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alvaro-saborioCosta Rican footballer Alvaro Saborio sustained a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Sadly, this unfortunate piece of news means Saborio will not be participating in the World Cup this summer. Saborio incurred his injury during a morning training session and was escorted off the field immediately upon injury. As a result of the fracture Saborio just might require surgery depending on the injury’s actual severity. This leaves a 6-12 week recovery window, causing Saborio to miss the 2014 World Cup. Saborio has appeared 93 times and has scored 32 international goals thus far, making this a heavy loss to the team.

Returning to sports from foot and ankle injuries is not necessarily a simple process. If you sustained a foot or ankle injury and want to get back in the game, see podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can address your foot and ankle needs.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

Sprained ankles are a frustrating and painful ordeal many athletes go through. Recovery from a sprained ankle usually involves the RICE method. This includes:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

In addition, athletes should consider wearing an ankle brace in order to keep the ankle stabilized and alleviate any pain as it heals.

Stress fractures that occur in the foot and ankle come in two types. This includes stable and displaced. Stable stress fractures do not consist of any shifting in bone alignment while displaced stress fractures involve bone ends that do not line up.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Ferndale, MI or Milford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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ice-on-footTIME magazine says that the state of your health can be revealed through your feet. For example, baldness in the toes and feet indicate a lack of circulation while diabetes or cancer can show through wounds that do not heal. A sign of gout can be an enlarged big toe while skin that is flaky, peeling or itchy could be a fungal infection. Address any and all symptoms of the feet and ankles, as it may be a serious infection or condition. Without treatment, the condition can progress into something worse and potentially permanent.

All feet deserve everyday foot care no matter what. For assistance, see podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can address your foot and ankle needs.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Ferndale, MI or Milford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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TIME magazine says that the state of your health can be revealed through your feet. For example, baldness in the toes and feet indicate a lack of circulation while diabetes or cancer can show through wounds that do not heal. A sign of gout can be an enlarged big toe while skin that is flaky, peeling or itchy could be a fungal infection. Address any and all symptoms of the feet and ankles, as it may be a serious infection or condition. Without treatment, the condition can progress into something worse and potentially permanent.

All feet deserve everyday foot care no matter what. For assistance, see podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can address your foot and ankle needs.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Ferndale, MI or Milford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 19:54

NHL Player Sustains Broken Foot

Pittsburgh Penguins player Kris Letang sustained a fractured foot, putting this season to a freeze for the 27 year old. Renaud Love took to social media to announce Letang’s injury: ‘Kris Letang suffered a broken foot (game 6) and broken hand (game 7) vs Rangers. Can't workout for the next 4 weeks.’

Letang will begin the first year of his eight-year $58 million contract next season. Letang appeared in only 37 games this season as a result of suffering a stroke. Unfortunately, Letang now has a fractured hand and foot to contend with, causing the start of his career to be rather icy.

A broken foot can break more than just bones. If you or a loved one suffered a foot or ankle injury, see podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can treat your foot and ankle injuries.  

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is 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 (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Ferndale, MI or Milford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 16:44

Community Provides Aid to Reach Major Goal

easter-sealsEaster Seals is a charity organization that wants to provide aid for developing countries. To do just that, Easter Seals made a pledge to collect 1000 bags of gently used footwear for donation. If Easter Seals can make their goal of by the start of this month, then Funds2Orgs will provide them with ten thousand dollars.

To make sure the goal is met, the entire community is getting involved in this gathering. Some of the pairs of hands being offered come from steel mill workers, retirement residences, and even a local mall. So far the community gathered about 300 bags, 200 of which have been put together by students. When it comes to involvement and progress, development officer Carolyn Bunting O’Connor says that “We’re pleased, very pleased.”

Shoes need to be the right size. If you are in need of assistance finding your size, see podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can answer your podiatric questions.

Getting the right shoe size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. For example, a size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible, fancy shoes that are not so comfortable can be saved for events where the occasion expects a fancier look.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Ferndale, MI or Milford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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45 year old runner Laura Caradonna-Dubiel  has made similar times in the five consecutive Boston Marathons she participated in. Considering she did not run in 2012 or 2013, she was surprised to see her 2014 time tie in similar with the others.

"I didn’t run the last two years, as I had Morton’s neuroma. That is nerve damage between toes. It causes your toes to go numb, and it can be extremely painful if you try to run on it," said Caradonna-Dubiel. Caradonna-Dubiel utilized orthotic inserts and was administered cortisone shots to prepare for this year’s marathon, making a return after a two year hiatus.

Like many podiatric conditions, Morton’s Neuroma can be very painful. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your foot or ankle, talk to podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can treat your foot and ankle conditions.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?


-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot. The podiatrist will also apply pressure to the foot or toe area to replicate the pain a person experiences when active.

For more information on the treatment of diabetes, visit our link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Ferndale, MI or Milford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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diabetic-foot-care11Sixty year old Deborah Cole Thomas has struggled with osteoarthritis in her feet and ankles since 2002. Thomas received multiple surgeries due to her condition and is administered pain medication on a constant basis.

The University of Pittsburgh is conducting research to aid patients suffering from the devastating effects of osteoarthritis. Cellular and molecular engineering expert Rocky S. Tuan has his team using 3D printers to make replacement joints out of stem cells and scaffolding material. According to Tuan’s research, the artificial joints just might be more effective than the metal and plastic joints that are used now.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary. If you are contending with foot or ankle pain, consult podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can help you with your foot and ankle needs.

When Surgery is Necessary
Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

  • Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
  • Painful nerves
  • Congenital deformities
  • Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Ferndale, MI or Milford, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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diabetic-foot-care3Diabetic patients often struggle with neuropathy, or nerve damage of the feet. Fortunately, a device may be able to detect neuropathy of the feet by detecting sweat. A stick-on pad changes from blue to pink when the feet are healthy. However, the color stays blue if there are any potential nerve complications, according to Roger Dobson of DailyMail.  

A new study conducted at the Oxford University examined the results of about 3,000 subjects. Fortunately, the results found the device to be 86 percent accurate according to DailyMail. “This is an exciting innovation. In association with a yearly foot screen and referral to the podiatry services, this will reduce the risk of amputations, Lond Diabetic Foot Network chairwoman Stella Vig said. “At present, up to 50 per cent of amputations may be preventable - no patient should ignore their feet.”

Diabetics need good foot care. If you are diabetic, see podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz will treat your podiatry needs.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

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