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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Pain   orthotics   heel spurs  

At Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw, MI and Bay City, MI we have access to top quality orthotics. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen and his staff work closely with patients to get the right orthotic device for their individual needs.

Orthotics are specially designed to be worn inside a shoe. They typically control abnormal foot functions. They also help to alleviate foot pain and discomfort. This orthotics have the potential to help impaired feet stay mobile and improve multiple symptoms for an array of disorders from heel spurs to ankle pain.

What are they made of?

Orthotics are made out of plastics and carbon-fiber composites. They are firm devices that typically do not bend or flex much. First, podiatrists take a molding of the patient’s foot. They use this mold to craft the orthotic device. It gives them a replica of the foot they are putting the device on and makes it easier to create. After making the orthotic device the podiatrist tries it on the patient and adjusts it once they see its true fit. Once the patient’s orthotic is adjusted and their needs are met, they are able to use it on a daily basis. These devices are typically comfortable and do not cause additional pain and suffering. They are placed in the shoe and worn every day.

How long does an Orthotic last?

Typically, an Orthotic can last for many years.  They are made out of medical grade materials that last with normal wear and tear. Orthotics can also add other pieces like extensions and top covers to the base device. These additions need to be replaced more regularly. Additions should be replaced with a podiatrist every few years to make sure they are in the best working order that they can be.

If you have a sensitive foot and are unable to tolerate the usual rigid materials of orthotics, there are other options you can seek. Some orthotics can be made using softer, breathable materials that are gentler to the foot and ankle. Rubber, cord, leather, and synthetic materials can be used when making this softer, more malleable orthotics.

Over the Counter Orthotics

Beware of over the counter “orthotics”. These devices are used solely for arch support and are not specifically made for an individual’s needs. People who do not have the proper training can cause worse pain and suffering with a poorly composed orthotic.

If you are interested in obtaining an orthotic custom fit for your foot, do not delay, call our office today! Our number is 989-790-8009. You can also click here to make an appointment online.

 
By gary@midiabeticfootcenter.com
January 15, 2015
Category: Foot Care

After a busy Christmas and New Year’s out and about, the feet are often left sore and run down. Ill-fitting shoes are often the cause of pain in the lower extremities, which can include the calf as well as localized pain in pressure points, swelling, and even cuts and bruises. For some post-holiday foot care and to help ease soreness, apply heat and/or ice to swollen areas, which will help numb pain and cause the blood vessels to constrict. Simple stretches can also help alleviate pain. Pampering the feet at home with a home pedicure and moisturizing can also help comfort worn down feet. Take special care to watch out for blisters, which should be covered and kept clean to promote healing.   

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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When it comes to dealing with bunions, The Daily News’s Running Doc discusses various treatments and options patients might want to look into before opting for surgery. Bunions are usually identified along the inner portion of the big toe’s first joint as large bumps on the bone.

To prevent bunion growth, opt for looser fitting shoes around the toes or flexible full-length orthotics while running. Avoid wearing high heels often. Utilize thin foam or silicone toe separators to prevent toes from rubbing together. Anti-inflammatories and corrective devices can be implemented if the aforementioned methods do not work. Only consider bunion surgery as a last resort.  

To prevent exacerbation and extended pain, treatment for bunions should be implemented quickly. To learn more, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

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

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Carl Nicks says he has pain and nerve damage in his left foot, something he will probably have suffer with the rest of the life.NFL player Carl Nickshas reportedly been left with nerve damagein his left foot after having two surgical procedures done on it in the past two years. He’s currently two years into a five year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but has only been able to play in nine games because of his condition. Though he’s trying his best to recover, he’s not sure that his foot will ever totally heal.

“I can still squat and lunge, do all those things,” Nicks said. “It's just the quick stuff, the power cleans, the quick agility stuff, pushing off and getting banged back. Those kinds of things I still struggle with.”

Nerve disorders can be very painful and often require professional medical attention to heal properly. If you are struggling with nerve damage in your foot or ankle, speak with podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assist you in treating your pain and help to get you the quality care you deserve.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

For more information about Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw or Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By gary@midiabeticfootcenter.com
February 19, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

bunionToe-binding, also known as cosmetic toe-shortening, is a relatively new procedure that has achieved a following in the U.S.  The process involves surgically removing a knuckle followed by pinning the toe back together in order to refuse the bones. In non-cosmetic situations, this procedure is usually performed alongside bunion removal.

Although the process is similar to the banned practice of foot-binding, there are satisfied clients of this procedure, including 47 year old high school teacher Nancy Velazquez. "I'm honestly crazy about my toes now. I sound like a commercial-I tell so many people they should do it” Velazquez said. Velasquez cited having difficulties wearing heels and dancing prior to the procedure and now claims these difficulties are minimalized upon undergoing the procedure.

Many people are affected by bunions. If you have bunions, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of the Diabetic Foot Center of Mid Michigan. Dr. Cohen can treat your bunions with both surgical and non-surgical methods.   

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

Read more about Bunions.