JEFFREY B. KLEIN, DPM
Dr. Jeffrey B. Klein, attended Wayne State University and then worked to earn his doctorate from Kent State University College Podiatric Medicine. He trained at North Detroit General Hospital in Podiatric Surgery and Trauma and is licensed to practice Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Michigan and New York.
Jeffrey B. Klein, DPM is a fellow and founding member of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS) and is an active member in the following associations:
He performs both surgical and non-surgical procedures with special interests including:
- Diabetic and ulcer care with limb salvage
- Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy
- Ankle arthroscopy
- Total ankle replacements
- Advanced bunion surgery
- Forefoot reconstruction
- Nerve disorders/nerve decompression‘s of the lower extremity
In addition to providing traditional podiatric care, Dr. Klein has spent 35 years caring for lower extremity wounds and performing limb salvage techniques and procedures.
He has again been voted by southeast Michigan’s medical professionals as Hour Detroit Magazine’s Top Docs in Podiatric Medicine.
Dr. Klein joined Mendelson Kornblum in 2013 and practices in both our Warren and Livonia offices.
IT'S TIME TO SEE DR. KLEIN WHEN...
- You have numbness, pain or swelling in one or both feet
- Ingrown toenails
- Thickened, ugly toenails
- Continuous heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Injury to your foot or ankle/sprain or broken foot or ankle
- Reoccurring case of athlete's foot
- You have diabetes
- Infections of the foot or ankle
- Bunions or hammertoes
- Painful calluses or corns
- Joint pain in the ankle or foot
- High arches or flat feet
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is commonly referred to as a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe—the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint—that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The toe is forced to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. Because this joint carries a lot of the body's weight while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated. The MTP joint itself may become stiff and sore, making even the wearing of shoes difficult or impossible. A bunion—from the Latin "bunio," meaning enlargement—can also occur on the outside of the foot along the little toe, where it is called a "bunionette" or "tailor's bunion."*
Bunions form when the normal balance of forces that is exerted on the joints and tendons of the foot becomes disrupted. This disruption can lead to instability in the joint and cause the deformity. Bunions are brought about by years of abnormal motion and pressure over the MTP joint. They are, therefore, a symptom of faulty foot development and are usually caused by the way we walk and our inherited foot type or our shoes.
Although bunions tend to run in families, it is the foot type that is passed down—not the bunion. Parents who suffer from poor foot mechanics can pass their problematic foot type on to their children, who in turn are prone to developing bunions.
Wearing shoes that are too tight or cause the toes to be squeezed together is also a common factor.*
The symptoms of a bunion include the following:
- Development of a swelling, callus or firm bump on the outside edge of the foot, at the base of the big toe
- Redness, swelling, or pain at or near the MTP joint
- Development of hammertoes or calluses under the ball of the foot
- Corns or other irritations caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
- Restricted or painful motion of the big toe*
Is it Plantar Fasciitis?
What are the symptoms and some of the treatments of plantar fasciitis? There's no one better to answer that then Dr. Klein
KEEPING YOUR FEET HEALTHY IN WINTER
Winter is skiing and snowboarding season, activities enjoyed by nearly 10 million Americans, according to the National Ski Areas Association. Never ski or snowboard in footwear other than ski boots specifically designed for that purpose. Make sure your boots fit properly; you should be able to wiggle your toes, but the boots should immobilize the heel, instep, and ball of your foot. You can use orthotics (support devices that go inside shoes) to help control the foot's movement inside ski boots or ice skates.*
Committed runners don't need to let the cold stop them. A variety of warm, light-weight, moisture-wicking active wear available at most running or sporting goods stores helps ensure runners stay warm and dry in bitter temperatures. However, some runners may compensate for icy conditions by altering how their foot strikes the ground. Instead of changing your footstrike pattern, shorten your stride to help maintain stability. And remember, it's more important than ever to stretch before you begin your run. Cold weather can make you less flexible in winter than you are in summer, so it's important to warm muscles up before running.*
Boots are must-have footwear in winter climates, especially when dealing with winter precipitation. Between the waterproof material of the boots themselves and the warm socks you wear to keep toes toasty, you may find your feet sweat a lot. Damp, sweaty feet can chill more easily and are more prone to bacterial infections. To keep feet clean and dry, consider using foot powder inside socks and incorporating extra foot baths into your foot care regimen this winter.*
Be size smart. It may be tempting to buy pricey specialty footwear (like winter boots or ski boots) for kids in a slightly larger size, thinking they'll be able to get two seasons of wear out of them. But unlike coats that kids can grow into, footwear needs to fit properly right away. Properly fitted skates and boots can help prevent blisters, chafing, and ankle or foot injuries. Likewise, if socks are too small, they can force toes to bunch together, and that friction can cause painful blisters or corns.*