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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot surgery
Tags: Swelling   Bunion   pain   bones   surgeries  

In many cases, a bunion can be a mild inconvenience, but some bunions begin to grow out of control and cause a lot of pain and suffering in the foot. When a bunion causes so much pain and suffering in the foot that a person can not function regularly, then it is time to consider foot surgery.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion develops when excess bone growth occurs outside of the joint of your big toe. In many cases, this causes your big toe to turn inward toward your other toes and creates a bump on the side of the big toe. Other symptoms a bunion can produce are inflammation, swelling, pain and problems moving around. Bunions develop in many cases due to improperly fitting shoes that place pressure on the toe and move it out of place, or because of poor genetics.

In many cases, bunions can be treated without surgery by changing footwear and using orthotics. If the bunion is too severe surgery may be the best option.

Types of Surgeries

Osteotomy is a procedure where the foot surgeon makes small cuts into the bones. The surgeon does this to make space so that he or she can realign the foot properly.  He or she may use pins to hold the bones in the corrected position while you heal. These pins can be removed later on at the recommendation of the foot surgeon.

Exostectomy is a procedure where the foot surgeon extracts the extra bone that makes up the bunion on the joint of the toe. Exostectomy is often used in conjunction with an osteotomy to correct the alignment of the toe.

Traditional surgeries call for large incisions that open up the entire foot for the foot doctor to view. With new modern technologies, there are many minimally invasive options available that only require small incisions to be made in the foot. In most cases, a foot surgeon or podiatrist will recommend a surgery that is minimally invasive as it also has a shorter recuperation window and patients tend to heal better with these types of surgeries.

If you have a bunion that is out of control, 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. 


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 19, 2018
Category: toe pain
Tags: Arthritis   Swelling   Podiatrist   Sports  

Notice that your feet have been under a lot of pressure and pain lately? Do they ache constantly and make it hard to walk around? This could be a sign of a foot condition known as arthritis. Most people assume arthritis can occur only in the ankle, but actually, it can occur anywhere there is a joint. What this means is that you could also be suffering from arthritis pain in your toes. This is because the toes have joints, so they are just as susceptible to the condition.

Arthritis is a term that can be used broadly. There are multiple types of arthritis that can occur in the toe. It could simply be arthritis due to the cartilage wearing away which allows the bones to rub together, or it could be from a different type of arthritis.

So, What Is It?

Toe arthritis is the inflammation of the toe joint. More often than not, it affects the big toe. The other toes can be affected as well. Broken or sprained toes, gout, and osteoporosis can all cause toe arthritis.

Who Is at Risk?

Those who are overweight, are fifty-five and older, have suffered a traumatic past injury, are or were in sports, or who have a family history of arthritis are at risk.

Symptoms

The first symptom of toe arthritis is pain. At first, it can be general discomfort, but over time it can increase to extreme unbearable pain. Another common symptom of this condition is stiffness in the joint. The stiffer the joint, the harder it is to move. Swelling is another symptom of arthritis of the toe. This particular symptom can make it hard for you to fit into your shoes. Clicking and popping noises are the fourth symptom of arthritis. These sounds are caused by the deterioration of cartilage in the joints.

Other symptoms can also occur when you have toe arthritis. In general, if your toe starts to be painful, look different or feel different, then it is time to see your podiatrist. Arthritis isn’t the only problem your toe could be facing. 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. Arthritis can be debilitating – let us help you get back on your feet.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 17, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care  

Foot care is something that is important to your overall well-being and is something that is often overlooked. There are some basic guidelines you can follow in order to keep your feet healthy and feeling good.

1. Don’t ignore unusual pain. If you are feeling a constant pain in your feet, it’s important to call your podiatrist immediately. They can help identify any pain and develop a treatment plan to make sure that your feet are healthy.

2. Inspect your feet regularly. It’s easy to ignore irregularities around your feet, which is why it’s important to keep an eye on them. It’s important to be sure that there aren’t any drastic changes in color or temperature, and to make sure that your toenails aren’t too thick or discolored. Also be sure to pay attention to cracks or cuts in the skin, and to make sure that there aren’t any growths on your feet.

3. Keep proper foot hygiene. It’s important to wash your feet regularly, even between the toes, and make sure that the foot is totally dry. It’s also important to regularly trim toenails. Be careful to only trim nails straight across and not on the sides or corners to avoid ingrown toenails. If you are a person with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems, be sure to go to your podiatrist when trimming toenails in order to avoid infection.

4. Get proper fitting shoes. When purchasing shoes, try to go later in the day when your feet are at their largest and make sure to replace worn out shoes. Make sure that the shoes you pick are the correct shoe for whatever activities you are engaging in. Also, it’s important to not wear the same pair of shoes or socks multiple days in a row.

5. Avoid walking barefoot. When walking around barefoot, your feet are more prone to injury.

6. Don’t forget your feet! When wearing sandals, it’s very important to apply sunscreen to your feet as well as the rest of your body!

Following these guidelines will help keep your feet happy and healthy, and in turn help your overall well-being!


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 12, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Is your ingrown nail a real nuisance or is it just too painful to handle anymore? Dr. Alan Discont, Dr. Gregory Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews ingrown toenailof Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, can help you!

Ingrown toenails are when your toenails perforate skin in the corners or sides of your feet. They may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, eventually causing an infection if not taken care of immediately.

Your toes may also become:

  • Sore
  • Infected
  • Skin may start growing over the ingrown toenail
  • Red

There are several things that may lead to ingrown toenails, such as:

  • Not trimming toenails properly, like too short, especially big toes
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight, or short, resulting in crowded toes
  • Repeated trauma or injury to your feet
  • Foot illnesses, or diseases, like fungal infections.
  • Ingrown nails may be simply heredity, or due to poor foot structure.

Treatment:

Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix. Try wearing shoes that give your toes more space to move and try to avoid socks. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection, but soaking the foot in warm and soapy water several times a day and keeping your feet clean may resolve the issue.

Surgery may be necessary though. If your ingrown toenail is suffering from an acute infection, the surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed.

If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, make sure to contact one of your foot doctors, Drs. Alan Discont, Gregory Krahm and Boyd Andrews of Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ. Call the office at (480) 732-0033.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 12, 2018
Category: skin conditions

Life can be hard when you are living with an autoimmune disease, especially if that autoimmune disease begins to mess with the health of the skin on your feet. When the skin on our feet starts to suffer, it can affect us greatly as it rubs and moves, causing a constant irritation. One type of autoimmune disease that can affect the skin of the feet is known as psoriasis.

Psoriasis causes skin lesions that range from mild patches and scaling to extreme and extensive red, scaling plaques on the toenails. This condition can cause a nail to become deeply pitted, discolored, have white patches or cause the nail to flake. In some more severe cases, a toenail can be completely lost and removed from its nail bed because of the autoimmune disease.

Sometimes it can be hard to be sure that psoriasis is the true cause of your toenail condition. This is because psoriasis can also appear as if it is chronic infection inflammation of the nail bed. It can also appear as a fungal infection that just won’t quite go away.

Treatment

Psoriasis of the toenail can be treated. Many podiatrists will prescribe a course of antibiotics to help combat psoriasis along with a topical ointment. There is currently a lot of research being conducted on patients with psoriasis who have issues with their nails. Specifically, biologic therapies are being investigated to better treat this condition due to its unique nature and symptoms.

If you have any symptoms of psoriasis, it is important to see a podiatrist immediately. If psoriasis is caught early, it can be easier to manage. 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. Psoriasis can be a very painful disorder. Not only can it be treated and controlled with the help of a trained podiatrist, but the rash can clear up and you can feel comfortable in your feet again.