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Jarrell Martin had to have surgery on his foot in April because of complications which resulted from a previous surgery he had in September. The previous surgery was done to repair a foot fracture he sustained when he collided with another player during practice. After Martin experienced soreness in his left foot, “it was determined [that] the best course of action for Martin and the organization was to address the discomfort immediately.” Martin is currently on recovery and will be out for the rest of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. He is expected to fully recover.  

If you require surgical consultation, 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.

When is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases where less invasive procedures have been unsuccessful. Conditions that often require surgery are listed below:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions

- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues

- Reconstruction for injuries caused by accidents or malformations

Types of Surgeries

The type of surgery you receive depends on the nature of the problem.  Possible surgeries include the following:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions

- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones

- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery

Surgery can provide more complete pain relief than other options and may allow you to finally resume full activity.  Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated.  Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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 research team from Yorkshire University traveled to Botswana last month to carry out a fourth-month study on the biomechanics of barefoot running. The study will be conducted on barefoot runners in Botswana as well as those who wear shoes. According to Dr. NassosBissas, “[u]nderstanding the biomechanics of barefoot running is essential to understanding human locomotion not only from a performance and injury prevention but also from an anthropological perspective.”

If you have any questions about barefoot running, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discontwill attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body  posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

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
May 16, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking   Cholesterol  
WalkingOur feet carry us from point A to point B and help us remain active. But did you also know that using your feet can help you lower your cholesterol, too? One of the best ways to lower your cholesterol is to lose weight and exercise regularly. Let’s take a look at how walking can help you.
 

The Benefits of Walking

To maintain a healthy and happier lifestyle, walking may be the right choice for you.  It is an easy, safe and inexpensive way to exercise and keep up your health.  Walking can also be a relaxing and invigorating way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  The results of walking are physically rewarding and add enjoyable years to your life.
 
Walking is an excellent way to being an exercise program for those who have a long history of inactivity, problems with obesity, or who just don’t like strenuous activity.  When beginning, you can start off slowly and then gradually increase your speed to maintain a steady pace.  A good conditioning program begins with moderation and dedication.
 
Podiatrists recommend walking to ease or ward off a number of physically related illnesses.  Walking can help you:
  • Strengthen your heart and lungs
  • Improve circulation
  • Prevent heart attacks and strokes
  • Reduce obesity and high blood pressure
  • Boost your metabolic rate 
  • Favorably alter your cholesterol
  • Improve muscle tone in your legs and abdomen
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Reduce arthritis pain
  • Stop bone tissue decay
Contact your podiatrist for more information on how you can lower your cholesterol with the help of walking and other exercises. 

According to the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit (NDFA), a recent national audit presented findings that diabetic patients who had expert assessments done by a foot care specialist were found to be ulcer-free about 12 weeks after their initial visit. Those who did not seek professional advice after two or more weeks were found to be “significantly less likely to be ulcer-free 12 weeks.” Statistics published by the NDFA show that “10 percent of people with diabetes will have a diabetic foot ulcer at some point at their lives,” so it’s especially important to have your feet checked regularly if you’re a diabetic patient.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet,consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discontwill attend to all of 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 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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Keeping your feet healthy is as simple as taking good care of them. Treat any cracked heels, dry skin, or chipping toenails with some DIY methods. Soak your feet in a warm foot bath for up to 10 minutes. Use a natural foot scrub, such as a pumice or an exfoliant, to rub away any dead skin. You can also use the pumice stone or a file to smooth away any hard skin around your heels or the balls of your feet. After drying your feet, moisturize and make a habit of trimming your toenails. Refrain from cutting them too short or cutting them in a round shape to prevent ingrown toenails.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discontwill attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Everyday 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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