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Andres TorresAndres Torres, outfielder for the San Francisco Giants is projected to have surgical treatment in the nearby future. The player needs to have bone spurs removed from his left Achilles tendon. Succeeding surgery, Torres needs a recovery time that can last up to six months according to manager Bruce Bochy.

“He had his ups and downs just like our team,” Bochy commented, “He struggled from the left side. In the outfield, he wasn’t as sharp defensively. He thinks the Achilles played a part in that. It’s fair to say, it wasn’t the type of year he was hoping for and we were hoping for.” Torres’ position will be provisionally given to one of the evoked players on the roster extension.

It is important to carefully consider all treatment options before choosing a surgical treatment. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and are considering surgery, you should see a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC to understand how crucial foot surgery is before making adjustments. With Dr. Discont’s help, your injury can be evaluated properly and the right treatment options can be provided for you.

When is Foot Surgery Needed?

Foot surgery is usually required in events where regular therapy has proven to be ineffective. Surgeons often use foot surgery as a last resort because of its invasive nature. In many cases physical therapy, medication, rest, exercise, and casts can help to heal a foot injury.

However, sometimes you may need to have surgery done without ever having an injury. Foot surgery can correct a birth defect or deformity or be used for reconstructive purposes. Foot surgery is designed to improve the quality of your feet and to help you return to your daily life.

In extreme cases where the foot cannot be saved, or is beyond repair and is hinders the health of nearby parts of the body, amputation may be a necessary. However the main goal is to save the feet, making such options a last resort.

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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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(From left) Rick Lusiak, Allard district manager;  Barbie Barnett; Lisa Victorius; Beth Deloria and her husband, Jim, participated in the Chicago Half Marathon on July 21. “Beth goes around the U.S.” running and sharing the message to get back up. She is why I have the brace, which changed my life,” Barnett said.  |  Submitted43-year old Barbie Barnett is without a doubt a role model to many. Despite her personal obstacles, the teacher took part in this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon. In 2009, Barnett’s right foot and lower section of her right leg became paralyzed while she was recovering from back surgery.

What Barnett was going through is known as foot drop, a condition which allows weakness in the muscles that move the front part of the foot. With the assistance of an ankle-foot orthotic brace, Barnett eventually learned how to walk again. “My brace helped me gain the mobility and independence” Barnett said as a response to her rehabilitation therapy and participation in the event, hoping to serve as an inspiration to others enduring the same condition.

If you have a need for ankle-foot orthotics, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can work with you on treatment options for your foot conditions that might require the use of ankle-foot orthotics.

Ankle Foot Orthotics and What They Do

Usually used for the foot or ankle, orthotics provide support for weakened limbs or help direct the limbs so they may function properly. These orthotics can help strengthen muscles as well as benefitting muscles that need to be loosened or lengthened. Usually the orthoses is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored in order to blend with the patient’s appearance.

When are Orthotics Necessary?

Orthotics are prescribed when someone is diagnosed with diseases that affect the musculature such as polio and multiple sclerosis. However, ailments such as arthritis and stroke, or foot conditions that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.

As opposed to metal braces of previous years, modern orthotics has improved tremendously. Many of today’s orthotics are manufactured with lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of support and comfort.

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
September 16, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Healthy Feet for Active Kids

The feet of children grow and change rapidly during their first year, reaching almost half their adult foot size. Many changes in children’s feet are a natural part of development while others require attention and treatment from a professional. That’s why it’s important for parents to pay close attention to their child’s feet to ensure proper growth during every stage of development. Family Foot & Ankle Center, PC provides expert care, diagnosis and treatment of ankle and foot disorders for children.

Here are some tips to help parents guide normal development for their child’s feet:

  • For babies, avoid covering the feet too tightly as this restricts movement and can delay normal development.
  • If your child participates in sports, choose sport-specific shoes that fit his or her feet properly
  • Observe walking patterns. Does the child toe in or out; have bowlegs or knock-knees; limp or experience other gait abnormalities? These problems can be corrected if they are detected early.
  • A child’s feet size changes rapidly, so check your child's shoe size often. Shoes should be supportive, well-cushioned and roomy.
  • When applying sunscreen, remember to apply to the feet.
  • Kids love the freedom of being shoeless, but walking barefoot may increase a child’s risk of infection, sprains or fractures.


Remember, your child doesn’t necessarily have to show signs of foot pain or discomfort for something to be abnormal.  A child’s feet are very pliable and can be deformed without the child recognizing the warning signs.  Carefully monitor your child’s feet. If you notice unusual symptoms, seek professional care immediately. Deformities will not be outgrown by themselves.  

Your child will depend on his or her feet for the rest of their life to get them where they need to go. Whenever you have questions about your child's foot health, contact Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in Chandler, AZ.  Any pain that lasts more than a few days, or that is severe enough to limit the child’s walking, should be evaluated by a professional.


A common theme in the fitness and medical field is to observe the way a person’s foot rolls. This knowledge could prevent injuries from occurring as well as help to find better fit shoes. According to Dr. Jane Andersen, “When it comes to shoe choice, the amount of pronation control is extremely important.”

Andersen, who was a past leader of the American Association of Women Podiatrists, says that the number one reason for running injuries like plantar fasciitis or stress fractures, happen from wearing shoes that are either damaged or ill-fitting. Dr. Mark Kelly, spokesperson on the American Council of Exercise and keen runner of 35 years, says people should “heed their biochemical tendencies,” or amount of movement. “Get a certified trainer to look at the biomechanics of how you’re running. How are you turning your foot? Are you a forefoot striker, midfoot striker, heel striker or extreme  heel striker?” Kelly advises.

If you have sustained an injury while running or wish to learn more about how to prevent running injuries you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment options.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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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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Barefoot RunningRunning barefoot and running with modest cushioning is said to yield the same running economy. According to a published piece by Rodger Kram in  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, shoe cushioning spares the leg muscles just enough to balance out the zero-weight saving  from no shoes.  

The study had 12 subjects in the experiment run barefoot, and later with a Nike phylon midsole foam affixed to the treadmill. Results showed runners’ metabolic power improved on the foam compared to the no-foam. In another test, results showed no difference when runners ran on the treadmill with shoes or barefoot.  “It appears that the positive effects of shoe cushioning counteracted the negative effects of added mass,” said Kram.      

Allowing your body time to adjust properly to barefoot running is essential, and part of this preventative care involves talking to a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can advise you on a running regimen, as well as provide information on techniques of barefoot running to help avoid foot pain, heel pain, and injury.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot Running Impact

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running
-Running barefoot requires landing be done on the front part of the feet as opposed to the heel

Barefoot Running Advantages

-Running and landing on the front feet reduces the impact on the knees and ankles
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved
-Greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

Barefoot Running Disadvantages

-No protection while running results in cuts and bruises if the runner lands on something sharp.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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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