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al jeffersonCharlotte Bobcats’ center Al Jefferson injured his foot while playing against the Miami Heat in Game 1 earlier this month.  He told reporters that he heard something rip, but was only off the court briefly.  He took some painkiller shots, and finished the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

As usual, twitter circulated news of the injury:  Jefferson clarified: he needed two painkiller shots to continue to play today.  Then added: “I don’t like needles.”

Jefferson was diagnosed with a strain (which is actually a mild tear) to his plantar fascia, the connective tissue that runs between the heel and toes.  Injury to that tissue is known to be incredibly painful, and its impact on Jefferson’s performance was visible.  Miami ended up winning the game 99-88.

Playing sports with foot and ankle injuries often makes the injury worse. For injuries sustained on the court or field, seek medical attention from a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assess your condition and create a treatment path that is right for you.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of our offices in Saginaw or Essexville, MI. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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November 22, 2013
Category: Foot Conditions

Flat FeetA study published in Rheumatology suggests that women who suffer from flat feet are fifty percent more susceptible to have lower back pain as opposed to those with normal or high arched feet. Senior author Marian Hannan of the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, measured each subject’s foot in the standing position and had him or her walk across a mat with embedded sensors to measure heel pressure to the foot’s tip while walking.

Interestingly, the research showed only women with pronated feet were linked to having lower back pain. Hannan says that because women’s pelvic bones are wider and move their upper bodies more are the likely causes of being more affected by flat feet. Hannan suggests any individual with lower back pain to consult a physician or therapist.

If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of flat feet, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.  Dr. Cohen will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

Flat Feet

Flat feet are the name of a condition in which the arch of the foot is lowered or fails to develop all together. Flat feet are common among babies and small children, but arches are generally formed as the child grows. However, flat feet can become problematic if the arch never develops.  Adults may develop flat feet after an injury or from the increased weight of a pregnancy.


The wet footprint test can help diagnose flat feet. The individual places their feet on a wet surface, and then walks across a dry surface to create an impression of their footprint. If there are no indentations or arches in the footprint, the individual may have flat feet. In all cases, it is best to consult with a podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis.

Types of Flat Feet

Rigid – this is when someone’s arch of the foot is not present when sitting or standing.

Treatment may be necessary if pain is present, and orthotics may be prescribed.

Flexible – the arch shows when someone is sitting, but then goes away when they are standing.

Treatment may not be necessary.


In some instances surgery may be recommended if exercise and orthotics do not work.

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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