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By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
April 18, 2018
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail Fungus can, unfortunately, be caused by thyroid complications, yet many do not realize that this common foot condition is related to such an important gland in the body. The thyroid is a small gland located in the neck and is responsible for warming up the body, regulating an immune response, maintaining metabolism and directing growth. Toenails can actually be a sign of bodily problems and fungal toenails can be a byproduct of an imbalance. The reason this connection exists is that the thyroid hormone is what controls the strength of cardiac contractions. So the more robust contractions are, the greater the amount of blood will be supplied to body parts, such as the toes. Thus, when contractions are weaker and provide less blood flow, the toes will receive decreased amounts of oxygen, get cold and allow for an environment favorable to fungus.

Signs that a fungal infection is developing are an odor, discomfort, and issues with mobility. Overactive thyroids will cause excess hormones and result in the nail pulling away from nail beds. This can not only cause severe pain but also allow for the fungus to easily reach underneath the nail.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Attacking the underlying thyroid condition will help to ensure that fungal infections don’t become repetitive. Use of thyroid medication will be helpful in this regard.
  • Utilizing anti-fungal medications to prevent the fungal infection from spreading.
  • Wearing clean socks and changing them frequently to prevent fungal buildup within them.
  • Keeping feet dry to prevent favorable conditions for fungal growth.
  • Utilizing open-toed footwear as much as possible to allow for toes to receive fresh air.

It’s important to understand the role that other parts of the body may have on the feet. Please contact us today 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 will treat your toenail fungus with care. Please call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and check out our Patient Education section for additional information.

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
April 11, 2018

Bunions form as bumpy areas of skin at the bottom of the big toe or on the outside of it. They occur as the big toe moves in the direction of the second toe and changes the arrangement of the big toe, causing it to angle out and thereafter become swollen. This condition can make high-intensity activities such as jogging painful. Moreover, if those who jog wear shoes that are too narrow, it can cause irritation to the big toe and increase the likelihood of bunions forming. This condition can cause other complications, especially when jogging, such as corns or calluses due to sweat that develops in shoes. Bunions may actually result in a lowered range of movement for the toe and continued discomfort.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Use of toe spacers to prevent friction between the big and second toes.  
  • Utilizing orthotics to reduce pressure on the toes.
  • Use of ice to reduce inflammation.
  • Use of corticosteroids that are injected into the toe to reduce swelling.
  • Surgical procedures may be required if this condition was not treated timely. Such surgery will include cutting and relocating the bone. Other procedures involve removing swollen tissue around the big toe and straightening the big toe.

This condition can cause many issues in general; however, those who jog have an increased risk of long-term pain if treatment is not sought timely. Please contact us today 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 help to alleviate pain from your toes due to bunions and provide any necessary procedures to remove them for lasting relief. Please call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and take a moment to look over our Patient Education section for other beneficial material that can help you better understand what precautions can be taken to keep your foot and ankle health in peak shape!

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
April 05, 2018
Category: Foot injuries
Tags: foot burns   skin graft  

A Skin Graft may be used to permanently substitute injured or lost skin. It can also be used temporarily to cover a deep wound. Those who sustain third-degree burns on their feet will have those burned areas of their skin destroyed as well as have an injury to the tissues underneath. In these cases, skin grafting is generally required. Skin grafting is not, however, used for first or second-degree burns since they can usually heal in an acceptable manner without them. Skin grafts are slender layers of skin taken from another part of the body to be used as covering to guard the body from loss of fluids, regulate temperature and keep bacteria or viruses at bay. Moreover, the overall health of a patient can be perilous having undergone severe burns, and this treatment can provide immense benefits during the healing period.

Treatment via this procedure involves:

  • Split-thickness skin grafts can be used and are secured with staples and covered with gauzes. This type of graft will not be successful if the site to be covered is draining or bleeding.
  • Refrain from allowing direct sunlight to reflect on the skin graft to prevent discoloration of the skin.
  • Try not to stretch the skin graft through exercise for up to a month after surgery to ensure healing.
  • Physical therapy can be helpful in limiting the chances of scar tissue after healing. This form of therapy may involve the use of splints and stretches to maximize elasticity of the skin.

Skin grafts can be an amazing form of treatment to preserve exposed parts of the body that may have been burned harshly. Please contact us today 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 methods available to provide optimal skin grafting outcomes. Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and don’t hesitate to look at our Patient Education section for other helpful data.

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
March 29, 2018

Ankle Replacement Surgery can be a novel and wise choice when facing unrelenting ankle destabilization. This surgical procedure is designed to substitute the ankle joint with a synthetic joint and is generally chosen to combat the arthritic pain of the ankle. The technology behind this innovative procedure has developed to allow greater access to it and provides a great option for those seeking to alleviate their ankle pain.

In regards to the structure of the ankle, ligaments embrace the bones of the ankle that are covered with cartilage. When this cartilage is worn away from arthritis, the pain will occur that can become severe with age since the bones will start to rub against each other and cause inflammation. This procedure helps to restore ankle health and allow for normal motion. Ankle fusion has been a usual procedure to combat arthritic pain; however, it prevents the ankle joint from moving. There is also partial ankle replacement surgery which substitutes injured parts of the ankle in an effort to retain some of the original joints. In fact, check out this YouTube link to see how one of our patients benefited immensely from this procedure.

The mechanism for this procedure includes:

  • Injured portions of the ankle joint (or the whole joint) will be removed and metal parts will be placed into the tibia and the ankle bone.
  • Subsequent to this procedure, the recovering ankle should not bear weight until the pain starts to subside.
  • Support devices such as crutches should be used for up to a month to ensure proper healing.           

This procedure can benefit those who cannot manage their ankle pain with conservative treatment. Please contact us today 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 help to give your ankles the revitalization they need. Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and take a moment to look at our Patient Education section for further information. 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
March 21, 2018
Tags: Corns  

Corns are hardened layers of the skin occurring from too much pressure, especially between the toes. Can you guess what would cause that type of pressure on the toes? It’s not your comfortable and wide pair of sneakers. It’s actually not that hard to figure out that the culprits are those stiletto heels and narrow wedged shoes that cost a small fortune, but which also cause great discomfort to your feet. Don’t believe that corns are all talk and no show because if they start coming into contact with nerves or bones, the real pain will start soon after. They also cause swelling from pulling on the skin which can lead to uneven skin coloration.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Using Epsom salts to soak the corns, which will soften the outer layers and make it easy to remove them.
  • Using quality footwear that’s beautiful from the inside first and that are made with soft materials. Use different shoes throughout the week so that one pair does not wear out too quickly.
  • Using insoles to provide relief from pressure that can cause feet to ache.
  • Padding is similarly helpful in reducing friction against the toes.

Corns start out as reactions to the choices we make when it comes to footwear. They may seem harmless but can develop into a rude awakening for your toes. To avoid your feet aching from this condition, please take the time to contact us for smart treatment that can alleviate your pain and help you to discover better ways of treating your feet. Here 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 ensure that you are receiving the very best care possible for your corns. Call our office at any of the numbers provided above to start getting your toes free of corns, and don’t forget to check out our Patient Education section for even more information! 





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