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Flat feet may be the source of your foot and ankle pain. The reason that our feet have arches is to help evenly distribute the weight of our bodies. Having flat feet brings an excess amount of pressure on the heel and arch of the foot. Fortunately, there are ways that you can temporarily alter your foot in order to reverse the negative effects of having flat feet. Flexibility and strengthening exercises can help those who struggle with flat feet, and so can bracing. These methods can help eliminate foot, hip, knee, and lower back pain.

Having flat feet can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. For assistance, contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will provide quality care for your feet.  

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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According to a new Northwestern Medicine study, diabetics suffering from painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) can relieve their pain by taking low doses of a non-viral gene therapy called VM202. VM202 contains human hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) gene. Dr. Jack Kessler, lead author of the study and the Ken and Ruth Davee Professor of Stem Cell Biology and a professor in the pharmacology department at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine stated, “Those who received the therapy reported more than a 50 percent reduction in their symptoms and virtually no side effects. Not only did it improve their pain, it also improved their ability to perceive a very, very light touch.”

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications and should not ignore any pain they are feeling. If you are diabetic and have any concerns, see Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your diabetic feet.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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