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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 27, 2018
Category: Sports injuries

Like all sports, lacrosse has its dangers. Anytime there are multiple people running on a field to make a goal and to beat out another team, the ante is upped and injuries begin. Although lacrosse is a little less high-impact than football, it still has its fair share of injuries to boast about. Read more on the most common lacrosse injuries and how they should be treated.

Common lacrosse Injuries:

  • Ankle Sprains – Inversion ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries that lacrosse players experience. This is because as they run up and down the field, make sharp turns and sudden adjustments, their ankles are not always prepared for the drastic change. When this happens, their ankles often roll and become sprained during the process. Ankle sprains can be very painful and have symptoms that can include swelling, redness, bruising and inflammation. If you sprain your ankle in a game or practice, it is important to take a seat off the field and prepare an appointment to see a podiatrist for treatment.
  • Ankle Fractures – in more severe instances, the ankle can roll, be subjected to a large amount of pressure and can fracture. Also, constant running and repetitive pressure from the sport can cause stress fractures. Fractures often are painful, cause swelling, bruising and inflammation. It can also render an athlete immobile and they may need assistance getting off the field. Ankle fractures should be seen by a podiatrist immediately for proper treatment and placement for healing.
  • Plantar Fasciitis – this condition affects the arch of the foot. It usually strikes first thing in the morning and includes intense pain. As the day progresses, it relaxes and the pain ebbs. When a person sits for a long period of time and then tries to stand, it often can become very painful again because the muscles tighten and contract. Plantar fasciitis is attributed to overuse, especially in sports.

If you play lacrosse and suffer from any of the above-mentioned ailments, be sure to see a podiatrist right away. A podiatrist is trained to get your feet healthy as fast as possible so that you can get back into the game. 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. Lacrosse injuries can be dealt with, let us help.

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
December 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

Have you ever sprained your ankle? if you have, you know that this twisting and tearing injury of the ligaments which connect your ankle ankle sprainbones really hurts. Beyond that, an ankle sprain limits mobility and if not treated, can become a chronic problem. That's why your podiatrists in Chandler, AZ, Dr. Gregory Krahn, Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Boyd Andrews, want you to call Family Foot & Ankle Care at the first sign of a problem.

Why ankle sprains happen

Most ankle sprains are twist injuries. They occur suddenly, say physicians at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, as the result of:

  • Playing sports such as hockey, basketball and football
  • Walking or running on uneven surfaces such as grass and hills
  • Being obese
  • Falling down

These quick, twisting or rotating injuries usually affect the connective tissue, or ligaments, on the outer ankle. If not treated properly, they can lead to permanent damage in the form of ankle instability.

Signs that you have an ankle sprain

You've likely sustained an ankle sprain if:

  • Your ankle is red, swollen, and painful.
  • It's difficult or even impossible to bear weight on your ankle.
  • It's bruised and tender.

Some individuals say they have heard a tearing or popping sound as their injuries have occurred.

The diagnosis and treatment

Dr. Krahn, Dr. Discont and Dr. Andrews have seen and treated numerous ankle injuries in people of all ages. Visual inspection of symptoms, palpation of the ankle, X-rays, and possible MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or ultrasound examination confirms the diagnosis.

Fortunately, most ankle sprains are stabilized and treated in simple ways:

  • Rest (staying off your feet)
  • Elevation of the foot and ankle
  • Ice to reduce swelling
  • Compression (with an elastic bandage)
  • Crutches
  • Immobilization with a soft cast
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy

More advanced sprains may require surgery. Fortunately, your Chandler, AZ, podiatrists provide state-of-the-art surgical procedures. such as arthroscopy, both in the office and in the hospital as needed. The aims of any ankle sprain treatment are elimination of pain, improvement of range of motion, and normalized weight bearing and gait.

Find out more

Feel better and prevent additional injury by getting that ankle sprain treated by your podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ. Their wide experience and kind patient care give sore ankles their best chance at full recovery. Call for an appointment: (480) 732-0033.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 30, 2017
Category: Women Foot Care

The holidays are upon us again and many of us are out at the stores trying to get some gifts for the season. Some ladies ask for perfume and jewelry while others ask for designer shoes. High heels, flats flip flops, clogs, sandals, boat shoes, boots, sneakers and so on and so forth are all available to choose from. The number of styles and types of shoes can be almost overwhelming, especially when you are buying them for another person. Women in particular have the most options to choose from. Many of the shoes they buy are purely for fashion purposes.  Many women forget that shoes are essential to their foot health.  So, as you shop, stop and consider if the shoes you are buying the lady in your life are a good idea for the health of her feet.

High heels can cause a lot of problems for a woman’s feet. Some workplaces require a woman to wear high heels as part of her work uniform. If a woman has to wear high heels or insists upon wearing them, then she should consider swapping them out for a different type of shoe during break at work. This will allow for the feet to recuperate and to go back to a more natural position.

Women can also try “walking” heels. These heels are specifically designed to blend fashion and comfort together. They offer a wider toe box and reinforced heels for stability. These heels are less likely to cause ankle sprains, bunions, blisters and fractures. Although they sound like the perfect heel, they can still contribute to foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain and other disorders.

Sneakers that laced-up are the best option for a woman’s daily footwear. Not only do they offer ample amounts of shock absorption, stability and comfort, but there is a far lower risk of foot problems that can be caused by them. Sneakers also have good arch support and a wider toe box for optimal fit.

Give a girl the right shoe and she can conquer the world. If you are having trouble finding the right shoe for a loved one or even yourself, do not hesitate to give us a call. Want to know the best shoes to protect your feet? Podiatrists Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you select the best pair for your feet. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today.


By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
February 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care


At Family Foot & Ankle Care in Arizona we understand the sport of skiing and want to keep our patients safe on the slopes. Now is a good time to call us at our Chandler office and make sure your feet and ankles are ready to lock into those boots and bindings.

Five tips to avoid common ski injuries:

  • Make sure your boots fit correctly ~ do not borrow boots ~ rent or buy ones that keep your feet and ankles in place
  • If you typically wear any type of custom orthotics or shoes you should bring them with you when being fitted for your boots
  • Having the right ski sock is also important ~ they come thin or thick and should be considered when trying on boots to rent or purchase
  • Most obvious, if you experience pain before skiing you should reconsider hitting the slopes
  • Lastly it is wise to stretch or exercise your feet and ankles before you hit the snow ~ cold weather tightens muscles even more than normal

Common ski injuries that may occur from not taking precaution:

  • Ankle or foot sprains
  • Ankle or foot fractures/breaks
  • Frost bite on toes
  • Numbness in ankles, feet or toes

If you have suffered a foot or ankle injury or would like to schedule a routine visit for the winter season call us at Family Foot & Ankle Care PC  in Chandler at 480-732-0033 or request an appointment. Don’t go toe to toe with the snow without seeing Dr. Discont or Dr. Krahn first, it beats going to see him after!