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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
December 07, 2017
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Arthritis  

As we age we become more prone to foot and ankle problems. These conditions can be very painful and severely limit our mobility. One such condition, commonly known as arthritis, can be very painful and debilitating. Arthritis of the ankle or joint occurs most often in athletes with a history of trauma to the ankle and in older patients from normal wear and tear as the body ages.

If a patient complains of pain and it is accompanied by the following symptoms, then they may be a good candidate for a corticosteroid joint injection:

  • Pain
  • Disability
  • Limitation of motion
  • Warmth to palpation
  • Erythema

A radiograph can be used to confirm a diagnosis. These are noninvasive and can be done during a regular appointment at an office visit in most cases. Sometimes you will be referred to a outside source if the podiatrist does not have a radiograph in the office.

Before performing an injection, a podiatrist must make certain that the joint is not infected. If it is infected than the joint must be aspirated. This is because the injection will be rendered completely useless if an infection is present.

How is it done?

The patient is asked to lie on their back with their ankle relaxed. The podiatrist will then feel around the ankle to find the right injection site. Once the site is identified, they will sterilize the injection site and insert the needle. The injection will be slow and careful so that the medicine works properly.

Once the injection is done the patient will be asked to stay in the same position for 5-10 minutes while the injection naturally enters the body and spreads. They will also be asked to stay in the office for 30 additional minutes to be sure that no adverse reactions occur.

Are you suffering from ankle pain? Tried all other alternatives? Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help relieve your pain and restore mobility. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
December 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Callus  

You can get a callus on just about any surface of your body, but it most frequently occurs in places where there is a lot of friction to the skin. Your feet are most susceptible to calluses because you wear tight shoes around them for the better part of your day. In many cases, a callus is merely an annoyance, but there are cases when it can become a problem.

What Is a Callus?

A callus is a build­up of toughened skin that happens when an area of the foot continually comes in contact into a rough surface. The friction causes layers of dead skin to form until a noticeable bump develops—it’s a natural reaction of the body to protect itself from injury, but unfortunately can lead to other problems. Podiatrists often find calluses on the bottom of the feet or on the toes.

Why Do Calluses Form?

Foot calluses almost always form because of pressure from the shoes that you wear as well as walking very often. Athletes usually develop calluses because of their high levels of activity—they frequently run, jump and make sudden motions while wearing tennis shoes that aren’t always ideal for their needs. Women often develop calluses on their toes and the sides of their feet from wearing pumps to work that constantly rub up against their skin. Some are soft and caused by too much sweat and moisture in the shoes (another issue that affects athletes).

When a Callus Becomes Problematic...

A callus is usually considered a minor cosmetic annoyance to the feet, but there are cases when it can become problematic. Without proper treatment, they can become inflamed, ulcerated or infected over time. Calluses that become ulcers can put the foot or toes at serious risk if it isn’t cleaned and disinfected properly. Allowing calluses to grow to a certain size can also make it impossible to wear or walk in everyday shoes.

When foot or toe calluses become a problem, treatments should be explored with a podiatrist. Common solutions include removing the callus with a scalpel and administering what is called a salicyclic acid patch to heal the skin. Your podiatrist may also prescribe orthotic shoes or inserts to stop the progression of calluses and prevent them from coming back. If you have callused toes or feet, call your doctor to discuss a custom treatment plan.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 30, 2017
Category: Women Foot Care

The holidays are upon us again and many of us are out at the stores trying to get some gifts for the season. Some ladies ask for perfume and jewelry while others ask for designer shoes. High heels, flats flip flops, clogs, sandals, boat shoes, boots, sneakers and so on and so forth are all available to choose from. The number of styles and types of shoes can be almost overwhelming, especially when you are buying them for another person. Women in particular have the most options to choose from. Many of the shoes they buy are purely for fashion purposes.  Many women forget that shoes are essential to their foot health.  So, as you shop, stop and consider if the shoes you are buying the lady in your life are a good idea for the health of her feet.

High heels can cause a lot of problems for a woman’s feet. Some workplaces require a woman to wear high heels as part of her work uniform. If a woman has to wear high heels or insists upon wearing them, then she should consider swapping them out for a different type of shoe during break at work. This will allow for the feet to recuperate and to go back to a more natural position.

Women can also try “walking” heels. These heels are specifically designed to blend fashion and comfort together. They offer a wider toe box and reinforced heels for stability. These heels are less likely to cause ankle sprains, bunions, blisters and fractures. Although they sound like the perfect heel, they can still contribute to foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain and other disorders.

Sneakers that laced-up are the best option for a woman’s daily footwear. Not only do they offer ample amounts of shock absorption, stability and comfort, but there is a far lower risk of foot problems that can be caused by them. Sneakers also have good arch support and a wider toe box for optimal fit.

Give a girl the right shoe and she can conquer the world. If you are having trouble finding the right shoe for a loved one or even yourself, do not hesitate to give us a call. Want to know the best shoes to protect your feet? Podiatrists Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you select the best pair for your feet. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.

 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 20, 2017

Our feet are constantly in motion. They carry us from place to place, provide us with balance, and allow us to maneuver in precarious situations. We also use our feet a lot at work. They allow us to walk the halls, take part in a trade, and stand in a production line. Without our feet, we would have a hard time staying mobile. Although it may seem troublesome to worry about our feet, it is imperative that they take top priority in our daily lives, especially at work.

There is an old saying that goes “When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.” This is especially true when it comes to foot pain from a long day at work. If your feet ache, you may also find that your legs, back, and hips also ache. Although your feet started with the problems, they can rapidly spread.

There are two types of work-related foot injuries. Their categories are traumatic injuries and the other are mobile injuries.

Traumatic injuries such as punctures, lacerations, crushing or sprains can be very serious in nature. Typically, they require an emergency room visit followed up by a visit to a podiatrist. These types of injuries account for about 10% of work injuries. They will also temporarily or permanently disable a worker.

Mobile injuries can be just as devastating to an individual. These mobile injuries are injuries that occur from tripping, slipping or falling at the workplace. They can cause muscle tears, sprains, or fractures. These types of injuries make up about 15% of work related injuries. Slip and falls do not always mean that a foot or ankle injury will occur, but there is a high chance for this injury to happen.

Although these two main foot injury categories make up a fair amount of the foot and ankle injuries that occur at work, they are not the only possibilities. Calluses, tired feet, and ingrown toenails can happen due to a certain work environment or work-related injury. Plantar Fasciitis is also a possibility due to overuse or overextension in the workplace.

Work related foot and ankle injuries occur frequently. It is important that you take proper precautions when preparing your feet and ankles for work. Want to know the best way to protect your feet? Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you get your feet back on track again. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.

 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 15, 2017
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: Spikes   Cleats   Soccer  

Soccer and football players must wear athletic shoes that contain spikes on the bottom. The spikes are crucial for traction and safety when running on the field—especially in harsh weather conditions. Here are a few tips regarding picking out soccer and football spikes (also called cleats) for yourself or your child athlete.

Spikes (Cleats)

The purpose of a spike is to give a player an advantage on the field. Football and soccer players often to have to play in muddy or wet conditions, so if they were to wear standard sneakers they’d spend more time sliding and falling than passing the ball. A proper spike gives a soccer or football player the traction and support needed to be successful in the sport and protect the foot from injury.

Pick Spikes Specifically Designed for Your Sports

One mistake that some athletes make is assuming that every sports spike is created the same. There are different spike shoe designs for different sports—soccer, football and running track. Track shoe spikes are often pointier. Soccer spikes and football spikes are more similar to each other in looks. Also called “mud cleats,” football spikes are commonly designed with blunter metal, rubber or plastic studs and a more angled sole. They also have studs near the top to facilitate fast forward movement as well as thicker soles.

Soccer spikes are lighter and low­cut to aid with quick, agile movements. The “spikes” are usually made of replaceable aluminum cleats. They don’t normally have spikes or studs at the front as in the case of football shoes.

Get Sports Advice from a Podiatrist

If you’re still unsure about which spikes to buy for soccer or football (especially if you’ve had foot complications in the past), consult your podiatrist in advance for any sports advice this season. Maintain regular checkup appointments throughout the year as well and be sure to replace your cleat studs when they become worn down.





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