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Posts for: December, 2014

A Korean worker with the last name Yoon was recently awarded a state subsidy by a Seoul court for a nerve condition he sustained while working on a waste pipe at a Samsung semiconductor plant in 2012. He wasn’t wearing protective equipment at the time, so his hands and feet were exposed to hydrofluoric acid in the liquid waste he was handling.

Afterward the nerves in Yoon’s extremities stopped functioning correctly, so he applied for welfare from the government. However, his case was originally rejected because his limbs looked fine on the outside. He appealed his claim to the Seoul Administrative Court, which acknowledged the fact that hydrofluoric acid often causes nerve damage and ruled in his favor.

As Yoon discovered, nerve complications in the feet can make life quite difficult. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can provide you with a specific diagnosis and work with you to alleviate your symptoms.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

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

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New replacement joints could be in the works. A team of scientific researchers working at the University of Pittsburgh has been looking at how 3D printers can transform a person's stem cells into a replacement joint. This research would be a boon to arthritic patients who often require joint replacements as a last resort, but the current models are made from metals or plastic and can wear out. Rocky S. Tuan, a cellular engineering expert, and his team hope to help those with osteoarthritis and wounded military members with this new creation that could herald a new future in treatment options.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will examine your lower extremities and do everything he can to help alleviate your joint pain.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. 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 if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.

For more information about Arthritic Foot Care, follow the link below.

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

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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
December 15, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Flat Foot  

Flat feet are common, and are the source of many foot problems. Also called fallen arches, flat feet are a condition in which a person has no arch on the bottom of his or her feet.  Where most people’s feet are curved on the bottom, a person with flat feet has no curve or arch.  When this occurs, feet can turn inward causing stress on other parts of the body. With the help of your Chandler, AZ  podiatrist, you can find relief from your flat feet while protecting other parts of your body from further problems.

Foot Problems

If you have flat feet, it can lead to other issues with your foot.  One problem you might develop is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the ligaments of the foot. Tendonitis and arthritis can also result from having flat foot.  The lack of shock absorption in the foot can also cause shin splints, while bunions and hammertoes may also result from having flat feet.

Leg Problems

When problems in the feet occur, odds are you will eventually experience problems with your legs.  Since people with flat feet pronate or roll their feet inward when they walk, the lower legs will try to accommodate to keep balance.  When this occurs, it can lead to pain in the ankles, lower legs, and often pain in the knees.

Treatment for Flat Feet

To stop the leg and foot pain, it is important to visit your podiatrist in Chandler, AZ for further diagnosis and treatment options. Orthotics, or arch supports, are commonly used to lift the foot and give you the cushion that your missing arches normally would.  If a fallen arch is caused by weight gain, losing weight will also help to alleviate your foot complications. 

Visit Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC for further consultation and treatment planning for your flat feet.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur for people ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes. It is very important for diabetics to be aware of whatever cuts or wounds they may have on their feet; due to nerve damage related to diabetes, diabetics often do not realize they even have them. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has offered some advice to help diabetics protect their foot health. Inspect the feet daily for cuts, bruises, or sores, and treat wounds immediately. Exercise by walking, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve circulation. Keep feet covered and avoid going barefoot if possible. Have a podiatrist safely remove any calluses, warts, or corns.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent infection. If you are diabetic and have any concerns, visit podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can treat your diabetic feet.  

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.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

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

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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
December 10, 2014
Tags: Broken Toe  

Drop a can of soup on your foot or whack your toe into a wall—we have all been there before.  While you may not think anything of these common “stubs,” you may begin to experience a throbbing, swollen, broken toe.  A broken toe is painful, so don’t suffer through it—visit your podiatrist in Chandler for a diagnosis and proper treatment plan.

Conservative treatments can often help decrease the pain and swelling to help the fracture heal properly.  Your Chandler podiatrist offers these at home solutions to help with healing your broken toe:

  • Elevation – by keeping your foot raised above the level of your heart, you can help decrease swelling and discomfort. Prop your foot up on some pillows, especially when sleeping.
  • Ice – put ice in a plastic bag and apply it to your injured toe for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours for the first couple days.  Don’t forget to place a towel between the skin and the ice to protect your skin.
  • Rest – avoid any strenuous exercise, prolonged standing, or walking.  Crutches or a special show may be needed when walking to avoid placing extra weight on the broken toe while it heels, which can be determined by your podiatrist in Chandler .

Depending on the location and severity of your broken toe, your Chandler podiatrist might need to splint or cast your toe.  Contact us at Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC for further diagnosis and treatment planning for the proper healing of your broken toe so that you can get back to your normal day-to-day schedule.