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Posts for: December, 2016

By Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers
December 22, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Frostbite  

With the harsh winter elements, getting frostbite isn’t as impossible as it may seem. Protect your feet during the frigid months.

Your nose isn’t the only thing that Jack Frost will nip at this winter. Any time skin is exposed to severe cold you leave this sensitive tissue vulnerable to damage. And if the elements are cold enough to freeze, cells begin to die. While it might seem impossible to believe that frostbite could happen to you, our Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI podiatrists, Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy and Dr. Kristen Patterson, are here to give you some insight into how to safeguard your feet this winter.

What are the symptoms of frostbite?

There are different stages of frostbite to look out for. The first stage is when the toes turn bright red and are cold to the touch. As frostbite progresses, the toes start to change color to purple and blue, and then black. Black toes are the first indicator of severe frostbite. Those who have nerve damage in their feet or diabetes are at high risk, so it’s important that you seek medical attention right away.

Another symptom of frostbite includes numbness in the toes. Of course, there are other conditions that can cause numbness, so, if you are experiencing this, it’s important that you call our Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights foot doctors right away.

How do I protect my feet?

To protect your feet from the elements, here are some tips to follow:

  1. When the weather dips below freezing, it’s time to double up on socks. We aren’t kidding. Choose a moisture-wicking sock as the first pair to put on. Then cover this first sock with a wool sock.
  2. However, socks can’t do all the work. You also have to choose good shoes to wear when you are outside. Shoes should be waterproof and tall enough to cover your ankles. Shoes shouldn’t be too tight, as tight shoes can increase your chances of frostbite. When you go shoe shopping, wear both sets of socks to help you determine which shoes will actually fit you the best and protect your feet during the winter.
  3. If your clothes get wet this can also put you at risk for developing frostbite, so it’s important to make sure snow can’t actually get into your shoes. If your feet turn red and start throbbing or stinging, you better head indoors right away.

Don’t let the bitter winter environment affect your health. If you are concerned about protecting your feet, or if you are displaying symptoms of frostbite, it’s time to turn to Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI for proper and immediate care.


By Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers
December 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear  

Heels

While high-heeled shoes may look stylish or complement your favorite outfit, they are rarely the best option for a woman's feet. According to a study by the American Podiatric Medical Association, 39 percent of women wear high heels every day; of the women who wear heels daily, three out of four reported foot problems. Despite these numbers, many women continue to underestimate the health risks associated with high heels.

High-heeled shoes disrupt the body's alignment, crowd the toes and force the body's weight onto the ball of the foot. Wearing heels can contribute to a variety of foot and ankle problems, including:
 

  • Achilles tendonitis: The Achilles tendon and calf muscles tighten and shorten as the front of the foot moves down in relation to the heel. This causes stress and painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon.

  • Bunion:. Narrow-toed shoes can cause a bony growth on the joint at the base of the big toe. The bunion forces the big toe to slant in toward the other toes, resulting in discomfort, blisters, corns and calluses.

  • Hammertoes: A narrow toe box crowds the smaller toes into a bent, claw-like position at the middle joint.

  • Metatarsalgia: Continued high heel wear can lead to joint pain in the ball of the foot as a result of heels forcing the body's weight to be redistributed.

  • Ankle injuries: Because heels impair balance and increase the risk of falling, ankle sprains and fractures are common.

  • Pump Bump: The rigid back of a pump-style shoe can cause pressure that irritates the heel bone, creating a bony enlargement known as Haglund's deformity.

  • Neuromas: A narrow toe box and high heel can compress and create a thickening of tissue around a nerve between the third and fourth toes, leading to pain and numbness in the toes.


Still not willing to ditch the heels? There are ways to relieve some of the damaging effects of high heels.
 

  • Avoid heels taller than 2 inches

  • Choose thicker, more stable heels. Thicker heels are still stylish, plus they lessen the stress on your feet and provide better shock absorption.

  • If you must wear heels, wear your gym shoes or flats for commuting and change into your heels once you arrive to your destination.

  • Stretch and massage your calf, heel, and foot muscles. This helps relax the muscles and tendons and prevents them from tightening and shortening.

  • Avoid shoes with pointed toes


High heel shoes can cause pain and foot deformities that can last a lifetime. So the next time you go to slip on your heels for a long day at work or a night out, consider the consequences and rethink your options. If foot pain persists, visit us for treatment.


By Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers
December 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail Fungus

Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus can be painful, irritating and embarrassing. When you experience trauma to your nail, the nail bed is lifted, allowing fungus to invade. Without treatment, this fungus can grow and spread, particularly in dark, warm, moist environments, such as socks and shoes.

Common signs and symptoms of toenail fungus include:

  • Discoloring or yellowing of the nail

  • Thickening or crumbling of the nail

  • Swelling around the nail

  • Disfigured nails

  • Streaks or spots down the side of the nail

  • Foul-smelling debris under the nail

  • Pain and discomfort

  • Complete nail loss

Prevention is Key

Fungal infections can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails, but toenail fungus is more difficult to treat because toenails grow more slowly. Because removal of the fungus is challenging, prevention plays an important role in treatment.

  • Keep nails neatly trimmed.

  • Practice good foot hygiene, including daily washing with soap and water, drying feet and toes carefully, and changing shoes regularly.

  • Always wear shoes in public areas, such as showers, locker rooms and pools.

  • Wear comfortable shoes that aren't too tight.

  • Avoid wearing nail polish for long periods, as it prevents the nail from breathing and can seal in fungus.

Treatment of Toenail Fungus

If you do develop toenail fungus, especially if the infection has become painful, visit our office. People with a chronic illness like diabetes should always see a podiatrist if they notice any changes in their nails, as it may be an indication of a more serious issue.

To eliminate the fungus, a podiatrist may remove as much of the infected nail as possible by trimming, filing or dissolving it. Oral or topical antifungal medications may also be prescribed to treat the infection. Laser treatment options are also sometimes available.

It’s only for severe, chronic infections that surgical removal of the nail might be recommended. Our office can help diagnose the cause of your toenail troubles, and make the best recommendation for treatment.




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