By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
October 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters   men's socks  

Today we are lucky to have so many options when it comes to picking out socks. There are socks that come in different colors, sizes, fabrics, textures and patterns. Some socks are long and others are short. Each sock is designed differently for a different purpose. In the world of men’s socks there are four major types of socks. They are dress, sport, work and casual. Each serves its own purpose based off design.

Dress Socks

These socks are ideal to pair with business suits during the day or night. They are also good for special occasions such as weddings, baby showers, or other formal events. Normally, they are light weight, have sheer panels, and are flat. They come in two lengths, calf length and over the calf length.

Sport Socks

Sport socks are great for athletes, gym lovers, or anyone partaking in a high energy activity. They are equipped with moisture wicking fibers that help keep the foot and shoe dry. This fabric also helps prevent athlete’s foot and blisters. They come in ankle, no show, and crew varieties.

Work Socks

These types of socks are made to last. Usually, they are made out of cotton. Some work socks have nylon panels in the heel and the toe for reinforcement. During the winter, a work sock with wool or acrylic is usually best to keep feet warm.

Casual Socks

These socks are usually worn for everyday use or informal events. They came in many different fibers such as cotton, wool, nylon, and acrylic. Sometimes they are even blended with olefin and spandex to improve comfort and prevent moisture build up. They also come in all shapes, sizes colors, and varieties.

There are many places that sell a large variety of socks that you can choose from. Be sure to Look for socks that are of good quality and that fit your foot comfortably. If you need socks for a situation that isn’t listed above contact Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. There Dr. Andrew H. Cohen can assist you in finding the right sock for your individual needs. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Help your feet stay happy.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
October 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care

A podiatrist sees hundreds of patients every year. They treat a range of issues from fungus to diabetic feet. Podiatrists are highly trained individuals who focus solely on the feet and the best way to treat them. They are the experts regarding preventative measures for your feet. Here are 7 tips recommended by podiatrists to help you prevent some foot problems.

  1. Look at your feet – Examine your feet every day. If you notice any small change that doesn’t seem right, keep track of it. Swelling, redness, tingling, burning, sores, warts and other symptoms can lead to much larger problems later on. A call to the podiatrist can save you from a severe disorder or treat a mild one.
  2. Wear the right shoes – Podiatrists see so many people wearing the wrong shoes for their feet. Some of these shoes simply don’t fit. Other shoes are not designed with your foot in mind and can cause a lot more harm than good. A good rule of thumb is, if the shoe doesn’t feel good immediately when you try it on, then it isn’t the right shoe for you. Avoid shoes that are too loose, too restrictive, have a heel, or have no stability and arch support. If you still have questions regarding your footwear, call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online to talk about long term shoe options.
  3. Pay attention to your children’s feet too! – Your kid’s feet are extremely important. Not only does a foot problem affect them negatively due to pain, it can also prevent them from properly walking or partaking in other activities later on in life. Kids are more likely to get warts, athletes foot, and have nail issues. If you see any signs of these, contact Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan.
  4. Get your kids shoes right – Your kid’s shoes need to fit correctly. Shoes that are too tight or too loose can impact them negatively. Also, kid’s feet grow very fast! You should check their shoe size regularly so that they are wearing the shoe that is correctly sized for their feet.
  5. Be sure to cut toenails straight across in order to prevent ingrown toenails.
  6. Do not use over the counter medicine without consulting a doctor.
  7. Be sure to warm up before exercising so that your muscles do not strain.

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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
October 04, 2017
Category: ankle pain

People all over the world experience traumatic incidents that can cause severe injuries every day. It is often nerve-wracking and can be life changing. These traumas can occur from something as large as a motor vehicle accident to as small as a soccer injury. Our feet and ankles can also suffer from traumatic injuries. These injuries are often due to high risk activities such as sports. Sometimes they can be from overuse and repetitive pressure. These situations can range from mild to severe and are reasons to see a podiatrist right away. There are two very common types of traumatic ankle injuries, specifically in children.

  1. Ankle Sprains – Ankle sprains tend to be very rare in children. Children have ligaments that are stronger than their growth plate when they are young. When an injury occurs, the growth plate is usually the first thing to be injured in the ankle. The ligaments are so strong at this time that they resist the injury and hold strong. In adult, it is more likely that the ligament would be injured first because it is not as strong as the bones around it. If a child does manage to have a sprain then they usually need a cast on their affected ankle. This is because when the ligaments heal, there is a chance that they could lengthen. If a ligament grows too large while healing, it can cause a long-term disability and render the child nearly immobile.
  2. Ankle Fractures – If a child receives an ankle fracture, it is likely that it is located in the growth plate of the shin bones. These fractures are very easy to acquire. The simple act of twisting the ankle is enough force to cause an ankle sprain. In contrast, if an adult were to twist their ankle, it is likely that they would only sprain it. This is because an adult ankle is much stronger than that of a child’s and it has fully developed. If a child has a fracture, surgery is not normally needed to treat the fracture unless the growth plate is not healing normally.

Have you experienced a traumatic ankle injury? Did your child twist their ankle and now you are worried that there may be damage than you originally anticipated? It is time to call Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen will help treat you or your child’s traumatic ankle injury in the most technologically advanced and professional manner. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Your health should be your priority.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
September 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear  

Many people put a lot of focus on women and the shoes they wear. It is well known that many footwear options that women have are bad for their overall foot health. Because there is such a focus on women’s shoes, some people forget that men’s shoes are just as important. Men may not have as many different types of shoes as women, but their shoe choices still affect their feet.

When choosing a shoe, a man should consider shoes such as high-quality oxfords, shoes with cap toe designs, and also shoes with wing tip designs. Slip-ons, low dress boots, and loafers are also decent shoe choices. Men should also be sure to have shoes for every occasion. Work shoes, sport shoes, and leisure shoes should all be separate individual shoes. No shoe is meant for every type of activity. High fashion shoes often come with a high price.

If you work full time, it is recommended that you have 3-5 pairs of office shoes. These shoes should be interchanged regularly so that they wear evenly. Try to find cushion-soled shoes as they give the best support and stability.

Safety shoes for individuals who work in a higher risk environment are also very important. Heavy industry workers should always wear a pair of safety shoes. Waterproof, steel toed, slip-resistant shoes are ideal. These safety shoes help protect the feet from traumatic injury. Insulated shoes also help to prevent conditions such as gangrene and frostbite. As with all shoes, these safety shoes should be replaced at least once annually in order to be the most effective.

If possible, sneakers should be worn as often as it is allowed. Sneakers are the best fitting type of shoe for almost all feet. They provide cushion, shock absorption, stability and support. They are made to enhance the foot and provide optimal comfort to the user.

Are you having a hard time selecting the right shoe for your work environment? Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan can help. Dr. Cohen is a highly skilled podiatrist who has ample amounts of experience when it comes to selecting the right shoe for individuals and their feet. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today to get the right shoes for your feet.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
September 21, 2017
Category: Toe Conditions
Tags: syndactyly   webbed toes  

Most living creatures on this planet have a set of feet, or something similar to feet. Some are more closely structured to those of a human and others are completely and utterly different. Even human feet have some similarities to other feet of different mammals. The human body is amazing, especially when it comes to its feet. Not only do they help us balance and get moving, but our feet help us swim, stand, and participate in workouts. Some human feet can look a little too similar to the feet of a duck. That is because some people are born with webbed toes.

Webbed toes are toes that have extra skin in between the crevices. This extra skin is connected to the sides of both toes and often fans out. This makes the webbed toes look like those of a duck’s feet. This condition is known medically as syndactyly. It occurs in 1 out of every 2,000-2,500 live births. There are various severities of syndactyly. Sometimes the toes are only partially webbed. Other times they are completely webbed. In most instances, the webbed toes occur in the middle toes of the foot.


Syndactyly is thought to be caused by genetics. Somewhere in your bloodline, someone carries a gene that has a mutation. That mutation is what causes the webbed toe look on some people.  If you are reading this and have webbed toes, you can thank you family for the nifty mutation the next time you see them.


Usually syndactyly is more of a cosmetic issue than a functional issue. Only on rare occasions does it require treatment. An x-ray is not usually necessary for this type of deformity. Some parents may choose to have the webbed toes treated. If the parents do decide to have their child undergo treatment, it is recommended that they wait until the child is at an age where they can properly care for their own feet after surgery. Syndactyly can come back if the site of the surgery is not properly cared for.

If you or your child have webbed toes and want them treated, call Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan today. Podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen can discuss the different treatment options available to you for your webbed toes. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. You will not be disappointed in your care.

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