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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 30, 2017
Category: Women Foot Care

The holidays are upon us again and many of us are out at the stores trying to get some gifts for the season. Some ladies ask for perfume and jewelry while others ask for designer shoes. High heels, flats flip flops, clogs, sandals, boat shoes, boots, sneakers and so on and so forth are all available to choose from. The number of styles and types of shoes can be almost overwhelming, especially when you are buying them for another person. Women in particular have the most options to choose from. Many of the shoes they buy are purely for fashion purposes.  Many women forget that shoes are essential to their foot health.  So, as you shop, stop and consider if the shoes you are buying the lady in your life are a good idea for the health of her feet.

High heels can cause a lot of problems for a woman’s feet. Some workplaces require a woman to wear high heels as part of her work uniform. If a woman has to wear high heels or insists upon wearing them, then she should consider swapping them out for a different type of shoe during break at work. This will allow for the feet to recuperate and to go back to a more natural position.

Women can also try “walking” heels. These heels are specifically designed to blend fashion and comfort together. They offer a wider toe box and reinforced heels for stability. These heels are less likely to cause ankle sprains, bunions, blisters and fractures. Although they sound like the perfect heel, they can still contribute to foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain and other disorders.

Sneakers that laced-up are the best option for a woman’s daily footwear. Not only do they offer ample amounts of shock absorption, stability and comfort, but there is a far lower risk of foot problems that can be caused by them. Sneakers also have good arch support and a wider toe box for optimal fit.

Give a girl the right shoe and she can conquer the world. If you are having trouble finding the right shoe for a loved one or even yourself, do not hesitate to give us a call. Want to know the best shoes to protect your feet? Podiatrists Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you select the best pair for your feet. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.

 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 09, 2017

Many different types of injuries are considered sports injuries. The term sports injury is rather broad and can encompass many different things. You don’t even have to be participating in a sport to get a sports injury. Although playing a sport is one of the most common ways to get this type of injury, other ways include accidents and poor training. If you do not warm up or stretch, wear the wrong gear, or do not know the rules, you are also more at risk for a sports injury.

What is classified as a sports injury?

How can I tell if I have received a sports injury?

A sports injury typically occurs while playing, practicing or participating in a sport or related activity. These injuries can be due to moving the wrong way, trauma, or impact. Almost all sports injuries result in some sort of pain, swelling, or tenderness. It is important to treat these injuries immediately so that they can heal properly over time. Seek the help of a podiatrist immediately if you think you are suffering from a sports injury. The faster you obtain treatment, the better the prognosis.

What do I do if I have received a sports injury?

If your sports injury is severe you should call 911 immediately. If it is moderate and you are not in any life-threatening danger, then you should seek the help of a trained podiatrist or your primary care physician. While waiting for your appointment, it is best to use the RICE method to help with swelling, inflammation and pain:

Rest- reduce or stop your normal activities. You can do this by relieving pressure and weight from the affected area. Try lying or sitting down. 

Ice- use an ice pack and place it on the injury for 20 minutes. Be sure to wrap it in a towel so that you do not harm yourself further. If you do not have an ice pack, a bag of frozen peas or a plastic bag of ice cubes also work well. Be sure to do this about 8 times a day, but never for longer than 20 minutes.

Compression- use even pressure on the injury to help reduce swelling. An Ace bandage, air cast or splint are optimal tools for this purpose.

Elevation- elevate your injured foot or ankle. Be sure that it is angled above your heart. This will also help reduce swelling.

Don’t have a podiatrist? Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help treat your sports injury and get you back on the field in no time. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. 

 

The Arizona Wildcats lost their running back, J.J. Taylor, as he sustained a broken ankle in late September. The injury was originally thought to be a sprained ankle, sustained during the second half of the loss to the Washington Huskies. At the time, it was thought that either Zach Green or Tyrell Johnson would replace him.

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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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Steven Finn of England will be out of the Test series against Pakistan due to a suspected stress fracture in his foot. The cricketer was ruled out of the first Test against Pakistan after complaining of soreness in his left foot while in the nets. Finn originally believed the injury to be a toenail problem before a scan revealed a more serious concern. Stress fractures can take up to six to eight weeks to heal properly, and full rest is need to ensure complete recovery.   

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can determine the severity of your condition and provide you with quality care.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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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After jumping off the stage during her performance of “Dog Days Are Over” at the first Coachella weekend, Florence Welch of the band Florence + the Machine took the stage again with a broken foot.

The singer’s injury did not deter her mood or her performance, however, with the 28-year-old giggling at the shouts of fans and even inviting one on stage for a hug. Welch, normally a high-energy performer, was forced to remain seated during her performance; it was that or either wear a robotic walking boot.

While the disabled performer was not able to move around the stage as she would have preferred, Florence + the Machine was still able to showcase Welch’s stunning voice at its rawest.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment to prevent exacerbation. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have an broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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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