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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 07, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Shoes   Orthotics   healing   daily stretches  

How do you know when the changes you have made to your daily routine are actually helping or hindering your feet from healing? It can be difficult to know when the hard work and effort you put into your feet and ankles are actually paying off. By far, the best way to make sure you really are putting your best foot forward is by consistently checking in with your foot doctor. If you haven’t seen a podiatrist in a long time, our doctors - Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews - are excited to see you. Here are some ways you can help your foot pain, as well as ways you might still be hindering it!

Stretching daily - getting your daily stretches in can help you go far when it comes to foot pain. Keeping your bones and joints lubricated and moving is key if you want to preserve your foot and ankle health for years to come.

Taking note of when and where it hurts - for those nagging pains that only come around once in a while, or for a type of discomfort that happens only at a certain time of the day, take note! Be mindful of noting which shoes you’re wearing, what activities you recently performed, as well as the location and severity of the pain or discomfort.

Wearing orthotics regularly - were you recently prescribed orthotics by your foot doctor? We know it can sometimes be a chore to remember to switch your orthotics out every time you change shoes, but trust us - it’s worth it! Many patients report even one day without their orthotics can wreak havoc on their feet.

We hope that this comprehensive list of helping or hindering tips will aid you in continuing to offer your feet and ankle the best care! Family Foot & Ankle Care is here to help. Call us today at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our location in Chandler, Arizona! 

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 16, 2018
Category: foot deformities
Tags: Orthotics   Bunion   supportive shoes  

Have you ever wondered why some people have big toes that point inward towards their other toes, or have a big, red, bulbous appearance at the base of their big toe? Chances are you were looking at a pretty advanced cased of bunions! You can tell a bunion is very far along in its development when the base of the big toe bone looks red, inflamed, and is abnormally large. This is the product of a bone deformity called a bunion. The area where your big toe bone meets the other parts of your foot bones forms a bony growth that pushes the big toe inward. The deformity leading to a bunion is typically caused by the toe bone being forced to grow in an abnormal direction.

This can be due to shoes with poor support, shoes that are too small for your feet, and can sometimes even happen simply because of your genetic makeup! Of all the things to inherit, a bunion isn’t the most enjoyable. Bunions can range from barely noticeable to being a very uncomfortable and even painful experience. Here are some tips and tricks from all of us at Family Foot & Ankle Care to help you avoid developing bunions:

Ask your family - it never hurts to simply ask your family what their experience has been with bunions. Did they ever get it treated? When did it start developing?

Get fitted shoes - this is by far one of the most important tips! You can potentially avoid bunions altogether by simply finding supportive shoes that truly fit your feet. Don’t settle for flimsy alternatives!

Talk to your foot doctor about orthotics - even if you don't have bunions, orthotics are a great way to help avoid developing them. Orthotics may even help with any other foot issues you have!

If you already have bunions, some of these tips may still help you. Wearing tight shoes will only make your bunion worse and cause you pain! If you notice an increase in pain or discomfort that doesn't go away, be sure to call Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, and Dr. Boyd Andrews at 408-732-0033. Schedule an appointment today at our location in Chandler, Arizona.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 13, 2018
Tags: achilles tendonitis   Orthotics   foot   pain   overuse   trauma  

The Achilles tendon is a very important tendon located on the back portion of the foot within the heel. It connects the heel to the calf muscle and aids in the flexing and moving of our feet and bodies. The Achilles tendon naturally receives a lot of stress during its day to day activities. Overuse, trauma, and other risks can cause problems that prevent a person from moving around freely. Here are some of the most common problems your Achilles can face and how to prevent them.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon is inflamed. This causes pain in the heel, especially when walking. It tends to come and go and progressively gets worse over time without treatment. The Achilles tendon can get small cuts within itself if inflammation is not properly treated. In rare cases, when this condition gets very bad, it can cause the rupture of the Achilles tendon.

Causes of Achilles Tendonitis

Overuse is the cause of most cases of Achilles Tendonitis. As the Achilles tendon is strained, it becomes more inflamed and swollen. This causes pain and the breakdown of the tendon. Athletes are more likely to suffer from this condition because they push their feet to the max on a regular basis. People who are flatfooted are also more likely to suffer from this condition. This is because more stress is put on the foot due to the lack of the arch.

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Intense pain

Treatment

  • Immobilization is commonly used to heal this condition. This is because it prevents the tendon from being used and exacerbating the problem. It also gives the tendon time to heal properly.
  • Ice is often used to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain.
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications may be prescribed to help relieve discomfort.
  • Orthotics can be made by a foot doctor that are custom for your feet. They fit right into the shoe and can alleviate symptoms and prevent further progression of Achilles tendonitis.
  • If your tendon hurts a lot at night, a night splint may be used to help prevent movement during sleep.

Achilles tendonitis can be a very painful condition. It can hurt so much that it can leave you immobile. If you are suffering from Achilles pain, 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. Achilles tendonitis doesn’t have to interrupt your day.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 30, 2018
Category: Foot Care

It is no secret that, as we age, walking can get a little trickier. At one point in our lives, we were quite stable on our feet. We could move agilely and gracefully. Now that we are getting older by the second, some of these simple tasks have become a little bit harder than they used to be. A lot of the reason that things are harder is due to pain in aging feet. Our feet are not supposed to hurt at any age. If you begin to feel pain in your feet, it means that something is amiss and you need to see your podiatrist.

Prevention

Preventing a fall all begins with taking inventory of your symptoms and taking care of your overall health. A person who has a poor diet, lack of sleep, and virtually no way to get exercise is much more likely to have a foot or ankle problem. Instead of hanging around at home, take the initiative and get up and out of the house. Just by getting up and out for an hour a day, you are preventing illness like diabetes, arthritis, and bursitis from sinking into your feet and ankles.

Other ways to reduce falls:

  • Now that you are living a healthy lifestyle, it is time to take steps specifically to help prevent falls. The first step is to make a safe environment for yourself. Make sure there is no clutter on the floors. Check in with your doctor if you have any dizzy spells. Also, have a friend or family member check in with you regularly to see how you are and to ensure you are okay.
  • Talk to your doctor about current health conditions. For example, if you have diabetes and are starting to feel numb in the feet, you could have peripheral neuropathy. This can lessen feeling in the legs and cause a fall.
  • Get some orthotics. If you are unstable on your feet because of discomfort in your shoes, then it’s time to ask your foot doctor about orthotics. They are custom-made for your foot and allow you to move around normally. They are great for stabilization and can help prevent falls.
  • See your podiatrist regularly. This will allow for proper checkups and check-ins about aches and pain. Your feet could be suffering from hundreds of different conditions, but you would never know unless you saw a podiatrist. Many feet and ankle conditions are treatable and preventable if caught early on.

There are many ways to prevent a fall from occurring. The best choice is to schedule regular checkups with a podiatrist. Not only will this ensure proper foot health, but it will also ensure your safety. Call a podiatrist today. 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. Prevention is key.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 21, 2018
Tags: Arthritis   Diabetes   Orthotics   high arches  

Walking around with high arches might seem like a harmless activity, but in reality it can be causing you a lot of stress. This is because the size and shape of your arch can directly affect the way you walk and move around. Sometimes the shape can make you more mobile while other times it can be slowing you down. People who have high arches tend to have less motion in the joints of the foot.

What does it mean to have less motion?

If you have high arches and have less motion in the foot, it means a couple of different things for you and your choice of footwear. First, it means that when you buy a new pair of shoes you should buy those with more room at the top portion of the foot. Next, it means that, when you walk, your foot typically wears out the outside of your outer soles and flattens out your outer midsole. If you do not replace worn shoes periodically, it can cause pain, suffering and complications of the foot.

People with high arches also have a tendency to suffer from a tight Achilles tendon. This will cause the shoe to become worn at the ball of the foot.

What shoe will benefit me?

If you are going to be on the move with high arches, then you should buy a pair of shoes that will help you dress for success. First, look for a pair of shoes with a higher heel than forefoot area. Make sure the heel is thick and offers enough support when walking. These shoes should also be flexible at the ball of the foot. This type of shoe may decrease the chances of injury from high arches and also can relieve pain.

My shoes aren’t helping, now what?

If your new shoes aren’t helping you stay mobile in a healthy and pain-free manner, consider buying a set of custom-made orthotics. Orthotics can be inserted into a shoe and worn as an everyday medical tool. They can help support the foot and prevent pain and injury from occurring. There are many different types of orthotics available. Soft, semirigid and rigid orthotics are all available and used in different ways. In order to figure out which is right for you, call a podiatrist today. Contact 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. High arches do not have to be your arch enemy. Allow us to help.