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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
December 27, 2017
Category: Ankle Surgery

It is nice to enjoy sports, go for a run or even drive down to that new restaurant that just opened up and check it out. These activities are part of normal everyday life and many people enjoy these normal activities during their leisure time. But life can throw a curveball at us while we are enjoying these activities. You can suffer a severe trauma or even a fracture at any moment in your day.  These injuries can be very severe and force a podiatrist to use ankle replacement surgery to help the patient.

Ankle replacement surgery is the process of replacing damaged parts of the bones that make up the ankle. Sometimes the damage is so severe that the entire ankle must be replaced, while other times only certain pieces must be replaced. These parts can be swapped with artificial pieces made out of high-quality, medical grade metal and plastic. They are held in place using bone cement and come in different sizes.

Reasons that you may need this surgery:

Risks of this surgery:

  • Nerve damage
  • Bone break during surgery
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clot
  • Infection
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • Ankle weakness
  • Displacement of artificial joint
  • Relaxing of the artificial joint over time
  • Allergic reaction to implant

Surgery can take a lot of energy from a person. Recovery can take up to three months’ time. During this time, a patient should avoid the use of the affected ankle and use crutches or another aid to move around. Successful replacements will eliminate pain and can last up to 10-15 years. If considering ankle replacement surgery, be sure to talk to your podiatrist thoroughly before making the decision. Surgery is not always right for everyone.

Undergoing surgery should not be taken lightly. It is always important to explore all of your options before coming to this decision. Want to consult with a podiatrist or get a second opinion? Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Take the guess work out of a surgical procedure and be confident in the podiatrist you choose.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
December 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

Have you ever sprained your ankle? if you have, you know that this twisting and tearing injury of the ligaments which connect your ankle ankle sprainbones really hurts. Beyond that, an ankle sprain limits mobility and if not treated, can become a chronic problem. That's why your podiatrists in Chandler, AZ, Dr. Gregory Krahn, Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Boyd Andrews, want you to call Family Foot & Ankle Care at the first sign of a problem.

Why ankle sprains happen

Most ankle sprains are twist injuries. They occur suddenly, say physicians at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, as the result of:

  • Playing sports such as hockey, basketball and football
  • Walking or running on uneven surfaces such as grass and hills
  • Being obese
  • Falling down

These quick, twisting or rotating injuries usually affect the connective tissue, or ligaments, on the outer ankle. If not treated properly, they can lead to permanent damage in the form of ankle instability.

Signs that you have an ankle sprain

You've likely sustained an ankle sprain if:

  • Your ankle is red, swollen, and painful.
  • It's difficult or even impossible to bear weight on your ankle.
  • It's bruised and tender.

Some individuals say they have heard a tearing or popping sound as their injuries have occurred.

The diagnosis and treatment

Dr. Krahn, Dr. Discont and Dr. Andrews have seen and treated numerous ankle injuries in people of all ages. Visual inspection of symptoms, palpation of the ankle, X-rays, and possible MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or ultrasound examination confirms the diagnosis.

Fortunately, most ankle sprains are stabilized and treated in simple ways:

  • Rest (staying off your feet)
  • Elevation of the foot and ankle
  • Ice to reduce swelling
  • Compression (with an elastic bandage)
  • Crutches
  • Immobilization with a soft cast
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy

More advanced sprains may require surgery. Fortunately, your Chandler, AZ, podiatrists provide state-of-the-art surgical procedures. such as arthroscopy, both in the office and in the hospital as needed. The aims of any ankle sprain treatment are elimination of pain, improvement of range of motion, and normalized weight bearing and gait.

Find out more

Feel better and prevent additional injury by getting that ankle sprain treated by your podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ. Their wide experience and kind patient care give sore ankles their best chance at full recovery. Call for an appointment: (480) 732-0033.

Having Diabetes means battling many different problems on a regular basis. People who are diagnosed with diabetes often have to watch their weight, nutrition and even the health of their feet. When they undergo special procedures such as tests or surgeries, they are at a higher risk for complications. It can be very scary to undergo surgery when suffering from diabetes. People with diabetes also tend to heal at a slower pace than those without the condition. Diabetes can have a drastic impact on the overall health of your body and how it handles small to major traumas. The effect of diabetes is so significant that many prominent researchers have begun to study the disease and how it relates to podiatry and its procedures.

A recent study from Duke University Medical Center shows that people with diabetes actually have a significantly higher risk for complications during surgeries and overall higher costs from those surgeries due to those complications. On average, patients with diabetes who had to undergo an ankle surgery experienced one additional hospitalization day than a person who did not suffer from diabetes. They also needed more specialized care from staff at the hospital.

This study allowed podiatrists and ankle surgeons everywhere to better understand the risk of surgery for those with diabetes as well as allow them to improve the quality of life for patients with diabetes who have to undergo ankle surgery. The case had 169,598 ankle fracture patients. Of those patients, 9,174 had diabetes. These patients with diabetes tended to have more severe fractures than those without diabetes. These patients also struggled with the surgery itself and the recovery process after the surgery.

Due to this study, the university was able to provide podiatrists with new information so that they can take more precautions when preparing a person with diabetes for ankle surgery. It also allows them to create a more comprehensive recovery plan as they noted that those with diabetes took longer to recover.

Do you have an ankle fracture and also suffer from diabetes? Want to get the best care possible? Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Take the guess work out of a surgical procedure. 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
December 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: High Ankle Sprain  

High ankle sprains are uncommon, but treatable with patience and diligent care. Read on to understand why these injuries are especially irregular:

A sprain may not be as serious as a broken bone, but it can be every bit as painful and inconvenient. This is especially true of a high ankle sprain, which is fairly uncommon but typically takes longer to heal than other sprains, making them a dreaded injury for athletes.

What is a high ankle sprain?

High ankle sprains, sometimes called syndesmotic sprains, affect the ligaments connecting the tibia and fibula bones in the lower leg. These are considered "high" in relation to where sprains usually occur; high ankle sprains actually happen above the ankle and are a result of an outward twisting (rather than the inward rotation seen in lateral ankle sprains). These injuries are most often seen in sports that involve "cutting in" ­ football, roller derby, pro wrestling, track and ice hockey, for example.


In most cases, the well­known and highly effective RICE technique will be implemented:

  • Rest - Staying off of the affected leg as much as possible is essential
  • Ice - Applying ice packs to the area will help keep swelling down
  • Compression - This may involve wrapping with a bandage at home or a doctor immobilizing the area with a cast
  • Elevation - The leg should be propped up to the level of the heart. This promotes adequate circulation

Healing from high ankle sprains is dependent on the damage to the ligaments and can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Some of these sprains are found to be "unstable" and may require surgery. In most cases, regardless of the injury's severity, patients will use crutches to avoid putting weight on the ankle.

The ultimate goal in treating any sprain is to avoid loss of motion and scar tissue buildup. Your podiatrist will be able to evaluate the damage caused by your high ankle sprain and treat it accordingly.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
December 14, 2017
Category: Toenail conditions

When you are taking off your shoes for the day, you don’t always look at your feet. Examining your feet on a weekly basis can be very important to your overall health and wellness. By just examining your feet, you can help to prevent many different disorders and diseases. You can also notice that your toenails have started to yellow. Do not panic - there are many reasons why your toenails can be yellowing, one of which is known in the podiatry world as Yellow Nail Syndrome.

Yellow nail syndrome is a rare but serious cause of yellow toenails in people all over the world. There are three typical features that are associated with this disorder: 

1) Yellow Nails: The yellow nails are slow to grow and do not need to be trimmed very often. They are thickened and discolored with a yellow or green color. There may be ridges across the nails as well as more curving. In more severe cases, the nail can completely detach itself from the nail bed.

2) Lymphedema: There is also swelling of the limbs because of the buildup of excess fluid that is trapped in the body. This usually affects both legs but in some cases may also affect the arms and the face. Around 80% of people with yellow nail syndrome will develop lymphedema. Approximately one third of cases have lymphedema as the first sign of yellow nail syndrome.

3) Lung Problems: Many people with this syndrome will experience lung problems such as shortness of breath and coughing. Half of people with yellow nail syndrome will suffer from recurring chest infections or bronchitis. Pleural effusions (excess fluid in the space surrounding the lungs) affect roughly 40% of people with yellow nail syndrome.

People who have at least two of these three symptoms are usually diagnosed with yellow nail syndrome. Yellow toenails and or fingernails are usually always seen in this condition. Vitamin E may be given to help reduce nail discoloration. Treatment usually focuses on the lung issues and lymphedema and then tends to the yellow nails.

If you suspect you may have yellow nail syndrome, you should seek prompt medical advice. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you treat your yellow nails and determine whether it is a fungus, yellow nail syndrome, or something else entirely. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.