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Posts for: May, 2014

Katey Behny, owner of a hiking supplies store in Beacon, NY, spent a lot of time hiking up mountains when she was growing up, making her an expert on outdoor activities.

Behny recommends that hikers find good, dependable shoes to wear in order to make sure that their feet stay safe while on treks. She claims that having footwear without adequate flexibility or room for one’s toes can lead to discomfort or injury.

"With an outdoor activity, you have to look at your clothing and footwear as equipment, and having the right equipment is going to make the experience a better one," she said.

Having footwear that fits correctly can prevent painful injuries from occurring when you participate in physical activities. If you need advice about footwear, talk to podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can suggest an appropriate size and style for you based on the type of activity you want to pursue.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Proper shoe fitting is one of the most common concerns people have when it comes to the health of their feet. To some this may not seem like a major issue, but the reality is that improperly fitted shoes account for a tremendous amount of injuries to the foot. Because our feet, our posture, and our gait directly affect the bio-mechanics and the overall structure of our entire body, pains and discomforts felt elsewhere within the body can frequently be attributed to improperly fitted footwear. Here are a few factors to consider, which will help you select the proper footwear when shopping.

Do not purchase shoes with the expectation that they will stretch to accommodate the size of your feet. You are looking for shoes that fit correctly right away. If the shoes you purchase are too large and are slipping in the area of the heel while you walk, do not purchase them. Do not look favorably upon shoes that slip with the intention of wearing thicker socks to compensate for the slippage. Make certain that in the widest portion of the shoes, the ball of your foot, fits comfortably in the shoe.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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john simmFilming for new series PREY was put on hold as the lead actor John Simm recovered from a leg injury suffered on-set.  Playing the role of a man accused of murdering his family and on the run, Simm was climbing out of a river during the third take of an outdoor chase scene when he felt a tear in his calf muscle.  

Simm claims that he routinely does stretching exercises before filming because of the intense physical exertion that the action thriller demands.  "It was a very physical role - lots of running, hanging off bridges and climbing fences. Hard work but I loved it” said Simm.  After undergoing physiotherapy and allowing the leg enough time to heal, he returned to the set and continued shooting.

Even though Simm seems to have done everything right, it is important to remember that failing to stretch the before strenuous activities increases risk of injury. For questions about adequately preparing the ankles or feet, call podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will take care of your podiatric needs.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Santa MonicaLisa Stothard, a small-time actress whose brief appearances on screen perhaps culminated with ‘bus stop beauty’ in Dumb and Dumber, is suing the city of Santa Monica over injuries sustained at a city-owned skating rink. 

While at the rink with her daughter for a friend’s birthday, a boy “skating at a wildly excessive rate” crashed into Stothard, according to lawsuit.  Stothard broke her leg and dislocated an ankle.  The suit alleges that the boy’s unsafe skating was seen but not deterred by staff members, and holds the city responsible under premises liability.

Husband Daniel Bernhardt filed an additional suit claiming loss of consortium, which is the loss of marital or household benefits when a spouse is unable to continue preforming regular duties.

Sports related foot or ankle injuries often require the attention of a specialist.  For questions or treatment options, see podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discontwill provide the care that you need.  

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

•           Plantar Fasciitis
•           Plantar Fasciosis
•           Achilles Tendinitis
•           Achilles Tendon Rupture
•           Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. Weoffer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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morton's neuromaCiarra Capezio and The Iowa State University Cyclones defeated Nebraska-Kearney, Nebraska-Omaha, and Northern Iowa in a three-match tournament recently.  Capezio, who had been an All-Big 12 freshman last year suffered Morton’s Neuroma towards the end of the season, but achieved a double victory.  In addition to helping the Cyclones defend the court, the tournament gave way as her debut return to the game and a milestone in her recovery from foot surgery.

“She’s a little rusty, there’s things I see that normally she doesn’t do, but I thought she looked really good and pretty pain-free,” said Capezio’s coach. “That’s what’s so exciting; she really hobbled through the end of the season with a lot of pain, so we’re all really excited that she feels good.”

Morton’s neuroma is a condition which triggers pain and/or numbness in the feet. For treatment options or questions about Morton’s neuroma, talk to Dr. Alan Discont, DPM of Family Foot and Ankle Care  Dr. Discont can help you with your foot and ankle condition and provide professional care and advice.

Morton’s Neuroma

Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.

Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present. 

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet will make it less likely that you will have to undergo surgery.

How Does It Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- High impact exercise
- Sustaining injuries
- Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)

Treatment for the affected feet can help tremendously. A podiatrist will help identify the issue and prompt the patient to a treatment plan. In many cases the doctor will recommend the following: 

o   Apply padding to the arch
o   Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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