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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 07, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Metatarsalgia   orthotics   achy feet  

Curing the Achy Feet

Suffering from aching feet can really run you down. It makes everyday tasks feel harder and more exhausting. When your feet swell, it can also be harder to find a pair of shoes that fit you comfortably. This can make it harder to get out the door and deal with the simple tasks your daily life demands. Instead of moping around, it is important to call a foot doctor. Not only can a foot doctor diagnose your pain, but he or she can also prescribe different treatments to help deal with the pain. Metatarsalgia, an overuse injury, is very treatable once diagnosed. Here are some treatments a podiatrist may suggest:

  • Rest your feet. After a long day, your feet can get tired and begin to hurt. Resting takes pressure of the feet and can provide relief.
  • Buy the right shoes. Properly fitting footwear can also remove pressure from the foot which can reduce or cure swelling, inflammation and pain.
  • Shed some extra weight. Extra body weight puts more pressure on the feet which can cause them to become aggravated, damaged and sore. Less weight reduces the effect.
  • Get out and exercise. Exercise can strengthen muscles and help the foot become stronger overall. Stronger and healthier feet are less likely to suffer from metatarsalgia.
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can be useful to quell the swell and give relief to those achy feet.
  • Get some custom orthotics. A podiatrist can make these inserts for you in their office. They are custom made for your foot and can easily be put into a shoe. Not only do they support the foot, but they can reduce pain and swelling drastically.

Metatarsalgia pain can severely impact your everyday lifestyle. In order to prevent this pain from ruling your life, it is important to see a podiatrist. Not only can they diagnose your problem but they can help manage the pain too. 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. Metatarsalgia doesn’t have to keep you laid up.

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 07, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

When we think of our foot, one of the most important parts we consider is the arch. The foot in general is made up of a collection of bones, ligaments and muscles. Its composition is complex but allows us to stand and move, flex and adapt. The foot is considered to be made out of two general parts. These two parts are called the forefoot and the rearfoot.

How does the foot function?

First, the foot gives us a stable platform. This stable platform gives us support. Next, the foot reduces the effect of impact upon our feet as we load our weight onto them while moving. Lastly, our feet assist in propelling our body forward while we move and participate in biomechanics.

What happens to our foot as we walk?

Due to the construction of the foot, we walk a specific way to accommodate the impact, weight and shock of our bodies. As we walk, there is generally weight placed on the foot and our leg. The foot can accept this weight within certain limits before injury occurs. The amount of weight that the foot can accept varies due to certain circumstances. Fortunately, proper footwear allows our feet to take on more of a load and prevent injury from that excessive load.

Orthotics also play an important part in the process of load with the foot. They can also assist the foot to accept excess weight without being injured.

What is the function of an orthotic while walking?

Now that we know an orthotic can help bear weight, we should also note what its function is. The orthotic has three main functions for the foot:

  • Protect the foot and ankle.
  • Prevent injury by diminishing stress on the leg. This is believed to help impact and absorption. It also helps with overall leg alignment.
  • Enhance performance and function during everyday activities and tasks.

Orthotics are great devices to help a weakened foot work as if it was not suffering. It allows for a more pain-free experience and prevents further damage from occurring.

Our foot is a very integral part of our life. Luckily, the way we walk, the way our body is made and those devices that are available to assist us help make our feet even better. If you are interested in an orthotic to help you and your feet, 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. Our feet take us great places, let us walk that journey with you.

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 07, 2018
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: orthotics  

When you suffer from heel pain, you are suffering from a constant ache. You use your feet all the time to stay mobile and, in doing so, cause your heels to hurt more. Since you are so busy, it is hard to find time to really sit down and think of some ways to help reduce your pain. Don’t worry though, we have compiled a list of tips for you so you can use them as you get on with your busy lifestyle.

  • Wear your shoes around the house when you are home at night. Walking barefoot or with slippers can cause more pain because there is no cushion or support to help the heel recover.
  • Stretch out your calves. Go slowly so you do not overextend your muscles and end up in the podiatrist’s office with a sprain.
  • Begin all new exercise regimens slowly. This allows the body to get used to the new exercises and prevent overuse or strain.
  • Buy a pair of new shoes that have good quality support and cushioning to help your heel.
  • Try to lose some weight. If you are carrying around excess weight, you are putting more pressure on your heels. Excess pressure and shock can cause or worsen plantar fasciitis so much that it can render someone immobile if not treated seriously.
  • Avoid uneven walking surfaces. These can cause more strain or force your foot to roll.
  • Consult your podiatrist before starting a new exercise regimen. Exercise is a good way to stay healthy, but if you suffer from chronic heel pain, certain exercises may not be right for you.
  • Get some orthotics. Your podiatrist can make custom fitting orthotics that insert directly into your shoe. These help to support the heel and often prevent pain.
  • If you feel pain that wasn’t there before, call your podiatrist. If you do not already have a podiatrist, consider choosing our office. We have had many years of experience in treating painful heels.

Heel pain can cause you a lot of grief, but it can be managed with the correct regimen. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office line at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. You do not have to live with plantar fascia pain – let us help.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
May 09, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain   orthotics  

When you suffer from heel pain, you are suffering from a constant ache. You use your feet all the time to stay mobile and, in doing so, cause your heels to hurt more. Since you are so busy, it is hard to find time to really sit down and think of some ways to help reduce your pain. Don’t worry though, we have compiled a list of tips for you so you can use them as you get on with your busy lifestyle.

  • Wear your shoes around the house when you are home at night. Walking barefoot or with slippers can cause more pain because there is no cushion or support to help the heel recover.
  • Stretch out your calves. Go slowly so you do not overextend your muscles and end up in the podiatrist’s office with a sprain.
  • Begin all new exercise regimens slowly. This allows the body to get used to the new exercises and prevent overuse or strain.
  • Buy a pair of new shoes that have good quality support and cushioning to help your heel.
  • Try to lose some weight. If you are carrying around excess weight, you are putting more pressure on your heels. Excess pressure and shock can cause or worsen plantar fasciitis so much that it can render someone immobile if not treated seriously.
  • Avoid uneven walking surfaces. These can cause more strain or force your foot to roll.
  • Consult your podiatrist before starting a new exercise regimen. Exercise is a good way to stay healthy, but if you suffer from chronic heel pain, certain exercises may not be right for you.
  • Get some orthotics. Your podiatrist can make custom fitting orthotics that insert directly into your shoe. These help to support the heel and often prevent pain.
  • If you feel pain that wasn’t there before, call your podiatrist. If you do not already have a podiatrist, consider choosing our office. We have had many years of experience in treating painful heels.

Heel pain can cause you a lot of grief, but it can be managed with the correct regimen. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office line at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. You do not have to live with plantar fascia pain – let us help.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
August 31, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   gait   stance  

Millions of people across the world use their feet to stay mobile. They use them to bike, hike, run, leap and walk. It is a very important means of transportation that people have been using for thousands of years. Without the ability to walk a person is severely limited in their daily lives. Many people who are unable to walk have to seek assistance from others. So how does walking work? 

The way we walk is also called our gait. Our gait is made up of two essential parts that come together and make one fluid motion. This motion is also known as biomechanics. The two parts that make up our gait are stance and swing.

Stance is when our feet are firmly planted on the ground. The heel first strikes the ground. Next, it rotates and moves forward. The forefoot and toes then hit the ground. This action gives us stability and balance.

The second piece of our gait is known as the swing. The swing is when your foot is no longer touching the ground. It is essentially the point when your foot is in midair and moving forward. It then comes back down to bring you into the stance position.

All together our stance and our swing make up out gait. Everyone has a different gait. Some swing their hips more, while others are more rigid in their walk. Some people have a limp and others use orthotics to help stabilize them. Not everyone’s gait is made the same. Sometimes if a person relies too heavily on one foot as opposed to the other, certain foot and ankle problems can occur. It is important to have a gait that is even and equal overall. If the gait is not even and equal, other parts of the body such as the knees, hips and back, will begin to hurt and suffer. You could also suffer from bunions, spurs, and other deformities.

If you think that you have an unusual gait, it is important to call a podiatrist right away so that they can examine and better assist you. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan can help you get your gait straight. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.