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Description: (Justin Lane/EPA)MLB Player Bryce Harper received a procedure for an ingrown toenail that has been bothering him and limiting play time in the field. Currently Harper struggles with soreness and can keep him out of the line-up for awhile.

According to manager Davey Johnson, however, Harper will not be sidelined for long. Within the past few days the outfielder’s toe has shown some improvement and doctors expect him to return to the field soon. Harper is best known for being a player for the Washington Nationals with the best and most consistent hitting record all season.

If you are suffering from severe pain due to an ingrown toenail, you should seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can assess your condition and provide you with the right treatment and care for your feet.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

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: Jennifer Hudson Weight LossJennifer Hudson was able to achieve her dream of losing weight.The singer lost weight ,through the aid of Weight Watchers.

This change to her daily routine allowed Hudson to experience relief in her feet, making it calmer to walk longer distances and to also wear heels. “Normally, I would take off my shoes off on the red carpet because my feet hurt so bad. And it was the weight. But now that’s all I’m wearing. It used to be flats, now it’s all heels. So, that’s a drastic change,” said the actress in a HuffPost Celebrity interview.  

Experts on the illness blame excessive eating and drinking for the increase in those prone to obesity. Your feet are an important part of your body, and if you think you may have sustained a foot injury or developed a foot illness due to weight you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics – These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

For more information 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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Shoe Photo Main In an event in Sanford, NC, proper footwear was the focus of education for attending parents while about 60 children were received free shoes. According to founder of FootCentric and physical therapist Pat Pande, the significance of healthy feet can be often overlooked.

 “We want to get kids (proper footwear) while they’re young and before they destroy their feet,” Pande commented, “You’d be surprised how many kids have bad feet by 6 or 7 years old.”

The event was sponsored by FootCentric, and one of a series of events held at least twice per year across the state.

It is very important to keep children’s feet safe and healthy, so be sure to have their feet regularly checked by a podiatrist such as Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can diagnose any injuries as well as provide treatment options that work for you and your child.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

To learn more about keeping children’s feet healthy, 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.

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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
May 15, 2013
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Tarsar Tunnel SyndromeMaybe you've heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition in the wrist that occurs when swelling or a change in position of the tissue within the carpal tunnel squeezes and irritates the median nerve. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome is tarsal tunnel syndrome, an ankle condition that occurs from the compression of a nerve in a confined space.

What is tarsal tunnel syndrome?

The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space located on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. Protected by the tarsal tunnel are many arteries, veins, tendons and nerves, one of which is the posterior tibial nerve- the main focus of tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused from a compression on the posterior tibial nerve. Causes include:

  • Injury to the ankle, which may produce swelling near the nerve
  • Abnormal blood vessels or cysts that occupy space within the tunnel
  • Scar tissue that press against the nerve
  • Foot deformities, such as flat feet which increase strain on the nerve
  • Systematic diseases, such as diabetes or arthritis

When patients visit us at our Chandler office with tarsal tunnel syndrome, they often experience one or more symptoms, usually felt on the bottom of the foot or the inside of the ankle. In some cases, the pain may extend to the heel, arch, toes and calf. Symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Burning or tingling sensation

Chandler Foot and Ankle Center can help

Whenever you experience pain, burning and tingling in your feet or toes, make an appointment with our Chandler office. Left untreated, tarsal tunnel syndrome could result in permanent nerve damage. Treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome varies depending on the severity of your condition. Anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, immobilization, rest and modifications in footwear are a few methods used to treat the damaged nerve and reduce the pain. When non-surgical treatments are unsuccessful, surgery may be recommended.


PGA golfer J.B Holmes suffered a broken ankle injury shortly after a rollerblading accident near his home is Windermere. As a result, Holmes is unable to partake in the PGA tour competition.  Holmes will be in recovery for 8 to 10 weeks.

The former U.S. Ryder Cup player broke his ankle by rolling backward on his blades. He then hit a hole in the ground while waiting for his fiancée, Erica Kahldin, to catch up stated Terry Reilly of Wasserman Media Group. His ankle collapsed sideways, which resulted in a small fracture. “Just a freak little thing,” said Reilly.  

If you think you have sustained an ankle injury such as this you should seek out a podiatrist such as Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

To learn more about treatment methods on broken ankles, 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.

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