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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 25, 2018
Category: back pain

Are you tired of suffering from lower back and hip pain? The first thing you need to do is to get to the bottom of why you are experiencing this pain. Back pain can cause a lot of grief in our life.  Not only is it hard to bend, but it can also be hard to sit or even pick something up. Many feet and ankle conditions can have an effect on your back health as well. This is because our feet are our bodies’ foundations. They take the blunt force of our weight when we move and groove. When our feet are hurting, it can lead to one big backache.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis can be a root cause of back pain. This condition affects the arch muscle in the foot and can cause extreme pain, especially first thing in the morning upon waking. The pain is usually very sharp and dulls as the day progresses. Many people with this condition tend to limp or adjust the pressure they put on their bodies. This affects the hips and the lower back and can cause pain.

Morton’s Neuroma

This is a condition that affects a nerve in the foot. The nerve experiences large amounts of pain and swelling. This can cause other nerves in the body to suffer from the inflammation, resulting in more pain. This condition can cause a person to limp or alter pressure, which can transfer pain to the lower back and the hip.

Treating the Cause

It is important to treat any foot and ankle injury to help prevent hip and back pain. The sooner you take proactive measures to cure the root cause, the sooner you will be pain-free in most cases.  It might take some time, but a podiatrist will develop a treatment plan that is right for you. In many cases, over-the-counter pain medication, orthotics, stretches and physical therapy can help to control pain and heal injury. In other more severe cases, surgery may be required to better assist with the healing process.

Back pain and hip pain do not have to be a part of your everyday life. Instead, come to our office to treat your feet and beat the pain. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Your feet are our priority.

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 20, 2017
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Plantar fasciitis often plagues those who are constantly on their feet. Employees such as nurses, doctors, teachers and factory workers suffer from the pain of plantar fasciitis on a daily basis. Those who use their feet constantly or overuse their feet are highly susceptible to plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia that runs along the bottom of the foot. Some individuals seek relief using natural remedies or over the counter inserts. Others rely on their workplace to implement best practices to better care for their feet. With a combined effort, a person in the workforce as well as their employer can help prevent plantar fasciitis and other workplace injuries.

As an employer no one is more important than the employees that help run the core of your business. Employers can use three basic methods to help prevent their employees from suffering from plantar fasciitis and the pain that accompanies it. Inserts for the shoes, anti-fatigue/stress mats and pamphlets on proper stretching practices are all great methods for employers to use to help their employees prevent plantar fasciitis.

  1. Shoe inserts are great for workers who are constantly on the go. They cushion the arch, absorb shock, and provide stability to the foot. Inserts can be worn in almost any type of shoe without being seen. This provides for professionalism and practicality.
  2. Anti-fatigue mats are made to decrease stress on the feet by providing a cushioned surface for people who stand for long periods of time. These mats are ideal for places such as registers, greeting counters, reception areas, or any other area where the primary function involves standing for more than 5-10 minutes a time.
  3. Lastly, proper stretching can have a huge impact on the prevention of plantar fasciitis. Using specially crafted exercises during the morning, midday and evening, a person can keep their muscles warmed up and ready for increased stress. This prevents the overuse of the muscles and their strain. A podiatrist can advise on the types of proper stretches that are best for you.

Battling plantar fasciitis can be hard and sometimes you can feel lost. If you feel lost, do not hesitate to contact our office. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a consultation, Dr. Cohen will help you better define best practices to keep plantar fasciitis at bay in your home and your workplace. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let plantar fasciitis implant its pain!

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 16, 2017
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis   corns   calluses   gait   sprains  

Our feet are extremely important to our everyday lifestyles. They help us get to and fro, allow us to participate in sports and support our entire body when standing. We use our feet all the time. Over time they begin to suffer because of it.

One of the most common and influential positions that a foot can suffer from is the stance. When a person is standing still, your feet are getting pressure from two sources. The first source is the body weight of the person. The second is the heel to ground contact. The stance is one of the biggest causes of foot pain.

When walking, an individual’s gait (or the way they walk) also has a major impact on their overall foot health. The gait has three movements and the one that causes the most problems is known as the contact. This is when the foot meets the ground. All of the weight of the individual as well as the impact from heel to ground happens in this one jarring movement. As it repeats over and over, it can cause extensive damage.

Another cause of foot pain is standing in one position for too long. This can cause blood to accumulate in one area of the foot. It can also cause blood flow to lessen for the feet. This overall strain can cause varicose veins and other vascular disorders.

Although standing in one spot is not the best, always moving around also can be detrimental to your foot health and cause foot pain. The stress on the foot and muscles can cause plantar fasciitis, sprains and tears. It can also cause other foot conditions such as calluses, corns, and tired feet.

Our feet are in constant use. Although we can’t always prevent them from getting injured, we can take steps to decrease the likelihood. Take the leap and see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a thorough examination, he will determine what is causing your foot pain. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Cut that pain out of your life.

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 09, 2017

It is hard to go a day without using our feet. Our feet are an integral part of our livelihood and everyday lives. Without our feet, we would be unable to properly move around and live. But using our feet constantly comes with a price. If we use our feet repetitively over and over again, we can end up unintentionally injuring them. These injuries can range from mild to severe and should not be overlooked. If you are experiencing any of the conditions or their symptoms listed below, call a podiatrist.

  • Plantar Fasciitis – This condition causes inflammation of the plantar’s arch, more commonly known as the sole of the foot. Typically, plantar fasciitis is most bothersome first thing in the morning. As the day progresses it begins to feel better. It can last for varying amounts of time and can come and go as it pleases. Modified exercise, orthotics, rest and ice are helpful when treating this condition.
  • Sever’s Disease – This overuse disease is caused from inflammation of the heel bone. It occurs before the body's skeleton is fully mature, which means children are most susceptible. Its main target of attack is the growth plate near the spot where the Achilles tendon attaches itself to the foot. A heel cup or pad, rest, ice, stretching, and modified exercising are very helpful when treating this condition.
  • Achilles Tendonitis – Overuse of the Achilles tendon leads to this condition. Excessive jumping is often the leading cause of Achilles tendonitis. In most cases, it affects people aged 14 and up. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, rest, ice and stretching can help heal this condition.
  • Stress Fracture – Stress fractures occur when the body is subjected to repeated episodes of micro traumas. A sudden increase in exercise can cause these types of fractures. If these fractures are not properly treated, they can become more severe and cause a full fracture to the bone. Stress fractures should be seen and treated immediately.

Does your Achilles tendon ache when you walk? Does the sole of your foot hurt first thing in the morning? Then it is time to call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Dr. Cohen and his staff with help you get back on your feet. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.