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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 27, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

Making the decision to call a podiatrist can be a big step. Podiatrists are integral to your foot and ankle health and should be called immediately if you notice a problem with your feet or ankles. These doctors are experts in all things related to the foot and ankle and can help you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan quickly and efficiently. If you are debating whether or not to call, read below to see if you are experiencing some of the common symptoms that podiatrists treat regularly.

When I put up my legs, my feet hurt.

When you lay down at night to go to sleep and are plagued with sudden foot pain that doesn’t disappear until you dangle your feet at the edge of the bed, it is time to see a podiatrist. This is a sign of a condition known as peripheral artery disease. This condition can cause a lot of pain and should be treated immediately.

Tingly, numbness and burning oh my!

If your feet are tingly, numb or burning, it could be a sign of a nerve disorder that is making your feet less sensitive. People with diabetes are especially prone to neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy permanently damages nerves in the feet and can cause a loss of sensation. See a podiatrist right away if your feet frequently tingle, burn or feel numb.

Puffy, painful feet

Feet that get swollen and painful warrant a call to a podiatrist immediately. There are many different conditions that cause painful and swollen feet. Due to the broad spectrum of issues, it is advised that you see a podiatrist to figure out exactly which one is causing the pain and swelling.

Exercise and Activity is More Painful

If you are exercising or increasing your activity, and find yourself in a lot of foot or ankle pain, it is time to see a podiatrist. This could be a sign of an overuse injury or sprain. If treated early, downtime could be minor and the pain can be cured quickly. If it is ignored and not checked out by a podiatrist, it could mean a severe tear or fracture.

If your feet are in pain, swelling, or experiencing any other abnormality, it is important that you call a podiatrist immediately. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Any time you have a question about your feet, count on us.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 07, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Metatarsalgia   orthotics   achy feet  

Curing the Achy Feet

Suffering from aching feet can really run you down. It makes everyday tasks feel harder and more exhausting. When your feet swell, it can also be harder to find a pair of shoes that fit you comfortably. This can make it harder to get out the door and deal with the simple tasks your daily life demands. Instead of moping around, it is important to call a foot doctor. Not only can a foot doctor diagnose your pain, but he or she can also prescribe different treatments to help deal with the pain. Metatarsalgia, an overuse injury, is very treatable once diagnosed. Here are some treatments a podiatrist may suggest:

  • Rest your feet. After a long day, your feet can get tired and begin to hurt. Resting takes pressure of the feet and can provide relief.
  • Buy the right shoes. Properly fitting footwear can also remove pressure from the foot which can reduce or cure swelling, inflammation and pain.
  • Shed some extra weight. Extra body weight puts more pressure on the feet which can cause them to become aggravated, damaged and sore. Less weight reduces the effect.
  • Get out and exercise. Exercise can strengthen muscles and help the foot become stronger overall. Stronger and healthier feet are less likely to suffer from metatarsalgia.
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can be useful to quell the swell and give relief to those achy feet.
  • Get some custom orthotics. A podiatrist can make these inserts for you in their office. They are custom made for your foot and can easily be put into a shoe. Not only do they support the foot, but they can reduce pain and swelling drastically.

Metatarsalgia pain can severely impact your everyday lifestyle. In order to prevent this pain from ruling your life, it is important to see a podiatrist. Not only can they diagnose your problem but they can help manage the pain too. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Metatarsalgia doesn’t have to keep you laid up.

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 28, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Foot Surgery   neurolysis   neuromas  

Suffering from nerve damage or a nerve disorder can be extremely painful. This is doubly so when the condition is affecting your feet. Your feet are your main mode of transportation and play a very active role during your day to day life. Fortunately, many podiatrists provide a treatment known as neurolysis.

Neurolysis can treat nerve conditions and relieve any pain or discomfort. Inflamed nerve tissues are referred to as neuromas and commonly form on the ball of the foot between the third and fourth, or the second and third, toes as a result of injury or trauma. Neurolysis involves hardening the nerve, while surgery involves either removing the damaged nerve tissue or reducing pressure on the nerve.

How neurolysis is performed

Neurolysis involves injecting a mixture of ethanol and anesthetic into the nerve to harden it. Injections may need to be administered once a week, for a period of time determined by your podiatrist, to destroy the nerve and relieve symptoms.

Nerve surgery can be performed using either the plantar approach to remove the nerve tissue or the dorsal approach to relieve pressure on the nerve. In the plantar approach, the nerve tissue is removed through incisions on the sole of the foot. In the dorsal approach, the metatarsal ligament is released through an incision on the top of the foot in order to reduce pressure on the nerve. The right type of approach will be determined by your podiatrist during an examination appointment.  Both surgeries require recovery time but, typically, the dorsal approach requires shorter downtime.

Nerve conditions and damage such as neuromas can be very painful and debilitating. Before deciding whether or not to undergo surgery, it is imperative that you consult with a podiatrist. Surgery may not be right for everyone and should be decided on a case by case basis. If you do not have a podiatrist, consider choosing us. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. You don’t have to let neuromas rule your life.

 

 

 

 

 

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
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

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.

Shoes

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.

Genes

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.