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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 09:49

NYFW and Tips for High Heels

Constantly seeing high heels during Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week is not an unusual sight. It is that time of the year when looking fashion forward is the top priority. Although heels are huge fashion statements that come in all shapes, sizes and colors, caring for the feet must also become a high priority.  Topical BioMedics, Inc. has come up with some tips to avoid the pain created by wearing heels for fashion week.

Some tips include making sure the heels fit well, choosing a chunky heel rather than a stiletto, and elevating your legs for a few minutes to reduce swelling and promote circulation. Wearing high heels can result in problems such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sprained or swollen ankles, blisters, aching feet, hammertoes, corns, and many other painful conditions.

Although being highly fashionable is important to some, high heels can detrimentally affect the feet and caring for them should be of equal or greater importance. To learn more, see one of our podiatrists of Michigan Foot and Ankle. We will answer all of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet
High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.


What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?
If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Michigan. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Dr. Glenn Lichtwark and his colleagues at the University of Queensland have conducted two research experiments that suggest there are other muscles that support the arch than just the plantar fascia. With this information, there can be innovation in the way shoes are created, prostheses, robotics, rehabilitation, as well as a greater understanding of the evolution of bipedalism.

The first study used weights to measure the movements of muscles in the feet. The second study used electrical stimulation to study how the arch rose when certain tissues were stimulated. Whenever tissue other than the plantar fascia moved in these studies, it proved that there are other supporting muscles for the arch.

The biomechanics are the workings behind the components that manage your feet. If you would like more information, see podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.   

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.


Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.


Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Michigan. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 21:57

Athlete’s Foot Remedies Made at Home

Patients suffering from Athlete’s Foot wishing to refrain from synthetic drugs can opt for a more holistic route and use natural remedies. For example, you might want to apply apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil directly onto areas of the foot affected by the condition.

There is also a variety of liquid solutions that can be made to wash the feet in. For one solution, mix one part white vinegar with two parts warm water, soaking the feet can soak for fifteen minutes. You can also grind garlic into a fine paste and mix into a tub of water to create another solution. A third solution is boiling neem leaves in water for ten minutes, allow water to cool, and wash the feet in this twice a day.


Athlete’s foot can be treated with either prescription drugs or natural remedies like those aforementioned. Consult with podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.


Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools. 


Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present. 


What is Tinea?

- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.

For more information about Athlete’s Foot, follow the 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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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 21:53

Harrison Ford Recovering from Foot Injury

Harrison Ford had been on the set filming Star Wars: Episode VII when a heavy door fell off of the Millennium Falcon and landed on his foot. When this occurred, the movie’s production had to be delayed for two weeks in order to allow the actor to get treatment for the broken bone in his limb.

In the following weeks Ford was frequently seen walking around Santa Monica with a cast and crutches, although it eventually came to where he only wore a bandage on his injured foot. Disney claims that the new Star Wars film will be still be released in December 2015 as planned.

Even Han Solo is potentially susceptible to problems while working on his feet. If you experience foot pain or an injury while on the job, visit podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz will provide you with a comprehensive prognosis and do his best to treat your condition.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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, 10 September 2014 15:26

Orthotics Can Assist With Painful Conditions

 Brandi Schlossberg believes that making use of orthotics can help address painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Foot orthotics work can treat plantar fasciitis since they can reduce the pressure being placed on the heel and spread any shock being absorbed by the foot.  

Additionally, orthotics can improve the foot’s biomechanics of the feet. Having good or improved biomechanics can prevent or reduce the likelihood of plantar fasciitis. However, as with any treatment, Schlossberg advises consulting with a physician first before wearing foot orthotics.

Foot orthotics serve a wide range of usefulness when it comes to foot and ankle conditions. If you are undergoing discomfort in your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?

Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

Why might you need orthotics?

Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

For more information about Ankle Foot Orthotics, please follow the 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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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 21:04

Running Injuries Studied by American Military

The Army of the United States needs to make sure their soldiers are fighting fit. To aid with keeping the units’ feet in good shape, The Army conducted the Born To Run story line and the forefoot/rearfoot debate. The study delved into past-year injury rates among 1027 soldiers, which included 232 women who were injured.

“There are no large studies evaluating differences in injury profiles between heel strike and non-heel-strike runners,” one poster notes. “Due to high musculoskeletal injury rates in soldiers, a better understanding of the potential relationship between foot strike and injury could be beneficial to the military services.”

Running can be a great way to keep your body healthy, but it can also lead to injuries if you’re not careful. If you have a running injury, or are concerned about getting one, contact Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can instruct you on proper running techniques and help you keep your lower extremities safe.

How to Prevent Running Injuries
Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule.

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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http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/nfl/players/full/15804.png&w=65&h=90&scale=crop&background=0xcccccc&transparent=falseDee Milliner of the New York Jets has a high ankle sprain. The team hasn’t announced details of the diagnosis, but the severe swelling of the ankle indicates that it might be a Grade 2 sprain. This means that the cornerback could be out for four to six weeks.

Unfortunately Milliner will have to miss the first game of the Jets’ regular season. For the time being the team will likely call on Antonio Allen and Ellis Lankster as cornerbacks. "We feel confident that it's healing nicely," Rex Ryan, coach of the Jets, said when describing the condition of Milliner’s ankle.

Ankle sprains usually heal without much problem, but they can sometimes be hard to deal with on your own. For professional help with a sprained ankle, consider seeing podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can get you the comprehensive treatment you need.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?
This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.
What are the Symptoms?

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

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?
Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.
Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

 
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, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle. 
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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Deborah Cole Thomas has contended with osteoarthritis for over 10 years. As a result of her arthritic condition, the 60 year old underwent multiple surgeries and requires pain medication on a regular basis to ease the pain.
The University of Pittsburgh is conducting research to aid patients like Thomas, who are forced to struggle with their arthritic conditions. Cellular and molecular engineering expert Rocky S. Tuan has his team use 3-dimensional printers to make replacement joints out of stem cells and scaffolding material. According to Tuan’s research, the artificial joints are more efficient than metal and plastic joints.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz will examine your lower extremities and do everything he can to help alleviate your joint pain.

 

Arthritic Foot Care
In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.
It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.

For more information about Arthritic Foot Care, follow the 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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pic1Basanta Kumar Singha Roy tried to get to the top of Dhaulagiri last year, but the conditions were too extreme for him and he decided to turn back. Along the way down he discovered a leak in his oxygen tank. His climbing partner rushed to get help, leaving Roy to wait. His feet went numb and he lost consciousness for a while before help finally arrived.

Roy ended up losing two of his toes and a hammertoe from his right foot. While many people would be devastated by such an experience, he came away from it wanting to go back to mountain climbing as soon as he could. Now Roy is gearing up for an expedition to the top of Neelkanth in the Himalayas. “Making a comeback was not that tough, because mountaineering has been a passion all my life and I owe it to my family because of their full support,” he said.

Hammertoes are extremely painful and would probably make an activity like mountain climbing very difficult. If you think you might have a hammertoe, see podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitzcan diagnose your foot deformity and recommend a fitting form of care.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

For more information about Hammertoes, follow the 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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Torn AchillesAaron Ross, a cornerback who has six seasons with the New York Giants under his belt, tore his Achilles tendon while performing the initial conditioning drill for the Baltimore Ravens. His injury will prevent him from playing during the 2014-2015 season.

Ross, 31, was hoping to be chosen as Baltimore’s third cornerback. His Achilles tear comes on the heels of a back injury he sustained last year after only playing four games. “That’s a tough break for him,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Ross’ situation.

Recovering from an Achilles tendon injury can take a long time and a lot of careful treatment. For assistance with a problem in your Achilles, talk to podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz will give you all the information you need to know about your injury and get you the care you need.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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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