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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 26, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

It is normal to have chilly feet. Typically, we warm them up or completely ignore the feeling. Our day to day lives continue on and we are none the wiser. Sometimes though, that is not the case. When you examine your feet and they are cold, achy, red and swelling it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Chilblains, also known as Perino, chill burns, and perniosis could be ailing your cold feet. This condition occurs when an individual is exposed to cold and humidity and can cause serious tissue damage.

Chilblains is often confused with Frostbite and Trench Foot. Although it’s symptoms can be similar, an entire different attack is occurring on the feet.

Symptoms

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Blisters – due to damage in the capillary bed in the skin
  • Dermatitis
  • Ulceration
  • Pain

Although quite uncomfortable, Chilblains can be controlled. It is important to keep your feet warm when facing this condition. Having warm feet reduces the risk of permanent damage to the foot. After taking a dip at the beach, feet that have been in a pool, and of course the harsh cold of winter can cause flair ups.

Chilblains can be a condition that stands completely on its own and does not have relation to another underlying illness or it can have a connection to a more severe illness. It is important to see a podiatrist such as Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn at Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona. There they can determine whether your Chilblains is related to another underlying cause or not.

Treatment

It is important to keep your feet warm at all times if you have Chilblains. Warm shoes and socks are key. Merino wool is both warm and breathable and a good choice for patients suffering with this disorder. Tight fitted shoes are not recommended due to the lack of air and circulation that they can cause the foot. Sticking pieces of wool and cotton between your toes, inside your shoes, can help keep feet warm and improve circulation. While at home, soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salts for 15-20 minute intervals, but be sure not to use very hot water. This will help with circulation which will keep the feet warm.

Think you are suffering from Chilblains? Are your feet red, burning, swollen and itchy? Call our office today at 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. We want to get your feet into tip top shape.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 18, 2017
Category: Foot Types
Tags: Walking   gait  

Although we are not born walking on two feet, by age one most people have learned how to walk. We walk on our feet every day. We hike, march, climb, hop, skip, strut, prance and so much more all the time. Without the ability to walk and get mobile we wouldn’t be able to see the world, partake in any sport we wished to, or have a higher quality of life. At Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC our podiatrists know just how important walking is to you.  So much goes into the way we walk and it is important that we understand how it even works.

Our gait, or the way we walk, is made up of 2 separate parts that come together to make one fluid motion. The two pieces that make up our gait are the “stance” and the “swing”.

Stance is when our feet are planted on the ground. Our heel first strikes the ground when walking. Then it rotates and goes forward so that the toes and the forefoot hit the ground. Without stance, we would not have balance and stability.

Swing is when your foot is in the air actually in motion. Specifically, it is when you are walking and your foot is not touching the ground at all and is moving forward instead. This gets us where we need to go and puts us back into our stance to gain stability and balance.

These two important steps in walking make up our gait. Every person’s gait is a bit different and can set them apart from other individuals. For the most part though, steps are taken evenly, your legs are in line with the center of your body, and your feet are in line with your legs. This typical gait allows for your joints, muscles, and tendons to work together seamlessly and prevents problems.

If your gait is not quite right, meaning your legs are not in line with the center of your body, you have a limp, or pain in your legs, hips and back, it is important that you see a podiatrist right away. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn’s office is conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or request an appointment online today. We are here to help.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 18, 2017
Tags: Ankle Injuries  

Find out if a lateral ankle injury could be to blame for your constant ankle pain.

Q. What is a lateral ankle injury?ankle injury

A. A lateral ankle injury is a sprain or tear of the lateral ligaments, or the ligaments found on the outer portion of the ankle.

Q. What are the symptoms of a lateral ankle injury?

A. The most common symptoms are: chronic pain in the ankle, reduced mobility and function in the foot, swelling and inflammation, a weakened ankle, and poor range­of­motion. Some athletes with a lateral ankle injury may not be able to bear any weight on the foot, or they may feel as if the ankle is unstable and gives out when walking.

Q. What are the causes of a lateral ankle injury?

A. One of the primary causes is playing sports, especially spots that involve inversion movements or changing directions quickly, like basketball or tennis. Lateral ankle injuries occur when the athlete rolls the ankle inward, causing tears or strain on the lateral ligaments. Chronic lateral ankle pain can also be the result of an ankle sprain that never properly healed.

Q. How are lateral ankle injuries diagnosed?

A. We will discuss your medical history and then delve into the symptoms you are experiencing. We will ask if you’ve ever had any previous ankle injuries and what the treatment process was for your past injuries. Besides running a thorough physical examination to check for tender or swollen areas of the ankle, we may also run a series of X­rays to look at the health of your ankle joint.

Q. What kinds of treatments are available for lateral ankle injuries?

A. The initial treatment requires that patients stay off their injured foot and rest as much as possible to reduce pain and swelling. Icing the injury can also be helpful for the first couple days to reduce inflammation. It’s best to follow the RICE method when it comes to caring for your injury at home: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

You will also want to see your podiatrist for physical therapy, where we will perform a series of strengthening and stretching exercises that are meant to re­strengthen damaged ligaments and improve range­of­motion. Because those with lateral ankle injuries are also prone to future injuries, following routine strengthening exercises will help reduce your chances of reinjury. Expect to be in physical therapy for about six to 10 weeks.

There are some patients that don’t experience any relief from their symptoms even with these treatments. When this happens, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to repair the damaged ligaments and promote better healing.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 12, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

One day after hitting the gym, you decide it’s time to wash away that sweat. You go into the locker room, strip down, and step into the shower. Once you are done, you towel off, wrap up, and walk over to a changing stall.  Everything seems great. You just got an amazing workout in your brand new, podiatrist approved running shoes, you are cleaned up and ready to go. Little did you know that your bare feet are being attacked by a virus from the washroom floor.

Fast forward a month later and while putting on your shoes, you see this ugly fat wart right on your foot. You don’t remember getting it, but it is very obvious now. How did it get there? Why did it pop up on your arch? You should have worn a pair of water shoes into that public shower at the gym last month, and now you are paying the price. You have a plantar’s wart.

Plantar’s warts can appear all over the foot, but typically appear on the bottom of the plantar’s arch.  At first, they might seem to be a callus, but look again, that rough skin patch can grow in size and become a bump all of its own.

These warts are caused by a virus. Usually they are transmitted by direct contact with the skin. Many people get them because they walk in a high traffic public area with bare feet. A pool, locker room, or public shower are all havens for the plantar’s wart virus.

These plantar’s warts can come in intervals. They can appear in as little as three days or within a few months’ time. They can come in large quantities or all by themselves.

Treatment

Over the counter medication can work for top foot warts. Give it a shot, but if it does not work, call a podiatrist right away. Plantar’s warts tend to be harder to treat and typically need to be seen by a podiatrist.  A podiatrist can remove the wart by excision, freezing, burning, strong acids or lasers. Most of these types of treatments are done under local anesthesia so that the patient does not feel any pain.

After getting the wart treated be sure to pay close attention to your feet, as Plantar’s Warts have a high reoccurrence rate.

Have a wart on your foot? Not sure what kind it is and how to get rid of it? Call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. There Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can examine, diagnose and treat your warts. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care

When you hurt your feet and ankle your first instinct may be to call your general practitioner. This of course, is a good starting point, but a general practitioner is not a foot and ankle specialist. A podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont or Dr. Krahn from Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC are the experts regarding foot and ankle health. Their office is conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona. Over their many years of practice they have seen hundreds of feet. They have seen diabetic feet, athletic feet, flat feet, high arched feet, feet with warts, feet with corns, and many other conditions and ailments. Many people wonder, what exactly does a podiatrist do? Well there is a myriad of services they provide in their daily role as podiatrists.

What Podiatrists Do

  • Review patient’s history – Did you know your foot and ankle problems can result from a life time of use? Other times, certain events or past illnesses will help determine why your feet are feeling tired, achy, and inflamed. When Dr. Krahn and Dr. Discont meet with you, they will get a full medical history so that they can properly examine, diagnosis, and treat any ailment that may be presented to them.
  • Examine Your Shoes – If you thought staring at your feet wasn’t enough, then just wait until they critique your shoes. Podiatrists know which shoes fit best for you and your feet. After they figure out what kind of arch you have and the size of your foot, they can then recommend a shoe that will be best fit and support your foot and ankle. These shoes will help you stay on your feet longer and prevent issue in the future.
  • Prescribe medicine for treatment – Is your athletes foot itching like mad? Have you tried every over the counter option there is to no avail? Look no further! Call 480-732-0033 today and make an appointment to see our staff! Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn can prescribe you the right medication to get your athletes foot under control, as well as treat and prescribe medications for other disorders as well.
  • Give a referral – If Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn have examined you and feel that a different type of specialist would assist you better, they are able to provide you with a referral to get the treatment you need with a doctor they recommend.

If you have hurt your foot or ankle and were contemplating calling your regular physician, think again! Call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC today or make an appointment online. Our staff is here to help!