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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 02, 2018
Tags: Exercise   Osteoporosis   Children   bones   child  

May is Osteoporosis awareness month. This condition causes the weakening of bones due to a lack of minerals and calcium. The bones slowly become brittle and weak and are more susceptible to fractures and breaks due to their low density. This may not seem like a problem to worry about until later on in life, but the truth is that good habits at the beginning of life can make a vast difference on bone health twenty or thirty years down the line. It is never too early to start taking your bone health seriously. That goes doubly so for your children. Here are some easy tips and tricks to help promote good bone health in our children and ourselves.

Eat healthily – This may seem like a no-brainer for any parent. All parents want their children to eat nutritious foods to help them grow and develop into healthy, intelligent people later on. One vitamin that is often overlooked when feeding children is calcium. Calcium plays a key role in strong bone development and should play a dominant role in your child’s food. There are many foods that contribute to calcium levels that are healthy such as bok choy, broccoli, yogurt, cheese, milk, orange juice and more.

Think Vitamin D – Vitamin D is needed in order for the body to absorb all that calcium you have your child eat. Without it, the calcium passes through and is not used to its fullest potential. Foods high in vitamin D are milk, orange juice, cheese, salmon, tuna and more.

Get out and Exercise – having a balanced diet is very helpful for growing bones, but exercise is also important. Exercises strengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the bones of the feet and help protect them. Without strong muscles, our bones would be subject to much harsher treatment.

Osteoporosis prevention can start at a young age. All it takes is extra care when choosing meals and ensuring your child has enough exercise. If you need more information regarding osteoporosis and how it can affect you or your child’s growing feet, consult a podiatrist today. 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. A child’s future is dependent on their health.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 24, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The sesamoid bones are tiny bones, about the size of a jelly bean, located in different places in your body. Each of your feet happens to have a set of them. These bones are located in the tendon and are located in areas of the body where a joint and the tendon overlap. Their purpose is to make sure the tendon and the joint do not get too close to each other when the body is mobile. They also allow the tendons to snap back and not flatten out completely. This helps when walking and flexing your toes.

The sesamoid bones are not just limited to your feet. You can also find them in your wrist, knee and hand.  Because your feet bear so much weight and pressure on them every day, they typically have more problems with the sesamoid bones. These tiny bones, which are in your foot, can be found right under the big toe joint.

Due to their placement in the foot, the sesamoid bones are prone to a lot of mobility, pressure, and trauma. Athletes, nurses, and anyone who uses their feet on a constant basis are more likely to have issues with their sesamoid bones. Although people who do lighter sports and less activity can have problems with their sesamoid bones, the probability drops significantly.

Other ways the sesamoid bones can be injured are due to footwear. Those who have high arches, or like to wear footwear that raises the back of the foot and adds more pressure to the forefoot such as heels, are more likely to acquire a sesamoid injury down the road.

Elderly people are also more likely to have problems with their sesamoid bones. Osteoporosis can cause a bone to alter and begin to grow near the sesamoid bones. This causes inflammation and pain that leads to sesamoiditis. Another problem that can occur is when an elderly patient has arthritis in their feet. This can upset the tissue around the sesamoid bones and cause the patient pain and suffering.

If a patient is suffering from pain in their sesamoid bones, they should consider seeing a podiatrist such as Alan J. Discont, DPM or Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in Chandler, Arizona. They can examine your feet, take images of the bones, and determine whether or not you have an underlying problem with your sesamoid bones. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Trust us, your feet will thank you.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 18, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Ouch! Your aching feet! When your feet hurt, your day is interrupted and you may not be able to complete your daily tasks. Most of the time foot painyour pain might be caused by a combination of conditions. Below are 5 possible reasons why your feet might hurt. Let’s take a closer look.

Ill-Fitting Shoes

The number one reason why you might be experiencing foot pain is ill-fitting shoes. As a woman, you might think those platform heels are irresistible, but you should think again. The same goes for unsupportive sandals or clogs that are easy to slip on and off. These shoes may look cute, but they can be doing major damage to your feet—more than you may realize. To better understand the best shoes for your feet, contact your podiatrist for more information. 

Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

Are you experiencing a stabbing pain when you put weight on your heel? If so, you might be suffering from heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis. This pain is often worse first thing in the morning or after you have been resting. The cause of your heel pain might include:
  • Obesity
  • Flat feet
  • High-arched feet
  • Overuse
  • Inward roll of your feet when walking
Your podiatrist might recommend replacing your shoes every six months for better support. Other treatment options that might be recommended are:
  • Orthotics
  • Icing your heels
  • Steroid shots
  • Surgery (for severe cases)


Bunions can also be a cause of your foot pain that are caused by tight shoes, genetic predisposition or arthritis. Some symptoms include:
  • A bulging bump on the outside of your big or pinky toe
  • Pain at the site of the bunion
  • Trouble moving your big or pinky toe
  • Corns and calluses from overlapping toes
By visiting your podiatrist, a proper treatment plan can be created to minimize your pain.



While you may not experience any symptoms in the early stages, over time you might feel generalized foot pain. If you suffer from a lot of pain when you place weight on your foot or your foot swells, bruises and is painful to the touch you might have a fracture. 
Osteoporosis occurs when existing bone breaks down faster than the body can create new bone, which can result in thin, brittle bones that easily break and cause you immense amounts of pain. 



Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as the “wear and tear” arthritis because the wearing down of the protective cartilage that covers the ends of your bones causes it. Your feet are weight bearing, which causes them to take a beating resulting in slow degradation of cartilage between the two points. In the short run, the pain can come and go, but over time it tends to become more constant.
Contact your podiatrist if you are experiencing foot pain. By scheduling an appointment, you can get to the bottom of your foot pain.
By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
August 20, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Osteoporosis  
Broken LegWhen people think of osteoporosis we may think of it in relation to the spine and hips—quite possibly the wrists and ribs, as well.  However, osteoporosis can also affect your feet.  In fact, seemingly unexplained foot fractures may be an early indication that you have osteoporosis.  
Osteoporosis means, “porous bones,” or that they are losing their density—making your bones thinner and easily breakable.  Foot fractures from osteoporosis can come in the form of stress fractures, which are tiny fractures that cause small cracks in your feet. Because of the lack of structure to the bones, they become weak, which can lead to fractures.  
In the advanced stages, fractures can happen from a simple thing like getting out of bed in the morning.  These fractures can occur anywhere, but most commonly occur in the neck, low back, hip, wrists and feet.  For the feet, these fractures often occur with repetitive small trauma due to wearing a unsupportive shoes, such as flip-flops.  With the loss of structure comes the collapse of joints in the feet, which can cause arthritis and pain.  Fractures in the feet from osteoporosis can range from small stresses in the bone to large displaced breaks that require surgery. However, surgery for osteoporotic patients can be a challenge.  
The sooner you deal with stress fractures the better.  If you have pain in your feet that seems beyond any normal kind of soreness, you should visit your podiatrist in Chandler for further diagnosis and treatment.  

What do I do?

The general advice for aging people is to make sure you have enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet.  Exercise is also vital for increasing bone strength and to protect you against these painful fractures.  Any type of activities in which you move is good—walking, running, swimming, dancing and even bowling can be just what you need to strengthen your bones.  If you have foot issues and are unsure of how much your feet can take, talk to your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Care.  
Be sure to choose shoes that offer proper support to your feet and ankles, as well.  Your podiatrist in Chandler might recommend orthotics to give you that extra support to your arches.  Even if your bones are not affected by osteoporosis, orthotics can still help you by providing extra stability that may save you from a fall that could break other bones.  
Your feet play an important role in making aging easy and less painful.  Avoid dangers of osteoporosis by taking care of your overall health and paying attention to your feet! If you have any foot problems or pain, contact Family Foot and Ankle Care for proper diagnosis and treatment.