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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
August 08, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Gout  

The day starts off like any other day. You go to work, kick butt, come home and then relax. Things are wonderful as you sit down to your big dinner of baked fish and a nice glass of alcohol. You are relaxed, full, and relatively happy. This is your usual routine. That is until you notice something off with your foot. Its burning, swelling, and stiff. The pain is unimaginable. What happened? Well at the office of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center we know that it could be gout.

Gout is a type of arthritis that attacks the feet. It can occur over and over and at different intervals unless it is properly treated. Over time the exposure to gout can permanently damage the tissue and tendons of the foot.

Symptoms

  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Sharp Pain
  • Redness

All of these symptoms are typically centralized in the toes and typically occurs at night. The ankle, foot, and knees can also get gout but less cases are seen of these instances. These flare ups can last for days or for weeks.

Causes

Gout is caused due to too much uric acid in the blood. It can cause hard crystals to form in the joint of the toes. If you drink too much alcohol, eat too much meat and fish that are high in protein or are overweight you are more likely to get gout. Alcohol, certain types of meat, and being overweight all cause uric acid levels to remain higher in the body. Diuretics, like caffeine, can also lead to gout.

How is it Diagnosed?

If you suspect that you have gout you should see a podiatrist right away. An examination will occur. Sometimes a podiatrist such as Dr. Andrew H. Cohen will remove some fluid from the joint and have it tested to see if there are any uric acid crystals in it. Blood tests can also occur to help diagnose gout.

Treatment

There are many different treatment options for those with gout. The first thing to remember is DO NOT use aspirin to take away gout pain. It will only worsen the condition. Other acceptable forms of treatment are a cortisone shot, resting the joint and over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine.

If you suspect you have gout and your toes and feet are killing you, call 989-790-8009 and make an appointment or sign up for one online. Our offices ae conveniently located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan to better serve you. Do not wait, get your gait and foot health in line today!

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
August 02, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: corns   Blisters   calluses  

Sometimes tough skin can be a good thing. If you are an athlete or work out at the gym and use your hands to lift weights, this tough skin can prevent rips and tears. If you walk a long time in a pair of shoes that do not fit right, sometimes the blister turns into a patch of tough skin and prevents the pain that you feel. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen knows that tough skin can sometimes turn problematic. Corns and calluses can become tender and painful over time or overnight. The span of time it takes to feel pain from corns and calluses varies depending on the person and the circumstance.

Corns and calluses are both from one cause: a whole bunch of dead skin. This dead skin build up is usually due to the buildup of pressure on a single area of the foot. This pressure leads to the creation of a corn or a callus on the foot. The more weight and stress an area is dealt the thicker the skin becomes and the larger the corn or callus will grow. At first the corn or callus is helpful. There is less pain in the area that is suffering from the pressure. After a while this tough skin turns tender and painful too and the cushion that was once there is gone and a lesion can form instead.

Corns are typically found on the toes and calluses are typically found at the bottom of the foot. This is helpful when doing an examination of your foot in your home. It will give you information and a signal to call a podiatrist.

Treatment

Podiatrists can cut down a corn or callus. After they are smaller and less obtrusive they can wrap the affected area up with a protective covering, such as gauze, and provide the patient with temporary relief. If the patient is looking for permanent relief then a different tactic is used. Dr. Cohen and the patient will work together to determine how the pressure is being caused and work to remedy it together. Once there is relief of pressure on the foot, the corns and calluses will stay away. Wearing the right shoes, using orthotics, and surgery are all ways a podiatrist can help alleviate pressure on the foot.

If your corns and calluses are bothering you look no further. Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan is the right podiatrist office for you. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 26, 2017
Tags: Flat Feet   arch   walking   newborn feet   pediatric  

You have just left the hospital with your bundle of joy. You are on a brand-new journey as a parent and you are thrilled. Parenthood is full of many firsts and there is no handbook that outlines how to raise a tiny human. We have to use our common sense, brain, and intuition to navigate through it all. When it comes to your baby’s feet Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan, knows that a little help can go a long way. Here are 4 facts about your newborns feet to help ease you into parenthood. 

1.   Your Baby’s Feet Might look a Little Odd.

·        When you first see your baby do not be alarmed if they have blue, peeling, and shriveled looking feet. This is totally normal and natural. After spending a long nine months in mother’s womb, which is filled with liquid, it takes time for baby to adjust to the new world it is in. As soon as baby is warm their little feet will pinken and fill right out.

2.    Babies Feet Are Flat

·        Babies are born with a pad of fat in the arch area. Their muscles are also not fully developed enough to support an arch. The fat and lack of muscle make it so baby has a flat foot. Do not worry though, it is normal for a baby to lack an arch all the way up until they are 2 ½ years old.

3.    Your Baby isn’t Walking…Yet

·        All children develop differently and at their own pace. Just because your child is not walking at 12 months of age does not mean they are doomed. Babies can begin to walk anywhere from 10 months – 15 months in age. It all depends on when their muscles are developed. If your child is not walking and you are concerned contact their pediatrician or podiatrist right away.

4.    Your Baby Walks on their Tippy Toes

·        Many children start off walking on their tippy toes and that is perfectly normal. But if your child is walking only on their tippy toes for more than a few months, it is time to call the doctor. This could be a sign of a bigger problem.

Having a child is a wonderful experience. Sometimes it is hard to figure out their needs and whether or not to be concerned. If your baby or toddler’s feet are worrying you, do not delay. Call our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online. We will treat your child and their feet with the utmost care.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 20, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

Are your feet aching? Do you have a heel spur? Are burning and itching feet plaguing you? Why is this? Why do people have problems with their feet? Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan know that there are three large factors that could be the root of your foot and ankle issues.

Biomechanics

Biomechanics is the internal and the external forces and how we use them to stay mobile on a regular basis. Our feet are a prime example of biomechanics. We walk, jog, run, skip and hop. All of these movements and motions cause great stress and pressure on our feet. Activities that are repetitive and harsh can damage our feet and ankles over time. Because we are mobile beings, it is very easy to accidently slip up and hurt ourselves while partaking in biomechanics. Due to the ease of sprains, breaks, tears, and other movement related injuries, biomechanics can be counted as one of the major causes of foot and ankle problems.

Shoes

Everyone wears shoes, but not everyone wears the right shoes. Unfortunately, most high end, high style shoes do not provide you with the correct support, stability, and fit that you need to prevent foot and ankle problems. Heels, flats, loafers, and flip-flops are all very poorly structured shoes that can cause more harm than good. In today’s world shoes and fashion are very important and so many people suffer the consequences.  If you have foot and ankle problems it could be due to your choice of shoes.

Genes

Your parents can play a big role in whether or not you have a foot and ankle problems. Some diseases like diabetes can cause different diseases of the foot, and can be passed down from your parents. Deformities are also closely linked to genetics. So, if your suffering from a diabetic foot, you can blame your mother and father for part of your issues.

Biomechanics, shoes, and genetics can play a very big role in whether or not your feet stay healthy. If you have a foot and ankle problem due to any of these causes, or even other scenarios, Dr. Cohen can help. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment request online today. We will get to the bottom of any foot and ankle problem you may have.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 12, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   Flat Feet   pronation   Morton Neuroma   heel  

When we are babies and just learning how to walk, it isn’t uncommon to find ourselves with our feet and legs pointed inward or outward at a funny angle. Eventually, as time and practice occurs, along with the strengthening of the muscles, this rotation is gradually lost and we typically walk with straight legs and feet.  Some people are not so lucky though. Their feet and legs are considered pronated or rotated outward away from the body.

Foot pronation can be serious and is very important to correct early on if possible. Although not all pronation is caught at an early stage, there are still ways to improve the effects that it has on the body and your health.

Signs of Pronation

  • The heel is turned out and away from the center of the body
  • The forefoot is shifted outward from the heel
  • The inner ankle is bulging
  • The legs are turned inward

Sometimes people with pronated feet also have flat feet. Not all pronated feet are flat and not all flat feet are pronated. Sometimes the two are paired and other times they are not. Pronation that is severe can cause major issues for the body and everyday life.

Short Term Effects:

  • Alter the alignment of the pelvis, feet, ankle and back
  • Causes tired feet
  • Strains the feet
  • Causes abnormal motion in the joints

Long Term Effects:

Pronated feet are a deformity, that left untreated can become more severe. This type of disorder should be evaluated by a podiatrist right away. Corrective surgery and orthotics can be used to aid a person suffering from the disorder to find comfort and live a normal lifestyle.

Do you think your feet are suffering from pronation? Do your legs point away from the center of your body? Does your hips and feet ache after a day of regular activity? It’s time to call Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. There Dr. Andrew H. Cohen will examine your feet, ankles, and gait and determine whether you have over pronation. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Don’t hesitate to get your feet healthy again.





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