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By gary@midiabeticfootcenter.com
October 30, 2013

Broken FootNFL Player David Quessenberry will sidelined for this season in result of a broken foot. Quessenberry suffered the foot fracture during his practice drills.

He then posted on Twitter “sometimes these unfortunate things happen. I love this game and this team. I will be back in no time and strong as ever.”

In the meantime, the Texans are likely to use defensive end Antonio Smith. Even on the bench, however, the 23-year-old continues to keep up his team spirit while hopefully returning next season.

Dealing with a broken footcan be a painful ordeal. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can examine your broken foot, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.  

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

· Bruising
· Pain
· Redness
· Swelling
· Blue (foot)
· Numbness
· Cold
· Misshapen
· Cuts
· Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

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If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Children's FeetOld-fashioned plimsoll shoes are something that a lot of mothers today might not recognize as a good training shoe for their child. In today’s styles of shoes, you do not see the flat soles that you would see on plimsolls. In comparison with contemporary trainers, plimsoll shoes might help as the better-quality choice in keeping your children’s feet healthy.

Having cushioned trainers with thick heels makes it more difficult for young people to learn using the front foot; which causes less impact than striking the ground with the heel.

Making sure your child’s feetare healthy is crucial to their overall health and development. Seeking the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center would be beneficial for your child. Dr. Cohen will examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment for them.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

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If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Running InjuriesA study published by the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine found that runners who had a lower weight and age were less susceptible to running injuries as opposed to older runners who were older, heavier, or, surprisingly, more easygoing in personality.

Danish researchers surveyed 930 runners for a year, the focus being on runners who haven’t run more than 10 kilometers total within the past year. Of the 930 new runners, 254 runners sustained a running injury during the study. The study concluded that age was a primary factor with new runners getting injured, and body mass secondly.

If you believe you’ve sustained an injury while running or need assistance on how to further prevent injury, you should seek out the advice of a podiatrist such as Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment and prevention options that work for you.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Runner’s knee, where the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, causes a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Choosing the right running shoeAn American manufacturer of footwear will be awarding a trademark new inventive line of running shoes for the reality television series Duck Dynasty.  The series’ host network A&E is joining forces with Rockethub for “Project Startup”, and has been endorsing the promotion on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. The project will give $20k to wounded veterans charities if the project reaches $100k.

This footwear uses a technology known as WaveSpring, which uses a lightweight spring that cushions and returns energy for more comfort and less strain. Over 200 people have won marathons and races wearing these shoes, and a study conducted indicated that those who wore these shoes had a reduced heart rate and could run an average of 20 seconds per mile faster.

When beginning a new exercise regimen, such as running, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will not only provide you with recommendations for the appropriate footwear to use while running, but can also treat and care for all your foot injuries.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type Speak with a shoe specialist to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary@midiabeticfootcenter.com
October 04, 2013
Category: Foot Conditions

New Zealand’s University of Otago’s GoutProf. Lisa Stamp conducted research that focused on gout patients and their Vitamin C intake. The study found that Vitamin C did not lower urate levels to a ‘clinically satisfactory degree’. The test was conducted for eight weeks.

“Though Vitamin C may reduce risk of developing gout, our data does not support using Vitamin C as a therapy to lower uric acid levels in patients with established gout,” Prof. Stamp said. While Vitamin C can still lower the risk of developing gout, it is not a method for treating or curing the disease.

Gout is a painful condition that necessitates proper care. If you believe you are suffering from gout, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.  

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

- Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

- Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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