Posts for category: Foot Pain
How do you know when the changes you have made to your daily routine are actually helping or hindering your feet from healing? It can be difficult to know when the hard work and effort you put into your feet and ankles are actually paying off. By far, the best way to make sure you really are putting your best foot forward is by consistently checking in with your foot doctor. If you haven’t seen a podiatrist in a long time, our doctors - Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews - are excited to see you. Here are some ways you can help your foot pain, as well as ways you might still be hindering it!
Stretching daily - getting your daily stretches in can help you go far when it comes to foot pain. Keeping your bones and joints lubricated and moving is key if you want to preserve your foot and ankle health for years to come.
Taking note of when and where it hurts - for those nagging pains that only come around once in a while, or for a type of discomfort that happens only at a certain time of the day, take note! Be mindful of noting which shoes you’re wearing, what activities you recently performed, as well as the location and severity of the pain or discomfort.
Wearing orthotics regularly - were you recently prescribed orthotics by your foot doctor? We know it can sometimes be a chore to remember to switch your orthotics out every time you change shoes, but trust us - it’s worth it! Many patients report even one day without their orthotics can wreak havoc on their feet.
We hope that this comprehensive list of helping or hindering tips will aid you in continuing to offer your feet and ankle the best care! Family Foot & Ankle Care is here to help. Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment 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.
The most commonly reported type of foot-related discomfort is heel pain according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. If you work on your feet or walk long distances each day, it can become more than just a minor nuisance. Heel pain can take you out of the game, literally, if you’re an athlete. The best way to deal with heel pain is to seek help from a foot doctor. Helpful treatments are available at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ.
What Causes Heel Pain?
Heel pain is often felt on the bottom of the back of the foot where the bone hits the ground when you walk. The heels can be aggravated by wearing shoes that don’t offer enough support to both the heel and the arch of the foot. Heel pain is often associated with a condition called plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the ligament that supports the bottom of the foot. Strain on the ligament causes irritation of the heel bone, which causes stinging or aching pain, and may also cause the development of bone spurs.
Heel Pain Treatments
One of the first treatments your Chandler, AZ podiatrist may suggest is time for your feet to rest. Heel pain will worsen if you continue your usual routine and activities without treatment. In addition to rest, these therapies may help:
- Custom orthotics that provide much-needed arch support.
- Anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
- Padding on the heel for cushioning to reduce the pain of calluses.
- Physical therapy for the feet.
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT).
Stop Heel Pain Before It Starts
Because you use your feet so often, close to 5,000 steps per day on average according to a Stanford University study, you might not immediately recognize the stress you’re putting on them. Take these steps to stop heel pain before it starts:
- Examine the shoes that you wear on most days and consider if they may be causing heel pain.
- Give your feet of rest after a long day, stretching, massaging, and soaking them to rejuvenate them before the next day.
- Wear the custom orthotics created by your Chandler, AZ foot doctor every day, especially when you will be spending a lot of time on your feet.
Take Care of Your Feet
Don’t let worsening heel pain stop you from carrying on with your normal activities and daily exercises. Call 480-732-0033 today to schedule an appointment at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ for a heel exam and treatment.
Are you in the know about neuromas? You may have heard of them before - it happens when a tiny little nerve inside your foot becomes pinched and irritated. They’re very painful and can even be warm to the touch due to irritation. It’s common for people to sometimes think that the pain they’re experiencing is from a fracture before it gets officially diagnosed! There are several reasons that a neuroma can develop within your foot, but most commonly neuromas develop between your second and third toes. Some of the reasons why a neuroma may develop include an actual stress fracture on top of developing a neuroma, wearing shoes that are too tight, blunt force trauma to the ball of your foot, or repeated injuries over time.
When your foot experiences this type of trauma, it can cause the fragile and sensitive nerve between your two toe bones to be pinched and inflamed, causing moderate to severe pain. Some neuromas heal on their own, but some persist for so long that they might even require surgical intervention. Don’t worry, most procedures to correct neuromas are minimally invasive! Sometimes, however, people might even think that their neuroma has gone away because a callus has formed over it as a defense mechanism. This is why it’s important to update your podiatrist, Dr. Alan J. Discont, about any aches or pains you’ve had since your last visit - even if they still don’t bother you today!
Besides surgical intervention, orthotics can really help take the pressure off of the neuroma and relieve some pain. You may find that over the counter anti-inflammatories will help reduce some of the pain and discomfort of a neuroma as well. If you find that they don’t help you relieve some discomfort, the next step to take is seeing Dr. Discont to look into your options for treatment. Call us at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our location in Chandler, Arizona today!
Sometimes it’s enjoyable to sit down and relax on the couch or in your chair. You prop up your legs, kick back and read, watch a show, or simply enjoy the silence. The peace and serenity are wonderful until pins and needles start to crawl through your feet and legs. This common sensation that almost everyone experiences at one point or another is known as paresthesia. This sensation usually occurs because you’ve accidentally put pressure on a nerve. It stops once you have moved or adjusted and the pressure that was once affecting the nerve is removed. This type of paresthesia is temporary and usually goes away without treatment. If the paresthesia persists, you may have a medical disorder that requires treatment.
What causes paresthesia?
It’s not always possible to determine the cause of paresthesia because it is often linked to other underlying conditions. Temporary paresthesia is often due to pressure on a nerve or brief periods of poor circulation. This can happen when you fall asleep on your hand or sit with your legs crossed for too long. Chronic paresthesia may be a sign of disease or nerve damage. Two types of nerve damage are radiculopathy and neuropathy.
Radiculopathy is a condition in which nerve roots become compressed, irritated, or inflamed. This can occur when you have:
- a herniated disk that presses on a nerve
- narrowing of the canal that transmits the nerve from your spinal cord to your appendage
- a mass that binds the nerve as it exits the spine
Radiculopathy that affects your lower back is called lumbar radiculopathy. Lumbar radiculopathy can cause paresthesia in your leg or foot.
Neuropathy occurs due to chronic nerve damage. The most common cause of neuropathy is high blood sugar which is common in patients with diabetes. Diabetes is not the only cause for neuropathy - other causes can be:
- repetitive movement injuries
- kidney diseases
- liver diseases
- tumors in the brain or near nerves
- rheumatoid arthritis
- neurological disease
Treatment depends on the cause of the paresthesia. If the paresthesia is triggered by overuse or trauma, with lifestyle adjustments, orthotics, and other minor changes, it can be cured. Unfortunately, if it is due to nerve damage, then paresthesia is often permanent.
If you are experiencing the pins and needles feeling even when you are not sitting in an odd position, it is important to see a podiatrist right away. Paresthesia in the feet and legs can be an indicator of other disorders that should not be overlooked. 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. Catching paresthesia early can help to prevent more serious problems down the road.