We think it’s safe to say that almost everyone’s favorite season is autumn! What is there not to love? Comfortable weather, beautiful changes in the landscape, fun and festive seasonal activities, the impending excitement for the holiday season...the list goes on! Some of those seasonal activities include sports, for many people. If you’re a football fan, you’ll know! Fall is football season and that’s not just for the elite teams. Whether it’s the high school football team, the local college team, or a big league team in the playoffs, football is an exciting full-body sport. If you’re getting in on the action this year, here are some helpful tips for you to consider:
New shoes - Have you noticed your shoes fitting differently than they did last year? This is because, over time, our shoes can lose their firmness and supportiveness. Old shoes leave us vulnerable to twisting an ankle, developing flat feet, or other foot problems. Want to go the extra mile? Ask your foot doctor about orthotics!
Compression sleeves - If you haven't heard of compression sleeves, it’s never too late to learn! These are a type of sleeve that fits over your feet and ankles to gently constrict your blood vessels, forcing blood to pass through faster. This actually helps improve circulation and provides support while playing sports!
Checking in with your podiatrist - When we experience some minor discomfort or pain in our feet or ankles, it can be easy to dismiss it and go on without having it addressed. No pain or discomfort is small enough not to be worth mentioning to Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, or Dr. Boyd Andrews. Don’t walk it off - get it checked!
There are so many ways to prepare ahead of time and make sure your favorite season is spent doing what you love. Nobody wants to sit on the sidelines with a hurt ankle, right? It’s time for a visit to Family Foot & Ankle Care, P.C. Give our last tip a try today and call us at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our great location in Chandler, Arizona.
What Causes Warts?
Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.
An HPV Infection
Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.
Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.
Breaks in Your Skin
HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.
A Weak Immune System
In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!
Have you ever wondered why some people have big toes that point inward towards their other toes, or have a big, red, bulbous appearance at the base of their big toe? Chances are you were looking at a pretty advanced cased of bunions! You can tell a bunion is very far along in its development when the base of the big toe bone looks red, inflamed, and is abnormally large. This is the product of a bone deformity called a bunion. The area where your big toe bone meets the other parts of your foot bones forms a bony growth that pushes the big toe inward. The deformity leading to a bunion is typically caused by the toe bone being forced to grow in an abnormal direction.
This can be due to shoes with poor support, shoes that are too small for your feet, and can sometimes even happen simply because of your genetic makeup! Of all the things to inherit, a bunion isn’t the most enjoyable. Bunions can range from barely noticeable to being a very uncomfortable and even painful experience. Here are some tips and tricks from all of us at Family Foot & Ankle Care to help you avoid developing bunions:
Ask your family - it never hurts to simply ask your family what their experience has been with bunions. Did they ever get it treated? When did it start developing?
Get fitted shoes - this is by far one of the most important tips! You can potentially avoid bunions altogether by simply finding supportive shoes that truly fit your feet. Don’t settle for flimsy alternatives!
Talk to your foot doctor about orthotics - even if you don't have bunions, orthotics are a great way to help avoid developing them. Orthotics may even help with any other foot issues you have!
If you already have bunions, some of these tips may still help you. Wearing tight shoes will only make your bunion worse and cause you pain! If you notice an increase in pain or discomfort that doesn't go away, be sure to call Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews at 408-732-0033. Schedule an appointment today at our location in Chandler, Arizona.
All our lives, we’ve been told that if we hurt something on our bodies or if we become sick, we should rest in order to heal and feel better. Did you know that while this is generally good advice, it doesn’t apply to everything and everyone? What if you sprained your ankle? Absolutely, rest is what the podiatrist would prescribe until you’re ready for physical rehabilitation! But when it comes to being diagnosed with arthritis and all of the painful aching and swelling that accompanies arthritis, do we rest to make ourselves feel better? You might be surprised, but the answer is no.
As it turns out, the pain, swelling, and discomfort that accompany arthritis in our feet or ankles can actually be soothed and reduced by regular physical activity. We know what you’re thinking - if you weren’t a jogger before being diagnosed with arthritis, you can’t imagine being one afterward! You don’t have to run a triathlon to help your arthritis pain. Here are some effective but low-impact activities to help you reduce pain related to arthritis:
Swimming - Want a full body workout without the full body impact? Get to your nearest swimming pool and swim the pain away!
Yoga - Gentle, slow, and relaxing, yoga is a peaceful alternative to high impact exercise. Reduce pain while you increase flexibility!
Stationary bike - It’s just like biking outdoors but you control the difficulty! You push with your feet, but the seated position prevents putting your full body weight on your feet and ankles.
Elliptical - The mechanics of an elliptical machine allow for a more gentle experience than a treadmill. Get all the benefits of jogging and walking without the pain and swelling!
Now that you have a better idea of what activities you can do to get fit, stay fit, and help reduce your arthritis pain all in one go - get out there and get active! Want some extra help along the way? Be sure to call Family Foot & Ankle Care at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews at our location in Chandler, Arizona.
Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.
What is a Heel Spur?
A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:
Possessing any walking gait abnormalities
Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces
Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes
Wearing shoes that lack arch support
Being excessively overweight or obese
What are The Symptoms?
Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.
What are the Treatment Options?
The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:
Applying ice on the inflammation
Performing stretch exercises
Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur
Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain
In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs
If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.
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