By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 26, 2017
Tags: Flat Feet   arch   walking   newborn feet   pediatric  

You have just left the hospital with your bundle of joy. You are on a brand-new journey as a parent and you are thrilled. Parenthood is full of many firsts and there is no handbook that outlines how to raise a tiny human. We have to use our common sense, brain, and intuition to navigate through it all. When it comes to your baby’s feet Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan, knows that a little help can go a long way. Here are 4 facts about your newborns feet to help ease you into parenthood. 

1.   Your Baby’s Feet Might look a Little Odd.

·        When you first see your baby do not be alarmed if they have blue, peeling, and shriveled looking feet. This is totally normal and natural. After spending a long nine months in mother’s womb, which is filled with liquid, it takes time for baby to adjust to the new world it is in. As soon as baby is warm their little feet will pinken and fill right out.

2.    Babies Feet Are Flat

·        Babies are born with a pad of fat in the arch area. Their muscles are also not fully developed enough to support an arch. The fat and lack of muscle make it so baby has a flat foot. Do not worry though, it is normal for a baby to lack an arch all the way up until they are 2 ½ years old.

3.    Your Baby isn’t Walking…Yet

·        All children develop differently and at their own pace. Just because your child is not walking at 12 months of age does not mean they are doomed. Babies can begin to walk anywhere from 10 months – 15 months in age. It all depends on when their muscles are developed. If your child is not walking and you are concerned contact their pediatrician or podiatrist right away.

4.    Your Baby Walks on their Tippy Toes

·        Many children start off walking on their tippy toes and that is perfectly normal. But if your child is walking only on their tippy toes for more than a few months, it is time to call the doctor. This could be a sign of a bigger problem.

Having a child is a wonderful experience. Sometimes it is hard to figure out their needs and whether or not to be concerned. If your baby or toddler’s feet are worrying you, do not delay. Call our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online. We will treat your child and their feet with the utmost care.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 20, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

Are your feet aching? Do you have a heel spur? Are burning and itching feet plaguing you? Why is this? Why do people have problems with their feet? Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan know that there are three large factors that could be the root of your foot and ankle issues.


Biomechanics is the internal and the external forces and how we use them to stay mobile on a regular basis. Our feet are a prime example of biomechanics. We walk, jog, run, skip and hop. All of these movements and motions cause great stress and pressure on our feet. Activities that are repetitive and harsh can damage our feet and ankles over time. Because we are mobile beings, it is very easy to accidently slip up and hurt ourselves while partaking in biomechanics. Due to the ease of sprains, breaks, tears, and other movement related injuries, biomechanics can be counted as one of the major causes of foot and ankle problems.


Everyone wears shoes, but not everyone wears the right shoes. Unfortunately, most high end, high style shoes do not provide you with the correct support, stability, and fit that you need to prevent foot and ankle problems. Heels, flats, loafers, and flip-flops are all very poorly structured shoes that can cause more harm than good. In today’s world shoes and fashion are very important and so many people suffer the consequences.  If you have foot and ankle problems it could be due to your choice of shoes.


Your parents can play a big role in whether or not you have a foot and ankle problems. Some diseases like diabetes can cause different diseases of the foot, and can be passed down from your parents. Deformities are also closely linked to genetics. So, if your suffering from a diabetic foot, you can blame your mother and father for part of your issues.

Biomechanics, shoes, and genetics can play a very big role in whether or not your feet stay healthy. If you have a foot and ankle problem due to any of these causes, or even other scenarios, Dr. Cohen can help. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment request online today. We will get to the bottom of any foot and ankle problem you may have.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 12, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   Flat Feet   pronation   Morton Neuroma   heel  

When we are babies and just learning how to walk, it isn’t uncommon to find ourselves with our feet and legs pointed inward or outward at a funny angle. Eventually, as time and practice occurs, along with the strengthening of the muscles, this rotation is gradually lost and we typically walk with straight legs and feet.  Some people are not so lucky though. Their feet and legs are considered pronated or rotated outward away from the body.

Foot pronation can be serious and is very important to correct early on if possible. Although not all pronation is caught at an early stage, there are still ways to improve the effects that it has on the body and your health.

Signs of Pronation

  • The heel is turned out and away from the center of the body
  • The forefoot is shifted outward from the heel
  • The inner ankle is bulging
  • The legs are turned inward

Sometimes people with pronated feet also have flat feet. Not all pronated feet are flat and not all flat feet are pronated. Sometimes the two are paired and other times they are not. Pronation that is severe can cause major issues for the body and everyday life.

Short Term Effects:

  • Alter the alignment of the pelvis, feet, ankle and back
  • Causes tired feet
  • Strains the feet
  • Causes abnormal motion in the joints

Long Term Effects:

Pronated feet are a deformity, that left untreated can become more severe. This type of disorder should be evaluated by a podiatrist right away. Corrective surgery and orthotics can be used to aid a person suffering from the disorder to find comfort and live a normal lifestyle.

Do you think your feet are suffering from pronation? Do your legs point away from the center of your body? Does your hips and feet ache after a day of regular activity? It’s time to call Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. There Dr. Andrew H. Cohen will examine your feet, ankles, and gait and determine whether you have over pronation. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Don’t hesitate to get your feet healthy again.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care

It started out just like any other day. You woke up, got changed and started out on your morning jog. At first everything was going normally, but then all of a sudden, a sharp pain raced through the bottom of your foot. You didn’t think anything of it, and continued your jog. The next morning though, you woke up in excruciating pain, barely able to walk. Frantically you grabbed your phone and started googling what the causes of your pain could be. According to many websites you could have, a sprain, a diabetic foot, plantar fasciitis, or need to amputate. After that you realize that maybe google wasn’t such a great idea. Shut off google and call your local podiatrist. At Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Andrew H. Cohen can examine, diagnosis and treat the real issue.

Why Choose a Podiatrist?

When you go to see a doctor, you want the best of the best treating your ailment. General physicians can treat basic issues that they see on a daily basis but they do not have the extensive education and background in the specific ailment that they diagnosis. That is where a specialist, such as a podiatrist, comes into play. Podiatrists are highly trained doctors that only treat feet and sometimes ankles. Their entire education revolved around feet. If you have a foot or ankle issue, then they are the best option for high quality foot and ankle care.

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in the care of, and illnesses of the feet and ankles. They must earn a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (also known as a DPM) in order to practice in the foot and ankle field. In the United States, there is a limited amount of accredited Universities that offer this Doctorate. These specialists are highly trained and will not treat any other ailment.

How do I Find a Podiatrist?

  1. Google – Okay you can go back on to google now but only to search for a local podiatrist. When the search bar appears just type in podiatrist and you will get multiple hits. Find a doctor with the right accreditations, good reviews, and who is convenient to you.
  2. Get a referral – Your general practitioner might not be an expert on your foot and ankle issues but he or she will know someone who is an expert. Give their office a call and acquire a referral to a doctor they are affiliated with.
  3. Call your Insurance Provider – If you have health insurance, give your insurance provider a call. They can send you a list of podiatrists that are listed within your health network. You can go through the list and compare your options online.
  4. Call our office! – If you need a reputable podiatrist and are near Saginaw MI, Bay City MI, then look no further! Call us at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online. We are more than happy to assist you.


By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 29, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Most people know that repetitive movements can cause injuries to the hands and wrists. Too much typing, gaming, and sports can cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a condition usually found in the wrists and hands. We at Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center know that the same can happen to your feet. It’s called Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome.

Nurses, athletes, teachers and other people who are on their feet all the time know this syndrome all too well. At first it is just uncomfortable. Their feet begin to ache and swell. When they walk it hurts but its manageable Later though, if the disorder is left untreated, it can become severe. The pain can become so debilitating that the affected person can have trouble sleeping, walking, and living a regular day to day life. A tingling sensation envelopes the foot. Then the foot slowly begins to go numb. The feeling is similar to your foot falling asleep.

Shoes are a large factor in the cause of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Wearing the wrong shoes can be detrimental to your feet. If your shoes do not have proper stability and support for your arch and heel you could be setting yourself up for foot and ankle issues. When buying shoes try to stay away from flats, loafers, heels, and flip flops. These shoes do not provide the appropriate amount of support to the foot and contribute to issues. Try to find a sneaker that fits snuggle and has ample amounts of arch support. If your shoes are ill fitting, it is likely that tarsal tunnel syndrome will be in your future.

Are your feet tingling? Are they going numb as well? Does it hurt when you walk? Call Dr. Andrew Cohen. He is a highly trained podiatrist who has offices in Saginaw, MI and Bay City, MI. He and his staff can help determine whether or not you have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. If it is determined that you have the syndrome, they can assist you in acquiring properly fitting shoes, and finding the right treatment for you. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online.

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