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By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
August 01, 2016
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The Pokémon Go app has garnered the attention of many people across the country. The mobile game leads people to go outside and explore their neighborhoods in order to collect Pokémon and battle other players. The game allows teens and young adults to live out their childhood fantasies of playing with Pokémon in real life. However, there are some people who have become too absorbed in the game. There have been reports of people bruising their shins and breaking their ankles while trying to catch Pokémon. 

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles,contact Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohenwill attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
July 04, 2016
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It is possible that swollen legs and ankles could be the result of leaking veins. The name of this disease is venous insufficiency. In our bodies, the job of veins is to pump blood back toward the heart. There are valves that close in order to direct our blood back to our hearts. However with venous insufficiency, these valves do not fully close. Endovenous ablation is a new, non-invasive treatment that was created in order to treat this disease. It is done by using heat in order to seal the veins.

If you have concerns regarding systemic diseases such as diabetes and their effects on the feet, 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.

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

  • Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
June 13, 2016
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Finding properly-fitting shoes is fundamental in ensuring that your feet do not develop any long-term foot conditions in the future. Shoes that are tight-fitting, such as high heels, can progress the development of bunions or even Morton’s neuroma. Avoid shoes that have pointed ends, as they squeeze the toes together and can aggravate our bunions. Look for shoes that have sufficient arch support if you have flat arches or flat feet, or opt for buying over-the-counter insoles or custom orthotics. If possible, avoid shoes that have elevation or heels. The types of shoes we wear can determine our body’s gait and how our feet develop long term. Ill-fitting shoes can shift our bodies into an unnatural state and put pressure on our backs and legs.

Proper fitting shoes are essential to one’s overall health. If you are having foot and ankle problems,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.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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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By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
July 21, 2015
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Dr. Timothy Miller, an orthopedic surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is one of a number of physicians who are implanting Periscope, a live video-streaming app that allows doctors to stream surgeries. Dr. Miller has recently used Periscope to “scope” the surgical repair of a torn Achilles’ tendon to not only test the application but educate those watching. “This is an opportunity for medical education to go beyond the classroom,” said Miller, who believes that even the most experienced of physicians can learn more by watching live surgeries on their days off.  

Achilles tendon injuries are painful and may make it difficult to walk. If you have any concerns with your feet contact Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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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By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
July 13, 2015
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Summertime is reputably the season in which podiatrists have an influx of patients in their offices with flip-flop related injuries. Flip-flops often cause accidents and injuries due to their lack of stability and arch support, which can cause wearers to trip and fall. Fractured toes, broken toenails, tendonitis, and cracked heels are just a few of the various injuries patients can sustain. Many people do not realize that dry skin on the heels can worsen after wearing flip-flops, as the skin can tear and create fissures.  

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

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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