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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 24, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The sesamoid bones are tiny bones, about the size of a jelly bean, located in different places in your body. Each of your feet happens to have a set of them. These bones are located in the tendon and are located in areas of the body where a joint and the tendon overlap. Their purpose is to make sure the tendon and the joint do not get too close to each other when the body is mobile. They also allow the tendons to snap back and not flatten out completely. This helps when walking and flexing your toes.

The sesamoid bones are not just limited to your feet. You can also find them in your wrist, knee and hand.  Because your feet bear so much weight and pressure on them every day, they typically have more problems with the sesamoid bones. These tiny bones, which are in your foot, can be found right under the big toe joint.

Due to their placement in the foot, the sesamoid bones are prone to a lot of mobility, pressure, and trauma. Athletes, nurses, and anyone who uses their feet on a constant basis are more likely to have issues with their sesamoid bones. Although people who do lighter sports and less activity can have problems with their sesamoid bones, the probability drops significantly.

Other ways the sesamoid bones can be injured are due to footwear. Those who have high arches, or like to wear footwear that raises the back of the foot and adds more pressure to the forefoot such as heels, are more likely to acquire a sesamoid injury down the road.

Elderly people are also more likely to have problems with their sesamoid bones. Osteoporosis can cause a bone to alter and begin to grow near the sesamoid bones. This causes inflammation and pain that leads to sesamoiditis. Another problem that can occur is when an elderly patient has arthritis in their feet. This can upset the tissue around the sesamoid bones and cause the patient pain and suffering.

If a patient is suffering from pain in their sesamoid bones, they should consider seeing a podiatrist such as Alan J. Discont, DPM or Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in Chandler, Arizona. They can examine your feet, take images of the bones, and determine whether or not you have an underlying problem with your sesamoid bones. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Trust us, your feet will thank you.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Toe Pain   Gout   Uric Acid  

Let’s face it, you love eating fish and meat after a long day at work. Sometimes you even pour yourself a nice alcoholic beverage to go with your meal. After all, after a long day at work you deserve it. This is your usual routine. Everything is going smoothly until, one night your foot feels like it is burning. It’s also swelling, and stiff. The pain is unimaginable. What happened? Well, at the office of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC we know that it could be gout.

Did you know that gout is actually considered to be a type of arthritis? Over time the exposure to gout can permanently damage the tissue and tendons of the foot. Unfortunately, gout can occur more than once and does not always stay away permanently.

Symptoms

  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Sharp Pain
  • Redness

These symptoms are more likely to occur during the night. They often target the toes and cause a large degree of pain and discomfort. The ankle, foot, and knees can also get gout but fewer cases are seen of these instances.

Causes

Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid build-up can cause the formation of hard crystals in the joint of the toes. If you drink too much alcohol, eat too much meat and fish that are high in protein, or are overweight, you are more likely to get gout. Diuretics, like caffeine, can also lead to gout.

How is it Diagnosed?

Contact a podiatrist right away if you suspect that you have gout. An examination will occur and it may lead to a course of treatment. A podiatrist such as Dr. Alan J. Discont or Dr. Krahn will remove some fluid from the joint and have it tested to see if there are any uric acid crystals in it. Blood tests can also help to help diagnose gout.

If you suspect you have gout and your toes and feet are killing you, call 480-732-0033 and make an appointment or sign up for one online. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona to better serve you. Do not wait, get your gait and foot health in line today!


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 14, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain   Bunions   Chandler   Podiatrist   Foot Doctor   AZ  

One common foot issue that often prompts patients to visit the podiatrist is hammertoe. Hammertoe is a foot condition that is not only painful, but also embarrassing for patients who want to wear certain types of shoes and show off their feet. Learn more about what causes hammertoe and how it can be resolved at your podiatrist’s office.

What Is a Hammertoe?

The muscles of your toe help keep it in proper alignment so that it lies straight, the same way that your fingers look when you lay them out on a table. But in some cases, the joints in the toe become weakened, causing the top end of the toe to bend forward. This is called hammertoe—it usually happens to one or all of the middle three toes of the foot. In some cases the hammertoe is flexible, meaning that the toe can be manually bent back up into position, but in other cases it is rigid and can’t be adjusted. Hammertoe makes it difficult or even impossible to comfortably wear and walk in everyday shoes.

What Causes Hammertoe?

Hammertoe is most commonly caused by wearing bad shoes for extended periods of time. It is a problem often found in women because they like to wear attractive high heels that do unfortunate things to their feet. The design of many high heeled shoes causes the feet and toes to push up against the rigid front and bend them into the shape of a hammertoe. In some cases, people are more prone to hammertoe due to genetics or because of medical condition, like diabetes.

Treatments for Hammertoe

The treatment plan of choice for hammertoe is a combination of foot exercises, physical therapy and custom­made orthotic shoes or inserts. Placing a splint on the affected toe can also help it heal back into its correct position. If the area is painful, your podiatrist may also administer cortisone injections. In the case of rigid hammertoe, where you lose the ability to move the toe up or down, surgery may be necessary to fix the joint.

Hammertoe is an embarrassing foot problem, but the good news is that it can be corrected or relieved in most cases. It is best treated when you catch it in its early stages, so make an appointment with your podiatrist at the first signs of a bending toe.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 08, 2017
Tags: broken bones   fracture   cast  

On average over 6 million Americans break a bone every year. This is a common but serious injury that happens to people of all ages. It is important that someone with a broken bone gets immediate medical attention so that the situation does not become more severe than it already is. A podiatrist like Dr. Alan J. Discont or Dr. Krahn from Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in Chandler, Arizona can help treat you broken foot or ankle swiftly and professionally.

Why do bones break?

Although bones are rigid and mostly sturdy, they are still able to bend. This slight flexibility is normal in order to do day to day tasks and partake in basic movements. It doesn’t take much, however to take this flexibility and break it. If too much pressure occurs the bone can fracture. How serious the break directly correlates to the force that is applied to the bone. The harsher the force the more severe the break. The lesser the force the lesser the break. If the break is serious then it will take longer for the bone to rehabilitate. Sometimes very serious breaks result in surgery to rebuild the structure of the bone using metal pins and plates.

How does a cast help?

A cast does not heal the bones but it does keep them in place while they are healing on their own. Podiatrists will first x-ray the foot and ankle to determine the damage. Then they will clean and disinfect the area. Next, they will set the bones so that they are positioned correctly and administer the cast.

What are casts made of?

Casts are made out of plaster and fiberglass. Usually the top layer of the cast is wrapped in a colorful fiberglass. The entire process takes about 45 minutes to administer. The cast will not fully dry and cure for at least 72 hours. It is important to keep casts away from water so that the materials do not break down and render the cast useless.

Did you break your foot or ankle? Do you need the opinion of a highly trained podiatrist? Look no further. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today to see Dr. Discont or Dr. Krahn. They can help you get your foot and ankle healed in no time.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 02, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Sweaty Feet   Hyperhidrosis  

It has been a long day and you have been on your feet the entire time. You go to take off your shoes and find that your socks are soaked, your shoes reek, and your feet are plastered in sweat. It doesn’t matter if it is the middle of winter, no matter what you do your feet sweat and it is relentless.  You are embarrassed to take off your shoes at a friend’s house, go to the gym, or wear opened toe shoes due to your condition. At Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you beat your sweaty feet woes.

Hyperhidrosis is a condition where the feet begin to excessively sweat. This excessive sweat effects the sole of the foot and in between the toes.  Many people all over the world experience this condition and Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn treat it regularly. This condition is sometimes caused by a psychological disorder. Anxiety and nervousness amplify this condition. Teens and young adults, usually male, seem to obtain this disorder more commonly than children, adults and the elderly.

Anemia and hyperthyroidism can also cause excessive sweating of the feet. Because the body is out of balance it triggers sweating as a response to the imbalance. The heart tends to speed up and work harder and causes stress on the body. This stress sometimes comes in the form of excessive sweat.

Other less common symptoms of hyperhidrosis are a whitish wet appearance on the foot. An infection typically pairs with the white coloring. If you experience a white sheen to your foot coupled with an infection or anxiety, it is important to call a podiatrist right away to get your feet examined. This could prevent other foot and ankle issues.

Wearing the right kind of footwear can also help sweaty feet. Be sure to buy shoes that are breathable and that do not trap moisture. Also wear socks that are less likely to absorb moisture, cotton tends to be a good material for wicking moisture and preventing feet that are too warm.

Do your feet sweat a lot? Do they sweat even when it is a bitter and cold winter? Call our office at 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Your feet are our number one priority.