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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 23, 2017
Category: Heel Pain

At Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center we specialize in healing solutions for your foot troubles. Since your heels are the first part of your foot to hit the ground they need to be in good shape. Heel pain is usually associated with a strained plantar fascia, which is a connective tissue that runs underneath the foot and meets the heel bone. The condition is more commonly known as heel spurs and can be treated with any of these possible healing solutions:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication  
  • Ice packs on the heel
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Orthotic devices
  • ESWT ~ extracorporeal shock wave treatment

Symptoms can reoccur so you will want to be proactive as early as possible and seek more treatment or perhaps a visit to Dr. Andrew H. Cohen may heal it once and for all. It is important to make a correct diagnosis so that the treatment is appropriate.

Here are some signs:

  • Pain located in the back of the heel or under the heel
  • If the pain level is high first thing in the morning with your first few steps
  • Trouble putting pressure on your heel
  • Certain circumstances that bring on the pain, like walking on tile or hard wood floors
  • Tenderness and inflammation along the heel

You are at risk if:

  • You participate in continuous sport activity that puts pressure on your feet, like tennis, volleyball aerobics or climbing exercises.
  • You are pregnant and have continuous heel pain
  • Suffer from Diabetes in which case you should see a doctor about any foot or ankle pain
  • Are overweight or have gained weight rapidly
  • Have a job where you are on your feet often like, nurses, waitresses, factory or construction workers

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or know that you have heel pain and want to be rid of it,   call us at 989-790-8009 and visit our office in Saginaw or Essexville Michigan.  Dr. Cohen is board certified and a member of the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association in addition to being an original faculty member at the National Wound Healing Center since 2001. Your feet are in good hands with us! 

By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
September 01, 2015

When it comes to foot therapy, many patients will turn to typical methods such as physical therapy to get themselves back on their feet. One alternative called reflexology, however, is a practice that--despite its intrigue--has been around for many years. Reflexology works on the principle that applying pressure to the feet can ease pain elsewhere. Many clients of reflexologists use the therapy to ease pain throughout the body, such as the back, the head, or the stomach.  

Foot therapy is necessary for those recovering from both foot deformities and foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, speak to Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can answer any of your podiatric questions.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

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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 Lake Forest graduate Billy Bund prepares to run for Michigan in the fall. In order to be able to participate, however, Bund needs plenty of rest to recover from foot and hip injuries he’s sustained.

"Today's my last day of being on active rest for 10 days. I've been trying to sleep, which I need to work on. Trying to give my mind and body a break. After today I get to start training again,” Bund said.

Bund became one of the school's most successful runners, having completed a fifth place finish in the 1,600-meter run (4:14.84) at the state track meet this spring. The stress fracture in his left foot caused Bund to miss two months of his final track season.  "My plan is to give it my best. The only thing you can control is the effort you put into something. I'll do everything I can and see what happens from there," said Bund

Dealing with a stress fracture like Bund can be a painful endeavor. Treatment and recovery can be aided with the help of a podiatrist, like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can help by examining the stress fracture and determining the best course of treatment.

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.

Treating Stress Fractures

- Set a routine regimen for any activities that involve running
- Choose footwear that provides good support
- Take bone-healthy supplements (Vitamin D, Calcium)
- Surgery with supportive pins around the ankle

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary@midiabeticfootcenter.com
June 19, 2013

KOKOBritish rapper Itch has pulled out of a London gig to undergo surgery on his foot, after sustaining a nasty foot injury during a performance over the weekend.

Itch broke three bones in his heel by jumping from a balcony during his performance at The Jazz Cafe in the U.K. iTch, Jonathan Fox, was due to appear alongside action star Bronson at a nearby nightclub, but instead will be undergoing surgery to repair his foot. The rapper went on Facebook, and posted a picture of himself hanging from the balcony with his bandage foot, “Camden rocks! Hospital sucks,” said Fox.  

It is important to carefully consider all treatment options before choosing a surgical treatment. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and are considering surgery, you should seea podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center understands how crucial foot surgery is before making adjustments and getting back into the game. With Dr. Stein’s help, your injury can be evaluated properly and the right treatment options can be provided for you.

When is Foot Surgery Needed?

Foot surgery is usually required in events where regular therapy has proven to be ineffective. Surgeons often use foot surgery as a last resort because of its invasive nature. In many cases physical therapy, medication, rest, exercise, and casts can help to heal a foot injury.

However, sometimes you may need to have surgery done without ever having an injury. Foot surgery can correct a birth defect or deformity or be used for reconstructive purposes. Foot surgery is designed to improve the quality of your feet and to help you return to your daily life.

In extreme cases where the foot cannot be saved, or is beyond repair and is hinders the health of nearby parts of the body, amputation may be a necessary. However the main goal is to save the feet, making such options a last resort.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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