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Hyperhidrosis, commonly known as the excessive sweating disorder, can occur “with or without the presence of an offensive odour.” The disorder can be caused by underlying conditions, so it’s best to consult a doctor to assess your condition. Sweating can also be induced by situational factors such as stress, as well as an improper diet.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis of the feet, contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 one of our offices located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC
September 22, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Have you just been diagnosed with Haglund’s Deformity? Then it’s time you found out more about your condition!

Haglund’s Deformity isn’t one of the more common foot conditions you hear about but it certainly isn’t one that should be ignored. This heel problemsfoot problem is characterized by a bony protrusion on the back of the heel. This bump can cause redness, tenderness, swelling and even serious heel pain. If our Chandler foot doctors Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Krahn have just diagnosed you with Haglund’s Deformity find out more about the causes and your treatment options.

What causes Haglund’s Deformity?

If you find yourself wearing tight or stiff shoes that put pressure on your heels then you may be dealing with Haglund’s Deformity. Women who wear high heels are often more likely to develop this condition.

Also, those with high arches or those with tight Achilles tendons may find themselves more at risk for developing this condition.

What are my treatment options?

Our Chandler, AZ podiatrists can often help you manage this condition with simple at-home measures that you can take to reduce pain and to take pressure off the heel. Common treatments include:

  • Taking commercial pain relievers like ibuprofen
  • Icing the heel for up to 20 minutes at a time a couple times a day to reduce swelling
  • Wearing shoes that won’t put pressure on your heel bone, such as open-back shoes
  • Wearing prescription orthotics or a heel pad
  • Getting ultrasound treatments to reduce pain and inflammation

Of course, if you don’t experience the relief you were hoping for with non-invasive measures the next option is surgery. During your surgery, we will go in and remove the excess bone from your heel.

If you are experiencing any new foot symptoms it’s important that you get the medical care you need. Call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in Chandler, AZ today to get the expert foot care you deserve.


It is possible for fungi to appear under your toenail and cause an infection. There are some symptoms that you should look out for if you suspect that you have toenail fungus. If your toes are a darker white, or more yellow than usual, there is a chance that you may have toenail fungus. Another symptom of toenail fungus is toenails that have a strong unpleasant odor. Lastly, you should beware of toenails that are painful and disrupt your walking. This is another sign that you may have a toenail fungus.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

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.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC
September 16, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ski Boots  

Ski BootsConsider the health of your feet the when you purchase your next pair of ski boots.

It’s time to grab those skis and hit the trails! Perhaps you’ve finally decided to take that weekend trip and go skiing with the family, but before you leave, you need to purchase a new pair of ski boots. Before you grab the first pair of boots that you see, it’s important to consider your feet and ankles. Your podiatrist offers up foot care tips for skiers and snow bunnies alike.

Why Do I Need Proper Ski Boots?

While this might seem like a silly question, you would be surprised how many athletes and skiers don’t really consider their foot and ankle health when it comes time to purchase shoes. However, your feet and ankles absorb shock and act as brakes, able to turn and steer in a different direction at a moment’s notice. This is a lot of wear and tear on your feet, and if you’ve ever had a pre­existing foot injury, you are even more prone to damage.

You can reduce your chances of injury just by buying proper skiing gear. Ski boots are, by far, the most important piece of equipment you’ll own as a skier. Here are some things you should know before purchasing your next pair of ski boots:

  • Your ski boots should fit snugly. If the boots are too loose, they will slide around, placing pressure and strain on different areas of the foot.
  • If you have found it difficult to turn while skiing, this may be due to an imbalance in the structure of your foot. If this is the case, talk to your podiatrist about custom­made orthotics that can be inserted into your ski boots to provide additional support and stability.
  • It’s generally a good idea to buy or rent your skis from someone who knows about ski boots, like a winter sports retail specialist. If you already have orthotics that you wear when you ski, you’ll want to bring those in—along with the socks you’ll wear on the slopes—when you are trying on a new pair of ski boots.
  • Try on a variety of different ski boots and walk around the store in them to see how they fit. Remember that you’ll probably be wearing these boots for several hours a day, so they must fit you perfectly.
  • If you’re an avid skier, then talk to your podiatrist about special orthotics that can be used to protect your feet from constant wear and tear that will happen when you’re on the slopes for hours a day, multiple days a week.

The more time you spend calculating how your foot health plays into the equation the safer your feet will be when it comes time to hit the slopes. Enjoy a fantastic ski weekend without worrying about foot injuries!


Ingrown toenails, or onchyocrptosis, can affect anyone of any age or gender, and it generally affects the big toe. Causes of ingrown toenails include tight-fitting shoes, infections or injury to the nail, and cutting your toenails too short. Practicing good foot hygiene is also important in ensuring that your toenails stay healthy. Avoid cutting the nails in a rounded shape at the sides and make sure that your shoes are comfortable.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet 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.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right 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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