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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
December 14, 2017
Category: Foot Surgery
Tags: Forefoot Surgery  

There are many different conditions that can inflict pain and damage to the forefoot. These injuries and conditions do not always respond to conservative methods of treatment and sometimes need surgical intervention to help heal and treat them. Each type of disorder calls for a different type of surgery. Here is some of the most common forefoot problems and information about the surgeries that accompany them.

Bunions - this common foot deformity causes an enlargement of the bone and its surrounding tissue on the joint of the big toe. Genetics is known to play a key role with this disorder. Bunions will show up red, swollen and inflamed causing pain to someone wearing shoes. If conservative methods fail, a podiatrist will take an x-ray of your foot and decide the best surgical course of action for your specific bunion.

Hammer Toes- hammertoes are typically scrunched back and angled to look as if they have been hit in with a hammer, hence their namesake. Since the toes begin to buckle, pain begins to radiate in the toes and the feet making it hard to wear shoes. Through surgery, a podiatrist can realign the toes to help relieve pain and allow for proper foot wear.

Neuroma- irritated nerves can cause a neuroma which is the enlargement of a segment of a nerve. These typically occur between the third and fourth toe. They can swell and cause a patient a lot of pain when they try to stand and bear weight on the affected foot. Surgery can be performed to numb the nerve and provide relief from pain.

Bunionette - these small bunions occur on the pinky toe of the foot. They are similar to the larger big toe bunions. They cause pain and make it hard for a patient to wear shoes. A podiatrist may determine that repair via surgery is needed to heal the foot.

Bone Spurs- a bone spur is an overgrowth of bone due to trauma, reactive stress or pressure. It can restrict motion of a joint and cause pain. Sometimes spurs can be found under the toenail plate. This can cause nail deformity. Surgical treatment is based off of size and location of the spur. Your podiatrist will recommend the best course of action for your specific spur.

Don’t have a podiatrist? Have a condition listed above? It’s time to act now! Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a consultation Dr. Cohen will help you decide whether or not forefoot surgery is right for you. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. We take your foot health seriously.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
December 07, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sprains  

We have all seen stunt people in action movies. These professionals are highly trained in all high-risk activities and how to successfully pull them off without injuring themselves. Unfortunately, not all of us are trained in such a way. Due to this, we are more likely to find ourselves facing a situation where a serious injury can occur to our feet and our ankles. Although we aren’t stunt people like in movies and television, we can still learn ways to protect our bodies from every day hazards.

One such hazard that can happen to anyone is a fall. A fall can be detrimental to our overall health and can cause breaks, fractures, sprains and tears in the bones and muscles of our feet and ankles. With a little bit of knowledge, you can try to fall properly the next time you trip.

First, tuck and our chin in, turn your head, and throw an arm up. It is better to land on your arm than it is to land on your head. By doing so you can prevent a concussion, bleeding of the brain and other head trauma.

While falling, try to twist or roll your body to the side. It is better to land on your buttocks and side than on your back. Severe back injuries can lead to permanent paralysis and make it so you won’t be able to walk again.

Keep your wrists, elbows, and knees bent while falling. Do not try to break your fall with your hands, elbows or with locked legs. When falling, the idea is to have as many square inches of your body contact the surface as possible. This will spread the shock and impact of the fall and lessen the likelihood of severe injury or trauma. If you lock your legs and ankles up they are more likely to take the brunt of the trauma and fracture because of it.

Have you hurt yourself in a fall? Didn’t fall correctly and hurt your feet and ankles? Please call podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a consultation, Dr. Cohen will help you learn how to take a fall and also how to treat an injured foot or ankle from a fall. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 30, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear  

Some people work in a warm and cozy office during the bitter months of the winter. Others who are not as lucky have to work outside, in a cooler, or in another cold environment in the winter and sometimes year-round. Electricians, plumbers, mailmen, researchers, landscapers and so many others all work outside in the bitter cold. These workers work hard in the rain, sleet and snow. Now that winter is practically here, it is important to select shoes that will properly protect feet in the cold conditions that it brings. All shoes are made differently and have different fabrics, specifications and technologies that better equip them or the cold. Here are some tips and tricks from our podiatry team to help you select the best pair of shoes to protect your feet from the frosty weather to come.

  1. Wear insulated muffs over the top of your choice of shoes or around the ankles. These will help prevent cold air from getting into the opening of the shoe at the ankle area. It will also prevent anything else from entering the shoe from the top.
  2. Wear thick socks inside your work shoes. Wool tends to be very warm and is ideal for footwear during the cold winter months or in any other situation where the weather is frigid.
  3. Be sure to use leg warmers. This will help to insulate the legs and promote good circulation to the feet and body overall which will also help prevent frostbite.
  4. Select insulating overshoes to wear over your regular work shoes. These will help to keep the feet and toes warm all day. Your regular shoes will fit right inside them.

Battling frosty feet can be tough, but it is not impossible. If you need some guidance on the right shoe selection to keep your feet warm at work or for other day to day activities, do not hesitate to contact our office. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan will help you make an informed decision regarding the proper footwear for your feet. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let the cold bite.

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 20, 2017
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Plantar fasciitis often plagues those who are constantly on their feet. Employees such as nurses, doctors, teachers and factory workers suffer from the pain of plantar fasciitis on a daily basis. Those who use their feet constantly or overuse their feet are highly susceptible to plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia that runs along the bottom of the foot. Some individuals seek relief using natural remedies or over the counter inserts. Others rely on their workplace to implement best practices to better care for their feet. With a combined effort, a person in the workforce as well as their employer can help prevent plantar fasciitis and other workplace injuries.

As an employer no one is more important than the employees that help run the core of your business. Employers can use three basic methods to help prevent their employees from suffering from plantar fasciitis and the pain that accompanies it. Inserts for the shoes, anti-fatigue/stress mats and pamphlets on proper stretching practices are all great methods for employers to use to help their employees prevent plantar fasciitis.

  1. Shoe inserts are great for workers who are constantly on the go. They cushion the arch, absorb shock, and provide stability to the foot. Inserts can be worn in almost any type of shoe without being seen. This provides for professionalism and practicality.
  2. Anti-fatigue mats are made to decrease stress on the feet by providing a cushioned surface for people who stand for long periods of time. These mats are ideal for places such as registers, greeting counters, reception areas, or any other area where the primary function involves standing for more than 5-10 minutes a time.
  3. Lastly, proper stretching can have a huge impact on the prevention of plantar fasciitis. Using specially crafted exercises during the morning, midday and evening, a person can keep their muscles warmed up and ready for increased stress. This prevents the overuse of the muscles and their strain. A podiatrist can advise on the types of proper stretches that are best for you.

Battling plantar fasciitis can be hard and sometimes you can feel lost. If you feel lost, do not hesitate to contact our office. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a consultation, Dr. Cohen will help you better define best practices to keep plantar fasciitis at bay in your home and your workplace. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let plantar fasciitis implant its pain!

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 16, 2017
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis   corns   calluses   gait   sprains  

Our feet are extremely important to our everyday lifestyles. They help us get to and fro, allow us to participate in sports and support our entire body when standing. We use our feet all the time. Over time they begin to suffer because of it.

One of the most common and influential positions that a foot can suffer from is the stance. When a person is standing still, your feet are getting pressure from two sources. The first source is the body weight of the person. The second is the heel to ground contact. The stance is one of the biggest causes of foot pain.

When walking, an individual’s gait (or the way they walk) also has a major impact on their overall foot health. The gait has three movements and the one that causes the most problems is known as the contact. This is when the foot meets the ground. All of the weight of the individual as well as the impact from heel to ground happens in this one jarring movement. As it repeats over and over, it can cause extensive damage.

Another cause of foot pain is standing in one position for too long. This can cause blood to accumulate in one area of the foot. It can also cause blood flow to lessen for the feet. This overall strain can cause varicose veins and other vascular disorders.

Although standing in one spot is not the best, always moving around also can be detrimental to your foot health and cause foot pain. The stress on the foot and muscles can cause plantar fasciitis, sprains and tears. It can also cause other foot conditions such as calluses, corns, and tired feet.

Our feet are in constant use. Although we can’t always prevent them from getting injured, we can take steps to decrease the likelihood. Take the leap and see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a thorough examination, he will determine what is causing your foot pain. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Cut that pain out of your life.

 





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