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Michael Frazier II of the Florida Gators has missed seven consecutive games due his high ankle sprain. The high scorer has been missed by his team and has not even been cleared to join practice. Coach Billy Donovan has stated that the guard has been experiencing pain while starting stopping and cutting. “I don’t anticipate him playing unless I got some miraculous diagnosis from our trainer and doctor that say he’s cleared to play,” Donovan stated.

Sometimes the opinion of a healthcare professional is required to ensure a sprained ankle is properly healed. If your ankle is sprained, 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 and answer all of your related questions.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
March 20, 2015
Tags: Sports   Children  

Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

As sports are underway, parents and your Chandler podiatrist understand that children take to sports like fish to water.  Almost as soon as they begin to walk, they are chasing balls, swinging sticks, and running races against nobody in particular.  Children’s sports used to mean baseball, basketball, or football.  Today, however, that has changed significantly.  Children are now playing soccer, wrestling, tennis, hockey and lacrosse.  The starting age for training in individual sports such as swimming, skating, track, and gymnastics grows younger and younger every year.  

Millions of American children participate in team and individual sports, many of them outside of the school system, where advice on conditioning and equipment is not always available.  At Chandler Foot and Ankle Center, your podiatrist in Chandler , we are available to provide tips for protecting your children while they remain active in sports this season.

Parents should be concerned about their child’s involvement in sports that require a substantial amount of running and turning, or involve contact.  Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to prevent sprains or fractures.  Parents should also consider discussing these matters with their family podiatrist if they have children participating in any active sports.  Sports related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children actively participate in sports.

Contact your podiatrist in Chandler at Chandler Foot and Ankle Center for more information on proper footwear and care for your child’s feet.  Whether they are actively participating in sports, or simply walking to school, it is important to take extra precautions to protect your child’s feet well into adulthood.

Podiatrists from Mississauga, ON suggest that wearing orthotics will help realign the foot so that patients with calluses may see a reduction. Calluses are known as dead skin on their feet that build up in thick masses typically on the heels and balls of the feet. Over time the buildup of dead skin becomes uncomfortable and more difficult to take care of. Calluses have even been known to cause so much pain that victims even have a hard time walking or standing when they are not treated properly. With the help of custom orthotics, the pressure on the foot can be shifted and supported to prevent the amount of calluses that develop on the soles of the feet.

Foot orthotics are useful in treating a myriad of conditions. If you are interested in using orthotics, speak to Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can evaluate the severity of your condition and determine what type of care would best suit your needs.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are usually molded to your feet individually, which allow them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics.

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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By Family Foot & Ankle Care PC
March 13, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Gout  

GoutFind out more about who can develop gout and whether this condition’s nicknames have any validity.

Over the years, this painful arthritic condition has been labeled the “disease of kings” and the “rich man’s disease”. However, are these nicknames actually steeped in truth? What is it about this condition that causes people to believe that only a wealthy person can develop gout? Your Chandler podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Care PC has the answers.

What is gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when crystals of uric acid build up in the joints. Those with gout produce a high amount of uric acid, so much so that their kidneys cannot get rid of it all. The first few gout attacks may only last a couple days and they usually affect the big toe; however, subsequent attacks may last longer and affect other joints.

What are the risk factors for developing gout?

Your Chandler podiatrist is here to tell you that despite what you’ve heard about this condition, anyone can get it and it has nothing to do with the size of your wallet. The major contributor to the development of gout tends to be alcohol consumption, particularly beer. However, certain foods like seafood and red meat can also bring on attacks.

Why does this gout myth exist?

Incidences of gout have been recorded as far back as the fifth century, and the nicknames it earned have just spawned throughout the ages. The main reason is that these gout attacks often appeared after a large banquet in which alcohol consumption was high. Additionally, the increase in eating organ meats and caviar could have also triggered these attacks since protein is then broken down into uric acid. For those who didn’t have money, they were most likely not attending these banquets, therefore, less likely to develop gout.

How is gout treated?

The most common line of defense against gout attacks is medication. Over-the-counter NSAIDs may be recommended to reduce symptoms; however, if you are experiencing severe symptoms, we may recommend prescription-strength pain relievers.

Colchicine is another pain reliever that is used to reduce gout-related pain. Even after an attack has gone away, we may prescribe a low dose of this medication to stave off future gout attacks. Corticosteroids can also be used to reduce joint pain and swelling and can either be injected or administered orally.

Even though medications are most effective for relieving your gout symptoms, there are also some lifestyle changes you should adopt:

  • Limit or avoid alcohol and drinks with fructose
  • Limit your intake of purine-rich foods like seafood and red meat
  • Incorporate regular exercise and maintain a healthy weight

If you are concerned that your joint symptoms could be the result of gout then contact your Chandler podiatrist, Dr. Alan Discont, at Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC, to schedule an appointment today!

Many individuals believe that nature is sufficient in curing nearly anything. According to writers at the Outdoor Life, those suffering from corns on the feet can treat the thickened skin in natural ways. On one instance, those with corns can submerge their feet in a will tree bark and water solution for thirty minutes to soften the skin in the area.

Acorns can be especially helpful in removing ingrown toenails. Grind the acorns up, soak them in water, and then dunk your feet in for a surprisingly effective treatment. For blisters or lesions, apply crushed plantains or yarrow to the afflicted area and cover the wound with a bandage.

Although nature has many surprising aids and tips, it cannot resolve everything. If you have a corn or any other podiatric concern, contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?

Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

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 specific 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 good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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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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