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September 15, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   Arch Support   Flip-Flops  

 Foot Flops is a Jackson Hole, Wyoming-based line of flip-flops that are heat-molded to the wearer’s feet to create the most precise arch support. The sandals are made of a blend of EVA and a patent-pending thermoplastic layer that is heated in a conventional oven before being removed and stepped on by the consumer. The foot is then rocked side to side with equal weight to allow for an optimal mold, and within 10 to 15 minutes, the flip-flops cool completely. The collection is expected to be ready for distribution at the start of next year.   

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

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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February 06, 2014
Category: Foot Care study done by the Institute for Preventive Foot Health states that many people suffer from foot problems directly caused by improper shoes. The most common problem is wearing the wrong shoe size, according to Cami Marshall of WEMY News 2, but there are other risks as well.

Wearing high heels excessively negatively affects your Achilles tendon and can result in plantar fasciitis. Flat shoes, on the other hand, can hurt the feet because they lack cushioning and arch support. Consumer Reports on Health suggests finding footwear with plenty of toe space and low heels.

Wearing the wrong shoe size can be painful and cause damage to the feet. For questions about finding the proper size, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.  Dr. Cohen will instruct you how to determine the dimensions of your feet and help you identify what type of footwear you should look into.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels. Also, buying a shoe online then getting it in the mail only to find out that it was the wrong shoe can be frustrating.

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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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Proper Foot SupportThe Daily Journal provided an article advising business professionals searching for shoes that are both occasion appropriate and supportive. When it comes to women, should not be more than two inches tall as a rule. In addition, it is advised that women vary the heights of the high heels they wear and if possible, trade them for pumps. Shoes with wide toe boxes are suggested as a more comfortable option.

Meanwhile, the Journal suggests that men should opt for conservative oxford-style footwear, which can be found in many styles which include boots and loafers. For both fashion and health purposes, it’s best to keep a variety of shoes in every wardrobe.

The more you are on your feet, the more important the need for proper foot support becomes. For questions about supportive shoes, see a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.  Dr. Cohen will give you the information and guidance you need to help solve your footwear dilemma.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. It’s important shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

Shoes to Consider:

- Good heel and arch support

- Have proper length and width for your 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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November 22, 2013
Category: Foot Conditions

Flat FeetA study published in Rheumatology suggests that women who suffer from flat feet are fifty percent more susceptible to have lower back pain as opposed to those with normal or high arched feet. Senior author Marian Hannan of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, measured each subject’s foot in the standing position and had him or her walk across a mat with embedded sensors to measure heel pressure to the foot’s tip while walking.

Interestingly, the research showed only women with pronated feet were linked to having lower back pain. Hannan says that because women’s pelvic bones are wider and move their upper bodies more are the likely causes of being more affected by flat feet. Hannan suggests any individual with lower back pain to consult a physician or therapist.

If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of flat feet, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.  Dr. Cohen will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

Flat Feet

Flat feet are the name of a condition in which the arch of the foot is lowered or fails to develop all together. Flat feet are common among babies and small children, but arches are generally formed as the child grows. However, flat feet can become problematic if the arch never develops.  Adults may develop flat feet after an injury or from the increased weight of a pregnancy.


The wet footprint test can help diagnose flat feet. The individual places their feet on a wet surface, and then walks across a dry surface to create an impression of their footprint. If there are no indentations or arches in the footprint, the individual may have flat feet. In all cases, it is best to consult with a podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis.

Types of Flat Feet

Rigid – this is when someone’s arch of the foot is not present when sitting or standing.

Treatment may be necessary if pain is present, and orthotics may be prescribed.

Flexible – the arch shows when someone is sitting, but then goes away when they are standing.

Treatment may not be necessary.


In some instances surgery may be recommended if exercise and orthotics do not work.

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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