Podiatrist Blog

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle
March 19, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Podiatrists  

Meet Dr. Stacey A. Stefansky!

Dr. Stacey A. Stefansky Podiatrist Livonia MI

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.

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
February 27, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions

How your podiatrists in Royal Oak, MI, can help with foot pain

Painful Foot InjuryPlantar 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!

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
December 20, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails can be uncomfortable and even painful. If you have an ingrown toenail, we can help. At Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care,ingrown toenail 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.

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
October 08, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunion  

Is your foot changing shape? Is there a pronounced bump at the bottom of the big toe? Has walking become uncomfortable? These symptoms and others often indicate a common podiatric problem called a bunion. In Commerce Township, Livonia, and Royal Oak, MI, Dr. Randy Semma, Dr. Michelle Bertelle-Semma, and Dr. Stacey Stefansky treat bunions, thereby helping their patients remain active and comfortable.

How Bunions Happen

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society says that these bony deformities happen to children, teens, and adults, with women and seniors being especially prone to developing them. Precipitating factors include:

  • Lax connective tissue in the foot
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heredity (they tend to run in families)
  • Narrow, tight, high-heeled shoes
  • Flat feet
  • Fractures and sprains around the first metatarsophalangeal joint

Typically, when the foot doctor sees a suspected bunion, it looks red, irritated, and may have a callus or corn. Calluses often form on the bottom of feet which have bunions. Accompanying the bunion may be arthritis, bursitis, a limited range of motion, a deformity called hammertoes, and there may even be a crossing of the big toe over the second or third toe. Pain, of course, accompanies the deformity in varying intensity.

During a bunion inspection, you can expect that, along with a visual inspection of the foot, the podiatrist will make you walk to check your gait, and may take digital X-rays to visualize the joint.

Treating Bunions

Most people do well with non-invasive interventions. Bunionectomy, or surgical removal of the bump and re-alignment of the big toe, is more the exception rather than the rule in treatment.

As part of a customized care plan, the foot doctor may advise:

  • Over-the-counter analgesics to reduce discomfort
  • A night splint for the adolescent patient whose bones are more malleable
  • Shoe padding
  • Customized orthotics, or shoe inserts, to correct gait problems and reduce friction on the joint
  • Stretching exercises
  • A change in footwear

As simple as the last intervention is, it usually works wonders. Quality shoes with room in the toe box allow for proper alignment and less friction on the first metatarsophalangeal joint. The American Podiatric Medical Association advises that women wear heel no higher than 2-1/2 inches to keep undue pressure off the forefoot.

Comfortable Feet

You can have them once again. Contact Nationwide Foot & Ankle today for a consultation on your bunion. We have three convenient locations:

  • For Livonia, call (734) 261-3400
  • For Royal Oak, call (248) 549-3338
  • For Commerce Township, call (248) 956-0177
By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
August 24, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Women's athlete's footAthlete's foot is mostly associated with athletes, but this fungal can infect anyone. There are several precautions to take, according to your Commerce Township, Livonia, and Royal Oak, MI, foot doctors, that will help prevent or manage this foot condition.

More About Athlete's Foot:

Athlete's foot can infect anyone, especially individuals who expose their feet to moist surfaces.

Here are some symptoms to keep an eye out for:

  • Scaly rash
  • Itching
  • Stinging and burning sensation
  • Raw, moist skin between toes

Foot Care Advice in Commerce Township, Livonia, and Royal Oak:

There are several preventative measures to take:

  • You should wear shower shoes, flip-flops, or sandals when near pools, in gyms, or public showers and locker room areas.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry. The fungus thrives when your feet are wet and when you're wearing tight-fitted shoes. This is especially a problem when it's hot outside and your feet sweat profusely.
  • Make sure you wash your feet every day with soap and water, then completely dry them.
  • Don't wear the same shoes every day. Give your shoes a chance to air out and dry before wearing them again.
  • Don't share towels, linens, or shoes with someone who has athlete's foot. It usually spreads through skin-to-skin contact and touching a contaminated surface like a blanket or doorknob.
  • Avoid synthetic socks. Wearing socks made from natural fabrics, or fabrics that quickly dry and/or wick moisture to help keep your feet dry.
  • Don't walk around barefoot in hotel rooms since foot fungus may be on the floor.
  • Change your socks when they get wet, instead of waiting for them to dry while on your feet.

Athlete's foot shouldn't be a serious problem, but if it takes too long to heal, you need to speak to your foot doctor. If you have any questions or concerns about athlete's foot, call your Commerce Township, Livonia, and Royal Oak, MI, foot doctor today!





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