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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
 
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
 
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.
By gary@midiabeticfootcenter.com
March 26, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

diabetic foot careNew research shows the diabetic foot ulcers in a group of patients who took a drug called polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN) were twice as likely to heal within eight weeks as the ulcers in patients was not given the drug. A report published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism states that 216 people with diabetic ulcers were given either PDRN or a placebo.

 

The scientists observed that the ulcers disappeared completely in 18.9 percent of the placebo group and 37.7 percent of the group that took the real drug. “This approach could revolutionize the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers — a main cause of hospital admissions in the developed world,” said Dr. Francesco Squadrito, an expert from the University of Messina.

 

Diabetes is a disease that can be particularly devastating to the feet. If you have diabetes and you’re concerned about the health of your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of the Diabetic Foot Center of Mid Michigan. Dr. Cohen can check out your lower limbs and tell you what to do to prevent a problem from occurring.

 

Diabetic Foot Care
 

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

 

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, 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.

 

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Obesity and your feetAccording to research conducted in Denmark, overweight or obese children sustain an increased likelihood in incurring injuries to their feet, ankles, and legs during physical activity. During the study, a group of 632 heavyset children studied sustained a total of 673 lower-limb injuries during their weekly ninety minutes of physical activity over the course of two and a half years

Although children at lower weights hurt themselves about 4.4 times per every 1000 engagements in exercise, the heavier children were injured 5.3 times for every 1000 engagements. "In the bigger picture the need to get all kids more active, and particularly overweight children, is imperative," sports medicine researcher Malachy McHugh said.

Obesity can affect the feet and ankles in very negative ways. If you are obese and want to learn how to care for your feet, see a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.  Dr. Cohencan instruct you on what to look out for to avoid irritating health complications.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot.  The pain and stiffness involved with this condition can be so debilitating that the act of walking becomes an issue.

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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
January 03, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

Diabetic Foot CareAccording to Centre Daily, persons afflicted with neuropathy are at a high risk of developing complications, including infections, burns or cuts when participating in pedicures. Dr. Christina L. Rowe says that if an individual has neuropathy, he or she may experience a loss of sensation in his or her feet, which can easily miss a nail technician’s cut and remain unaware of potential infections that could form down the line.

Rowe suggests skipping the hot foot baths, paraffin baths and cutting of nails. There are natural products which can help and be classified as safe for an alternative adds Rowe. The American Diabetes Association defines peripheral neuropathy as tingling, pain, numbness or weakness in feet and hands.

Being diabetic makes you especially susceptible to foot problems like ulcers and nerve damage. For instructions about diabetic foot care, talk to podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.  Dr. Cohen can teach you about how to protect your feet from disease and injury.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is mandatory that the feet are well taken care of to avoid amputation.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels. This test allows the physician to know how well the blood sugar levels are being controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). Visiting a podiatrist is highly recommended if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving his or her feet.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the instructions below.

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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Obesity and your feetMichelle Schneider and Dave Dunn work out on a treadmill and also work at Evolent, a health-care startup in Arlington, Virginia. Scientists are attempting to discover the connection amid physical action and working, trying to understand if doing so could permit people to burn off glucose that amasses in the blood stream.

Michael Jensen, a researcher at Mayo Clinic is on the phone and on a treadmill at the same time. Meanwhile, Australian researcher David Dunstan uses a speakerphone so he can walk around in his office. Both are trying to find the link between sitting down and premature death. Based on their findings, these two have remained on their feet for the most part of their day.

Jensen explains that he and his colleagues at Mayo, in Rochester, Minn., were studying weight control when they discovered that some people "spontaneously start moving round and don't gain weight" when they have overeaten. "This really got us thinking about this urge to move," Jensen says, "and how important that might be for maintaining good health."

Your feet are just as important to the rest of your body.  If you think you may have sustained a foot injury or developed a foot illness due to weight you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics– These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

For more information please follow the link below.

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

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