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By Diabetic Foot Center of Mid Michigan
October 17, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Blisters  

While the appearance of blisters may be embarrassing, the pain accompanying them is often much worse and more of a concern for people who have them. Although blisters are a common foot problem experienced by many, have you ever wondered what the cause of those pesky blisters could be? Or, better yet, how they can be treated?

Blisters:

Blisters appear on a swollen part of the foot and consist of fluid, typically clear, though, depending on the blister, the fluid may also have blood. Blisters are usually caused by repeated friction or rubbing on a specific part of your foot. Here are some examples of things that can produce that constant friction:

  • The type of footwear and how properly your shoes fit

  • Your skin type and foot type (high, low or medium arch)

  • The moisture found around your feet

  • Heavy objects you may be carrying around, like a bag pack 

Symptoms:

While blisters are rarely filled with pus, pus can form if the blister is infected. In that case, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s preferable to talk to your doctor:

  • Foot Pain
  • Soreness
  • Redness
  • Swelling

While the symptoms may seem common, any persistent pain needs medical attention. Individuals with diabetes need to be especially careful. If left untreated, the blister may turn into an ulcer, leaving you susceptible to an amputation.

Preventive Care Treatments:

There are several precautions you can take to prevent blisters. Here are a few preventative care options:

1.      Make sure to wear proper fitting shoes

2.      Wear moisture-wicking socks

3.      Cushioned insoles are a good idea

4.      Double-socks will provide extra cushion

5.      Wear orthotics recommended by your podiatrist

6.      Use antiperspirants, powders, and lubricants to reduce moisture and friction.

The key to healthy feet is preventative care and referring to your foot doctor whenever you have questions or concerns. 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 15, 2018
Category: Sports Injuries
Tags: corns   Blisters  

Figure skating is a great sport that is both beautiful and competitive. Hours and hours of practice go into perfecting technique and style. During these intense practice sessions your feet and ankles are often taking a beating. Often these skaters end their practice with throbbing feet and ankles. Extreme pain and suffering after ice skating can be prevented so you can get back on the ice again and chase your Olympic goals.

Measure Up

Measure your foot and get fitted by a professional ice skate fitter. Ice skates need to fit snugly, but they should not be tied so tight that you can’t wiggle your toes in them.

Heat Molding

Heat mold your ice skates by a rink professional to soften the hard leather. Heat molding is when a professional will put your skates into a specially designed oven to warm them. After they are warm, the boots are put on your feet so that they can mold to your foot and get the best fit.

Tights and Light Socks Are Key

Wear light socks or skating tights in your skates. If you wear heavy socks, your boot won’t fit properly and may be too tight, causing foot pain. Heavy socks could also cause your foot to sweat, which could cause blistering. Don’t skip out on socks because they seem hard to choose. Without thin socks, you can get painful corns and blisters.

Lace Those Skates

Lace your skates tight enough so that they fit is snug, but not painfully tight. Lacing boots too tightly can cause lace bite, a condition that causes sharp foot pain due to compressed tendons.

Mount Your Blade Properly

Make sure the blade is mounted the right way for your foot and that you are skating on the correct level of the blade for your ability. Blades must fit the skate properly and be placed on the skate correctly or they can cause podiatry problems and pain.

Ice skating is a great sport that can also be very dangerous. If you injure yourself while skating, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. Some injuries can mean the end of your skating career if not treated immediately. 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
January 11, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions

If you have a child that goes to school or goes to daycare, then you know very well that they can pick up any and every illness they come across. Often times, they come home and share it with you, their siblings, and everyone else they come in contact with. While it is natural to catch illnesses to help the immune system grow and fend off future viruses and bacteria, it can become a pain to you and your feet, literally. One of the most common childhood illnesses that occur in a daycare setting is known as Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a mild, contagious viral infection. It is categorized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. Hand, foot and mouth disease is most commonly caused by a coxsackievirus. This virus is not the same as foot and mouth disease that occurs in hooved mammals.

Symptoms:

  • Painful, red, blister-like lesions in the mouth
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • A red rash on the feet, hands and sometimes the buttocks.
  • Fever
  • Sore throat

Incubation Period

The first week of hand, foot and mouth disease is the time when your child is the most contagious. The virus can remain in the body for weeks after the signs and symptoms are gone. That means even weeks later other children can contract the painful virus. This also means that a child can carry the disease and continue to spread it to their family and friends after all symptoms have seemed to clear up.

After being in contact with the virus, it usually takes about three to six days for the virus to appear. A fever is typically the first sign of hand, foot and mouth disease, followed by a sore throat and sometimes a poor appetite.

One or two days after the fever begins, painful sores may develop in the front of the mouth or throat. A rash on the hands and feet can follow within one or two days. These rashes can be painful and look like red dots. They are smaller than chicken pox but not usually larger than the size of a pencil eraser.

Treatment

There is no treatment for hand, foot and mouth disease. Podiatrists recommend frequent hand-washing to help to prevent the disease. When washing hands be sure to use hot water and an anti-bacterial soap. Hands should be washed for two minutes for the best results.

Sometimes it can be hard to figure out whether or not you or a loved one has hand, foot and mouth disease. If you are having a hard time deciding whether it is this disease or another foot problem such as a rash or blister, 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. Your child’s foot health is important to us.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
October 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters   men's socks  

Today we are lucky to have so many options when it comes to picking out socks. There are socks that come in different colors, sizes, fabrics, textures and patterns. Some socks are long and others are short. Each sock is designed differently for a different purpose. In the world of men’s socks there are four major types of socks. They are dress, sport, work and casual. Each serves its own purpose based off design.

Dress Socks

These socks are ideal to pair with business suits during the day or night. They are also good for special occasions such as weddings, baby showers, or other formal events. Normally, they are light weight, have sheer panels, and are flat. They come in two lengths, calf length and over the calf length.

Sport Socks

Sport socks are great for athletes, gym lovers, or anyone partaking in a high energy activity. They are equipped with moisture wicking fibers that help keep the foot and shoe dry. This fabric also helps prevent athlete’s foot and blisters. They come in ankle, no show, and crew varieties.

Work Socks

These types of socks are made to last. Usually, they are made out of cotton. Some work socks have nylon panels in the heel and the toe for reinforcement. During the winter, a work sock with wool or acrylic is usually best to keep feet warm.

Casual Socks

These socks are usually worn for everyday use or informal events. They came in many different fibers such as cotton, wool, nylon, and acrylic. Sometimes they are even blended with olefin and spandex to improve comfort and prevent moisture build up. They also come in all shapes, sizes colors, and varieties.

There are many places that sell a large variety of socks that you can choose from. Be sure to Look for socks that are of good quality and that fit your foot comfortably. If you need socks for a situation that isn’t listed above contact Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. There Dr. Andrew H. Cohen can assist you in finding the right sock for your individual needs. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Help your feet stay happy.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
August 02, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: corns   Blisters   calluses  

Sometimes tough skin can be a good thing. If you are an athlete or work out at the gym and use your hands to lift weights, this tough skin can prevent rips and tears. If you walk a long time in a pair of shoes that do not fit right, sometimes the blister turns into a patch of tough skin and prevents the pain that you feel. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen knows that tough skin can sometimes turn problematic. Corns and calluses can become tender and painful over time or overnight. The span of time it takes to feel pain from corns and calluses varies depending on the person and the circumstance.

Corns and calluses are both from one cause: a whole bunch of dead skin. This dead skin build up is usually due to the buildup of pressure on a single area of the foot. This pressure leads to the creation of a corn or a callus on the foot. The more weight and stress an area is dealt the thicker the skin becomes and the larger the corn or callus will grow. At first the corn or callus is helpful. There is less pain in the area that is suffering from the pressure. After a while this tough skin turns tender and painful too and the cushion that was once there is gone and a lesion can form instead.

Corns are typically found on the toes and calluses are typically found at the bottom of the foot. This is helpful when doing an examination of your foot in your home. It will give you information and a signal to call a podiatrist.

Treatment

Podiatrists can cut down a corn or callus. After they are smaller and less obtrusive they can wrap the affected area up with a protective covering, such as gauze, and provide the patient with temporary relief. If the patient is looking for permanent relief then a different tactic is used. Dr. Cohen and the patient will work together to determine how the pressure is being caused and work to remedy it together. Once there is relief of pressure on the foot, the corns and calluses will stay away. Wearing the right shoes, using orthotics, and surgery are all ways a podiatrist can help alleviate pressure on the foot.

If your corns and calluses are bothering you look no further. Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan is the right podiatrist office for you. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.