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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 10, 2018

You’re walking along your favorite walking trail one day and take an unintentionally careless step up onto a stone stairway. You slip and feel your ankle both twist and impact with the ground. It hurts a lot, and you think you might have broken your foot but then you remember that severe ankle sprains are known to feel worse than actually breaking your foot. How do you know, at that moment, if your foot is broken or if it’s sprained?

The first step when you know you’ve hurt your ankle is to R.E.S.T. until you’re able to seek medical attention. This stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Stay off the affected foot, ice it for 20 minutes at a time, use a compression sleeve if it’s not too painful, and elevate the affected foot to reduce swelling.

When you get to see a medical professional about your hurt ankle, describe in great detail how it happened. What happened right before you fell? What kind of material did you fall onto? What type of shoes were you wearing? All of this information can be helpful to the doctor in determining if your ankle is broken or if it is sprained.

Depending on when and how you have fallen, the development of bruising and swelling can tell you a lot about your injury. Did the bruise come on really quickly? This can possibly signal a break, but it could also simply mean that you hit your foot harder than you thought. Look at your foot - is it misshapen at all? It can be hard to tell if the swelling has come on fast, but provides clues for us.

Though it can prove difficult to tell at the moment if your foot is broken or sprained, one of the most tell-tale symptoms of a break is numbness. If you feel numbness in part of or in your entire foot, chances are higher that you’ve experienced a fracture. In either case, don’t wait to seek medical attention! During your healing process, it’s important to follow up with your podiatrist for long-term care and pain management. Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews at Family Foot & Ankle Care can help you prevent or reduce the impact of a break or sprain on the long-term health of your feet and ankles! Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule your next appointment at our office in Chandler, Arizona.

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
March 29, 2018
Tags: Footwear   Shoes   Podiatrist   Children   Injury   Infection   barefoot   cut   bacteria  

Easter is on its way, and with it, many children will get a visit from the Easter Bunny. This is an exciting time for friends and family as it brings people together to make many lasting memories. It can be especially endearing to watch small children run around happily on the hunt for Easter eggs that are hiding in the yard, just waiting for their treasures to be found and enjoyed. In many areas of the United States, the weather for Easter is usually mild. That means a lot of Easter egg hunts can occur outside in the nice weather. When you let your kids outside, try to keep them in their shoes because barefoot running can be dangerous to little developing feet.

Beware of Children Barefoot Running

While barefoot running indoors is encouraged for small children who are learning how to walk, it is not encouraged for children who are outside. Barefoot running and walking can help a child find their balance and give them better grip and confidence, especially indoors on the carpet or hardwood floor. Outside poses a whole different threat. Debris, germs, and animals feces are all commonly found outside. Debris can cut small feet and cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream. When bacteria enter the bloodstream, it can cause disease and infection to occur. Another risk factor is that if a cut is severe, it can cause a deformity as a child’s foot heals. Growing feet need to be kept in the best shape possible to promote healthy growth and development in the future.

What if my child doesn’t like shoes?

Every parent knows that it can be a nightmare putting a pair of shoes on a child or toddler that just doesn’t want anything to do with it. Some parents would even go so far as to say it is akin to wrestling an alligator. While the battle to put on shoes can be a hard one, it is a battle that is well worth the strength and aggravation.

Try to think outside of the box when asking your child to put on shoes. Offer them stickers to decorate their footwear to make them seem more approachable and fun. Alternatively, allow them to choose a set of shoes they like at the store to entice them into wearing them. Another fun option is buying special socks that can only be worn with shoes. In any case, make sure your child has their shoes on before they go outside to prevent injury.

If your battle is lost, and your child is outside before you even realize, do not fret. If they are injured, call a podiatrist immediately. Our staff can help treat your child’s feet and allow them to heal in a proper fashion so that they develop in a healthy way. 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. Our staff can help treat your child’s injured feet and educate you further on the dangers of barefoot running.

 

When a nerve becomes compressed, pinched, or injured between the second to fourth toes, swelling occurs resulting in a condition called Morton’s Neuroma. Typically symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include burning pain and numbness in the foot. Women are most at risk of having a Morton’s neuroma because much of their footwear is so impractical. Some ways to relieve the pain is to wear shoes that are not as tight, rubbing the affected area, wearing shoes with lower heels, and to wear metatarsal pads. When the previous methods do not work, surgery is sometimes necessary to remove the neuroma.

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, speak to Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

Morton’s Neuroma
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?
-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

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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