Some lucky people will go through their entire life without a single foot or ankle problem. Other people will have issues intermittently. A select few will have problems all of their lives. Some people have pain from high activity levels while others have pain from low activity levels. When it comes down to it, not all feet are created equal. Every single foot is unique.
The foot has bones (26 of them), muscles, tendons and joints. It receives the bulk of the bodies weight and constant pressure and stress. It is recommended that the average person gets 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy and active. That is 365,000 steps a year! The shoes we wear, the activities we partake in, and our genetics all play a key role in the fate of our feet. Time, overuse, injuries and normal wear and tear make the foot less amenable. As we age we tend to encounter more and more problems with our feet.
There are 3 basic types of feet:
Normal Feet – These feet have a good structure and arch. They are good feet for day to day life. These feet tend to have problems from overuse, bad shoes or trauma.
High Arched Feet – These feet have high arches. They have a hard time absorbing the shock that comes with activities that use the feet. High arched feet can cause back problems and can developed clawed toes.
Flat Feet – Flat feet have a very low, or no arch. They are a very common type of feet. They are prone to tiredness, achiness, and arthritis.
There are even more types of feet out there, that are more complicated than those listed above. A trained podiatrist can tell you exactly how your feet are composed and how they compare to the general population. Your feet are unique and your podiatrist should assist you in exploring this strengths and weaknesses. Would you like a consult regarding your feet? Have some pain that you’ve been worried about? At Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC, in Chandler, AZ, Dr. Alan Discont can examine, diagnose and treat any issues you are having with your feet and ankles. His individualized treatment plan will have you and your unique feet feeling like brand new. Call 480-732-0033 or request an appointment online,
When you decided to share everything with your partner, you probably never thought that foot infections would be one of the things that your shared. Unfortunately, when one partner develops a fungal foot infection, it's not unusual for the other partner to become infected. Our Chandler, AZ, podiatrists, Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Krahn, share a few tips that will prevent the spread of your infection.
Use appropriate cleaners
Kill fungus on bathtubs and shower stalls with cleaning products that contain bleach.
Don't use the same towels, washcloths, shower poufs, socks or shoes. Wash washable items as soon as you use them, or at least separate them from your partner's laundry to prevent the spread of the infection.
Get rid of the bathmat
Many people don't realize that their bathmats can harbor fungus. Use a towel on the floor in place of the mat when you have Athlete's foot or toenail fungus. Make sure no one else uses the towel after you do.
Put a sock on it
Fungus can transfer to floors and other surfaces from your feet. Wear socks, shoes or slippers in the house to keep the infection to yourself. Donning a pair of socks can prevent your partner from infection during the night. If you can't get used to sleeping in socks, make sure you change the sheets every day.
Wash your laundry in hot water
Water that is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit will kill the fungus. It's a good idea to keep your socks separate from your partner's laundry, both in the hamper and when you wash them.
Visit the foot doctor
Over-the-counter products aren't always effective in killing foot fungus. If it's been weeks since you noticed the problem, and your Athlete's foot or toenail fungus hasn't improved, make an appointment with our Chandler office. Prescription oral or topical anti-fungal medications may finally help you get your problem under control.
Are you tired of living with a foot infection? Call our Chandler, AZ, podiatrists, Drs. Discont and Krahn, at (480) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment.
Women tend to experience the pain and disfigurement associated with bunions more often than men. Here we explain why:
It's been said that women often suffer for the sake of fashion. That seems to be especially true when it comes to their feet years of wearing narrow, highheeled, pointed shoes can wreak havoc on the structure of women's feet, particularly in the form of bunions. These deformities have become one of the most common afflictions podiatrists treat in their offices. But why does this problem tend to affect women over men, and what can be done to prevent it?
First, it's important to know what bunions are and how they develop. Bunions gradually develop on the outside of the big toes from pressure on their joints. As the big toe is constantly pushed inward toward the other toes, the bunion becomes more pronounced. They are not actually new growths; the deformity of the foot bones makes it appear that there is a lump under the skin. The results of this irregularity can be pain, swelling and limited range of motion, and its appearance can make people selfconscious about going barefoot or wearing opentoed shoes.
The cause of bunions is not completely known: they may be an inherited abnormality, or they may be caused by many years of wearing illfitting footwear. Either way, it is generally accepted that cheaply-made or tight-fitting shoes can worsen bunions over time. Given that women's shoes often require the foot to contort into an unnatural position, it is no wonder that more women suffer from bunions than men. Women also tend to be more arthritic, a condition that can exacerbate bunions as well.
Low-maintenance, non-surgical options are usually the first line of treatment for bunions. Shoes should be highquality and fitted by an expert to ensure proper sizing. Speciallydesigned foot pads or arch supports can be worn to alleviate some of the pressure and mild pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen can ease the pain. Surgeries involve removing some of the affected bone or surrounding tissue to correct the foot's position.
If you think your feet might be fashion victims, kick your shoes off and call your podiatrist to ask about your options.
Millions of people use their feet every single day. They walk, jog, skip, hop and land on their feet. Humans have the unique capability to walk on just two feet. It sets us apart from many other mammals and provides us with many advantages on a day to day basis. The constant use and strain of our feet and ankles causes pain and problems as many foot doctors will acknowledge.
Shoes tend to cause a lot of foot and ankle issues. Heels, for example, are a prime suspect for pain, twisted ankles, corns, and other related foot and ankle conditions. Women aren’t the only ones who suffer from bad shoes. Men can also suffer from the footwear they choose. Loafers and other tight-fitting shoes squash the feet. Although heels, loafers, boat shoes, and other varieties are considered stylish, they severely hinder our feet when they do not fit properly.
If you plan to be on your feet all day, or your daily life style provides no alternative it is very important that you buy shoes that fit correctly. Proper stability, fit, and number of eyelets play a key role in shoe selection. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn, both of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in Chandler, AZ, recommend buying shoes that give ample amounts of support to the plantar arch. This will help reduce pain and prevent plantar fasciitis. Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn also recommend buying shoes that can properly absorb shock and give the heel a stable place to strike. This will help prevent twisted ankles, heel pain, and muscle problems later on down the road.
Buying the right shoe can truly make a vast difference in your lifestyle. Today, you can buy podiatric approved shoes in stylish designs. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and fits. You are even able to buy custom orthotics to assist the fit in your current shoes. Interested in buying the right shoe? Think you might need some custom orthotics? Call us today at 480-732-0033. You can also make an appointment online. We look forward to helping you get your foot in the door.
The condition called “trench foot” was first officially diagnosed in 1812 by a doctor who treated French soldiers who spent a lot of time in cold, wet trenches. Though it is relatively rare in patients, trench foot is a very concerning foot problem that you should be aware of. If you have any potential symptoms, schedule an urgent appointment with your podiatrist to have it properly diagnosed and treated.
What Is Trench Foot?
Trench foot is a foot condition that develops because the feet have been exposed to very cold water or dampness for a very long time. Proper circulation to the feet stops as blood vessels constrict due to the cold. The feet are vulnerable to bacteria and the elements, causing a number of undesirable symptoms. Common symptoms of trench foot include:
- Discolored feet (turning red, blue or black)
- Tingling, itching or burning
- Numbness in the feet
- Red blisters
In severe cases, parts of the feet, like toes, can begin to fall off. If the foot already has some type of infection or wound, the progression of trench foot can be more aggressive. In untreated cases, gangrene can develop and amputation may be necessary.
Who Is at Risk for Trench Foot?
Trench foot was first noticed in soldiers who were forced to spend days, weeks or months in wet trenches. Wearing poorly designed shoes or boots allows the feet to become damp and cold. Any patient who lives in an outdoor environment that is very cold and gets long periods of rain could be at risk for trench foot—especially if proper boots aren’t worn at all times.
Getting Help with Trench Foot Symptoms
It’s important to have any symptom of trench foot looked at by a podiatrist as soon as possible. There are a few common ways that doctors treat trench foot:
- Warming the feet with heated pads or warm water.
- Physical therapy to bring circulation back to the feet.
- Cleaning and disinfecting the feet with antifungal agents.
- Removing bad tissue so that good tissue has a chance to regenerate on the feet.
Schedule an urgent appointment with your podiatrist if your feet have been exposed to cold, damp or dirty conditions for an extended period of time and you’re experiencing symptoms of trench foot. The sooner it is treated, the better the chance of returning the feet to a normal and healthy condition.
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