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Friday, 01 March 2024 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Hallux valgus, commonly known as a bunion, is a medical condition that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. This condition occurs when the big toe deviates towards the smaller toes, causing a bony protrusion on the side of the foot. Bunions can result from various factors such as genetics, improper footwear, and structural foot abnormalities. Symptoms of hallux valgus include pain, swelling, and redness around the big toe joint, often aggravated by wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes. As the bunion progresses, it may lead to difficulty in finding comfortable footwear, corns or calluses, and restricted joint movement. While conservative measures like wearing proper footwear and orthotic inserts may provide relief, severe cases may require surgical intervention to correct the deformity and alleviate symptoms. Understanding hallux valgus and its symptoms is critical for early intervention and effective management, promoting foot health and overall well-being. If you have developed a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief methods.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Bazzi Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Detroit, West Detroit, Northwest Detroit, Sterling Heights, Hamtramck, Dearborn Heights, and Madison Heights, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Treatment for a broken foot typically involves rest, elevation, and taking anti-inflammatory medications to manage pain and swelling. Healing times differ depending on the severity of the break. Symptoms also vary, including pain, difficulty moving the foot, and tenderness. Differentiating between a broken foot and a sprain can be challenging, but fractures generally result in more intense and continuous pain. Treatment options include immobilization with a cast, surgical intervention for severe cases, and rehabilitation exercises. Prevention measures include wearing appropriate footwear and maintaining bone health with a balanced diet and regular exercise. If you have sustained a foot fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible. Prompt medical attention and adherence to treatment guidelines are essential for successful healing.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Bazzi Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Detroit, West Detroit, Northwest Detroit, Sterling Heights, Hamtramck, Dearborn Heights, and Madison Heights, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Foot conditions in children can arise for a variety of reasons, often requiring attention and intervention to ensure optimal foot health and development. Flat feet, a condition where the arches of the feet are lower than usual, are a common concern among children. While flat feet often resolve on their own as the child grows, persistent issues may require orthotic intervention to provide support and promote proper alignment. Another prevalent issue is ingrown toenails, which occur when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain and discomfort. Wearing tight or improperly fitted footwear is a common culprit behind ingrown toenails. Additionally, conditions such as plantar warts, athlete's foot, and foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes may affect children's feet. Regular foot inspections, proper footwear, and seeking prompt medical attention from a podiatrist for any concerning symptoms are essential practices to address foot problems in children. If you are concerned about your children’s feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can ease your mind while pinpointing and treating the specific condition.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Bazzi Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Detroit, West Detroit, Northwest Detroit, Sterling Heights, Hamtramck, Dearborn Heights, and Madison Heights, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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