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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
May 18, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   Hammertoes   orthotics   corns  

The summertime is for sandals and bare feet so treating it early could make the difference. Corns are annoying and sometimes painful if there is repeated pressure on your toes. There are certain medicated products that can treat corns but people who have delicate skin or poor circulation in their feet should consult a podiatrist quickly. Andrew Cohen at Mid - Michigan Foot and Ankle Center can help you get rid of your corns.

How Do I Know it’s a Corn?

  • It will be a thick, hard patch of skin that appears mostly on your toes.
  • A bump can grow on the skin and become flaky and dry around that area.
  • Tenderness and pain will occur in time and the corn will become uncomfortable.  

What Can I Do?

  • Soak your foot in hot water and baking soda to soften.
  • Rub crushed garlic on the corn and let it dry, cover it with a band aid and leave on while you sleep.
  • Sand the corn away with a pumice stone or nail file to remove dead skin.
  • Make a cream out of baking soda lemon juice and water to apply to the corn.
  • Soak a cotton ball in castor oil and tape to the corn overnight.

What Causes Corns?

  • Walking barefoot or not wearing socks in your shoes.
  • Sports activates that put pressure on feet
  • If you have bunions, hammertoes or damaged sweat glands it is likely that one will form.
  • Diabetes or other conditions that involve poor blood flow increases the chance of getting a corn.  

Our specialists may recommend to surgically treat the corn or suggest special shoes or shoe orthotics that will reduce pressure over the area where the corn is.  It isn’t hard to get rid of a corn and there are many home remedies that you could try but, the best way to keep it in control would be to make an appointment and seek regular foot care. This is helpful for those who tend to get corns often and especially if they are diabetic. In those cases, if the corn becomes infected then you should seek medical care right away by calling our office in Saginaw or Essexville Michigan at 989-790-8009. Call to schedule a visit today before your corn gets out of control. 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
May 10, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus   podiatrist  

Summer is approaching fast and that means you will be exposing your toes. The last thing you would want is to have an infected nail standing out like a sore thumb or should we say a sore toe?

Causes of nail fungus:

  • If your toes are warm and wet more times than they are cool, dry and breathing.
  • Mold or yeast can be a factor but not the most common.
  • Overgrowth of fungi in and under the nail.
  • Tools at the salon that are not sanitized properly.

Symptoms of nail fungus:

  • A distorted nail that looks like it may lift off the bed.
  • An odor coming from the infected nail.
  • A brittle or thick nail.
  • White or yellow streaks on the nail.
  • Flaking white areas on the nail’s surface.

Treating nail fungus:

  • Topical ointments are not always effective and can be costly but can work if monitored by your podiatrist.
  • Surgical treatment is the quickest approach and can have a more definite result.
  • Laser procedure is less invasive than surgery. The heat from the laser kills the bad fungi and could save the nail from getting worse.

Preventing nail fungus:

  • Don’t share nail clippers, files, shoes or socks. Even if you know the person you’re sharing them with.
  • Avoid injury to your nail like cuts, bruises and stubbing.
  • Use dry cotton socks and don’t let them sit wet for too long.
  • Wear hoes that allow air to circulate and keep feet dry.
  • Shower with flip flops in public facilities to avoid catching bacteria.

Interesting facts about nail fungus:

  • Most people with diabetes develop infections in their toe nails.
  • Spending time in areas that are wet, damp and moldy can increase the risk of developing fungi.
  • At least 50% of home remedies fail as a permanent solution.
  • 5% of people develop nail fungal infections and 20% are over the age of 60 while 50% are over the age of 70.

Some risk factors include poor circulation, diabetes, age, psoriasis, immune disorders and over perspiration. If you find that you suffer from one of these conditions then you are at a higher risk for contracting nail fungus. Call Mid – Michigan Foot and Ankle Center at 989-790-8009 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen today. The quicker you treat your nail problems, the more likely your nail will heal.

 

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
May 04, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Flat Feet   Diabetes   podiatrist  

If your feet hit the ground with a print that shows most of your foot, chances are you have flat feet. The best way to test that theory is to wet the bottom of your foot and make a foot print on a dry concrete surface. This will show your fallen arches and get you on the right track.

At Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center we test and treat flat feet so you can move forward with a better step. This condition is usually associated with pronation (when your ankle bone leans inward as you walk) and when flat feet become painful it means the tendon in your foot has become inflamed or torn. Ignoring this condition can lead to permanent disability but if you take time to follow some of these simple suggestions you may see permanent results instead.  

Causes:

  • Stretched or damaged tendons
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Abnormality from birth
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy

These causes are contributing factors with flat feet in one way or another and eventually take you back to the importance of medical treatment. Most people who have flat feet do not experience pain however, there are symptoms that may help you diagnose the problem yourself.

Here are some “ if’s “  to help.

  • If you notice that your feet are easily tired.
  • If you have pain in your arch or heels.
  • If you experience any difficulty standing or have back and leg pain.
  • If you have trouble standing on your toes.
  • If the inside bottom of your feet become swollen.

Treatments:

  • Consult a podiatrist for medical treatment as soon as possible.
  • Weight loss can take the pressure off the bones, ligaments and tendons in your feet.
  • Physical therapy may be recommended depending on the diagnosis.
  • Supportive shoes will help long term changes. Avoid tight shoes, high heels or unnaturally shaped shoes.
  • Orthotics that are custom made can give the best results.

If you think you may have flat feet or would like to confirm your own diagnosis, contact Dr. Andrew H. Cohen at Mid - Michigan Foot and Ankle Center located in Saginaw or Essexville Michigan. For an appointment call 989-790-8009 and let us help keep your feet in the best shape!

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 27, 2017
Category: Heel Pain

Heel pain has many facets and facts. The pain can come by way of spurs, strains and stress. Plantar Fasciitis may be the most common while, Heel Spurs can be more annoying than anything else. Either way a quick trip to Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center could nip the problem in the bud before it has a chance to bloom! 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The symptoms for plantar fasciitis are most pronounced in the morning when you rise and shine. You feel immediate pain as you place your heels down on the floor.  Although there isn’t much shining with that pain, the rising part needs to happen. Which is why treatment may be the best way to ensure less pain as you wake in the morning and face your day.

  • REST ~ gives your body a chance to calm down and chill out from all the pain you just put it through by walking or exercising with inflamed tissue.
  • STRETCH ~ when you stretch the fascia muscle you are half way there. Flexibility can prevent the ailment from ever happening.
  • RESET ~ Taping the foot gives instant relief of symptoms and reduces some of the pain under the heel.

What is Heel Spur?

A Calcium deposit that causes a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone.  Most times they are painless but if irritated it can cause pain to the heel making it difficult to walk. They are more prevalent among athletes who must run and jump continuously throughout their sport.  However, there are some things you can to do to stop the progression of a spur.

  • EXERCISE ~ keeps things moving and reduced the chance of calcium deposits to settle in the heel.
  • MEDICATION ~ with your doctor’s supervision, can provide temporary relief.
  • CORTISONE ~ these injections go straight to the problem by way of a needle and are very specific and effective in reducing the symptoms.

If you suspect a problem with your heels, call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen at our Saginaw or Essexville office for an appointment at 989-790-8009. We encourage you to call for advice, concern or just basic questions on your podiatry needs. But if you are experiencing the type of heel pain we talked about, come see us and let the Heel Experts Heal your pain!

By [email protected]
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters  

Blisters are often caused by repeated friction to one area while your feet are confined in a shoe that doesn’t fit properly or has not been broken in all the way. While they do not always need medical attention, you can be inconvenienced by the pain and if they are punctured then infection can easily develop. Keep in mind that if the blister pops on its own there may be a white or yellow fluid which should be examined quickly. 

Here are 3 simple ways you can avoid getting a blister:

  • Break in those new designer shoes slowly around the house instead of your slippers, you never know who might stop by unexpectedly and they will certainly be impressed!
  • Wash and dry your feet after the shower to prevent infections, this is bathing 101 but we all need a refresher from time to time!
  • Apply petroleum jelly and a bandage over the blister before bed, Vaseline has been around for decades, it is very easy to find and may already be in your mother’s medicine cabinet.

Here are 5 sure, short and sweet ways to get blisters:

  • Infections
  • Friction
  • Freezing
  • Burning
  • Chemicals

While blisters can appear anywhere, our feet seem to take the most hits. Surprisingly, they can be relieved with a few simple suggestions. If you neglect prevention, you may get lucky enough to avoid a blister but they also come with a little warning. Act immediately on the warning because it may be a very small window to nip it in the bud.

And now 5 ways to get rid of them:

  • Let it breathe
  • Clean it thoroughly
  • Use antibacterial overnight with a band aid
  • Soften it by soaking it
  • Do not let anything stick to it

Blisters are not fatal but they can be annoying and slow you down considerably. While they do not always require a medical visit, they can certainly create problems if not treated correctly. If you need treatment for any foot condition or want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen at Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center, contact us at 989-790-8009. We have two convenient locations in Saginaw and Essexville, Michigan and look forward to seeing you!





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