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Triathlete Tamsyn Moana-Veale came all the way to Morocco in order to participate in the 2014 Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon. However, Moana-Veale found out she had a stress fracture in her foot upon arriving for the competition.

Unfortunately, the stress fracture prevented Moana-Veale from partaking in the running portion of the race. However, Moana-Veale’s doctors did green-light her to participate in the swimming and cycling segments.

Stress fractures can be very painful. If you sustained a stress fracture to your foot or ankle, speak to podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can treat your podiatric injuries.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                 
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

Treatment

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take longer.

For more information about Stress Fractures in the Feet and Ankles, follow the link below.

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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The “Flatform” shoe, a hybrid between flats and platforms, is a fashion buzzword being worn by many celebrities. Some of these famous faces donning these shoes include Miley Cyrus, Kate Bosworth, and Willow Smith.

Unfortunately, the health risks shoes possess might lower their attractiveness. Flatforms cause the feet and ankles move in dangerous, unnatural ways due to its shape. Many people who tried wearing flatforms, including a writer for Vogue, claim these shoes have caused tears or ruptures in the ligaments in their lower limbs.

High heels may make you look good, but your feet certainly won’t feel good. If you wear high heels a lot and are experiencing foot pain, call podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can diagnose any podiatric conditions that you have and help you get the care you need.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. 

For more information about the Effects of High Heels, follow the link below.

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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Luxembourg scientists held a study that focused on the rate of injury among runners. The main focus of the study was the intensity rate of the runners’ training as well as the type of footwear that was being worn. As the study found, the subjects who switched up their footwear routinely were able to reduce their injury rate by 39%.

Switching shoes can take some of the pressure off commonly worked tissues and reapply it to other areas, which can put less strain on the muscles. "The concomitant use of different pairs of running shoes will provide alternation in the running pattern and vary external and active forces on the lower legs during running activity,” the scientists said.

Choose the right running shoe to prevent injury. If you happened to suffer a foot or ankle injury, see podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care if you would like to learn more. Dr. Discont can address your foot and ankle needs.  

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

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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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 09, 2014
Category: Foot Care
While on your daily run you might have started to notice a pain in your foot, which was localized to the base of your big toe. Then you began to notice discomfort in the ball of your foot. Once the pain didn’t go away and you found that you could no longer enjoy those daily runs, you knew it was time to visit our podiatrist in Chandler. We’re sure glad you did! Bunion Treatment
 
If you were diagnosed with a bunion, you probably didn’t know too much about it before your doctor’s visit. However, we’re here to help. If you have a bunion and you want to know how to quell the pain and enjoy your day-to-day activities once more, we’re here to tell you how.
  • Our Chandler area foot doctor will often recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to help relieve inflammation; however, if the swelling is severe, we might prescribe a stronger medication.
  • If you have a painful bunion in Chandler you might find some relief from a heating pad or a soothing footbath. However, if the warmth doesn’t provide some TLC for your bunion pain, then you might want to try ice packs. While heat tends to work better, some patients have found solace in cold packs.
  •  If you caught the bunion early enough and you weren’t in constant pain, then you’re in luck. Hopefully all you’ll need is to purchase some well-fitting shoes. Sure it might seem rather extravagant to get a nice part of shoes, but it will be well worth the investment when you can enjoy your daily activities without discomfort. For added protection, we might even recommend orthoses like bunion pads or shoes inserts, should the need arise; however, sometimes the extra pressure and thickness can cause more pain, so we don’t recommend this as often.
  • If the pain is just too severe and you’ve found no relief from any of the above remedies, it might be time to talk to our Chandler podiatrist about surgery.
Are you ready to take charge and tell your bunion whose boss? If you have any questions about these remedies or about your bunion, feel free to call our Chandler foot doctor at (480) 732-0033.
 
Dealing with bunions in Chandler and discovered another way to relieve the pain? If you have, we would love to hear from you. Plus, I know our other patients could use all the helpful advice they could get when it comes to caring for their bunion.

Bacteria and fungus can spread in many ways, including through shoes that multiple people try on while at the store. If sweat collects in a pair of footwear, or if the footwear is stored in a humid area, then the fungus that causes athlete’s foot could develop there.

Another foot problem that could be contracted at the shoe store is plantar warts, which occur when the human papilloma virus enters the body. However, these conditions and others can be avoided as long as you wear a good pair of socks on your feet when trying on new pairs of footwear.

Wearing socks while in public is one of the best ways to defend yourself against the development of plantar warts. If you think that warts might be growing on your feet, consider seeing Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will diagnose your condition and recommend appropriate forms of medication to make your unsightly skin problem disappear.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart.

For more information about Plantar Warts, follow the link below.

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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