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Protect Your Feet From Skin Cancer

June 21, 2015  |   Dr. Stych's Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Skin cancer on your feet? Yes, it definitely does occur. In fact, melanoma of the foot is particularly fatal because people rarely think to look for the disease. Early detection is important, so be sure to check your feet regularly. If you find suspicious spots on the soles of your feet, ...

Don’t Cross Your Eyes, They’ll Stay That Way!

February 22, 2015  |   Dr. Stych's Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Old wives’ tales and myths like that example are fun to laugh at. We believed them as children. “Step on a crack and you’ll break your mother’s back.” But there are other myths that are no laughing matter, especially when they involve your health. From bunions to broken toes, I’ve heard it all. Here are five myths about foot care and the realities ...

Painful Ankles and Achilles Tendonitis

January 21, 2015  |   Dr. Stych's Blog   |     |   0 Comment

You don’t have to be an accomplished athlete to suffer Achilles tendon injuries. They can happen from household tasks like climbing a ladder.  Achilles tendon weakness is common in adults. But seeking treatment when symptoms occur can prevent more serious injury. Achilles tendonitis is common for anyone whose work routine puts constant stress on the ...

Icy Conditions Cause Falls and Injured Ankles

November 29, 2014  |   Dr. Stych's Blog   |     |   0 Comment

With the hectic pace of the holidays, serious injuries from ice-related falls inevitably occur. Falls on icy surfaces are a major cause of ankle sprains and fractures, and it’s critical to seek prompt treatment to prevent further damage that can prolong recovery. The ankle joint is vulnerable to serious injury from hard ...

Hunters & Hikers Need to be Aware of Their Foot Conditions

November 01, 2014  |   Dr. Stych's Blog   |     |   0 Comment

As brightly colored leaves dazzle the fall landscape, hikers and hunters in Northern Michigan will migrate to the woods and fields, but many, unfortunately, are ill prepared for the beating their feet will take. Hikers, hunters and others who love the outdoors often don’t realize how strenuous it can be to withstand constant, vigorous ...

Tips for a Safer Barefoot Summer

June 01, 2014  |   Dr. Stych's Blog,Uncategorized   |     |   0 Comment

Parents and families can prevent cuts, puncture wounds and other injuries from going barefoot by following some simple recommendations.   Shoes are the best way to protect your family's feet from injuries.  But if your summer just wouldn't be the same without kicking off your shoes or sandals, you can still make it a ...

Lawn Mower Foot Injuries Can Be Prevented

May 01, 2014  |   Dr. Stych's Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Lawn care season is back and I want to caution homeowners to protect their feet and the feet of those around them when using rotary-blade lawnmowers. Each year, some 25,000 Americans sustain injuries from power mowers, according to reports issued by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. The blades whirl at 3,000 ...

Golfers: Don’t Let Foot Pain Ruin Your Game

April 02, 2014  |   Dr. Stych's Blog   |     |   0 Comment

As thousands of Traverse City-area residents and visitors get ready for another golf season, they should be aware of potentially serious foot problems that can result from years of playing the game. Although golf is not considered a rigorous sport, the physical act of repeatedly swinging a golf club in practice and on the ...

Your Broken Foot May Be Due To Osteoporosis

March 02, 2014  |   Dr. Stych's Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Unexplained foot fractures may be the first sign of osteoporosis, a bone thinning disease which affects over 28 million Americans and accounts for 1.5 million bone fractures a year.   Osteoporosis is frequently referred to as the “silent crippler” since it often progresses without any symptoms or isn’t diagnosed until a person experiences pain ...

Children’s Painful Foot Conditions

February 10, 2014  |   Dr. Stych's Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Five Signs Your Child May Have a Foot Problem Foot and ankle problems in children often go unnoticed. Signs and symptoms can be subtle, and sometimes children can’t explain what’s wrong. But it’s important to protect growing feet and have problems checked out early. 1. Your Kids Can’t Keep Up with Their Peers If children lag behind in sports or backyard play, it may be ...

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  • Blood Clots – A Silent Killer
    April 21, 2019

    What is a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)? A DVT is a venous thromboembolism (VTE) in one of the deep veins in the human body. The terms DVT and VTE are often used interchangeably. In layman’s terms, a DVT or VTE is called a “blood clot”. Blood clots stick to the wall on the inside of […]

  • Charcot Foot
    November 26, 2018

    What is a Charcot Foot? A Charcot [shar-koh] foot, sometimes called Charcot joint, is a complex syndrome characterized as a foot with multiple fractures and joint dislocations in a patient with neuropathy (loss of sensation) and a history of minimal or no known trauma. It is named after Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, a 19th century French […]

  • Dry, Cracked Skin of Winter
    February 18, 2018

    Skin is one of the important natural barriers that works along with our immune system to defend the body against organisms that can cause infection. The skin on our extremities – hands and feet – are the most vulnerable and require additional attention to remain healthy during the cold, dry months of winter. I recommend the following […]