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Description: David Ortiz strained his right Achilles’ tendon last July 16.“Big Papi,” David Ortiz said on Monday in Fort Myers that he knows how valuable he is to the Red Sox offense, but he wouldn’t risk further injury by coming back too soon. Ortiz tried to do just that last season and he suffered a setback, which he is still trying to rehab.

“That’s the thing we pretty much are trying to avoid, coming back and not being able to stay in the lineup the way everybody expects me to be,” he said. “I’m going to push it depending on how I feel. I’m going to try to be smart about it. When I go back in, I want to be in. Setbacks are very frustrating.” Ortiz strained his right Achilles’ tendon last July 16. He came off the disabled list and played against the Royals Aug. 24, getting two hits and driving in two runs. However he aggravated his injury and didn’t return to play the rest of the season.

Dealing with anAchilles tendon injurylike Ortiz can be a painful ordeal. Luckily, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can examine your Achilles tendon, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

What Are the Most Common Injuries to the Achilles Tendon?

Tendon Ruptures:One may hear a popping or snapping sound if their Achilles tendon ruptures.  Symptoms are swelling, pain, and difficulty walking or bending the foot forward. There are surgical and non-surgical procedures available, and depending on the treatment you take, recovery can last up to a year from treatment.

Achilles tendinitis:Achilles tendinitis is the milder of the two injuries, and can be recognized by the following symptoms: inflammation, dull to severe pain, an increased flow of blood to the tendon, portions of the tendon growing in thickness, and a slower movement time. Tendinitis can be treated in many different ways and is often diagnosed by an MRI.

To learn more about how you can avoid injuries, like Achilles tendinitis please follow link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read our Article to learn more about Achilles tendon injuries.


By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
March 15, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Plantar FasciitisHeel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the long, dense band of connective tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.

Repeated strain on the plantar fascia can cause tiny tears in the ligament. As tension and tearing increases, so does inflammation and irritation of the affected area. Risk factors of plantar fasciitis include foot arch problems (flat foot and high arches); excess weight; running; and a tight Achilles tendon.
The most common complaint of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom of the heel that develops gradually. The pain is usually worse in the morning and after sitting or standing for a long period of time. For some, the pain subsides after walking or stretching.
To reduce pain associated with plantar fasciitis:

  • Rest. Limit and/or avoid activities that make your heel hurt.
  • Ice. Reduce pain and swelling by icing the affected area each day.
  • Stretch. Stretch your heel throughout the day, especially when you first wake up in the morning.
  • Footwear modifications. Wear shoes that provide good arch support and a cushioned sole. Ask your podiatrist about pads and shoe inserts to relieve your heel pain.

When conservative treatments aren't effective or your pain persists for more than a few weeks, schedule an appointment with Family Foot & Ankle Care to discuss your symptoms and treatment options. A podiatrist can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for your individual needs. This may include, stretching exercises, shoe padding, orthotic devices, night splints or therapy. Most patients respond to non-surgical treatments, but for pain that won't go away, surgery may be considered.

With proper rest and treatment, recovering from plantar fasciitis can take just a few months. Visit us at Family Foot & Ankle Care when you first experience pain for a proper diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan for your individual needs.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 12, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to the Blog of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatrist in the Chandler, AZ area, we’re excited you are here. With the podiatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote good foot health as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including podiatry news, advancements in podiatric treatments, practical foot and ankle health advice and updates from our practice. 

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best foot and ankle health. 

As always, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC with any questions or concerns.

-- The Podiatry Team at Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC