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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 28, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Foot Surgery   neurolysis   neuromas  

Suffering from nerve damage or a nerve disorder can be extremely painful. This is doubly so when the condition is affecting your feet. Your feet are your main mode of transportation and play a very active role during your day to day life. Fortunately, many podiatrists provide a treatment known as neurolysis.

Neurolysis can treat nerve conditions and relieve any pain or discomfort. Inflamed nerve tissues are referred to as neuromas and commonly form on the ball of the foot between the third and fourth, or the second and third, toes as a result of injury or trauma. Neurolysis involves hardening the nerve, while surgery involves either removing the damaged nerve tissue or reducing pressure on the nerve.

How neurolysis is performed

Neurolysis involves injecting a mixture of ethanol and anesthetic into the nerve to harden it. Injections may need to be administered once a week, for a period of time determined by your podiatrist, to destroy the nerve and relieve symptoms.

Nerve surgery can be performed using either the plantar approach to remove the nerve tissue or the dorsal approach to relieve pressure on the nerve. In the plantar approach, the nerve tissue is removed through incisions on the sole of the foot. In the dorsal approach, the metatarsal ligament is released through an incision on the top of the foot in order to reduce pressure on the nerve. The right type of approach will be determined by your podiatrist during an examination appointment.  Both surgeries require recovery time but, typically, the dorsal approach requires shorter downtime.

Nerve conditions and damage such as neuromas can be very painful and debilitating. Before deciding whether or not to undergo surgery, it is imperative that you consult with a podiatrist. Surgery may not be right for everyone and should be decided on a case by case basis. If you do not have a podiatrist, consider choosing us. 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. You don’t have to let neuromas rule your life.

 

 

 

 

 

By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
October 24, 2016

Oklahoma City Thunder announced that guard Cameron Payne sustained an acute foot fracture injury in late September. The injury occurred during an open scrimmage and was originally thought to be an ankle tweak. As Payne experienced symptoms of soreness, he had tests done, discovering he sustained a fracture. Payne suffered a previous stress fracture injury in the same bone in his foot, but stated that the injuries were unrelated. He had undergone surgery to repair the previous injury; it is unknown if Payne will need surgery again for his most recent injury.

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, contact Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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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Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels has recovered from his surgery in November. He had surgery performed on his plantar plate in his foot. He is predicted to be able to play for Opening Day, but was originally expected to be able to resume playing again this month. Pujols has had surgery on his knee in 2012 but played through discomfort for the following 2013 season. Pujols is recovering but his status is not able to be fully determined.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary. If you are struggling with a foot or ankle condition, 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.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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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By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
February 15, 2016
Tags: Foot Pain   Foot Surgery   Broken Foot  

Dez Bryant has been on injured reserve after undergoing surgery for both his foot and ankle. The news of Bryant’s placement on injured reserve was originally shared at the end of December by Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. Bryant had originally broken his right foot in Week 1 during a game against the New York Giants. He had returned to the field during the November 1st game against the Seattle Seahawks but reportedly not one hundred percent himself.    

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment to prevent exacerbation. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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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By gary@midiabeticfootcenter.com
December 05, 2013
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bone Spurs   Bunions   Foot Pain   Foot Surgery   Nerve Pain  

Foot SurgeryDr. Mehmet Oz spoke to viewers considering surgery for their bunions, warning them that it is not necessarily the best solution.  

“Today we are talking about a painful and often crippling condition that could affect more than half of you at some point in your life,” says Dr. Oz. “Many of you will turn to surgery, but will surgery cause more problems than the bunions themselves?”

An example would be TV judge Marilyn Millian of The Peoples Court, who has struggled with bunions. Judge Millian attempted to undergo surgery as a solution but said that “The aftermath is very, very, very, very painful and involves slow recovery”. Dr. Oz says that what Judge Millian’s situation is quite common for people who chose surgery for their bunions. In some cases, the recovery window from bunion surgery can range from several months to a year.

Sometimes people need foot surgery. If you are suffering from a foot condition that may require foot or ankle surgery, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.  Dr. Cohen can help you with your foot and ankle needs.

 When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

· Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
· Painful nerves
· Congenital deformities
· Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

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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