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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   Shoes   Infection   Feet   sensation  

When you experience a small cut or a scrape, you probably don’t think much of it. You might go wash it off with some soap and water, but after that, you probably ignore it until it heals. However, when it comes to the feet, this is not the best course of action. This is because our feet often come in contact with a lot of dirt, germs and debris. Although they are usually covered in socks and shoes, they are still at a high risk for infection. When an infection gets out of hand, it can easily spread to the rest of the foot and can cause serious complications. To help prevent this problem, read on about proper bandaging techniques and when you should consult with a podiatrist.

Bandaging has Benefits

After cleaning up and disinfecting your new wound, it is important to cover it with an adhesive bandage immediately. This acts as a protective shield from any dirt, debris, and bacteria that will try to sneak their way into the open cut. Not only will a bandage help prevent germs, but it might make it easier for you to move around. If you put on a bandage with added gauze, it can cushion the sensitive area and help you move around more comfortably.

Now that you have your foot properly cleaned and bandaged, it is very important that you carefully monitor the cut and its healing, especially if you have diabetes.  Your feet are very far away from your heart which means they naturally receive less blood flow. Less blood flow means it takes longer for the feet to heal properly. This goes doubly so for the feet of those with diabetes. Diabetic feet heal slower and typically also have a loss of sensation. This prevents a person with diabetes from knowing whether or not they have pain from an infection. If you check your feet regularly, it is more likely that infection will be prevented.

Sometimes infection will arise whether or not you clean the wound properly. If you have a wound and are nervous about treating it, it is important that you make an appointment with your podiatrist. They are highly trained in foot wound care and can help you get on the best path quickly. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 30, 2018
Category: Foot Care

It is no secret that, as we age, walking can get a little trickier. At one point in our lives, we were quite stable on our feet. We could move agilely and gracefully. Now that we are getting older by the second, some of these simple tasks have become a little bit harder than they used to be. A lot of the reason that things are harder is due to pain in aging feet. Our feet are not supposed to hurt at any age. If you begin to feel pain in your feet, it means that something is amiss and you need to see your podiatrist.

Prevention

Preventing a fall all begins with taking inventory of your symptoms and taking care of your overall health. A person who has a poor diet, lack of sleep, and virtually no way to get exercise is much more likely to have a foot or ankle problem. Instead of hanging around at home, take the initiative and get up and out of the house. Just by getting up and out for an hour a day, you are preventing illness like diabetes, arthritis, and bursitis from sinking into your feet and ankles.

Other ways to reduce falls:

  • Now that you are living a healthy lifestyle, it is time to take steps specifically to help prevent falls. The first step is to make a safe environment for yourself. Make sure there is no clutter on the floors. Check in with your doctor if you have any dizzy spells. Also, have a friend or family member check in with you regularly to see how you are and to ensure you are okay.
  • Talk to your doctor about current health conditions. For example, if you have diabetes and are starting to feel numb in the feet, you could have peripheral neuropathy. This can lessen feeling in the legs and cause a fall.
  • Get some orthotics. If you are unstable on your feet because of discomfort in your shoes, then it’s time to ask your foot doctor about orthotics. They are custom-made for your foot and allow you to move around normally. They are great for stabilization and can help prevent falls.
  • See your podiatrist regularly. This will allow for proper checkups and check-ins about aches and pain. Your feet could be suffering from hundreds of different conditions, but you would never know unless you saw a podiatrist. Many feet and ankle conditions are treatable and preventable if caught early on.

There are many ways to prevent a fall from occurring. The best choice is to schedule regular checkups with a podiatrist. Not only will this ensure proper foot health, but it will also ensure your safety. Call a podiatrist today. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Prevention is key.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 21, 2018
Tags: Arthritis   Diabetes   Orthotics   high arches  

Walking around with high arches might seem like a harmless activity, but in reality it can be causing you a lot of stress. This is because the size and shape of your arch can directly affect the way you walk and move around. Sometimes the shape can make you more mobile while other times it can be slowing you down. People who have high arches tend to have less motion in the joints of the foot.

What does it mean to have less motion?

If you have high arches and have less motion in the foot, it means a couple of different things for you and your choice of footwear. First, it means that when you buy a new pair of shoes you should buy those with more room at the top portion of the foot. Next, it means that, when you walk, your foot typically wears out the outside of your outer soles and flattens out your outer midsole. If you do not replace worn shoes periodically, it can cause pain, suffering and complications of the foot.

People with high arches also have a tendency to suffer from a tight Achilles tendon. This will cause the shoe to become worn at the ball of the foot.

What shoe will benefit me?

If you are going to be on the move with high arches, then you should buy a pair of shoes that will help you dress for success. First, look for a pair of shoes with a higher heel than forefoot area. Make sure the heel is thick and offers enough support when walking. These shoes should also be flexible at the ball of the foot. This type of shoe may decrease the chances of injury from high arches and also can relieve pain.

My shoes aren’t helping, now what?

If your new shoes aren’t helping you stay mobile in a healthy and pain-free manner, consider buying a set of custom-made orthotics. Orthotics can be inserted into a shoe and worn as an everyday medical tool. They can help support the foot and prevent pain and injury from occurring. There are many different types of orthotics available. Soft, semirigid and rigid orthotics are all available and used in different ways. In order to figure out which is right for you, call a podiatrist today. Contact 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. High arches do not have to be your arch enemy. Allow us to help. 

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.

Having Diabetes means battling many different problems on a regular basis. People who are diagnosed with diabetes often have to watch their weight, nutrition and even the health of their feet. When they undergo special procedures such as tests or surgeries, they are at a higher risk for complications. It can be very scary to undergo surgery when suffering from diabetes. People with diabetes also tend to heal at a slower pace than those without the condition. Diabetes can have a drastic impact on the overall health of your body and how it handles small to major traumas. The effect of diabetes is so significant that many prominent researchers have begun to study the disease and how it relates to podiatry and its procedures.

A recent study from Duke University Medical Center shows that people with diabetes actually have a significantly higher risk for complications during surgeries and overall higher costs from those surgeries due to those complications. On average, patients with diabetes who had to undergo an ankle surgery experienced one additional hospitalization day than a person who did not suffer from diabetes. They also needed more specialized care from staff at the hospital.

This study allowed podiatrists and ankle surgeons everywhere to better understand the risk of surgery for those with diabetes as well as allow them to improve the quality of life for patients with diabetes who have to undergo ankle surgery. The case had 169,598 ankle fracture patients. Of those patients, 9,174 had diabetes. These patients with diabetes tended to have more severe fractures than those without diabetes. These patients also struggled with the surgery itself and the recovery process after the surgery.

Due to this study, the university was able to provide podiatrists with new information so that they can take more precautions when preparing a person with diabetes for ankle surgery. It also allows them to create a more comprehensive recovery plan as they noted that those with diabetes took longer to recover.

Do you have an ankle fracture and also suffer from diabetes? Want to get the best care possible? 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. Take the guess work out of a surgical procedure.