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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Basic foot care is easy to skip because our feet are not in plain sight but they will sure remind us when they are in pain. Here are some basic foot care suggestions to keep your feet happy.

  • Wash your feet regularly and pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Peeling on the soles can indicate athlete’s foot, while discolored toe nails can be a sign of a nail fungus.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and not too short or close to the nail bed. Cutting into the sides can cause ingrown toe nails.
  • Chose the right shoe, it is so important especially as you age. The wrong shoe can create many issues and the style right now is sympathetic to health conditions and offer more options.
  • Be cautious when using home remedies for foot conditions as they can turn a minor issue into a larger one if not you’re guided correctly. Calling a podiatrist can be a quick and simple way to get the right answer.
  • Alternate your shoes every day as this could save you from getting athlete’s foot or any other related fungal condition.
  • Walking bare foot is certainly fun and fancy free but it can put you at risk of injury and infection and let’s face it, that is no picnic. Sandals are a good alternative and still allow your little piggies to get some air.
  • Do not ignore foot pain, it is your body’s way of telling you that there is something wrong! Please contact us if you are experiencing foot pain.
  • If you are a diabetic you should take extra special care by using both your podiatrist and general doctor to ensure you are not missing anything.
  • Use moisturizing lotion to help keep skin dry. Just a small amount a few times each day does the trick.
  • Walk daily and let those dogs out of the yard. Simple but good and it certainly keeps your feet moving which keeps them healthy!

Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC of Chandler Arizona wants to help you keep your feet happy and healthy. If you are experiencing pain in your feet or just need a check up on chronic issues call Dr. Alan Discont for an appointment at 480-732-0033. Understanding basic foot care allows your feet to take you where you need to go! 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   Stretching   Foot Injuries  

Any workout instructor or coach will tell you that you have to stretch your body before participating in strenuous activity, and that is good advice. stretchingHowever, stretching isn’t a cure-­all for all that ails your feet. Here are a few busted stretching myths that you may have been taught in physical education class as a youngster. The full truth can be found by making an appointment to talk to your podiatrist.

Myth 1: Stretching Prevents All Foot Injuries

Stretching regularly reduces the chance of injury to the feet, but it doesn’t prevent injuries from happening altogether. Researchers at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney found that stretching before physical activity doesn’t really make a difference as to whether an injury will occur. Also, if you think that stretching before a workout will eliminate soreness the next day, that’s also a myth. Stretching just gives you more flexibility and may help reduce the occurrences of serious sprains.

Myth 2: Even Stretching for Just Under a Minute Helps

Many people who stretch before a workout or sports game only do so for a few moments before jumping full­speed into the activity. But studies have shown that stretching for just 30 to 45 seconds is not enough to make a significant effect on the flexibility of muscles and joints in your feet. Stretching longer (at least five to 10 minutes) is a better idea. Some experts suggest that simply easing slowly into the activity may even be more helpful than stretching in some cases.

Myth 3: Stretching Will Heal the Muscles and Joints

Some patients neglect to visit their doctor when they have foot pain because they believe that simple stretching will heal torn or sprained ligaments. Stretching is a way of making your joints and muscles more flexible, but it does not heal them. Additional treatments and therapies are necessary to successfully heal torn, damaged or inflamed body parts.

These myths busted should not discourage you from stretching your feet and other body parts—just know that you shouldn’t think of it as a replacement for professional care and advice from a qualified podiatrist. If you’re an athlete having foot pain or complications, schedule an appointment to discuss the issue with your podiatrist today.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 11, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: corns   surgery  

Family Foot and Ankle Care specializes in corns and our podiatrist understands they can be annoying and sometimes painful if they aren’t treated properly. Symptoms may show up as thick hard patches of skin on your toes, flaky dry skin in the corn area, along with tenderness and mild pain. You can try to treat corns from home but if they do not cure themselves a quick trip to see Dr. Discont may be the solution. The following suggestions are home remedies using ingredients you may already have in your house.

Reasons:

  • Walking barefoot and exposing your feet to hard outside elements could be harsh enough to create a corn on the bottom of your foot.
  • Wearing shoes without socks and having your toes rub against the same spot in your shoe can cause them on your toes.
  • Certain sports will put pressure on your feet and can cause corns after time however, padding in your shoe may help.
  • More seriously than a poor fitting shoe, a bone could be putting pressure on the area from the inside out and causing the skin to rub more intensely in the shoe.

Solutions:

  • Soak your foot in hot water and baking soda to soften the area (soaking both feet is not a problem and could be refreshing even if the other foot doesn’t have a corn).
  • Use a pumice stone to file the corn and remove the dead skin, this may remove most of it but not all of it. 
  • Baking soda and lemon juice make a good paste to apply repeatedly to the corn.
  • Crushed garlic can be applied to the corn and then allow to sit overnight with a bandage to keep it in place.
  • Surgery is rare but we may suggest it to correct the alignment of the bone that is causing the friction.

If you have a long-lasting corn that is being stubborn and won’t go away we may simply recommend special shoes or shoe inserts that will reduce pressure over the area where the corn has developed.  It isn’t difficult to get rid of a corn and there are many over the counter drugs that you could try but, the best way to keep it in control would be to schedule a regular foot care visit with Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC.  This is helpful for people who deal with corns often and especially if they are diabetic. Our office is conveniently located in Chandler and our doctor can be reached at 480-732-0033

 
By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 06, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Spring is in the air and it’s time for sandals and peek a boo toed shoes! One of our favorite primping places can turn into a fungal disaster if we are not careful. Dr. Discont strives to provide his community with the best service possible to ensure your feet stay healthy every season of the year. Toenail fungal infections are common but can be prevented if you take some simple precautions. Research the salons before you find one with a good health rating. Grab your favorite book, turn on the chair massager and let the primping begin. 

How do I get a safe pedicure?

  • Schedule your appointment for the morning when the salon first opens. The tubs will be at their cleanest point.
  • Bring your own tools from home to ensure cleanliness.  Not sharing tools with strangers will reduce infection since you know for certain that they are sterilized.
  •  Make sure that your pedicurist cuts your toenails straight across with your own clipper. Any other style will increase risk of injuring your nail which allows infection in quickly.
  • Shave your legs the day before your pedicure. The razor can leave mild abrasions that are not noticed easily and can be another portal for infection.
  • Be sure to purchase a rubber or wooden cuticle tool, metal tools can be sharper.

How do I handle a toe nail infection?

  • Fill a small tub with vinegar and lemon juice and soak for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Scrub the infected nail gently and dry it completely. Repeat daily until the nail grows out.
  • Topically apply tee tree oil, coconut oil or lavender oil twice a day.
  • Purchase an antifungal treatment and apply regularly.

Before you pick your color make sure your toes nails are healthy and ready to be pampered. Covering up an infected nail will only bring more damage and could ultimately end in a drastic scenario like losing the nail all together. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC is here to make sure your feet are safe from fungal infection and any other foot related issues. Conveniently located in Chandler, we can be reached at 480-732-0033 for an appointment.  

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care

A minor cut or scratch on your foot is usually not cause for alarm, but certain kinds of wounds on your feet can become infected and lead to other foot woundshealth problems if they are not treated promptly.

Perhaps you've nicked your skin while trimming your toenails. Maybe your new shoes didn't fit properly and you have an uncomfortable blister on your ankle. Or you were outside working in your garden and discovered a rusty nail the hard way ­ by stepping on it. These don't seem like cause for much concern, but foot wounds can necessitate immediate medical attention in some instances.

Ulcerated wounds

Certain ailments can make dealing with foot wounds profoundly more challenging. For instance, a simple blister in a healthy person would require a minimal amount of treatment in order to heal. But for someone who has poor circulation or neuropathy, found in individuals with diabetes and autoimmune or vascular disorders, the complications could be dire. These diseases, particularly diabetes, reduce feeling in the extremities and suppress healing. This means a scratch or cut on the foot can ulcerate, become infected and potentially lead to amputation if not treated promptly.

Patients who are at risk for foot wound complications should work directly with their physicians to understand how to prevent wounds and the management of existing wounds. This includes rigorous cleaning and careful inspection of the feet daily.

Puncture wounds

Feet are particularly susceptible to puncture wounds, as sharp objects on the ground may not be immediately seen as someone is walking. These injuries can be concerning because of the potential for harmful bacteria to thrive in the low­oxygen environment. The depth of the wound can cause pieces of debris to become trapped, and without proper care and cleaning, this can lead to a serious infection.

It is important to seek medical care as soon as possible after receiving a deep puncture wound on your foot, particularly if it penetrated your shoe. You may need a tetanus shot booster if you haven't received one in the last five to ten years. Even after visiting an emergency department, following up with a podiatrist afterwards is essential to ensure the injury site is clean and healing properly.

If you are diabetic or have another vascular disorder, it is important to maintain good hygiene and to stay in contact with your podiatrist in the event of an injury. Other foot wounds should be seen by a doctor to determine the best treatment.





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