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By Family Foot & Ankle Care PC
November 23, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion Formation  

You may not be aware of the fact that you can prevent bunions from forming. The biggest problem is that many people don’t try to take steps to prevent them until it’s too late. Here are some tips that can help you prevent bunions, if you already have bunions, you may want to talk to a podiatrist.

Dr. Alan J. Discont is a podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. He provides treatment for bunions and all other foot and ankle issues for patients in and around the Chandler, AZ area.

Tips for Preventing Bunions

Bunions can be aggravating and as they develop, they can become more and more painful. Here’s how you can prevent them:

  • Wear comfortable shoes: This is probably the most important factor for bunion prevention. If your shoes put pressure on the base of your big toe, this will encourage a bunion to form. By eliminating pressure on this area of your foot, you considerably lower your risk of bunions. This is why it’s also important to wear shoes with a wide enough toe box. Shoes should never be so tight that they squeeze your toes together. They should be wide enough to let your toes lie in their natural position.
  • Avoid high heels: While high heels may be fashionable, any podiatrist will tell you they extremely bad for your feet and ankles. This is because they push your toes to the front of the shoe where they are pressed together causing excessive pressure. If you must wear them, do so in moderation.
  • Rest your feet when you can: It doesn’t matter whether you are at home or at the office, you should rest your feet every now and again. Slip off your shoes and let your feet breathe. Stretch your toes and ankles. If you’re at home, go barefoot or wear comfortable slippers.

If you live in or around Chandler, AZ and you would like to find out more about preventing or treating bunions, call Dr. Discont today at 480-732-0033.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care PC
November 12, 2020
Category: Foot Issues
Bad Circulation and Your FeetAre you dealing with numbness, tingling, or muscle cramps in your feet? If so, you could be dealing with poor circulation. Your feet must be getting proper blood flow, as this can provide the tissue with the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay healthy. Unfortunately, as we get older, we’re more likely to deal with poor circulation. If you are experiencing symptoms of poor circulation in your feet, you must seek podiatry care from a qualified foot doctor.

Do I really have poor circulation in my feet?

It isn’t always easy to notice the warning signs of bad circulation. After all, it’s normal to feel a lack of sensation in your feet during cold winter days or to notice some aching and tiredness when standing for long periods of time; however, signs of poor circulation in the feet include:
  • A “pins and needles” sensation in your feet
  • Changes in the color of your feet
  • Swelling
  • Cold feet
  • Heaviness
  • Pain
  • Numbness or tingling
If these symptoms persist or keep coming back, it’s time to see a foot doctor. While circulation issues may only cause minor problems, it can also cause dangerous complications. Seniors must really pay attention to these symptoms and seek proper podiatry care right away if these symptoms appear.

What causes poor circulation in the feet?

There are many reasons that people may develop poor circulation in their feet as they get older. Some causes can’t be helped but others are due to health conditions or bad habits. Causes of poor circulation include:
  • Age: As we get older most people will deal with some degree of decreased blood flow.
  • Inactive lifestyle: If you lead a sedentary lifestyle you are more likely to deal with blood flow issues, especially as you get older. We see this most often in seniors who have mobility issues and can’t stay active.
  • Overweight or obese: Being overweight or obese also puts a lot of stress on the body, causing the heart to work harder to pump out blood to the rest of the body including the feet.
  • Smoking: Smoking restricts blood flow, which makes it more difficult for blood to reach the feet. Smoking can also increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and peripheral artery disease (PAD).
  • Diabetes: Diabetes can increase your risk for inflammation, poor circulation, and even nerve damage in the feet (known as neuropathy). You must work with your doctor and a podiatrist to control your blood sugar to reduce your risk.
You must discuss your poor circulation with a qualified podiatrist, as these seemingly innocuous symptoms could be signs of an underlying problem that could require urgent medical attention.