The Best Sandals of 2014

The Active Times has rated the best flip-flops and sandals of 2014, and on that list are the sandals recommended by Dr. Hirt and Dr. Holdren-Otis, which are on sale now at Fenton Foot Care!  Our doctors recommend the Yumi sandal by Spenco because of its excellent arch-support and shock absorption, which can help mitigate any heel pain you might be having.

We have the Yumi sandals in both black and cork, and they are on sale this month for only $40! Come on in and try them on today, our staff can make sure you get the perfect fit!

Is Heel Pain Slowing You Down?

The website Competitor.com, an online resource for running and runners, has identified the 5 most troublesome injuries runners face.  Number one on that list: Plantar Fasciitis, the most common cause of the heel pain that some runners experience.  Dr. Hirt agrees that 1 in 4 patients he sees suffers from heel pain.

There are several treatments for Plantar Fasciitis, and since no two people’s feet are the same, there is no cookie-cutter approach to treatment.  Plantar Fasciitis is a result of the thick ligament [the Plantar Fascia] that runs from the base of the toes to the bottom of the heel being stressed. This stress causes the fibers that attach to the heel to pull away from the bone, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain in the heel.

Some of the most common treatments for Plantar Fasciitis and the associated pain are:

  • custom functional orthotics
  • night splints
  • proper shoes
  • stretching
  • corticosteroid injections
  • NSAIDS and other anti-inflammatories
  • endoscopic plantar fasciotomy surgery (EPF)
  • plantar fascial supports
  • topical anti-inflammatories

It is typically a custom-designed treatment plan based on the individual foot, using a combination of treatments that achieves the quickest result.  Dr. Hirt is an expert in treating Plantar Fasciitis and the resulting foot pain.  “Without treatment, heel pain will last, on average, for 3 years.  Whereas in the office we can usually resolve it in less than a month” says Dr. Hirt, adding “I don’t know many people who can tolerate heel pain for 3 years.”  If you are experiencing heel pain that is impacting your quality of life, call and make an appointment today at (810) 629-3338 (FEET).  Let us help you keep your feet happy so you can get back to the activities you love, just in time for summer!

Diabetic Foot Care

Why is proper diabetic foot care important?

Diabetes is a condition which requires care from a network of specialists in order to be best managed. The role of a podiatrist in the diabetic team is to provide expert diagnosis and treatment for foot and ankle issues. Diabetic foot wounds, amputations, and infections are a growing issue, and proper education and exams can help to catch problems before they become severe.

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Running Injuries

What are some common issues that you see in runners?

I would say tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs are very frequent problem which runners suffer from.  Due to limited time of this discussion I will focus on tendonitis as this is a painful condition that often frustrates many athletes because it tends to prevent them from being able to enjoy their activity and makes it difficult to maintain their fitness.

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Ingrown Nails

Dr. Hirt what is the most common summer foot problems you see?

I would say by far the two biggest problems I see are:
Ingrown toenails and Planter Fasciitis (heel pain, heel spur).  In this interview I will discuss ingrown nails and will discuss heel pain in next interview due to limited time.

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown nail occurs when the toenail is pushing on or digging into the skin at the side or end of the toe.  It typically starts as a mild redness, inflammation, or mild pain. Usually it will get worse with time and can become infected.  If left untreated, in can progress into an abscess, infection, and in rare occasions serious bone infection requiring surgery.   It is critical to get the nail evaluated as soon as possible to prevent complications.

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Bunion Treatment

What is a bunion?

A bunion is an abnormal shifting of the bones in the foot which causes a bone bump on the inside of the foot and the big toe tends to deviate toward the 2nd toe.  The big toe is critical to walking and when it is misaligned it can cause pain in the foot and other joints due to walking abnormally.  With the change in size and position of the foot from a bunion it can be hard to find shoes that fit.  The good news is it can be fixed. You don’t have to hobble the rest of your life.

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