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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
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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.
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
- 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.
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.
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
Ingrown toenails are an uncomfortable but very common foot problem. Dr. Randy Semma and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma see many patients who are experiencing the discomfort of ingrown toenails at their Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care practices in Livonia, Royal Oak, and Commerce Township, MI. Fortunately, treatment for ingrown nails is typically simple and straightforward. You'll learn more as we answer some frequently-asked questions about ingrown toenails in this post.
What is an ingrown toenail?
Most commonly affecting the big toe on one or both sides, ingrowth happens when the edges of the nail begin to push into the skin that surrounds it. This breaks the skin, which leads to redness, swelling, pain, and even infection. Many of our patients at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care tell our podiatrists that their toe is very tender and hurts to place even slight pressure on it.
How do ingrown toenails happen?
When your podiatrist treats ingrown toenails, it's often because of an improper nail trimming technique. Some people have a tendency to cut their nails so they're curved like the shape of the toe, which leads to the edges growing into the skin. Trimming straight across will lessen your chances of ingrowth. Tight-fitting socks, stockings, or shoes can also cause the toenails to grow incorrectly, as can a prior injury that disrupts the normal growth of the nail. It's also been determined that ingrown toenails are hereditary.
How are ingrown toenails treated?
Your Commerce Township podiatrist will start with an examination that includes a discussion with you about your symptoms. If you do have an ingrown toenail, part of the nail may be removed to stop the improper growth pattern; you may need a local anesthetic. It may also be necessary to take antibiotics if an infection is present. It is especially important for people with circulation issues, such as those with diabetes, to seek treatment for an ingrown toenail right away.
For evaluation of any foot or ankle-related issue, including ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma or Dr. Randy Semma at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care today. We have locations in Commerce Township, Livonia, and Royal Oak, MI, for your convenience.
The feet undergo a great deal of stress daily. Whether walking, jogging, climbing stairs, or standing for extended periods, the feet endure daily wear and tear, which can lead to foot pain. Pain can develop in any area of the feet, including the heels, ankles, and toes. There are several treatment options for alleviating foot pain. At Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Randy Bernstein, Dr. Randy Semma, and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma are your podiatrists for treatment of such conditions as bunions, ankle injuries, or plantar fasciitis in Royal Oak, MI.
A common source of foot pain around the toe area is bunions. Bunions are bony protrusions that develop on the side of the foot near the big toe when the toe joint slips out of place. Since bunions protrude outward, they are easily irritated as the shoe’s interior rubs against them throughout the day. Fortunately, there are several treatment options for alleviating the pain associated with bunions. Treatment includes wearing orthotic inserts or wearing footwear with a roomy toe box. Surgery to remove the bunion and realign the toe joint is another option.
Ankle injuries are another common source of foot pain. Sprained ankles, in particular, are a common injury. When an ankle is sprained, the ligaments inside become stretched or torn, which often results in acute foot pain. Left untreated, an ankle injury can result in long-term or chronic foot and ankle pain, which underscores the importance of seeking treatment. Treatments for ankle injuries include resting the ankle, applying ice, using compression bandages, or undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments.
Heel conditions are another reason for foot pain. Two of the most common types of heel conditions are plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinosis, also known as tendonitis. Plantar fasciitis is associated with pain on the bottom of the heel, while achilles tendinosis is associated with pain at the back of the heel along the achilles tendon. In Royal Oak, plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis treatments include wearing orthotic shoe inserts, physical therapy, applying ice to the heels, resting the feet, or surgery.
Whatever type of foot pain you are experiencing, there are treatments that can help. In Royal Oak, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinosis, and other types of foot pain can all be treated by the podiatrists at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bernstein, Dr. Semma, and Dr. Bertelle-Semma, call one of the three locations. For Royal Oak, call (248) 549-3338. For Livonia, call (734) 261-3400 or call (248) 956-0177 for the Commerce Township location.