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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot problems   Scandals  

Find out how sandals can negatively impact the health of your feet and ankles.

We all like to find shoes that match our style; however, sometimes we replace comfort with fashion. While our feet might look stylish and trendy on the outside, they are often achy and unhappy on the inside. Many of the popular shoes we wear can affect our foot and ankle health and cause pain and other problems. If you love a good pair of sandals then you might be sad to hear this news; however, it’s important to shop for shoes that offer the most comfort and protection for your feet.

Sandals and Foot Problems

If you can’t get enough of these toe­wiggling shoes, they may be your go­to during the warmer months; however, because sandals lack the necessary support, you may also find yourself dealing with foot pain. This foot pain is often brought on by a condition known as plantar fasciitis. You may also find yourself with tendon problems and ankle sprains. 

So, how do you get the support you need while still wearing your favorite shoes?

Opt for sandals that boast biomechanical technology, which will give your foot and ankle the built­in support it needs to carry on with daily activities, from a night out on the town to just running errands.

You can also opt for custom­designed orthotics from your podiatrist to give you the exact support you need and to take pressure off the foot to reduce pain and inflammation, particularly on the plantar fascia.

There are even special plantar fasciitis shoes that are meant to support both the heel and the arch of the foot to alleviate discomfort. While you may be less likely to find a wide variety of sandal styles, there are still options for the sandal lover who also needs to take care of their plantar fasciitis.

Remember, your feet are vital to getting you around, so it’s important to treat them right. As always, if you notice pain or any other sort of discomfort that doesn’t go away, or is severe, then it’s time to see your podiatrist. Put your foot health first.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 05, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: foot problems   Club Foot  

Podiatrists diagnose and treat a wide variety of foot­related concerns that affect everything from the heels to the toes. One relatively rare yet club footconcerning issue that a foot doctor can fix is clubfoot—it’s a condition that usually affects children. If you have concerns about the shape and function of your child’s feet, learn more about clubfoot, its causes and how it can be successfully treated by a podiatrist.

What Is Club Foot?

Club foot is a condition that causes the feet to look deformed. It is an issue that usually develops at birth and continues to develop through childhood. The foot looks twisted to the point where the child cannot walk properly or even place his foot down on the ground normally. In extreme cases, where the foot is almost upside down, the child can’t walk at all. If it goes untreated, it can cause problems in the calves and legs, so this is a problem that must be corrected as soon as it is noticed.

What Causes Club Foot?

Doctors don’t know exactly what causes clubfoot, but there is a theory that it may develop in the womb. The way that the baby is positioned in the mother’s womb could cause unnatural pressure on the still­developing child’s skeletal system. Children who are diagnosed with musculoskeletal disorders are also more prone to this foot problem. Some doctors also believe that club foot runs in the family, or it can be caused by smoking or doing drugs during pregnancy.

Cures for Club Foot

Podiatrists can successfully correct most cases of club foot in children—the earlier that it’s addressed by a doctor, the better. The standard procedure to fix this condition is called the Ponseti treatment method. The podiatrist stretches the child’s feet to the proper position and then puts it in a secure cast. Regular appointments are necessary to re­adjust the position of the feet and monitor progress until they are properly aligned. Other solutions include taping the feet, and, in advanced cases, surgery may be needed.

Your child can be cured of club foot and have healthy, normally aligned feet. It’s important to see a podiatrist for a consultation as soon as the issue is noticed for the best results.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association’s recent Today’s Podiatrist survey, about 77% of U.S. adults have experienced foot pain in their lives, but only about a third of those people considered going to a podiatrist or doctor to get help. Another striking result of the research was that among the individuals surveyed who reported having chronic foot pain; about 83% claimed that their condition prevents them from taking part in certain physical activities.

"It's not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing," said APMA President Frank Spinosa, DPM.

A podiatrist is a doctor who is specially certified to treat problems of the feet and ankles. If you find yourself struggling to deal with any kind of complication in this area of the body, talk to podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can diagnose your foot condition and provide you with the treatment you need.

What is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek care of a podiatrist when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
  • orthotic inserts or soles

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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