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By Diabetic Foot Center of Mid Michigan
December 10, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

An ingrown toenail is a common foot problem that occurs when the corner of a toenail, usually the big toe, grows into the skin. As you might imagine, this can cause pain and swelling in the affected area. If you are a healthy individual you can often treat the ingrown toenail with simple at-home care; however, patients with diabetes, nerve damage in the feet or signs of a foot infection should always see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Causes of an Ingrown Toenail

There are several factors that could increase your risk for developing an ingrown toenail. These include:

  • Heredity: if your family has a history of ingrown toenails you may be more likely to develop them, too.
  • Poorly fitted shoes: shoes that are too tight and cramp up the toes can also cause painful ingrown toenails, particularly in teens whose feet are still growing rapidly
  • Improper nail trimming: if you cut your nails too short or if you cut them at an angle rather than cutting them straight across you could be leaving yourself prone to an ingrown toenail
  • Injury to the toe: jamming or stubbing the toe can also increase the risk of an ingrown toenail (this is most common in athletes)

Treating an Ingrown Toenail

If there are no signs of an infection (e.g. foul odor; skin that’s hot to the touch) and you are otherwise healthy then you can probably treat the ingrown toenail all by yourself from the comfort of your home. Take frequent Epsom salt soaks and apply an antibiotic cream to the area to prevent infection. Again, if there is no infection you can soak nails for several minutes so that they soften, and then gently clip away the affected area of the nail.

If you are experiencing signs of an infected ingrown toenail or if you have diabetes and develop an ingrown toenail it’s important that you seek a podiatrist’s care right away. A podiatrist can treat the infection while also removing part of or the entire nail so that it grows in properly.

Preventing Ingrown Toenails

While there are certain factors such as heredity that cannot be helped, there are certainly measures you can take to reduce your risk for ingrown toenails. For one, always make sure that you wear properly fitted shoes that do not put pressure on the toes.

Secondly and most importantly, you need to know how to properly trim your toenails. Nails should be level with the tips of your toes. If nails are cut too short or if you trim your nails so they are curved at the edges rather than straight then an ingrown toenail is more likely to develop as the nail grows out.

Athletes should also make sure that they are wearing appropriate footwear for their chosen sport. Not all tennis shoes are created equally so if you have any questions about the footwear that you should wear, don’t hesitate to speak with your foot doctor.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.
By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 08, 2018
Tags: Bunions   Ingrown Toenails   Exercise   Shoes   podiatrist   pronation   suffer  

More than 24 million people participate in aerobics. Aerobic dance has become a sport where people can stay in shape, lose weight and have fun while doing so. There are different forms of aerobics including low-impact, swim, and high-impact. Dance is still the predominant form and may be inspired by ballet, country line dancing, salsa or even hip-hop. An aerobic dance session includes a warm-up stretch followed by dancing to music, usually at a fast pace. Some of the workout regimens are geared to high impact cardiovascular workout.

It's a good idea to see a podiatrist specializing in sports medicine before beginning an aerobics regimen. The podiatrist can examine your feet, gait, and natural biomechanics to see how much of a risk your feet face when partaking in aerobic exercise.

Effects on the Feet

Because aerobic dancing involves quick side to side movements, jumping, and leaping for extended periods of time, proper care of the feet plays a critical part in keeping the entire body fit. Without proper care, the feet and ankles can suffer from severe overuse injuries.

If your feet suffer from excess pronation or your ankles tend to turn inward or outward too much, it's especially important to see a podiatrist. They may recommend the use of an orthotic device, especially if you plan to partake in aerobic activities.

Proper shoes are crucial to successful, injury-free aerobics. Shoes should provide sufficient cushioning and shock absorption to balance the pressure on the foot that is many times greater than the pressure from walking. They must also have good side-to-side stability.  Shoes should also have thick upper leather or strap support to provide stability and to prevent slippage of the foot.  Make sure shoes have a toe box that is high enough to prevent irritation of toes and nails. If toes and nails are irritated it can cause hammertoes, bunions, calluses, and ingrown toenails as a result.

Once you've found the proper shoes, tie them securely, but not too tightly. Make sure there is enough room in the toe box. Double-tie the laces to prevent them from becoming loose and tripping you up during your exercise.

If you do injure yourself during an aerobic dance class, it is important to seek the help of a podiatrist right away. Simple foot pain can lead to larger, more severe problems down the road. 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. Make your feet our top priority.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
December 27, 2017

Podiatrists often see an array of different problems enter their office. They can be foot, nail, or even ankle problems. There is not a condition that is too small or too big for a podiatrist. Arthritis, bunions, spurs, chronic pain, fungus, ulcers, and other foot and ankle conditions are all part of their typical routine. Over time, it is evident that some of these conditions occur more commonly than others. The toenails have three common problems that are treated in the office of a podiatrist. They are not usually life threatening, but it is important to have these three conditions checked out right away if you are exhibiting symptoms.

Fungus - When you have a green or yellow colored nail, you usually have toenail fungus. Fungus is an infection of the nail. It is usually caused by the buildup of bacteria. Fungus likes to spread in damp, dark moist places such as wet shoes, wet socks, or other similar situations. It can cause a nail to thicken and discolor or become brittle and break down. Fungus is tough to treat but is not undying. Podiatrist’s often use antifungal medications to kill the toenail fungus and prevent it from returning to the nail. Over the counter medications can seem promising, but they do not work as well as a medicine prescribed by a podiatrist.

Thickening and Discoloration - Having a hard time clipping your nails? Are they very thick and a little discolored? Are they yellowing or becoming opaque? This may be a sign of nail disease and should be treated by a podiatrist, such as Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. He can examine the nailbed and determine the cause.

Ingrown Toenail - Ingrown nails are very common in the world of podiatry. This condition can also be very painful and put the patient at risk for complications. It occurs when the nail grows, curves and cuts into or embeds itself into the skin of the toe. It can cause an infection that will further harm the toe and that can spread to the foot. Podiatrists can cut the problematic nail with special clippers. Sometimes, if the nail is very embedded into the foot, a foot surgery must be performed to remove the nail and prevent or treat infection.

If you think that you may be suffering from any of the problems listed above, it is important that you get them checked out by a podiatrist. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Dr. Cohen will examine, diagnose and treat your toenail so you can live a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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.

If you have any foot or ankle injuries call our office so that we can lead you to a healthie