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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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foot-skeletonAt UFC 175, Uriah Hall scored the victory Thiago Santos but not without some damage. Presumably during the fight, Hall sustained a broken toe. Commentators remain unsure of the injury’s origins, but it became noticeable when Hall limped midway through the first round after countering a powerful kick from Santos.

Hall experienced difficulty moving around after that, but he somehow managed to ignore the pain and defeated Santos. After the fight he posted a photograph of an X-ray of his foot online that showed that the second toe in his right foot was horribly dislocated.

Broken toes hurt. If you think your toe is broken, contact podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can evaluate the severity of your injury and help you decide how you want to proceed with your treatment.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe with ease.
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe
  • injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe.

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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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running-shoes1Scientists at the University of Calgary are aiming to figure out why running shoes apparently haven’t improved much over the years in spite of decades of expensive research. They think that the key might lie in the comfort of a pair of footwear.

If a shoe feels good on the feet, the school’s faculty argues, then that must indicate that it’s a natural fit for the body and therefore should increase the wearer’s performance. They’re currently in the process of planning a study to conduct to determine if there’s any significant relationship between a pair of footwear’s comfort level and its effects on the wearer’s biomechanics.

Any seasoned runner knows that there are important differences between walking and running shoes. If you need advice about these differences, contact podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can go over the components of each type of shoe with you in detail and answer any questions you might have.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

Heel – walking shoes also have a beveled or angled heel. This helps absorb shock.

For more information about the Differences Between Walking and Running Shoes, 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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foot-skeletonThe fight between Uriah Hall and Thiago Santos at UFC 175 this week ended with a victory for Hall. However, he also broke his toe at some point in the middle of the opening round, causing his performance to be much more uneven than usual.

Hall was visibly in a lot of pain for most of the fight, and spoke briefly with a UFC physician during the third round. But in the end he ignored the discomfort and trounced Santos handily. A later medical examination eventually revealed that one of the bones in the second toe of his right foot was horrifically dislocated.

Broken toes are obviously incredibly painful, so it’s a wonder that Hall was able to make it all the way through his match. If you are struggling to deal with a broken toe, speak to podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz will check out the injured area and recommend the form of treatment that he thinks will be most effective.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe with ease.
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe
  • injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe.

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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shoes-officeAs U.S. President, Barack Obama needs to be on his feet with all of the meetings and delegations he must attend. Although our leader is known for being quite healthy and active, the American president has been dealing with pain in his right foot. Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, Obama’s physician, stated that Obama’s symptoms are consistent with “regular recurring plantar fasciitis”.

Chronic plantar fasciitis tends to be common among middle aged people for many reasons, with overworked feet being one of them. At 52 and being full-time leader for America, such symptoms come as no surprise for President Obama. Fortunately, our president remains up to the task and continues to maintain an active lifestyle.

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition. If you are suffering from heel pain, consult with podiatrist Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz can treat your foot or ankle needs.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.       Requires multiple sessions.       This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.       This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

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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Monday, 30 June 2014 19:20

Pronation A Factor with Running Shoes

old-sneakersAccording to Britt Aboutaleb of Yahoo! Beauty, the following questions should be answered when it comes to running: “How often do you run? How many miles? Do you run on a treadmill, the road, a trail? Are you training for anything? What’s your average pace?” Aboutaleb came to these conclusions after a recent visit to a Nike store.

Nike took shoe specification a step further by conducting a shoe fitting test on Aboutaleb . The video was later analyzed by the Nike in-store app to conclude the angle at which Aboutaleb’s foot hit the ground and rolled; this refers to the foot’s pronation. Determining factors such as foot pronation, overpronation, or supinating feet will help pinpoint what running shoes that fit best for the individual’s foot.

Choosing the right running shoe should be an investment made with consideration. For more information, see Dr. Harvey Lefkowitz, DPM of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Dr. Lefkowitz will help address your footwear related concerns.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Although it seems simple, running is in fact a complex movement that places stress on the joints, bones, and ligaments of the body. To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes is centered around pronation, which is the rolling of the ankle from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. Runners who supinate require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

To learn about your foot type, visit a local shop that specializes in running shoes. Professionals will be able to measure your stride, gait, and arch type and inform you of your footwear needs, which come in handy for future reference.

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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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.

Learn more about getting back into sports after foot and ankle injury by following 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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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.

To learn more about broken foot and its treatment, please follow 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, 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.

To learn more about finding the right shoe size for you, and online shopping follow 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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