My Blog

Posts for tag: Walking

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 26, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Gangrene   Podiatrist   Walking   Ischemic foot   pain  

Most of us do not notice a problem with our feet until it is too late. When we notice our feet are discolored, feel funny, are always cold, or are in pain, this is the time we usually react to the difference our feet feel. When our feet are in constant motion, it is easy to forget about them and drudge on with our daily tasks. Because of this, we sometimes acquire conditions such as ischemic foot which cause discomfort in our feet.

What Is Ischemic Foot?

Ischemic foot is a condition that causes a lack of blood flow to the arteries in the feet. This lack of blood flow can be caused by blocked arteries, spasms, an injury or poor diet. This condition also causes a lack of oxygen in the foot, which puts it at risk for severe injury or amputation.

Diagnosing Ischemic Foot

Depending on the type of symptoms a person experiences, a podiatrist will look at the following to make a diagnosis:

Early symptoms:

  • cold feet
  • purple or red discoloration of the toes
  • muscle cramping after walking

More severe symptoms:

  • a sore that won't heal,
  • pain at rest
  • gangrene (tissue death)

A podiatrist will examine the affected foot and may order tests to see how the blood is flowing within the foot. If a podiatrist notices cold skin, skin that is dying, or skin that is shiny or paper-thin, then they may suspect that you suffer from ischemic foot. A podiatrist may also notice that the toes are purple or white, depending on the angle that they lift them. This is another sign of poor blood circulation and can indicate ischemic foot disorder. Other obvious signs include ulcers or gangrene of the foot.

In order to confirm the diagnosis, a podiatrist may order an MRI or Cat Scan to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment

If the disorder is caught in its early stages, then a podiatrist may have a patient use orthotics, buy new shoes, and take walks to help their circulation. In more severe cases, surgery may be required to unblock an artery that is causing the poor circulation.

If you suspect that you have ischemic foot, it is important to call a podiatrist right away. 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 deserve the best treatment around, let us help.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 18, 2017
Category: Foot Types
Tags: Walking   gait  

Although we are not born walking on two feet, by age one most people have learned how to walk. We walk on our feet every day. We hike, march, climb, hop, skip, strut, prance and so much more all the time. Without the ability to walk and get mobile we wouldn’t be able to see the world, partake in any sport we wished to, or have a higher quality of life. At Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC our podiatrists know just how important walking is to you.  So much goes into the way we walk and it is important that we understand how it even works.

Our gait, or the way we walk, is made up of 2 separate parts that come together to make one fluid motion. The two pieces that make up our gait are the “stance” and the “swing”.

Stance is when our feet are planted on the ground. Our heel first strikes the ground when walking. Then it rotates and goes forward so that the toes and the forefoot hit the ground. Without stance, we would not have balance and stability.

Swing is when your foot is in the air actually in motion. Specifically, it is when you are walking and your foot is not touching the ground at all and is moving forward instead. This gets us where we need to go and puts us back into our stance to gain stability and balance.

These two important steps in walking make up our gait. Every person’s gait is a bit different and can set them apart from other individuals. For the most part though, steps are taken evenly, your legs are in line with the center of your body, and your feet are in line with your legs. This typical gait allows for your joints, muscles, and tendons to work together seamlessly and prevents problems.

If your gait is not quite right, meaning your legs are not in line with the center of your body, you have a limp, or pain in your legs, hips and back, it is important that you see a podiatrist right away. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn’s office is conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or request an appointment online today. We are here to help.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 06, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Walking   neuroma   Ischemic foot   Chilblains   exercising  

Nerve or vascular problems have two things in common, blood flow and circulation. The treatment for most of these are simple and can be done with some home care and a quick trip to the podiatrist. If left unattended however, this could cause more serious conditions, especially in diabetics. Walking, exercising, keeping your feet warm, wearing shoes that give your feet room to wiggle are all good affordable ways to keep your feet clear of vascular difficulty.

Types of Vascular Conditions:

  • Neuroma is an enlarged benign growth of nerves that are caused by the foot’s tissue rubbing against the nerves. It causes a sensation of numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the ball of your foot.
  • Chilblains (cold feet) is affiliated with the skin and how it reacts poorly to the cold. Circulation can be an issue and you may develop redness, swelling and itchy skin.
  • Acrocyanosis is a disorder that is painless but it effects the blood supply from the arteries to the skin. It usually doesn’t turn into a more serious condition but can be a sign of other issues. Your feet may be constantly cold, sweaty, swollen or discolored.
  • Ischemic Foot causes a decrease in blood flow from the heart to the feet. You may experience muscle cramping, discoloration, cold feet and eventually ulcers.

Fixing Neuroma:

  • Non-prescription anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Massaging the painful region three times daily with ice.
  • Change footwear regularly.
  • Arch supports and foot pads to help reduce pressure on the nerve.

These neurological conditions can occur in one foot or both feet and can affect the nerve between the third and fourth toes, but sometimes the second and third toes are affected.as well. Neuroma can occur at any age, but most often affects middle-aged women.

A Morton's neuroma will not disappear on its own. Usually, the symptoms will fluctuate depending on the type of shoes you wear and how much time you spend on your feet. Sometimes, the symptoms will go away completely but it is best to contact a podiatrist as soon as symptoms begin to treat it appropriately. Let our specialist, Dr. Discont, give you a hand with your feet and call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in our Chandler office at 480-732-0033 to schedule an appointment

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 16, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking   Cholesterol  
WalkingOur feet carry us from point A to point B and help us remain active. But did you also know that using your feet can help you lower your cholesterol, too? One of the best ways to lower your cholesterol is to lose weight and exercise regularly. Let’s take a look at how walking can help you.
 

The Benefits of Walking

To maintain a healthy and happier lifestyle, walking may be the right choice for you.  It is an easy, safe and inexpensive way to exercise and keep up your health.  Walking can also be a relaxing and invigorating way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  The results of walking are physically rewarding and add enjoyable years to your life.
 
Walking is an excellent way to being an exercise program for those who have a long history of inactivity, problems with obesity, or who just don’t like strenuous activity.  When beginning, you can start off slowly and then gradually increase your speed to maintain a steady pace.  A good conditioning program begins with moderation and dedication.
 
Podiatrists recommend walking to ease or ward off a number of physically related illnesses.  Walking can help you:
  • Strengthen your heart and lungs
  • Improve circulation
  • Prevent heart attacks and strokes
  • Reduce obesity and high blood pressure
  • Boost your metabolic rate 
  • Favorably alter your cholesterol
  • Improve muscle tone in your legs and abdomen
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Reduce arthritis pain
  • Stop bone tissue decay
Contact your podiatrist for more information on how you can lower your cholesterol with the help of walking and other exercises.