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Posts for: April, 2017

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 26, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   corns   hammertoes   Calluses   bunionectomy  

It isn’t just a strange word that makes you think of an onion, but like an onion, there are some layers to peel to get to the center of the problem with bunions.  If one or some of these layers are ignored then other problems can occur, for example, hammertoes. Hammertoes are a deformity by itself but can be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment in most cases. Corns and Calluses can develop with hammertoes as well, spiraling more issues from the original bunion.

Layers

  1. Bone deformity can be inherited or caused by other conditions or complications.
  2. Enlarged joint becomes a problem because of the bunion’s pressure.
  3. Overlapping the third toe is caused by the big toe angling in towards the other toes.
  4. Irritation is a result of the overlapping.
  5. Inflammation develops because of the friction and pressure from the bunion rubbing inside the shoes.
  6. Rotation and twisting manages to happen as the bunion gets worse but there is always surgery that may be considered if other options fail.

Solutions

  1. Protective padding will eliminate friction on the bunion while wearing shoes and walking around during your day.
  2. Remove corns and calluses so that the “spin off” of more problems can stop in the early stages of progression.
  3. Shoes are always a concern and/or a remedy. Find shoe wear that suits the shape of your foot, it is really very simple.
  4. Exercise maintains mobility! Three of the most practical words you can remember when it comes to promoting good health,
  5. Splints can defiantly aid after the fact and help re-align the joints.
  6. Surgery is usually a last resort but a bunionectomy may be advised if the progression is past other treatment options.

Alan J. Discont DPM, specializes in bunions and can offer the type of service it takes to stop the problem from the start. He will give you the most modern care available along with a speedy return to your normal activity. Quick relief is available if you act on your ailments as soon as they give you trouble. Family Foot & Ankle Care, located in Chandler Arizona, can make your appointment today by calling 480-732-0033.  Let’s start peeling that onion so we can heal that bunion!


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Broken Bone   Foot Cast  

Learn how to properly care for your foot cast to promote faster healing.

If you’ve broken a bone in your foot, then chances are pretty good that your podiatrist has told you that you have to wear a cast to protect and support it until the break heals.

However, there are certain things you need to do to properly care for your foot cast, so it can be most effective in helping your injury heal. It’s important to understand the basic elements that go into caring for your cast, so you are back to your old self in no time.

Handling Foot Swelling

Sometimes your foot may swell while it’s in the case, making the cast feel uncomfortable and restrictive. Here are some ways to reduce your foot swelling, so you cast doesn’t feel so unpleasant:

  • Elevate your foot above your heart for the first three days after your cast has been put on. If you can, also try to sleep with your foot propped up on a pillow.
  • Wiggle and move your toes around to keep blood flow circulating throughout your injured foot.
  • You can also apply an ice pack, covered with a towel, around your cast for the first two to three days after getting your cast. Ice the cast for about 20 minutes every couple of hours throughout the day.

Handling an Itchy Cast

Sometimes the skin underneath the cast can get a bit itchy, which is enough to drive anyone a little mad. Here are some ways to relieve that itch without damaging your cast:

  • Turn your hair dryer on cool and target under your cast to reach the itchy spots
  • Apply a towel­wrapped ice pack to the cast where the itchy area is
  • Consider taking an over­the­counter antihistamine to help relieve itching

Whatever you do, do not try to place utensils or objects under your cast to scratch your skin, as this could cause an open wound and potential infection.

Keeping Your Cast Dry

Most of the time, your podiatrist will recommend that you avoid getting your cast wet. If your cast is made from plaster then you will need to keep it dry at all times. Apply a plastic bag or waterproof wrapping over your cast when bathing or showering.

If you have a fiberglass cast, however, it’s typically okay if it does get wet. This is because the cast is usually lined with a water­repellent layer; however, find out from your podiatrist whether or not your fiberglass cast can be wet. Anytime your fiberglass cast gets wet, just let it air dry.

If you have any questions about your foot cast, call your podiatrist today!


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Basic foot care is easy to skip because our feet are not in plain sight but they will sure remind us when they are in pain. Here are some basic foot care suggestions to keep your feet happy.

  • Wash your feet regularly and pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Peeling on the soles can indicate athlete’s foot, while discolored toe nails can be a sign of a nail fungus.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and not too short or close to the nail bed. Cutting into the sides can cause ingrown toe nails.
  • Chose the right shoe, it is so important especially as you age. The wrong shoe can create many issues and the style right now is sympathetic to health conditions and offer more options.
  • Be cautious when using home remedies for foot conditions as they can turn a minor issue into a larger one if not you’re guided correctly. Calling a podiatrist can be a quick and simple way to get the right answer.
  • Alternate your shoes every day as this could save you from getting athlete’s foot or any other related fungal condition.
  • Walking bare foot is certainly fun and fancy free but it can put you at risk of injury and infection and let’s face it, that is no picnic. Sandals are a good alternative and still allow your little piggies to get some air.
  • Do not ignore foot pain, it is your body’s way of telling you that there is something wrong! Please contact us if you are experiencing foot pain.
  • If you are a diabetic you should take extra special care by using both your podiatrist and general doctor to ensure you are not missing anything.
  • Use moisturizing lotion to help keep skin dry. Just a small amount a few times each day does the trick.
  • Walk daily and let those dogs out of the yard. Simple but good and it certainly keeps your feet moving which keeps them healthy!

Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC of Chandler Arizona wants to help you keep your feet happy and healthy. If you are experiencing pain in your feet or just need a check up on chronic issues call Dr. Alan Discont for an appointment at 480-732-0033. Understanding basic foot care allows your feet to take you where you need to go! 


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   Stretching   Foot Injuries  

Any workout instructor or coach will tell you that you have to stretch your body before participating in strenuous activity, and that is good advice. stretchingHowever, stretching isn’t a cure-­all for all that ails your feet. Here are a few busted stretching myths that you may have been taught in physical education class as a youngster. The full truth can be found by making an appointment to talk to your podiatrist.

Myth 1: Stretching Prevents All Foot Injuries

Stretching regularly reduces the chance of injury to the feet, but it doesn’t prevent injuries from happening altogether. Researchers at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney found that stretching before physical activity doesn’t really make a difference as to whether an injury will occur. Also, if you think that stretching before a workout will eliminate soreness the next day, that’s also a myth. Stretching just gives you more flexibility and may help reduce the occurrences of serious sprains.

Myth 2: Even Stretching for Just Under a Minute Helps

Many people who stretch before a workout or sports game only do so for a few moments before jumping full­speed into the activity. But studies have shown that stretching for just 30 to 45 seconds is not enough to make a significant effect on the flexibility of muscles and joints in your feet. Stretching longer (at least five to 10 minutes) is a better idea. Some experts suggest that simply easing slowly into the activity may even be more helpful than stretching in some cases.

Myth 3: Stretching Will Heal the Muscles and Joints

Some patients neglect to visit their doctor when they have foot pain because they believe that simple stretching will heal torn or sprained ligaments. Stretching is a way of making your joints and muscles more flexible, but it does not heal them. Additional treatments and therapies are necessary to successfully heal torn, damaged or inflamed body parts.

These myths busted should not discourage you from stretching your feet and other body parts—just know that you shouldn’t think of it as a replacement for professional care and advice from a qualified podiatrist. If you’re an athlete having foot pain or complications, schedule an appointment to discuss the issue with your podiatrist today.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 11, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: corns   surgery  

Family Foot and Ankle Care specializes in corns and our podiatrist understands they can be annoying and sometimes painful if they aren’t treated properly. Symptoms may show up as thick hard patches of skin on your toes, flaky dry skin in the corn area, along with tenderness and mild pain. You can try to treat corns from home but if they do not cure themselves a quick trip to see Dr. Discont may be the solution. The following suggestions are home remedies using ingredients you may already have in your house.

Reasons:

  • Walking barefoot and exposing your feet to hard outside elements could be harsh enough to create a corn on the bottom of your foot.
  • Wearing shoes without socks and having your toes rub against the same spot in your shoe can cause them on your toes.
  • Certain sports will put pressure on your feet and can cause corns after time however, padding in your shoe may help.
  • More seriously than a poor fitting shoe, a bone could be putting pressure on the area from the inside out and causing the skin to rub more intensely in the shoe.

Solutions:

  • Soak your foot in hot water and baking soda to soften the area (soaking both feet is not a problem and could be refreshing even if the other foot doesn’t have a corn).
  • Use a pumice stone to file the corn and remove the dead skin, this may remove most of it but not all of it. 
  • Baking soda and lemon juice make a good paste to apply repeatedly to the corn.
  • Crushed garlic can be applied to the corn and then allow to sit overnight with a bandage to keep it in place.
  • Surgery is rare but we may suggest it to correct the alignment of the bone that is causing the friction.

If you have a long-lasting corn that is being stubborn and won’t go away we may simply recommend special shoes or shoe inserts that will reduce pressure over the area where the corn has developed.  It isn’t difficult to get rid of a corn and there are many over the counter drugs that you could try but, the best way to keep it in control would be to schedule a regular foot care visit with Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC.  This is helpful for people who deal with corns often and especially if they are diabetic. Our office is conveniently located in Chandler and our doctor can be reached at 480-732-0033