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One common cause and factor of foot injuries is plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the heel of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. Plantar fasciitis tends to flare up during the mornings, and can be caused by a variety of factors. Ill-fitting footwear, extensive physical activity on the feet, and foot injuries can all lead to plantar fasciitis. Treatment options for the condition include icing your heel, resting your feet, changing footwear, and physical therapy.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. For assistance, see 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 any of your related questions.  

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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Morton’s neuroma is a condition that occurs when the nerve between your 2nd and 3rd toes is irritated. The condition affects people who are on their feet often, especially those who do a lot of physical activity, like runners. Treatment for morton’s neuroma includes wearing shoe insoles specifically designed to treat the condition. Seeing a podiatrist is the best option for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, see 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 any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?
-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

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 Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Warts   Warts  

No one wants a wart on their foot, but it's surprisingly easy to contrat this contagious skin condition. Plantar warts are warts that develop on the foot and are caused by a few of the 120 types of the human papillomavirus. They affect the superficial areas of your skin, especially on the pressure points of thePlantar Warts foot, such as the heel and the ball. The virus usually enters through small cuts or irritated areas in the skin, as well as through skin that is repetitively exposed to water.

Do I Have a Plantar Wart?

A plantar wart looks like a small, grainy callus-like lesion on the bottom of your foot. There may be one wart or many warts grouped together. The center of the wart will have a tiny red or black dot, which is caused by trapped capillaries. 

Plantar warts are common among children and teenagers. Their immune system is not fully developed, and they are also more likely to go barefoot. Warts are also more common in those with weakened immune systems. 

How Can I Prevent Plantar Warts?

  • Avoid walking barefoot in public places such as showers, changing rooms, swimming pools and saunas.
  • Change your socks daily.
  • Check your feet daily.
  • Do not touch warts on other people.
  • Don’t scratch the warts, it can encourage spreading.
  • Cover warts with waterproof tape while in swimming pools or shower stalls.

If you've been trying various home remedies for warts for two weeks or more, and the wart still hasn't faded away, contact your podiatrist. Also, if a new growth has occurred, you have a history of skin cancer or you are diabetic, it’s important that you see your podiatrist right away! 

If not taken care of properly, diabetes can lead to life-threatening problems. Diabetics can lose sensation due to poor circulation, especially in their feet, which can result in further complications. A smart mat device invented by four engineering students from Jackson State University aims to identify diabetic foot issues, such as ulcers, before they completely develop. The device works to sense any temperature changes in diabetic feet, with lower temperatures indicating poor blood circulation. Poor blood circulation can lead to foot ulcers as well as neuropathy, a loss of sensation in the feet.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, talk to Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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 09, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails can be a real pain. Find out how to find the relief you need.

Anyone who has had an ingrown toenail knows how uncomfortable and annoying they can be. Sometimes this problem can become soIngrown Toenail bad that it actually affects your ability to walk or even complete your day-to-day activities. From the office of your Chandler podiatrists Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Krahn, find out the most effective ways to target and eliminate your ingrown toenails.

What is an ingrown toenail?

This painful foot problem happens when the nails curl into the skin at the side of the nail. This can also cause the skin to become inflamed. If the inflamed area isn’t treated it can start to develop extra tissue or fluid may drain from the affected skin.

Why does it need to be treated?

An ingrown toenail should never be ignored. Whether you try at-home measures first or decide to see your foot doctor in Chandler for treatment it’s important that you treat your condition as soon as possible to prevent infection or the development of an abscess. It’s extremely important that people with diabetes or issues with circulation seek medical attention right away to prevent complications.

What are my treatment options?

If the ingrown toenail is caught during its earlier stages it can often be treated with warm soaks, wearing roomy, well-fitted shoes that give your toes room to move and also cleaning the nail to prevent infection.

Sometimes your podiatrist in Chandler will recommend wearing a splint to protect the skin near the corner of the nail. When an ingrown toenail is more severe a portion of the nail may need to be removed, but don’t worry; a local anesthesia will be administered to ensure that you don’t feel a thing.

An ingrown toenail can be painful and make wearing shoes unbearable. Don’t let this problem affect your lifestyle. Let the foot care experts at Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC provide you with the proper care your feet deserve.