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By Dr. Jeffrey Frederick
April 09, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

Flower pot in the gardenGardening is a great way to spend time outdoors while also working the soil to reap benefits of fresh flowers and produce. Although gardening is not a high impact sport or dangerous activity according to many, garden-related injuries are actually quite common. These injuries typically occur in the spring or the beginning of summer when those first few sunny days inspire energetic and eager yard workers to begin weeding, pruning and digging after many cold months sitting inside. Taking care to prevent foot problems and other injuries can keep you going strong in your garden or yard all summer long.

Lawnmower accidents top the list for the most common injury in the yard, and affect about 70,000 people annually. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission statistics estimates that 800 children are run over by riding mowers or small tractors, 75 people are killed and 20,000 injured, with one in five deaths involving a child. It can’t be emphasized enough: be careful, be careful, be careful!

Believe it or not, stubbing a toe on a garden ornament can lead to not only excruciating pain, but also fractures or ligament damage. Swelling and pain in the toe can prevent even the most stubborn from walking comfortably for weeks, so it is best to treat the injury aggressively from the beginning with frequent icing, 20 minutes on  and 20 minutes off for the first three days. The use of a wide-toe shoe is helpful to avoid painful compression of the toe, and sometimes crutches are needed for the first week or so.

Soil contaminates consisting of bacteria or other sources of infection, can enter the sin through a small scrape or cut. Sporotrichosis, also known as “Rose gardener’s disease” is caused by a fungus and is spread by roses.  It usually manifests as a skin infection, but can also affect the lungs, joints, bones and even the brain. The skin lesions appear as bumps and if left untreated become larger and look similar to a boil. Also, although it is widely known that dirty cuts can lead to tetanus, be sure your vaccine and booster shot are up to date if you plan to spend much time outdoors this summer!

Thank you for visiting our blog!  Please continue to learn more about your foot care needs by reading other informative articles and by visiting our helpful links. NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is located in Berkley, MI and has been serving people around the Southfield, Berkley, Ferndale, and Royal Oak area for over 30 years.  Request an appointment via our website or call our office at (248) 545-0100.

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By Dr. Jeffrey Frederick
April 09, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: blisters   high heels   calluses  

Graduation pictureSummertime is filled with picture taking – graduations, weddings, parties, etc.  But if you’re someone who deals with arch or heel pain, bunions, or other foot problems, all this time in high heels may make your feet suffer.  Some say heels are worth the pain and potential lifetime deformity, as the photos themselves can be lasting memories as well.  But can’t a compromise be made?

Wedges, heels, sandals typically are made with fashion as the #1 priority, and comfort generally second. Keep in mind that many foot care products are made which can make heels tolerable for wearing during photos and other important moments at your special event. For bunion pain, applying a pad over the bony prominence may relieve some pain associated with rubbing from the shoe. If you have painful calluses or a thinning of the protective fat pad on the bottom of your feet, try using gel inserts to lessen the friction on the skin surface.  Blisters and corns can be relieved by gel band-aids or skin-colored tape.

Pay careful attention to the fit and feel of the shoe before you leave the store to better assess your potential problems, and pick up a few extra pads to put in your purse for after the event starts. A few dollars on foot products could save you a lot of grief later on. Don’t forget that graduation photos tend to focus from the gown up, so save yourself the trouble and skip the heels in the first place!

For events that require a lot of standing and walking, try taking along a pair of flats with a thin arch support or cushioned insole.  These ballet-style shoes can be easily tucked into a purse or bag to avoid ruining your perfect outfit. And if you are going away for the weekend, be sure to throw in a pair of athletic shoes for running errands or setting up – you won’t regret it! Let’s me honest, the genuine smile on your face as you are enjoying the event pain-free will far outdo your stylish image, even with those heels.

Thank you for visiting our blog! Please continue to learn more about your foot care needs by reading other informative articles and by visiting our helpful links. NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is located in Berkley, MI and has been serving people around the Southfield, Berkley, Ferndale, and Royal Oak area for over 30 years. Request an appointment via our website or call our office at (248) 545-0100.

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By Dr. Jeffrey Frederick
August 29, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Berkley MI   toe deformities   hammertoe   mallet toe   claw toe   joint   pain  

Deformities of the toes are defined by the specific joint where the toe is contracted.  For example, a “mallet toe” is a contraction of the distal interphalangeal joint, or the end of the toe.  A “claw toe” is contraction at both the two joints of the toe.  And finally, a “hammer toe” is contraction at one joint and extension of the other.  Any of these deformities can lead to pain from rubbing in shoes, causing sensitive corns and calluses. In diabetic or neuropathic patients it is particularly important to monitor these deformities to prevent sores at the contracted portions of the toes.

Hammertoes are caused as a result of overworking of different muscle groups. Most often this occurs in people with decreased arch, or overpronation, and the tendons that flex the toes work harder to provide power with walking, leading to hammertoes.  Another reason can be from the tendons on the top of the foot which overwork due to a high arch foot, or pes cavus.  The last mechanism is due to a weak muscle in the back of the leg (triceps surae) which causes the deep muscles of the lower leg to overwork.

Regardless of the cause of the problem, hammertoes can cause pain and further deformity in the foot.  The surgical options for hammertoes are many, and each year more products become available.  The tradition method for stabilizing a contracted digit surgically has been the use of pins, known as K-wires.  These wires are introduced through the end of the toe to maintain the position of the bones until the fusion site is healed.  Now, many other implants are available and are still undergoing research to determine if they provide better results.

Thank you for visiting our website!  Please continue to learn more about your foot care needs by reading other informative articles and by visiting our helpful links.  NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is located in Berkley, MI and has been serving people around the Southfield, Berkley, Ferndale, and Royal Oak area for over 30 years.  Request an appointment via our website or call our office at (248) 545-0100.