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How to Keep a Sprained Ankle From Becoming Chronic Instability Aug 2nd, 2019

Think about how important your ankle is in supporting your weight and acting as a shock absorber for your body. But too often, people ignore their ankle pain, thinking it will heal on its own.  This can be very dangerous, since a sprained ankle can all too easily lead to...

Summertime Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy Jul 26th, 2019

It’s summer and you're thinking of all the ways you can make the most of your time in the sun. With everything you have going on, the last thing you want to worry about is your feet. But, your feet need special attention this summer to stay healthy. At Michfoot...

How Diabetes Affects Your Feet Jun 14th, 2019

Diabetes is an increasing problem around the world, and more than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with the condition. In addition to causing other health issues, diabetes can lead to serious problems with your feet. Because nerve damage caused by diabetes commonly affects your feet, make sure you’re receiving...

5 Types of Foot Pain Remedied by Laser Therapy May 10th, 2019

Lasers are used in many medical treatments to help promote the body's natural healing responses, ramping up circulation and tissue regeneration to restore function in the feet and ankles, as well as other parts of the body. At Michfoot Surgeons, we use the state-of-the-art MLS laser system, designed to provide...

Banish That Toenail Fungus Before Sandal Season Apr 16th, 2019

Summer is almost here, which means it’s nearly time for sandals and bare feet at the pool or the beach. But if you’re embarrassed by your thick, yellow toenails and have been hiding your feet in thick socks and boots all winter, it’s time to talk to a podiatrist to...

New Solutions for Plantar Fasciitis Pain Mar 14th, 2019

Do you experience pain across the bottom of your foot or your heel? Does it hurt worse in the mornings when you get out of bed or after sitting or standing for a while? If so, you may have a case of plantar fasciitis, a common condition that affects one...

Why PRP is a Boon for Athletes with Achilles Tendonitis Feb 8th, 2019

Inflammation in the large tendon that attaches your calf to your heel bone, the Achilles tendon, can make your favorite activities, such as running or other exercise, painful and even impossible. You may even notice pain when simply walking or standing, especially when you get up in the morning. Tiny...

Beyond Foot Pain: 5 Benefits of Custom Orthotics You Didn't Know About Jan 17th, 2019

Your feet lie at the very foundation of your body and for such small appendages, their burden is extremely large. Your feet are responsible for your support, balance, and mobility, and any disruption in these functions can have a cascading effect on your entire body. At Michfoot Surgeons, our goal...

What's Causing My Heel Pain? Nov 12th, 2018

Heel pain may be extremely uncomfortable, but one thing it is not is rare. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), four out of ten individuals in the U.S. experience heel pain each year. The entire foot bears a tremendous amount of stress.  When simply walking, every step we...

FOOT PROBLEMS DURING PREGNANCY Oct 15th, 2018

WHY ARE LEG AND FOOT PROBLEMS COMMON DURING PREGNANCY? Included among  the common complaints of pregnancy, such as morning sickness, back pain, and fatigue, are foot and leg pain. While in most cases, symptoms will abate once you give birth, they can make life difficult during gestation. This is especially...

Should I See a Podiatrist To Treat My Athlete's Foot? Sep 12th, 2018

Athlete's foot has all sorts of cute commercials suggesting over the counter remedies, but those suffering with it know that there's nothing cute abut the condition. The condition is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. It's incredibly common, and you don't have to be...

Best Foot Surgeon for Bunions: What to Look For Before You Decide Aug 15th, 2018

Some Guidelines For Choosing A Bunion Surgeon Obviously bunion surgeons with significant experience in bunion surgery may be better suited to perform your bunion surgery. This does not mean you are guaranteed not to have a complication, rather an experienced surgeon may have less technically-associated complications. Additionally, an experienced foot...

Painful bumps on your feet? Podiatrists will check for plantar warts Jul 20th, 2018

Plantar warts are benign growths that develop on the bottom of your feet, and are caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV). This is the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body. Some people are more susceptible than others to HPV, and not...

Plantar Fasciitis Exercises For Prevention Jun 5th, 2018

Foot pain is terrible, and one of the most common sources of foot pain we see at our practice is plantar fasciitis.  Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, from your toes to your heel.  The pain is usually worse in the...

Things to Consider Before Having Foot Surgery May 8th, 2018

If you’re a runner and you’ve noticed your feet look more like mangled claws than feet these days, you’ve probably considered foot surgery. But which is worse: the pain of walking each day on bunions and hammertoes or the pain of surgery? What does surgery for common foot woes (such as bunions, hammertoes, nerve...

All About Foot Arthritis Treatment Apr 2nd, 2018

Arthritis in your feet can be debilitating without treatment from a podiatrist. We see many patients come in with foot pain, and often they have some form of arthritis, sometimes accompanying other issues as well.  From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of...

Ask a Foot Surgeon: When is Hammertoe Surgery Necessary? Mar 3rd, 2018

Hammertoe surgery can be a wonderful thing for people suffering with severe hammertoe. Hammertoe can be so painful as to make walking difficult or impossible.  From the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons: "What Is Hammertoe? Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third,...

How to Get a Referral to a Podiatrist Feb 23rd, 2018

Getting a referral from your primary care physician shouldn't be difficult, but sometimes it is.  Dealing with insurance companies and figuring out exactly what you need to do in order to have your visit covered is increasingly hard and time consuming, especially given the upheaval in the insurance industry.  There...

Ask the Foot Surgeon: Do I Need Surgery for Bone Spurs? Feb 7th, 2018

If you think you have bone spurs and are dreading foot surgery, you're in luck!  Many times there are non-surgical options for foot pain, and not all foot pain is due to bone/heel spurs.  If you're experiencing foot pain and suspect you have bone spurs, as a foot surgeon and...

Save Yourself From Foot Pain This Thanksgiving Nov 15th, 2017

Is there anything quite as magical as getting together to see friends and family over a large, delicious meal?  It's such a great time of year!  So why is a podiatrist writing about foot pain during Thanksgiving?   Well, there are a few things to consider. First, Thanksgiving dinner can...

Ask the Foot Doctor: Why Do My Feet Hurt While Standing too Long? May 9th, 2017

Tired, achy feet are normal after a lengthy period of standing but if your feet hurt in one particular area after a long day on your feet, you should book a consultation with a foot doctor near you.   When you stand, the same muscles in your feet fire repeatedly...

Ask the Podiatrist: What is this Pain in My Big Toe When Walking Dec 22nd, 2016

A question we as foot doctors get often concerns pain in the big toe.  Big toe pain can be from a number of things, but there are a few 'usual suspects' that we diagnose most frequently.  Below, we're explain the difference between the more common reasons for big toe pain....

Ask the Foot Doctor: Why Does My Foot Hurt at Night? Sep 1st, 2016

Imagine this:  you're in great shape, and training for your first marathon.  On the day of the race, you make record time and you're overjoyed!  You go home after a long day, hope in bed... and suddenly your feet are killing you.  Why would your feet suddenly hurt at night...

What To Look For in a Podiatrist in Southfield Aug 4th, 2016

So, let's assume for a minute that your feet hurt.  Or maybe you have bunions, or toenail fungus. Maybe you've stopped at your primary care physician's office to discuss your concerns, and they let you know you need to see a podiatrist.  You can go with a referral from your...

Ask the Podiatrist: Are My Feet Healthy? Jul 19th, 2016

As a podiatrist, we're always striving to keep your feet healthy.  Many times we see patients who believe their feet are far healthier than they actually are, because we all take our feet for granted and chalk little things up to aging or just normal foot pain.  The bottom line...

Ask The Foot Doctor: Why Do Flip Flops Hurt Your Feet? Jun 17th, 2016

While summer is starting to wind down with school just around the corner, the warm weather is still here for a few more months. With this warm weather comes sandals and flip flops. While these toe-bearing shoes can be quite stylish, it’s important to wear them only sparingly. If worn...

Basics of Diabetic Foot Treatment Jun 3rd, 2016

According to the American Diabetes Association, about 15.7 million people (5.9 percent of the United States population) have diabetes. Nervous system damage (also called neuropathy) affects about 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes and is a major complication that may cause diabetics to lose feeling in their feet...

What is Laser Therapy for Foot Pain? Mar 29th, 2016

 When patients come to us with foot pain, we're always proud to be able to tell them about our MLS laser therapy.  As you can see in the graphic above, the benefits are huge and with less risk than conventional treatments. Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy: Rapid relief of pain Strong...

Ask a Podiatrist: What Is This DENT In My Toenail? Mar 8th, 2016

 If you're following the guidelines we as podiatrists tend to repeat, you're already checking your feet regularly for any signs of changes, like discolored spots or tenderness or sores.  So, what if you're looking over your feet one day and notice a large dent across your toenail?  Should you panic?...

Pedicures: A Podiatrist Shares When Should You AVOID Them Jul 23rd, 2015

Pedicures are a wonderful way to treat yourself, and high on the priority list for many women who enjoy wearing sandals during the warm summer months.  However, care needs to be taken when decided where and if you should get a pedicure to avoid complications. How to Pick the Perfect...

Podiatrist's Guide to Diabetic Foot Care Jul 1st, 2015

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you probably already know you need to see a podiatrist near you to be part of your preventative care & treatment team. You may only need to see him or her once or twice a year, but by having your feet examined by...

Testimonial: Laser Technique Eliminates Foot Pain May 23rd, 2015

 If you're suffering from foot pain or a Morton's neuroma, you'll want to watch this testimonial all the way through to the end-  this patient shares her experience with our new MLS Laser technology, and explains how  it eliminated her foot pain! https://youtu.be/PjqHuUf9rwk

New Laser Technology Eliminates Pain from Feet Apr 25th, 2015

Michfoot Surgeons PC, a podiatry practice in Southfield MI, has unveiled their newly acquired MLS Laser Therapy service that addresses foot pain in its many forms.  This cutting-edge technology is a therapeutic laser that uses dual wavelength penetrative laser emissions to reduce inflammation, edema, and pain.  This device provides a...

Don't want to give up your favorite shoes? Bunion surgery might be your solution. Apr 14th, 2015

It was so warm in Southfield last weekend that it felt like early summer.  This, of course, lead people to wear warm weather clothing & shoes, with many a dress wearing lady sporting high heels.  I can't help but wonder how many people are suffering through the day while wearing...

Can't Sleep? Mind Your Feet! Mar 25th, 2015

Insomnia and sleep problems aren't normally something we would talk about on a podiatrist blog, but in this case it makes a ton of sense: studies show that your feet have a surprising impact on your ability to get a good night's sleep. By keeping one foot, or both feet,...

Warm Weather Shoes Lead to Foot Injuries in Women Mar 14th, 2015

Staying in style doesn’t have to happen at the expense of your feet. Unfortunately many women don’t stop to consider the consequences of years of wearing footwear that is not only going to cause foot pain, but it may cause damage to the feet, legs and back that can be...

Sweet Treats Safe for Diabetic Feet Feb 15th, 2015

As a podiatrist in Southfield MI, our office sees diabetic foot podiatry patients very frequently for neuropathy and other diabetes related issues.  One of the biggest complaints we hear, often in passing, when someone comes in with diabetes: "I'm never going to be able to have sweet snacks again!" However, often people...

Foot Pain Linked to New Years Resolutions? Feb 1st, 2015

If you're anything like the vast majority of Americans making New Years resolutions, you committed to losing weight and getting healthy.  We podiatrists think that's great!  Getting active and making lifestyle changes to promote health decrease your chances of diabetes, strengthen muscles & bones, and increase your health & happiness...

Winter Weather Guide to Foot Care Dec 16th, 2014

Winter weather can be hard on our feet, particularly in areas where the season is cold and wet or just extremely cold. While frostbite of the feet is not as common of a problem thanks to new materials in both winter footwear and socks, it is still an issue to...

Custom Orthotics: Why You Should Skip Those Cheap Inserts Dec 3rd, 2014

When people's feet start to hurt, they often think about adding support to their shoes with an insert picked up at their local CVS, Walgreens, or other retail store.  However, for the purpose of supporting your feet and reducing foot pain, orthotics from a podiatrist office can't be beat.  ...

Podiatrist is Keeping Feet Healthy for Holiday Shoppers Nov 22nd, 2014

More often than not, people don't think about their feet until they're experiencing foot pain of major discomfot.  When we get a cramp, chronic foot pain, heel pain, numbness, blisters or itchy feet-  first thing on our mind is that it need to get taken care of, and that we...

Suffering from Diabetes? Diabetic Neuropathy Prevention Tips Nov 1st, 2014

It's that time of year again- when we throw caution to the wind and indulge in all the delicious foods and drinks we love, embracing the joy of the season while visiting family and friends.  However, for individuals with diabetes, this time of year can spell disaster in several ways....

Ingrown Toenails Need to Be Treated By A Podiatrist! Oct 22nd, 2014

There are so many solutions for ingrown toenails being pushed online and as natural remedies.  As a podiatrist in Southfield, I'm here to tell you one thing: they're bunk. Ingrown toenails are caused by a variety of thing, such as cutting your nails too short or improperly, or damaging the toenail...

Heel Pain & Foot Pain: 2 Leading Causes Oct 1st, 2014

If you suffer from heel pain or foot pain you know just how debilitating and frustrating these conditions can be. It is painful to walk, painful to stretch your foot and sometimes even painful when you are completely relaxed. Getting rid of heel pain is a top priority once you...

Foot Pain Infographic - What is Causing my Foot Pain? Sep 28th, 2014

When foot pain is an issue, you'll be urgently trying to figure out the root cause.  We're here to make that easier!  Make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists, and also check out this handy infographic.  

Foot Cramps: Podiatrist's Nutrition Tips to Avoid Cramps Aug 1st, 2014

Nutrition plays the key role in all our bodily processes. The lack or excess of it contributes to the problem.  In toe, foot or leg cramps the culprit is the lack of calcium, potassium and sodium in your body. Ninety-nine percent of calcium can be located in bones and teeth....

Burning "pins and needles" feet need to see a podiatrist Jul 21st, 2014

So many people suffer from hot, painful, “pins and needles” sensations in the feet. These sensations can range from mild to severe, and may be acute (short term) or chronic (long term) in nature. The causes of burning feet are numerous and varied, ranging from simple fatigue to more serious...

Foot surgeon in Southfield sees solution for Hammertoes Jul 19th, 2014

Hammertoes sound like a made-up problem, right?  They're anything but- any there are far more people affected than you may think. “We’re seeing a number of patients, usually women, who come in with complaints about rubbing on the tops of their toes when they wear shoes,” says Dr. Leff. “A...

Should you have bunion surgery? We have answers! Jul 14th, 2014

Bunions are a painful, unsightly condition for countless individuals in Michian.  Due to an inherited faulty mechanic of the foot, painful bunions form on feet over time.  Bunions are progressively debilitating- they always get worse, and no amount of over-the-counter pads and splints will reverse what is ultimately a foot...

Flip-flops tied to surge in summertime foot pain in teens Jun 18th, 2014

Many of us are welcoming the warmer summer weather sporting flip-flop sandals, however, their popularity among teens and young adults is responsible for a growing epidemic of heel pain in this population.  According to Dr. Randy Leff, a board certified podiatric surgeon, teens and adults are coming to see him...

Southfield Podiatrist Sees Dramatic Increase in Foot Pain Cases in Michigan Jun 9th, 2014

Foot pain is a frequent reason people visit a podiatrist, and over the past few years cases of foot pain have increased in Southfield MI and the surrounding areas.  Why?  Some of that discomfort may be due to neglect, but a significant portion may be due to shoe choices, particularly...

Sprains & Broken Bones: Athletes Need a Podiatrist May 14th, 2014

There are many ankle injuries that can occur especially in athletes. Your ankles support your entire body weight, so you can see why it might be a common injury. In fact, there are around 2 million people treated each year for ankle sprains, strains and fractures. It’s also the number...

Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Have You Checked Your Feet? May 14th, 2014

In honor of skin cancer awareness month, we'd like to talk a little about skin cancer developing where you'd least expect it: your feet. Lower extremities are just as prone to cancer as the upper portion of the body, where we normally associate skin cancer with moles on the back,...