce Township office. This new and innovative technology can help with several ailments including chronic arthritis, tendonitis, and healing of fractures. PRP is produced from a person's own blood. It is a concentration of one type of cell, known as platelets, which circulate through the blood and are critical for blood clotting. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many factors that are essential for cell recruitment, multiplication, and specialization that are required for healing.
After a blood sample is obtained from a patient, the blood is put into a centrifuge, which is a tool that separates the blood into its many components. Platelet-rich plasma can then be collected and treated before it is delivered to an injured area of bone or soft tissue, such as a tendon or ligament. This can be performed in the foot or ankle. Please ask our staff about the procedure if you are interested in
Meet Dr. Stacey A. Stefansky!
Dr. Stacey A. Stefansky was born and raised in southeastern Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, earning a bachelor of science majoring in human physiology. Continuing on with her education, she completed her podiatric training at The New York College of Podiatric Medicine and moved on to complete a three-year podiatric surgical residency at Harvard affiliated, Beth Israel Deaconess medical center. In her 14 years of practice, she has developed an interest in diabetic care and limb salvage as well as a focus primary podiatric medicine, preventative care, and surgery.
Dr. Stefansky is a fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Michigan Podiatric Medical Association and is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle surgery. Dr. Stefansky is the current Chief of Podiatry at Providence-Providence Park Hospital and the Director of the Providence-Providence Park Pediatric Surgical Residency Program.
How your podiatrists in Royal Oak, MI, can help with foot pain
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot problem and you don’t have to be a runner to suffer from it. It’s true that people who participate in high foot stress activities like running or jogging are more likely to suffer from it, but there are other issues that can cause the condition. Your podiatrists at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care can help with foot pain—we have several convenient office locations in Royal Oak, Livonia, Saginaw, and Commerce Township, MI, to help you and your feet!
More about Plantar Fasciitis
In addition to high impact activities, other issues that increase your risk for plantar fasciitis include:
- Carrying excess weight
- Being 40 to 60 years old
- Being flat-footed
- Wearing shoes without enough support
- Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time
- Overpronating or rolling your feet when you walk
So, how do you know if you may have plantar fasciitis? There are several easily identifiable signs and symptoms, such as:
- Experiencing a stabbing pain in and around your heel
- Experiencing increasing foot pain after waking up
- Experiencing increasing pain after getting up and putting weight on your feet
- Experiencing increasing pain after exercising or being active
If you think you may have plantar fasciitis, you can try a few simple tips to get relief from pain. Try:
- Placing ice packs on your foot several times during the day
- Doing arch stretches several times each day
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Wearing more supportive shoes and avoiding going barefoot
For moderate to severe plantar fasciitis symptoms, your podiatrist can help. At Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care, we offer several effective treatments to get rid of plantar fasciitis pain. We may recommend:
- Stretching and physical therapy
- Custom orthotics and footwear
- Night splints
- Prescription strength anti-inflammatory medications
Need Care? Call Today!
You don’t have to let plantar fasciitis symptoms keep you down. Get relief fast by calling the podiatrists at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care, with offices in Royal Oak, Livonia, Saginaw, and Commerce Township, Michigan. Call now and get back on your feet!
Ingrown toenails can be uncomfortable and even painful. If you have an ingrown toenail, we can help. At Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care, our podiatrists can treat your existing ingrown toenails and help you prevent them from coming back. It is especially important to see a podiatrist if an infection has developed, in which case you might need an antibiotic. At Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care, Dr. Randy Semma, Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma, and Dr. Stacey Stefansky are your podiatrists for the treatment of ingrown toenails in Livonia, MI.
What are Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails can develop when the sides of the toenails are growing too close to the skin surrounding the nail. When the toenail is too close to the skin, it is likely to press against the skin. This pressure can lead to redness and swelling, as well as discomfort and pain. In some cases, an infection can even develop. Ingrown toenails are most common on the big toes, but can develop on any toe.
Several factors can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails. Trimming the toenails in a rounded manner rather than straight across can result in the development of ingrown toenails. Socks or shoes that are too tight on the foot can also lead to the development of ingrown toenails. Other causes of ingrown toenails include heredity, injuries to the toes or feet, and a fungal infection on the feet.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
You can prevent ingrown toenails by keeping the feet clean, wearing properly fitting socks and shoes that are not too tight, and trimming the nails straight across. For times when an ingrown toenail does develop, several different options are available for treating the nail. A podiatrist can determine which method is best for you. Methods for treating ingrown toenails in Livonia include:
- Pain relief medications
- Wearing loose-fitting footwear
- Soaking the feet in warm water
- Surgical removal of ingrown toenails
If you have an ingrown toenail, the podiatrists at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care can help. For the treatment of an ingrown toenail in Livonia, schedule an appointment with Dr. Semma, Dr. Bertell-Semma, or Dr. Stefansky by calling Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care at (734) 261-3400. For an appointment in Royal Oak, call Sore Feet Podiatry at (248) 549-3338 or for Commerce Township, call Maple Park Podiatry at (248) 956-0177.
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