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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
August 17, 2017
Tags: Broken Ankle   Broken Foot   Fractures  

It’s all fun and games until someone breaks a foot or an ankle. A broken bone is a common but serious injury that happens to people of all ages, shapes, and origins. In fact, on average, 6 million Americans break a bone every year. It is important that someone with a broken bone gets immediate medical attention so that the situation does not become more severe than it already is. A podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen from Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan can help treat your broken foot or ankle swiftly and professionally.

Why do bones break?

Although bones are rigid and mostly sturdy, they are still slightly flexible. This flexibility is normal in order to do day to day tasks and partake in basic biomechanics. It doesn’t take much to over extend a bone and break it. If too much pressure occurs the bone can fracture. The severity of the break directly correlates to the force that is applied to the bone. If the break is serious then it will take longer for the bone to heal. If the break is very serious it can result in surgery to rebuild the structure of the bone using metal pins and plates.

How does a cast help?

Although a cast does not actually heal the broken bones inside your body, it does hold them in place. This helps the body heal faster and more efficiently. Typically, podiatrists will first x-ray the foot and ankle to determine the amount of damage that the foot sustained. Then they will clean and disinfect the area. Next, they will set the bones so that they are positioned correctly and administer the cast.

What are casts made of?

Casts are made out of plaster and typically have a colorful top layer of fiberglass wrapped around the plaster. The entire process takes about 45 minutes to administer. The cast will not fully dry and cure for at least 72 hours. It is important to keep casts away from water so that the materials do not break down and render the cast useless. Wet casts can cause bones to shift and to heal incorrectly. Call your podiatrist right away if you think that you may have gotten your cast wet.

Did you break your foot or ankle? Do you need the opinion of a highly trained podiatrist? Look no further. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online. Dr. Cohen can help you get your foot and ankle healed in no time.

By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
October 17, 2016
Tags: Foot Pain   Broken Ankle   Fractures  

The Arizona Wildcats lost their running back, J.J. Taylor, as he sustained a broken ankle in late September. The injury was originally thought to be a sprained ankle, sustained during the second half of the loss to the Washington Huskies. At the time, it was thought that either Zach Green or Tyrell Johnson would replace him.

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please 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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According to Dr. John van der Steeg, head of the emergency room at Putnam Hospital Center, a record number of falls have occurred mid-January due to the bad ice storm that has hit the Northeast. “A hundred people a day we were seeing—usually it’s around the mid-seventies. We saw a pretty significant increase, and it was due to slip and fall injuries.” These injuries ranged from broken ankles to twisted knees and blows to the head. Walking across slippery, icy surfaces can be difficult, but it can be avoided if one takes shorter steps and leans forward, keeping the center of gravity over the foot.

To ensure that a broken ankle completely heals, treatment should be sought right away. For assistance, see Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling.

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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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Ankle SprainSheldon Day of the Notre Dame made a return to the game after being benched as a result of a sprained ankle. Day, who injured his ankle during a game against Purdue, attempted to heal from his injury as quickly as possible.

Time on the bench caused Day to miss games against Michigan, Oklahoma, and Arizona. However, Day feels that his rest and recovery period has given his injury enough time to heal. “I feel like it’s just a nice little process,” Day said. “You never know where the process ends up or how long the process will take. But at the end of the day, it’s all about feeling your best.”

Ankle sprains can be painful but are easily treated. If you have a sprained ankle, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can diagnose your problem and provide you with the best treatment options available.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains, while not as severe as a broken ankle, are still a serious injury that needs immediate attention. They can lead to limited mobility and a significant amount of pain, and are often characterized by swelling and sometimes discoloration of the skin. An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments are stretched beyond their limits, and even though this can happen in other places, such as the wrist, the ankles are the most common place for a sprain.

Ankle sprains can occur in many different ways, even just by simply walking. They happen when the ankle rolls over itself or twists under the foot, causing the ankle and tendon to snap or pop. Athletes who continually push their bodies to the limits are often at risk, as are people who have previously suffered accidents involving the lower extremities.

Even though most of these cases are mild, a severe ankle sprain can occur which will require professional, medical care. A sprain that causes a tear in the ligament or damage to the muscles is severe enough to warrant surgery and keep you off your feet for a prolonged period of time.

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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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By gary@midiabeticfootcenter.com
September 26, 2013

Quinton CoplesNotwithstanding a wonderful victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New York Jets waged losing a valuable player due to an injury. Quinton Coples, the outside linebacker for the team, underwent a broken ankle in the game. Luckily, the harm is a slight fracture according to ESPN New York. The injury happened when Coples ran Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne, producing a fumble in the second quarter of the game. This is certainly a hindrance for the Jets who put faith in Coples as one of their best players.

A broken ankle can be a tough injury to endure and can cause one a great deal of pain. If you have broken your ankle, you should seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can assess your injury and provide you with the best care for your feet.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. The tibia is the bone of the lower leg that is known to be the weight-bearing bone and is also more commonly called the shin. The fibula is the bone that is found on the outside of the leg and is smaller than the tibia. These bones are both attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankle fractures are very common since they occur in an area that suffers a lot of weight bearing and stress; therefore this area is more prone to suffering from fractures. There some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

- Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle.
- Swelling around the area.
- Colorful bruising of the area.
- Area appears to be deformed.

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.

Read more on Broken Ankles.