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Posts for: May, 2018

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 30, 2018
Category: Foot Care

It is no secret that, as we age, walking can get a little trickier. At one point in our lives, we were quite stable on our feet. We could move agilely and gracefully. Now that we are getting older by the second, some of these simple tasks have become a little bit harder than they used to be. A lot of the reason that things are harder is due to pain in aging feet. Our feet are not supposed to hurt at any age. If you begin to feel pain in your feet, it means that something is amiss and you need to see your podiatrist.

Prevention

Preventing a fall all begins with taking inventory of your symptoms and taking care of your overall health. A person who has a poor diet, lack of sleep, and virtually no way to get exercise is much more likely to have a foot or ankle problem. Instead of hanging around at home, take the initiative and get up and out of the house. Just by getting up and out for an hour a day, you are preventing illness like diabetes, arthritis, and bursitis from sinking into your feet and ankles.

Other ways to reduce falls:

  • Now that you are living a healthy lifestyle, it is time to take steps specifically to help prevent falls. The first step is to make a safe environment for yourself. Make sure there is no clutter on the floors. Check in with your doctor if you have any dizzy spells. Also, have a friend or family member check in with you regularly to see how you are and to ensure you are okay.
  • Talk to your doctor about current health conditions. For example, if you have diabetes and are starting to feel numb in the feet, you could have peripheral neuropathy. This can lessen feeling in the legs and cause a fall.
  • Get some orthotics. If you are unstable on your feet because of discomfort in your shoes, then it’s time to ask your foot doctor about orthotics. They are custom-made for your foot and allow you to move around normally. They are great for stabilization and can help prevent falls.
  • See your podiatrist regularly. This will allow for proper checkups and check-ins about aches and pain. Your feet could be suffering from hundreds of different conditions, but you would never know unless you saw a podiatrist. Many feet and ankle conditions are treatable and preventable if caught early on.

There are many ways to prevent a fall from occurring. The best choice is to schedule regular checkups with a podiatrist. Not only will this ensure proper foot health, but it will also ensure your safety. Call a podiatrist today. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Prevention is key.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 23, 2018
Category: Sports injuries
Tags: Ankle Sprains   Swelling   Podiatrist   Injury   ice hockey   x-ray   tightness  

Ice hockey is well known as one of the world’s fastest and most dangerous sports. Not only are players skating at high speeds around the rink in the chase of a puck, but they are also checking into each other which is very similar to that of a football tackle on ice. Because of the fast-paced game and constant contact, it is easy for any player to skate off the ice with a foot or ankle injury. As we watch the Stanley Cup playoffs and root for our favorite players, keep in mind some of the most common hockey injuries before you get out and give it a shot yourself.

What Makes It Dangerous

In general, there are two types of injuries a hockey player can experience. The first is a high-speed injury caused by a smaller mass object. This can cause cuts, bruises, and concussions. It can also cause stress fractures. The second type of injury that is common is a low speed, high mass injury. This injury can be from a collision with the boards or a person. These collisions tend to cause sprains and fractures of the foot and ankle.

Ankle Injuries

Ankle sprains are a common occurrence in hockey. This is usually due to collisions with others and the boards. These collisions can cause a hockey player to lose balance and roll their ankle within their skate. Sometimes their padding can help to prevent this type of sprain but other times players are not so lucky. Th we sprain cause pain immediately and this pain is usually found in the deltoid ligament. A podiatrist will take an x-ray to confirm the sprain and then take appropriate measures to help the sprain such as immobilization, ice and anti-inflammatory medications.

Skate Bites

The skate bite is another common ankle injury that occurs in hockey players. This injury is characterized by inflammation of the tendon that crosses over the sheath of the foot. Skate bites are caused due to excessive pressure from skate laces. When you lace your skates, you usually keep them tight up at the top by the ankle. This helps to prevent rolling of the ankle and ankle injury. Unfortunately, the tightness can cause skate bite. Players will feel aching of their foot when they skate. After playing, they will see swelling and be in more pain. This condition can be managed with added cushioning in the skate as well as regular checkups with your podiatrist.

Playing hockey is a great way to get and stay in shape as well as partake in a team-building environment. If you are injured while playing hockey, be sure to contact your 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. 


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 21, 2018
Tags: Arthritis   Diabetes   Orthotics   high arches  

Walking around with high arches might seem like a harmless activity, but in reality it can be causing you a lot of stress. This is because the size and shape of your arch can directly affect the way you walk and move around. Sometimes the shape can make you more mobile while other times it can be slowing you down. People who have high arches tend to have less motion in the joints of the foot.

What does it mean to have less motion?

If you have high arches and have less motion in the foot, it means a couple of different things for you and your choice of footwear. First, it means that when you buy a new pair of shoes you should buy those with more room at the top portion of the foot. Next, it means that, when you walk, your foot typically wears out the outside of your outer soles and flattens out your outer midsole. If you do not replace worn shoes periodically, it can cause pain, suffering and complications of the foot.

People with high arches also have a tendency to suffer from a tight Achilles tendon. This will cause the shoe to become worn at the ball of the foot.

What shoe will benefit me?

If you are going to be on the move with high arches, then you should buy a pair of shoes that will help you dress for success. First, look for a pair of shoes with a higher heel than forefoot area. Make sure the heel is thick and offers enough support when walking. These shoes should also be flexible at the ball of the foot. This type of shoe may decrease the chances of injury from high arches and also can relieve pain.

My shoes aren’t helping, now what?

If your new shoes aren’t helping you stay mobile in a healthy and pain-free manner, consider buying a set of custom-made orthotics. Orthotics can be inserted into a shoe and worn as an everyday medical tool. They can help support the foot and prevent pain and injury from occurring. There are many different types of orthotics available. Soft, semirigid and rigid orthotics are all available and used in different ways. In order to figure out which is right for you, call a podiatrist today. Contact 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. High arches do not have to be your arch enemy. Allow us to help. 


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health   Aging Feet  

As you age, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself, especially your feet. Foot health tends to decline in seniors for many reasons, including:

  • Years of walking
  • Improper footwear
  • Poor circulation
  • Diseases related to foot problems such as diabetes and gout
  • Improperly trimming toenails

When problems are ignored, they may worsen and lead to more dangerous issues. There are easy ways to take care of aging feet and nonsurgical treatments to relieve pain.

When to talk to your doctor

It’s important to know when symptoms are just common aches and pains and when they might be something more serious. Even if your pain isn’t related to something serious, you still need to take care of your feet since they are the foundation of the body. Aging foot pains may cause pain in the knees, hips, or back.

Some symptoms to look out for are:

  • Brittle or discolored toenails
  • Discoloration or cold/numb feet
  • Severe pain in feet and ankles
  • Blisters or cracked skin
  • Sores and wounds

Tips for maintaining healthy feet

Taking care of feet is simple and will pay off in the long run. Some easy tips for foot health are:

  • Inspect your feet and nails regularly
  • Use soap to wash your feet and always thoroughly dry them
  • Use lotion to prevent dry, itchy, and cracked skin
  • Wear properly fitted shoes and clean socks
  • Trim your toenails regularly
  • Don’t cross your legs
  • Elevate your feet when seated

Taking care of aging feet is simple, and your dedicated foot doctors are here to help. Foot care is something you shouldn’t avoid, and individuals that aren’t able to take care of their feet are encouraged to see their podiatrist for foot care appointments. If you have any questions about taking care of your aging feet, call our office today to make an appointment!


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 09, 2018

When you get the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, it can sometimes be a head-scratcher. How is it that you inflicted all of this pain on your foot? It seemed perfectly fine a week ago, so how did things transpire so quickly? Plantar fasciitis can sneak up on anyone at any given moment. All it takes is a little overuse, an activity your feet aren’t used to or a traumatic injury to trigger the condition and its accompanied pain. Want the specifics? Here are some reasons why you could be plagued with plantar fasciitis.

  1. You gained some weight. Gaining a little weight can be harmless, but if you aren’t careful it can have dramatic effects on your health. Extra weight causes extra strain and shock to the feet which can cause the inflammation of the plantar fascia and trigger plantar fasciitis.
  2. Your feet aren’t shaped “normally.” What this means in the world of podiatry is that you either have a flat foot or high arched feet instead of a “typical” arch. Flat footed individuals typically experience more stress on their middle under-foot and need shoes with more cushion to prevent this condition. High-arched individuals need shoes with more shock support.
  3. You just took part in a Cotton-Eyed Joe marathon and you haven’t Cotton- Eye Joe’d since high school. When you partake in a rapid increase of activity, your feet will suffer. They are under an abnormal amount of strain and have no time to ease into the transition. As such, they often end up suffering from plantar fasciitis.
  4. You are wearing the wrong shoes. Shoes such as heels or flip flops do not have any support or shock absorption. This can cause havoc to your plantar fascia and it can endure a lot of strain because of it. Strain causes inflammation and a trip to the podiatrist’s office.
  5. Sports injuries can also cause plantar fasciitis. If you suffer a foot trauma such as a break or fracture coupled with blunt force trauma, you can easily suffer from plantar fasciitis paired with that injury. If you are hurt during sports, do not try to walk it off, see a podiatrist immediately.

Plantar fasciitis can be bothersome, but it is treatable by a podiatrist. 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. There are treatments available to help you live pain-free.