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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 07, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: corns   Flip Flops   calluses   sprains  

The warmer days are starting to become more and more dominant and that means a lot of fun beach weekends to enjoy. It may be tempting to grab your flip-flops and run out the door, but, before you hit the road, consider swapping out those kicks. Flip-flops are a convenient type of footwear that are widely worn all over the United States. They are especially great for hot days to help prevent sweaty feet. Need to kick off your shoes and run into the ocean in a flash? Flip-flops also seem to be the best answer in this scenario. What many people don’t know is that flip-flops can cause permanent damage to the feet if they are worn regularly. Here is why:

  • Flip-flops offer no support for your feet. Their naturally-flat shape provides no arch support whatsoever. This means that the full shock of your weight when walking is impacting your arch and slowly damaging it over time.
  • Flip-flops aren’t very thick. Most of these sandals are less than an inch thick. This means they have little shock support and that they are also easy to pierce. If you step on a nail or other object, it is very likely that it can make its way through your sandal and into your foot. This wound can inflict infection or damage muscles.
  • There is not a lot of grip. These sandals do not tend to have a lot of grip, which means that if you are hurrying along a tile, wood, or other slick surface, there is a good chance that you will come tumbling down.
  • Most people buy too large or too small. Flip-flops that are too big can become a tripping hazard. Your ankle will suffer dearly from a sprain or break from a fall. Shoes that are too small can cause pressure in between the toes where the throng is. This rubbing and pressure can cause blisters, corns and calluses.
  • Your feet are also exposed to the harsh rays of the sun. Most people forget to apply sunblock to their feet. When wearing open sandals without sunblock, you are putting your feet at risk for a sunburn which could lead to skin melanoma later on.

What can I wear instead?

There are many great supportive sandal options available for the summer. Many of them come with convenient adjustable straps that help you get the perfect fit. These sandals also have a lot of support and tread so that you aren’t taking a tumble and injuring yourself unnecessarily. Think they aren’t the best looking? Keep searching – great-fitting sandals that are also fashionable can be found with a little extra diligence and patience.

If you are injured while wearing flip-flops, be sure to call a podiatrist immediately. The injury can be exacerbated over time. 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. Don’t let flip-flops slow you down.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
December 07, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sprains  

We have all seen stunt people in action movies. These professionals are highly trained in all high-risk activities and how to successfully pull them off without injuring themselves. Unfortunately, not all of us are trained in such a way. Due to this, we are more likely to find ourselves facing a situation where a serious injury can occur to our feet and our ankles. Although we aren’t stunt people like in movies and television, we can still learn ways to protect our bodies from every day hazards.

One such hazard that can happen to anyone is a fall. A fall can be detrimental to our overall health and can cause breaks, fractures, sprains and tears in the bones and muscles of our feet and ankles. With a little bit of knowledge, you can try to fall properly the next time you trip.

First, tuck and our chin in, turn your head, and throw an arm up. It is better to land on your arm than it is to land on your head. By doing so you can prevent a concussion, bleeding of the brain and other head trauma.

While falling, try to twist or roll your body to the side. It is better to land on your buttocks and side than on your back. Severe back injuries can lead to permanent paralysis and make it so you won’t be able to walk again.

Keep your wrists, elbows, and knees bent while falling. Do not try to break your fall with your hands, elbows or with locked legs. When falling, the idea is to have as many square inches of your body contact the surface as possible. This will spread the shock and impact of the fall and lessen the likelihood of severe injury or trauma. If you lock your legs and ankles up they are more likely to take the brunt of the trauma and fracture because of it.

Have you hurt yourself in a fall? Didn’t fall correctly and hurt your feet and ankles? Please call podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a consultation, Dr. Cohen will help you learn how to take a fall and also how to treat an injured foot or ankle from a fall. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 16, 2017
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis   corns   calluses   gait   sprains  

Our feet are extremely important to our everyday lifestyles. They help us get to and fro, allow us to participate in sports and support our entire body when standing. We use our feet all the time. Over time they begin to suffer because of it.

One of the most common and influential positions that a foot can suffer from is the stance. When a person is standing still, your feet are getting pressure from two sources. The first source is the body weight of the person. The second is the heel to ground contact. The stance is one of the biggest causes of foot pain.

When walking, an individual’s gait (or the way they walk) also has a major impact on their overall foot health. The gait has three movements and the one that causes the most problems is known as the contact. This is when the foot meets the ground. All of the weight of the individual as well as the impact from heel to ground happens in this one jarring movement. As it repeats over and over, it can cause extensive damage.

Another cause of foot pain is standing in one position for too long. This can cause blood to accumulate in one area of the foot. It can also cause blood flow to lessen for the feet. This overall strain can cause varicose veins and other vascular disorders.

Although standing in one spot is not the best, always moving around also can be detrimental to your foot health and cause foot pain. The stress on the foot and muscles can cause plantar fasciitis, sprains and tears. It can also cause other foot conditions such as calluses, corns, and tired feet.

Our feet are in constant use. Although we can’t always prevent them from getting injured, we can take steps to decrease the likelihood. Take the leap and see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a thorough examination, he will determine what is causing your foot pain. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Cut that pain out of your life.