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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 30, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: Ankle Sprain   corns   Hammertoe   Calluses   blisters   toenails   heel  

We’ve all heard of the imminent dangers of wearing shoes that are too tight, even shoes that have a heel that is too tall, or shoes that have lost their support and firmness… but have you ever heard of why it’s so bad for the health of our feet and ankles to wear shoes that are too loose? Here are just some of the ways that loose shoes can wreak havoc on your feet and ankles:

  • When your foot slides too much inside your shoe, the friction can cause you to develop corns and calluses on your feet. These are unsightly and sometimes painful skin conditions that can be difficult to get rid of.
  • In addition to corns and calluses, you can easily develop blisters, which are very painful and annoying sacs of fluid that develop on a raw and irritated patch of skin.
  • Sliding feet can slide your toes right into the toe box of your shoes, hitting them harder than they would if your shoes were fitted. The trauma of this can sometimes cause your toenails to break the skin and become infected.
  • Hyper-flexing your toes to scrunch up and brace the extra movements inside your shoe due to their loose fit can cause your toes to cramp and develop hammer toe. This is when the tendon of the toe semi-permanently cramps up into a painful hook shape.
  • Without debate, by far the riskiest part of wearing shoes that are too loose is increasing your risk of various foot and ankle injuries. Whether it is jamming your toe or spraining an ankle, loose shoes aren’t worth it.

If you feel like any of these happen to you often, loose-fitting shoes might be part of the problem. You can always reach out to Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews for some advice. We hope these tips and tricks have helped you to address the struggle of loose-fitting shoes! Do your questions and curiosity go further? Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment with us at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ.

 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 18, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: Bunions   wider width   narrow   wide  

Are you sitting down? We have some news for you. Ok, get ready...the way that you lace up your shoes can impact your experience wearing those shoes. Crazy, right? When you get behind the reason why, it actually doesn’t seem so crazy at all! All pairs of shoes are made from one standard shape of a human foot that changes slightly when you increase or decrease the size of the shoe. What about those of us whose feet tend to stray from the average shape of feet? What if our feet are a little more narrow or wide, our arches are higher up, our feet have gone flat, or we have bunions that change the shape of our foot? Ironically, finding a ‘normal’ adult foot these days is pretty difficult.

Everyone has at least one little abnormality that can impact their relationship with shoes! For those of us with slight differences in our feet, especially wide or narrow feet, changing the way we lace up our shoes can have a great impact on the relationship between our shoes and our feet. Do you have wider feet? Did you know that you can change the way you lace your shoes to make them more comfortable for your wider width? Most shoes have two sets of eyelet holes to adjust the shoelaces. When you use the outermost holes to lace your shoelaces, this allows some extra room in the toe box of the shoe, allowing it to accommodate a wider foot.

Similarly to this, you can use the inner eyelets to do the exact opposite - tighten up the toe box of your shoes to accommodate narrower feet. Depending on your needs, you may want to experiment with a combination of using outer and inner eyelets to find what works for you.

Got more questions? Dr. Alan J. Discont at Family Foot & Ankle Care is here to help! Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule your next appointment at our location in Chandler, Arizona.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
February 22, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: corns   Calluses   blisters   snowboarding   lacing   foot  

Snowboarding is a fun pastime that many people take part in during the winter. They go out, buy their gear, and have a weekend away in the tranquility of the snowy mountains. When buying gear, they are sure to have their board, their snow pants, jacket, mittens, goggles and even their snowboard boots. Snowboard boots are key to having a good experience while snowboarding. If you do not have the proper pair, then you can suffer severe injury. One key thing to look out for when buying snowboard boots is the lacing.

There are many types of snowboarding boots available on the market, and one of the biggest differences is the lacing. Although there are all sorts of pros and cons, it really comes down to the fact that there are many different lacing styles available. The most important thing is that it suits your preference and riding style.

Boa lacing systems feature a super-convenient twist-to-tighten cable reel design that also easily releases tension. This makes it ideal for getting boots on and off quickly. Boa dials are easy to operate even while you’re wearing bulky gloves. One of the drawbacks of lower-cost Boa lacing can be uneven pressure throughout the boot due to the inability to adjust the tension in specific areas. Higher-end Boa boots feature multiple reels and lacing zones to address this problem and help prevent blisters, calluses, and corns on your feet.

Speed lace systems combine convenience and customizable tension, as most designs feature multiple lacing zones that are individually adjustable. Most speed lacing systems tighten each zone with the yank of a handle, which then locks the lace into place. Unfortunately, this type of boot can also be prone to loosening or slipping if the lace isn’t properly locked into place. This can be a hazard when out on the slopes, especially if your foot slips out of the boot.

Traditional lace systems allow you the ability to fine-tune lace tension. While traditional laces take a little more time and effort to tighten and adjust, it’s tough to top the customizable fit and support they can provide. Their main inconvenience is that they usually take more time to strap on.

Snowboarding is a great activity, but if you choose the wrong lace style it can cause severe injuries such as a break or fracture of the foot. If you suffer from an injury due to poor fitting snowboard boots, do not panic! 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. A snowboarding injury can be fixed.

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.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 15, 2017
Category: Proper Foot Wear

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

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.

Prevention

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.