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
May 02, 2018
Category: amputation

Many of us have seen someone who has lost a limb. Sometimes only a portion of the limb is removed. Other times, the entire limb is removed. The degree of limb removal is completely dependent on the underlying condition resulting in the amputation. Podiatrists know that there can be many reasons for a full or partial amputation of the foot, ankle or leg. Some of these conditions are preventable while other conditions are due to genetics or circumstance.

What Is Amputation?

Amputation is a surgical procedure in which a full or part of a limb is removed from the body. One of the most common types of amputations is an amputation that occurs below the knee.

What Causes Amputation?

Peripheral Arterial Disease – This is the most common reason for amputation of the foot. When the foot experiences a lack of adequate blood supply, it can no longer receive oxygen and nutrients. The tissue begins to die and the foot begins to suffer. Once infection sets in, it can spread throughout the foot and continue to grow. Amputation is necessary to stop the infection in its tracks.

Severe Injury - If you are involved in a serious accident such as a burn or car crash, you may suffer an injury so severe it may require amputation.

Cancer – If you suffer from foot cancer and it is embedded in the muscle or tendon of the foot, this may call for amputation. This prevents cancer from spreading and affecting the rest of the body.

Frostbite – Frostbite can occur when the feet get so cold that they begin to go numb and the tissue slowly dies. This is because the body takes the blood from the limbs and centralizes it near the organs to keep them warm in cold climates. This causes tissue death and eventually the loss of the foot.

Infection – If a patient suffers from a severe infection that does not get better with prescribed antibiotics, they may have to amputate to prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of the body.

Amputation is a very serious surgical matter. A podiatrist takes the decision very seriously and conducts a thorough examination and testing before going to such lengths. If you have been diagnosed with a condition that calls for amputation now or in the near future, consider getting a second opinion from a podiatrist. 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.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 26, 2018
Tags: Footwear   Injury   Turf Toe   athletes   sprain  

Participating in spring sports can be a great way to get exercise and have fun with friends. Soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, track and so many other sports are all available to join and enjoy while the weather gets warmer. Sports are not only great for your heart; they can also be good for your feet. Stretching and exercise can keep feet primed and ready to go. Sadly, even the most seasoned athletes can be injured while on the field, no matter how much exercise and practice they have under their belts. One of the most common sports foot and ankle injuries that occur during sports season is called Turf Toe.

What Is Turf Toe?  

When you get pain in your toe from a sprain during sports activities, this is considered turf toe. This sprain usually happens due to the big toe bending upward rapidly and unexpectedly. The toe bends up so much that it stretches out the muscles, tendons and ligaments and causes the sprain. This injury can also occur when you jam your toe, run for a long time, or jump repeatedly. Any sports athlete can suffer from this injury, but it is most commonly reported in those who play football.


Turf toe gets its name because those who are afflicted with this condition usually get it while playing on a turf field. This is because turf tends to be sticky. When the foot catches and gets stuck, it is easy to come down and jam your toe on the turf, resulting in the injury. Another reason this injury can happen is due to poor choice in sports footwear. Cleats and sneakers that do not have the proper support can cause strain on the foot and cause this injury.


  • pain
  • swelling
  • limited joint movement

If turf toe is caused by the jamming of the toe, it is likely that the recipient of the injury will feel the injury right away. If the injury is from overuse, the symptoms will slowly start over time and gradually worsen.

Turf toe can be a very painful foot problem that can cause less mobility and more time off the field. In order to get back into the game, contact a podiatrist for the best course of treatment. 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. Turf toe can be healed with treatment from a podiatrist.

When you get pain in your toe from a sprain during sports activities, this is considered turf toe and it's due to the big toe bending upward rapidly and unexpectedly.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 18, 2018
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: Diabetes   podiatrist   fungus   nails   black toenail   cancer  

When you notice that you have a black toenail on your foot, it can be quite alarming. The usual healthy color of toenails is a pink-like tone. When you see a black toenail, you panic and immediately think the worst.  Some of the savvier sufferers go to their trusted friend Google and type away, trying to figure out what is going on. A black toenail can be caused by a multitude of reasons. Only a trained podiatrist can determine the exact cause and provide proper treatment. So, while you are waiting for your scheduled podiatry appointment, read through the facts and falsehoods about black toenails.

Falsehood #1 – Home remedies will fix your black toenail. If you are suffering from a fungus that is turning your nail black, it may seem easier to grab some anti-fungal cream and treat the nail at home, but the fungus can be very hard to cure. Fungus should be treated by a podiatrist in their office for the best possible results.

Falsehood #2 – You can only get fungus on your toenails if you do not bathe. This is completely untrue. Even the cleanest person in the world can still get a foot fungus. This is because fungus likes to grow in dark, wet places. This makes shoes the perfect breeding ground for fungus. Even if you wear closed toe shoes and are very clean, you can still get toenail fungus and black nails.

Falsehood #3 – It will not have severe effects on your health, so it can be ignored and go untreated. This falsehood can be very dangerous. Black toenails can be a sign of underlying diseases such as diabetes or kidney disorders. If a black toenail is left unchecked, these other disorders may not be found in time.

Falsehood #4- Black toenails are quick and easy to treat. While in some cases it is relatively easy to get rid of a black toenail with a pinprick and the release of built-up blood, in other cases it can be very hard to get rid of black toenails. This is because sometimes cancer, fungus, and other conditions can cause the toenail to blacken. These conditions must be treated before the treatment of the black toenail can be effective.

If you are suffering from a black toenail, whether from a fungus or a traumatic injury, it is important to see a podiatrist 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. A black toenail is not permanent.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 12, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: warts   podiatrist   contagious   virus   remove   manageable  

As the nice weather slowly begins to make its appearance, it is tempting to bring out all of the open-toe shoe options that are available in your closet. These open-style shoes are very fashionable and let your feet feel free in the beautiful weather. You are less likely to sweat in them and get blisters, but they do show off your entire foot. That means the wart that you got not too long after you hit the gym a month ago is sitting out in the open and is hard to ignore. Now that you have the wart, you are probably trying to recall all the information you ever heard about them. Which myth is true and which is false? Read on to learn the truth about that pesky wart.

Myth: Warts are contagious. This myth is indeed true. Warts are caused by a virus that is spread from skin to skin contact. This virus can also be left behind on floors and other surfaces that bare feet touch. Public showers, pools, and gyms are all places where the wart virus loves to grow due to its damp, humid atmosphere.

Myth: Warts can cause cancer. This statement is false. A typical wart that you find on your feet is benign.

Myth: A podiatrist cannot remove a wart. This myth is completely false. A podiatrist is a highly skilled foot doctor who regularly treats patients who suffer from warts. Part of this treatment involves removing the wart from the foot. Most often, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze off the wart during an office visit.

Myth:  Warts don’t come back after being removed. This is, unfortunately, completely false.  There is no cure for the warts virus. This virus is only manageable and requires the patient to regularly examine their feet to be sure that no warts are afflicting the feet. Warts can be prevented with frequent handwashing and cleansing of the feet with warm water and anti-bacterial soap.

If you are suffering from a wart, you do not have to live with it forever. Visit our office and have it removed by a highly trained podiatrist. 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. Not only will you receive quality treatment, you will also learn about your warts.

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