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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have approved a new nail fungus treatment called Jublia, and is the first treatment that can be applied directly to the nail. Jublia is a topical treatment specifically for people with the condition onychomycosis, which is a nail infection caused by a fungus that typically occurs under toenails. Made by Canadian company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., Jublia (efinaconazole) comes in a liquid form and is applied directly to the nail. The pharmaceutical company states that the treatment’s FDA approval was based on two studies involving over 1,600 people with onychomycosis. In one study cure rates were about 18 percent for patients, whereas rates were about 15 percent in the other study.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

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By Family Foot & Ankle Care
January 27, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions

Ingrown ToenailIngrown toenails are not only painful; they also put your feet at risk for infection. Thankfully, the prevention and treatment of ingrown toenails are fairly easy, provided that you catch them in time. Here are five ways to prevent and treat ingrown toenails that Dr. Alan Discont, a podiatrist in Chandler, AZ, wants you to know.

1. Choose Comfortable Shoes

While ingrown toenails can be hereditary or the result of an injury, they are also very commonly caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. If you find yourself getting frequent ingrown toenails, switch out your tight and uncomfortable shoes for new shoes that are a little roomier. Sandals are a great option in the summer. Running shoes and clog type shoes can be used all year round.

2. Trim Your Nails Properly

Another big factor in whether or not you get ingrown toenails or not is how you cut your toenails. Cut them with sharp edges, and the edges are more likely to grow right into your skin. Cut them straight across instead, and make sure you round the edges.

3. Separate the Nail from Your Skin

If your nail begins to grow into your skin, gently separate it with a pair of tweezer or dental floss, being careful not to damage either the nail or the skin. Place a small piece of cotton in between your skin and your nail. This can help prevent the nail from growing into your skin while you wait for the nail to grow out long enough. 

4. Use an Antibiotic to Clear Up Any Infection

If your ingrown toenail has already started to develop an infection, call Dr. Discont in Chandler, AZ right away. Dr. Discont can examine your potential problem and recommend or prescribe an antibiotic to help clear up the infection and prevent further problems.

5. Visit Dr. Discont in Chandler, AZ for Treatment

If, despite of your best efforts, your ingrown toenail keeps returning, you will want to call Dr. Discont to further discuss your options. He can remove part of your nail, keeping it from growing back into your skin.

Ingrown toenails may be painful and inconvenient, but you don't have to let them ruin your day. Use these five steps to prevent and treat ingrown toenails and hopefully you won't have to continue dealing with them again and again.

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Cracked feet often occur due to not only improper foot care, but cold weather, shoes that don’t fit well, or even standing for extended periods of time. If not properly treated, cracked heels can create discomfort and even bleeding. Fortunately cracked heels can be eased with the help of several simple remedies. As cracked feet are caused by dry skin, moisturizing is important. Castor oil and petroleum jelly are heavy moisturizers that can ease extremely cracked feet. Feet should also be properly dried every time they are wet. Drinking plenty of water will keep the body—and therefore the skin—properly hydrated, keeping skin from becoming dry. Ensure that the soaps you are using are mild soaps that are not harsh and over-dry the skin. Exfoliating the feet by gently scrubbing with a pumice stone can help remove dry skin.

Cracked heels can become painful if left untreated. To learn more, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.  

The Truth about Cracked Heels

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

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.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.

Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
January 16, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Quick Advice for Common Foot and Ankle IssuesFeet and Ankles

Our feet and ankles are prone to a number of problems at different stages of life.  Below is a list of common foot and ankle problems.  With each issue, you can find quick advice for finding relief from your ailment.  If you experience any of the following conditions, contact your Chandler, AZ podiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment options.


A bunion is a painful enlargement at the joint of the big toe.  An important part of treatment is to wear shoes that conform to the shape of your foot and do not cause pressure areas.  By doing this, you can often alleviate your pain.  However, severe cases can be disabling.  Visit your podiatrist in Chandler, AZ for further treatment options if the change in shoes does not provide relief.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is extremely common and can often begin without injury.  You will often feel pain under the heel while standing or walking, with worsening of symptoms when arising out of bed.  Most cases will improve on their own.  Heel stretching, medication to reduce swelling of the soft tissues of the foot, and orthotics are helpful in providing relief from your heel pain.  For prolonged and troubling cases, visit your Chandler, AZ podiatrist for further treatment.

Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are caused by pressure on the skin of your foot. Treatment involves relieving the pressure on the skin, usually by modifying the shoe.  Pads to relieve the bony pressure are helpful, but they must be positioned carefully.  A visit to your podiatrist in Chandler, AZ will help in the treatment planning.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts occur on the sole of the foot and look like calluses.  They result from an infection by a specific virus, and are like other warts, but they grow inward. Plantar warts are extremely difficult to treat, but success has been achieved with repeated applications of salicylic acid to soften the overlying callus and expose the virus.  Other treatments include injection of the warts with medication, freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen and, very rarely, surgery.  Your Chandler, AZ podiatrist can create the best treatment plan for your plantar warts.

After a busy Christmas and New Year’s out and about, the feet are often left sore and run down. Ill-fitting shoes are often the cause of pain in the lower extremities, which can include the calf as well as localized pain in pressure points, swelling, and even cuts and bruises. For some post-holiday foot care and to help ease soreness, apply heat and/or ice to swollen areas, which will help numb pain and cause the blood vessels to constrict. Simple stretches can also help alleviate pain. Pampering the feet at home with a home pedicure and moisturizing can also help comfort worn down feet. Take special care to watch out for blisters, which should be covered and kept clean to promote healing.   

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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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