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Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Factors for Choosing Running Shoes

Finding the perfect pair of running shoes is essential for a comfortable and injury-free running experience. When shopping for running shoes, consider support needs based on your foot's pronation, whether it is on the inside, outside, or neutral. This determines if you require stability or neutral shoes. Pay attention to key elements of the shoe's upper, including the ankle collar, heel counter, saddle, and toe box, ensuring they provide proper support without causing irritation. Cushioning is another important factor, with options like max, mid, and light-cushioning. When it comes to sizing, choose a shoe that is a half size larger than your actual foot size to allow a thumb's width space between your longest toe and the shoe's end. This extra room reduces friction, minimizes the risk of blisters, and accommodates foot swelling during runs. For help in determining the right type of running shoe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to evaluate your foot, stride, and gait, as well as treating any existing foot problems.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact Manisha Mehta, DPM from Detroit, MI. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

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

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Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Heel Pain in Middle-Aged and Older Adults

Heel pain is a common and debilitating issue that often affects middle-aged and older adults. This condition, often attributed to plantar fasciitis, can have a significant impact on the quality of life for individuals in these age groups. As people age, the tissues in their feet, including the plantar fascia, tend to lose elasticity and become more prone to inflammation and injury. This can lead to the development of heel pain, characterized by discomfort and tenderness in the bottom of the heel, particularly in the morning or after periods of rest. Several factors contribute to heel pain in middle-aged and older adults, including changes in foot structure, reduced flexibility, and the cumulative effects of wear and tear on the feet over time. Additionally, chronic conditions like osteoarthritis, diabetes, and vascular issues can exacerbate heel pain in this population. Managing heel pain in middle and older adults often involves a combination of conservative treatments, such as proper footwear, orthotics, stretching exercises, and anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, medical interventions like corticosteroid injections may be necessary to alleviate the pain and improve mobility. If you are in this age group and suffer from heel pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and relief options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Manisha Mehta, DPM of Detroit, MI. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Gout and Its Causes

Gout, an inflammatory arthritis, is a condition characterized by sudden, intense pain, redness, and swelling in the joints, most commonly affecting the big toe. The root cause of gout lies in the accumulation of urate crystals in the affected joints, leading to excruciating bouts of pain. Urate crystals form when the body produces excessive uric acid or fails to eliminate it efficiently. High levels of uric acid can result from dietary factors, particularly the consumption of purine-rich foods, like red meat, seafood, and alcohol. A genetic predisposition and certain medical conditions, such as kidney dysfunction, contribute to the likelihood of developing gout. Obesity and dehydration also play roles in exacerbating the condition. Understanding the definition and causes of gout is critical for individuals, enabling them to make informed lifestyle choices and dietary adjustments to manage and prevent the recurrent pain associated with this arthritic condition. If you have developed gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Manisha Mehta, DPM from Detroit, MI. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Wednesday, 10 January 2024 00:00

Why Live with Pain and Numbness in Your Feet?

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

Definition and Causes of Plantar Fibromas

Plantar fibroma, a condition affecting the feet, involves the formation of non-cancerous, fibrous tissue growths within the plantar fascia, which is the ligament spanning the bottom of the foot. These nodules, often slow-growing, manifest as small lumps beneath the skin, leading to discomfort and potential limitations in foot mobility. The exact cause of plantar fibromas remains elusive, but factors such as genetics and trauma to the plantar fascia are considered contributory. The condition tends to be more prevalent in individuals with a family history of plantar fibromas, emphasizing a genetic predisposition. Additionally, repetitive stress or injury to the plantar fascia, often incurred through excessive standing or walking, can trigger the development of these fibrous nodules. Understanding the definition and potential causes of plantar fibroma lays the foundation for informed discussions with podiatrists and the exploration of appropriate management strategies for this relatively common yet nuanced foot condition. If you have these kinds of growths on your feet, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can correctly diagnose and treat plantar fibromas.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Manisha Mehta, DPM of Detroit, MI. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Detroit, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

Types of Diabetic Wounds

Diabetic wounds are a common complication of diabetes, resulting from neuropathy and vascular disease. Nerve damage diminishes foot sensation, making it challenging to detect an injury. Vascular disease impairs blood flow, which reduces the speed of healing wound. Diabetic foot ulcers are the most prevalent type of wound. They are open sores on pressure points, typically caused by neuropathy, trauma, and pressure. Early detection and treatment are essential to prevent infections and potential limb loss. Diabetic neuropathic wounds stem from nerve damage, leading to a loss of protective sensation. These wounds may appear as calluses, corns, or blisters, requiring specialized care to prevent infections and further damage. Ischemic wounds arise from an inadequate blood supply, often due to peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which is exacerbated by diabetes. Characterized by poor circulation and delayed healing, ischemic wounds pose an increased risk of infection. If you are experiencing frequent or stubborn foot wounds that will not heal properly or seem infected, it is suggested that you seek the help of a podiatrist for care.  

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 Manisha Mehta, DPM from Detroit, MI. Our doctor 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 Detroit, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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