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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 10, 2018

You’re walking along your favorite walking trail one day and take an unintentionally careless step up onto a stone stairway. You slip and feel your ankle both twist and impact with the ground. It hurts a lot, and you think you might have broken your foot but then you remember that severe ankle sprains are known to feel worse than actually breaking your foot. How do you know, at that moment, if your foot is broken or if it’s sprained?

The first step when you know you’ve hurt your ankle is to R.E.S.T. until you’re able to seek medical attention. This stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Stay off the affected foot, ice it for 20 minutes at a time, use a compression sleeve if it’s not too painful, and elevate the affected foot to reduce swelling.

When you get to see a medical professional about your hurt ankle, describe in great detail how it happened. What happened right before you fell? What kind of material did you fall onto? What type of shoes were you wearing? All of this information can be helpful to the doctor in determining if your ankle is broken or if it is sprained.

Depending on when and how you have fallen, the development of bruising and swelling can tell you a lot about your injury. Did the bruise come on really quickly? This can possibly signal a break, but it could also simply mean that you hit your foot harder than you thought. Look at your foot - is it misshapen at all? It can be hard to tell if the swelling has come on fast, but provides clues for us.

Though it can prove difficult to tell at the moment if your foot is broken or sprained, one of the most tell-tale symptoms of a break is numbness. If you feel numbness in part of or in your entire foot, chances are higher that you’ve experienced a fracture. In either case, don’t wait to seek medical attention! During your healing process, it’s important to follow up with your podiatrist for long-term care and pain management. Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews at Family Foot & Ankle Care can help you prevent or reduce the impact of a break or sprain on the long-term health of your feet and ankles! Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule your next appointment at our office in Chandler, Arizona.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 11, 2018
Tags: Arthritis   Podiatrist   pain   MRI   tendons   joints  

When you injure your foot or ankle, it can be devastating. Not only are you in a lot of pain, but it affects your ability to properly perform day to day activities. When you aren’t able to be in tip-top shape, it can affect your work, home, and family life.  A trip to the podiatrist is definitely in order. A podiatrist will examine your foot and ankle and make a diagnosis. Sometimes it is easy to see clearly what is wrong with the foot or ankle. In other instances, it is not as easy or clear. Sometimes special technology is used to get better imaging to aid a podiatrist in making a diagnosis. One such technology is called an MRI.

Most of the time, an MRI takes place in a hospital or clinical setting. These MRI images highlight the internal structure of the body and allow a podiatrist to view them better. These images can be used to determine where an injury is and how it may have occurred.  Open MRI’s allow a patient to have imaging done without radiation and allow for a less claustrophobic feel.

There are quite a few different reasons why a podiatrist may order an MRI. Here are some of the most common occurrences:

Swollen Tendons – If you have pain in any area that has a tendon, a podiatrist may order an MRI. This is because tendon pain can be a sign of an underlying problem such as infection or disease. An MRI can pinpoint the inflammation and tell the podiatrist if there is any damage.

Weakened Joints – Sometimes if a ligament is inflamed or damaged it can cause the weakening of joints in the foot and ankle. A podiatrist will order an MRI to confirm the damage to ligaments.

Arthritis – if you have pain in the foot and no memory of trauma, a podiatrist may order an MRI to see if you have damage caused by arthritis.

Although the three mentioned problems are common, there are many other problems such as fractures, infection, cartilage injuries and more than can be diagnosed with the use of an MRI. An MRI is a useful medical tool that a podiatrist may use to help best identify and treat your injury. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona at 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. An MRI can get you on track to a proper diagnosis.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 09, 2017

Many different types of injuries are considered sports injuries. The term sports injury is rather broad and can encompass many different things. You don’t even have to be participating in a sport to get a sports injury. Although playing a sport is one of the most common ways to get this type of injury, other ways include accidents and poor training. If you do not warm up or stretch, wear the wrong gear, or do not know the rules, you are also more at risk for a sports injury.

What is classified as a sports injury?

How can I tell if I have received a sports injury?

A sports injury typically occurs while playing, practicing or participating in a sport or related activity. These injuries can be due to moving the wrong way, trauma, or impact. Almost all sports injuries result in some sort of pain, swelling, or tenderness. It is important to treat these injuries immediately so that they can heal properly over time. Seek the help of a podiatrist immediately if you think you are suffering from a sports injury. The faster you obtain treatment, the better the prognosis.

What do I do if I have received a sports injury?

If your sports injury is severe you should call 911 immediately. If it is moderate and you are not in any life-threatening danger, then you should seek the help of a trained podiatrist or your primary care physician. While waiting for your appointment, it is best to use the RICE method to help with swelling, inflammation and pain:

Rest- reduce or stop your normal activities. You can do this by relieving pressure and weight from the affected area. Try lying or sitting down. 

Ice- use an ice pack and place it on the injury for 20 minutes. Be sure to wrap it in a towel so that you do not harm yourself further. If you do not have an ice pack, a bag of frozen peas or a plastic bag of ice cubes also work well. Be sure to do this about 8 times a day, but never for longer than 20 minutes.

Compression- use even pressure on the injury to help reduce swelling. An Ace bandage, air cast or splint are optimal tools for this purpose.

Elevation- elevate your injured foot or ankle. Be sure that it is angled above your heart. This will also help reduce swelling.

Don’t have a podiatrist? Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help treat your sports injury and get you back on the field in no time. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 21, 2017

Our feet and ankles are used every single day. Sometimes they are used for balance, sometimes they are used for sport, and other times they are used as transportation. Our feet allow us to participate in an amazing number of activities. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget to take care of our feet. We use them so much that they begin to break down and suffer from more severe issues.

There are many types of foot and ankle injuries that are attributed to overuse. Some of these injuries are considered mild and common while others can be much more severe and rare. Here are 4 of the most common foot and ankle injuries that can occur from overuse:

  1. Achilles Tendonitis – This condition is due to the overuse of the Achilles tendon. Normally, it is due to an activity that requires a lot of jumping. More often than not, it occurs in children ages fourteen and older. Rest, stretching, properly fitting shoes, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication can help curb and heal the condition over time.
  2. Sever's Disease – This disease is caused by the inflammation in the heel bone before the skeleton hits maturity. The growth plate near where the Achilles tendon attaches is usually the most affected area. The use of heel pads, a heel cup, ice, rest, stretches and modification to daily exercise can treat this disorder. Casting is also used occasionally to further treatment.
  3. Plantar Fasciitis – Inflammation of the sole of the foot, or the plantar’s arch, is what causes this disorder. It is usually more painful in the morning and the pain decreases throughout the day. Rest, ice, pain medication and stretching are used to treat it. Arch supports as well as other orthotics are usually good tools to put into properly fitting shoes to help the arch heal over time.
  4. Stress Fractures - Stress fractures are tiny little fractures that are caused by repeated stress from micro trauma. A sudden increase in activity and exertion is usually the cause of a stress fracture. If these tiny fractures are ignored, they can become more severe and eventually turn into a full foot fracture.

Do you have pain in your Achilles, arch, or other part of your foot? Do you do a lot of constant repetitive physical activities and are afraid you may hurt your foot? Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona can help you diagnose your foot or ankle injury. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn are highly trained and skilled podiatrists who have worked with overuse injuries for many years. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online. Let us treat your feet.

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.