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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 08, 2018
Category: Foot Care

When you think about keeping your feet healthy, your thoughts probably lean towards exercise and stretching. While both exercise and stretching are beneficial for the health of your feet, there are also other important things to do to help keep them healthy. One very important way to keep our feet healthy, that is often overlooked, is our daily nutrition. Eating the right foods can help prevent foot problems such as gout, imbalance, and vascular disorders. So next time you think about eating a piece of cake, remember that the food you put in your body can have drastic effects on the health of your feet.

Swelling can be a big problem when it comes to the feet. Refined sugars, trans fats, saturated fats, omega-6, and uric acids can all cause swelling. The foods that are high in these ingredients are baked goods, junk foods, and red meats.  Although eating them in moderation is okay, they can cause problems such as plantar fasciitis if not watched closely.

Try to counteract the swelling by eating more food high in omega-3’s. Fatty fish and fish oil supplements are high in omega-3’s and can help keep the swelling down.

Good nutrition can also help prevent diabetes. Diabetes can directly affect the feet and cause conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, ulcers, and wounds. Those with diabetes often have a harder time recovering from foot and ankle conditions due to their natural inability to heal as quickly because of their disease. People with diabetes should consider eating a diet low in sugars, carbohydrates, and fats. Instead, consider eating foods such as vegetables and lean meats that do not break down into sugars after consumption.

Unfortunately having a great diet isn’t enough to completely prevent foot and ankle problems. If you are prone to foot and ankle problems, it is important to consult with a podiatrist.  A podiatrist can regularly examine your feet. After an examination, they can create a plan that is custom to your needs that will allow you to live a healthier and wholesome lifestyle. Please give our office a call! We have highly trained and knowledgeable staff that is ready and willing to help. 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. We care about the health of your feet, let us help.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Toe Pain   Gout   Uric Acid  

Let’s face it, you love eating fish and meat after a long day at work. Sometimes you even pour yourself a nice alcoholic beverage to go with your meal. After all, after a long day at work you deserve it. This is your usual routine. Everything is going smoothly until, one night your foot feels like it is burning. It’s also swelling, and stiff. The pain is unimaginable. What happened? Well, at the office of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC we know that it could be gout.

Did you know that gout is actually considered to be a type of arthritis? Over time the exposure to gout can permanently damage the tissue and tendons of the foot. Unfortunately, gout can occur more than once and does not always stay away permanently.

Symptoms

  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Sharp Pain
  • Redness

These symptoms are more likely to occur during the night. They often target the toes and cause a large degree of pain and discomfort. The ankle, foot, and knees can also get gout but fewer cases are seen of these instances.

Causes

Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid build-up can cause the formation of hard crystals in the joint of the toes. If you drink too much alcohol, eat too much meat and fish that are high in protein, or are overweight, you are more likely to get gout. Diuretics, like caffeine, can also lead to gout.

How is it Diagnosed?

Contact a podiatrist right away if you suspect that you have gout. An examination will occur and it may lead to a course of treatment. A podiatrist such as Dr. Alan J. Discont or Dr. Krahn will remove some fluid from the joint and have it tested to see if there are any uric acid crystals in it. Blood tests can also help to help diagnose gout.

If you suspect you have gout and your toes and feet are killing you, call 480-732-0033 and make an appointment or sign up for one online. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona to better serve you. Do not wait, get your gait and foot health in line today!

By Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC
December 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Gout   Nutrition   Healthy Lifestyle  

Certain foods should be eliminated from your diet if you want to alleviate this condition.

If you have gout then chances are you know it. Gout is a severe and painful attack on the joints, most often reserved for the joint at the base of gout, healthy lifestylethe big toe. Gout is a form of arthritis that can affect both men and women, but tends to happen more often in men. Those with gout experience symptoms suddenly and may describe the pain as feeling as if their toe is on fire. Gout is anything but pleasant; however, what you eat could help improve your condition and prevent a recurrence.

Avoid Alcohol

While it can be challenging to eliminate your nightly glass of vino, if you are suffering from gout you may need to remove alcohol altogether just to be safe. While it’s certainly not a comparable replacement, you should be choosing water over alcoholic beverages. Beer is particularly bad for those with gout, as both the alcohol and the brewer’s yeast can trigger a flare up.

Say No to Sugar

Sugar gets a bad rap, and rightfully so. Besides the laundry list of other issues sugar causes, it can also raise your uric acid levels. As gout is brought about by too much uric acid in the bloodstream, this naturally can lead to more flare ups.

Limit Purine­Rich Foods

If you have gout your podiatrist has probably already warned you about staying away from purine­rich foods like seafood and organ meats. When our body ingests purine, it begins to break it down into uric acid. While avoiding alcohol and sugar are probably your most effective ways to stop gout, it’s not a bad idea to also limit foods high in purines.

Work Out

No one should have to explain how great regular exercise is for your body; however, for those who are at a greater risk for developing gout, you will want to spend a little extra time making sure you are getting routine exercise. When you work, out you reduce your urate (salt created from uric acid) levels, which in turn reduces the likelihood that you will develop gout.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

When you are overweight your uric acid levels will also be elevated. To ensure that this doesn’t continue, you will want to eat a healthy, balanced diet to help you maintain a healthier weight. Avoid diets that promote high levels of protein and low levels of carbohydrates, as these diets tend to be high in purine consumption.

Sometimes over­the­counter pain relievers aren’t enough to reduce your gout pain. If this is the case, talk to your podiatrist about other medications you can take to alleviate your symptoms.

For those who suffer from gout, maintaining proper hydration is vital to ensuring that our body processes essential nutrients, which can help dilute the uric acid in the foods we consume. Staying hydrated also helps our kidneys expel toxins, thus decreasing uric acid levels. Other foods that can help keep uric acids levels low include vitamin C-rich lemons, buttermilk, antioxidant-rich tomatoes, low-fat milk and green tea which is good for helping treat inflammation and swelling. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, contact Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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 and ankle needs.

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By Family Foot & Ankle Care PC
March 13, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Gout  

GoutFind out more about who can develop gout and whether this condition’s nicknames have any validity.

Over the years, this painful arthritic condition has been labeled the “disease of kings” and the “rich man’s disease”. However, are these nicknames actually steeped in truth? What is it about this condition that causes people to believe that only a wealthy person can develop gout? Your Chandler podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Care PC has the answers.

What is gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when crystals of uric acid build up in the joints. Those with gout produce a high amount of uric acid, so much so that their kidneys cannot get rid of it all. The first few gout attacks may only last a couple days and they usually affect the big toe; however, subsequent attacks may last longer and affect other joints.

What are the risk factors for developing gout?

Your Chandler podiatrist is here to tell you that despite what you’ve heard about this condition, anyone can get it and it has nothing to do with the size of your wallet. The major contributor to the development of gout tends to be alcohol consumption, particularly beer. However, certain foods like seafood and red meat can also bring on attacks.

Why does this gout myth exist?

Incidences of gout have been recorded as far back as the fifth century, and the nicknames it earned have just spawned throughout the ages. The main reason is that these gout attacks often appeared after a large banquet in which alcohol consumption was high. Additionally, the increase in eating organ meats and caviar could have also triggered these attacks since protein is then broken down into uric acid. For those who didn’t have money, they were most likely not attending these banquets, therefore, less likely to develop gout.

How is gout treated?

The most common line of defense against gout attacks is medication. Over-the-counter NSAIDs may be recommended to reduce symptoms; however, if you are experiencing severe symptoms, we may recommend prescription-strength pain relievers.

Colchicine is another pain reliever that is used to reduce gout-related pain. Even after an attack has gone away, we may prescribe a low dose of this medication to stave off future gout attacks. Corticosteroids can also be used to reduce joint pain and swelling and can either be injected or administered orally.

Even though medications are most effective for relieving your gout symptoms, there are also some lifestyle changes you should adopt:

  • Limit or avoid alcohol and drinks with fructose
  • Limit your intake of purine-rich foods like seafood and red meat
  • Incorporate regular exercise and maintain a healthy weight

If you are concerned that your joint symptoms could be the result of gout then contact your Chandler podiatrist, Dr. Alan Discont, at Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC, to schedule an appointment today!