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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 13, 2018
Category: toenail conditions

When you look at your feet, you probably don’t inspect them thoroughly. A lot of people forget about their feet during their daily lives because they are so busy getting from one place to another. Sadly, a lot of our foot and ankle problems go ignored because of this common occurrence. Early prevention can help a person fight off disease, injury and other conditions. With just a quick glance every now and then they can even see if they have white spots growing on their toenails.

Causes of White Spots

  • If you have a fungal infection on your feet, it could be appearing on your toenails as white spots. Feet that are constantly enclosed in shoes are especially prone to fungal infections due to the dark, moist nature inside the shoes.
  • If you are wearing shoes that are too tight, it can be depriving the feet of much-needed air. Some microorganisms thrive in this environment and grow. Fungus is well known for growing in this condition and showing up as white spots.
  • If you do not have a well-balanced diet, you could get white spots on your nails. Calcium deficiency can appear as white spots on the nails.
  • Zinc deficiency can also cause white spots on the nails.
  • If you injure on your toe, it can cause fungus to grow and white to appear on the nails.

How To Get Rid of White Spots on Toenails

While white nails are not life-threatening, they can be seen as a cosmetic issue or may be due to an underlying disease. If you notice white spots on the toenails, it is important to see a podiatrist immediately for treatment. Often a podiatrist will start by prescribing an anti-fungal cream. If this course of action does not work, they may order more tests or biopsies to make a better determination of the cause.

White nails can be a real bummer, especially if you were planning on wearing those nice new summer sandals you bought with the open toes. Do not let these spots get you down! Instead, 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. White spots are not a permanent part of your toenails.

By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
September 05, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Treatment   Plantar Wart   Symptoms  

Three out of four people will develop a wart in their lifetime. Warts are contagious, but they are completely harmless. Plantar warts appear on the bottom of the foot, and they are caused by a virus. These warts are spreadable as well as contagious. Kids are most susceptible to getting plantar warts because their immune systems are immature. Liquid nitrogen is the most common treatment used to get rid of warts because it freezes them off. Blistering agents can also be used to remove plantar warts.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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 and ankle needs.

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By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
June 20, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Treatment   Hyperhidrosis   Sweaty Feet  

If you’re sweating excessively, especially during random times of the day not caused by exercise or heat, you may have hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is known as a chronic condition that has no known cure. “Nearly three per cent of people around the world deal with [hyperhidrosis], which is marked by excessively sweaty palms, face and feet.” Seeing your doctor is the best option for considering treatment options, which may include prescription antiperspirants or surgery.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis consult with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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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By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
March 14, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Pregnancy   Swelling   Treatment  

If you find yourself changing shoe sizes while pregnant, that is because of edema, your body retaining water during your pregnancy phase. You’ll find your whole body, especially your feet and toes, swelling during pregnancy. Hormonal changes in your body and weight gain are also other aspects of pregnancy that can put further pressure on your feet. Make sure to drink lots of fluid, keep your feet elevated, and buy comfortable clothes and shoes to accompany your changing body.   

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, visit Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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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