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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 04, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear   Foot Care   Child Podiatry  

While it might not be something you think about often (or at all), the health of your child’s feet is important. Your child is growing by leaps and bounds and certain habits and other factors can affect how your child’s feet develop or if they experience injuries or other problems down the road. Unfortunately, a lot of children end up wearing shoes that are far too small for their feet, which can lead to pain, structural imbalances and certain foot deformities.

We know that going shoe shopping is certainly not a walk in the park for most parents; however, it’s an important component to making sure your child maintains healthy feet. There are many things to think about when it comes to picking the right shoes, and your podiatrist can also provide suggestions and tips to make the world of shoe shopping easier for you and your little one.

Some factors that you should consider when shopping for the right shoes include:

  • Your child’s age
  • The shoe’s material
  • Your child’s shoe size
  • The shoe’s structure

A good rule of thumb is to shop for shoes every 2 months when your child is between the ages of 1 and 2 years old. Once they reach three and four, you’ll want to purchase new shoes approximately every four months. At the point that your child is five or six years old, every six months is a good time to swap out old shoes for new ones.

As you might already know, the bones of a baby or infant’s feet are soft and haven’t fully developed. To protect your child’s feet it’s important that they wear socks and soft shoes. Make sure that as your child’s feet grow that the toes have room to wiggle and move around within the shoes. Bunched-up toes are a major no-no!

Since your little one is growing by leaps and bounds it is important that you are constantly checking their shoe size for changes. Remember that feet swell throughout the day, so shoe shopping should be done at the end of the day when feet are at their largest. If you aren’t sure what size shoe your little one wears, you can ask one of the store’s footwear specialists for help.

Of course, you can’t forget the importance of choosing the right socks, as well. Socks can prevent your little one from blisters, calluses and other foot problems. They can also wick away sweat and prevent fungal infections. When it comes to choosing the right socks for your little one consider the type of fabric, your child’s activity level, the size of your child’s feet and sensitivities they might have to certain fabrics.

When in doubt, you should talk to a foot doctor who can provide you with advice, answer any questions you might have about your child’s developing feet and also provide comprehensive care, when needed.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 29, 2018
Tags: Footwear   Shoes   Podiatrist   Children   Injury   Infection   barefoot   cut   bacteria  

Easter is on its way, and with it, many children will get a visit from the Easter Bunny. This is an exciting time for friends and family as it brings people together to make many lasting memories. It can be especially endearing to watch small children run around happily on the hunt for Easter eggs that are hiding in the yard, just waiting for their treasures to be found and enjoyed. In many areas of the United States, the weather for Easter is usually mild. That means a lot of Easter egg hunts can occur outside in the nice weather. When you let your kids outside, try to keep them in their shoes because barefoot running can be dangerous to little developing feet.

Beware of Children Barefoot Running

While barefoot running indoors is encouraged for small children who are learning how to walk, it is not encouraged for children who are outside. Barefoot running and walking can help a child find their balance and give them better grip and confidence, especially indoors on the carpet or hardwood floor. Outside poses a whole different threat. Debris, germs, and animals feces are all commonly found outside. Debris can cut small feet and cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream. When bacteria enter the bloodstream, it can cause disease and infection to occur. Another risk factor is that if a cut is severe, it can cause a deformity as a child’s foot heals. Growing feet need to be kept in the best shape possible to promote healthy growth and development in the future.

What if my child doesn’t like shoes?

Every parent knows that it can be a nightmare putting a pair of shoes on a child or toddler that just doesn’t want anything to do with it. Some parents would even go so far as to say it is akin to wrestling an alligator. While the battle to put on shoes can be a hard one, it is a battle that is well worth the strength and aggravation.

Try to think outside of the box when asking your child to put on shoes. Offer them stickers to decorate their footwear to make them seem more approachable and fun. Alternatively, allow them to choose a set of shoes they like at the store to entice them into wearing them. Another fun option is buying special socks that can only be worn with shoes. In any case, make sure your child has their shoes on before they go outside to prevent injury.

If your battle is lost, and your child is outside before you even realize, do not fret. If they are injured, call a podiatrist immediately. Our staff can help treat your child’s feet and allow them to heal in a proper fashion so that they develop in a healthy way. 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. Our staff can help treat your child’s injured feet and educate you further on the dangers of barefoot running.

 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 15, 2018
Category: Foot History
Tags: Footwear   paces   marches  

Our body has done amazing things all through time. Not only do we use our body to build things, we use it for transportation and to learn as well. The feet have been a means of transportation since human life began, but did you know the feet were also used as a measuring tool?

Years ago, the length of the foot was used as a form of measurement. Also, the distance of a step was used as a different type of measurement. The measurement “foot” used to refer to 11 1/42 inches. Today, the measurement has now become 12 inches, which is the average length of a male foot. Another common type of measurement was called the “pace.”  The ancient Roman army used to march everywhere. When they marched, they marched in paces. A pace was equivalent to a double step.  A double step equaled about 5 feet. This means that 1,000 paces were equivalent to marching one mile. Today a pace is smaller. Its measurements are estimated at about 2.5-3 feet.

Marching and using the feet as a measurement can pose a safety hazard in today’s world. This is why we now have a ruler, a yardstick, and other different tools to help us measure what we need. If you do try out marching and experimenting with the size of your foot and its equivalent measurement, it is important that you do so with the proper footwear. Footwear that has good shock absorption, stability and support are recommended when marching for long periods of time. Also, consider giving your feet a break in between, especially if they are not used to the amount of activity you are performing. If overused, your feet can suffer from conditions such as bunions, strains, sprains, and tears.

If you injured your foot while measuring something or while marching, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. They can examine your foot and determine exactly what ailment you are suffering from. 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. Learn about the history of feet and how to heal them.

Taking care of your diabetic feet is of utmost importance in making sure that you stay healthy. Avoid going barefoot and always wear shoes. Walking barefoot as a diabetic patient can lead to an increased risk of injury. Routine foot exams should be conducted daily to check for any wounds, small or large, as if they are left untreated they can lead to further complications. When choosing footwear, make sure that your shoes are comfortable and properly-fitting. Avoid tight-fitting or point shoes such as high heels. Do not use hot or cold packs on any foot injury as this can increase your risk of skin injury or infection. Avoid sitting cross-legged for long periods of time as this can impair blood flow in the legs. Maintain proper foot hygiene by cleaning and your feet daily, making sure to dry thoroughly. Trim your toenails straight across so as to avoid infection.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, contact Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Y:\Clearwater Marketing\Webpower Video\Webpower Stock Photos\plantar-fasciitis5.jpgFlip flops are easy to take on and off, however they are dangerous for your feet. Everyday flip flop use can cause plantar fasciitis. Stress fractures, tendinitis, and shin splints are also problems that stem from wearing flip flops too often. Flip flops that are too small for your feet might give you blisters and other infections. However, flip flops that are too big will cause you to slip and fall while you walk. Experts believe that well-fitting sneakers are the best option for your feet.

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

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

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