Posts for tag: Proper Foot care
With so much emphasis put on eating healthy, brushing your teeth, and other basic health requirements, you may not even realize that your feet require everyday care. However, this is a crucial and fragile part of your body prone to injury. Find out how you can properly care for your feet with Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Morten Krahn at Family Foot and Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ.
What is a podiatrist?
Podiatry is a medical specialty focusing on the foot and its bones and connective tissues. A podiatrist is an expert in the foot and must have years of extensive foot and ankle training and residency before obtaining their DPM, or doctor of podiatric medicine, titles. Often, podiatrists are also surgeons, qualified to perform surgeries on the feet like bunionectomy or tendon release surgery.
How should I care for my feet?
Foot care is especially important for those with diabetes, as their condition can decrease blood flow to the feet and cause numbness. Caring for your feet only takes a few minutes a day and can mean the difference between preventing infections and foot-related conditions like ingrown toenails or bunions and ending up with serious complications. Be sure to wear clean, dry socks at all times. Change your socks at least once a day. Keep your feet dry and clean. Always wear shower shoes in public, damp places like locker rooms or public pools. Cut the toenails straight across and do not round their corners to avoid ingrown toenails. Wear comfortable, flat shoes with enough room in the toe box for your toes to lay flat and straight.
Foot Examinations in Chandler, AZ
A foot examination is a simple way to give your podiatrist the opportunity to catch and treat potential issues early. Your doctor will visually examine the foot and ankle to find any areas of concern. If necessary, your doctor uses imagining techniques like x-rays.
For more information on proper foot care or foot examinations, please contact Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Morten Krahn at Family Foot and Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ. Call 480-732-0033 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!
You often worry about your children’s teeth, eyes, and other parts of their body. You teach them how to wash, brush, and groom, but what do you do about your child’s feet as they are still developing? Many adult foot ailments, as with other health issues, have their origins in childhood, and can be present at birth. Periodic professional attention from your podiatrist and regular foot care can minimize these problems.
Neglecting your child’s foot health creates negative effects on other parts of the body, such as the legs and back. Foot health begins in childhood because your child’s feet must carry him or her for a lifetime. Your child’s life is certain to be happier and more enjoyable if you have your child develop strong, healthy feet as he or she grows into adulthood.
Your Podiatrist Explains: The Early Years
The human foot is one of the most complicated parts of the body, with 26 bones as well as ligaments, muscles, blood vessels and nerves. The feet of an infant are soft and pliable, and abnormal pressure can cause deformities. In the first year, a child’s foot grows rapidly, reaching almost half their adult foot size. Podiatrists consider the first year to be the most important in regards to development. To help ensure normal growth, allow your baby to kick and stretch his or her feet, and make sure shoes and socks do not squeeze their toes.
Your toddler will walk when he or she is ready, and you should try not to force this act. Watch your child’s gait once he or she begins to walk. Pay close attention to see if their toe touches first in their step instead of the heel, or if your child always sits while others actively play. Many toddlers have a pigeon-toed gait, which is normal, and some initially learn to walk landing on their toes instead of their heels. Most children outgrow these problems, but they could be a sign of a problem that will continue into adulthood without treatment.
Footwear for your Child
Children should not wear shoes until they can walk, so avoid pram shoes, which are normally soft, and usually made to match outfits. For babies, avoid tightly wrapped blankets that prevent kicking and leg movement. Walking barefoot in the home, where it's safe, is good for children. Your child’s feet are vulnerable to deformity from any ill-fitting footwear until the bones are completely formed at about 18 years of age. In addition, socks made from natural materials are better for your child’s feet than stretch-fit socks.
When buying shoes for your child, the shape of the shoe and the toe area should be wide and round, allowing for toes to move and spread. It is also important for the shoe to have a lace or a buckle. Without this, your child’s toes will claw to hold the shoe on, much the same way you may find yourself doing when you wear flip flops. The heel of the shoe should not be too high, as high heels can also result in foot deformity.
Start early in taking care of your children’s feet, because neglecting foot health is an invitation for severe problems. Contact your podiatrist for further consultation on your child’s growing, active feet. Having strong, healthy feet allows your child to walk, run, and play. Take extra precautions to protect their feet, so they may experience a lifetime of healthy activity.