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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.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 16, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

Your feet deserve a big thank you for carrying your weight all these years. If you are experiencing top of foot pain you should seek the advice of Dr. Andrew H. Cohen and repay them for all their hard work. 

In the age of apps that track our every step for fitness, the result of having that information tells us the average person stands for about 5 hours a day and takes up to 10,000 steps in that same day!

Therefore, our feet are open to quite a lot of injury if we aren’t careful. 
Here are just a few ways hey work hard for us:

  • Support all our weigh
  • Absorb the shock of every step we take
  • Move our legs forward
  • Keep us in balance

That accounts for almost every activity we do which leaves almost all of us open to potential foot pain. Take note of 3 simple tips that you may have top of foot pain:

  • Warmth at the top of your foot
  • Tenderness in or around the same area
  • Redness in or around the same area

Some other reasons you may be experiencing this pain can be related to bone spurs, stress fractures, tendonitis or aging but top of foot pain is not normal and should be addressed right away.  Our doctor may recommend the RICE Method (Rest ~ Ice ~ Compression ~ Elevation) before getting too concerned. However, this is based on the stage and/or level of your pain.

If your symptoms continue you should call us at the office of Mid- Michigan Foot & Ankle Center at 203-790-8009 for an appointment.  We are conveniently located in Saginaw and Bay City for easy scheduling. Let Dr. Andrew H. Cohen treat your feet so that you can keep your life active and productive!

April 14, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions

Stress fractures, as with other running injuries, can often occur without any apparent reason. But according to Vicki Rudawsky, a former Olympic runner, there are certain things that can be done to help prevent stress fractures from happening.

New training regimens should be started slowly and gradually built up to help prevent bone fatigue. Cross training ensures that a single point in the body does not experience repeated stress and that pressure is spread amongst different areas each day.

Supportive footwear is very important, and one should wear shoes according to his or her personal needs. A healthy diet and early recognition of injuries will allow for earlier treatment, and therefore an earlier recovery.

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, consult with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can determine the severity of your condition and provide you with quality care.

Coping with Podiatric 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)
-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.

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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