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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 05, 2018
Tags: Proper Footwear   calluses  

A callus doesn’t seem like a major foot problem to many people. This is because many people live with calluses on their feet every single day. A callus doesn’t become a problem until it starts to cause pain and suffering. Once pain is introduced then people begin to pay attention to their calluses.

A callus is an area of thick skin on the foot. This skin begins to get harder and thicker as a protective measure. It does this to help protect the foot from pressure and friction.

Symptoms a Callus Produces

  • Hard skins
  • Raised skin
  • Thick skin
  • Skin that is rough to the touch
  • Dry and flaky skin

What causes the callus?

If your shoe rubs the same spot of the foot over and over again a callus will begin to form to protect the soft, delicate skin. If a show is too tight and puts pressure on the foot than a callus will form to prevent further injury or puncture from this pressure. More often than not, calluses are caused by shoes that do not fit properly. Sandals, heels, and flats are also known to cause calluses on the heel due to their design.

Treating a callus that is on the heel is not impossible but it will take some work. If you are up for the challenge begin by giving yourself a pedicure. Take a pumice stone and gently rub the skin of the callus. Once the skin is smoother apply ointment or moisturizer to the skin to help it become happy and healthy again.

If you don’t want to give yourself a pedicure you can always go to your podiatrist’s office. There your podiatrist can safely remove the callus. Your podiatrist will also instruct you on proper footwear. Proper footwear will prevent calluses from forming which will prevent future pain. A sneaker is usually a good option when picking a new pair of shoes.

If your podiatrist is unable to file away your callus then he or she may recommend he callus be surgically removed. This usually happens in extreme and rare cases of calluses.

Unfortunately, calluses are likely to return. It is imperative that you see a podiatrist to help remedy your callus. At home treatment is not recommended as it can cause infection of the foot and lead to more severe problems down the road.

If you have a callus on your heel and are in pain or dislike it looks, then 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 calluses are one step away from being smoothed over.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 30, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear  

Some people work in a warm and cozy office during the bitter months of the winter. Others who are not as lucky have to work outside, in a cooler, or in another cold environment in the winter and sometimes year-round. Electricians, plumbers, mailmen, researchers, landscapers and so many others all work outside in the bitter cold. These workers work hard in the rain, sleet and snow. Now that winter is practically here, it is important to select shoes that will properly protect feet in the cold conditions that it brings. All shoes are made differently and have different fabrics, specifications and technologies that better equip them or the cold. Here are some tips and tricks from our podiatry team to help you select the best pair of shoes to protect your feet from the frosty weather to come.

  1. Wear insulated muffs over the top of your choice of shoes or around the ankles. These will help prevent cold air from getting into the opening of the shoe at the ankle area. It will also prevent anything else from entering the shoe from the top.
  2. Wear thick socks inside your work shoes. Wool tends to be very warm and is ideal for footwear during the cold winter months or in any other situation where the weather is frigid.
  3. Be sure to use leg warmers. This will help to insulate the legs and promote good circulation to the feet and body overall which will also help prevent frostbite.
  4. Select insulating overshoes to wear over your regular work shoes. These will help to keep the feet and toes warm all day. Your regular shoes will fit right inside them.

Battling frosty feet can be tough, but it is not impossible. If you need some guidance on the right shoe selection to keep your feet warm at work or for other day to day activities, do not hesitate to contact our office. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan will help you make an informed decision regarding the proper footwear for your feet. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let the cold bite.


June 30, 2014
Category: Foot Care

The continual wear of flip-flops has adverse effects, according to Allison Walker of Siouxland Matters. The conditions at risk for development include heel pain and ankle injuries from slipping. “Another concern,” adds local Dr. Valerie Tallerico, “is tendonitis or capsulitis of their digits, even in the future, hammertoe deformities.”

For optimal support and protection against such conditions, flip-flops with proper foot support are your best bet. Mike Pape of Rudolph’s Shoe Mart says, “There are different types of what they call orthotics or foot beds that are in the various shoes and sandals . . . Now there’s all the different components that go into making the different arches.”

The best flip-flops are ones that provide your feet with a stable foundation to walk on. If you have questions, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will provide you with quality foot and ankle care.

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
-Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices, located in SaginaworEssexville, MI.  We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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November 15, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Proper FootwearStaying active is helpful to your cardiovascular system and your overall health. But, exercising in the incorrect footwear can cause more harm than good. “To get the most of your workout or from playing a favorite sport, it is imperative to choose the right footwear for the type of exercise you engage in, “says Dr. Matthew Garoufalis; president of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

“Improper footwear can lead to irritation and injury.” The types of exercises or sport you partake in can influence the severity or kind of injury you experience, reports NBC 29. The APMA offers extensive tips on how to avoid foot injury while exercising.

If you believe you suffered a sports related foot or ankle injury, you should seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can assess your injury and provide you with the best care for your feet.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

· Plantar Fasciitis

· Plantar Fasciosis

· Achilles Tendinitis

· Achilles Tendon Rupture

·  Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

To learn more about sports related foot and ankle injuries, please follow link below.

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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Actress Vanessa Hudgens displayed a new style recently at a pilates class in Los Angeles by wearing a different types of footwear that encouragesproper foot care during one’s workout routine.

The strangely designed no toe socks originating from the UK create more comfort and efficiency for your feet while performing such exercises as pilates and yoga. “Separating the toes 'is the best thing you can do for your feet because it will encourage you to spread your toes which helps strengthen foot muscles and increase blood circulation” said manufacturers of the product. The newly designed socks also claim to be sanitary and hygienic and better than working out in bare feet. Additionally the non-slip sole that the sock features decreases the risk of slipping on a floor or mat during an exercise.

It is important that the proper care is being provided to your feet during exercise and other activities.  A podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center can make recommendations and help you with any foot pain you might have experienced from wearing ill-fitting footwear.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

Shoes to Consider:

-  Good heel and arch support
-  Have proper length and width for your feet
-  Avoid tight/cramped shoes.

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

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