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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 29, 2018
Tags: Footwear   Shoes   Podiatrist   Children   Injury   Infection   barefoot   cut   bacteria  

Easter is on its way, and with it, many children will get a visit from the Easter Bunny. This is an exciting time for friends and family as it brings people together to make many lasting memories. It can be especially endearing to watch small children run around happily on the hunt for Easter eggs that are hiding in the yard, just waiting for their treasures to be found and enjoyed. In many areas of the United States, the weather for Easter is usually mild. That means a lot of Easter egg hunts can occur outside in the nice weather. When you let your kids outside, try to keep them in their shoes because barefoot running can be dangerous to little developing feet.

Beware of Children Barefoot Running

While barefoot running indoors is encouraged for small children who are learning how to walk, it is not encouraged for children who are outside. Barefoot running and walking can help a child find their balance and give them better grip and confidence, especially indoors on the carpet or hardwood floor. Outside poses a whole different threat. Debris, germs, and animals feces are all commonly found outside. Debris can cut small feet and cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream. When bacteria enter the bloodstream, it can cause disease and infection to occur. Another risk factor is that if a cut is severe, it can cause a deformity as a child’s foot heals. Growing feet need to be kept in the best shape possible to promote healthy growth and development in the future.

What if my child doesn’t like shoes?

Every parent knows that it can be a nightmare putting a pair of shoes on a child or toddler that just doesn’t want anything to do with it. Some parents would even go so far as to say it is akin to wrestling an alligator. While the battle to put on shoes can be a hard one, it is a battle that is well worth the strength and aggravation.

Try to think outside of the box when asking your child to put on shoes. Offer them stickers to decorate their footwear to make them seem more approachable and fun. Alternatively, allow them to choose a set of shoes they like at the store to entice them into wearing them. Another fun option is buying special socks that can only be worn with shoes. In any case, make sure your child has their shoes on before they go outside to prevent injury.

If your battle is lost, and your child is outside before you even realize, do not fret. If they are injured, call a podiatrist immediately. Our staff can help treat your child’s feet and allow them to heal in a proper fashion so that they develop in a healthy way. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Our staff can help treat your child’s injured feet and educate you further on the dangers of barefoot running.

 


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 21, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions

One of the worst possible feelings to encounter is an itchy foot. It can be even more of a pain if that itchy foot is trapped within a shoe. Scratching it in public can be a tricky task. Do you take off the entire shoe? Shove a pencil inside and hope? When all else fails, you take off both your shoe and your sock and start scratching. After the initial relief finally comes, you take a peek at your foot and realize that you have a rash. Not only was it itchy, but it was also tender to the touch. Concerned you call your podiatrist and make an appointment to further investigate the cause of your itchy situation. A rash is a common symptom of an underlying condition, especially when it is situated on the foot. There are many different conditions that can cause a rash to pop up. Before you start panicking, read below to find out some of the more common causes of foot rashes.

Allergies – Allergies are a very common cause of rashes on the foot. Sometimes the allergen can be found in a sock, the shoe itself, or from a food or environmental component. Allergy symptoms can include itching, redness, swelling, rash, and tenderness. Sometimes blisters, lesions and scaly patches of skin affect the feet of those with allergies.

Athlete’s Foot – Athlete’s foot is one of the most common causes of an itchy rash on the feet. The root cause of athlete’s foot is due to a fungal infection that is passed from animals or humans. It is commonly picked up in public showers, gyms, and pools. It can be treated with over the counter anti-fungal creams. For more severe cases, it is recommended to see a podiatrist.

Infection – Infections can also cause rashes on the foot. Scabies, a type of infection, can cause a red patchy rash. The cause of scabies is due to tiny little mites. The rash appears as tiny little pimples or bug bites. It should be treated by a podiatrist or other medical professional to help prevent spreading.

Although allergies, athlete’s foot, and infection are some of the most common causes of rashes on the foot, there are many other conditions and diseases that could cause a rash. Unfortunately, unless they are examined by a podiatrist, it can be hard to discern the root cause of a rash. If your feet are itchy, red, or if you have another rash or foot condition, call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Learn about what rash is ailing your foot.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 16, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Verruca  

While warts can appear anywhere on the body, if you notice one on the bottom of your feet then you have what’s called a verruca (also known as a plantarVerruca wart). Most people will get a wart at some point during their lifetime, so it isn’t something you should be worried about. Warts are the result of the human papilloma virus (HPV). Sure, having a plantar wart on the sole of your foot may be annoying but it will typically go away all on its own.

What does a verruca look like?

You may not even notice that you have a verruca, a thick, slightly raised growth or lump that looks a bit like a callus; however, since they do develop on the soles of the feet you may find that they are rather uncomfortable or even painful sometimes, especially when wearing shoes or during physical activity.

How long will it take for this wart to go away?

While warts can often be left alone to run their course, it can take several years for the verruca to completely go away. In the meantime, you may find that the verruca has become more painful and too annoying to put up with or to wait for it to go away. If this is the case, then it’s time to visit a podiatrist.

What can a podiatrist do?

There are several treatment options that a foot doctor may recommend for removing your verruca. There are certain creams and medications that contain active ingredients like salicylic acid, which can remove the outer layers of the wart to help shed it faster. While you can find some of these products over-the-counter, if you want to weigh your treatment options then talking to a podiatrist is always a good option. If you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet you’ll want to immediately turn to a foot care specialist if you have a verruca and want to have it removed.

Another way to treat a verruca is through cryotherapy, in which we will freeze the wart with liquid nitrogen. While this might not be the best option for children, as freezing the wart can be uncomfortable, it only takes a few seconds to treat the wart. Once the wart has undergone cryotherapy it will scab over before falling off. Sometimes one cryotherapy session is all that’s needed while others may require several treatments to fully treat the wart. If in doubt, turn to your foot care specialist to treat your verruca properly.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 15, 2018
Category: Foot History
Tags: Footwear   paces   marches  

Our body has done amazing things all through time. Not only do we use our body to build things, we use it for transportation and to learn as well. The feet have been a means of transportation since human life began, but did you know the feet were also used as a measuring tool?

Years ago, the length of the foot was used as a form of measurement. Also, the distance of a step was used as a different type of measurement. The measurement “foot” used to refer to 11 1/42 inches. Today, the measurement has now become 12 inches, which is the average length of a male foot. Another common type of measurement was called the “pace.”  The ancient Roman army used to march everywhere. When they marched, they marched in paces. A pace was equivalent to a double step.  A double step equaled about 5 feet. This means that 1,000 paces were equivalent to marching one mile. Today a pace is smaller. Its measurements are estimated at about 2.5-3 feet.

Marching and using the feet as a measurement can pose a safety hazard in today’s world. This is why we now have a ruler, a yardstick, and other different tools to help us measure what we need. If you do try out marching and experimenting with the size of your foot and its equivalent measurement, it is important that you do so with the proper footwear. Footwear that has good shock absorption, stability and support are recommended when marching for long periods of time. Also, consider giving your feet a break in between, especially if they are not used to the amount of activity you are performing. If overused, your feet can suffer from conditions such as bunions, strains, sprains, and tears.

If you injured your foot while measuring something or while marching, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. They can examine your foot and determine exactly what ailment you are suffering from. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Learn about the history of feet and how to heal them.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 08, 2018
Category: Foot Care

When you think about keeping your feet healthy, your thoughts probably lean towards exercise and stretching. While both exercise and stretching are beneficial for the health of your feet, there are also other important things to do to help keep them healthy. One very important way to keep our feet healthy, that is often overlooked, is our daily nutrition. Eating the right foods can help prevent foot problems such as gout, imbalance, and vascular disorders. So next time you think about eating a piece of cake, remember that the food you put in your body can have drastic effects on the health of your feet.

Swelling can be a big problem when it comes to the feet. Refined sugars, trans fats, saturated fats, omega-6, and uric acids can all cause swelling. The foods that are high in these ingredients are baked goods, junk foods, and red meats.  Although eating them in moderation is okay, they can cause problems such as plantar fasciitis if not watched closely.

Try to counteract the swelling by eating more food high in omega-3’s. Fatty fish and fish oil supplements are high in omega-3’s and can help keep the swelling down.

Good nutrition can also help prevent diabetes. Diabetes can directly affect the feet and cause conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, ulcers, and wounds. Those with diabetes often have a harder time recovering from foot and ankle conditions due to their natural inability to heal as quickly because of their disease. People with diabetes should consider eating a diet low in sugars, carbohydrates, and fats. Instead, consider eating foods such as vegetables and lean meats that do not break down into sugars after consumption.

Unfortunately having a great diet isn’t enough to completely prevent foot and ankle problems. If you are prone to foot and ankle problems, it is important to consult with a podiatrist.  A podiatrist can regularly examine your feet. After an examination, they can create a plan that is custom to your needs that will allow you to live a healthier and wholesome lifestyle. Please give our office a call! We have highly trained and knowledgeable staff that is ready and willing to help. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. We care about the health of your feet, let us help.