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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 05, 2018

It’s nearing the end of the summer, and if you haven’t gotten a pedicure yet, you may start to feel like you’re due for one soon! The time we take to pamper ourselves is always time well spent. One thing is for certain - where you go for your pedicure can majorly impact your experience. This is especially true when you decide to include your child in the pedicure pampering! All of us at Family Foot & Ankle Care, P.C. challenge you to think ahead!

When you and your child go to get a pedicure, you’re putting your feet into warmer temperature waters that other peoples’ feet have been in as well. Soaking in warm temperatures will relax and open up your pores which, if there are any cuts or sores, will allow infection-causing bacteria to enter more easily. These bacteria can cause them to develop conditions like athlete’s foot and yeast infections, and can trigger or make diabetic foot ulcers worse for adults and kids with diabetes.

Bacteria can also impact your toes which can be affected by athlete’s foot and other toenail fungi. Your toes are also prone to ingrown toenails and the infections that can easily accompany them when your toenails are cleaned and clipped too aggressively. We know what you’re thinking - maybe getting a pedicure isn’t such a great idea...but it’s not all bad! The key to a great pedicure is knowing what to look for: when looking into where you and your child will get their first pedicure, be sure to look at the reviews!

Call ahead and ask if they’re kid-friendly. Visit and check out the facility before committing to it. It’s always a good sign to see cleaning supplies not only present but actively being used! A pedicurist gets major bonus points for having disposable tools and covers for the soaking tub used in pedicure chairs. This says a lot about how a business values the safety and health of its clients.

With all of the good and the bad laid out, we hope this will enable you to confidently pursue your next pedicure adventure and safely introduce pedicures to your child. If any complications arise, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Alan J. Discont. Just call (408) 732-0033 to schedule your next appointment at our convenient location in Chandler, Arizona!

 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 12, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Is your ingrown nail a real nuisance or is it just too painful to handle anymore? Dr. Alan Discont, Dr. Gregory Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews ingrown toenailof Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, can help you!

Ingrown toenails are when your toenails perforate skin in the corners or sides of your feet. They may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, eventually causing an infection if not taken care of immediately.

Your toes may also become:

  • Sore
  • Infected
  • Skin may start growing over the ingrown toenail
  • Red

There are several things that may lead to ingrown toenails, such as:

  • Not trimming toenails properly, like too short, especially big toes
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight, or short, resulting in crowded toes
  • Repeated trauma or injury to your feet
  • Foot illnesses, or diseases, like fungal infections.
  • Ingrown nails may be simply heredity, or due to poor foot structure.

Treatment:

Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix. Try wearing shoes that give your toes more space to move and try to avoid socks. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection, but soaking the foot in warm and soapy water several times a day and keeping your feet clean may resolve the issue.

Surgery may be necessary though. If your ingrown toenail is suffering from an acute infection, the surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed.

If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, make sure to contact one of your foot doctors, Drs. Alan Discont, Gregory Krahm and Boyd Andrews of Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ. Call the office at (480) 732-0033.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
February 28, 2018
Category: Foot Care

Many women all over the world wear pantyhose, nylons, and tights every day. They are highly regarded in the fashion world and they are also very comfortable when wearing dresses, skirts and other similar type clothing. Unfortunately, these pantyhose, tights and nylons do not benefit your feet. In fact, they could actually be harming your feet and here is why.

Signs Your Hosiery is Damaging Your Feet

  • You have excess fabric - the excess fabric will bunch up around your toes or heels, rubbing against the skin. You may suffer from blisters, calluses, corns and skin irritation as a result. It can also result in cramping and cause your foot to fit improperly in shoes.
  • Your tights, nylons or stockings are too tight - Overly tight hosiery distorts the natural shape of your feet, limits movement and puts pressure on toes. You could develop bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, fallen arches and poor circulation. All conditions are very painful and can cause permanent foot damage if not properly treated by a podiatrist.
  • The fabric is too thin – Thin fabric does not supply the right amount of support and cushion to the feet, which can cause tired feet and lack of stability when walking.
  • They are made out of abrasive fabric - Cheap nylon tights aren’t breathable so sweat struggles to escape. Dampness makes nylon feel rougher; the tights can then easily make your feet sore and painful. The feet are also prone to blisters.

Buying the Right Socks and Tights

  • Choose nylons, pantyhose and tights that are roomy enough to allow your toes to spread out without leaving excess fabric.
  • Wear white socks and pale tights whenever possible. If your feet bleed, secrete pus or sweat too much, it’ll be easier to spot the problem than with dark hosiery.
  • Never wear the same pair for two days or more, and always change socks after exercise.

If you suffer from blisters, calluses, corns or other problems due to wearing pantyhose, nylons, or tights, it is important to see a podiatrist right away so that the damage does not cause an infection. 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. Your feet are our number one priority.

 

 

 

 

 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 20, 2017

Our feet are constantly in motion. They carry us from place to place, provide us with balance, and allow us to maneuver in precarious situations. We also use our feet a lot at work. They allow us to walk the halls, take part in a trade, and stand in a production line. Without our feet, we would have a hard time staying mobile. Although it may seem troublesome to worry about our feet, it is imperative that they take top priority in our daily lives, especially at work.

There is an old saying that goes “When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.” This is especially true when it comes to foot pain from a long day at work. If your feet ache, you may also find that your legs, back, and hips also ache. Although your feet started with the problems, they can rapidly spread.

There are two types of work-related foot injuries. Their categories are traumatic injuries and the other are mobile injuries.

Traumatic injuries such as punctures, lacerations, crushing or sprains can be very serious in nature. Typically, they require an emergency room visit followed up by a visit to a podiatrist. These types of injuries account for about 10% of work injuries. They will also temporarily or permanently disable a worker.

Mobile injuries can be just as devastating to an individual. These mobile injuries are injuries that occur from tripping, slipping or falling at the workplace. They can cause muscle tears, sprains, or fractures. These types of injuries make up about 15% of work related injuries. Slip and falls do not always mean that a foot or ankle injury will occur, but there is a high chance for this injury to happen.

Although these two main foot injury categories make up a fair amount of the foot and ankle injuries that occur at work, they are not the only possibilities. Calluses, tired feet, and ingrown toenails can happen due to a certain work environment or work-related injury. Plantar Fasciitis is also a possibility due to overuse or overextension in the workplace.

Work related foot and ankle injuries occur frequently. It is important that you take proper precautions when preparing your feet and ankles for work. Want to know the best way to protect your feet? Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you get your feet back on track again. 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
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Basic foot care is easy to skip because our feet are not in plain sight but they will sure remind us when they are in pain. Here are some basic foot care suggestions to keep your feet happy.

  • Wash your feet regularly and pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Peeling on the soles can indicate athlete’s foot, while discolored toe nails can be a sign of a nail fungus.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and not too short or close to the nail bed. Cutting into the sides can cause ingrown toe nails.
  • Chose the right shoe, it is so important especially as you age. The wrong shoe can create many issues and the style right now is sympathetic to health conditions and offer more options.
  • Be cautious when using home remedies for foot conditions as they can turn a minor issue into a larger one if not you’re guided correctly. Calling a podiatrist can be a quick and simple way to get the right answer.
  • Alternate your shoes every day as this could save you from getting athlete’s foot or any other related fungal condition.
  • Walking bare foot is certainly fun and fancy free but it can put you at risk of injury and infection and let’s face it, that is no picnic. Sandals are a good alternative and still allow your little piggies to get some air.
  • Do not ignore foot pain, it is your body’s way of telling you that there is something wrong! Please contact us if you are experiencing foot pain.
  • If you are a diabetic you should take extra special care by using both your podiatrist and general doctor to ensure you are not missing anything.
  • Use moisturizing lotion to help keep skin dry. Just a small amount a few times each day does the trick.
  • Walk daily and let those dogs out of the yard. Simple but good and it certainly keeps your feet moving which keeps them healthy!

Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC of Chandler Arizona wants to help you keep your feet happy and healthy. If you are experiencing pain in your feet or just need a check up on chronic issues call Dr. Alan Discont for an appointment at 480-732-0033. Understanding basic foot care allows your feet to take you where you need to go!