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By Basch Foot Care Centers
February 26, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Do you have persistent heel pain that leaves you tired, sore, and off your feet more often than not? If you answered yes, you're not alone - many Americans today suffer from a heel pain condition known as plantar fasciitis, which is caused by inflammation on the bottom of the foot, and are left feeling helpless as the pain lingers for days and even weeks on end.

At Basch Foot Care Centers, you'll find the long-term foot relief you need for all your heel aches and pains, as expert podiatrists like Plantar FasciitisDavid R. Basch, PC, DPM, and his crew of trusted foot specialists make it their goal to equip you with everything necessary to ensure that your feet stay in tip-top shape.

When your feet suffer from plantar fasciitis, it's because the connective tissue (known as the plantar fascia) that extends from your toes to your heel bone along the underside of your foot has been overpronated. Overpronation happens when your foot rolls inward over and over again as you walk, eventually flattening out your feet and making your arch longer. This leads to continued discomfort along the plantar fascia tissue, ultimately leading to the inflammation indicative of the condition.

Fortunately, plantar fasciitis can be treated with the aid of Dr. Basch and his helpful podiatrists on site, as they suggest taking conservative approaches such as:

  • anti-inflammatory medications
  • ice pack application
  • stretching techniques
  • orthotic devices
  • physical foot therapy and massage

No matter the treatment that's best for your podiatric profile, you'll be able to find it quickly and conveniently right here at Basch Foot Care Centers using the expert techniques supported by Dr. Basch and his foot care crew. For more information on how to overcome foot and heel pain in the Sterling Heights, MI, area, call (586) 979-7502 and find out for yourself why podiatric care can always come easy!

December 18, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus is unsightly, sometimes painful and often damaging to your skin. The good news is it's easily treatable, but prevention is a much better course of action.

Fungi can attack your skin, nail beds, and toenails through cuts in your skin or the opening around your nail bed, so the best thing you can do to avoid infection is keep your feet clean and dry. That may seem simple enough, but wearing socks and shoes isn't enough to Toenail Fungusprotect your feet from potentially harmful fungi. In fact, your footwear could be the reason you develop fungal infections in the first place.

Prevention starts by washing your feet thoroughly as part of your regular bathing routine. Dry your feet well, and put on clean, dry socks made of a breathable, moisture-wicking material, like wool. This will help minimize conditions for infection, even as your feet sweat throughout the day. Additionally, you should maintain short toenails, filed straight, and avoid picking at the skin around your nails.

Taking care of your shoes is important, too, because old shoes and materials that aren't allowed to fully dry between use will harbor fungi, which could easily lead to toenail fungus. Fungus thrives in moist environments — think pool areas, showers and locker rooms — so make sure you're not walking around barefoot in public places and exposing yourself to someone's leftover infection.

Proper footwear plays a significant role in fungus prevention, but you can take extra steps to reduce your risk for contracting toenail fungus by using anti-fungal sprays and powders to treat your shoes. This can be particularly effective for people who have previously dealt with toenail fungus and want to minimize the chances of reinfection.

If you're concerned about your toenail health, your podiatrist can address your specific questions and help you understand your best options for preventing and treating fungal infections. Basch Foot Care Centers can take care of your toenail fungus at its Sterling Heights, MI, location. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (586) 979-7502.