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Apple and Android app Charity Miles allows users to earn corporate sponsorships for charity while walking, running, or biking. Charity Miles founder and developer Gene Gurkoff spent a lot of time running for charity while in law school, raising money for Parkinson’s Disease in honor of his grandfather. One Charity Miles member, Jake Brown, is running across the United States barefoot from west to east. Brown met up in New Mexico with Jack Fussell, another Charity Miles member, before continuing on his way.

If you have any concerns about barefoot running, contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body  posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Those with desk jobs may be familiar with the sore backs and swollen feet that come with sitting all day. To improve posture, circulation, and overall comfort, employees should consider working with their feet elevated. Brigham Young University students Matt Hulme and Brent Murray have created a solution to this in the form of The Foot Hammock. The Foot Hammock attaches to the underside of any desk, creating a place for feet to rest, and comes in mesh, fleece, and heated versions; mesh for shoes on, fleece to make bare feet feel snug, and heated to simulate the feel of an electric blanket. “Most of us spend more time at our desk than in our beds sleeping,” said Hulme. “It is time we make our hours at our desk as comfortable as ours sleeping.”

Working on your feet for long periods of time can be very stressful for the feet. For more information on methods to help relax the feet on the job, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to your podiatric needs.

Proper Foot Care Leads to Better Health

Long periods of standing often times lead to pain and discomfort around the feet. Every day the body undergoes a series of stresses, especially during work. To minimize these stresses on your feet, better shoe choices and proper posture will significantly help.

Better Choices

A Negative Heel

  • This is where the heel is slightly lower than the ball of the foot.

Going Barefoot

  • Having your feet crammed into shoes for long periods of time increases pressure. Giving your feet some exposure to air and walking barefoot helps tremendously.

Exercise Your Feet

  • A foot workout helps correct movements and stimulates the blood flow and muscles of the feet. Implementing yoga exercises to your daily routine is a good example of this.

Foot Care

Spending a majority of the time on your feet will most likely trigger pain; even more so if you suffer from poor circulation.  Proper footwear and appropriate stretching will alleviate pain and prevent further issues. When your feet hurt, it is best to take care of them right away.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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john simmFilming for new series PREY was put on hold as the lead actor John Simm recovered from a leg injury suffered on-set.  Playing the role of a man accused of murdering his family and on the run, Simm was climbing out of a river during the third take of an outdoor chase scene when he felt a tear in his calf muscle.  

Simm claims that he routinely does stretching exercises before filming because of the intense physical exertion that the action thriller demands.  "It was a very physical role - lots of running, hanging off bridges and climbing fences. Hard work but I loved it” said Simm.  After undergoing physiotherapy and allowing the leg enough time to heal, he returned to the set and continued shooting.

Even though Simm seems to have done everything right, it is important to remember that failing to stretch the before strenuous activities increases risk of injury. For questions about adequately preparing the ankles or feet, call podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will take care of your podiatric needs.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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10 May 2013; Dublin hurler Simon Lambert poses for a portrait during the Dublin GAA open night. Dublin GAA Portrait Session, Ballyboden St Endas GAA Club, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILESimon Lambert, a player on Dublin’s hurling team, was going after a ball during a challenge when he was suddenly sidelined with a painful injury to his lower-extremities. It turns out that he had ruptured ligaments in both legs, including a cruciate ligament, and would need surgery in order to fully recover.

Lambert underwent his procedure last August, and since then he’s been going through postoperative therapy get himself ready for the 2014 season this summer. “It was hard, nearly getting involved in stuff on the sideline when you want to be on the pitch playing,” Lambert stated.

Participating in physical therapy after dealing with a foot or ankle injury can be critical to making a full recovery. If you need help with the therapy process, speak to podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will assess the progress you’ve made so far and recommend a plan to help you recover from your injury.  

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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Brook Lopez (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)Center Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets is reportedly in a walking boot after undergoing his third foot injury in two years; only this time to replace a bent hardware which is stabilizing his right fifth metatarsal.

Lopez had a stress fracture occur in Dec. 2011, which immediately followed surgery. He missed 32 games and then played only 5 games before re-injuring his foot. Lopez recovered enough to a great performance in 2012-2013, but then went back to missing games in late Dec, to a foot sprain. Discovery of his bent screw occurred after following a routine post-season checkup, and not because of the pain he was facing initially.  Lopez will be undergoing rest and rehab to properly heal the injured foot, according to columnist Abby Sims of New York CBS Local.

It is important that the right shoes are worn for protection and guard against pain and discomfort. A podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC can make recommendations on how to care and find shoes that fit you, as well as help you with any foot pain you might have experienced from wearing ill-fitting footwear.

Proper Foot Care Leads to Better Health

Long periods of standing often times lead to pain and discomfort around the feet. Every day the body undergoes a series of stresses, especially during work. To minimize these stresses on your feet, better shoe choices and proper posture will significantly help.

Better Choices

A Negative Heel

· This is where the heel is slightly lower than the ball of the foot.

Going Barefoot

· Having your feet crammed into shoes for long periods of time increases pressure. Giving your feet some exposure to air and walking barefoot helps tremendously.

Exercise Your Feet

· A foot workout helps correct movements and stimulates the blood flow and muscles of the feet.

Foot Care

Spending a majority of the time on your feet will most likely trigger pain; even more so if you suffer from poor circulation.  Proper footwear and appropriate stretching will alleviate pain and prevent further issues. When your feet hurt, it is best to take care of them right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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