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High school point guard Allie Clement suffered a stress fracture that she played with for an entire season, leading to extreme pain and discomfort. “It’s hard,” Clement commented, “I’m so active and I’ve never had to say no to the things I would normally do.” Clement had to wear a plastic boot whenever she wasn’t playing games and now wears an air cast in order to try and heal her fractured foot. The date she will return to the court is unknown but she has been ordered to rest for 4 months following her diagnosis.

Dealing with a stress fracture, like Clement’s, can be a painful endeavor that needs to be treated right away or else you risk the possibilities of having that fracture break even more. Treatment and recovery can be aided with the help of a podiatrist, like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can help by examining the stress fracture and determining the best course of treatment.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

- athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
- runners/joggers
- osteoporosis patients
- those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

Treating Stress Fractures

To learn more about treating stress fractures, visit our 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.

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Biomechanics in PodiatryA research study published in Footwear Science shows only 20% of subjects landed on their mid-foot or forefoot on a soft surface, while on a hard surface the percent grew to 65%.

According to UMass running biomechanics group, a study they conducted also showed most test subjects switching to a mid- or forefoot strike on the hard surface when running on hard surface versus soft EVA foam like material. Researchers believe runners tend to be forefoot strikers due to a mechanism to “reduce pain.”   

The biomechanics of the foot, ankle, and lower leg are essential to understanding the proper functioning of the lower leg and foot. If you suspect a problem with your biomechanics and believe it is causing foot pain, ankle pain, or walking instability, it is recommended to see a podiatrist, like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC for immediate consultation, care, and treatment options.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body causing an interference with the biological structure and focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics
- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

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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.

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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
April 15, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear  

Footwear for a health fitLooking fabulous in your favorite pair of heels does have a price. In fact, poor fitting shoes are a frequent cause of foot problems and discomfort, including calluses, corns, bunions and blisters, just to name a few.

All footwear eventually shows signs of wear and tear. Inspect the condition of your own shoes, and if they appear stretched out or worn, you probably need a new pair. Creasing of the midsole is also a good indication that your shoes have lost their cushion and support.

Maximize Fit, Minimize Discomfort: How to choose the best shoes for your feet

The following tips can help you avoid purchasing a pair of shoes that may contribute to a long list of foot problems.

  • Try on shoes late in the day, when the feet tend to be a bit larger due to natural swelling
  • Women should opt for low, stable heels
  • Try on both shoes to be sure that they fit comfortably on both feet
  • Choose breathable shoe materials, such as leather to prevent excessive sweating and blisters
  • Have your feet measured to ensure the best fit
  • Avoid pointy-toed shoes which cause bunions and hammertoes
  • Walk around the store with both shoes on to make sure the fit is comfortable
  • For athletes, choose shoes that are specific to the sport you play
  • Choose the right shoe for your foot type (e.g. if you have flat feet, select shoes with good arch support)

Still not ready to part with your favorite pair of sneakers or trendy heels? Not sure if the shoes you currently wear are right for your feet? Visit us at Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS. A professional podiatrist at our Chandler office can evaluate the condition of your feet and work with you to find the best pair of shoes for your feet.


San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker injured his left ankle in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings after coming down on his leg awkwardly. Parker needed to be helped up off the court and into the locker room, transferring the burden onto Manu Ginobili. Although the team is making it into the playoffs with or without Parker, this leaves the San Antonio Spurs without their superstar player.

Athletes can miss important games as a result of ankle sprains as in the case of Tony Parker. Ankle sprains should always be treated no matter what. If you have sprained your ankle, seek the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC to ensure the injury is properly evaluated and appropriate treatment options are given.

How Ankle Sprains Occur

Ankle sprains take place when ligaments are stretched or torn beyond their capable limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; including something as simple as walking. Ankle damage can happen from walking on uneven terrain or losing one’s footing.

What are the Symptoms?

· Skin Discoloration
· Bruising
· Swelling
· Limited Mobility

How to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes keeping it propped up and elevated, remaining off your feet and applying ice packs as needed. Wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can also be helpful. The most important step is to avoid placing further stress to the affected area.

Preventing a Sprain

· Wearing occasion-appropriate shoes
· Stretching before exercises and sports
· Knowing your body’s limits

For more information at how to treat a sprained ankle, follow the 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.

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Description: Usually a graft involves taking a small amount of bone - sometimes the size of sugar cube or bigger - from elsewhere in the bodyCrane driver Brian Girdwood has struggled with arthritis in the joints for six years. “Years of boxing, rugby and marathons in the Army were taking their toll,” said Girdwood. There was no help coming from other painkillers, and even treatments failed as well, according to Girdwood. That was until he was offered surgery to remove a small amount of bone from another place in his body and fuse the bones in his neck together to stop them, from grinding against each other. Editor Carol Davis states Fusion is often used to tackle wear and tear in the spine and ankles, or for deformities such as hammertoes. For Brain, the benefits have been positive; having his bones fused, and now being able to move his head without fear of pain.

If you are experiencing foot pain and think it might be caused by arthritis, you should seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC is experienced in treating patients with foot pain caused by arthritis, and can provide you with a proper diagnosis to determine if your foot pain is in fact caused by arthritis.

Arthritic Foot Care

We walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime, putting a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. Our feet lose flexibility and elasticity as we get older. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis occurs, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment is crucial when this happens.

Take care of your feet by wearing footwear that is well-fitted. Certain conditions can develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly; such as hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can become problematic. Buying shoes with adequate arch support helps; especially those that contour to your foot.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

Specific exercises may help prevent further pain and injury and increase your mobility.

To learn more about arthritic foot care, please follow the 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.

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