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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
October 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care   heel spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Pain   orthotics   heel spurs  

At Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw, MI and Bay City, MI we have access to top quality orthotics. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen and his staff work closely with patients to get the right orthotic device for their individual needs.

Orthotics are specially designed to be worn inside a shoe. They typically control abnormal foot functions. They also help to alleviate foot pain and discomfort. This orthotics have the potential to help impaired feet stay mobile and improve multiple symptoms for an array of disorders from heel spurs to ankle pain.

What are they made of?

Orthotics are made out of plastics and carbon-fiber composites. They are firm devices that typically do not bend or flex much. First, podiatrists take a molding of the patient’s foot. They use this mold to craft the orthotic device. It gives them a replica of the foot they are putting the device on and makes it easier to create. After making the orthotic device the podiatrist tries it on the patient and adjusts it once they see its true fit. Once the patient’s orthotic is adjusted and their needs are met, they are able to use it on a daily basis. These devices are typically comfortable and do not cause additional pain and suffering. They are placed in the shoe and worn every day.

How long does an Orthotic last?

Typically, an Orthotic can last for many years.  They are made out of medical grade materials that last with normal wear and tear. Orthotics can also add other pieces like extensions and top covers to the base device. These additions need to be replaced more regularly. Additions should be replaced with a podiatrist every few years to make sure they are in the best working order that they can be.

If you have a sensitive foot and are unable to tolerate the usual rigid materials of orthotics, there are other options you can seek. Some orthotics can be made using softer, breathable materials that are gentler to the foot and ankle. Rubber, cord, leather, and synthetic materials can be used when making this softer, more malleable orthotics.

Over the Counter Orthotics

Beware of over the counter “orthotics”. These devices are used solely for arch support and are not specifically made for an individual’s needs. People who do not have the proper training can cause worse pain and suffering with a poorly composed orthotic.

If you are interested in obtaining an orthotic custom fit for your foot, do not delay, call our office today! Our number is 989-790-8009. You can also click here to make an appointment online.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 15, 2017

You were at a friend’s wedding last night. You danced for hours on the dance floor and had yourself a wonderful time. Everything was superb until suddenly you wake up the next morning and your foot is in unbearable pain. At first, you panic. Is it broken? I can’t stand! Don’t worry my friend, it could be Plantar Fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the tough tissue on the bottom of the foot. This tissue starts at the heel and attaches to the toes. This condition causes pain and can sometimes lead to heel spurs. Due to the fact that the disorder can affect the whole foot, it often times causes large amounts of pain and makes it difficult to stand or walk for any length of time, especially first thing in the morning.  

About a third of Americans get Plantar Fasciitis in both feet. This is not always the case. Sometimes Plantar Fasciitis strikes in one foot at a time. It is typically caused due to the overuse of the foot but other studies show that it is also linked to the way a person walks, and obesity.

Typically, the pain from Plantar Fasciitis is at its peak in the morning. This is why many people will go to bed without pain and wake up with it. After walking and stretching it out during the day with basic activity, the amount of pain that you are experiencing is likely to decrease.


Mild cases of Plantar Fasciitis can be treated with rest, stretches, and over the counter pain medication. Over time the condition is known to resolve itself if it is a mild case. If the pain persists or is so severe that you have trouble walking you should contact a podiatrist such as Dr. Andrew H. Cohen at Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw, Michigan or Bay City, Michigan. There Dr. Cohen can guide you on the use of orthotics, splinting and other treatments tailored to best suit your needs. You can make an appointment by calling him at 989-790-8009.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 27, 2017
Category: Heel Pain

Heel pain has many facets and facts. The pain can come by way of spurs, strains and stress. Plantar Fasciitis may be the most common while, Heel Spurs can be more annoying than anything else. Either way a quick trip to Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center could nip the problem in the bud before it has a chance to bloom! 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The symptoms for plantar fasciitis are most pronounced in the morning when you rise and shine. You feel immediate pain as you place your heels down on the floor.  Although there isn’t much shining with that pain, the rising part needs to happen. Which is why treatment may be the best way to ensure less pain as you wake in the morning and face your day.

  • REST ~ gives your body a chance to calm down and chill out from all the pain you just put it through by walking or exercising with inflamed tissue.
  • STRETCH ~ when you stretch the fascia muscle you are half way there. Flexibility can prevent the ailment from ever happening.
  • RESET ~ Taping the foot gives instant relief of symptoms and reduces some of the pain under the heel.

What is Heel Spur?

A Calcium deposit that causes a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone.  Most times they are painless but if irritated it can cause pain to the heel making it difficult to walk. They are more prevalent among athletes who must run and jump continuously throughout their sport.  However, there are some things you can to do to stop the progression of a spur.

  • EXERCISE ~ keeps things moving and reduced the chance of calcium deposits to settle in the heel.
  • MEDICATION ~ with your doctor’s supervision, can provide temporary relief.
  • CORTISONE ~ these injections go straight to the problem by way of a needle and are very specific and effective in reducing the symptoms.

If you suspect a problem with your heels, call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen at our Saginaw or Essexville office for an appointment at 989-790-8009. We encourage you to call for advice, concern or just basic questions on your podiatry needs. But if you are experiencing the type of heel pain we talked about, come see us and let the Heel Experts Heal your pain!

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 23, 2017
Category: Heel Pain

At Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center we specialize in healing solutions for your foot troubles. Since your heels are the first part of your foot to hit the ground they need to be in good shape. Heel pain is usually associated with a strained plantar fascia, which is a connective tissue that runs underneath the foot and meets the heel bone. The condition is more commonly known as heel spurs and can be treated with any of these possible healing solutions:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication  
  • Ice packs on the heel
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Orthotic devices
  • ESWT ~ extracorporeal shock wave treatment

Symptoms can reoccur so you will want to be proactive as early as possible and seek more treatment or perhaps a visit to Dr. Andrew H. Cohen may heal it once and for all. It is important to make a correct diagnosis so that the treatment is appropriate.

Here are some signs:

  • Pain located in the back of the heel or under the heel
  • If the pain level is high first thing in the morning with your first few steps
  • Trouble putting pressure on your heel
  • Certain circumstances that bring on the pain, like walking on tile or hard wood floors
  • Tenderness and inflammation along the heel

You are at risk if:

  • You participate in continuous sport activity that puts pressure on your feet, like tennis, volleyball aerobics or climbing exercises.
  • You are pregnant and have continuous heel pain
  • Suffer from Diabetes in which case you should see a doctor about any foot or ankle pain
  • Are overweight or have gained weight rapidly
  • Have a job where you are on your feet often like, nurses, waitresses, factory or construction workers

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or know that you have heel pain and want to be rid of it,   call us at 989-790-8009 and visit our office in Saginaw or Essexville Michigan.  Dr. Cohen is board certified and a member of the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association in addition to being an original faculty member at the National Wound Healing Center since 2001. Your feet are in good hands with us!