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Posts for: April, 2014

diabetic foot careLong-term well-being is always a concern for those with diabetes. Roselle Hartsfield, an 84-year old East Orange resident, has long since resigned herself to her struggle, a struggle spanning almost thirty years. “I have glaucoma in my eyes and two years ago, two of my toes got so badly infected that I had to go into a hyperbaric chamber for 39 days to avoid amputation.”

Murray Las, an endocrinologist and president of the medical staff of Saint Clare’s Health System in Denville, states, “Nerve damage brought on by diabetes causes poor circulation and a lack of feeling such that bacteria which get into a break in the skin can cause infection and lead to the development of gangrene in the limbs, which can necessitate amputation.”

Although experts believe diabetic treatment has advanced, the continued risk of the condition itself on a patient’s long-term health cannot be understated. If you or someone you know struggles with diabetes and its related complications in feet, reach out to podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, DPM of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can provide all the advice and medical recommendation necessary to maintain a healthy life free of complications.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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foot rehabilitationJake Locker, the quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, is recovering smoothly from a Lisfranc injury suffered last November.  Locker claims that rehabilitation from his surgery is ahead of schedule, and Coach Ken Whisenhunt is optimistic that Locker might be able to start practicing with the team as early as May.

“We’ve been able to do some things the last couple of weeks that we didn’t think we’d be able to this quick, and hopefully, we’ll be able to continue that kind of trend,” Locker said. “It could be even earlier than what we think.”

While eager to put Locker back on the field, Coach Whisenhunt understands the importance of caution in the rehabilitation process.  “Jake is a guy who is going to work hard and push it, which is an important part of rehab, but there’s a fine line and we just have to make sure we’re conservative on that,” Whisenhunt said.

If you or anyone you know requires rehabilitation from a recent injury, consult a podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont willadvise you on how best to proceed with your recovery and prevent further damage.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for ways to speed up their recoveries and return to the field. Podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted to help with the rehabilitation process, ensuring that the athlete work through the injury in a safe, smart way that won’t cause additional harm. Rehabilitation often requires a lot of discipline and hard work, but is necessary to heal the injury and prevent it from coming back.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps keep athletes as active as they can be without putting excessive stress on the injury, which prepares them to return to the field once they become healed. Physical therapy often gives athletes hope.  However, in cases of serious injury the athlete may never be able to return to the game.  Still, this does not mean it is the end of the road because there is always hope to get better. It is best to seek out rehabilitation as soon as possible to enhance the likelihood for a full recovery.

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

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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
April 22, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Foot Pain  

Foot PainWhether you suffer from chronic heel pain, are embarrassed by toenail fungus or were recently diagnosed with diabetes, you can benefit from visiting a professional podiatrist.

Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people suffering foot, ankle and lower leg problems, such as corns, warts, bunions and sprains. Common conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, which can damage the feet, can also be diagnosed and treated by a podiatrist. Even back pain can be traced to your feet and relieved through proper evaluation and treatment by a skilled foot specialist.

Not all foot and ankle problems warrant an appointment with a podiatrist. In some cases, rest, ice or even a change in footwear is enough to reduce the pain and get you back on your feet. But when foot pain and discomfort cannot be resolved by home treatment, you need a professional’s care—someone who specializes in foot-related injuries and disorders.

When to Call Family Foot & Ankle Care

Feet are invariably the most ignored parts of the body. Too many people dismiss foot health until there is a serious, painful problem.Whenever a foot or ankle problem lasts for several days, contact a Chandler podiatrist. Other signs that indicate a worsening condition and warrant medical attention, include:

  • Foot discoloration
  • Pain and swelling in one foot
  • A foot sore or wound that doesn’t heal

How often you should visit a podiatrist depends on the individual. Regular appointments can help you better understand the stresses and strains put on your feet and lower legs on a daily basis. Long-term care and prevention is also extremely important for individuals with diabetes, as podiatrists help prevent ulcerations and loss of limb with early diagnosis and care.

Remember, foot pain should never be taken lightly. Always consult Family Foot & Ankle Care for proper diagnosis of foot disorders. 

By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
April 22, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Corn Removal   Foot Corns  

Expert Corn RemvoalCorns are thickened areas of skin that develop in response to excessive pressure and friction.  This can occur when one toe rubs repeatedly against another, or when the toes rub against ill-fitting footwear.  Typically hard and circular, corns are usually not a serious problem, but can be quite painful if untreated, especially when wearing shoes.

Since corns are often symptoms of underlying problems such as faulty bone structures or abnormal gait, self-treatment should only involve footwear modification. Never attempt to cut or scrape away a corn on your own as this can lead to infection. It’s best to consult Family Foot & Ankle Care first as many times over-the-counter treatments fail to effectively treat the underlying foot disorder and can damage the healthy surrounding skin if used incorrectly.

A podiatrist will assess your corn, determine the cause, and help you determine a treatment plan to manage the pain and eliminate pressure that is causing the corn. These conservative treatments may include padding to prevent pressure, footwear modifications and orthotics to relive stress under the foot.  When pain is persistent or conservative treatment isn’t effective, minimally-invasive surgical correction may be recommended to remove the corn or repair the bone structure beneath the corn.  

The surgery can often be performed in the doctor's office, the recovery time is brief, and many patients obtain relief within days. Corns always require consultation with an experienced podiatrist at our Chandler office.  When treated early, most corns can be resolved with non-surgical treatments.

New data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the amount of people in the U.S. with arthritis is increasing by amount one million per year. They claim they arrived at this statistic after comparing the number of adults with the condition in 2010 (50 million) to the number in 2013 (53 million.)

The CDC estimates that around two-thirds of these individuals may be younger than the retirement age. Arthritis is a disease that causes the joints to become painful and inflamed. It often manifests in the heel, big toe, and mid-foot bones.

Many Americans have to deal with the pain of arthritic feet on a constant basis. If you have arthritis or are concerned about getting it, talk to podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will conduct a thorough examination of your feet and treat whatever conditions you may have.

Caring for the Arthritic Foot

Humans will walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and the joints become inflamed and distorted if arthritis occurs, making medical foot care and treatment crucial.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing proper shoes. Certain conditions can develop as a result of poor footwear, such as hammertoe, neuromas, or bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can be problematic. Buying shoes that contour to your feet with good arch support can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can help to alleviate pain temporarily.

It is best to visit your doctor for treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help.

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

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