My Blog

Posts for tag: Injury

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
March 29, 2018
Category: Toe Pain
Tags: Injury   podiatrist   stubbed   pain   toenail   infected   fracture  

Walking innocently through the house on a search for your car keys can start any morning off in the wrong direction. For one, it is frustrating to lose something. In addition to that, these lost keys are wasting minutes on the clock, causing you to be later and later for work. As time progresses with no luck, your calm demeanor fades and panic rises up within. You start to hurry along and suddenly, thwack! You stubbed your toe. The pain is excruciating, your toe is throbbing and now your day has gone from bad to worse. Gingerly, you strip off your shoes and take a peek at the damage. Your toe is swelling, it looks a little deformed, and the toenail is bleeding.

Is it serious if my toenail is bleeding?

After stubbing your toe, if you notice that your toenail is bleeding, you should call your podiatrist. This is because a bleeding toe can be a sign of a more severe injury. It could mean that there is a cut under the nail. This cut can become infected easily. If it gets infected and the cut is deep enough, it can begin to affect the bone. Another serious indicator of a problem is if the base of the toenail is loose. This is because it could mean that the joint of the toe has been injured.

Is my toe broken?

There is a chance that the toe has suffered from a fracture or a break. That is especially true if it is the pinky toe that is injured. If the toe is swollen, bruised or deformed looking it should be seen by a podiatrist immediately. A podiatrist will take an x-ray of the foot to determine whether or not a fracture or break has occurred. If it is determined that you are suffering from a fracture or a break, your podiatrist will set the toe into the proper healing position and wrap it. It is usually splinted and wrapped for 6 weeks so that it can heal properly.

If you stub your toe and it looks to be in rough shape, do not just walk the injury off. It is important to see a podiatrist so that you can ensure that there are no underlying problems that could worsen over time. 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. There Dr. Cohen and his staff can inspect your toe and determine whether or not a more severe injury has occurred from the trauma of your stub.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 21, 2018
Category: Diabetic Feet
Tags: Diabetes   Ulcers   Injury   podiatrist   peripheral neuropathy   soak   wound  

People who suffer from diabetes are at a very high risk of receiving foot ulcers. This is because some people who suffer from diabetes also suffer from peripheral neuropathy and other conditions that cause a lack of sensation in the feet. This lack of sensation makes it so it is hard for a diabetic patient to feel pain and other injuries occur on their feet.  If you do not have diabetes, you can still receive an ulcer on your foot, but it is more likely to be found immediately due to the ability to clearly feel the injury and pain. If you do find an ulcer on your feet it is important that you make an appointment to see a podiatrist immediately. A podiatrist will clean and disinfect the ulcer so that an infection does not appear and spread. Wondering how they might do it? Here are the basic steps a podiatrist may take to clean your ulcer and protect it from further harm.

  1. Your podiatrist will find the ulcer.
  2. Next, your podiatrist will measure your ulcer. They want to know how large it is and will continue to measure it to be sure it is not growing in size.
  3. Clean your feet. Your podiatrist will clean out the ulcer in their office. They will take disinfectant and gently wash out the ulcer. In order to keep it clean, you may have to soak your feet at home in between appointments. This allows them to be cleaned out and helps speed up the healing process.
  4. A podiatrist will then apply a healing ointment to help the ulcer heal.
  5. After the ointment is applied, a podiatrist or his assistant will put on gauze or another type of dressing to cover up the ulcer so dirt, debris, and other bacteria cannot reach the ulcer.
  6. The gauze will be adhered to the foot with silk tape or medical tape. If the gauze moves around it can irritate the ulcer or allow for bacteria to enter the wound.
  7. In between appointments be sure to change your dressing or bandage multiple times a day. If the ulcer is stuck in the same bandaging or dressing, it will fester due to the bacteria that is built up and rubbing it.
  8. Use a sock to slip over the bandaging or dressing. This secures the dressing and makes sure it does not come loose.

If you find an ulcer on your foot, you should see a podiatrist right away. While it is proactive to clean the ulcer, it is imperative that it is seen by a medical professional to be sure there is no underlying cause or infection that could cause greater damage. 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. When it comes to wound care, we are the best.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 22, 2018
Category: proper footwear
Tags: Injury   heel   cold   overuse  

Curling has become more and more mainstream now that the Olympics are in full swing. The sport involves sliding granite stones down an ice rink to try to get them into the bullseye. A teammate uses a broom to sweep the ice in front of the stone to help it go a greater distance, helping help earn the points they need to win the game. Curling is not done on ice skates though - it is done in a pair of curling shoes. Many people wonder what makes them different from regular shoes and how do you choose them?

When buying a curling shoe, curlers should look for an upper that provides both comfort and warmth. Like with any athletic shoe, it is important to find the right fit, as each shoe fits differently from person to person. Another factor to consider is the amount of insulation a pair of shoes has because ice games can cause cold feet. The ideal upper material of a curling shoe is leather. The best insulation material is a technology called Thinsulate.

What's A Slider?

The slider is what makes the curling shoe unique from other athletic shoes. While the upper is the same on both shoes, the sole on each shoe is different. The slider is most commonly made of Teflon and is designed to slide during the thrower's conveyance. When choosing a slider there are two key elements to look for:

  1. Thickness
  2. Configuration

The thicker a slider is, the faster and more slippery it will be. Sliders tend to range from 1/32" to 1/4" thick. If you are a beginner, it is smart to opt for a 3/32" thick slider.

Next, you want to look for configuration. A flat slider may cause you to get what curlers call the "wobblies," so it’s important to get a slider with a round portion underneath the ball of your foot and the heel.

What's a Gripper?

The sole of the opposite shoe is equipped with a rubber gripper that acts as a way for a curler to gain traction. In order to prevent drag on the gripper foot, some curlers use something called "toe coating" that results in a more efficient slide at optimal moments in the game.

If you are a curler, getting the right shoes can help prevent serious overuse injuries. If you are learning the hard way and have now suffered a foot or ankle injury while curling, 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. Your feet are our top priority.

January 04, 2016
Tags: Foot Pain   broken toe   Injury  

Marcos Senna and Danny Szetela of the New York Cosmos played the last game of Senna’s season with the team, both suffering from broken toes. The two worked through their pain to play the NASL Championship Final against Ottawa Fury. While both suffered their injuries during high profiled events, they managed to keep the news on the low while obtaining treatment such as cortisone injections and a lot of rest. Head coach Giovanni Saverese stated, “We had two of our central midfielders with broken toes - both playing their hearts out and biting their tongues to perform and perform in an amazing way.”

A broken toe is extremely painful and needs immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your 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.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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.

Read more about broken toes.