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cornsCorn plasters which contain salicylic acid to remove skin have traditionally been used as a temporary solution, along with a visit to the podiatrist for corn removal. New research however, shows that the salicylic acid found in plasters is highly a great solution to tackle those pesky foot woes.

“A corn is hard skin which occurs mainly as a response to excessive pressure, usually over a bony prominence,” explains podiatrist Lorraine Jones, spokesman for the Royal College of Podiatry. Jones adds that corns are much more common in women due to the narrower style of shoes they prefer and wear. “'This may be on the bottom of the foot - and is not uncommon in those who wear heels,” Jones says

Corns of the feet can be embarrassing and painful if wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes. Luckily corns can be treated and be taken care of with the assistance of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will find a solution and mitigate pain for all your foot and ankle needs. 

Ways to Prevent Corns

There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:
- Wearing well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specified area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a fair majority of corns. It is recommended that people with diabetes should not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

Preventing the Return of Corns

Orthotic shoes can also be an option because they are fitted by a podiatrist and help to prevent the return of corns. They lower friction and lower chances of getting corns, as well as reducing pain overall. Surgery is often never needed, but it is possible in very rare circumstances and in events where the normal treatments do not work.

After receiving treatment, it is important to maintain your foot health and consider your doctor’s recommendations when it comes to long term care and treatment for your feet.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.

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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
February 19, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Surgery  

Foot SurguryWhen foot problems don’t respond to conservative treatments, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to relieve pain, correct a foot deformity or restore function in your foot and/or ankle. 

Podiatric surgery is performed by board certified foot surgeons who specialize in surgery of the feet and ankles. An expert podiatrist can diagnose the cause of your foot pain and determine whether surgical intervention may be helpful for you based on factors such as type of procedure being performed, your age and medical history.

Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC offers a variety of surgical procedures aimed to solve your lower extremity pains and deformities. Foot surgery is performed to treat many foot problems including:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Fractures
  • Heel pain
  • Neuromas
  • Flatfoot
  • Warts
  • Nail problems

Surgical treatment for foot and ankle problems can help you return to your active lifestyle while relieving pain and discomfort.  Benefits of surgery include:

  • Resolution of painful, chronic foot problems
  • Increased mobility and ability to perform and participate in everyday activities
  • Improved foot appearance
  • Ability to wear a broader range of footwear and walk more comfortably

Following surgery, your podiatrist will provide you with detailed instructions on caring for your foot/feet during recovery.  Your podiatrist will work with you to ensure the foot heals normally and without complications for the best possible outcome.

When your feet hurt, your entire body hurts. At Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC, we do everything possible to get you back on your feet with the latest conservative treatments to resolve your problem without surgical intervention. And when conservative methods aren’t responsive, we can provide the highest quality of expert care for all foot and ankle conditions using the most current surgical techniques for shorter recovery times and an enhanced outcome.

Cracked HeelsUnfortunately, many men do not take adequate care of their feet. As a result they are at risk for developing dry or cracked heels, which are also known as heel fissures. Cracked heels are not only unsightly but can be painful as well. Fortunately, there are several home remedies that are easy and effective at treating this condition.

One method entails soaking your feet in water, then using a pumice stone to scrape off dead skin. As an alternative, the water can replaced with a foot mask made of water, salt, lemon juice, glycerine, and rose water and left on the feet overnight. Another treatment suggests honey and olive oil are both great for moisturizing the skin, and are especially useful for treating cracked heels in the early stages.

Both men and women suffer from cracked heels, which can lead to other complications when left untreated. If you are experiencing cracked heels, consult with podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can treat your heels as well as any other foot or ankle condition.  

The Truth about Cracked Heels

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Pumice Stones– these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed.  

Change in Diet

Eating healthy, with a well-balanced diet, will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements will help with skin tissue.

Most importantly seek a health professional for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.

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ingrown toenailActor Mark Wahlberg may have had recent surgery to remove an ingrown toenail, but it hasn’t stopped him from working on his new movie, a remake of The Gambler. Wahlberg was seen on set without the post-op boot he’s had to wear around recently.

The boot was also missing from the actor’s outfit during the Critics’ Choice Awards, although he’s been seen wearing it on the street earlier that day. Wahlberg’s latest film, Lone Survivor, was a big success with audiences and critics.

Ingrown toenails are deformities known for causing a lot of pain and discomfort. If you think you might have an ingrown toenail, consult with a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will diagnose your condition and offer you expert guidance as you prepare to get it treated.

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.


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
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.

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emma thompson shoesActress Emma Thompson’s big moment at the Golden Globes came when she walked on stage to present an award with her high heels in her hands. Thompson, who has been vocal about her dislike for heels as of late, tossed them over her shoulder, and then presented the Globe for best screenwriting.

She also replicated the act in similar fashion by ditching her fancy shoes and going around barefoot at the National Board of Review awards. "I've taken my heels off as a feminist statement really, because why do we wear them?” she said. They're so painful. And pointless, really.”

High heels are constrictive and can have detrimental health effects if worn for too long. If you have questions about how harmful these shoes are, talk to podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC Dr. Discont can tell you all about the kinds of nerve and bone damage high heels can cause.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.

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