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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 30, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: Ankle Sprain   corns   Hammertoe   Calluses   blisters   toenails   heel  

We’ve all heard of the imminent dangers of wearing shoes that are too tight, even shoes that have a heel that is too tall, or shoes that have lost their support and firmness… but have you ever heard of why it’s so bad for the health of our feet and ankles to wear shoes that are too loose? Here are just some of the ways that loose shoes can wreak havoc on your feet and ankles:

  • When your foot slides too much inside your shoe, the friction can cause you to develop corns and calluses on your feet. These are unsightly and sometimes painful skin conditions that can be difficult to get rid of.
  • In addition to corns and calluses, you can easily develop blisters, which are very painful and annoying sacs of fluid that develop on a raw and irritated patch of skin.
  • Sliding feet can slide your toes right into the toe box of your shoes, hitting them harder than they would if your shoes were fitted. The trauma of this can sometimes cause your toenails to break the skin and become infected.
  • Hyper-flexing your toes to scrunch up and brace the extra movements inside your shoe due to their loose fit can cause your toes to cramp and develop hammer toe. This is when the tendon of the toe semi-permanently cramps up into a painful hook shape.
  • Without debate, by far the riskiest part of wearing shoes that are too loose is increasing your risk of various foot and ankle injuries. Whether it is jamming your toe or spraining an ankle, loose shoes aren’t worth it.

If you feel like any of these happen to you often, loose-fitting shoes might be part of the problem. You can always reach out to Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews for some advice. We hope these tips and tricks have helped you to address the struggle of loose-fitting shoes! Do your questions and curiosity go further? Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment with us at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ.

 


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 25, 2018
Category: injury prevention
Tags: Flat Feet   Feet   circulation   supportive   ankles  

We think it’s safe to say that almost everyone’s favorite season is autumn! What is there not to love? Comfortable weather, beautiful changes in the landscape, fun and festive seasonal activities, the impending excitement for the holiday season...the list goes on! Some of those seasonal activities include sports, for many people. If you’re a football fan, you’ll know! Fall is football season and that’s not just for the elite teams. Whether it’s the high school football team, the local college team, or a big league team in the playoffs, football is an exciting full-body sport. If you’re getting in on the action this year, here are some helpful tips for you to consider:

New shoes - Have you noticed your shoes fitting differently than they did last year? This is because, over time, our shoes can lose their firmness and supportiveness. Old shoes leave us vulnerable to twisting an ankle, developing flat feet, or other foot problems. Want to go the extra mile? Ask your foot doctor about orthotics!

Compression sleeves - If you haven't heard of compression sleeves, it’s never too late to learn! These are a type of sleeve that fits over your feet and ankles to gently constrict your blood vessels, forcing blood to pass through faster. This actually helps improve circulation and provides support while playing sports!

Checking in with your podiatrist - When we experience some minor discomfort or pain in our feet or ankles, it can be easy to dismiss it and go on without having it addressed. No pain or discomfort is small enough not to be worth mentioning to Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, or Dr. Boyd Andrews. Don’t walk it off - get it checked!

There are so many ways to prepare ahead of time and make sure your favorite season is spent doing what you love. Nobody wants to sit on the sidelines with a hurt ankle, right? It’s time for a visit to Family Foot & Ankle Care, P.C. Give our last tip a try today and call us at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our great location in Chandler, Arizona. 


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 19, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Warts  

What Causes Warts?

Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.

An HPV Infection

Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.

Skin-To-Skin Contact

Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.


Breaks in Your Skin

HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.

A Weak Immune System

In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.


If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 16, 2018
Category: foot deformities
Tags: Orthotics   Bunion   supportive shoes  

Have you ever wondered why some people have big toes that point inward towards their other toes, or have a big, red, bulbous appearance at the base of their big toe? Chances are you were looking at a pretty advanced cased of bunions! You can tell a bunion is very far along in its development when the base of the big toe bone looks red, inflamed, and is abnormally large. This is the product of a bone deformity called a bunion. The area where your big toe bone meets the other parts of your foot bones forms a bony growth that pushes the big toe inward. The deformity leading to a bunion is typically caused by the toe bone being forced to grow in an abnormal direction.

This can be due to shoes with poor support, shoes that are too small for your feet, and can sometimes even happen simply because of your genetic makeup! Of all the things to inherit, a bunion isn’t the most enjoyable. Bunions can range from barely noticeable to being a very uncomfortable and even painful experience. Here are some tips and tricks from all of us at Family Foot & Ankle Care to help you avoid developing bunions:

Ask your family - it never hurts to simply ask your family what their experience has been with bunions. Did they ever get it treated? When did it start developing?

Get fitted shoes - this is by far one of the most important tips! You can potentially avoid bunions altogether by simply finding supportive shoes that truly fit your feet. Don’t settle for flimsy alternatives!

Talk to your foot doctor about orthotics - even if you don't have bunions, orthotics are a great way to help avoid developing them. Orthotics may even help with any other foot issues you have!

If you already have bunions, some of these tips may still help you. Wearing tight shoes will only make your bunion worse and cause you pain! If you notice an increase in pain or discomfort that doesn't go away, be sure to call Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews at 408-732-0033. Schedule an appointment today at our location in Chandler, Arizona.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 10, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Arthritis   Exercise  

All our lives, we’ve been told that if we hurt something on our bodies or if we become sick, we should rest in order to heal and feel better. Did you know that while this is generally good advice, it doesn’t apply to everything and everyone? What if you sprained your ankle? Absolutely, rest is what the podiatrist would prescribe until you’re ready for physical rehabilitation! But when it comes to being diagnosed with arthritis and all of the painful aching and swelling that accompanies arthritis, do we rest to make ourselves feel better? You might be surprised, but the answer is no.

As it turns out, the pain, swelling, and discomfort that accompany arthritis in our feet or ankles can actually be soothed and reduced by regular physical activity. We know what you’re thinking - if you weren’t a jogger before being diagnosed with arthritis, you can’t imagine being one afterward! You don’t have to run a triathlon to help your arthritis pain. Here are some effective but low-impact activities to help you reduce pain related to arthritis:

Swimming - Want a full body workout without the full body impact? Get to your nearest swimming pool and swim the pain away!

Yoga - Gentle, slow, and relaxing, yoga is a peaceful alternative to high impact exercise. Reduce pain while you increase flexibility!

Stationary bike - It’s just like biking outdoors but you control the difficulty! You push with your feet, but the seated position prevents putting your full body weight on your feet and ankles.

Elliptical - The mechanics of an elliptical machine allow for a more gentle experience than a treadmill. Get all the benefits of jogging and walking without the pain and swelling!

Now that you have a better idea of what activities you can do to get fit, stay fit, and help reduce your arthritis pain all in one go - get out there and get active! Want some extra help along the way? Be sure to call Family Foot & Ankle Care at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews at our location in Chandler, Arizona.