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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
December 26, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Find out how to effectively manage your bunion symptoms.

Are you dealing with bunion pain and discomfort? Wondering what the best approach is to handling the issue? If so, our podiatrists in Chandler, AZ, can certainly provide you with what you need to help your feet feel better. While simple measures won’t actually get rid of Foot Bunion Treatmentthe bunion, they can alleviate symptoms and prevent it from getting worse.

Bunion treatments

Here’s what you can do for your bunions,

  • Soak your feet in warm water to ease discomfort. Alternatively, you can apply ice to the area for 10-15 minutes at a time to reduce both pain and swelling
  • Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, which can temporarily alleviate pain and inflammation
  • Lose excess pounds and maintain a healthy weight
  • Apply a moleskin bunion pad to the area before wearing shoes to reduce friction and irritation
  • Wear shoe inserts (custom orthotics) to provide additional support and cushioning for your feet
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and don’t put pressure on the bunion

While some people find relief from their bunion symptoms by using different prosthetic devices to realign the toes, it’s important to understand that these devices only provide temporary relief and won’t permanently realign or correct the deformity.

How do I know when it’s time to see a podiatrist?

If you suspect that you might have a bunion but aren’t sure, it’s important to receive a proper diagnosis from our Chandler, AZ, foot doctor as soon as possible. Early interventions can prevent the issue from getting worse and can minimize discomfort, pain, and swelling. If you’ve already been diagnosed with a bunion but aren’t experiencing relief from the symptoms with at-home care, then it’s important to turn to us for advice on other ways to alleviate your pain.

Sometimes our podiatrist may even recommend a night splint, which can realign the toes at night to help ease pain and stiffness. Surgery is rarely needed to treat a bunion, even though it is the only way to repair the condition. You may want to consider bunion surgery if,

  • At-home care isn’t managing your symptoms
  • Pain is severe and affecting movement or your daily routine
  • Your bunion is affecting your quality of life
  • Your bunion is leading to other problems like hammertoes or bursitis

Concerned? Give us a call!

Don’t let bunion pain keep you from the things you want to do. If you are having trouble getting bunion symptoms under control, call (480) 732-0033 Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, today.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 18, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: Bunions   wider width   narrow   wide  

Are you sitting down? We have some news for you. Ok, get ready...the way that you lace up your shoes can impact your experience wearing those shoes. Crazy, right? When you get behind the reason why, it actually doesn’t seem so crazy at all! All pairs of shoes are made from one standard shape of a human foot that changes slightly when you increase or decrease the size of the shoe. What about those of us whose feet tend to stray from the average shape of feet? What if our feet are a little more narrow or wide, our arches are higher up, our feet have gone flat, or we have bunions that change the shape of our foot? Ironically, finding a ‘normal’ adult foot these days is pretty difficult.

Everyone has at least one little abnormality that can impact their relationship with shoes! For those of us with slight differences in our feet, especially wide or narrow feet, changing the way we lace up our shoes can have a great impact on the relationship between our shoes and our feet. Do you have wider feet? Did you know that you can change the way you lace your shoes to make them more comfortable for your wider width? Most shoes have two sets of eyelet holes to adjust the shoelaces. When you use the outermost holes to lace your shoelaces, this allows some extra room in the toe box of the shoe, allowing it to accommodate a wider foot.

Similarly to this, you can use the inner eyelets to do the exact opposite - tighten up the toe box of your shoes to accommodate narrower feet. Depending on your needs, you may want to experiment with a combination of using outer and inner eyelets to find what works for you.

Got more questions? Dr. Alan J. Discont at Family Foot & Ankle Care is here to help! Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule your next appointment at our location in Chandler, Arizona.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 15, 2018

Want to keep your kids in the loop on foot health and safety this summer? Though it’s almost time to go back to school, it’s never too early (or too late!) to get started. Did you know that physically active kids are especially vulnerable to injuring their feet or ankles between the ages of 12-15 years? During this time, most children and young adults are still finishing up the development of some bones in their feet. There is even a bone in their heels that forms a protective plate which isn’t done fully forming until around 15 years of age. At Family Foot & Ankle Center, it’s never too early to get smart about being active.

Think about what kind of sports or other activities your kids are into. Do they run track? Play lacrosse? Maybe they’re on the cheerleading squad or in the band at school. While sports like track and lacrosse involve more frequent high-impact than sports or activities like cheerleading and band, a vulnerable foot is a vulnerable foot!

Here’s a quick and easy way to assess your child’s foot and ankle health: check in with them after a long day of activity. Ask your child if anything on their body hurts today. You could introduce the question by saying “Wow, you must be sore today after all that running around!” If they ever hint that their feet or ankles are experiencing any aching pain or discomfort, it’s time to talk about their shoes.

When was the last time you bought your child a new pair of shoes? If it’s been over 6 months, you may want to take a closer look at the pair they wear most often. Because of how fast kids grow and how active some kids will be throughout the year, their shoes may wear out quickly and need to be replaced more frequently. In the long run, this investment in new shoes and custom orthotics is worth it - you could easily be preventing your child from developing foot and ankle related problems later in life like bunions, plantar fasciitis, flat arches, poor circulation, and weak ankles.

Now that you’ve checked in with your child about their foot and ankle health, it’s time to take the next step! Get them started on the right foot by establishing care early on in life with a trusted podiatrist. Call us today at (408) 732-0033 and schedule your next appointment with Dr. Alan J. Discont at our location in Chandler, Arizona!

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 06, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Bunions   Metatarsalgia  

Metatarsalgia is a painful condition that causes a group of varied symptoms. These symptoms are typically swelling, pain and inflammation in the foot. Cases generally range from mild to severe and can be treated by a podiatrist. If you are diagnosed with this condition, you may be unsure as to why you are suffering from it. The fact is, this condition has many different underlying influences.

Are you overweight?

Weight can be a tough subject to bring up. The truth remains that if you weigh more than you should, all of your excess weight is being transferred to your feet. This adds more pressure and stress to the feet while they are in movement. As we age, the fat pad on our foot starts to get thinner and wear out. This fat pad protects our feet from pain. When it gets thin, and extra weight is put on the body, there is less protection and a higher risk for metatarsalgia. If you lose weight it may help cure the condition or lessen its severity.

Improper footwear

If you are wearing a pair of shoes that do not fit you correctly, you are providing your body with an open avenue for foot pain. Shoes that have a small and narrow foot box or cause a lot of pressure to the forefoot can lead to metatarsalgia. Shoes that fit poorly also make you alter your gait. An altered gait can cause more pressure on the forefoot which can lead to pain.

You are plagued with a bunion or arthritis

Bunions and arthritis weaken the big toe and the ball of the foot. The pain from these conditions can cause a patient to alter their gait. This altered gait creates more pressure on the ball of the foot and the forefoot, which can lead to the swelling, inflammation and pain that this condition is so well known for.

If you are suffering from any type of foot pain, it is important to see a podiatrist immediately. What you might think is a small problem can turn into a bigger one. 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. Let’s stop the underlying cause before it gets out of hand.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.
 

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.
 

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.
 

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.