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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
February 28, 2018
Category: Foot Care

Many women all over the world wear pantyhose, nylons, and tights every day. They are highly regarded in the fashion world and they are also very comfortable when wearing dresses, skirts and other similar type clothing. Unfortunately, these pantyhose, tights and nylons do not benefit your feet. In fact, they could actually be harming your feet and here is why.

Signs Your Hosiery is Damaging Your Feet

  • You have excess fabric - the excess fabric will bunch up around your toes or heels, rubbing against the skin. You may suffer from blisters, calluses, corns and skin irritation as a result. It can also result in cramping and cause your foot to fit improperly in shoes.
  • Your tights, nylons or stockings are too tight - Overly tight hosiery distorts the natural shape of your feet, limits movement and puts pressure on toes. You could develop bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, fallen arches and poor circulation. All conditions are very painful and can cause permanent foot damage if not properly treated by a podiatrist.
  • The fabric is too thin – Thin fabric does not supply the right amount of support and cushion to the feet, which can cause tired feet and lack of stability when walking.
  • They are made out of abrasive fabric - Cheap nylon tights aren’t breathable so sweat struggles to escape. Dampness makes nylon feel rougher; the tights can then easily make your feet sore and painful. The feet are also prone to blisters.

Buying the Right Socks and Tights

  • Choose nylons, pantyhose and tights that are roomy enough to allow your toes to spread out without leaving excess fabric.
  • Wear white socks and pale tights whenever possible. If your feet bleed, secrete pus or sweat too much, it’ll be easier to spot the problem than with dark hosiery.
  • Never wear the same pair for two days or more, and always change socks after exercise.

If you suffer from blisters, calluses, corns or other problems due to wearing pantyhose, nylons, or tights, it is important to see a podiatrist right away so that the damage does not cause an infection. 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. Your feet are our number one priority.






By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
February 22, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: corns   Calluses   blisters   snowboarding   lacing   foot  

Snowboarding is a fun pastime that many people take part in during the winter. They go out, buy their gear, and have a weekend away in the tranquility of the snowy mountains. When buying gear, they are sure to have their board, their snow pants, jacket, mittens, goggles and even their snowboard boots. Snowboard boots are key to having a good experience while snowboarding. If you do not have the proper pair, then you can suffer severe injury. One key thing to look out for when buying snowboard boots is the lacing.

There are many types of snowboarding boots available on the market, and one of the biggest differences is the lacing. Although there are all sorts of pros and cons, it really comes down to the fact that there are many different lacing styles available. The most important thing is that it suits your preference and riding style.

Boa lacing systems feature a super-convenient twist-to-tighten cable reel design that also easily releases tension. This makes it ideal for getting boots on and off quickly. Boa dials are easy to operate even while you’re wearing bulky gloves. One of the drawbacks of lower-cost Boa lacing can be uneven pressure throughout the boot due to the inability to adjust the tension in specific areas. Higher-end Boa boots feature multiple reels and lacing zones to address this problem and help prevent blisters, calluses, and corns on your feet.

Speed lace systems combine convenience and customizable tension, as most designs feature multiple lacing zones that are individually adjustable. Most speed lacing systems tighten each zone with the yank of a handle, which then locks the lace into place. Unfortunately, this type of boot can also be prone to loosening or slipping if the lace isn’t properly locked into place. This can be a hazard when out on the slopes, especially if your foot slips out of the boot.

Traditional lace systems allow you the ability to fine-tune lace tension. While traditional laces take a little more time and effort to tighten and adjust, it’s tough to top the customizable fit and support they can provide. Their main inconvenience is that they usually take more time to strap on.

Snowboarding is a great activity, but if you choose the wrong lace style it can cause severe injuries such as a break or fracture of the foot. If you suffer from an injury due to poor fitting snowboard boots, do not panic! 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. A snowboarding injury can be fixed.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 11, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: corns   Orthotics   Calluses  

Having tough skin is often looked at as a good thing in society. Usually it means that you are not overly bothered by things that other people would be bothered by. In podiatry, having tough skin is attributed to corns and calluses. These corns and calluses can become problematic and cause patients pain and suffering over time. Corns and calluses can get tender. When pressed on, they can emit pain.  Podiatrists such as Alan J. Discont, DPM and Dr. Krahn help patients deal with their corns and calluses every day.

Corns and calluses are both from an accumulation of dead dry skin. This skin is usually created by a large amount of pressure in one area. This pressure begins to toughen up so that it can protect the body and the foot. This buildup of tough skin directly creates a corn and or callus. The more weight and stress that the afflicted area is dealt, the thicker the corn or callus becomes. This is helpful initially as a protective method, but eventually it can become a problem.

While corns are typically found on the toes, calluses are usually found on the bottom of the foot. Both corns and calluses are the same type of lesion. Keep in mind that warts are very different from corns and calluses. Warts are caused by a virus while corns and calluses are caused by the buildup of dead skin.

Treatment for corns and calluses is usually overseen by a podiatrist. A podiatrist can opt to cut down the corn or callus and then wrap them up with a protective covering for temporary relief. True relief will come from the relief of pressure on the foot. In most cases this means a new pair of shoes that fit correctly. Orthotics and sometimes surgery are needed in more severe cases.

If you have a corn or callus that is tender and causing you pain, then it is time to call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Dr. Krahn and Dr. Discont will help you get corn and callus free. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Your foot health is important to us.

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