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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 27, 2018
Category: Sports injuries

Like all sports, lacrosse has its dangers. Anytime there are multiple people running on a field to make a goal and to beat out another team, the ante is upped and injuries begin. Although lacrosse is a little less high-impact than football, it still has its fair share of injuries to boast about. Read more on the most common lacrosse injuries and how they should be treated.

Common lacrosse Injuries:

  • Ankle Sprains – Inversion ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries that lacrosse players experience. This is because as they run up and down the field, make sharp turns and sudden adjustments, their ankles are not always prepared for the drastic change. When this happens, their ankles often roll and become sprained during the process. Ankle sprains can be very painful and have symptoms that can include swelling, redness, bruising and inflammation. If you sprain your ankle in a game or practice, it is important to take a seat off the field and prepare an appointment to see a podiatrist for treatment.
  • Ankle Fractures – in more severe instances, the ankle can roll, be subjected to a large amount of pressure and can fracture. Also, constant running and repetitive pressure from the sport can cause stress fractures. Fractures often are painful, cause swelling, bruising and inflammation. It can also render an athlete immobile and they may need assistance getting off the field. Ankle fractures should be seen by a podiatrist immediately for proper treatment and placement for healing.
  • Plantar Fasciitis – this condition affects the arch of the foot. It usually strikes first thing in the morning and includes intense pain. As the day progresses, it relaxes and the pain ebbs. When a person sits for a long period of time and then tries to stand, it often can become very painful again because the muscles tighten and contract. Plantar fasciitis is attributed to overuse, especially in sports.

If you play lacrosse and suffer from any of the above-mentioned ailments, be sure to see a podiatrist right away. A podiatrist is trained to get your feet healthy as fast as possible so that you can get back into the game. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Lacrosse injuries can be dealt with, let us help.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 09, 2018

When you get the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, it can sometimes be a head-scratcher. How is it that you inflicted all of this pain on your foot? It seemed perfectly fine a week ago, so how did things transpire so quickly? Plantar fasciitis can sneak up on anyone at any given moment. All it takes is a little overuse, an activity your feet aren’t used to or a traumatic injury to trigger the condition and its accompanied pain. Want the specifics? Here are some reasons why you could be plagued with plantar fasciitis.

  1. You gained some weight. Gaining a little weight can be harmless, but if you aren’t careful it can have dramatic effects on your health. Extra weight causes extra strain and shock to the feet which can cause the inflammation of the plantar fascia and trigger plantar fasciitis.
  2. Your feet aren’t shaped “normally.” What this means in the world of podiatry is that you either have a flat foot or high arched feet instead of a “typical” arch. Flat footed individuals typically experience more stress on their middle under-foot and need shoes with more cushion to prevent this condition. High-arched individuals need shoes with more shock support.
  3. You just took part in a Cotton-Eyed Joe marathon and you haven’t Cotton- Eye Joe’d since high school. When you partake in a rapid increase of activity, your feet will suffer. They are under an abnormal amount of strain and have no time to ease into the transition. As such, they often end up suffering from plantar fasciitis.
  4. You are wearing the wrong shoes. Shoes such as heels or flip flops do not have any support or shock absorption. This can cause havoc to your plantar fascia and it can endure a lot of strain because of it. Strain causes inflammation and a trip to the podiatrist’s office.
  5. Sports injuries can also cause plantar fasciitis. If you suffer a foot trauma such as a break or fracture coupled with blunt force trauma, you can easily suffer from plantar fasciitis paired with that injury. If you are hurt during sports, do not try to walk it off, see a podiatrist immediately.

Plantar fasciitis can be bothersome, but it is treatable by a podiatrist. 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. There are treatments available to help you live pain-free.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
February 08, 2018
Category: Exercise injury

In a physically challenging sport such as aerobics, injuries are common, and often involve the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Podiatrists say that most injuries from aerobics result from improper shoes, surfaces, or routines, and overuse of muscles through too vigorous a regimen. This can be detrimental to the foot, ankle, and legs as they need a lot of protection when they are constantly in use. If the feet and ankles are not protected, they can suffer from disorders such as bunions, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and more.

If you are attending an aerobics class, make sure it is led by a certified instructor. Hardwood floors, especially with padded mats, are the best surfaces possible for the feet and body during the high impact of the activity. If you can, start with a multi-impact class where you can start at a low-impact level and work your way up as your conditioning improves. This will allow your feet and ankles to get used to the vigorous activity and build up a tolerance. Be sure to give the feet and ankles breaks in between classes so that they can rest and heal.

Exercising at home with a video can be cost-efficient, but it is still important to be very careful. Read the label to determine whether the video is produced by certified aerobics instructors and whether you can handle the degree of impact. While it's safe to do low-to-moderate impact aerobics on the living room carpet, that's not a proper surface for high-impact routines. At-home aerobics can cause an array of foot and ankle problems if you have not done it before.

Any time you partake in aerobics, be sure to include a proper warm-up period. Make sure there are no rapid, violent movements. Knees should always be loose during warm-up. A static stretch held for 10 seconds can help avoid overstretching injuries as well.

Drink adequate water to avoid dehydration during workouts. Dehydration can cause nausea, dizziness, muscle fatigue, and cramping. For exercise lasting longer than 45 minutes, a sports nutrition drink may be superior to water.

Don't underestimate the importance of the cool-off period. It burns off lactic acid (which makes muscles feel tired) and adrenaline while keeping blood from pooling in the extremities.

Be sure to start slow. Unless you have been doing aerobics all of your life, it is not likely that you will be able to keep the pace of a professional who does it every day, multiple times a day. Be sure to invest in the proper equipment and footwear prior to the start of your regimen to prevent injury. If you do injure yourself while partaking in the activity, see a podiatrist right away. Immediate treatment of foot and ankle problems can prevent severe problems down the road. 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. Don’t let the fear of an aerobic injury prevent you from enjoying it.

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 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.