By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: pedicure   dry skin   nails  

In life, it is important to treat yourself. Sometimes when we treat ourselves, it also benefits our health. This is especially true for our feet. We use our feet to stay mobile and enjoy the day to day activities. As such, they often do not get much of a break. Sometimes we completely forget about our feet. That is why it is important to take care of them and give them a little tender love and care every now and then.

One great way to do that is to go to your local spa or nail salon and make an appointment for a pedicure. Not only is a pedicure relaxing but it can also improve the health of your feet. Here’s how:

1. Ability to detect foot problems early – Getting a pedicure gives you and the salon specialist an opportunity to examine your feet and get a good idea of their condition. When they see the feet, they can point out any wounds, lesions, or other problems that come to their attention.

2. You have less of a chance of getting an infection – Getting a pedicure means giving yourself some maintenance. Your nails get cut, your feet are clean and that means they are also at a much lower risk for infection.

3. Your skin won’t be dry – Pedicures allow the feet to lock in much-needed moisture. This moisture allows the foot to avoid calluses, corns, and dry cracked heels.

4. It exfoliates the feet – When you get a pedicure, they often use a pumice stone to exfoliate the feet. This prevents dry skin from building up and causing bunions and corns. Not only will your feet look better, they will feel better.

5. Good for circulation – Pedicures promote good circulation. The massage at the end increases blood flow which can decrease pain.

6. Relieves stress – Pedicures can be very relaxing. As you get pampered, you can feel your stress melt away, which is great for your emotional and physical wellbeing.

If your feet haven’t had a lot of attention and you do not want to go out to the salon, consider visiting a podiatrist to examine your feet regularly instead. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Don’t suffer from the after-effects of a pedicure gone wrong.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 08, 2018
Category: Leg Conditions
Tags: Pregnancy   cramps  

When carrying a child, you go on a journey that is both amazing and unique. Your body slowly grows to help sustain the life inside you and, as it grows, you experience all kinds of new things. Some of these new experiences are exciting like the kick of a tiny foot, other experiences are much less exciting, such as leg cramps, especially when you are sleeping. Although not every pregnant woman experiences leg cramps while pregnant, a vast majority do. These leg cramps can be so painful that they jolt you awake and make it hard to stand. Why do they happen and how can you prevent them?

Some women can't escape leg cramps during pregnancy. These painful muscle contractions usually occur in the calf. Leg cramps occur because of a calcium deficiency. They also occur because of too much phosphorous found in diet sodas and processed meats. Cramps are common at night when legs and feet are tired. In order to combat this tiredness and lack of nutritional value, it is important to consider taking calcium while pregnant.  Women who get leg cramps may also have a potassium deficiency. Some expectant mothers report that snacking on potassium-rich bananas or dried apricots can help the cramps go away entirely so that they can sleep more easily.

You can also prevent cramps in the calf by increasing the circulation in the body. Be sure to get approval from your practitioner before taking on any exercise. Once approved for exercise consider taking a 15- to 20-minute walk in the evening. Also, avoid standing or sitting in one position for too long; both cause fluid to accumulate, making your legs feel heavy or full of pressure. It can also cause them to swell.

While in the middle of a leg cramp, try to ease the pain by resting your calf by flexing your foot to stretch the calf. Another helpful trick is to rest the afflicted calf on a warm water bottle to release the cramp. The most efficient way to get rid of a foot cramp is to simply walk it out and allow it to stretch naturally. If you don't feel like getting out of bed, try grasping your foot with both hands and gently pressing your thumbs into the arch, pushing toward your toes.

Severe cramping on a regular basis should not be ignored. Overuse, tears, and other foot and ankle problems could be causing this pain. See a podiatrist to determine whether your pain is from pregnancy or due to something more. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Choosing a podiatrist means choosing the path to a healthier pregnancy.


By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 28, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Foot Surgery   neurolysis   neuromas  

Suffering from nerve damage or a nerve disorder can be extremely painful. This is doubly so when the condition is affecting your feet. Your feet are your main mode of transportation and play a very active role during your day to day life. Fortunately, many podiatrists provide a treatment known as neurolysis.

Neurolysis can treat nerve conditions and relieve any pain or discomfort. Inflamed nerve tissues are referred to as neuromas and commonly form on the ball of the foot between the third and fourth, or the second and third, toes as a result of injury or trauma. Neurolysis involves hardening the nerve, while surgery involves either removing the damaged nerve tissue or reducing pressure on the nerve.

How neurolysis is performed

Neurolysis involves injecting a mixture of ethanol and anesthetic into the nerve to harden it. Injections may need to be administered once a week, for a period of time determined by your podiatrist, to destroy the nerve and relieve symptoms.

Nerve surgery can be performed using either the plantar approach to remove the nerve tissue or the dorsal approach to relieve pressure on the nerve. In the plantar approach, the nerve tissue is removed through incisions on the sole of the foot. In the dorsal approach, the metatarsal ligament is released through an incision on the top of the foot in order to reduce pressure on the nerve. The right type of approach will be determined by your podiatrist during an examination appointment.  Both surgeries require recovery time but, typically, the dorsal approach requires shorter downtime.

Nerve conditions and damage such as neuromas can be very painful and debilitating. Before deciding whether or not to undergo surgery, it is imperative that you consult with a podiatrist. Surgery may not be right for everyone and should be decided on a case by case basis. If you do not have a podiatrist, consider choosing us. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. You don’t have to let neuromas rule your life.






By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 22, 2018
Category: proper footwear
Tags: Injury   heel   cold   overuse  

Curling has become more and more mainstream now that the Olympics are in full swing. The sport involves sliding granite stones down an ice rink to try to get them into the bullseye. A teammate uses a broom to sweep the ice in front of the stone to help it go a greater distance, helping help earn the points they need to win the game. Curling is not done on ice skates though - it is done in a pair of curling shoes. Many people wonder what makes them different from regular shoes and how do you choose them?

When buying a curling shoe, curlers should look for an upper that provides both comfort and warmth. Like with any athletic shoe, it is important to find the right fit, as each shoe fits differently from person to person. Another factor to consider is the amount of insulation a pair of shoes has because ice games can cause cold feet. The ideal upper material of a curling shoe is leather. The best insulation material is a technology called Thinsulate.

What's A Slider?

The slider is what makes the curling shoe unique from other athletic shoes. While the upper is the same on both shoes, the sole on each shoe is different. The slider is most commonly made of Teflon and is designed to slide during the thrower's conveyance. When choosing a slider there are two key elements to look for:

  1. Thickness
  2. Configuration

The thicker a slider is, the faster and more slippery it will be. Sliders tend to range from 1/32" to 1/4" thick. If you are a beginner, it is smart to opt for a 3/32" thick slider.

Next, you want to look for configuration. A flat slider may cause you to get what curlers call the "wobblies," so it’s important to get a slider with a round portion underneath the ball of your foot and the heel.

What's a Gripper?

The sole of the opposite shoe is equipped with a rubber gripper that acts as a way for a curler to gain traction. In order to prevent drag on the gripper foot, some curlers use something called "toe coating" that results in a more efficient slide at optimal moments in the game.

If you are a curler, getting the right shoes can help prevent serious overuse injuries. If you are learning the hard way and have now suffered a foot or ankle injury while curling, call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Your feet are our top priority.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 15, 2018
Category: Sports Injuries
Tags: corns   Blisters  

Figure skating is a great sport that is both beautiful and competitive. Hours and hours of practice go into perfecting technique and style. During these intense practice sessions your feet and ankles are often taking a beating. Often these skaters end their practice with throbbing feet and ankles. Extreme pain and suffering after ice skating can be prevented so you can get back on the ice again and chase your Olympic goals.

Measure Up

Measure your foot and get fitted by a professional ice skate fitter. Ice skates need to fit snugly, but they should not be tied so tight that you can’t wiggle your toes in them.

Heat Molding

Heat mold your ice skates by a rink professional to soften the hard leather. Heat molding is when a professional will put your skates into a specially designed oven to warm them. After they are warm, the boots are put on your feet so that they can mold to your foot and get the best fit.

Tights and Light Socks Are Key

Wear light socks or skating tights in your skates. If you wear heavy socks, your boot won’t fit properly and may be too tight, causing foot pain. Heavy socks could also cause your foot to sweat, which could cause blistering. Don’t skip out on socks because they seem hard to choose. Without thin socks, you can get painful corns and blisters.

Lace Those Skates

Lace your skates tight enough so that they fit is snug, but not painfully tight. Lacing boots too tightly can cause lace bite, a condition that causes sharp foot pain due to compressed tendons.

Mount Your Blade Properly

Make sure the blade is mounted the right way for your foot and that you are skating on the correct level of the blade for your ability. Blades must fit the skate properly and be placed on the skate correctly or they can cause podiatry problems and pain.

Ice skating is a great sport that can also be very dangerous. If you injure yourself while skating, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. Some injuries can mean the end of your skating career if not treated immediately. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Make your feet our top priority.

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