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HOW A 15-MINUTE ALIGNMENT PROCEDURE GOT A TEEN ATHLETE BACK IN THE GAME

 

By Robin Schwartz, via InnovativeHealthMagazine.com

She’s right at home on the turf, running, pushing and scooping the ball with the wind in her hair. Lilly Glahn, 14, of Dexter, truly comes alive when she’s playing field hockey. To see her breeze across the field today, wooden stick in hand, you’d never know 
a debilitating condition recently forced Lilly to the sidelines. The teen athlete had no choice but to sit out most of last season while suffering from pain in her feet that was so severe, at times it would wake her from her sleep.
“Every time I took a step, pain just shot up my leg,” said Lilly. “Walking up the stairs was hard. Everything was hard. I was in a boot for a little bit. I was on crutches on and off.”
But nothing seemed to work. What was causing all that pain remained a mystery for months as Lilly and her mom went to see doctor after doctor. The teenager underwent MRIs and X-rays and tried physical therapy and rehabilitation—yet the pain persisted.
“No one could tell us what was wrong,” Lilly’s mom, Dawn Glahn, recalled. 
That is until they found Dr. Anthony Weinert, a podiatrist and surgeon 
with offices in Warren and Troy. After performing some simple tests, Dr. Weinert determined Lilly suffered from hyperpronation, a misalignment condition where the ankle bone turns inward as the rest of the foot turns outward with every step. 
“Instead of the heel being straight, her heels were sort of going outward, and her arches were collapsing to the ground,” Dr. Weinert explained. “It’s a very under-diagnosed condition; a lot of physicians don’t really know much about it.”


TINY SOLUTION


The solution, Dr. Weinert said, is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It’s a tiny titanium stent that’s placed in a naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel to prevent the ankle bone from slipping out of place. While the patient is sedated, Dr. Weinert makes a small incision and inserts the stent, completing the minimally invasive surgery quickly. 
“The procedure takes about 15 minutes per foot,” Dr. Weinert said. “Most patients can resume their normal activities within a few weeks. The results have been remarkable and are truly life-changing.” That was the case for Lilly, who is back on the playing field, climbing stairs with ease and is once again living a healthy, active, pain-free life. She has two small scars on her ankles, both barely visible.
“It’s back to when I first started playing sports,” Lilly said. “When I started playing field hockey, I had no pain. It’s amazing. I would recommend it—10 out of 10.” 
Her mother agrees.
“It’s really a miracle,” Dawn Glahn said. “She’s got her life back.”

"EVERY TIME I TOOK A STEP, PAIN JUST SHOT UP MY LEG"

The procedure works like a charm, he explained, adding that “it keeps the foot in alignment and forms the  arch.” According to Hyprocure, the company that makes the stent, the treatment has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2004 and more than 60,000 procedures have taken place in 60 countries. 
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. Experts say, if necessary, the stent can be removed without damaging the foot. Many insurance carriers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care and Aetna, don’t cover the procedure (which costs approximately $5,000 per foot) because they say there’s not enough evidence to support its effectiveness. But thousands of patients swear by it.


“I’ve had flat feet since I was a child. I’ve been wearing orthotics since I was 3, and I stopped wearing them  when I was about 16 years old because they weren’t working,” said Aisha Metivier, 31, of Toronto, another  one of Dr. Weinert’s patients. She underwent the procedure on both feet in 2013.
“I have never felt this pain free,” she said. “I started walking on my feet two days afterward. I would say it’s  a great opportunity to correct your body.”

 

You can reach Dr. Weinert's office for more information here:
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www.stopfeetpainfast.com

 ONLY CERTIFIED CENTER
 With the only certified Michigan center that performs what he calls the “Feet Align” procedure, Dr. Weinert has treated   hundreds of patients of all ages from the United States and Canada over the last decade. 

By contactus@stopfeetpainfast.com
April 03, 2018
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Dr. Anthony Weinert is a Michigan foot specialist, recognized authority and leading expert on foot health and wellness, practicing in both Warren and Troy, Michigan. When it comes to Flat Feet... Dr. Weinert puts his best foot forward on the subject.

Flat feet are a common condition of the foot structure. In infants and toddlers, prior to walking, the longitudinal arch is not developed, and flat feet are normal. Most feet are flexible and an arch appears when children begin standing on their toes. The arch continues to develop throughout childhood, and by adulthood most people have developed normal arches.

Flat feet are generally associated with pronation, a leaning inward of the ankle bones toward the center line. Shoes of children who pronate, when placed side by side, will lean toward each other (after they have been worn long enough for the foot position to remodel their shape).

Many people with flat feet do not experience pain or other problems. When pain in the foot, ankle, or lower leg does occur, especially in children, the feet should be evaluated.

Painful progressive flatfoot, otherwise known as tibialis posterior tendonitis or adult-acquired flatfoot, refers to inflammation of the tendon of the tibialis posterior. This condition arises when the tendon becomes inflamed, stretched, or torn. Left untreated, it may lead to severe disability and chronic pain. People are predisposed to tibialis posterior tendonitis if they have flat feet or an abnormal attachment of the tendon to the bones in the midfoot.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, icing, physical therapy, supportive taping, bracing, and orthotics are common treatments for painful progressive flatfoot.

Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications. In some cases, a surgery may need to be performed to repair a torn or damaged tendon and restore normal function. In the most severe cases, surgery on the midfoot bones may be necessary to treat the associated flatfoot condition.

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By contactus@stopfeetpainfast.com
April 03, 2018
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Dr Anthony 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 tips for choosing the right footwear.

Staying in style doesn’t have to happen at the expense of your feet. Unfortunately many women (and men) 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 life long.

Being able to determine when fashion forward footwear is a foot problem in the making is critical. There is nothing wrong with being in style or wearing an elaborate pair of heels for a special event, but for daily wear and for your health and well-being, not to mention safety, good shoe choices are a must.

Beach Shoes

Shoes that you associate with wear at the beach from flip-flops to sandals or other slide-on, flat, strapless shoes with no heel are often considered to be healthy shoes. While they are fine for a few hours on the beach, they are not designed for daily wear. Their very design causes the toes to curl up on the step forward while also preventing you from taking a full stride.

This puts pressure on the lower back and also impacts how the muscles in the arch of the foot work through to the ankle. Often when people wear these shoes for long periods of time the arch of the foot and the ankle get sore and stiff.

The good news is that by simply choosing a sandal style that has a strap that holds the shoe in place on the foot you can avoid all these issues. Walking sandals and hiking sandals are excellent choices as they provide good arch and foot support.

Wedges and High Heels

There are well-made wedges that provide support to the foot where needed, but these are not the high platform types of wedges that are popular today. When choosing wedge shoes look for a shoe that provides the correct arch support and also fits correctly on your foot to avoid slipping in the shoe and damaging the ankle or arch area.

High heels should never be considered for long term wear. They can cause bunions as your weight is pushed forward and onto the balls of the feet and the toes as you walk and stand. In addition, the high heel limits the movement of the Achilles tendon and the calf muscles, causing real pain when walking out of heels. Choosing a lower heel and limiting wear are two simple changes to your wardrobe.

Remember, style is fleeting, but your foot health is something you will have to live with forever. Carefully choose spring and summer shoes that are good for your feet so you can look great and enjoy life without foot pain.

Have you downloaded Dr. Weinert's ebook yet? Get "The Sole Doctor's Guide to Happy and Healthy Feet" on Amazon HERE 

It's comprehensive and GIVES back to ShoePantryPlus - a community based non-profit for those in need of shoes, socks and boots. 

You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to feel the stresses and strains your body goes through when doing winter activities like skiing, skating or tubing. Whether you're a professional athelete, an amateur or just out for a day of fun, we do take risks with these activities.

No matter who you are or what you're doing, accidents can and do happen, and you could face the additional risk of injury from repetitive motions, hard landings, and simple overuse as you try to enjoy your day.

In the case of, say an Olympic skater who trains a lot, according to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the most common injuries are caused either by overuse and/or trauma. Single skaters “have a higher incidence of overuse injuries, while pair skaters and ice dancers are more prone to traumatic injuries.”


Here are some examples of common figure skating injuries:

Common Traumatic Injuries

  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Dislocation of the patella or shoulder
  • ACL and meniscal tears
  • Head injury and concussion
  • Labral tears of the hip
  • Lacerations

Common Overuse Injuries

  • Stress fractures, most commonly to the foot or spine
  • Stress reactions, such as shin splints and medial tibial stress syndrome
  • Tendonitis – Achilles, patellar, or peroneal
  • Muscle strains of the hip
  • Jumpers knee or patellofemoral syndrome
  • Apophysitis – Osgood-Schlatter (knee) or iliac crest (hip)
  • Bursitis in the ankle
  • Lace bite, an irritation of the tibialis anterior and toe extensor tendon

Impact at landing generates deceleration forces measuring up to 100 Gs in adolescent skaters. This phenomenal force is transmitted throughout the lower extremity contacting the ice and axial skeleton and is the main contributor to the host of injuries sustained in figure skating.

For those who are thinking of training or taking up figure skating, my advice is to take into account the above and invest in periodic checkups with your podiatrist. Foot stress fractures can be virtually undetectable, with those suffering even walking on them. Taking into account the huge amount of strain on the body, it’s only prudent to make sure that you’re in top shape by including a professional checkup on a frequent basis. Additionally, consider the following tips to reduce risk of injury:

  • Reduce exposure to high—G—force landings by limiting the repetition of jumps—especially poorly mastered or new jumps—per training session.
  • Increase proficiency with new jumps through off-ice training, use of a harness, and ensuring a proper conception of perfect form prior to on-ice repetitions.
  • Avoid learning new elements during growth spurts, as this causes increased stress on the body.
  • Warm up for 5-10 minutes prior to putting on skates and stepping on the ice.
  • Properly fit and break in boots; adjust skate blades and sharpen appropriately.
  • Inspect ice regularly for chips or gouges that might cause injury.
  • Perform off-ice conditioning to improve core strength and fitness.
  • Maintain adequate nutrition. Skaters, particularly girls, are at risk for eating disorders.
  • Create conversation between coach, skater, and parents to minimize injury and avoid overtraining.
  • Avoid skating with pain and see a physician if pain persists.

If you're in the Troy, MI or Warren, Mi area, feel free to call my office or book an appointment online now - before you partake in risky fun.

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Dr Anthony 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 starting a new exercise routine and considerations for your feet and their health.

If you are like most people you probably have already started on your New Year goals that include getting in better shape, losing those few extra pounds and becoming more active to help maintain a healthy weight after the weight loss is complete.

For people that are not currently active, or for those that are starting a new exercise routine, there are some very important considerations for your feet.

Remember that your feet take all the pressure and punishment when you walk, jump, move and run and those few extra pounds translate into a lot of additional pressure. Protecting your feet to avoid sprains, strains and issues such as heel pain, plantar fasciitis and tendon problems requires a few simple and easy to follow guidelines.

Right Shoes for the Right Exercise Routine

While it may be trendy to have a lot of different dress shoes, it is more than just a fashion statement to have the right shoes for the right type of exercise. Running shoes, cross trainers, walking shoes and even weight training shoes are all designed differently to support your feet and ankles through a different range of motion. They also have different soles, different features and different levels of support for your tender tootsies. Always buy the best quality shoe that you can that is specifically designed for your exercise routine. Talk to your podiatrist for ideas about the right type of footwear.

Start Slow

Your feet need to get in shape just like the rest of your body, so start slow and choose low impact exercises. Limit both time and intensity of things like walking, jogging, jumping or running and gradually increase in duration and intensity as your body becomes leaner and more fit.

Stretch Before and After

Stretching the lower legs, ankles and the feet before and after exercise is important. A good exercise for these areas is to sit on the floor legs extended straight in front of you and toes up. Using a towel loop it around the top of the feet and, keeping your legs down and straight, slowly pull back on the towel. You should feel a gentle stretch down the back of the leg and through the heel and the bottom of the foot.

Rotate your ankles and rock from the heels to the toes several times to really get your feet ready for any exercise session, even just going for that brisk walk, these stretching exercises really help to avoid injury, stress or strain.

 

Want to learn more about your feet and how they can really be happy and healthy? Download Dr. Weinert's ebook "The Sole Doctor's Guide to Happy and Healthy Feet" on AMAZON HERE.

 





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