Podiatrist Blog

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
June 27, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a condition that leaves the skin of the feet feeling dry, itchy, blistered, and scaly. Fortunatly, your Livonia podiatrist can recommend treatment options to both provide symptom relief and help clear up the condition altogether.

Athlete's FootHere at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care, Dr. Randy Semma, Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma, and Dr. Stacey Stefansky are your podiatrists for the treatment of athlete’s foot.

Cause of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is caused by being exposed to tinea fungus, an organism that can infect the skin and lead to itchiness, blistering, and scaling. The tinea fungus readily thrives in environments that are warm and moist, such as locker room floors, showers, and around swimming pools. When an individual develops athlete’s foot, the condition can be difficult to eliminate because shoes also create a warm and humid environment that accommodates the fungus.

Athlete’s foot is best prevented by protecting and caring for the feet. For instance, avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms and around public pools. It is also advisable to wear sandals or other footwear when using locker room showers. Other ways to prevent athlete’s foot include keeping the feet clean and dry, using talcum powder to reduce foot perspiration, and wearing light and airy shoes. It can also be helpful to wear moisture-wicking socks that help keep the feet dry and be sure to change your socks frequently if perspiration is a problem.

Treatment for Athlete’s Foot

Several options are available for treating athlete’s foot. Mild cases of athlete’s foot can sometimes be successfully treated with over-the-counter topical anti-fungal ointments and creams. Serious or persistent cases of athlete’s foot, on the other hand, require stronger treatments only available by prescription. If you think that your condition requires these more powerful treatments, a visit to our Livonia office can determine whether a prescription-strength oral anti-fungal medication or topical ointment is best for treating your athlete’s foot.

Give us a call!

For athlete’s foot treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Semma, Dr. Bertelle-Semma, or Dr. Stefansky, today by calling Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care's Livonia office at (734) 261-3400. Appointments can also be schedule at one of their other convenient locations by calling (248) 956-0177 for Commerce Township, (248) 549-3338 for Royal Oak, or (734) 261-3400 for Saginaw.

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
May 07, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetic Footcare  

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 Diabetesperipheral 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:

  • Temperature
  • Skin color
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • 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
By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
March 26, 2019
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Treatment  

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
learning more!

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!





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