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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.


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.

The Pokémon Go app has garnered the attention of many people across the country. The mobile game leads people to go outside and explore their neighborhoods in order to collect Pokémon and battle other players. The game allows teens and young adults to live out their childhood fantasies of playing with Pokémon in real life. However, there are some people who have become too absorbed in the game. There have been reports of people bruising their shins and breaking their ankles while trying to catch Pokémon. 

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles,contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
February 16, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Ankle Pain   Foot Pain   Stretching   Yoga  


Yoga and Foot PainFoot pain can range from your toes to your heel. When it comes to heel pain, also known as Plantar Fasciitis, affects 60% of individuals in their lifetime. When the thick tissue on the bottom of your foot called the Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed, it can become a daily annoyance. There are several ways to alleviate heel pain, but one treatment many do not know about is yoga. Yoga is an extremely popular form of exercise when it comes to self-healing, even your heels!
Yoga is a low-intensity, yet simple and impactful workout. Many people turn to yoga for relief of heel pain simply because other remedies have not worked for them. Women find it hard to rid their favorite shoes because their feet hurt, and yoga is a good alternative to fixing that problem. Below you will find different yoga positions that can help with your heel pain:
  • Downward Dog Pose: Go onto all fours and form a table, which means that your back forms the tabletop and your hands and feet form the legs of the table. As you breathe out, life your hips up, straighten the knees and elbows, and form an inverted V-shape with the body. Your hands should be shoulder width apart, feet hip width apart and parallel to each other. Your toes should point straight ahead. Press your hands to the ground and hold while taking long deep breaths.
  • Chair Pose: Stand up with your feet slightly apart. Stretch your hands to the front with your palms facing down. Do not bend your elbows. Bend your knees and gently push your pelvis down as if you would sit on a chair. Sink deeper if you can but don’t go beyond your toes.
  • Thunderbolt Pose: Kneel down with your knees touching each other. Sit in the opening formed by your feet. Do not sit on your heels. Place your hands on your thighs with palms facing upwards. Keep your spine erect and head straight.

Home Remedies

  • Tennis Ball: Roll a tennis ball under your foot everyday. This can help stretch the fascia and can also help the scar tissue line up correctly.
  • Stretch: Take the time to stretch your calf muscles in the morning for about 30 seconds.
  • Shoes: Be sure to wear shoes that fit your foot’s needs. Shoes should be comfortable during your daily activities.
For other foot and ankle pain remedies and treatments, contact your podiatrist today!

After a busy Christmas and New Year’s out and about, the feet are often left sore and run down. Ill-fitting shoes are often the cause of pain in the lower extremities, which can include the calf as well as localized pain in pressure points, swelling, and even cuts and bruises. For some post-holiday foot care and to help ease soreness, apply heat and/or ice to swollen areas, which will help numb pain and cause the blood vessels to constrict. Simple stretches can also help alleviate pain. Pampering the feet at home with a home pedicure and moisturizing can also help comfort worn down feet. Take special care to watch out for blisters, which should be covered and kept clean to promote healing.   

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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A Korean worker with the last name Yoon was recently awarded a state subsidy by a Seoul court for a nerve condition he sustained while working on a waste pipe at a Samsung semiconductor plant in 2012. He wasn’t wearing protective equipment at the time, so his hands and feet were exposed to hydrofluoric acid in the liquid waste he was handling.

Afterward the nerves in Yoon’s extremities stopped functioning correctly, so he applied for welfare from the government. However, his case was originally rejected because his limbs looked fine on the outside. He appealed his claim to the Seoul Administrative Court, which acknowledged the fact that hydrofluoric acid often causes nerve damage and ruled in his favor.

As Yoon discovered, nerve complications in the feet can make life quite difficult. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can provide you with a specific diagnosis and work with you to alleviate your symptoms.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

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

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