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May 2023

Tuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00

Risk Factors for Spraining an Ankle

Ankle sprains are a common injury for people who are active in sports, but they also can happen to anyone. Certain behaviors put a person at more risk for this type of injury. A typical risk factor is embarking on strenuous physical activity when your body is not in shape. Another is pushing through muscle and ligament fatigue, toward the end of a run for instance, rather than resting for a little while before continuing. A third risk factor for ankle sprains is not warming up thoroughly before an activity. This causes tight muscles and ligaments to be more likely to tear. Carrying extra weight is another contributor to the likelihood of spraining an ankle, because of an increased load on the joint. Ill-fitting or inappropriate footwear is another factor. This applies in ordinary life, such as walking on slippery surfaces in high heels, not just during athletic endeavors. Anyone who has previously sprained an ankle is at more risk of incurring another such injury. Making sure the previously injured ankle has completely healed before resuming activity can help to prevent this. For more information on ankle sprains, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. 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.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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, 23 May 2023 00:00

How Stretches Can Benefit the Feet

Given the many sources of pain and tightness our feet can endure in life, it behooves us to take regular care of our feet, including stretching them. Moving around in daily life, airplane flights, long car rides, and vigorous exercise can all impact the comfort of our feet. Painful, swollen feet can lead to pain above the feet as well, including the ankles, knees, hips, and back. Stretches can be performed to soothe the feet, improve flexibility, and help with circulation. A few examples of foot stretches include the point and flex exercise, the foot prayer, and the inner ankle stretch. The point and flex exercise is done while sitting on the floor or a workout bench with the feet pointed out in front of you. From this position, point and flex the feet and toes repeatedly. The foot prayer consists of sitting in the same position and then rotating the feet inward, bringing the soles of the feet together. Hold for three seconds before straightening the legs out and repeating. The inner ankle stretch also starts with the feet pointed out in front of you and the feet flexed. The feet should then be rotated outward until a gentle stretch is felt in the inner ankle and foot. As with the prior exercise, stretching should be held for three seconds and repeated. If you regularly suffer from foot pain or tightness and want more information on stretches you can do for your feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for further discussion on this issue.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Bazzi Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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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Tuesday, 16 May 2023 00:00

Facts About Bone Spurs on the Feet

Bone spurs can form on any joint, but the feet are a common location, especially for patients who are 60 years old or above. The reason for this is that bone spurs, medically known as osteophytes, generally take years to grow. They are most often found on the ankle, heel, or big toe. Bone spurs form when bones rub against each other, which is generally the result of wear and tear of a joint, combined with the loss of the cartilage that separates the bones. People with osteoarthritis frequently develop bone spurs. Young athletes may develop bone spurs from injuries that occur during sports. Symptoms of a bone spur include aching pain that worsens with activity, swelling, tingling and numbness, or stiffness. In many cases, however, bone spurs may form without displaying any symptoms at all. An X-ray is thought to be the best way to determine if you have a bone spur. Treatment for bone spurs may include wearing protective padding in the shoes, having cortisone injections, losing weight, and doing certain foot exercises. In some cases, surgery may be a remedy. For more information on how to deal with bone spurs, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Bazzi Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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A staggering number of seniors fall every year, and their feet may become injured. A broken foot or toe can wreak havoc in enjoying daily activities, and there are effective fall prevention methods that can be implemented that may help to avoid this. The majority of falls occur in the living environment, and making simple changes can help to avoid mishaps. These can include removing worn rugs, clearing clutter, and improving existing lighting. It is beneficial to have routine physical and eye examinations, which is helpful in updating medication and eyeglasses. Additionally, many people install grab bars in the toilet and shower area, as well as stepping on non-slip bath mats. Seniors become fearful after falling, and this may be eliminated when fall prevention methods are put into place. If you would like more information about how falling can affect the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide expert advice on this topic.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Bazzi Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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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Wednesday, 03 May 2023 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

What Causes the Seeds in Seed Warts?

A seed wart can result when an individual comes into direct contact with the human papillomavirus, or HPV. This skin growth can be quite unsightly and typically forms on the bottom, or sole, of the foot. They are characterized by the presence of very small black dots, known as seeds, in the center of the wart. Interestingly, these seeds are not really seeds in the traditional use of the word. Rather, these seeds are actually just tiny blood vessels that have become clotted. Therefore, although these tiny dots might look like seeds, they are in fact just blood vessels. The virus that causes seed warts is extremely contagious and can be spread by skin-to-skin contact and by other means. If you are someone that may have a seed wart, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can analyze and address your foot problem.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Bazzi Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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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