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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!

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
July 12, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Plantar fasciitis is a very common foot problem. Although it tends to be more common among people who engage in certain types of plantar fasciitisphysical activity like running, spend a lot of time on their feet, or have low arches (flat feet), anyone can develop plantar fasciitis. The podiatrists at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Randy Semma and Dr. Michelle Bartelle-Semma offer a number of treatment options for plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle injuries in Livonia, MI.

Plantar Fasciitis Prevention and Treatment in Livonia, MI

Heel pain is one of the most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis, which is caused by inflammation or strain/tears to the plantar fascia ligament. Most people experience a sharp stabbing pain in the heel first thing in the morning, after exercise, or from spending an extended amount of time on their feet.

In addition to physical strain and foot design, other factors that may increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis include:

  • Age (more common in people over the age of 40)
  • Being overweight, which can add additional strain on the foot
  • Spending long amounts of time on your feet

How is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?

Some cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated conservatively. Your podiatrist may recommend a course of physical therapy, orthotics or splints to provide greater arch support, and lifestyle modifications to reach and maintain a healthy weight. If conservative treatments are ineffective or you suffer from chronic heel pain due to plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist may also recommend steroid injections or Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT), which uses sound waves to target inflamed tissue.

Find a Podiatrist in Livonia, MI

For more information about prevention and treatment for plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle problems, contact Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care by calling (734) 261-3400 to schedule an appointment in Livonia, (248) 549-3338 in Royal Oak, or (248) 956-0177 in Township, MI.

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
April 23, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: heel pain  

How your podiatrists in Livonia, Royal Oak, and Commerce Township, MI, can help with heel painheel pain

If you suffer from heel pain, you already know how annoying it can be. You have things to do, and people to see, but your heel pain can keep you on the couch. Don’t ignore your heel pain and hope it goes away on its own because it may get worse. Podiatrists, Dr. Randy Semma and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care want to share the facts about heel pain and what you can do to get relief. They have two convenient office locations in Royal Oa, and Livonia, MI, to help you and your feet.

There are some simple reasons why you might experience heel pain, and you can usually get some relief with home remedies. These are just a few of the more common reasons for heel pain:

  • Dry skin, which can cause deep cracks and fissures on your heel and cause heel pain; you should always apply a thick, cream moisturizer to your heels especially in summer when your feet are exposed.
  • Heel bruises, which are caused by stepping on sharp objects; you can try icing your heel several times each day and remember to wear supportive, protective shoes.
  • Bone spurs, which are caused by muscle and ligament strain or excess calcium deposits; bone spurs aren’t a condition you can treat yourself. You need to call the experts at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care.

Plantar fasciitis, which is caused by inflammation of the thick band of tissue which runs across your heel, the plantar fascia; you can try icing your heel and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, but your best line of defense is calling the experts at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care. They have several effective treatments including:

  • Padding and taping your heel and foot
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Custom orthotics, walking casts, or night splints
  • Cortisone injections into your heel

Get some help for your heel pain by talking with the experts. You depend on your feet to take you through life, so don’t ignore them. Instead, pick up the phone and call your podiatrists, Dr. Randy Semma and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care, with offices in Livonia, Royal Oak, and Commerce Township, MI. Call today!

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
October 05, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Paying extra attention to your feet can help you avoid serious health complications if you have diabetes. Podiatrists Dr. Randy Bernstein, diabetic foot careDr. Randy Semma, and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma of Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Commerce Township, Livonia and Royal Oak, MI, discuss diabetic foot care and share a few tips.

What foot problems can occur as a result of diabetes?

Glucose, a natural form of sugar produced by your body, serves as a source of energy for your cells, muscles and organs. When you have diabetes, you produce too much glucose. If your diabetes isn't controlled, you can experience a range of health problems, including vision impairment and kidney and heart disease.

High blood sugar levels increase wound healing time. If a sore on your foot becomes infected, it can be very hard to fight the infection, even with antibiotics. High levels can also damage nerves throughout your body, including those in your feet. Unfortunately, you'll no longer feel painful sensations that can indicate the presence of an infection if you have severe nerve damage.

What can I do to prevent these complications?

Decreasing your risk of these serious complications can be as easy as:

  • Scheduling Daily Foot Examinations: If you can't feel your feet, you won't be able to tell if you have a sore or blister. Take a look at your feet once every day. Switch to another pair of shoes if you see a red spot from too-tight shoes. Call our Commerce Township, Livonia or Royal Oak office if you notice any signs of trouble, such as open sores, blisters, calluses, ingrown toenails, calluses, skin color changes, red streaks or warm or cold feelings in your feet.
  • Choosing Comfortable Shoes: Shoes that don't fit well or are too tight can rub against your feet, causing blisters. Look for shoes that not only provide ample room for your feet, but also cushion them.
  • Wearing Orthotics: Orthotics, podiatrist-designed shoe inserts, can be helpful in decreasing pressure that can lead to blisters.
  • Visiting the Foot Doctor: Even small wounds or blisters can quickly become infected if you have diabetes. Visiting the podiatrist at the first sign of trouble can help you avoid complications that can threaten your health.

Are you concerned about a diabetic foot care issue? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Bernstein, Semma and Bertelle-Semma of Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care by calling (248) 956-0177 for the Commerce Township, MI, office, (734) 261-3400 for the Livonia office and (248) 549-3338 for the Royal Oak, MI, office.

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
June 12, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: heel pain  

Find out what might be causing your heel pain and when to seek medical attention.heel pain

Heel pain is an annoying issue, and one of the most common complaints we hear about. Most people will deal with heel pain at some point during their lifetime and for many people, the cause is plantar fasciitis. Our Royal Oak, Commerce Township and Livonia, MI, podiatrists Dr. Randy Bernstein, Dr. Randy Semma and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma are here to provide you with a little more insight into how plantar fasciitis happens and when you should see a doctor about your heel pain.

What is plantar fasciitis?

There is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the heel to the toes. This tissue is known as the plantar fascia and it provides support to the arches of your feet. If you have plantar fasciitis, this means that there is inflammation and irritation.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

There are many reasons why you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis. This condition is more common in older individuals, as well as those who are athletic or have to be on their feet for long periods of time. You may notice pain in just one foot or you may have plantar fasciitis in both.

You may also be prone to plantar fasciitis if you suddenly increase the intensity or duration of your exercise regimen. Perhaps you have only been running a couple miles on the treadmill but you suddenly decide to run another extra mile outside on rocky terrain. This can lead to some pretty inflamed fascia.

If you wear shoes that don’t provide enough support or are too old, if you have flat feet or high arches, or if you are overweight, you may also be prone to plantar fasciitis.

When should I see my Royal Oak, Commerce Township, or Livonia, MI, podiatrists?

There is a lot of information on the Internet regarding ways to handle your plantar fasciitis, from avoiding high-impact exercises to icing the heel to wearing orthotics. Most cases of plantar fasciitis will go away on their own with the proper care. Of course, if you think you may have plantar fasciitis, it’s a good idea to give us a call. Any new symptoms or changes to your feet should always be assessed, just to be on the safe side.

If your heel pain is also accompanied by numbness or tingling in the heel, a fever, redness or skin around the heel that’s warm to the touch, then you should give us a call right away, as you may have an infection. If at-home treatment doesn’t ease your symptoms and heel pain doesn’t go away in a week, it’s also a good time to turn to us for more effective care.

Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care is dedicated to serving the Livonia, Royal Oak and Commerce Township, MI, areas to provide you with the comprehensive foot care you need. Whether you are dealing with diabetes or heel pain, we offer the treatment and care you need whenever you need it most.