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April 2023

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

Plantar Fasciitis and Soccer

Plantar fasciitis is an extremely common affliction of the foot. It affects the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that is found along the sole of the foot. Plantar fasciitis may develop when the plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed. This painful foot condition can be caused by many sports and strenuous physical activities, such as soccer. Since soccer requires an athlete to engage in frequent sideways and diagonal cuts while running, extra pressure is exerted on the feet. In particular, the medial heel and arch are subject to a significant amount of force in American soccer players. The risk of plantar fasciitis may be even more pronounced in substitute soccer players who, after initially warming up their bodies, wait on the sidelines for long periods of time. This may cause their muscles to tighten up before playing again and can make an individual more susceptible to plantar fasciitis. If you are a soccer player, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who will be able to provide you with the treatment for plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Grand Blanc Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Grand Blanc, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

Do I Need to Have Foot Surgery?

Many patients consider having foot surgery when non-invasive options for their particular ailment have not worked. People who have severe bunions may opt for surgery, which is successful in permanently removing the bunion and realigning the toes. Patients who have arthritis may be interested in learning about fusion surgery, which can be helpful in relieving ankle pain. Hammertoe is a foot condition that causes the toes to bend upwards at the middle joint, and it may be difficult to wear shoes. Surgery may be performed that can permanently straighten the toes and can be successful in relieving existing pain. A common foot surgery involves the plantar fascia, which may become torn or irritated for various reasons. The type of surgery is helpful in repairing the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that connects the heels to the toes. If you have any type of foot condition that may be improved with surgery, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine if this is the correct decision for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Grand Blanc Family Footcare. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Grand Blanc, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Pressure Sores on the Feet

Many individuals may not already be familiar with what exactly a pressure sore is. Pressure sores can develop on the skin when pressure is applied to the surface of the skin and blood flow to the skin is reduced. As a result, a sore may develop. Pressure sores can develop all throughout the body, but they can also be particularly harmful on the heels of the feet. There are four different stages of pressure sores, each increasing in severity. Podiatrists, or foot care specialists, can help identify pressure sores on your feet and effectively devise a treatment plan that best suits your needs. If you are someone who thinks that you might have a pressure sore on your feet or heel, it is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today for medical attention and potential treatment. 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from Grand Blanc Family Footcare. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Grand Blanc, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Thursday, 06 April 2023 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Running and walking are popular activities that require wearing different types of shoes. Most running shoes are constructed with more cushioning than walking shoes and may be designed in brighter colors. They may have a thicker sole, and it is important not to trip. Walking shoes are made of lighter materials and can help to move the foot forward from heel to toe. People who walk will land on their heels, and walking shoes can increase stability. Race-walking may be demanding on the feet, and it is beneficial for people who enjoy this form of walking to look for a shoe with adequate flexibility. If you would like more information about the differences between walking and running shoes, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the pair that is right for you.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Grand Blanc Family Footcare. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.


Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Grand Blanc, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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