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Dr Anthony Weinert, a Michigan foot and ankle specialist with practice locations in Troy and Warren, Michigan discusses the most common patient condition he treats as a foot doctor. If you are a sufferer of heel pain, it may be plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome as it is sometimes called. Heel pain may come from other causes like a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis or in rare instances, a cyst. Because heel pain can be from a variety of causes, it’s important to see your podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
There are a few symptoms that can be:
Sufferers also complain that pain gets worse in the morning or after they have been sitting from long periods of time. Once they are up and walking around, pain tends to lessen.
Plantar Fasciitis is most often blamed on the faulty structure of our feet and is most often found in people who have problems with arches – either with flat feet or high arches.
It can also be blamed on not wearing supportive shoes when you spend a lot of time on hard, flat surfaces and spend long hours on your feet. Obesity can also contribute to plantar fasciitis.
Before your podiatrist can diagnose you with plantar fasciitis, he or she will first need to take a complete medical history and then, of course, examine your foot. You may need to undergo a series of x-rays, a bone scan or an MRI as well. This process will allow other problems – such as heel spurs – to be ruled out.
If it is determined that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, treatment will likely be at home. Most sufferers can be treated with non-surgical methods, however if you continue to suffer after all other treatment options have been attempted, you may need to resort to surgical treatment.
Regardless of the type of treatment you ultimately need, plantar fasciitis can continue to be a problem if the underlying causes remain. If you are overweight, you need to reach and maintain an ideal weight.
Wear supportive shoes if you are on your feet for long periods of time or consider using orthotic devices.
Your best bet is to talk your options over with your podiatrist to keep your suffering at a minimum.
If you or your loved ones are suffering with heel pain, call Dr Weinert’s office today at 586-751-3338 (Warren) or 248-362-3338 (Troy) to schedule an appointment (often same day).
You can also visit his office website at www.stopfeetpainfast.com to learn more about heel pain and plantar fasciitis as well as the state of the art treatments available. While on the website you can request a FREE copy of Dr Weinert’s book “Stop Feet Pain Fast – A Users Guide to Foot & Ankle Health” which will answer all your questions about your feet and ankles. Click on the Book Request tab and your FREE copy of his book will be sent right out to you.
Is your second toe longer than your big toe? If so, you are one of millions of American’s with Morton’s Toe. Even the Statue of Liberty has Morton’s Toe! Once considered the ancient Greek ideal of beauty, Morton’s toe can lead to all kinds of pain in your feet, knees, legs, back, neck, create gait and posture problems and even cause arthritis.
Maybe you have Morton’s Toe but were given a different name for the condition. Named after Dr. Dudley Morton back in the 1930s, Morton’s Toe is also called Morton’s Foot or Morton’s Foot Syndrome, Greek Foot, Morton’s neuroma, Morton’s metatarsalgia , Morton’s neuralgia, plantar neuroma and intermetatarsal neuroma. All of the names are a bit misleading; Morton’s Toe is defined as the relative length of the foot bones or metatarsals, specifically the relative length difference between the first and second metatarsals that define this syndrome. Even if your first and second metatarsals appear to be about the same length, if the space between your first and second toe appears to be deeper, not wider, but deeper than the space between your second and third toes you may also have Morton’s Toe.
Morton’s Toe causes hypermobility of the first metatarsal. The end result is that your first metatarsal bone has too much motion and is not as stable as it should be. World famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova had Morton’s Toe and had to work harder, in great discomfort, to overcome the instability of her foot.
Some of the other foot problems that can be caused by a Morton’s Toe include:
It has been estimated that somewhere between 20-30% of the population has Morton’s Toe. Like blue eyes or brown hair, Morton’s Toe is hereditary. It’s not caused by wearing improperly fitted footwear, though too tight or high schools or worn out athletic footwear can certainly exacerbate the issue. Shoes with wider toe boxes or less pointy or rounded toes are better choices. Sometimes, it is necessary to go up a half size or so to accommodate Morton’s Toe, though be sure the rest of the shoe fits properly, including arch support and key foot bed flex points.
If your pain and discomfort does not subside after you have switched to more comfortable footwear, it is time to consult a doctor. A licensed podiatrist, like Dr. Weinert, will design special orthotics to fit your feet’s dimensions. Orthotics may incorporate arch support features that can help keep your feet aligned and may also have metatarsal pads that help decrease stress on the ball of your foot.
If left untreated, Morton’s Toe can get worse with age. Sport’s injuries that a younger, stronger, more active body could more easily shrug off can be tough on older joints and ligaments. For example, osteoarthritis of the knee can be traced directly to torque caused by Morton’s Toe and internal rotation of the tibia, as can Meniscus tears that lead to arthroscopic knee surgeries. Regardless of your age, correcting Morton’s Toe leads to healthier athletic performance.
Your feet are the platform your body is built on. Morton’s Toe not only affects your feet, it can also cause lower extremity pain such as:
Your posture and overall quality of life can be impacted by untreated Morton’s Toe too. Better body alignment reduces the incidence of back and neck issues like:
When treating your Morton’s Toe or other foot issues, reach out to a licensed podiatric physician. Only these health professionals can accurately diagnose and recommend a solution for your Morton’s Toe. Remember that the foot is just a part of an intricately related body system – improper diagnosis and treatment can not only affect your foot and lower leg, but also affect your musculoskeletal, neurological, and circulatory health.
Dr. Anthony Weinert specializes in the treatment of Morton’s Toe and other chronic foot aliments. The author of “Stop Feet Pain Fast”, a book on foot and ankle wellness, Dr. Weinert believes in the motto “Happy Feet, Happy Life!” Call 888-718-4402 to request your free copy of Dr. Weinert’s book.
With locations in Oakland County and Macomb County, Dr. Weinert serves Troy, Warren, Sterling Heights, Birmingham, Royal Oak, and Clawson. Call 586-751-3338 (586-751-FEET) to schedule an appointment at Dr. Weinert’s Warren location or call 248-362-3338 (248-362-FEET) for the Troy office.
For further information about the effects of obesity on feet, contact Dr. Weinert’s Warren office at 586-751-3338 (FEET), or his new Troy office at 248-362-3338 (FEET). You can also visit www.FootPhysicians.com, or Dr. Weinert’s office website for more information at: www.stopfeetpainfast.com
Michigan foot doctor Anthony Weinert DPM has been seeing an alarming number of Canadian foot pain patients coming in with flat feet. Why are Canadians with flat feet suddenly crossing the border into Michigan in record numbers? The answer lies with a remarkable procedure Dr. Weinert offers in his Warren and Troy offices.
Dr. Anthony Weinert is a double board certified foot specialist located in Troy and Warren Michigan and is dedicated to relieving any foot or ankle problem. In the case of a patient with a foot imbalance or flat feet, Dr. Anthony Weinert has changed patients lives by using a lifetime solution called HyProCure®. As a master HyProCure® surgeon, Dr. Weinert offers the HyProCure® stent procedure for those patients who suffer from partial talotarsal dislocation. Dr. Weinert performs more of these procedures than anyone else in the state Michigan, and is the closest master Hyprocure surgeon to Canada, being only 34 minutes away from Windsor. With a state of the art private surgical center in Troy, Dr. Weinert is the best option for Canadians seeking to eliminate foot pain due to the quickness of surgical availability and the lack of downtime from the procedure.
Treatment and prevention of adult flatfoot can reduce the incidence of additional foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, arthritis and calluses, and improve a person’s overall health, according to research published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery.
Overweight males in white-collar jobs are most apt to suffer from adult flatfoot disorder, a progressive condition characterized by partial or total collapse of the arch, according to the research. FootHealthFacts.org, the consumer website of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, notes that symptoms of adult flatfoot include pain, swelling, flattening of the arch and an inward rolling of the ankle. But because flatfoot is a progressive disorder by nature, the study suggests that neglecting treatment or preventive care can lead to arthritis, loss of function of the foot and other painful foot disorders.
“Flatfoot disorder may gradually worsen to the point that many of the tendons and ligaments in the foot and ankle are simply overworking, often to the point where they tear and/or rupture,” says Tri-county Michigan foot and ankle surgeon, Anthony Weinert, DPM, FACFAS.
“As in most progressive foot disorders, early treatment for flatfoot disorder is also the patient’s best route for optimal success in controlling symptoms and additional damage to the feet,” continued Weinert. “The goal is to keep patients active, healthy and as pain free as possible. With those Canadian podiatry patients who’ve been experiencing foot pain for a long time, often the Hyprocure procedure is a last ditch effort- but one that completely reverses all the pain and suffering they’ve had to endure. Most of them comment and tell me they wish they had done it sooner.”
If you have flat feet and are experiencing foot pain, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Weinert as soon as possible. You can contact Weinert’s Warren office at 586-751-3338 or his Troy office at 248-362-3338. In addition you can visit Dr. Weinert on his office website at http://www.stopfeetpainfast.com where you can request a free copy of his book Stop Feet Pain Fast.
Also be sure to check out Dr Weinerts radio show “Happy Feet Radio” on iTunes where he talks all about foot health and wellness. To listen to previous episodes of Happy Feet Radio or to learn more about foot problems and treatments, you can visit iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/doc-weinert/id881857347
A question came in from a reader who asked:
Dear Dr. Weinert: I play college sports and have been diagnosed as having plantar fasciitis, and have done a lot of what my doctor told me to do to keep my feet from hurting. However, during these cold wet months of Michigan winter, my feet seem to hurt way worse than they did during the fall. Is this normal? I haven’t been playing sports that include running, though I have been walking to class and around town. – Anonymous, Rochester, MI
Before I answer, I want to explain exactly what plantar fasciitis is for anyone who might not know. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation, usually due to injury, of the plantar fascia, the ligament between the front of the heel bone and the base of the toes that helps to support the arch. It causes severe pain on the bottoms of the feet and causes heel pain, especially in the morning. Excess stress absorbed by the foot may irritate or tear the plantar fascia, making this a common disorder among athletes, especially runners. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by a tendency of the foot to roll inward (pronation) upon walking as well, so malalignment can be an aggravating factor. Plantar fasciitis is also very much tied to the presence of bone spurs. As to your hypothesis that the cold wet weather is causing the plantar fasciitis to be worse? Not likely, at least not due to a. the cold, and b.) the wetness. Plantar fasciitis actually benefits from cooling/icing much more than the application of heat, which sometimes aggravates the condition. However, this wintry mix is likely a source of pain for you- but why? The answer lies in the stress of walking through snow and routine activities that might be more stressful because of the outdoor conditions. Additionally, most people don’t think too much about the quality of their snow boots- which often don’t have an insole conducive to keeping plantar fasciitis at bay. If you’ve been wearing boots without much arch support and walking around town through the snow and muck, it’s not much of a surprise that your foot pain is flaring up again. So here’s my advice to you Anonymous:
If your plantar fasciitis doesn’t improve, make an appointment to see me in my Troy podiatrist office as soon as possible. Nobody should suffer with foot pain, and you certainly don’t want potential long term damage ruining your college athletic career. Do you have foot pain or foot & ankle related questions? Ask the podiatrist!
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Dr Weinert, a Michigan foot specialist and recognized authority as well as leading expert on foot health and wellness practicing in both Warren and Troy, Michigan talks about medical breakthroughs to treat neuropathy.
Dr Weinert is seeing dramatic results with a new medical breakthrough for Diabetic Neuropathy and most forms of Peripheral Neuropathy. Dr Weinert utilizes a combined electrochemical treatment paired Electronic Signal Treatment which he refers to CET with EST treatment. He utilizes a myodynamic machine device which utilizes state of the art technology developed by a NASA scientist and electrical engineer.
Combined electrochemical treatment (CET) is very effective and a critical cornerstone in the treatment. Dr Weinert is trained to use CET and specializes in lower extremity nerve conditions including peripheral neuropathy. He states “Nerve related complaints make up a bulk of my practice especially with the high diabetic patient population.” CET has provided successful means of treating a very frustrating condition for both the patient and doctor. Dr Weinert can pre treat nerve entrapment patients to increased surgical outcomes.
More than 100 kinds of neuropathy exist and is part of the problem with treating its underlying cause. People are experiencing the symptoms of the actual disease and cause of neuropathy such as Diabetes or Trauma. Currently patients are treated with “nerve pain” medications which has many side effects. Some patients may have nerve entrapments which need to be addressed via a small decompression procedure. We need to look at neuropathy and treatment in different ways according to the cause and where the neuropathy ultimately stems from.
Dr Weinert has opened a Neuropathy Pain Center in Michigan and is the only doctor in Michigan that utilizes the following extensive diagnostic and examination protocols and neuropathy staging which include: Lower extremity neurological testing and examination, Neuropathy Blood Panel Analysis, Epidermal nerve fiber density (ENFD) testing, Radiographic/dynamic Fluoroscopic imaging, Gait analysis evaluation for stability and fall prevention, DNA Genetic Testing, and more.
Patients are often told that there is nothing that can be done for them with regards to their neuropathy. It’s the medical breakthrough that these neuropathy patients have been looking for and gives them new hope in helping with their neuropathy. Contact Dr Weinert’s office to schedule a consultation. You can also visit his office website at www.stopfeetpainfast.com for more information or to request a free copy of Dr Weinert’s Book, Stop Feet Pain Fast – A Users Guide to Foot and Ankle Health.
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