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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 16, 2017
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis   corns   calluses   gait   sprains  

Our feet are extremely important to our everyday lifestyles. They help us get to and fro, allow us to participate in sports and support our entire body when standing. We use our feet all the time. Over time they begin to suffer because of it.

One of the most common and influential positions that a foot can suffer from is the stance. When a person is standing still, your feet are getting pressure from two sources. The first source is the body weight of the person. The second is the heel to ground contact. The stance is one of the biggest causes of foot pain.

When walking, an individual’s gait (or the way they walk) also has a major impact on their overall foot health. The gait has three movements and the one that causes the most problems is known as the contact. This is when the foot meets the ground. All of the weight of the individual as well as the impact from heel to ground happens in this one jarring movement. As it repeats over and over, it can cause extensive damage.

Another cause of foot pain is standing in one position for too long. This can cause blood to accumulate in one area of the foot. It can also cause blood flow to lessen for the feet. This overall strain can cause varicose veins and other vascular disorders.

Although standing in one spot is not the best, always moving around also can be detrimental to your foot health and cause foot pain. The stress on the foot and muscles can cause plantar fasciitis, sprains and tears. It can also cause other foot conditions such as calluses, corns, and tired feet.

Our feet are in constant use. Although we can’t always prevent them from getting injured, we can take steps to decrease the likelihood. Take the leap and see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a thorough examination, he will determine what is causing your foot pain. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Cut that pain out of your life.

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 09, 2017

It is hard to go a day without using our feet. Our feet are an integral part of our livelihood and everyday lives. Without our feet, we would be unable to properly move around and live. But using our feet constantly comes with a price. If we use our feet repetitively over and over again, we can end up unintentionally injuring them. These injuries can range from mild to severe and should not be overlooked. If you are experiencing any of the conditions or their symptoms listed below, call a podiatrist.

  • Plantar Fasciitis – This condition causes inflammation of the plantar’s arch, more commonly known as the sole of the foot. Typically, plantar fasciitis is most bothersome first thing in the morning. As the day progresses it begins to feel better. It can last for varying amounts of time and can come and go as it pleases. Modified exercise, orthotics, rest and ice are helpful when treating this condition.
  • Sever’s Disease – This overuse disease is caused from inflammation of the heel bone. It occurs before the body's skeleton is fully mature, which means children are most susceptible. Its main target of attack is the growth plate near the spot where the Achilles tendon attaches itself to the foot. A heel cup or pad, rest, ice, stretching, and modified exercising are very helpful when treating this condition.
  • Achilles Tendonitis – Overuse of the Achilles tendon leads to this condition. Excessive jumping is often the leading cause of Achilles tendonitis. In most cases, it affects people aged 14 and up. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, rest, ice and stretching can help heal this condition.
  • Stress Fracture – Stress fractures occur when the body is subjected to repeated episodes of micro traumas. A sudden increase in exercise can cause these types of fractures. If these fractures are not properly treated, they can become more severe and cause a full fracture to the bone. Stress fractures should be seen and treated immediately.

Does your Achilles tendon ache when you walk? Does the sole of your foot hurt first thing in the morning? Then it is time to call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Dr. Cohen and his staff with help you get back on your feet. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 01, 2017

In the world of sports, injuries are a very real and frightening reality. Sometimes accidental impacts, falls or other circumstances can lead to an injured athlete. These injuries can lay an athlete up for weeks at a time and cause a lot of stress and pain. Luckily there are many different technologies available to help treat these sport injuries and heal the athlete. Although these advancements are great, they don’t always cure a sports injury.

Did you know that there are actually two types of sports injuries? The first type of sports injury is an acute sports injury. These types of injuries happen suddenly while in the middle of a sport or exercise. Sprained ankles, strained backs and fractured hands are all different types of acute sports injuries.

What are the signs of an acute sports injury?

  • Severe sudden pain
  • Swelling
  • Inability to place weight on leg, ankle, knee or foot
  • Tender arms, elbows, hands and fingers
  • Inability to move joint normally
  • Leg or arm weakness
  • Bone or joint is out of place

Chronic injuries on the other hand happen after you exercise or play a sport for a long period of time. They can cause an athlete a lot of suffering and misery.

Signs of Chronic Sports Injury

  • Pain when you play a sport
  • Pain when you exercise
  • Dull aching when at rest
  • Swelling

If you have a sports injury of any type, it is important that you see a podiatrist right away. If these injuries are left untreated, they can become more severe and have lasting damage.

Does your ankle ache when you run? Is your foot swollen and tender? Have you received a sport related injury and are not sure where to go? Contact Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. There Dr. Andrew H. Cohen can examine, diagnose, and treat your foot or ankle problem. Dr. Cohen and his team are highly trained professionals who put your foot and ankle health first. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Let us support the tool that supports you.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
October 26, 2017
Tags: Kohler Disease  

A child’s health is paramount for a parent. As such, parents do everything they can to help their children grow to be strong and healthy. Sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances our children are born with or acquire conditions that need a little more tender love and care. Podiatrists see many such cases come into their offices. The range of different types of conditions that affect an infant or child when they are born can vary. One such instance of this is Kohler disease.

Kohler disease is a rare bone disorder of the foot. Children are much more likely to develop this disease. This is usually due to a lot of stress-related compressions during a very critical point of growth and development. Since children are constantly growing and developing, they are at high risk. It is not unusual to see limping caused by pain. There can also be swelling in the foot. More often than not, it occurs in kids ages three through seven. Usually only one foot is affected instead of both. Male children are more likely to get the disease than females are.

Eventually, children typically grow out of the disorder and the bones go back to their usual size, density and structure. This usually happens in the span of one year’s time. Sometimes it can take up to two years to fully heal.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain in the foot
  • Swollen foot
  • Arch tenderness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty bearing weight
  • Flow of blood to one bone is interrupted
  • Bone degeneration

In most cases symptoms are mild.

Cause

The cause of Kohler Disease is unknown. It is thought to be linked to injury of the growth plate in the foot during key developmental phases.

Treatment

Usually it is recommended to watch and wait. Most cases resolve themselves over time. If there is a severe case that does not seem to be getting better on its own, surgery can be performed.

Is your son or daughter limping when they walk? Is their foot swollen and tender? It might be a sprain or it could be Kohler Disease. Bring them in to see Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a thorough examination, he will determine what ailment your child is suffering from. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. We know your child’s health is important.

 

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
October 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters   men's socks  

Today we are lucky to have so many options when it comes to picking out socks. There are socks that come in different colors, sizes, fabrics, textures and patterns. Some socks are long and others are short. Each sock is designed differently for a different purpose. In the world of men’s socks there are four major types of socks. They are dress, sport, work and casual. Each serves its own purpose based off design.

Dress Socks

These socks are ideal to pair with business suits during the day or night. They are also good for special occasions such as weddings, baby showers, or other formal events. Normally, they are light weight, have sheer panels, and are flat. They come in two lengths, calf length and over the calf length.

Sport Socks

Sport socks are great for athletes, gym lovers, or anyone partaking in a high energy activity. They are equipped with moisture wicking fibers that help keep the foot and shoe dry. This fabric also helps prevent athlete’s foot and blisters. They come in ankle, no show, and crew varieties.

Work Socks

These types of socks are made to last. Usually, they are made out of cotton. Some work socks have nylon panels in the heel and the toe for reinforcement. During the winter, a work sock with wool or acrylic is usually best to keep feet warm.

Casual Socks

These socks are usually worn for everyday use or informal events. They came in many different fibers such as cotton, wool, nylon, and acrylic. Sometimes they are even blended with olefin and spandex to improve comfort and prevent moisture build up. They also come in all shapes, sizes colors, and varieties.

There are many places that sell a large variety of socks that you can choose from. Be sure to Look for socks that are of good quality and that fit your foot comfortably. If you need socks for a situation that isn’t listed above contact Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. There Dr. Andrew H. Cohen can assist you in finding the right sock for your individual needs. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Help your feet stay happy.





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