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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 04, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear   Foot Care   Child Podiatry  

While it might not be something you think about often (or at all), the health of your child’s feet is important. Your child is growing by leaps and bounds and certain habits and other factors can affect how your child’s feet develop or if they experience injuries or other problems down the road. Unfortunately, a lot of children end up wearing shoes that are far too small for their feet, which can lead to pain, structural imbalances and certain foot deformities.

We know that going shoe shopping is certainly not a walk in the park for most parents; however, it’s an important component to making sure your child maintains healthy feet. There are many things to think about when it comes to picking the right shoes, and your podiatrist can also provide suggestions and tips to make the world of shoe shopping easier for you and your little one.

Some factors that you should consider when shopping for the right shoes include:

  • Your child’s age
  • The shoe’s material
  • Your child’s shoe size
  • The shoe’s structure

A good rule of thumb is to shop for shoes every 2 months when your child is between the ages of 1 and 2 years old. Once they reach three and four, you’ll want to purchase new shoes approximately every four months. At the point that your child is five or six years old, every six months is a good time to swap out old shoes for new ones.

As you might already know, the bones of a baby or infant’s feet are soft and haven’t fully developed. To protect your child’s feet it’s important that they wear socks and soft shoes. Make sure that as your child’s feet grow that the toes have room to wiggle and move around within the shoes. Bunched-up toes are a major no-no!

Since your little one is growing by leaps and bounds it is important that you are constantly checking their shoe size for changes. Remember that feet swell throughout the day, so shoe shopping should be done at the end of the day when feet are at their largest. If you aren’t sure what size shoe your little one wears, you can ask one of the store’s footwear specialists for help.

Of course, you can’t forget the importance of choosing the right socks, as well. Socks can prevent your little one from blisters, calluses and other foot problems. They can also wick away sweat and prevent fungal infections. When it comes to choosing the right socks for your little one consider the type of fabric, your child’s activity level, the size of your child’s feet and sensitivities they might have to certain fabrics.

When in doubt, you should talk to a foot doctor who can provide you with advice, answer any questions you might have about your child’s developing feet and also provide comprehensive care, when needed.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 26, 2018
Tags: Footwear   Injury   Turf Toe   athletes   sprain  

Participating in spring sports can be a great way to get exercise and have fun with friends. Soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, track and so many other sports are all available to join and enjoy while the weather gets warmer. Sports are not only great for your heart; they can also be good for your feet. Stretching and exercise can keep feet primed and ready to go. Sadly, even the most seasoned athletes can be injured while on the field, no matter how much exercise and practice they have under their belts. One of the most common sports foot and ankle injuries that occur during sports season is called Turf Toe.

What Is Turf Toe?  

When you get pain in your toe from a sprain during sports activities, this is considered turf toe. This sprain usually happens due to the big toe bending upward rapidly and unexpectedly. The toe bends up so much that it stretches out the muscles, tendons and ligaments and causes the sprain. This injury can also occur when you jam your toe, run for a long time, or jump repeatedly. Any sports athlete can suffer from this injury, but it is most commonly reported in those who play football.


Turf toe gets its name because those who are afflicted with this condition usually get it while playing on a turf field. This is because turf tends to be sticky. When the foot catches and gets stuck, it is easy to come down and jam your toe on the turf, resulting in the injury. Another reason this injury can happen is due to poor choice in sports footwear. Cleats and sneakers that do not have the proper support can cause strain on the foot and cause this injury.


  • pain
  • swelling
  • limited joint movement

If turf toe is caused by the jamming of the toe, it is likely that the recipient of the injury will feel the injury right away. If the injury is from overuse, the symptoms will slowly start over time and gradually worsen.

Turf toe can be a very painful foot problem that can cause less mobility and more time off the field. In order to get back into the game, contact a podiatrist for the best course of treatment. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office line at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Turf toe can be healed with treatment from a podiatrist.

When you get pain in your toe from a sprain during sports activities, this is considered turf toe and it's due to the big toe bending upward rapidly and unexpectedly.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
September 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear  

Many people put a lot of focus on women and the shoes they wear. It is well known that many footwear options that women have are bad for their overall foot health. Because there is such a focus on women’s shoes, some people forget that men’s shoes are just as important. Men may not have as many different types of shoes as women, but their shoe choices still affect their feet.

When choosing a shoe, a man should consider shoes such as high-quality oxfords, shoes with cap toe designs, and also shoes with wing tip designs. Slip-ons, low dress boots, and loafers are also decent shoe choices. Men should also be sure to have shoes for every occasion. Work shoes, sport shoes, and leisure shoes should all be separate individual shoes. No shoe is meant for every type of activity. High fashion shoes often come with a high price.

If you work full time, it is recommended that you have 3-5 pairs of office shoes. These shoes should be interchanged regularly so that they wear evenly. Try to find cushion-soled shoes as they give the best support and stability.

Safety shoes for individuals who work in a higher risk environment are also very important. Heavy industry workers should always wear a pair of safety shoes. Waterproof, steel toed, slip-resistant shoes are ideal. These safety shoes help protect the feet from traumatic injury. Insulated shoes also help to prevent conditions such as gangrene and frostbite. As with all shoes, these safety shoes should be replaced at least once annually in order to be the most effective.

If possible, sneakers should be worn as often as it is allowed. Sneakers are the best fitting type of shoe for almost all feet. They provide cushion, shock absorption, stability and support. They are made to enhance the foot and provide optimal comfort to the user.

Are you having a hard time selecting the right shoe for your work environment? Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan can help. Dr. Cohen is a highly skilled podiatrist who has ample amounts of experience when it comes to selecting the right shoe for individuals and their feet. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today to get the right shoes for your feet.

December 12, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

Taking care of your diabetic feet is of utmost importance in making sure that you stay healthy. Avoid going barefoot and always wear shoes. Walking barefoot as a diabetic patient can lead to an increased risk of injury. Routine foot exams should be conducted daily to check for any wounds, small or large, as if they are left untreated they can lead to further complications. When choosing footwear, make sure that your shoes are comfortable and properly-fitting. Avoid tight-fitting or point shoes such as high heels. Do not use hot or cold packs on any foot injury as this can increase your risk of skin injury or infection. Avoid sitting cross-legged for long periods of time as this can impair blood flow in the legs. Maintain proper foot hygiene by cleaning and your feet daily, making sure to dry thoroughly. Trim your toenails straight across so as to avoid infection.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, contact Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

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 blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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August 29, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Healthy Feet   Footwear   Foot Care  

Flip flops are easy to take on and off, however they are dangerous for your feet. Everyday flip flop use can cause plantar fasciitis. Stress fractures, tendinitis, and shin splints are also problems that stem from wearing flip flops too often. Flip flops that are too small for your feet might give you blisters and other infections. However, flip flops that are too big will cause you to slip and fall while you walk. Experts believe that well-fitting sneakers are the best option for your feet.

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, contact 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, 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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