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November 2023

The journey from childhood to adulthood is marked by numerous transformations, and the evolution of your feet is no exception. Children's feet, characterized by their pliability and cartilage dominance, are more susceptible to external influences. Their arches may appear flat, and the bones are still developing. As children age, these structures solidify, forming the more defined arches and shapes typical of adult feet. Moreover, the fat pads on children's feet provide natural cushioning, while adults may experience thinning of these pads over time. The growth patterns and proportions differ significantly, with children's feet being relatively wider in comparison to their length. Recognizing these distinctions is vital for selecting appropriate footwear and addressing potential concerns in either developmental stage. If you would like additional knowledge about how adult and children’s feet vary, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, 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.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the joints, and the feet are often one of the first areas to display symptoms. Understanding the signs of RA in the feet is essential for early diagnosis and effective management of this chronic condition. One common symptom of RA in the feet is joint pain and stiffness. Affected individuals may experience discomfort in the joints of the toes, ankles, or the midfoot. This pain is typically more pronounced in the morning and may improve with movement. Swelling is another noticeable sign. RA can cause inflammation in the synovium, a lining that surrounds joints. When this occurs in the feet, it leads to visible swelling, making it harder to wear shoes comfortably. Deformities, such as bunions, claw toes, or hammertoes, can also develop due to the erosion of joint tissues. These ailments are often accompanied by limited mobility in the affected toes. If you notice these symptoms in your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose RA, and help you to manage this condition. 

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Bazzi Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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Tuesday, 14 November 2023 00:00

Managing Stubborn Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungal infections, medically known as onychomycosis, can lead to brittle, crumbly, or ragged nails, and even separation of the nail from the nail bed. While completely curing toenail fungus can be challenging, there are effective treatments available to manage the condition. Toenail tissue is harder and thicker, which prevents antifungal creams from penetrating effectively. Even antifungal drugs taken in pill form have limited success, because toenails grow slowly and have low metabolic activity. Prescription topical products, in the form of clear lacquers, applied directly to the toenails may take up to a year to produce noticeable results, even if applied daily.  For more severe infections, oral medications taken daily in pill form for approximately three months may have a higher rate of success, potentially about 80 percent. However, they can cause side effects such as stomach upset, diarrhea, and, in rare cases, liver damage. Laser treatments, a relatively new approach to combating toenail fungus, penetrate the nail tissue to break down the fungus. Some studies have reported success rates ranging from 60 percent to 75 percent. For advice with toenail fungal infections, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, 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.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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As people age, their feet undergo changes, leading to potential issues like falls, foot ulcers, and discomfort. It is important to evaluate the feet as an essential part of older adults' regular health regimen that can identify and address foot-related concerns. Foot pain and ailments are prevalent among the elderly, necessitating consistent foot maintenance. Some individuals may struggle with basic foot care tasks, such as regular examination, washing, drying, moisturizing the feet, and trimming toenails. Additionally, a routine foot check can identify common issues and help in fall prevention. If you are elderly or taking care of an older person, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to set up a schedule for regular foot examinations and necessary care.

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Bazzi Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

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

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Wednesday, 01 November 2023 00:00

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Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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