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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 12, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

One day after hitting the gym, you decide it’s time to wash away that sweat. You go into the locker room, strip down, and step into the shower. Once you are done, you towel off, wrap up, and walk over to a changing stall.  Everything seems great. You just got an amazing workout in your brand new, podiatrist approved running shoes, you are cleaned up and ready to go. Little did you know that your bare feet are being attacked by a virus from the washroom floor.

Fast forward a month later and while putting on your shoes, you see this ugly fat wart right on your foot. You don’t remember getting it, but it is very obvious now. How did it get there? Why did it pop up on your arch? You should have worn a pair of water shoes into that public shower at the gym last month, and now you are paying the price. You have a plantar’s wart.

Plantar’s warts can appear all over the foot, but typically appear on the bottom of the plantar’s arch.  At first, they might seem to be a callus, but look again, that rough skin patch can grow in size and become a bump all of its own.

These warts are caused by a virus. Usually they are transmitted by direct contact with the skin. Many people get them because they walk in a high traffic public area with bare feet. A pool, locker room, or public shower are all havens for the plantar’s wart virus.

These plantar’s warts can come in intervals. They can appear in as little as three days or within a few months’ time. They can come in large quantities or all by themselves.

Treatment

Over the counter medication can work for top foot warts. Give it a shot, but if it does not work, call a podiatrist right away. Plantar’s warts tend to be harder to treat and typically need to be seen by a podiatrist.  A podiatrist can remove the wart by excision, freezing, burning, strong acids or lasers. Most of these types of treatments are done under local anesthesia so that the patient does not feel any pain.

After getting the wart treated be sure to pay close attention to your feet, as Plantar’s Warts have a high reoccurrence rate.

Have a wart on your foot? Not sure what kind it is and how to get rid of it? Call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. There Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can examine, diagnose and treat your warts. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.

By Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC
December 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Consider the health of your feet the next time you purchase your running shoes.

If you are an avid runner, nothing sounds better than lacing up your shoes and spending the day outdoors. However, do you think about the proper running shoeshealth of your feet while you are running your favorite trails? Are you considering how much protection your feet are getting or the stability they need while you pound the pavement? Our feet and ankles play a major role in our ability to enjoy active endeavors like running. Therefore, when it’s time to pick out a new pair of running shoes, here are some tips you should follow.

Figure out your foot type

Do you have flat feet or high arches? When you go in to try on running shoes, go to an athletic store where specialists and experts can help you choose the proper running shoes to fit your foot shape. By choosing shoes based on the arch of your foot, you can easily prevent certain injuries.

Do you pronate?

How your foot hits the ground while you move will also affect the type of shoes you purchase. Those with flat feet often overpronate, which means that the foot rolls severely inward every time your foot hits the ground. Whenever the foot rolls inward it causes pain and strain to the foot. By going to a specialty running store you can talk to someone who will be able to determine whether you pronate so you get the best running shoes for your feet.

By a half size up

This might sound a bit odd, but did you know that your feet actually swell while you run? Therefore, if your shoes just fit or even fit a little snug, this can cause blisters and other foot problems due to overcrowded toes. In order to combat swollen feet, it’s not a bad idea to go up a half size in your shoes than you normally would.

Know when to replace your old shoes

No one likes to say goodbye to their old running shoes, especially if a lot of great memories were formed and races were won while wearing them; however, shoes don’t last forever and the longer you wear worn­out shoes the more damaging it could be for your feet. A good rule of thumb is to replace your shoes every 300 to 500 miles.

If you have any questions about what running shoe is best for you, call your podiatrist today!

With cooler weather now in full effect, many people will be lacing up their running shoes to get started on running season. While injuries are common and bound to occur, there are several measures one can take to avoid the five most common injuries: runner’s knee, Achilles tendonitis, hamstring injuries, iliotibial band injuries, and plantar fasciitis. Stretching and strengthening the involved muscles is key in avoiding injury and should be done before and after workouts.  

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury see Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
January 10, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Running Shoes

If you’re a runner, then you know that your shoes are an integral piece of equipment when it comes to comfort, performance and injury prevention.  Your foot type and function will determine which type of running shoe will be best for your unique needs and training regimen. A shoe must properly fit the shape and design of your foot before you can train in it comfortably.

There are several factors to consider when searching for a new running shoe. These may include:

  • Foot structure
  • Foot function
  • Body type
  • Existing foot problems
  • Biomechanical needs
  • Training regimen
  • Environmental factors
  • Previously worn running shoe

Failing to replace old, worn shoes is a major cause of running injuries, as old shoes gradually lose their stability and shock absorption capacity. The typical lifespan of a pair of running shoes is approximately 500 miles. It’s important to keep track of their mileage to avoid overuse.

Helpful tips for choosing your shoes include:

  • Go to a reputable shoe store that specializes in running footwear
  • Bring your old/current running shoes with you
  • Know your foot type, shape as well as any problems you’ve previously experienced
  • Have your feet measured
  • Wear the same socks you wear when training
  • Try on both shoes, and give them a test run

If you’re a beginning runner and just starting your training regimen, then it’s a good idea to visit Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC for an evaluation. Your podiatrist will examine your feet, identify potential problems, and discuss the best running shoes for your foot structure and type.Seasoned runners should also visit their Chandler podiatrist periodically to check for potential injuries.

Don’t allow poor shoes choices derail your training program and jeopardize your running goals.  A proper-fitting running shoe is an invaluable training tool that allows you to perform your best without injury or pain. The correct footwear, in combination with a proper training routine and professional attention from a skilled Chandler podiatrist is the key to minimizing faulty foot mechanicsand maximizing your performance.

Proper Foot SupportDr. Najia Shakoor of Rush University Medical Center led a study that shows footwear which allows natural mobility could relieve people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Shakoor’s double-blind experiment included 22 OA patients: 11 who were given flexible shoes to wear for 48 weeks, and 13 who were given stiffer ones. The 11 with flexible shoes showed a 73% improvement in pain, 70% improvement in function, and 42% improvement in quality of life. The 13 with stiff shoes showed improvements of only 37%, 40%, and 11% in the same categories, respectively.

The right type of foot support can make all the difference in your well-being. For advice on proper foot support, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can assist in finding the best footwear for your needs.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Feet are the foundation of the body, and just like the foundation of any structure, they must be stable and balanced in order to support the all of the body's weight. If they are not, they could cause many problems.

Bad foot support can cause pain or discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck, and shoulder. It can lead to much less obvious problems as well, like stomach aches and headaches. Issues with the feet can lead to emotional stress and physiological changes in the body, including fatigue, blood sugar problems, and adrenal stress. In order to avoid these issues, you must be sure to wear shoes that provide proper foot support.

Of all the different parts of the foot, the arch is the one that needs the most support. This vital structure handles most of the pressure exerted during movement--for each mile someone walks, the arch bears between 200,000 and 300,000 pounds of stress. Arch height varies greatly from one person to another, and changes as a person ages. Proper support can prevent many musculoskeletal problems that may cause inactivity or even disability.

When searching for footwear, one must remember to buy shoes that fit well and that properly support the feet.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.

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