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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 27, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

Making the decision to call a podiatrist can be a big step. Podiatrists are integral to your foot and ankle health and should be called immediately if you notice a problem with your feet or ankles. These doctors are experts in all things related to the foot and ankle and can help you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan quickly and efficiently. If you are debating whether or not to call, read below to see if you are experiencing some of the common symptoms that podiatrists treat regularly.

When I put up my legs, my feet hurt.

When you lay down at night to go to sleep and are plagued with sudden foot pain that doesn’t disappear until you dangle your feet at the edge of the bed, it is time to see a podiatrist. This is a sign of a condition known as peripheral artery disease. This condition can cause a lot of pain and should be treated immediately.

Tingly, numbness and burning oh my!

If your feet are tingly, numb or burning, it could be a sign of a nerve disorder that is making your feet less sensitive. People with diabetes are especially prone to neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy permanently damages nerves in the feet and can cause a loss of sensation. See a podiatrist right away if your feet frequently tingle, burn or feel numb.

Puffy, painful feet

Feet that get swollen and painful warrant a call to a podiatrist immediately. There are many different conditions that cause painful and swollen feet. Due to the broad spectrum of issues, it is advised that you see a podiatrist to figure out exactly which one is causing the pain and swelling.

Exercise and Activity is More Painful

If you are exercising or increasing your activity, and find yourself in a lot of foot or ankle pain, it is time to see a podiatrist. This could be a sign of an overuse injury or sprain. If treated early, downtime could be minor and the pain can be cured quickly. If it is ignored and not checked out by a podiatrist, it could mean a severe tear or fracture.

If your feet are in pain, swelling, or experiencing any other abnormality, it is important that you call a podiatrist immediately. 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. Any time you have a question about your feet, count on us.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 10, 2017

The Michigan winter season can be a time of hibernation for the best of us and this means our muscles are relaxing too.  When an unusually warm day comes our way in the colder months we tend to enjoy a quick walk, jog or run after being inactive. Stretching is necessary to wake up our muscles before we hit the track to avoid ankle injuries.

What are some common causes for ankle injuries?

  • Cold muscles
  • Not stretching
  • Rolling the ankle
  • Running on uneven surfaces
  • Wrong shoes

Three common exercises to help warm up your feet

  • Toe Points - standing on one leg and lifting the other leg off the floor, gently point your toes and flex your toes hold for 40 seconds in each position
  • Ankle Circles - standing on one leg and lifting the other leg off the floor, gently point your toes and rotate your ankle in a complete circle 5 - 10 times
  • Calf Raises - find a secure spot to hold on to, putting both feet together, gently lift onto toes and lower to heals 5-10 times

Helpful hints to create a better experience and avoid injury

  • Stretch before and after you exercise
  • Focus on how your feet land - should be heal to toe without twisting
  • Stick with a paved or flat track
  • Invest in good running sneakers and athletic socks

At Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center Dr. Andrew H. Cohen provides superior ankle care for sports injuries.  Sprained or twisted ankles can be fixed easily with early treatment. Call our convenient offices in Saginaw at (989) 790-8009 or Bay City at (989) 893-5000 to get an appointment now. Exercise is important for good health all year round and no need to let a small injury slow you down!