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The first generic version of Oxistat cream, medical treatment for athlete’s foot, has been approved by the FDA. The generic version helps treat many different fungal infections in addition to athlete’s foot, including jock itch, ringworm, and tinea versicolor. The FDA has listed guidelines for Oxistat cream and patients should be aware of any possible side effects such as pruritus, burning, irritation, dermatitis, rash, stinging, and other symptoms. See a doctor if your condition does not improve after 2 to 4 weeks of using the cream.

For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, 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.  

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

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
April 18, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Ouch! Your aching feet! When your feet hurt, your day is interrupted and you may not be able to complete your daily tasks. Most of the time foot painyour pain might be caused by a combination of conditions. Below are 5 possible reasons why your feet might hurt. Let’s take a closer look.
 

Ill-Fitting Shoes

The number one reason why you might be experiencing foot pain is ill-fitting shoes. As a woman, you might think those platform heels are irresistible, but you should think again. The same goes for unsupportive sandals or clogs that are easy to slip on and off. These shoes may look cute, but they can be doing major damage to your feet—more than you may realize. To better understand the best shoes for your feet, contact your podiatrist for more information. 
 

Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

Are you experiencing a stabbing pain when you put weight on your heel? If so, you might be suffering from heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis. This pain is often worse first thing in the morning or after you have been resting. The cause of your heel pain might include:
  • Obesity
  • Flat feet
  • High-arched feet
  • Overuse
  • Inward roll of your feet when walking
Your podiatrist might recommend replacing your shoes every six months for better support. Other treatment options that might be recommended are:
  • Orthotics
  • Icing your heels
  • Steroid shots
  • Surgery (for severe cases)

Bunions

Bunions can also be a cause of your foot pain that are caused by tight shoes, genetic predisposition or arthritis. Some symptoms include:
  • A bulging bump on the outside of your big or pinky toe
  • Pain at the site of the bunion
  • Trouble moving your big or pinky toe
  • Corns and calluses from overlapping toes
By visiting your podiatrist, a proper treatment plan can be created to minimize your pain.

 

Osteoporosis

While you may not experience any symptoms in the early stages, over time you might feel generalized foot pain. If you suffer from a lot of pain when you place weight on your foot or your foot swells, bruises and is painful to the touch you might have a fracture. 
 
Osteoporosis occurs when existing bone breaks down faster than the body can create new bone, which can result in thin, brittle bones that easily break and cause you immense amounts of pain. 

 

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as the “wear and tear” arthritis because the wearing down of the protective cartilage that covers the ends of your bones causes it. Your feet are weight bearing, which causes them to take a beating resulting in slow degradation of cartilage between the two points. In the short run, the pain can come and go, but over time it tends to become more constant.
 
Contact your podiatrist if you are experiencing foot pain. By scheduling an appointment, you can get to the bottom of your foot pain.

Presidential candidate Marco Rubio may possibly have hyperhidrosis, which is characterized by excessive sweating throughout the body. Hyperhidrosis can be an anxious condition in which nerves in the body trigger the sweat glands to become overactive and produce more perspiration than necessary. The condition can be caused by many different reasons, including: medications, diabetes, menopause, low blood sugar, overactive thyroid gland, nervous system disorders, disease, or certain types of cancers.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis 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.  

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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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A study published by Arthritis and Rheumatology suggests that green tea may be one potential natural remedy to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. The phytochemical molecule epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), found in green tea, “appears to effectively block the effects of rheumatoid arthritis without blocking other cellular functions.” Researchers were able to find “a significant reduction in ankle swelling” caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, 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 Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

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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Verrucas, or plantar warts, are considered highly contagious viruses, which thrive in moist places such as swimming pool areas. Individuals who often go barefoot in these public areas may find themselves contracting the wart virus. Different treatment options for verrucas, if necessary, include over-the-counter sprays and creams, or freezing therapy through the use of cold liquid nitrogen. Plantar warts can also disappear by themselves. Make sure to protect your feet when venturing out into public areas that have a nearby water source.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, 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.  

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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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