Patient Education: Foot Treatment and Diagnosis

preparing for foot injury treatment michiganDr. Stych provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for a wide spectrum of foot and ankle conditions. Whether you have a common or a complex disorder, he helps patients of all ages manage their foot conditions. He is also uniquely qualified to detect the early stages of diseases that exhibit warning signs in the lower extremities, such as diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease, and can help you manage foot conditions which may pose an ongoing threat to your overall health.

The following disorders are among the most common that Dr. Stych helps treat. You may find this information helpful to identify your own foot treatment and diagnosis:

Achilles Tendon

A tendon is a band of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. The Achilles tendon runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Also called the “heel cord,” the Achilles tendon facilitates… Learn More > >


Even though bunions are a common foot deformity, there are misconceptions about them. Many people may unnecessarily suffer the pain of bunions for years before seeking treatment… Learn More >>


Having diabetes increases the risk of developing a wide range of foot problems, often because of two complications of the disease: nerve damage (neuropathy) and poor circulation… Learn More >>


To diagnose a fracture, the foot and ankle surgeon will ask questions about how the injury occurred, examine the affected foot and ankle, and order x-rays. In addition, advanced imaging tests are commonly required… Learn More >>


Gout is a disorder that results from the build-up of uric acid in the tissues or a joint. It most often affects the joint of the big toe… Learn More > >


Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop… Learn More >>

Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis… Learn More >>

Ingrown Toenails

When a toenail is ingrown, it is curved and grows into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the sides of the nail). This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the toe… Learn More >>


The thickening, or enlargement, of the nerve that defines a neuroma is the result of compression and irritation of the nerve. This compression creates enlargement of the nerve, eventually leading to permanent nerve damage… Learn More >>

Dr, Stych's Blog

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    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 […]

  • How to correct crossover toe, keep patients active
    November 26, 2017

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    June 18, 2017

    With the warmer temperatures outside, open toed shoes are making their way out of the closet and slipped on underneath beautifully manicured feet. The pedicure season is in full swing! Unfortunately, not all pedicure facilities offer clean and proper foot care and infections and other foot ailments may arise.  We would like to share the […]