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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 08, 2018
Tags: Bunions   Ingrown Toenails   Exercise   Shoes   podiatrist   pronation   suffer  

More than 24 million people participate in aerobics. Aerobic dance has become a sport where people can stay in shape, lose weight and have fun while doing so. There are different forms of aerobics including low-impact, swim, and high-impact. Dance is still the predominant form and may be inspired by ballet, country line dancing, salsa or even hip-hop. An aerobic dance session includes a warm-up stretch followed by dancing to music, usually at a fast pace. Some of the workout regimens are geared to high impact cardiovascular workout.

It's a good idea to see a podiatrist specializing in sports medicine before beginning an aerobics regimen. The podiatrist can examine your feet, gait, and natural biomechanics to see how much of a risk your feet face when partaking in aerobic exercise.

Effects on the Feet

Because aerobic dancing involves quick side to side movements, jumping, and leaping for extended periods of time, proper care of the feet plays a critical part in keeping the entire body fit. Without proper care, the feet and ankles can suffer from severe overuse injuries.

If your feet suffer from excess pronation or your ankles tend to turn inward or outward too much, it's especially important to see a podiatrist. They may recommend the use of an orthotic device, especially if you plan to partake in aerobic activities.

Proper shoes are crucial to successful, injury-free aerobics. Shoes should provide sufficient cushioning and shock absorption to balance the pressure on the foot that is many times greater than the pressure from walking. They must also have good side-to-side stability.  Shoes should also have thick upper leather or strap support to provide stability and to prevent slippage of the foot.  Make sure shoes have a toe box that is high enough to prevent irritation of toes and nails. If toes and nails are irritated it can cause hammertoes, bunions, calluses, and ingrown toenails as a result.

Once you've found the proper shoes, tie them securely, but not too tightly. Make sure there is enough room in the toe box. Double-tie the laces to prevent them from becoming loose and tripping you up during your exercise.

If you do injure yourself during an aerobic dance class, it is important to seek the help of a podiatrist right away. Simple foot pain can lead to larger, more severe problems down the road. 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. Make your feet our top priority.

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
August 17, 2017
Tags: Broken Ankle   Broken Foot   Fractures  

It’s all fun and games until someone breaks a foot or an ankle. A broken bone is a common but serious injury that happens to people of all ages, shapes, and origins. In fact, on average, 6 million Americans break a bone every year. It is important that someone with a broken bone gets immediate medical attention so that the situation does not become more severe than it already is. A podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen from Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan can help treat your broken foot or ankle swiftly and professionally.

Why do bones break?

Although bones are rigid and mostly sturdy, they are still slightly flexible. This flexibility is normal in order to do day to day tasks and partake in basic biomechanics. It doesn’t take much to over extend a bone and break it. If too much pressure occurs the bone can fracture. The severity of the break directly correlates to the force that is applied to the bone. If the break is serious then it will take longer for the bone to heal. If the break is very serious it can result in surgery to rebuild the structure of the bone using metal pins and plates.

How does a cast help?

Although a cast does not actually heal the broken bones inside your body, it does hold them in place. This helps the body heal faster and more efficiently. Typically, podiatrists will first x-ray the foot and ankle to determine the amount of damage that the foot sustained. Then they will clean and disinfect the area. Next, they will set the bones so that they are positioned correctly and administer the cast.

What are casts made of?

Casts are made out of plaster and typically have a colorful top layer of fiberglass wrapped around the plaster. The entire process takes about 45 minutes to administer. The cast will not fully dry and cure for at least 72 hours. It is important to keep casts away from water so that the materials do not break down and render the cast useless. Wet casts can cause bones to shift and to heal incorrectly. Call your podiatrist right away if you think that you may have gotten your cast wet.

Did you break your foot or ankle? Do you need the opinion of a highly trained podiatrist? Look no further. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online. Dr. Cohen can help you get your foot and ankle healed in no time.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 10, 2017

The Michigan winter season can be a time of hibernation for the best of us and this means our muscles are relaxing too.  When an unusually warm day comes our way in the colder months we tend to enjoy a quick walk, jog or run after being inactive. Stretching is necessary to wake up our muscles before we hit the track to avoid ankle injuries.

What are some common causes for ankle injuries?

  • Cold muscles
  • Not stretching
  • Rolling the ankle
  • Running on uneven surfaces
  • Wrong shoes

Three common exercises to help warm up your feet

  • Toe Points - standing on one leg and lifting the other leg off the floor, gently point your toes and flex your toes hold for 40 seconds in each position
  • Ankle Circles - standing on one leg and lifting the other leg off the floor, gently point your toes and rotate your ankle in a complete circle 5 - 10 times
  • Calf Raises - find a secure spot to hold on to, putting both feet together, gently lift onto toes and lower to heals 5-10 times

Helpful hints to create a better experience and avoid injury

  • Stretch before and after you exercise
  • Focus on how your feet land - should be heal to toe without twisting
  • Stick with a paved or flat track
  • Invest in good running sneakers and athletic socks

At Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center Dr. Andrew H. Cohen provides superior ankle care for sports injuries.  Sprained or twisted ankles can be fixed easily with early treatment. Call our convenient offices in Saginaw at (989) 790-8009 or Bay City at (989) 893-5000 to get an appointment now. Exercise is important for good health all year round and no need to let a small injury slow you down!