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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 26, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Gangrene   Podiatrist   Walking   Ischemic foot   pain  

Most of us do not notice a problem with our feet until it is too late. When we notice our feet are discolored, feel funny, are always cold, or are in pain, this is the time we usually react to the difference our feet feel. When our feet are in constant motion, it is easy to forget about them and drudge on with our daily tasks. Because of this, we sometimes acquire conditions such as ischemic foot which cause discomfort in our feet.

What Is Ischemic Foot?

Ischemic foot is a condition that causes a lack of blood flow to the arteries in the feet. This lack of blood flow can be caused by blocked arteries, spasms, an injury or poor diet. This condition also causes a lack of oxygen in the foot, which puts it at risk for severe injury or amputation.

Diagnosing Ischemic Foot

Depending on the type of symptoms a person experiences, a podiatrist will look at the following to make a diagnosis:

Early symptoms:

  • cold feet
  • purple or red discoloration of the toes
  • muscle cramping after walking

More severe symptoms:

  • a sore that won't heal,
  • pain at rest
  • gangrene (tissue death)

A podiatrist will examine the affected foot and may order tests to see how the blood is flowing within the foot. If a podiatrist notices cold skin, skin that is dying, or skin that is shiny or paper-thin, then they may suspect that you suffer from ischemic foot. A podiatrist may also notice that the toes are purple or white, depending on the angle that they lift them. This is another sign of poor blood circulation and can indicate ischemic foot disorder. Other obvious signs include ulcers or gangrene of the foot.

In order to confirm the diagnosis, a podiatrist may order an MRI or Cat Scan to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment

If the disorder is caught in its early stages, then a podiatrist may have a patient use orthotics, buy new shoes, and take walks to help their circulation. In more severe cases, surgery may be required to unblock an artery that is causing the poor circulation.

If you suspect that you have ischemic foot, it is important to call a podiatrist right away. 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. Your feet deserve the best treatment around, let us help.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 18, 2018
Category: Foot surgery
Tags: Bunions   Podiatrist   hammertoes   surgery   shin splints  

Walking through life with constant pain in the feet, legs, back, and hips can be excruciating. At first, you think it is because you have a bad pair of sneakers. So you go out and get a new pair with ample support and shock absorption and hope the pain goes away. Unfortunately, while the shoes are comfortable, the pain still lingers. No amount of stretching, exercise, and over the pain medicine is helping, and all your efforts feel fruitless. Finally, you decide to call your podiatrist to seek relief. You make an appointment, and within the next few days, you have your feet examined. The verdict? You are misaligned.

Many problems such as pain in the feet, back, legs, and hips can be due to misaligned feet. Other more severe problems that occur from misaligned feet are bunions, spurs, hammertoes, shin splints, and heel pain. If the alignment of your feet is off just slightly, it can throw your whole body out of whack. This is because, although the feet are at the bottom of the body, they are transferring shock, weight, and impact to the other body parts. These other body parts work in unison to get you mobile and on your way to enjoying everyday activities.

So, what do you do if your feet are misaligned? First, do not panic. The misalignment of feet can be cured with new innovative technology. One new advancement in the medical field is called HyProCure.  HyProCure is an outpatient surgery that is typically done under local anesthesia. A HyProCure stent is placed within the natural space between the bones of the foot to stabilize and realign them. This allows a patient to get back into proper alignment almost immediately. A patient will have a recovery window of a few weeks’ time. After a follow-up appointment with their podiatrist, they can resume regular activity again, pain-free.

How do I know if it is right for me?

Consult with your podiatrist if you are misaligned and are looking for a way to help ease pain from this common deformity. As HyProCure is a surgery, it is not for everyone and should be considered on a case by case basis. If you do not have a podiatrist, consult with us! 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. HyProCure could be your ticket to a pain-free lifestyle.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 17, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Sweat   Feet  

It can be pretty embarrassing to take your shoes off and feel like you left a puddle of sweat behind. How can feet be this sweaty? If this scenario sounds like you, thenSweaty Feet chances are good that you may be wondering what could be going on to cause this awkward issue.

If you have extremely sweating feet then you could be dealing with a condition known as hyperhidrosis. This is something that can happen to anyone but tends to be more common in younger adults. If you have hyperhidrosis of the feet you may also find that the palms of your hands sweat more than most.

Why is this happening to you? Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky to determine why this is happening to you. Perhaps this is something that runs in your family (thanks, mom!). It’s hard to tell, but those with true hyperhidrosis will experience sweaty feet all the time, not just when it’s hot or humid out.

So, what constitutes hyperhidrosis? Besides the obvious extreme sweating, you may also notice that your feet slip and move around in your shoes more. You may be more prone to embarrassing foot odors or even infections. If you have diabetes and are dealing with any foot problems, even seemingly innocuous ones like sweaty feet, it’s still important that you visit a podiatrist to help you manage your symptoms and to prevent complications.

There are some at-home measures you can take to reduce sweaty feet symptoms. Make sure to thoroughly wash your feet everyday and dry them completely. Once feet are dry, you can apply a talcum or antifungal powder onto your feet and your shoes to prevent infections and to reduce sweat. It’s also a good idea to wear socks that are breathable and wick away sweat and moisture from your feet. If you aren’t sure what kinds of shoes and socks to wear, you can always turn to a foot doctor for advice.

If you are dealing with severely sweaty feet or you aren’t able to handle the issue on your own then it’s time you turned to a podiatrist for some answers. While a lot of people can find easy ways to manage their symptoms and reduce perspiration, it’s not always easy for everyone. Call your foot doctor today.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 11, 2018
Tags: Arthritis   Podiatrist   pain   MRI   tendons   joints  

When you injure your foot or ankle, it can be devastating. Not only are you in a lot of pain, but it affects your ability to properly perform day to day activities. When you aren’t able to be in tip-top shape, it can affect your work, home, and family life.  A trip to the podiatrist is definitely in order. A podiatrist will examine your foot and ankle and make a diagnosis. Sometimes it is easy to see clearly what is wrong with the foot or ankle. In other instances, it is not as easy or clear. Sometimes special technology is used to get better imaging to aid a podiatrist in making a diagnosis. One such technology is called an MRI.

Most of the time, an MRI takes place in a hospital or clinical setting. These MRI images highlight the internal structure of the body and allow a podiatrist to view them better. These images can be used to determine where an injury is and how it may have occurred.  Open MRI’s allow a patient to have imaging done without radiation and allow for a less claustrophobic feel.

There are quite a few different reasons why a podiatrist may order an MRI. Here are some of the most common occurrences:

Swollen Tendons – If you have pain in any area that has a tendon, a podiatrist may order an MRI. This is because tendon pain can be a sign of an underlying problem such as infection or disease. An MRI can pinpoint the inflammation and tell the podiatrist if there is any damage.

Weakened Joints – Sometimes if a ligament is inflamed or damaged it can cause the weakening of joints in the foot and ankle. A podiatrist will order an MRI to confirm the damage to ligaments.

Arthritis – if you have pain in the foot and no memory of trauma, a podiatrist may order an MRI to see if you have damage caused by arthritis.

Although the three mentioned problems are common, there are many other problems such as fractures, infection, cartilage injuries and more than can be diagnosed with the use of an MRI. An MRI is a useful medical tool that a podiatrist may use to help best identify and treat your injury. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona at 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. An MRI can get you on track to a proper diagnosis.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

We use our feet so often that it's easy to take them for granted. But podiatrists, or foot doctors, are well-acquainted with the functions of podiatristthe feet and the best ways to keep them healthy. At Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, we have a team of podiatrists that help our patients achieve optimal foot health each day. Dr. Alan Discont, Dr. Gregory Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews have answered a few questions about the nature of their medical specialty here.

What kind of schooling does a podiatrist need?

Most podiatrists, including those on staff at Family Foot & Ankle Care, have the letters "DPM" behind their name; this stands for Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. There are a select few medical schools in the country that are fully accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education. Beyond the four years of undergraduate schooling, podiatrists need about four years of medical school in addition to a residency, or in-house training, to become certified. Our podiatrists also participate in seminars and other educational opportunities to stay up-to-date on the latest practices, procedures, and products.

What do podiatrists treat?

The short answer: a lot! The feet are complicated structures, made up of 26 bones and dozens of tendons, ligaments and muscles, and podiatrists like Dr. Discont, Dr. Andrews, and Dr. Krahn in Chandler deal with the multitude of problems that can come with these structures. Podiatrists also treat disorders that affect the ankles, such as sprains, and the toenails, which can become afflicted with fungal infections, and help their patients make the best decisions for orthopedic shoes and shoe inserts.

How often do I need to see a podiatrist?

Many people ignore developing foot problems until they are very uncomfortable, so it's important to contact our podiatrists for an evaluation of any ongoing pain, itching, or irritation associated with your feet and toes. Patients with diabetes, who can experience complications with their disease that affect the feet, should see their podiatrist at least once a year. Those who have had previous issues with foot wounds or nerve damage should make every effort to visit their podiatrist every three to six months.

To schedule your appointment with one of the members of our podiatry team, contact Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ today!