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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 29, 2018
Category: Toe Pain
Tags: Injury   podiatrist   stubbed   pain   toenail   infected   fracture  

Walking innocently through the house on a search for your car keys can start any morning off in the wrong direction. For one, it is frustrating to lose something. In addition to that, these lost keys are wasting minutes on the clock, causing you to be later and later for work. As time progresses with no luck, your calm demeanor fades and panic rises up within. You start to hurry along and suddenly, thwack! You stubbed your toe. The pain is excruciating, your toe is throbbing and now your day has gone from bad to worse. Gingerly, you strip off your shoes and take a peek at the damage. Your toe is swelling, it looks a little deformed, and the toenail is bleeding.

Is it serious if my toenail is bleeding?

After stubbing your toe, if you notice that your toenail is bleeding, you should call your podiatrist. This is because a bleeding toe can be a sign of a more severe injury. It could mean that there is a cut under the nail. This cut can become infected easily. If it gets infected and the cut is deep enough, it can begin to affect the bone. Another serious indicator of a problem is if the base of the toenail is loose. This is because it could mean that the joint of the toe has been injured.

Is my toe broken?

There is a chance that the toe has suffered from a fracture or a break. That is especially true if it is the pinky toe that is injured. If the toe is swollen, bruised or deformed looking it should be seen by a podiatrist immediately. A podiatrist will take an x-ray of the foot to determine whether or not a fracture or break has occurred. If it is determined that you are suffering from a fracture or a break, your podiatrist will set the toe into the proper healing position and wrap it. It is usually splinted and wrapped for 6 weeks so that it can heal properly.

If you stub your toe and it looks to be in rough shape, do not just walk the injury off. It is important to see a podiatrist so that you can ensure that there are no underlying problems that could worsen over time. 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. There Dr. Cohen and his staff can inspect your toe and determine whether or not a more severe injury has occurred from the trauma of your stub.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 21, 2018
Category: Diabetic Feet
Tags: Diabetes   Ulcers   Injury   podiatrist   peripheral neuropathy   soak   wound  

People who suffer from diabetes are at a very high risk of receiving foot ulcers. This is because some people who suffer from diabetes also suffer from peripheral neuropathy and other conditions that cause a lack of sensation in the feet. This lack of sensation makes it so it is hard for a diabetic patient to feel pain and other injuries occur on their feet.  If you do not have diabetes, you can still receive an ulcer on your foot, but it is more likely to be found immediately due to the ability to clearly feel the injury and pain. If you do find an ulcer on your feet it is important that you make an appointment to see a podiatrist immediately. A podiatrist will clean and disinfect the ulcer so that an infection does not appear and spread. Wondering how they might do it? Here are the basic steps a podiatrist may take to clean your ulcer and protect it from further harm.

  1. Your podiatrist will find the ulcer.
  2. Next, your podiatrist will measure your ulcer. They want to know how large it is and will continue to measure it to be sure it is not growing in size.
  3. Clean your feet. Your podiatrist will clean out the ulcer in their office. They will take disinfectant and gently wash out the ulcer. In order to keep it clean, you may have to soak your feet at home in between appointments. This allows them to be cleaned out and helps speed up the healing process.
  4. A podiatrist will then apply a healing ointment to help the ulcer heal.
  5. After the ointment is applied, a podiatrist or his assistant will put on gauze or another type of dressing to cover up the ulcer so dirt, debris, and other bacteria cannot reach the ulcer.
  6. The gauze will be adhered to the foot with silk tape or medical tape. If the gauze moves around it can irritate the ulcer or allow for bacteria to enter the wound.
  7. In between appointments be sure to change your dressing or bandage multiple times a day. If the ulcer is stuck in the same bandaging or dressing, it will fester due to the bacteria that is built up and rubbing it.
  8. Use a sock to slip over the bandaging or dressing. This secures the dressing and makes sure it does not come loose.

If you find an ulcer on your foot, you should see a podiatrist right away. While it is proactive to clean the ulcer, it is imperative that it is seen by a medical professional to be sure there is no underlying cause or infection that could cause greater damage. 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. When it comes to wound care, we are the best.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: pedicure   dry skin   nails  

In life, it is important to treat yourself. Sometimes when we treat ourselves, it also benefits our health. This is especially true for our feet. We use our feet to stay mobile and enjoy the day to day activities. As such, they often do not get much of a break. Sometimes we completely forget about our feet. That is why it is important to take care of them and give them a little tender love and care every now and then.

One great way to do that is to go to your local spa or nail salon and make an appointment for a pedicure. Not only is a pedicure relaxing but it can also improve the health of your feet. Here’s how:

1. Ability to detect foot problems early – Getting a pedicure gives you and the salon specialist an opportunity to examine your feet and get a good idea of their condition. When they see the feet, they can point out any wounds, lesions, or other problems that come to their attention.

2. You have less of a chance of getting an infection – Getting a pedicure means giving yourself some maintenance. Your nails get cut, your feet are clean and that means they are also at a much lower risk for infection.

3. Your skin won’t be dry – Pedicures allow the feet to lock in much-needed moisture. This moisture allows the foot to avoid calluses, corns, and dry cracked heels.

4. It exfoliates the feet – When you get a pedicure, they often use a pumice stone to exfoliate the feet. This prevents dry skin from building up and causing bunions and corns. Not only will your feet look better, they will feel better.

5. Good for circulation – Pedicures promote good circulation. The massage at the end increases blood flow which can decrease pain.

6. Relieves stress – Pedicures can be very relaxing. As you get pampered, you can feel your stress melt away, which is great for your emotional and physical wellbeing.

If your feet haven’t had a lot of attention and you do not want to go out to the salon, consider visiting a podiatrist to examine your feet regularly instead. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. 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. Don’t suffer from the after-effects of a pedicure gone wrong.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 08, 2018
Category: Leg Conditions
Tags: Pregnancy   cramps  

When carrying a child, you go on a journey that is both amazing and unique. Your body slowly grows to help sustain the life inside you and, as it grows, you experience all kinds of new things. Some of these new experiences are exciting like the kick of a tiny foot, other experiences are much less exciting, such as leg cramps, especially when you are sleeping. Although not every pregnant woman experiences leg cramps while pregnant, a vast majority do. These leg cramps can be so painful that they jolt you awake and make it hard to stand. Why do they happen and how can you prevent them?

Some women can't escape leg cramps during pregnancy. These painful muscle contractions usually occur in the calf. Leg cramps occur because of a calcium deficiency. They also occur because of too much phosphorous found in diet sodas and processed meats. Cramps are common at night when legs and feet are tired. In order to combat this tiredness and lack of nutritional value, it is important to consider taking calcium while pregnant.  Women who get leg cramps may also have a potassium deficiency. Some expectant mothers report that snacking on potassium-rich bananas or dried apricots can help the cramps go away entirely so that they can sleep more easily.

You can also prevent cramps in the calf by increasing the circulation in the body. Be sure to get approval from your practitioner before taking on any exercise. Once approved for exercise consider taking a 15- to 20-minute walk in the evening. Also, avoid standing or sitting in one position for too long; both cause fluid to accumulate, making your legs feel heavy or full of pressure. It can also cause them to swell.

While in the middle of a leg cramp, try to ease the pain by resting your calf by flexing your foot to stretch the calf. Another helpful trick is to rest the afflicted calf on a warm water bottle to release the cramp. The most efficient way to get rid of a foot cramp is to simply walk it out and allow it to stretch naturally. If you don't feel like getting out of bed, try grasping your foot with both hands and gently pressing your thumbs into the arch, pushing toward your toes.

Severe cramping on a regular basis should not be ignored. Overuse, tears, and other foot and ankle problems could be causing this pain. See a podiatrist to determine whether your pain is from pregnancy or due to something more. 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. Choosing a podiatrist means choosing the path to a healthier pregnancy.