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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 07, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: corns   Flip Flops   calluses   sprains  

The warmer days are starting to become more and more dominant and that means a lot of fun beach weekends to enjoy. It may be tempting to grab your flip-flops and run out the door, but, before you hit the road, consider swapping out those kicks. Flip-flops are a convenient type of footwear that are widely worn all over the United States. They are especially great for hot days to help prevent sweaty feet. Need to kick off your shoes and run into the ocean in a flash? Flip-flops also seem to be the best answer in this scenario. What many people don’t know is that flip-flops can cause permanent damage to the feet if they are worn regularly. Here is why:

  • Flip-flops offer no support for your feet. Their naturally-flat shape provides no arch support whatsoever. This means that the full shock of your weight when walking is impacting your arch and slowly damaging it over time.
  • Flip-flops aren’t very thick. Most of these sandals are less than an inch thick. This means they have little shock support and that they are also easy to pierce. If you step on a nail or other object, it is very likely that it can make its way through your sandal and into your foot. This wound can inflict infection or damage muscles.
  • There is not a lot of grip. These sandals do not tend to have a lot of grip, which means that if you are hurrying along a tile, wood, or other slick surface, there is a good chance that you will come tumbling down.
  • Most people buy too large or too small. Flip-flops that are too big can become a tripping hazard. Your ankle will suffer dearly from a sprain or break from a fall. Shoes that are too small can cause pressure in between the toes where the throng is. This rubbing and pressure can cause blisters, corns and calluses.
  • Your feet are also exposed to the harsh rays of the sun. Most people forget to apply sunblock to their feet. When wearing open sandals without sunblock, you are putting your feet at risk for a sunburn which could lead to skin melanoma later on.

What can I wear instead?

There are many great supportive sandal options available for the summer. Many of them come with convenient adjustable straps that help you get the perfect fit. These sandals also have a lot of support and tread so that you aren’t taking a tumble and injuring yourself unnecessarily. Think they aren’t the best looking? Keep searching – great-fitting sandals that are also fashionable can be found with a little extra diligence and patience.

If you are injured while wearing flip-flops, be sure to call a podiatrist immediately. The injury can be exacerbated over time. Call  Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let flip-flops slow you down.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 20, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

Are your feet aching? Do you have a heel spur? Are burning and itching feet plaguing you? Why is this? Why do people have problems with their feet? Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan know that there are three large factors that could be the root of your foot and ankle issues.


Biomechanics is the internal and the external forces and how we use them to stay mobile on a regular basis. Our feet are a prime example of biomechanics. We walk, jog, run, skip and hop. All of these movements and motions cause great stress and pressure on our feet. Activities that are repetitive and harsh can damage our feet and ankles over time. Because we are mobile beings, it is very easy to accidently slip up and hurt ourselves while partaking in biomechanics. Due to the ease of sprains, breaks, tears, and other movement related injuries, biomechanics can be counted as one of the major causes of foot and ankle problems.


Everyone wears shoes, but not everyone wears the right shoes. Unfortunately, most high end, high style shoes do not provide you with the correct support, stability, and fit that you need to prevent foot and ankle problems. Heels, flats, loafers, and flip-flops are all very poorly structured shoes that can cause more harm than good. In today’s world shoes and fashion are very important and so many people suffer the consequences.  If you have foot and ankle problems it could be due to your choice of shoes.


Your parents can play a big role in whether or not you have a foot and ankle problems. Some diseases like diabetes can cause different diseases of the foot, and can be passed down from your parents. Deformities are also closely linked to genetics. So, if your suffering from a diabetic foot, you can blame your mother and father for part of your issues.

Biomechanics, shoes, and genetics can play a very big role in whether or not your feet stay healthy. If you have a foot and ankle problem due to any of these causes, or even other scenarios, Dr. Cohen can help. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment request online today. We will get to the bottom of any foot and ankle problem you may have.

April 11, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear   Foot Pain   Flip Flops  

 Although flip flops can be worn on many different occasions, they may not necessarily be the best type of footwear out there for your feet. Flip flops are open-toed, meaning they do not protect your feet completely, and according to WebMD, “they offer no arch support and could potentially cause a sprained ankle.” The best option is to invest in a sturdy pair of flip flops if they’re your go to shoes. Flip flops made from leather material are sturdy and offer comfort.

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, consult with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

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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