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By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
November 19, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Fungal toenails are a common podiatric problem. Characterized by very thick, brittle, and yellow-to-brown nails (particularly on the big foot fungustoes) onychomycosis is both embarrassing and medically concerning. Here at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia, Royal Oak, and Saginaw, MI, your podiatrists, Drs. Randy Semma, Michele Bertelle-Semma, and Stacey Stefansky, diagnose and treat toenail fungus, giving people clearer, healthier nails.


What causes onychomycosis?

Fungus is everywhere, and these microbes just love the moist, dark environments of sweaty shoes and socks, and thrive on people who have compromised immune systems, diabetes, and some inherited foot structures. Traumatic injury to the foot and tight shoes contribute to fungal toenails, too.

Berkley Wellness reports that about 10 percent of the American population has onychomycosis on one or both feet. With increasing age comes greater incidence of this problem, and treatment is very important. After all, toenail fungus will not resolve by itself!


Diagnosis and treatment of fungal toenails

If you're concerned about how your toenails look and feel, see one of our experienced foot doctors in Livonia, Royal Oak, and Saginaw, MI, today. They see many cases of toenail fungus and often recommend one or more tried and true treatments to eradicate it for good.

Your individualized care plan may include:

  • Oral or topical anti-fungal treatments
  • Change in footwear to something with more room in the toe boxes and better circulation of air
  • Wearing clean, moisture-wicking socks every day
  • Daily washing of your feet with soap and water


Maybe it's no big deal

Here at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care, your team of experienced and caring podiatrists will get to bottom of your fungal toenails and set you on the path to healthier feet. Call us for a consultation. We have three locations to serve you.

In Livonia, phone us at (731) 261-3400. In Royal Oak or Saginaw, call (248) 549-3338.

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
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.