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Posts for: May, 2018

By Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers
May 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health   Aging Feet  

As you age, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself, especially your feet. Foot health tends to decline in seniors for many reasons, including:

∙       Years of walking

∙       Improper footwear

∙       Poor circulation

∙       Diseases related to foot problems such as diabetes and gout

∙       Improperly trimming toenails

When problems are ignored, they may worsen and lead to more dangerous issues. There are easy ways to take care of aging feet and nonsurgical treatments to relieve pain.

When to talk to your doctor

It’s important to know when symptoms are just common aches and pains and when they might be something more serious. Even if your pain isn’t related to something serious, you still need to take care of your feet since they are the foundation of the body. Aging foot pains may cause pain in the knees, hips, or back.

Some symptoms to look out for are:

∙       Brittle or discolored toenails

∙       Discoloration or cold/numb feet

∙       Severe pain in feet and ankles

∙       Blisters or cracked skin

∙       Sores and wounds

Tips for maintaining healthy feet

Taking care of feet is simple and will pay off in the long run. Some easy tips for foot health are:

∙       Inspect your feet and nails regularly

∙       Use soap to wash your feet and always thoroughly dry them

∙       Use lotion to prevent dry, itchy, and cracked skin

∙       Wear properly fitted shoes and clean socks

∙       Trim your toenails regularly

∙       Don’t cross your legs

∙       Elevate your feet when seated

Taking care of aging feet is simple, and your dedicated foot doctors are here to help. Foot care is something you shouldn’t avoid, and individuals that aren’t able to take care of their feet are encouraged to see their podiatrist for foot care appointments. If you have any questions about taking care of your aging feet, call our office today to make an appointment!

By Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers
May 04, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Though an ankle sprain is often thought of as the lesser condition when compared to a broken bone, this is not always the case. A sprain ankle spraincan be serious and cause severe pain and discomfort, making it often confused for a broken bone. Find out the signs that you have sprained your ankle with Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy, and Dr. Kristen Patterson at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers with locations in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, MI.

What is a sprain? 
A sprain occurs when a muscle, tendon, or ligament supporting a joint becomes abnormally stretched or torn. Though most sprains come from one single incident or injury, they can occur due to repetitive motions. A sprain’s symptoms are similar to a broken bone and most doctors will suggest an x-ray to rule out a break or fracture and diagnose a sprain. In some cases, patients experience multiple sprains of the same muscle, which can result in a condition called chronic ankle instability which causes the ankle to turn and become injured easier than normal.

Is my ankle sprained? 
You may experience an incident or injury and experience the symptoms of a sprain directly afterward or the sprain could develop over a longer period of time due to repetitive motions. If your ankle is sprained, you will likely experience serious pain and swelling around the ankle joint, with a very limited range of motion. You may be able to put some weight on the foot, but will likely not be able to support your full body’s weight. Bruising is also common around the sprained ankle joint. If you notice your ankle is deformed, experience severe pain, or cannot put any weight at all on the affected foot, you should seek immediate medical care as these are the signs of a broken bone.

Sprained Ankle Treatments in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens
Treating a sprained ankle often begins with the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four elements allow the body’s natural healing abilities to take over and help the ankle heal on its own without invasive procedures. However, over-the-counter or prescription pain medication, physical therapy, or, in rare cases, surgery to repair the damaged muscle, tendon, or ligament.

For more information on ankle sprains or how your podiatrist can help, please contact Dr. Hosey, Dr. Murphy, and Dr. Patterson at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers with locations in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, MI. Call (586) 263-4411 to schedule your appointment in Clinton Township, (586) 275-3000 to schedule your appointment in Sterling Heights, or (586) 468-5445 to schedule your appointment in Mount Clemens.

By Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.

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