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By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
July 12, 2018
Tags: ankle sprains  

Ankle sprains can be very painful or a minor discomfort. It depends on how severe the injury is to the ligaments as they play a crucial role in ankle sprains. They basically stretch beyond their capabilities. Those who have frequent sprains may develop long-term joint pain and failing movement. Many ligaments hold the bones of your feet together, and the ones located on the outside of the ankle usually sprain. Ligaments on the inside of the ankle, however, are tougher and do not sprain as easily. Sprains happening higher up on the ankle may take longer to heal. When ankle sprains happen suddenly, it is usually because of a sudden and unexpected twist that occurs. Symptoms include inflammation or sensitivity.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Rest your injured ankle to begin the recovery process.
  • Use ice to reduce swelling.  
  • Elevate the ankle to reduce inflammation.
  • Physical therapy can help to increase the range of movement and strengthen the ankle, as well as reducing the chance of another sprain occurring.
  • Surgery will be needed to restore the damaged ligaments.
  • Ankle replacement surgery may be required if multiple sprains cause significant damage to the ligaments.
  • Crutches will assist with relieving weight off of the injured ankle.
  • Moreover, arthroscopic surgery utilizes cameras to view the ankle joint and make reconstructive incisions to repair torn ligaments and repair any further injuries caused by the sprain.

Contact us at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM can assist you with overcoming your ankle sprain and bring relief to your ankle pain with the goal of making your ankle resistant to future sprains. Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and look over our Patient Education library to learn more about ankle sprains. These injuries can be immobilizing and frequent if you don’t take the appropriate precautions early on rather than late into the injury.

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
July 02, 2018
Tags: Neuromas  

Neuromas are a force to be reckoned with since they cause abnormalities with nerve stimulation. They basically produce pain in the foot that appears as discomfort in the ball of your foot. This can also be a feeling of numbness, depending on how far the neuroma has developed. Neuromas are non-cancerous growths of nerves that are located between the toes. Severe trauma may also increase the chances of nerve damage to the feet, resulting in eventual swelling of those nerves. Symptoms may include random pain in the foot, numbness, burning, and pain that radiates back and forth between the toes.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Use orthotics to lessen the amount of burden placed on the nerves.
  • Take medications that minimize swelling such as cortisone injections.
  • Use shoes that fit correctly and that leave plenty of room for the toes to move.
  • Physical therapy will help to manage nerve pain.
  • Medical procedures that use chemicals injected into the damaged nerve to destroy it are another form of treatment that may be sought when conservative methods do not work.
  • Another form of treatment is the use of electricity to stimulate and shock the nerves. This method may be used when other treatments are not successful.
  • Surgical procedures to remove offending nerves would be a last resort, but may be necessary if the pain caused by the neuroma is beyond less invasive treatments.

Contact us at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers,  located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM will address the cause of your neuromas, work with you on preventative methods to stop them from occurring and treat your present neuromas with the latest techniques to eliminate the pain. Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and look over our Patient Education library to learn more about what complications your feet can undergo from lack of proper care.

 

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
June 27, 2018
Tags: treatment   Corns  

Corns tend to be a problem, even though they might not interfere with foot function for some. They grow on the top of the feet and can also happen when a bone is misshapen. They become difficult and obvious when infected. Corns are also generally more likely to develop when the toes are slender. The shape of the toes may allow for corns to be more prevalent if there is a great amount of sweat in that location. Corns can be hard or soft and can form from inappropriately sized shoes for your feet, from abstaining from using socks when wearing shoes and from the pressure that causes frequent friction on the foot. Corns are also present in the feet of athletes, those who spend long periods of time on their feet and anyone who is exposed to uneven pressures on the foot caused by shoes.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Try scraping away the skin of corn with a pumice stone. Make sure that the foot is soaked in warm water prior to attempting this.  Otherwise, a medical professional will be better suited for removing the dead skin layers to access the corn.
  • Use support devices such as wedges to reduce pressure.
  • Place custom-fitted orthotics to redistribute pressure away from the toes.
  • Padding will also be helpful.
  • Use shoes that fit correctly.
  • Use creams that are medicated to kill any infections and especially powders to lessen any sweat between the toes.
  • Surgical procedures can also be helpful to remove deformed bones. This can be very helpful in the prevention of corns.

Contact us at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, will determine the cause of your corns and provide quality treatment to help prevent them from causing problems to your toes again! Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and look over our Patient Education section for more helpful foot and ankle information.

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
June 21, 2018
Category: Foot Fungus

Laser Treatment is almost too good to be true. You won’t believe how simple, yet how effective this form of treatment can be. If you have nail fungus that’s getting more and more stubborn, this can be your solution to eradicating the fungus without the need for invasive treatment.

Fungal toenails can become discolored, brittle and painful. Your toenails can break and lead to other complications. With laser treatment, light rays are fixated on the nail, penetrating it and snuffing out any fungus. The contagion starts out as an unappealing prospect but can soon after turn the toenail flimsy and sensitive to pain if not treated timely. Laser treatment has no damaging side effects since it focuses on the infected portion of the toenail only. As the fungus is destroyed, the new nail that grows in will do so in a healthy manner, with longevity and strength. This form of technology is promising and you can get in on it now!

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • The light rays will travel through your nail and onto the fungus deep underneath the toenail.
  • The laser beams will burn the fungus without causing pain to the rest of the toe and, more importantly, without removing the toenail.  
  • Decrease the amount of time your toes stay wet or in damp and warm areas.
  • Wash your toes regularly so that after this treatment you do not get another fungal nail infection. Hygiene is of the utmost importance in the front line of fighting off toenail fungus.

Contact us at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers  located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI where our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM can help you overcome toe fungus in an efficient and pain free manner! Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and look over our Patient Education section to learn more about the effects that foot complications can have on your routine and what you can do to avoid them in the future.   

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
June 13, 2018
Tags: Flat Feet   orthotics  

Flat Feet can be a problem or not. It depends on your particular feet and how severe the lack of your arch has become. Flat feet happen when the tendons in your foot fail to keep their elasticity and rigidity. The tendons are left loose and the foot fails to form an arch. This absence of an arch causes an unusual pace that can have lasting and undesirable effects on your well-being. When the arch of the foot collapses, the heel bone can become modified and put unusual amounts of pressure on the ankle.

Flat feet can also occur as you get older if the arch falls from its natural position. Injuries brought on by flat feet can cause the foot’s ligaments to yield, creating a situation where the joints fall out of their proper placement. When the ligaments rip, flat feet are prone to occur.

Flat feet can be flexible or rigid. A flexible flat foot causes the foot to form an arch that’s scrawny and falls flat when you put weight on your leg. A rigid version produces a fully fallen arch that is always flat. As you can see, it depends on what type of pain you are experiencing and how flat your foot has become to determine when you may need treatment.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Use of orthotics to redistribute pressure away from the arch and to also give it support.
  • Consider using support devices such as braces.
  • Surgery may be required to help recover the arch and to provide the support that your foot requires.

Contact us at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers,  located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM will utilize the best treatment methods for your individual situation. Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and look over our Patient Education library to learn more about how you can take active measures to reduce your chances of developing other foot and ankle conditions. 





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