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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 25, 2018
Category: back pain

Are you tired of suffering from lower back and hip pain? The first thing you need to do is to get to the bottom of why you are experiencing this pain. Back pain can cause a lot of grief in our life.  Not only is it hard to bend, but it can also be hard to sit or even pick something up. Many feet and ankle conditions can have an effect on your back health as well. This is because our feet are our bodies’ foundations. They take the blunt force of our weight when we move and groove. When our feet are hurting, it can lead to one big backache.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis can be a root cause of back pain. This condition affects the arch muscle in the foot and can cause extreme pain, especially first thing in the morning upon waking. The pain is usually very sharp and dulls as the day progresses. Many people with this condition tend to limp or adjust the pressure they put on their bodies. This affects the hips and the lower back and can cause pain.

Morton’s Neuroma

This is a condition that affects a nerve in the foot. The nerve experiences large amounts of pain and swelling. This can cause other nerves in the body to suffer from the inflammation, resulting in more pain. This condition can cause a person to limp or alter pressure, which can transfer pain to the lower back and the hip.

Treating the Cause

It is important to treat any foot and ankle injury to help prevent hip and back pain. The sooner you take proactive measures to cure the root cause, the sooner you will be pain-free in most cases.  It might take some time, but a podiatrist will develop a treatment plan that is right for you. In many cases, over-the-counter pain medication, orthotics, stretches and physical therapy can help to control pain and heal injury. In other more severe cases, surgery may be required to better assist with the healing process.

Back pain and hip pain do not have to be a part of your everyday life. Instead, come to our office to treat your feet and beat the pain. 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. Your feet are our priority.

 

By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
May 30, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and damage to the joints over time without proper treatment. The chronic condition can lead to severe pain and there have been several treatments developed to prevent the progression of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. These treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections for affected joints, and radiotherapy as a last option.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, 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.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to 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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Carl Nicks says he has pain and nerve damage in his left foot, something he will probably have suffer with the rest of the life.NFL player Carl Nickshas reportedly been left with nerve damagein his left foot after having two surgical procedures done on it in the past two years. He’s currently two years into a five year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but has only been able to play in nine games because of his condition. Though he’s trying his best to recover, he’s not sure that his foot will ever totally heal.

“I can still squat and lunge, do all those things,” Nicks said. “It's just the quick stuff, the power cleans, the quick agility stuff, pushing off and getting banged back. Those kinds of things I still struggle with.”

Nerve disorders can be very painful and often require professional medical attention to heal properly. If you are struggling with nerve damage in your foot or ankle, speak with podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assist you in treating your pain and help to get you the quality care you deserve.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

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

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