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A blister, while a seemingly minor foot condition, can develop into a more troublesome problem if not treated right away. Upon first spotting a blister or other foot condition, seek out treatment right away. Untreated, open blisters can become infected and swell in pain. Cellulitis, a bacterial infection in the deepest layer of the skin, can develop from an untreated cut, burn, or blister. To prevent the creation of infections like cellulitis, small wounds such as blisters should be immediately treated.

Untreated blisters can worsen and make mobility extremely difficult and painful. For quality blister treatment, see 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 answer any of your related questions.  

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

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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Summer means warm temperatures, and for some people this means sweaty feet. While walking barefoot is the best way to keep the feet sweat-free, realistically it may not be the most practical. To remedy this dilemma, Bustle lists seven shoes that will help keep the feet sweat-free: slide sandals, which allow for breezes; suede peep-toe booties, suede heeled sandals, and suede flats to absorb sweat; Birkenstocks for their lightweight and durable design; Roshe Runs for their mesh material and lunarlon midsole; and jelly sandals with a non-jelly sole.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 15, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear  

Fitness and Your Feet

Most people do not realize the tremendous amount of pressure that is put on their feet during exercise.  For example, a 150-pound jogger puts more than 150 tons of impact on their feet while running three miles. Also during running, the 26 bones, 33 joints and 112 ligaments, and a network of nerves and tendons that make up the foot, all work together. Improper foot care during exercise can cause some of the over 300 foot ailments including athlete’s foot, blisters, corns and calluses and heel pain. Your podiatrist is available to help you live pain free. 

Check Your Shoes

One of the most important things you can do for your feet while exercising is wear proper shoes, especially if there is running involved. Good shoes need to provide cushioning for shock absorption because of the force you are putting on your legs, ankles and feet. It is important to select a pair of shoes designed for the shape of your foot and its natural structure and inclination. Your podiatrist will be able to help you find the best shoes for your feet and fitness regimen. 
Other tips for by good running shoes include shopping at the end of the day when your feet are slightly swollen to ensure a good fit. It also helps to wear the type of socks you will wear when running. If you use an orthotic, bring that as well when trying on shoes. Look for lightweight, breathable shoes to ensure comfort and consider buying two pairs and rotating them to extend the life of each pair. Running shoes should be replaced about every 400 miles. 

Other Guidelines for Foot Care

Besides having the right shoes for exercise, there are also other measures you can take to preserve the health of your feet. 
  • Wash your feet every day and make sure they are dried thoroughly. 
  • Good quality, well-fitting socks is also important for foot care. 
  • The more weight that is put on your feet, the more strain there is. 
  • Being in shape and being at a healthy weight will help take some of the stress off of your feet. 
  • Avoid walking barefoot. 
  • Do not ignore any foot pain. 
Contact your podiatrist as soon as you feel any pain in your feet. The earlier an ailment is diagnosed, the easier it is to heal. 

Many competitive runners agree that wearing the right running shoes can make a difference in reducing the amount of time it takes to cross the finish line. But whether it be for recreation or competition, wearing the right shoe is crucial to help prevent injuries and make running an easier experience. The following six tips can help runners select the best shoes for their feet: stay current and replace shoes every 3-4 months, take the water test to determine your striking pattern, know how you pronate, try on shoes before purchasing them, have shoes specifically for racing if you run competitively, and be willing to shop around to find the right pair.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, see Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

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
June 09, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Flat Feet  

Your Chandler podiatrist offers up a variety of ways to care for your flat feet.

Do you suffer from flat feet? While this is usually a relatively common and innocuous condition, there might be moments when this condition can still cause you pain in the feet, legs, and even lower back. If you are experiencing issues caused by your flat feet, your Flat FeetChandler podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont may recommend any of these options for treating your condition:

Conservative measures

The first course of action for treating minor foot problems includes certain measures you can do conveniently from the comfort of your own home. This means asking your Chandler podiatrist Dr. Discont about stretching and strengthening exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine. You can also wear orthotic devices and inserts to help stabilize and support the foot during physical activity.

Resting and icing your feet when you experience pain and swelling can also reduce your flat feet symptoms. If you don’t notice a change after using over-the-counter pain medications or after adopting some of these treatments, then it might be time to talk to your Chandler podiatrist Dr. Discont about corticosteroid injections, which can also help with swelling and pain.

There are some health conditions like obesity and diabetes that can make flat feet worse. If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic health problem that increases your risk of flat feet symptoms then it’s time to work with both your Chandler podiatrist Dr. Discont and general doctor to find ways to manage your health. By getting your weight and health under control, you can easily reduce many of your foot problems.

Treatment for more severe cases

The majority of flat feet cases find the relief they need with these more conservative treatments; however, if you are still experiencing severe or debilitating pain, then your Chandler podiatrist may advise you to have surgery. There is a variety of different surgeries available to those with flat feet. Some surgeries work by fusing certain bones together while others remove bone spurs or reshape the bones in the foot. Your Chandler podiatrist will discuss your surgical options for you when it’s time.

Are flat feet making physical activity or even just day-to-day living a royal pain? If so, then it’s time to see your Chandler podiatrist for answers. Schedule an appointment today and say goodbye to foot pain.