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Amy Clapp, 34, and Emma Wilson, 38, are two sisters known as ‘Sisters got Blisters.’ The pair will be participating in the 2015 London Marathon, which is to be held this coming April. The two are aiming to raise 4,000 British pounds in support of charity Help the Hospice. Their local hospice was extremely supportive of the pair and their family when their father lost his battle to cancer sixteen years ago, making the charity extremely important to the pair. Both are hoping to raise awareness as well as money for the cause and will be organizing several fundraising events leading up to the marathon. “The first run was quite comical; we only did about three miles running and walking,” said Wilson. “It was a bit of a shock and we realized how much work we have got to do.”

Blisters are more likely to persist in athletes who are always on their feet, such as marathon runners. To learn more, speak to Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a band-aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek a doctor.

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

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Chinese waitress Wang Fang of Chongqing, China can walk easily just like everyone else despite being born with backwards feet. Fang has worried doctors with her rare condition. But even with backwards feet, Fang has been able to overcome her doctors’ worst fears by being able to walk—and work on her feet—as normal. “I can run faster than most of my friends and have a regular job as a waitress in the family restaurant. There is no reason to class me as disabled,” Fang stated. “I can walk as well as anyone else and even run faster than them. I’m like everyone else—except of course that I put my shoes on backwards.”

While working on your feet has detrimental effects on multiple parts of the body, the feet are heavily involved. To learn more about the effects of working on your feet, consult with podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment. 

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere.

Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Former  orthopedic surgeon Dr. Taryn Rose claims to have created feet-friendly high heels. Dr. Rose has already built a $40 million business with her shoe collection and has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund what she titles ‘wing shoes’.  

The collection of heels, called Enrico Cuini for DRESR, feature special constructed carbon fiber ‘wings’ built into the insoles, which support and cushion all three arches of the foot: medial, lateral, and transverse. “The wings ‘flutter’ as you walk to provide a pumping action, which helps blood flow back to your heart from your feet,” Dr. Rose says “This provides comfort and decreases swelling in your feet. “

High heels can negatively affect your feet if they do not offer enough support. If you would like to learn more, speak to see  Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M.of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discontwill answer all of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

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.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. 

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

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Virgin Atlantic is working with English designer Vivienne Westwood to create a brand new look for their flight attendants and crew. Although these designer uniforms are quite attractive, the level of comfort it provides may tell another tale. In fact, 7,500 crew members reported these designer shoes causing blisters in their feet.

Westwood’s shoes are an adaptation of her signature hourglass heel. An initial global wearer trial of the uniform did not report any negative feedback. Still, a spokesperson for the airline company said they would ensure their employees will be “happy and comfortable in their working environment.”

Long hours on your feet, either standing or walking, can elevate your risk for developing blisters. If you would like to learn more about blister treatment and prevention, speak to podiatrist Dr. Eric J. Abrams, D.P.M. of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Dr. Abrams will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a band-aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek a doctor.    

If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of our offices located in Toms River or Eatontown, NJ. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
October 02, 2014
Tags: Ankle Pain   Foot Pain   Joint Pain  

Joint Pain In FeetThe foot contains 26 bones and more than 30 joints, which can create multiple areas for pain to originate.  Swelling, tenderness, stiffness, redness, bruising, and/or increased warmth may accompany the pain in the affected joints. Your podiatrist in Chandler describes joint pain as being caused by trauma, infection, arthritis, bursitis, gout, or structural foot problems.

When you first notice any joint pain in your foot and ankle, your Chandler podiatrist may initially treat your pain with the conservative treatment, RICE, which stands for:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Your podiatrist in Chandler will also recommend a limitation of walking and weight bearing on the painful foot to ensure further damage does not develop.  Use of steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, and ice can also help to reduce local inflammation and pain.  Custom orthotics may also be prescribed to support the foot and reduce the pain. 

Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC can best determine the cause of joint pain and recommend the appropriate treatment.  If you are experiencing joint pain in your foot or ankle, schedule an appointment today to ensure a speedy recovery.