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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Toe Pain   Gout   Uric Acid  

Let’s face it, you love eating fish and meat after a long day at work. Sometimes you even pour yourself a nice alcoholic beverage to go with your meal. After all, after a long day at work you deserve it. This is your usual routine. Everything is going smoothly until, one night your foot feels like it is burning. It’s also swelling, and stiff. The pain is unimaginable. What happened? Well, at the office of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC we know that it could be gout.

Did you know that gout is actually considered to be a type of arthritis? Over time the exposure to gout can permanently damage the tissue and tendons of the foot. Unfortunately, gout can occur more than once and does not always stay away permanently.

Symptoms

  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Sharp Pain
  • Redness

These symptoms are more likely to occur during the night. They often target the toes and cause a large degree of pain and discomfort. The ankle, foot, and knees can also get gout but fewer cases are seen of these instances.

Causes

Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid build-up can cause the formation of hard crystals in the joint of the toes. If you drink too much alcohol, eat too much meat and fish that are high in protein, or are overweight, you are more likely to get gout. Diuretics, like caffeine, can also lead to gout.

How is it Diagnosed?

Contact a podiatrist right away if you suspect that you have gout. An examination will occur and it may lead to a course of treatment. A podiatrist such as Dr. Alan J. Discont or Dr. Krahn will remove some fluid from the joint and have it tested to see if there are any uric acid crystals in it. Blood tests can also help to help diagnose gout.

If you suspect you have gout and your toes and feet are killing you, call 480-732-0033 and make an appointment or sign up for one online. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona to better serve you. Do not wait, get your gait and foot health in line today!

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 14, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain   Bunions   Chandler   Podiatrist   Foot Doctor   AZ  

One common foot issue that often prompts patients to visit the podiatrist is hammertoe. Hammertoe is a foot condition that is not only painful, but also embarrassing for patients who want to wear certain types of shoes and show off their feet. Learn more about what causes hammertoe and how it can be resolved at your podiatrist’s office.

What Is a Hammertoe?

The muscles of your toe help keep it in proper alignment so that it lies straight, the same way that your fingers look when you lay them out on a table. But in some cases, the joints in the toe become weakened, causing the top end of the toe to bend forward. This is called hammertoe—it usually happens to one or all of the middle three toes of the foot. In some cases the hammertoe is flexible, meaning that the toe can be manually bent back up into position, but in other cases it is rigid and can’t be adjusted. Hammertoe makes it difficult or even impossible to comfortably wear and walk in everyday shoes.

What Causes Hammertoe?

Hammertoe is most commonly caused by wearing bad shoes for extended periods of time. It is a problem often found in women because they like to wear attractive high heels that do unfortunate things to their feet. The design of many high heeled shoes causes the feet and toes to push up against the rigid front and bend them into the shape of a hammertoe. In some cases, people are more prone to hammertoe due to genetics or because of medical condition, like diabetes.

Treatments for Hammertoe

The treatment plan of choice for hammertoe is a combination of foot exercises, physical therapy and custom­made orthotic shoes or inserts. Placing a splint on the affected toe can also help it heal back into its correct position. If the area is painful, your podiatrist may also administer cortisone injections. In the case of rigid hammertoe, where you lose the ability to move the toe up or down, surgery may be necessary to fix the joint.

Hammertoe is an embarrassing foot problem, but the good news is that it can be corrected or relieved in most cases. It is best treated when you catch it in its early stages, so make an appointment with your podiatrist at the first signs of a bending toe.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 08, 2017
Tags: broken bones   fracture   cast  

On average over 6 million Americans break a bone every year. This is a common but serious injury that happens to people of all ages. It is important that someone with a broken bone gets immediate medical attention so that the situation does not become more severe than it already is. A podiatrist like Dr. Alan J. Discont or Dr. Krahn from Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in Chandler, Arizona can help treat you broken foot or ankle swiftly and professionally.

Why do bones break?

Although bones are rigid and mostly sturdy, they are still able to bend. This slight flexibility is normal in order to do day to day tasks and partake in basic movements. It doesn’t take much, however to take this flexibility and break it. If too much pressure occurs the bone can fracture. How serious the break directly correlates to the force that is applied to the bone. The harsher the force the more severe the break. The lesser the force the lesser the break. If the break is serious then it will take longer for the bone to rehabilitate. Sometimes very serious breaks result in surgery to rebuild the structure of the bone using metal pins and plates.

How does a cast help?

A cast does not heal the bones but it does keep them in place while they are healing on their own. Podiatrists will first x-ray the foot and ankle to determine the damage. Then they will clean and disinfect the area. Next, they will set the bones so that they are positioned correctly and administer the cast.

What are casts made of?

Casts are made out of plaster and fiberglass. Usually the top layer of the cast is wrapped in a colorful fiberglass. The entire process takes about 45 minutes to administer. The cast will not fully dry and cure for at least 72 hours. It is important to keep casts away from water so that the materials do not break down and render the cast useless.

Did you break your foot or ankle? Do you need the opinion of a highly trained podiatrist? Look no further. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today to see Dr. Discont or Dr. Krahn. They can help you get your foot and ankle healed in no time.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 02, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Sweaty Feet   Hyperhidrosis  

It has been a long day and you have been on your feet the entire time. You go to take off your shoes and find that your socks are soaked, your shoes reek, and your feet are plastered in sweat. It doesn’t matter if it is the middle of winter, no matter what you do your feet sweat and it is relentless.  You are embarrassed to take off your shoes at a friend’s house, go to the gym, or wear opened toe shoes due to your condition. At Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you beat your sweaty feet woes.

Hyperhidrosis is a condition where the feet begin to excessively sweat. This excessive sweat effects the sole of the foot and in between the toes.  Many people all over the world experience this condition and Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn treat it regularly. This condition is sometimes caused by a psychological disorder. Anxiety and nervousness amplify this condition. Teens and young adults, usually male, seem to obtain this disorder more commonly than children, adults and the elderly.

Anemia and hyperthyroidism can also cause excessive sweating of the feet. Because the body is out of balance it triggers sweating as a response to the imbalance. The heart tends to speed up and work harder and causes stress on the body. This stress sometimes comes in the form of excessive sweat.

Other less common symptoms of hyperhidrosis are a whitish wet appearance on the foot. An infection typically pairs with the white coloring. If you experience a white sheen to your foot coupled with an infection or anxiety, it is important to call a podiatrist right away to get your feet examined. This could prevent other foot and ankle issues.

Wearing the right kind of footwear can also help sweaty feet. Be sure to buy shoes that are breathable and that do not trap moisture. Also wear socks that are less likely to absorb moisture, cotton tends to be a good material for wicking moisture and preventing feet that are too warm.

Do your feet sweat a lot? Do they sweat even when it is a bitter and cold winter? Call our office at 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Your feet are our number one priority.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Patients who have uncontrolled diabetic symptoms and infections that affect the feet sometimes have to face the possibility of living with a toe lossmissing toe. There are preventative therapies available to heal the feet before this happens, but in some unfortunate cases amputation of a toe is necessary. Here are some tips from podiatrists for how to adapt to a missing toe and still live a normal, active life.

Reasons for Missing Toes

One of the most common causes for complications related to the feet and toes is uncontrolled diabetes. Diabetic symptoms can cause foot ulcers, which are wounds that can become seriously infected and lead to the need for amputation of toes. Diabetes can also cause poor circulation, which starves the toes of the blood and oxygen needed to keep them healthy. The other common reason for a missing toe is a serious injury, such as a very heavy object falling on the foot.

Adapting to the Loss of a Toe

It’s true that you need your toes for balance and stability, but a missing toe is not the end of the world. Many people have learned to strengthen their other nine toes to walk and even run successfully. A podiatrist will likely recommend physical therapy and special exercises to help you to strengthen your muscles and adapt to a missing toe. Special shoes and toe fillers can be designed to provide you with the additional support you need. Prosthetics are also available to act as a toe replacement for athletes.

Protecting Your Feet and Toes

It’s important to take “steps” toward protecting your feet and toes to prevent future problems. Patients with diabetes must work closely with their doctor to get their blood glucose levels under control. That may include adopting a better diet, taking prescribed medication and checking blood sugar levels regularly. If you work at a job that puts your feet at risk, like construction or manufacturing, wear steel­toes boots or shoes at all times to protect your toes.

It is possible to live a normal life with a missing toe. Talk to your podiatrist if you have concerns about your feet—modern treatments and solutions are available to successfully relieve symptoms, strengthen your toes and bring your feet back to their full function.





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