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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Foot   Orthotics   high arches  

Orthotics come in different materials, sizes and shapes depending on the issues you are experiencing. Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC focuses on orthotic shoes that can correct your foot and ankle problems. Once we establish your foot type Alan J. Discont will have a solution.

Three Orthotics that may be right for you:

  • Semi-Rigid orthotics are made up of layers that support your steps. The layers are both soft and rigid to create a stable balance.  Children with flat foot and in-toeing/out-toeing can benefit from this type of orthotic along with athletes who train hard for their competitions.
  • Rigid orthotics are meant for walking and dress shoes to keep your daily activities in check.  Your podiatrist will create a mold of your feet and then build a shoe support out of a hard material. This will support your joints in the ankle and improve aches and pains.
  • Soft orthotics are mostly used to absorb shock and take pressure off painful areas and will assist with your balance while performing sports and basic daily activity. 

Four foot types:

  • Supinated feet ~ this isn’t always easy to diagnose on your own so you may need help from a specialist. If the wearing pattern of your shoes is on the outside of the sole then chances are you might be a supinator.
  • High arch ~ if your arch is high and your foot print barely touches the floor, you probably have high arches which can cause additional stress on the rest of your feet and ankles.
  • Normal foot ~ is just that. Your foot will look the same anyway you land it and leads to the least amount of injury.
  • Pronated feet ~ which is called fallen arch or flatfoot. This deformity can lead to a mal-alignment of the ankle and foot and could mean possible long term damage.

Everyone has their own stride that contributes to their overall health. Knowing your feet will help you get the right shoe to ensure you have healthy feet and get where you need to go. If you are trying to figure out your foot type or in need of assistance with foot and ankle pain call our office in Chandler Arizona at 480-732-0033 and schedule an appointment.  Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC can put you in the right shoe for your stride!

By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
December 15, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Flat Foot  

Flat feet are common, and are the source of many foot problems. Also called fallen arches, flat feet are a condition in which a person has no arch on the bottom of his or her feet.  Where most people’s feet are curved on the bottom, a person with flat feet has no curve or arch.  When this occurs, feet can turn inward causing stress on other parts of the body. With the help of your Chandler, AZ  podiatrist, you can find relief from your flat feet while protecting other parts of your body from further problems.

Foot Problems

If you have flat feet, it can lead to other issues with your foot.  One problem you might develop is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the ligaments of the foot. Tendonitis and arthritis can also result from having flat foot.  The lack of shock absorption in the foot can also cause shin splints, while bunions and hammertoes may also result from having flat feet.

Leg Problems

When problems in the feet occur, odds are you will eventually experience problems with your legs.  Since people with flat feet pronate or roll their feet inward when they walk, the lower legs will try to accommodate to keep balance.  When this occurs, it can lead to pain in the ankles, lower legs, and often pain in the knees.

Treatment for Flat Feet

To stop the leg and foot pain, it is important to visit your podiatrist in Chandler, AZ for further diagnosis and treatment options. Orthotics, or arch supports, are commonly used to lift the foot and give you the cushion that your missing arches normally would.  If a fallen arch is caused by weight gain, losing weight will also help to alleviate your foot complications. 

Visit Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC for further consultation and treatment planning for your flat feet.