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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 05, 2018

It’s nearing the end of the summer, and if you haven’t gotten a pedicure yet, you may start to feel like you’re due for one soon! The time we take to pamper ourselves is always time well spent. One thing is for certain - where you go for your pedicure can majorly impact your experience. This is especially true when you decide to include your child in the pedicure pampering! All of us at Family Foot & Ankle Care, P.C. challenge you to think ahead!

When you and your child go to get a pedicure, you’re putting your feet into warmer temperature waters that other peoples’ feet have been in as well. Soaking in warm temperatures will relax and open up your pores which, if there are any cuts or sores, will allow infection-causing bacteria to enter more easily. These bacteria can cause them to develop conditions like athlete’s foot and yeast infections, and can trigger or make diabetic foot ulcers worse for adults and kids with diabetes.

Bacteria can also impact your toes which can be affected by athlete’s foot and other toenail fungi. Your toes are also prone to ingrown toenails and the infections that can easily accompany them when your toenails are cleaned and clipped too aggressively. We know what you’re thinking - maybe getting a pedicure isn’t such a great idea...but it’s not all bad! The key to a great pedicure is knowing what to look for: when looking into where you and your child will get their first pedicure, be sure to look at the reviews!

Call ahead and ask if they’re kid-friendly. Visit and check out the facility before committing to it. It’s always a good sign to see cleaning supplies not only present but actively being used! A pedicurist gets major bonus points for having disposable tools and covers for the soaking tub used in pedicure chairs. This says a lot about how a business values the safety and health of its clients.

With all of the good and the bad laid out, we hope this will enable you to confidently pursue your next pedicure adventure and safely introduce pedicures to your child. If any complications arise, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Alan J. Discont. Just call (408) 732-0033 to schedule your next appointment at our convenient location in Chandler, Arizona!

 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 30, 2018
Tags: cut   traumatic injuries   bandage   first aid kit   scrape  

Has your little one experienced a tough fall recently? Or maybe, as a proactive parent, you’re hoping to prepare ahead of time for the inevitable. It’s hard enough to heal from traumatic injuries when you’re an adult, but to experience injuries, especially abrasions like cuts and scrapes, as a kid...it’s a whole different story!

How can you make wound care a more rewarding experience for your child? This is easier said than done - but Family Foot & Ankle Care, P.C. is here to help. When your child has a big cut or scrape, the first thing to do is to make sure it’s cleaned and bandaged up. This is a no-brainer, of course! But what about afterward? What if they’re scheduled to go on a field trip the next day, or it rains on their walk to school?

There are some easy interventions here that you can put in place to help prevent infection from setting in. At your local pharmacy, look for a small first aid kit - small enough to fit in your child’s backpack but large enough to not lose it! Pack it with a few of the essentials that you use each time you freshen up your child’s bandage. This can include a handful of new bandages, sanitizing cloths, antimicrobial or antibiotic cream, and anything else you may find handy. If you’re concerned that your child is too young or might forget amidst the excitement of their day to check in on their wound, call their school, camp, or whatever program they’re headed off to enjoy.

Let someone in charge know ahead of time that you would like someone to keep an eye out on your child’s wound, just in case the bandage gets wet or it comes off. Be sure to let them know that they have their own supplies in their backpack! This will make it a lot easier on their caretakers. If your child has a cell phone, you can always check in with them via text message. Before you know it, it’ll be healed up and you might even be due to see Dr. Alan J. Discont again for a foot check-up! Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our convenient location in Chandler, Arizona today. 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 15, 2018

Want to keep your kids in the loop on foot health and safety this summer? Though it’s almost time to go back to school, it’s never too early (or too late!) to get started. Did you know that physically active kids are especially vulnerable to injuring their feet or ankles between the ages of 12-15 years? During this time, most children and young adults are still finishing up the development of some bones in their feet. There is even a bone in their heels that forms a protective plate which isn’t done fully forming until around 15 years of age. At Family Foot & Ankle Center, it’s never too early to get smart about being active.

Think about what kind of sports or other activities your kids are into. Do they run track? Play lacrosse? Maybe they’re on the cheerleading squad or in the band at school. While sports like track and lacrosse involve more frequent high-impact than sports or activities like cheerleading and band, a vulnerable foot is a vulnerable foot!

Here’s a quick and easy way to assess your child’s foot and ankle health: check in with them after a long day of activity. Ask your child if anything on their body hurts today. You could introduce the question by saying “Wow, you must be sore today after all that running around!” If they ever hint that their feet or ankles are experiencing any aching pain or discomfort, it’s time to talk about their shoes.

When was the last time you bought your child a new pair of shoes? If it’s been over 6 months, you may want to take a closer look at the pair they wear most often. Because of how fast kids grow and how active some kids will be throughout the year, their shoes may wear out quickly and need to be replaced more frequently. In the long run, this investment in new shoes and custom orthotics is worth it - you could easily be preventing your child from developing foot and ankle related problems later in life like bunions, plantar fasciitis, flat arches, poor circulation, and weak ankles.

Now that you’ve checked in with your child about their foot and ankle health, it’s time to take the next step! Get them started on the right foot by establishing care early on in life with a trusted podiatrist. Call us today at (408) 732-0033 and schedule your next appointment with Dr. Alan J. Discont at our location in Chandler, Arizona!

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 29, 2018
Tags: Footwear   Shoes   Podiatrist   Children   Injury   Infection   barefoot   cut   bacteria  

Easter is on its way, and with it, many children will get a visit from the Easter Bunny. This is an exciting time for friends and family as it brings people together to make many lasting memories. It can be especially endearing to watch small children run around happily on the hunt for Easter eggs that are hiding in the yard, just waiting for their treasures to be found and enjoyed. In many areas of the United States, the weather for Easter is usually mild. That means a lot of Easter egg hunts can occur outside in the nice weather. When you let your kids outside, try to keep them in their shoes because barefoot running can be dangerous to little developing feet.

Beware of Children Barefoot Running

While barefoot running indoors is encouraged for small children who are learning how to walk, it is not encouraged for children who are outside. Barefoot running and walking can help a child find their balance and give them better grip and confidence, especially indoors on the carpet or hardwood floor. Outside poses a whole different threat. Debris, germs, and animals feces are all commonly found outside. Debris can cut small feet and cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream. When bacteria enter the bloodstream, it can cause disease and infection to occur. Another risk factor is that if a cut is severe, it can cause a deformity as a child’s foot heals. Growing feet need to be kept in the best shape possible to promote healthy growth and development in the future.

What if my child doesn’t like shoes?

Every parent knows that it can be a nightmare putting a pair of shoes on a child or toddler that just doesn’t want anything to do with it. Some parents would even go so far as to say it is akin to wrestling an alligator. While the battle to put on shoes can be a hard one, it is a battle that is well worth the strength and aggravation.

Try to think outside of the box when asking your child to put on shoes. Offer them stickers to decorate their footwear to make them seem more approachable and fun. Alternatively, allow them to choose a set of shoes they like at the store to entice them into wearing them. Another fun option is buying special socks that can only be worn with shoes. In any case, make sure your child has their shoes on before they go outside to prevent injury.

If your battle is lost, and your child is outside before you even realize, do not fret. If they are injured, call a podiatrist immediately. Our staff can help treat your child’s feet and allow them to heal in a proper fashion so that they develop in a healthy way. 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. Our staff can help treat your child’s injured feet and educate you further on the dangers of barefoot running.

 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 13, 2017
Tags: Bunions   Calluses   blisters   spurs  

As a parent, you have many different choices to make for your children. You have to choose what to feed them, how to dress them, how to care for them, and even what shoes they wear. It can be a daunting task. There are so many different options and it’s hard to figure out what is exactly the right thing to do.  Are you making the right choice? Will you scar your child for life? You could, if you pick the wrong shoes for their tiny, developing feet.

When shopping for shoes for your baby or child, it is really easy to want to buy the cute shoes. These cute shoes tend to be very rigid, inflexible and unforgiving. If a shoe is restrictive it does not allow for proper motion of the feet and the toes. This can cause many complications for the foot. Bunions, spurs, blisters, and calluses can all be caused by shoes that do not properly fit. These cute shoes can also cause other severe deformities if worn too often.

When shopping for shoes and even socks, it is important to select a pair that is not restrictive. Shoes and socks should not be too tight, too narrow, or have an inflexible sole. Crib shoes are often a good choice for a newborn's foot. These shoes have a flexible sole, are not restrictive, and have a lot of room in the toe box. Many crib shoes even come with grip so that your child does not slip when learning to walk. These types of shoes are ideal for a newborn baby and toddler.

When your child is fully mobile, try to find shoes that bend easily and that are breathable. Sneakers tend to be a very good option for small, growing feet. Make sure that the sneakers are wide enough at the forefoot and toes, and do not rub too abruptly on the Achilles tendon. Also, be sure to check your child’s shoe size regularly. Tiny feet have a tendency to grow quickly and get cramped in their shoes.

Are you still having a hard time figuring out which shoe is right for your child’s foot? Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC of Chandler, Arizona can help you connect with a highly trained podiatrist to answer all your questions and concerns. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn have years of experience in helping parents choose the right shoe for their baby’s feet. Just call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today