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By Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC
November 15, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

For some women, there’s nothing quite as exciting as getting a brand new pair of elegant high heels. High heels come in a number of attractive high heels injurystyles, including pumps, stilettos, wedges, Mary Janes, platforms and sling backs. But those pretty heels can hide some pretty ugly truths. Take a moment to learn more about the hidden dangers of high heels and how they can cause serious problems for your feet.

Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are bumps that form on the heel bone over time due to continuous friction or pressure. The design of many high heeled shoes puts a strain on the back of the foot, leading to complications with heel spurs and irritation of the skin.

Ankle Injury

Women who wear very high heels also put their ankles at risk of injury. If the wearer falls or has a sudden movement in the wrong direction, it could cause a sprained ankle. The higher the heel, the worse the potential effects of a fall.

Hammertoes

One of the most commonly reported problems that podiatrists receive from women who wear high heels is the appearance of hammertoes. A hammertoe develops as the toes are pinched and squeezed forward in the front of the heel—the toes begin to bend at the joints into an unnatural shape. In some cases, the joints are aggravated to the point where the wearer can no longer bend the toes back up.

Corns and Calluses

Hammertoes are often seen in combination with unsightly corns that develop on the tops of the toes due to friction with the shoe. Calluses also often develop on the sides of the feet and on the bottom, where the ball of the feet meets the ground each time you take a step.

As gorgeous as those high heels on the rack may look, it’s also important to think about how your feet could look after a while if you wear them often. If you enjoy wearing high heels, protect your feet by maintaining regular appointments with your podiatrist. A number of modern solutions and foot therapies are available, so if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, call your podiatrist today to schedule an urgent consultation.

Triathlete Tamsyn Moana-Veale came all the way to Morocco in order to participate in the 2014 Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon. However, Moana-Veale found out she had a stress fracture in her foot upon arriving for the competition.

Unfortunately, the stress fracture prevented Moana-Veale from partaking in the running portion of the race. However, Moana-Veale’s doctors did green-light her to participate in the swimming and cycling segments.

Stress fractures can be very painful. If you sustained a stress fracture to your foot or ankle, speak to podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can treat your podiatric injuries.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                 
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

Treatment

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take longer.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
November 05, 2013
Tags: Ankle Injury   Stiff Ankles   Recovery  

Stiff AnkleFollowing an ankle injury, such as a sprain or in more serious cases, ankle surgery, you will inevitably lose some strength and range of motion after being immobilized for an extended period of time.  A weak ankle can hinder normal mobility and eventually lead to another injury.

Your ankle or leg may feel stiff, especially if treatment required wearing a cast or a walking boot. Stiffness and instability are common symptoms following an ankle injury that will need to be addressed in order to get you back to your normal range of motion and activity level.

Your Chandler podiatrist may recommend post-injury physical therapy or home exercises that will help you strengthen weak muscles surrounding the ankle joint and restore mobility to lower your risk of re-injury.  These series of stretches and exercises include range of motion exercises for the injured ankle and stretching exercises for the calf muscles.

Range of motion exercises help loosen stiff ankles while helping you regain any motion that was lost during the healing process.  It’s also important to keep your muscles flexible by stretching, especially prior to any workout or physical activity to decrease the risk of re-injury. As with all exercises, progress slowly and discontinue if painful.

The shoes you wear will also play an important role in protecting your injured ankle and restoring your mobility.  Supportive shoes will provide more comfort, better balance and help stabilize the weak ankle to prevent re-injury. 

Proper care and rehabilitation following an ankle injury is critical to ensure your ankle fully heals. Always consult Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS if ankle pain or stiffness persists or worsens, and before starting any new exercise program.

PGA golfer J.B Holmes suffered a broken ankle injury shortly after a rollerblading accident near his home is Windermere. As a result, Holmes is unable to partake in the PGA tour competition.  Holmes will be in recovery for 8 to 10 weeks.

The former U.S. Ryder Cup player broke his ankle by rolling backward on his blades. He then hit a hole in the ground while waiting for his fiancée, Erica Kahldin, to catch up stated Terry Reilly of Wasserman Media Group. His ankle collapsed sideways, which resulted in a small fracture. “Just a freak little thing,” said Reilly.  

If you think you have sustained an ankle injury such as this you should seek out a podiatrist such as Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

To learn more about treatment methods on broken ankles, follow link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker injured his left ankle in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings after coming down on his leg awkwardly. Parker needed to be helped up off the court and into the locker room, transferring the burden onto Manu Ginobili. Although the team is making it into the playoffs with or without Parker, this leaves the San Antonio Spurs without their superstar player.

Athletes can miss important games as a result of ankle sprains as in the case of Tony Parker. Ankle sprains should always be treated no matter what. If you have sprained your ankle, seek the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC to ensure the injury is properly evaluated and appropriate treatment options are given.

How Ankle Sprains Occur

Ankle sprains take place when ligaments are stretched or torn beyond their capable limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; including something as simple as walking. Ankle damage can happen from walking on uneven terrain or losing one’s footing.

What are the Symptoms?

· Skin Discoloration
· Bruising
· Swelling
· Limited Mobility

How to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes keeping it propped up and elevated, remaining off your feet and applying ice packs as needed. Wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can also be helpful. The most important step is to avoid placing further stress to the affected area.

Preventing a Sprain

· Wearing occasion-appropriate shoes
· Stretching before exercises and sports
· Knowing your body’s limits

For more information at how to treat a sprained ankle, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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