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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 20, 2017

Our feet are constantly in motion. They carry us from place to place, provide us with balance, and allow us to maneuver in precarious situations. We also use our feet a lot at work. They allow us to walk the halls, take part in a trade, and stand in a production line. Without our feet, we would have a hard time staying mobile. Although it may seem troublesome to worry about our feet, it is imperative that they take top priority in our daily lives, especially at work.

There is an old saying that goes “When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.” This is especially true when it comes to foot pain from a long day at work. If your feet ache, you may also find that your legs, back, and hips also ache. Although your feet started with the problems, they can rapidly spread.

There are two types of work-related foot injuries. Their categories are traumatic injuries and the other are mobile injuries.

Traumatic injuries such as punctures, lacerations, crushing or sprains can be very serious in nature. Typically, they require an emergency room visit followed up by a visit to a podiatrist. These types of injuries account for about 10% of work injuries. They will also temporarily or permanently disable a worker.

Mobile injuries can be just as devastating to an individual. These mobile injuries are injuries that occur from tripping, slipping or falling at the workplace. They can cause muscle tears, sprains, or fractures. These types of injuries make up about 15% of work related injuries. Slip and falls do not always mean that a foot or ankle injury will occur, but there is a high chance for this injury to happen.

Although these two main foot injury categories make up a fair amount of the foot and ankle injuries that occur at work, they are not the only possibilities. Calluses, tired feet, and ingrown toenails can happen due to a certain work environment or work-related injury. Plantar Fasciitis is also a possibility due to overuse or overextension in the workplace.

Work related foot and ankle injuries occur frequently. It is important that you take proper precautions when preparing your feet and ankles for work. Want to know the best way to protect your feet? Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you get your feet back on track again. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.

 


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 15, 2017
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: Spikes   Cleats   Soccer  

Soccer and football players must wear athletic shoes that contain spikes on the bottom. The spikes are crucial for traction and safety when running on the field—especially in harsh weather conditions. Here are a few tips regarding picking out soccer and football spikes (also called cleats) for yourself or your child athlete.

Spikes (Cleats)

The purpose of a spike is to give a player an advantage on the field. Football and soccer players often to have to play in muddy or wet conditions, so if they were to wear standard sneakers they’d spend more time sliding and falling than passing the ball. A proper spike gives a soccer or football player the traction and support needed to be successful in the sport and protect the foot from injury.

Pick Spikes Specifically Designed for Your Sports

One mistake that some athletes make is assuming that every sports spike is created the same. There are different spike shoe designs for different sports—soccer, football and running track. Track shoe spikes are often pointier. Soccer spikes and football spikes are more similar to each other in looks. Also called “mud cleats,” football spikes are commonly designed with blunter metal, rubber or plastic studs and a more angled sole. They also have studs near the top to facilitate fast forward movement as well as thicker soles.

Soccer spikes are lighter and low­cut to aid with quick, agile movements. The “spikes” are usually made of replaceable aluminum cleats. They don’t normally have spikes or studs at the front as in the case of football shoes.

Get Sports Advice from a Podiatrist

If you’re still unsure about which spikes to buy for soccer or football (especially if you’ve had foot complications in the past), consult your podiatrist in advance for any sports advice this season. Maintain regular checkup appointments throughout the year as well and be sure to replace your cleat studs when they become worn down.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 15, 2017

A nurse, doctor, waiter, daycare provider or other individual who is constantly on their feet for their job or everyday lifestyle, knows that plantar fasciitis pain can be all too real. It can cause so much pain and suffering that it can impact an individual’s daily routine, work life, and home life. When this occurs a person’s overall wellbeing becomes affected and can cause permanent damage. However, there are ways to help those suffering from plantar fasciitis. One of the best ways to do so is to use preventative stretching and exercising techniques. 

Foot stretches and exercises should be practiced at least 3 times a day - once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once before bed. This allows for optimal priming of the muscles in the foot and will prevent injuries due to excess stress on muscles that are not ready.

Rolling a can or similar object on the arch of the foot for five minutes per foot is a great method for stretching out the plantar fascia muscle. These muscles run along the arch of the foot and are the source of your plantar fasciitis pain.

Another exercise technique is to pick up a towel from the ground using only the toes. This should be repeated 30 times a foot. It stretches the forefoot muscles, the plantar muscles, and the tendons in the feet. These key muscles support most of the foot and need to be warmed up every day to prevent injury.

Your calf muscles also need to be stretched to help prevent plantar fasciitis. Lean against a wall with one knee bent and the other leg straight out behind you. Make sure both feet are flat on the floor.

Stretches, resting, elevating and icing for an hour after work will help to reduce swelling and speed along the healing process.

If your feet are aching, cramping or in pain, it is important to see a podiatrist right away to rule out any severe causes. These symptoms could be due to muscle strain or plantar fasciitis and should not be treated lightly. Orthotic inserts may even be required and help alleviate the heel pain. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you get your feet back on track again. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Do not let your feet beat you.

 


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 09, 2017

Many different types of injuries are considered sports injuries. The term sports injury is rather broad and can encompass many different things. You don’t even have to be participating in a sport to get a sports injury. Although playing a sport is one of the most common ways to get this type of injury, other ways include accidents and poor training. If you do not warm up or stretch, wear the wrong gear, or do not know the rules, you are also more at risk for a sports injury.

What is classified as a sports injury?

How can I tell if I have received a sports injury?

A sports injury typically occurs while playing, practicing or participating in a sport or related activity. These injuries can be due to moving the wrong way, trauma, or impact. Almost all sports injuries result in some sort of pain, swelling, or tenderness. It is important to treat these injuries immediately so that they can heal properly over time. Seek the help of a podiatrist immediately if you think you are suffering from a sports injury. The faster you obtain treatment, the better the prognosis.

What do I do if I have received a sports injury?

If your sports injury is severe you should call 911 immediately. If it is moderate and you are not in any life-threatening danger, then you should seek the help of a trained podiatrist or your primary care physician. While waiting for your appointment, it is best to use the RICE method to help with swelling, inflammation and pain:

Rest- reduce or stop your normal activities. You can do this by relieving pressure and weight from the affected area. Try lying or sitting down. 

Ice- use an ice pack and place it on the injury for 20 minutes. Be sure to wrap it in a towel so that you do not harm yourself further. If you do not have an ice pack, a bag of frozen peas or a plastic bag of ice cubes also work well. Be sure to do this about 8 times a day, but never for longer than 20 minutes.

Compression- use even pressure on the injury to help reduce swelling. An Ace bandage, air cast or splint are optimal tools for this purpose.

Elevation- elevate your injured foot or ankle. Be sure that it is angled above your heart. This will also help reduce swelling.

Don’t have a podiatrist? Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help treat your sports injury and get you back on the field in no time. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. 

 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot problems   Scandals  

Find out how sandals can negatively impact the health of your feet and ankles.

We all like to find shoes that match our style; however, sometimes we replace comfort with fashion. While our feet might look stylish and trendy on the outside, they are often achy and unhappy on the inside. Many of the popular shoes we wear can affect our foot and ankle health and cause pain and other problems. If you love a good pair of sandals then you might be sad to hear this news; however, it’s important to shop for shoes that offer the most comfort and protection for your feet.

Sandals and Foot Problems

If you can’t get enough of these toe­wiggling shoes, they may be your go­to during the warmer months; however, because sandals lack the necessary support, you may also find yourself dealing with foot pain. This foot pain is often brought on by a condition known as plantar fasciitis. You may also find yourself with tendon problems and ankle sprains. 

So, how do you get the support you need while still wearing your favorite shoes?

Opt for sandals that boast biomechanical technology, which will give your foot and ankle the built­in support it needs to carry on with daily activities, from a night out on the town to just running errands.

You can also opt for custom­designed orthotics from your podiatrist to give you the exact support you need and to take pressure off the foot to reduce pain and inflammation, particularly on the plantar fascia.

There are even special plantar fasciitis shoes that are meant to support both the heel and the arch of the foot to alleviate discomfort. While you may be less likely to find a wide variety of sandal styles, there are still options for the sandal lover who also needs to take care of their plantar fasciitis.

Remember, your feet are vital to getting you around, so it’s important to treat them right. As always, if you notice pain or any other sort of discomfort that doesn’t go away, or is severe, then it’s time to see your podiatrist. Put your foot health first.