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When it comes to dealing with bunions, The Daily News’s Running Doc discusses various treatments and options patients might want to look into before opting for surgery. Bunions are usually identified along the inner portion of the big toe’s first joint as large bumps on the bone.

To prevent bunion growth, opt for looser fitting shoes around the toes or flexible full-length orthotics while running. Avoid wearing high heels often. Utilize thin foam or silicone toe separators to prevent toes from rubbing together. Anti-inflammatories and corrective devices can be implemented if the aforementioned methods do not work. Only consider bunion surgery as a last resort.  

To prevent exacerbation and extended pain, treatment for bunions should be implemented quickly. To learn more, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw 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 23, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Baseball player Kevin Youkilis has returned to the United States to receive shockwave therapy for his plantar fasciitis. Youkilis had traveled from Japan, where the athlete is now a part of Nippon Professional Baseball and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles after signing a one-year, $4 million contract.

Youkilis made the move to Japan instead of staying with American Major League Baseball so his family could experience a new locale and culture. The athlete was batting .215 with one home run and 11 RBI in 21 games in Japan and hopes to come back and finish the season after completing shockwave therapy.

Treatment for many foot and ankle conditions often includes shockwave therapy. If you would like to learn more, see Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will attend to any of your foot and ankle needs.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. This technique is used on patients that do not respond well to physiotherapy. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, attacking the source of the problem so treatment lasts for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

For more information regarding shockwave therapy, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Saginaw 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
February 19, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

bunionToe-binding, also known as cosmetic toe-shortening, is a relatively new procedure that has achieved a following in the U.S.  The process involves surgically removing a knuckle followed by pinning the toe back together in order to refuse the bones. In non-cosmetic situations, this procedure is usually performed alongside bunion removal.

Although the process is similar to the banned practice of foot-binding, there are satisfied clients of this procedure, including 47 year old high school teacher Nancy Velazquez. "I'm honestly crazy about my toes now. I sound like a commercial-I tell so many people they should do it” Velazquez said. Velasquez cited having difficulties wearing heels and dancing prior to the procedure and now claims these difficulties are minimalized upon undergoing the procedure.

Many people are affected by bunions. If you have bunions, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of the Diabetic Foot Center of Mid Michigan. Dr. Cohen can treat your bunions with both surgical and non-surgical methods.   

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

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

Read more about Bunions.

If you are suffering from bunions you can place the blame on your parents or grandparents. According to the Journal of Arthritis Care and Research, bunions and other related foot conditions could be hereditary.

Researchers looked at foot bunions, and lesser toe deformities amongst 1,370 study participants. They found that 32 percent of the participants had bunions, and 30 percent has lesser toe deformities. "These new findings highlight the importance of furthering our understanding of what causes greater susceptibility to these foot conditions, as knowing more about the pathway may ultimately lead to early prevention or early treatment," study researcher Dr. Marian Hannan, of Harvard Medical School and Hebrew SeniorLife.

Bunions themselves are a common problem people face. If you are experiencing toe pain or foot pain that you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can examine your bunions, diagnose the condition, and provide the appropriate treatment options to you.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

For more information on diagnosis and treatment for bunions, visit our link below.

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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