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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care

When you partake in sports, it’s important to buy the right equipment for whichever sport you choose to participate in. The same goes for runners and running. Not just any shoes are meant to be used for running. High heels, flats, boots, clogs and other types of shoes should never be worn as running shoes. The right running shoe really makes all the difference. It provides stability, comfort, and can help to amplify the runner’s performance.

Most running injuries can be attributed to wearing the wrong shoe while running. Another common reason is that the running shoe that is worn by the runner does not fit properly. Do you have the right pair of running shoes? Here are common signs of running shoes that do not fit correctly:

These signs and symptoms can be felt by the runner while wearing the wrong shoes. If you suffer from any of the listed symptoms, then it is time for a new pair of running shoes. When purchasing a new pair of shoes, consider the following:

  • Foot Type – What shape is your foot? What kind of arch do you have? Are your feet wide or are they narrow?
  • Body Weight – The more you weigh the more shock and pressure your feet will absorb. Consider purchasing shoes with more shock absorption to help prevent injuries from overuse and trauma.
  • Fit – The shoe you select should be comfortable and not restrictive. They should not require a break-in period.
  • Shoe Life – How long will these shoes last? What material are they made of? Are they easy to clean? Are they good quality?
  • Price – The cheapest shoes are not usually the best shoes, but the most expensive shoes are also not always the best. Look for a middle-priced shoe around $65.00 to $85.00.

Have you been searching for the right pair of shoes for a long time to no avail? Have you recently bought a new pair of running shoes and have injuries due to their poor fit? Podiatrists Alan J. Discont, DPM      and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC              located in Chandler, Arizona can help you get to the bottom of your sorry shoes. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. You will get the help of experts and quality care you deserve.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 21, 2017

Our feet and ankles are used every single day. Sometimes they are used for balance, sometimes they are used for sport, and other times they are used as transportation. Our feet allow us to participate in an amazing number of activities. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget to take care of our feet. We use them so much that they begin to break down and suffer from more severe issues.

There are many types of foot and ankle injuries that are attributed to overuse. Some of these injuries are considered mild and common while others can be much more severe and rare. Here are 4 of the most common foot and ankle injuries that can occur from overuse:

  1. Achilles Tendonitis – This condition is due to the overuse of the Achilles tendon. Normally, it is due to an activity that requires a lot of jumping. More often than not, it occurs in children ages fourteen and older. Rest, stretching, properly fitting shoes, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication can help curb and heal the condition over time.
  2. Sever's Disease – This disease is caused by the inflammation in the heel bone before the skeleton hits maturity. The growth plate near where the Achilles tendon attaches is usually the most affected area. The use of heel pads, a heel cup, ice, rest, stretches and modification to daily exercise can treat this disorder. Casting is also used occasionally to further treatment.
  3. Plantar Fasciitis – Inflammation of the sole of the foot, or the plantar’s arch, is what causes this disorder. It is usually more painful in the morning and the pain decreases throughout the day. Rest, ice, pain medication and stretching are used to treat it. Arch supports as well as other orthotics are usually good tools to put into properly fitting shoes to help the arch heal over time.
  4. Stress Fractures - Stress fractures are tiny little fractures that are caused by repeated stress from micro trauma. A sudden increase in activity and exertion is usually the cause of a stress fracture. If these tiny fractures are ignored, they can become more severe and eventually turn into a full foot fracture.

Do you have pain in your Achilles, arch, or other part of your foot? Do you do a lot of constant repetitive physical activities and are afraid you may hurt your foot? Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona can help you diagnose your foot or ankle injury. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn are highly trained and skilled podiatrists who have worked with overuse injuries for many years. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online. Let us treat your feet.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 18, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

PAD, or Peripheral Arterial Disease, reduces blood circulation in the feet and legs. It can lead to a host of other serious physical problems if not treated and managed properly.

What is PAD?

PAD happens when the insides of the arteries experience a buildup of fatty deposits. Also known as plaque, these deposits reduce the blood flow to the legs and feet. Like the plaque that forms on your teeth, it is extremely detrimental to the tissues where it develops. The arteries harden and become narrow, a condition known as atherosclerosis. The disease presents as upper and lower leg pain during activity, foot or toe pain during rest, and ulcerated sores on your feet that heal very slowly. Some people do not experience pain, however.

As many as one in five Americans aged 70 and over are afflicted with this disease, and with it comes a markedly increased risk for death from a heart attack or stroke. Complications from PAD can also lead to amputations.

What causes PAD?

While diabetes and high blood pressure can exacerbate PAD, a person's habits can largely compound the problem. Smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and poor diet are all contributing factors to PAD and the complications that come with it.

How is PAD treated?

Your podiatrist will perform a simple test that compares the blood pressure in your arm with that in your ankle. An abnormality warrants other tests to determine how extensive your PAD is. It can then be managed with medicines designed to prevent blood clots and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Lifestyle changes are a must ­ smoking cessation, an exercise regimen and a healthful diet are essential. Advanced cases may require surgery.

PAD is a serious disease, but maintaining a relationship with your podiatrist and committing to a healthier way of life can help control its effects.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Foot care  

With so much emphasis put on eating healthy, brushing your teeth, and other basic health requirements, you may not even realize that proper foot careyour feet require everyday care. However, this is a crucial and fragile part of your body prone to injury. Find out how you can properly care for your feet with Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Morten Krahn at Family Foot and Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ.

What is a podiatrist? 
Podiatry is a medical specialty focusing on the foot and its bones and connective tissues. A podiatrist is an expert in the foot and must have years of extensive foot and ankle training and residency before obtaining their DPM, or doctor of podiatric medicine, titles. Often, podiatrists are also surgeons, qualified to perform surgeries on the feet like bunionectomy or tendon release surgery.

How should I care for my feet? 
Foot care is especially important for those with diabetes, as their condition can decrease blood flow to the feet and cause numbness. Caring for your feet only takes a few minutes a day and can mean the difference between preventing infections and foot-related conditions like ingrown toenails or bunions and ending up with serious complications. Be sure to wear clean, dry socks at all times. Change your socks at least once a day. Keep your feet dry and clean. Always wear shower shoes in public, damp places like locker rooms or public pools. Cut the toenails straight across and do not round their corners to avoid ingrown toenails. Wear comfortable, flat shoes with enough room in the toe box for your toes to lay flat and straight.

Foot Examinations in Chandler, AZ
A foot examination is a simple way to give your podiatrist the opportunity to catch and treat potential issues early. Your doctor will visually examine the foot and ankle to find any areas of concern. If necessary, your doctor uses imagining techniques like x-rays.

For more information on proper foot care or foot examinations, please contact Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Morten Krahn at Family Foot and Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ. Call 480-732-0033 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 13, 2017
Tags: Bunions   Calluses   blisters   spurs  

As a parent, you have many different choices to make for your children. You have to choose what to feed them, how to dress them, how to care for them, and even what shoes they wear. It can be a daunting task. There are so many different options and it’s hard to figure out what is exactly the right thing to do.  Are you making the right choice? Will you scar your child for life? You could, if you pick the wrong shoes for their tiny, developing feet.

When shopping for shoes for your baby or child, it is really easy to want to buy the cute shoes. These cute shoes tend to be very rigid, inflexible and unforgiving. If a shoe is restrictive it does not allow for proper motion of the feet and the toes. This can cause many complications for the foot. Bunions, spurs, blisters, and calluses can all be caused by shoes that do not properly fit. These cute shoes can also cause other severe deformities if worn too often.

When shopping for shoes and even socks, it is important to select a pair that is not restrictive. Shoes and socks should not be too tight, too narrow, or have an inflexible sole. Crib shoes are often a good choice for a newborn's foot. These shoes have a flexible sole, are not restrictive, and have a lot of room in the toe box. Many crib shoes even come with grip so that your child does not slip when learning to walk. These types of shoes are ideal for a newborn baby and toddler.

When your child is fully mobile, try to find shoes that bend easily and that are breathable. Sneakers tend to be a very good option for small, growing feet. Make sure that the sneakers are wide enough at the forefoot and toes, and do not rub too abruptly on the Achilles tendon. Also, be sure to check your child’s shoe size regularly. Tiny feet have a tendency to grow quickly and get cramped in their shoes.

Are you still having a hard time figuring out which shoe is right for your child’s foot? Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC of Chandler, Arizona can help you connect with a highly trained podiatrist to answer all your questions and concerns. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn have years of experience in helping parents choose the right shoe for their baby’s feet. Just call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today