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By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
December 06, 2017
Category: foot surgery
Tags: Bunions   Flat Feet   arthritis  

Reconstruction of the foot can appear daunting, but it may be the only viable option for foot treatment. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can help with this type of procedure at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Our Patient Education section can also help shed some light on this form of foot surgery.

Reconstructive Foot Surgery may be necessary for a variety of reasons and may be used to mend defects at birth, illnesses, traumas or other complications. Once conservative treatment options have been ruled out, this form of reconstructive surgery may be the only viable alternative for alleviating pain and restoring mobility. Vascular diseases, infections, hereditary issues or arthritis are some conditions that warrant this procedure.

Other conditions such as bunions could require reconstructive surgery to remove the associated bump on the big toe or to realign and fuse bones to repair it. Flat feet may require the rebuilding of an arch to restore it and to allow routine activities. Arthritis may require reconstructing and replacing joints. Patients with diabetes may require limb reconstruction or an amputation to save remaining functions of the foot. Moreover, there can be a number of procedures depending on specific conditions to restore functionality and alleviate pain.

Reconstructive surgery can include all areas of the foot such as tendons, joints or bones. It may require pins or plates since the given procedure can be complicated and potentially require a customized treatment strategy that combines different techniques such as cutting and repairing injured ligaments, transferring tendons, realigning bones and joint fusions and replacements. In these instances, the use of devices like wires or plates may be necessary to keep the foot stable and steady during the healing process.

If you are experiencing foot pain or discomfort, we recommend that you contact us sooner than later to allow our podiatrists to create a treatment plan specific to your condition to help restore your feet and leave you pain free.

           

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
November 30, 2017
Category: Foot Fungus
Tags: Athlete's foot  

Athlete’s Foot is one of those foot conditions that can spread and must be treated with care to subside. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, will help your foot recover from this condition. Visit us at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668.

Athlete’s Foot is a fungal skin infection on the foot that produces feelings of irritation, burning or peeling of the skin. As this condition progresses without treatment, it can cause blistering and cracking of the skin, not to mention foot odor. The fungus that causes this condition thrives in warm and damp areas, such as in-between toes. It can spread easily through direct or indirect contact through towels or from the floors of shared locker rooms or public pools. Our Patient Education section has helpful information about this condition as well.

This condition is more common in men and athletes since they generally wear footwear that is closed and can become very warm and moist after high intensity activities. To prevent and treat athlete's foot, shoes should be disinfected to make it harder for fungus to grow while keeping them clean and dry. Socks that absorb moisture are also helpful. These methods should be followed by using anti-fungal medications via powder or oral forms. Since this condition can return easily, it is recommended that further steps be taken to ensure that the foot has a good chance of avoiding its reoccurrence. These actions include choosing leather or open toe shoes to allow the foot to air out, washing feet on a daily basis, drying feet properly when required, using foot powders to completely dry out feet, wearing footwear like sandals when utilizing a public pool or locker room to prevent any fungus from the floor from getting into contact with the skin of the foot and changing socks regularly to prevent fungus from building up within them.

The above methods of treatment can seriously help your feet overcome this condition. Please contact us when you can to help your feet beat athlete’s foot.

            

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
November 20, 2017
Category: Foot injuries

Sports injuries to the feet are common for those who participate in athletics. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can help you to recover from your sports injuries and have you running again with a purpose. Visit us at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Also, check out our Patient Education section for more information.

Sports Related Injuries to the feet can cause lasting problems to anyone, but especially to those who participate in intense activities. It is therefore important to help athletes remain active and heal at the same time. This can for example be accomplished by using a boot to promote healing, so that other forms of exercising can still be utilized, such as with workouts using weights. These types of injuries are, however, hard to treat due to the stress that sports puts on the feet because they act as shock absorbers. Common causes that make feet more prone to sustaining injuries include trauma, improper warm-ups, overly intense exercises, poor footwear and running or jumping on rough surfaces.

Preventative actions to take include:

  • Warming up prior to and after sports activities.
  • Building up muscle strength before taking on higher intense activities.
  • Stretching frequently.
  • Refraining from running if experiencing pain in the foot.
  • Utilizing equipment for support and protection of the feet.
  • Replacing athletic footwear when the tread wears out.
  • Using properly fitting shoes at all times, even for casual events.

Surgery will help if the above methods do not prevent or relieve a sports related foot injury. When time is of the essence, surgery will almost always be used to get an athlete back to playing their particular sport instead of trying conservative treatments that may not work as effectively. Since sports related injuries can greatly affect the functionality of your feet, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can work with you to ensure that your feet are trained to win!

                                                      

           

 

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
November 15, 2017
Tags: Bunions   arthritis  

Bunions are definitely annoying, but can cause significant problems when not cared for right away. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can help to treat your bunions. Visit us at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668.

A Bunion is seen when the big toe points in the direction of the second toe. This causes a bump on the inside of the big toe. This condition can cause the front of the foot to look wider at the front. The pressures exerted on the bunion from shoes can aggravate the skin on it, which is not meant to undergo the forces of the shoe. This condition is worse in women due to the types of shoes that women wear. It can also be genetic or can happen more readily in those with foot deformities. A bunion becomes more painful as extra bone develops at the big toe, along with a sac filled with fluid. To learn more about bunions and many other conditions, check out our Patient Education section.

Factors leading to a bunion can include:

  • Wearing narrow or high-heeled shoes.
  • Arthritis.
  • Severe trauma to the toes.
  • Legs of unequal length.
  • Certain foot problems (e.g. flatfoot, over-pronation, etc.).

Bunions can also cause blisters, calluses or damage to the nerves in the foot. Treatment involves placing splints or spacers in between toes to help realign them, exercises and wearing comfortable and supportive shoes. When surgery is required, it involves removing the bump from the big toe, followed by a cast to immobilize the foot. Weight-bearing should also be avoided during the initial stages of healing. Bunions can potentially be helped with self-treatment, but can also require surgery when left alone without any treatment. It’s a good idea to contact us now so that we can examine your feet for any bunions and provide you with great treatment plans to allow your feet to push bunions to the side!

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
November 09, 2017
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails have a tendency to dig into the skin of your toes and cause significant problems. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can provide your feet with targeted treatment plans for helping with this condition. Visit us at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. 

 

Ingrown toenails happen when the nail plate of the toenail grows into the skin. When this condition is not treated on a timely basis, it can develop into an infection or abscess. Ingrown toenails are usually found in adults and normally occur in the big toe. Factors leading to this condition include poorly fitting shoes, an improper nail-trimming method, fungal infections causing thickened toenails, traumatic injuries near the nail or genetic predispositions acquired later in life. Signs that you have an ingrown toenail include a reddened toenail that’s painful and inflamed. Treatment for this condition includes soaking feet in warm water, utilizing antibiotics to fight resulting infections, trimming toenails correctly, not wearing high-heeled shoes or those with tight-fitting toe boxes, and wearing sandals or other open toe shoes.

 

If a severe infection develops, it may be necessary to perform a surgical procedure to correct this condition. Surgery will remove the nail bed or drain an abscess. Also, a medical professional can use a special chemical to stop the growth of cells in the section of the nail that was digging into the skin. That portion of the nail will not regrow and cause the same problem again.

 

To learn more about this and many other conditions, please carefully review our Patient Education section to discover more preventive techniques and other helpful information to keep your foot and ankle health in the best shape they can be in. If you have symptoms of this condition and your feet are experiencing pain, please contact us for an appointment today so that we can help put an end to your painful ingrown toenails.

 




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