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Posts for: March, 2014

poor circulationDr. Nike Bello is a gynecologist and obstetrician at the University College Hospital in Ibadan. Dr. Bello states that it is common for women undergoing menopause to experience discomfort from conditions such as cold feet, hyperhidrosis, and insomnia. Dr. Bello states that many of these conditions are the result of the hormonal imbalances the body goes through at this stage.

Dr. Bello explained to the Daily Post, that slow circulation of the blood is typical during menopause due to the shifting hormone levels. Dr. Bello recommends taking short walks, exercising three hours before bed, and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables during the day in order to warm up the feet.

Poor circulation in the feet can be troublesome. If you are experiencing poor foot circulation, contact Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain    -numbness in legs

-cramps            -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness         -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you.

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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University of Queensland conducted research that shows that the plantar fascia is not the only muscle in the foot that can provide arch support. To prove this, an experiment had weights tied to the knees of two test subjects, with the scientists monitoring the responses of the muscles in their feet.

A second experiment involving electrical stimulation was then performed, showing that when activated, these tissues caused the arch to rise. Dr. Glen Lichtwark believes this could play an important role in fields focusing on the feet, including shoe design and foot rehabilitation.

The biomechanics are the cogs behind the gears that manage your feet. If you would like more information, see podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.   

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.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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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Hyperhidrosis of the FeetFor patients of hyperhidrosis, a condition involving chronic sweating in the armpits, feet, and hands, there usually isn’t much they can do to treat their problem. The only real solution they could turn to was botox injections, which only worked for short periods of time.

But now, a group of scientists at John Hopkins Hospital have developed a new surgery that promises to treat hyperhidrosis. Called Thoracic Sympathectomy, the treatment involves cutting patients’ sympathico nerves. The researchers state their new surgery starts working almost immediately and is easy to recover from.

Hyperhidrosis of the feet is unpleasant and can affect your confidence and social life. If you have a problem with sweating  profusely, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will teach you about what causes hyperhidrosis and suggest ways you can care for it.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it’s said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

Botox is a common option only because these injections minimize the sweat glands. A last resort approach would be surgery but it’s best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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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Jordan Spieth during the PGA Tour's 2014 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.Despite a strong start at Torrey Pines, golfer Jordan Spieth couldn’t keep his momentum going at the Farmers Insurance Open. Spieth finished at T-19, partially due to an undiagnosed ankle injury.

"My ankle's pretty messed up; I felt it the second day on the back nine and I just kind of . . . I guess from there I just stopped loading as well on it and I started missing fairways," he said. Spieth isn’t sure where the injury came from, but he thinks it might have contributed to his lack of control on the course.

If  you attempt to play sports with a foot or ankle injury, not only will your athletic performance be impaired, but you will also be running the risk of the injury getting worse. If you have questions, consider calling podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will describe what health hazards you might be subject to if you keep playing sports before you are recovered.

Playing Sports With Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

· Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
· Stress Fractures
· Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
· Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
· Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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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
March 04, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is one of the leading problems that cause patients to visit their podiatrist, and it’s no wonder. The relentless ache in the bottom of your foot or the sharp pain as you step out of bed in the morning is often enough to persuade even the most stubborn patient to make an appointment with his or her podiatrist.

Because there are many potential causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, nerve damage or arthritis, it’s important to have your foot examined by a podiatrist with expert training in heel pain. Family Foot & Ankle Care will examine your foot, determine the underlying source of your heel pain, assess your symptoms, make a proper diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan based on your individual case. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious problems.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, occurring when the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated and inflamed. When the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, tissues of the fascia may tear or stretch, which leads to pain.

Faulty foot structures, such as flat feet or high arches are common causes of plantar fasciitis. Non-supportive shoes and increased weight or strain may aggravate the condition as well.

Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Bottom of the heel pain
  • Pain that intensifies after sitting for extended periods of time and subsides after a few minutes of walking
  • Pain that worsens over a period of months

Most types of heel pain, once properly diagnosed, can be successfully treated with conservative measures, such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice, rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, footwear modifications, and physical therapy. The longer heel pain is allowed to progress, the longer treatment can take. When plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend surgery as a last resort.  Always seek care from our Chandler office for heel pain in its earliest stages for proper treatment.