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Posts for: March, 2017

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 29, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Yes, dear, they do and what are you going to do about it? Well, let’s start with some facts. The way your perspiration interacts with the bacteria that lives in your shoes is the main offender. Together these two will kill your social life and scare off your friends faster than you can throw those stink bombs in the garbage. Dr. Discont understands this embarrassing foot problem and can offer some suggestions to help.

Prevent foot odor:

  • Always wear socks with closed toe shoes and don’t wear the same pair each day. Give them a rest and alternate them so they can breathe.
  • Use thick soft socks to help with moisture absorption and change them often throughout the day if they become too wet.
  • Sprinkle a nonmedicated baby powder or foot powder to your feet before slipping on your shoes especially on hot days or when you are going to play sports.
  • Stay away from nylon socks or plastic shoes as they do not allow much space for your feet to release their moisture.
  • Practice good foot hygiene to help keep bacteria out and dryness in.
  • Check for fungal infections often to make sure you have not developed athlete’s foot which breeds in these conditions.

If odor won’t quit don’t give up because there are some treatments, you can try from home to correct the problem.

Remedies for foot odor:

  • Soak your feet in black tea for 30 minutes a day – the acid in the tea kills unwanted bacteria.
  • Apply antibacterial ointment cream before bedtime and wrap you’re your feet with plastic wrap to keep the ointment on while you sleep.
  • Electrolysis can reduce the sweating which leads to smelly feet. This requires special equipment to administer but we can guide you in the right direction.

If odor won’t quit you may suffer from Hyperhidrosis, a condition which is inherited and causes excessive sweating in the feet and hands. Simple life changes like hormones can trigger it along with stress, and some medications. Let our specialists give you a hand with your feet and call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in our Chandler office at 480-732-0033. Kill the odor before it kills your social life!


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 24, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Don't assume your heel pain will go away; it should always be examined by a professional.heel pain

It can be tempting to overlook a nagging pain in your heel, particularly if the discomfort gets better after walking around for a while. But Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Morten Krahn, your podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, urge their patients to seek treatment for heel pain lasting longer than a week or so. It can be a sign of the following conditions.

Plantar fasciitis

Stabbing heel pain, particularly in the morning or after long periods of sitting, is often associated with plantar fasciitis, a condition in which a large ligament that runs between the front of the foot and the heel becomes inflamed. This inflammation can be due to a sudden increase in exercise or activity, long periods of standing or obesity. Sometimes your Chandler podiatrist finds that the cause of plantar fasciitis isn't clear, but it's important to take steps to treat it early so the condition doesn't worsen. Physical therapy and shoe inserts are effective treatments for many people.

Achilles tendinitis

Like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis affects a band of tissue that has been strained from overuse. However, it is located at the back of the leg between the calf and the heel, and an achy feeling in that area is its hallmark symptom. Runners are at particular risk for developing this condition. To avoid ruptures or tears that could require surgical intervention, Achilles tendinitis should be examined by your Chandler podiatrist and treated with a combination of padded orthotics and special exercises.

There are many other causes of heel pain, including bone abnormalities, arthritis or fractures. That's why it's imperative that you contact Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, for a thorough examination of your persistent heel pain from one of our two qualified podiatrists. We want to help you get back to your regular activities as soon as possible, so please call to make an appointment today!


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 23, 2017
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Burning Feet   Diabetes   Nerve Damage  

Do your feet feel like you are walking on hot coals but you’re not a firewalker? There is no magic here but there are several reasons that can cause your feet to burn. Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn specialize in burning feet and can offer some information that will help you diagnose and treat your ailments.

Here are some of the offenders:

  • Nerve damage can make your feet feel like they are burning since the nerves are not functioning properly
  • Fatigue and over exertion can cause temporary burning in your feet
  • Excessive alcohol intake is hard to measure but should be considered
  • Exposure to certain toxins in drugs and supplements can damage peripheral nerves and blood vessels causing swelling in feet
  • Vitamin deficiencies in B12 play an important role with the nervous system, therefore lack of this vitamin can contribute to burning
  • Hypertension is related to blood circulation which can be a contributor as it effects the pulse rate in your feet
  • Infectious diseases such as HIV and Lyme can create some issues with your feet and burning is among them

The common thread here is nerve damage or the effects of nerve damage and is all related to the sensation of burning and tingling whether it be temporary or permanent.  Diabetes, which we did not mention earlier, is the most dangerous since it threatens so many other parts of one’s health. If you suffer from diabetes and your feet are burning, then you should contact a doctor right away.

Put the fire out with these remedies:

  • Exercise has long term effects on curing burning feet. Blood circulation is compromised when burning occurs therefore, getting those limbs moving is essential
  • Vitamin B3 also known as niacin strengthens the nerves and prevents them from breaking down
  • Cold foot bath is recommended to cool the feet and temporarily relieve pain
  • Strong shoe insoles will protect the feet from friction and creates a cushion to minimize pain
  • Hawthorne and/or thyme are herbs that help increase blood flow and dilate the blood vessels to help circulation
  • Barefoot walkers are better than firewalkers! If your feet start to burn remove your shoes and enjoy the soft grass or sand for a few minutes

While most of these are temporary relief solutions to burning feet, you can seek help from Family Foot & Ankle Care PC to get more permanent treatment. Arizona may be hot but your feet do not need to be. Call Dr. Discont in Chandler AZ at 480-732-0033 and set up an appointment to cool your soles!


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 16, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Sweaty Feet  

Excessive sweating of the feet can be an embarrassing problem that can also lead to infection. Learn how to deal with sweaty feet through sweaty feetthese tips.

Most people only notice sweating during hot weather or stressful situations. However, some have a condition called hyperhidrosis, which makes them genetically predisposed to sweating more often than the average person. Because the feet have plenty of sweat glands, they are one of the most common areas for hyperhidrosis to occur. With the skin constantly exposed to moisture, the feet are more susceptible to odor and infection.

Controlling this frustrating problem can involve one or more of the following techniques:

Medication

Talking about your sweaty feet may feel uncomfortable, but it's important to discuss your symptoms with a podiatrist to devise the best treatment for you. Many people respond well to prescription­strength antiperspirants. These contain a higher concentration of aluminum chloride than that found in store­bought products.

There is reported success with injections of botulinum toxin to stop the sweat glands' production. These treatments typically last between 3 and 9 months. There is also the possibility of using oral medications, called anticholinergics, but these can produce undesirable side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, and visual disturbances with long­term use.

Proper hygiene

People with hyperhidrosis must follow a strict hygiene regimen to combat their condition. Washing daily with antibacterial soap will help control infection and odor. Your feet should be dried thoroughly after bathing and powder such as cornstarch should be applied. Socks should be made of synthetic, breathable materials designed to draw moisture away from your feet. Cotton socks tend to hold moisture in and thus should be avoided.

Other options

The FDA recently approved iontophoresis devices, which submerge the feet in treated water and conduct a very low electrical current through the affected skin. These treatments are usually performed in a physician's office and take approximately an hour. There are also several surgical procedures available, but these are generally avoided unless all other treatments have been exhausted.

Having sweaty feet is a problem that can affect more than just your extremities ­ it can have a profound impact on your self­esteem and social interaction. Your podiatrist is well­equipped to combat this issue; call today for an appointment.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care

These medical labels and names can sometimes be scary when we hear them from a doctor or read them on line as we try to self-diagnose. Alan J. Discont, DPM and Dr. Krahn  at Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC specialize in nerve problems associated with your feet and can give you a clear understanding of your condition without making it sound tragic. Let’s take a closer look and dissect some of them to form better understanding for us layman.

  • Neuroma ~ an enlarged benign growth of nerves that are caused by the foot’s tissue rubbing against the nerves. You may feel a sensation of numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the ball of your foot.
  • Ischemic Foot ~ causes a decrease in blood flow from the heart to the feet. You may experience muscle cramping, discoloration, cold feet and eventually ulcers.
  • Chilblains (cold feet) ~ this must be the reason we lose our nerve at times with cold feet? Well, not this time. This kind is affiliated with the skin and how it reacts poorly to the cold. Circulation can be an issue and you may develop redness, swelling and itchy skin.
  • Acrocyanosis ~ this disorder is painless but effects the blood supply from the arteries to the skin. It usually doesn’t turn into a more serious condition but can be a sign of having another condition in the body. Your feet may be constantly cold, sweaty, swollen or discolored.

Nerve or vascular problems, such as mentioned above, have two things in common, blood flow and circulation. The treatment for most of these are simple and can be done with some home care and a quick trip to the podiatrist. If left unattended however, this could cause more serious conditions, especially in diabetics. Walking, exercising, keeping your feet warm, wearing shoes that give your feet room to wiggle are all good affordable ways to keep your feet clear of vascular difficulty, which sounds more difficult than it really is.

Educating yourself is wonderful but make sure that your doctor gets involved before you have convinced yourself that you have all the above conditions! If you need a diagnosis contact us in Chandler Arizona at 480-732-0033. Don’t let your cold feet make you avoid the doctor!