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By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
September 18, 2018
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are definitely not good for your feet. Some may say not to worry too much about them and others who claim the opposite. What you should know is that they are generally bumps that occur on your big toe joint from friction applied to it as it presses against the inside of your shoe or the toe next to it. Your toe will eventually become bigger due to the bunion forming on it, which can have negative consequences to your stride. As you can imagine, wearing shoes that constrict your feet and that push your feet forward so as to crush your toes against the front of your shoes can causes bunions to develop because of the friction being generated. They also can form due to hereditary reasons or other health ailments.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • You can guess that shoes which fit properly and which leave room for your toes to move can greatly reduce the formation of bunions. 
  • Place pads over your bunions to create a buffer between them and your shoes.
  • Take anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation and to provide relief from pain.
  • Put orthotics in your shoes to assist with preventing pressure from building up around your toes.
  • Bunion surgery may be required to remove the bunion and to realign the joint if the bunion has caused significant deformities. This procedure can provide great relief from pain and give you the added benefit of starting fresh with toes that are free of bunions. Recovery may take several months.

Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM will provide you with outstanding foot care. If you’re suffering from painful bunions, we encourage you to contact us to make an appointment now! We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. We look forward to treating your bunions with proficiency and diligence. Look over our Patient Education section for more helpful information about bunions and other foot and ankle complications.  

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
September 12, 2018
Tags: diabetes   skin grafting   foot ulcers  

Skin grafting for those with advanced foot conditions can provide for great benefits including reinstating mobility, promoting movement and even saving limbs. Patients with diabetes in particular greatly benefit from this type of treatment as the graft replaces tissue on their feet to help heal foot ulcers. This can actually save the foot and prevent amputations!

Skin grafts can be produced from living or non-living tissue. Once the graft is placed over an open wound, it will steadily provide for viable skin growth. Skin grafting for foot ulcers is accomplished by taking healthy skin from other areas of the body and covering the ulcer with it. Burn victims or those with severe injuries may also benefit from skin grafts. Due to the many benefits of skin grafting, this treatment should be utilized immediately when required.

The foot surgeon will work with you to determine if a thinner or thicker graft is more appropriate for your wound. Thick grafts are more durable, retain more of the skin’s natural pigmentation and also allow for more sensation to be preserved. Areas directly on top of tendons, cartilage or bone should be avoided because they will not receive enough blood for proper healing.

A skin graft should stick to the wound successfully a week after the grafting surgery. Keep the area around the wound moist and apply abundant anti-microbial materials.

Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM can assist you with the power of skin grafts to heal your foot and ankle wounds. If you’re ready to begin the healing process, please contact us to make an appointment today! We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. We look forward to providing you with our services in the hopes that your feet can be treated with care and spared any further complications. Also, review our Patient Education library for more helpful tips! 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
September 05, 2018
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

It’s not a surprise that ingrown toenails are uncomfortable and even painful complications. You do not, however, want to be in the position to have to take up the fight against them, since they occur as your toenail drives itself below the skin of your toe! Toenails generally grow along the top of the skin, but ingrown toenails cause pain and can become infected as the nail cuts into the skin. When ingrown toenails aren’t cared for after they first develop, complications can result. A minor inflammation can grow into an infection which can find its way into other parts of your body.

Factors leading to ingrown toenails are self-cutting nails in the wrong way, genetic problems or tight-fitting footwear. Improper footwear is actually the biggest problem. Shoes that are too tight can place an abnormal amount of pressure on the big toe, which can force the nail to bend into the skin of the toe!

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • You need to cut your toenails evenly.
  • Use open-toed shoes so to prevent large pressure forces from being placed on your toenails by other types of shoes.
  • Use padding to avoid toenails from hitting into the shoes. 
  • Have them cut to ensure that an infection does not develop.
  • Alternatively, the whole toenail may need to be detached to allow for the new nail to come in properly. The nail bed may require antibiotic treatment to abolish an infection that could have been caused by the ingrown toenail.

Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM will be able to assist with providing relief from your ingrown toenail through appropriate treatment. If you’re ready to be finished with the pain of ingrown toenails, please contact us to make an appointment. We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. We look forward to providing you with exceptional service! Also, check out our Patient Education section for more helpful tips!

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
September 05, 2018
Category: toenail fungus

Toenail Fungus is not something to discuss with friends since it can be embarrassing and cause health complications when not dealt with appropriately. It’s caused by fungi that grow and thrive in areas that are hot and moist. These areas can be found everywhere we look, from our public facilities to our own shoes! Toenail fungus causes damage to the nail via thickening, brittleness, strong odors and discoloration. Since it can spread to other nails, it should be treated with haste to prevent it from becoming a larger problem. The fungus that assaults the toenail can also occur from an unclean or improper pedicure. It is highly recommended to treat toenail fungus early on. If not, it will require more significant treatment to destroy.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Please use shoes that are clean and dry and change them frequently to prevent fungal buildup.
  • Use antifungal medicines to destroy the fungal infection. Antibiotics may be necessary to fight off compound infections at the fungal toenail location.
  • Laser treatment is very highly recommended as it can abolish stubborn infections deep underneath the toenail bed where medicated creams cannot reach. Light rays will be focused on the infected toenail to destroy the fungus underneath without major surgery.
  • In contrast, the toenail can be physically removed to destroy the infection and allow for an uninfected nail to grow back.

Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM will be able to assist with providing relief from your fungal toenail through targeted treatment. If you’re ready to be done with the stigma of toenail fungus, please contact us to make an appointment today. We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. We look forward to providing you with the best podiatry services available! Moreover, take a look at our Patient Education library for additional tips and information that can help you recognize foot infections before they become out of control and do something about it in a proactive manner. 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
August 22, 2018

Neuropathy is damage to your peripheral nerves. As this happens, sensation diminishes in your feet. Nerve complications can have various effects on the feet. When combining neuropathy with diabetes, it becomes essential to obtain treatment accordingly as patients with diabetes already have a reduced sensation in their feet due to decreased blood flow. Apart from diabetes, causes of neuropathy include certain cancer medications since they have side effects that can cause complications for nerves; hereditary problems that can cause neuropathy to occur; arthritic complications in the feet and ankles; traumatic injuries that can have negative effects on the nerves in your feet. To diagnose neuropathy, your doctor will attempt to locate the central location where your nerve pain is emanating from or will utilize a biopsy to find out the extent of damage that may have been caused. Due to the serious nature of neuropathy, it becomes important to counteract any symptoms early on to preserve proper sensation in your feet.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Participate in physical therapy.
  • Wear the right type of footwear so as not to aggravate the nerves in your foot.
  • Place custom orthotics in your shoes. This can help to counteract pressures from specific areas of your feet. For those with diabetes, orthotics can help to reduce pressure in your foot and prevent aches.
  • Surgical procedures may be used to treat the variations in nerve sensations produced by neuropathy. Surgery may also help to remove the impinging nerve if it cannot be controlled with other methods.

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 best course of treatment to help control the pain and loss of sensation that your feet may be experiencing from neuropathy. Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above for an appointment and look over our Patient Education library for more information about this and many other foot issues.  

 





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