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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “a minimum of two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity,” such as running or jogging, is recommended each week. However, in order to sufficiently prevent running injuries, make sure to wear shoes that have proper support as well as pace your running routine. If you have any current health or foot conditions, see your doctor first to determine your exercise schedule. It is recommended to start first with both walking and running until a continuous running time of 20 minutes can be reached.

Running injuries, even with proper precautions, can still occur in many runners. If you are suffering from a running injury, 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.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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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While many women enjoy wearing high heels, to promote better foot health women should instead opt to wear them for special occasions. Heels lead to long-term problems for our bodies, especially for the spine, joints, ankles, knees, and feet. Foot conditions such as Morton’s neuroma, bunions, and hammertoes can result from continuous high heel wear. High heels essentially alter our body’s structure and gait. If you don’t want to avoid high heel wear altogether, opt for wearing high heels on days that do not require long periods of standing or walking.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet 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.

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.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads. 

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 and Ankle Care, PC
June 17, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

Foot pain got you down? Find out what might be to blame!

When it comes to foot pain, there are a whole host of issues that could be the culprit. While it might be difficult to determine the root cause on your own, your Chandler, AZ podiatrist, Dr. Alan Discont, has the answer you’ve been looking for.Foot Pain

Causes of Foot Pain

The most common causes of foot pain are usually due to injury, overuse or an inflammatory disorder that affects the bones, tendons or ligaments of the foot. Some other problems that can also cause foot pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Broken toe
  • Broken ankle or foot
  • Bursitis
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Bunion
  • Arthritis
  • Stress fracture

When to See Your Doctor?

It can be a challenge to know when to just give your feet a break or when you actually need to see your Chandler foot doctor for medical attention. Even minor foot pain can be bad enough that it can affect your day-to-day activities. While it can be okay to try some at-home remedies it’s better to play it safe rather than sorry. It’s best to seek medical care right away if you are dealing with any of these issues:

  • Severe swelling or pain
  • An open wound that has pus
  • Redness, tenderness, a spot that is warm to the touch or a fever over 100 F (signs of infection)
  • If you can’t put weight on the affected foot
  • If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and are dealing with any symptoms like redness, swelling or pain

It’s also time to schedule a visit to our podiatric office if you:

  • Have swelling that won’t go down after a few days of at-home care
  • Have pain that hasn’t improved after a couple weeks
  • Are experiencing numbness or tingling, particularly at the bottom of the foot

Foot pain doesn’t have to take over your life. Turn to the foot expert in Chandler, AZ at Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Call Dr. Discont today to schedule your next appointment.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Calcaneal Wounds  

Calcaneal WoundPatients often come to foot doctors with concerns about sores, wounds and lesions on the feet. One type of foot problem that is very urgent for podiatrists and their patients alike is a calcaneal wound. Without critical and proper treatment, these types of lesions could become very serious and even lead to the amputation of foot tissue. Learn more about calcaneal wounds, what causes them and how they can be treated successfully by your podiatrist.

What Is a Calcaneal Wound?

A calcaneal wound is a problem that occurs around the heel. The word “calcaneus” is a more formal word for the heel bone. The wound progressively gets worse, starting as a small sore, progressing to an ulcer and then (if not properly treated in early stages) it can become an infected series of lesions and ulcers that requires tissue to be removed. In extreme cases, amputation may be necessary.

How Does this Type of Wound Develop?

Calcaneal wounds usually develop as a result of direct injury to the heel of the foot, obesity (continual pressure on the same area of the foot causes the ulcer to form) or diabetic complications. If a patient experiences a severe trauma to the heel of the foot that causes a wound, but doesn’t get it treated it can progress to an infection. Patients who are overweight often develop pressure ulcer on their heels. And diabetic patients who experience neuropathy (nerve damage) due to out­of­control blood glucose levels are also susceptible to calcaneal wounds.

Calcaneal Wound Treatments

It’s important to see a podiatrist at the first signs of a calcaneal wound. The usual treatment plan includes cleaning the wound thoroughly, removing bad tissue, applying wound care medication, bandaging the area and prescribing antibiotics to fight infection. In serious cases surgical treatment may be necessary correct the problem.

If you are at risk of developing calcaneal wounds, sores or ulcers in any part of your foot, keep a direct line open with your podiatrist. Schedule regular checkups with your foot doctor to continually monitor the condition of your feet. It’s also important that you follow doctor’s orders from your primary care provider.

The walking gait cycle, as it’s known, “refers to our natural ability to propel ourselves forward.” According to physiotherapist Galen Carroll, “the technique we use when we walk can stress the joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles of the body in different ways,” so it’s important for our foot gait to be stable and anatomically correct. A natural gait involves the heel striking the ground, with our knees and hips aligned. In ensuring our feet’s overall health, opt for comfortable footwear that offers proper support for our feet.

The biomechanics are the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you would like more information, 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.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics
-  Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
-  In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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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