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Flip-flops are a key summer staple, and it is undoubtedly for their easy wear and comfort. But while flip-flops make you feel as if you are on vacation, in reality they cause the feet to work even harder. Doug Kechijian, D.P.T. of Peak Performance in New York City says that wearing thonged sandals causes the feet to clench the toes to keep them securely on. This clenching causes the feet to stiffen and tense, which can arise to muscular issues in the feet such as plantar fasciitis. Because flip-flops are inevitably a part of summer, Kechijian recommends putting a limit on how far you walk while wearing them.  

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

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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Basketball players in the middle of March Madness will often rely on orthotics to give them extra protection while playing on the court. Orthotics provide a great advantage for the athletes, as they help reduce and prevent pain and injury to the lower body—especially the feet. Basketball requires non-stop running and jumping, forcing great pressure onto the lower body and feet. A correctly designed orthotic will help the feet absorb shock by controlling how they hit the ground.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and more severe heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses, and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain free.

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
August 14, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   Foot Hygiene   Healthy Feet  
Diabetes causes a condition of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body, but the legs and feet are the body’s most prone areas to serious Diabeteshealth problems. Damage to the nerves can cause the loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect extreme temperatures and pain as easily or readily as someone who does not have diabetes. Understanding the connection between foot care and diabetes is important to avoid more serious health problems. Visit your podiatrist, about the best ways to care for your feet. 


Inspect Your Feet Regularly


If you have diabetes, it’s crucial to examine your feet every day and after every injury, regardless of how minor you may think the injury is. If you notice redness, swelling, persistent pain, numbness, tingling or any other unusual signs on any part of your foot, call your podiatrist immediately, as this could signify serious health problems. 
 
It’s also recommended that people with diabetes see a podiatrist for annual checkups. A professional podiatrist can detect broken skin or ulcers that can be detrimental to the health of your feet and body. They can also check your blood circulation, identify loss of sensation or detect areas of high pressure - all of which require professional medical attention. 


Small Foot Problems Can Lead to Bigger Problems


|If you have diabetes, even the smallest foot problems can turn into more serious complications. Some of these small complications include:
  • Ulcers that don’t heal
  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Cracked heels
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Ingrown toenails
With these complications, you run the risk of developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which is a condition that develops slowly and worsens over time, and Charcot foot, which is a condition in which the bones of the foot are weakened enough to fracture. Taking extra precautions and caring for even the smallest injuries with care might just save your foot. 


Keep Your Feet Healthy with Proper Foot Hygiene


Everyone needs to practice good foot hygiene daily, but people with diabetes should pay extra attention to keeping their feet clean in order to prevent health problems. If you have diabetes, your podiatrist urges you to:
  • Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water and mild soap, making sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. 
  • Keep the skin on your feet smooth and soft by applying a non-irritating moisturizer, avoiding the areas between the toes. Doing so can help prevent cracks and sores that lead to infection. 
  • Avoid ingrown toenails than can get infected by keeping them neatly trimmed straight across.
  • Wear clean, dry socks and change them every day.
  • Avoid walking barefoot to protect feet from harmful foreign particles. 
  • Never attempt to remove corns, calluses or other sores from your feet on your own. See your podiatrist for safe and pain-free removal. 
Early detection, simple care, and regular inspections can go a long way to avoid serious foot complications related to diabetes. Diabetes is serious, especially when it comes to your feet. If you have diabetes, talk with your podiatrist about what you can do now to keep your feet safe, strong, and healthy. 

According to a new Northwestern Medicine study, diabetics suffering from painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) can relieve their pain by taking low doses of a non-viral gene therapy called VM202. VM202 contains human hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) gene. Dr. Jack Kessler, lead author of the study and the Ken and Ruth Davee Professor of Stem Cell Biology and a professor in the pharmacology department at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine stated, “Those who received the therapy reported more than a 50 percent reduction in their symptoms and virtually no side effects. Not only did it improve their pain, it also improved their ability to perceive a very, very light touch.”

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications and should not ignore any pain they are feeling. If you are diabetic and have any concerns, see Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your diabetic feet.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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To prevent running injuries and foot pain, runners will often invest in quality shoes and try to follow a training schedule. Injury prevention, however, also involves performing stretches. Yoga stretches such as the hero pose, kneeling tow squat, and garland pose can help reduce a runner’s risk for plantar fasciitis, one of the most common running injuries. The hero pose involves kneeling on the floor with your knees and ankles about hip-width apart while pushing your bottom and the tops of your feet towards the ground. The kneeling tow squat involves kneeling on the floor with the knees, ankles and feet together while trying to tuck the toes under, grounding onto the floor. The garland pose involves beginning in a mountain pose with the feet hip width apart and squatting.

Stretching the feet is an important part of maintaining optimal foot health. To learn more, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your foot and ankle 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 such as increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief. Stretching is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone who is experiencing foot pain or is constantly on their feet should stretch.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pulling 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 contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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