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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 03, 2018
Tags: Shoes   feet and ankles   self-massage  

Of all the parts of our bodies, what parts move the most on a daily basis? It could be our hands, always grabbing and manipulating things in our environment. Maybe it’s our legs, constantly carrying us around everywhere we go. You might be surprised to know that really, out of all our body parts, our feet are the ones moving the most. Because our legs and hands involve tasks that we actively have to think about to complete, we might not realize just how much our feet and ankles do for us every day. This is why it’s so important to keep our feet happy, comfortable, and safe!

Shoes for the Occasion:

When you go out for the day, do you have the right kind of shoes to wear for what you’re doing? If you’re going shopping on a Sunday, it’s easy to think that a frilly pair of high heels will do your feet justice for hours of shopping.

Similarly, not every pair of sneakers is the right kind of sneakers for going to the gym or taking a walk. Think ahead about what you’re doing and pack an extra pair of more comfortable shoes as a backup!

Taking Care and NOT Overdoing It:

Planning a long day ahead can be fun and exciting, but have you ever thought about planning your breaks and time to rest in between? If not, now is the time to start.

During your next day trip, be sure to keep your inevitably aching feet in mind. Not only do frequent breaks help, but so will preparing the day before. For the night after:

  • Rest with your feet up for 15-20 minutes
  • Give yourself a self-massage
  • Soak in warm water and Epsom salts before bed

When you ask Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, or Dr. Boyd Andrews from Family Foot & Ankle Care, there are dozens of more tips! But we felt these were two of the most important tips of them all. Go the extra mile for your foot and ankle health and call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our location in Chandler, Arizona.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 09, 2018

When you get the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, it can sometimes be a head-scratcher. How is it that you inflicted all of this pain on your foot? It seemed perfectly fine a week ago, so how did things transpire so quickly? Plantar fasciitis can sneak up on anyone at any given moment. All it takes is a little overuse, an activity your feet aren’t used to or a traumatic injury to trigger the condition and its accompanied pain. Want the specifics? Here are some reasons why you could be plagued with plantar fasciitis.

  1. You gained some weight. Gaining a little weight can be harmless, but if you aren’t careful it can have dramatic effects on your health. Extra weight causes extra strain and shock to the feet which can cause the inflammation of the plantar fascia and trigger plantar fasciitis.
  2. Your feet aren’t shaped “normally.” What this means in the world of podiatry is that you either have a flat foot or high arched feet instead of a “typical” arch. Flat footed individuals typically experience more stress on their middle under-foot and need shoes with more cushion to prevent this condition. High-arched individuals need shoes with more shock support.
  3. You just took part in a Cotton-Eyed Joe marathon and you haven’t Cotton- Eye Joe’d since high school. When you partake in a rapid increase of activity, your feet will suffer. They are under an abnormal amount of strain and have no time to ease into the transition. As such, they often end up suffering from plantar fasciitis.
  4. You are wearing the wrong shoes. Shoes such as heels or flip flops do not have any support or shock absorption. This can cause havoc to your plantar fascia and it can endure a lot of strain because of it. Strain causes inflammation and a trip to the podiatrist’s office.
  5. Sports injuries can also cause plantar fasciitis. If you suffer a foot trauma such as a break or fracture coupled with blunt force trauma, you can easily suffer from plantar fasciitis paired with that injury. If you are hurt during sports, do not try to walk it off, see a podiatrist immediately.

Plantar fasciitis can be bothersome, but it is treatable by a podiatrist. Call  Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. There are treatments available to help you live pain-free.

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.