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By Family Foot & Ankle Care PC
June 26, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  
PodiatristAre you wondering whether you should be turning to a podiatrist for care?
 
We don’t often think about the health of our feet until they start to cause us problems. Once foot pain, swelling and other problems set in, it is most likely a good time to visit a podiatrist to find out what’s going on. While minor pain and swelling may be alleviated through rest and home care, you should visit a podiatrist if you are dealing with:
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Chronic heel pain
  • A broken foot or ankle
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
  • Severe pain
  • Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
  • A visible foot deformity
  • Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
  • An ulcer or open wound
Need to come in for an evaluation? If so, here’s what to expect when you come into our podiatrist’s office for care,
 
We’ll go through your medical history
 
It’s important to understand your current health status as well as any conditions that could cause further problems for your feet and ankles. For example, patients with diabetes are more at risk for foot-related complications; therefore, it’s important to know all the details of your medical history so we can provide you with more effective care.
 
We will examine your foot
 
Next, we will perform a thorough physical examination of the affected foot and ankle. We will look for everything from visible deformities such as bunion and hammertoes, to issues with blood flow or changes in the color of your skin. A physical exam of your feet and ankles can tell us a lot about what might be going on.
 
We will determine if imaging tests are needing
 
Sometimes a physical examination is all that’s needed to be able to determine what’s going on. This is often the case with outward problems such as ingrown toenails or fungal infections; however, problems that affect the bones, ligaments and muscles of the foot may require imaging tests such as MRIs or X-rays to make a proper diagnosis.
 
We will map out a treatment plan
 
Once we’ve determined the cause of your symptoms, we can create your individualized treatment plan. The treatment options we recommend will depend on the type and severity of your condition. Acute and minor conditions will heal with rest and proper home care while more severe or chronic conditions may require long-term maintenance, therapies and medication. This is something that our podiatrist can discuss with you at length during your appointment.
 
If you are looking for someone to provide you with specialized foot and ankle care then a podiatrist is the right doctor for you.
By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 19, 2018
Category: toe pain
Tags: Arthritis   Swelling   Podiatrist   Sports  

Notice that your feet have been under a lot of pressure and pain lately? Do they ache constantly and make it hard to walk around? This could be a sign of a foot condition known as arthritis. Most people assume arthritis can occur only in the ankle, but actually, it can occur anywhere there is a joint. What this means is that you could also be suffering from arthritis pain in your toes. This is because the toes have joints, so they are just as susceptible to the condition.

Arthritis is a term that can be used broadly. There are multiple types of arthritis that can occur in the toe. It could simply be arthritis due to the cartilage wearing away which allows the bones to rub together, or it could be from a different type of arthritis.

So, What Is It?

Toe arthritis is the inflammation of the toe joint. More often than not, it affects the big toe. The other toes can be affected as well. Broken or sprained toes, gout, and osteoporosis can all cause toe arthritis.

Who Is at Risk?

Those who are overweight, are fifty-five and older, have suffered a traumatic past injury, are or were in sports, or who have a family history of arthritis are at risk.

Symptoms

The first symptom of toe arthritis is pain. At first, it can be general discomfort, but over time it can increase to extreme unbearable pain. Another common symptom of this condition is stiffness in the joint. The stiffer the joint, the harder it is to move. Swelling is another symptom of arthritis of the toe. This particular symptom can make it hard for you to fit into your shoes. Clicking and popping noises are the fourth symptom of arthritis. These sounds are caused by the deterioration of cartilage in the joints.

Other symptoms can also occur when you have toe arthritis. In general, if your toe starts to be painful, look different or feel different, then it is time to see your podiatrist. Arthritis isn’t the only problem your toe could be facing. 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. Arthritis can be debilitating – let us help you get back on your feet.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 12, 2018
Category: skin conditions

Life can be hard when you are living with an autoimmune disease, especially if that autoimmune disease begins to mess with the health of the skin on your feet. When the skin on our feet starts to suffer, it can affect us greatly as it rubs and moves, causing a constant irritation. One type of autoimmune disease that can affect the skin of the feet is known as psoriasis.

Psoriasis causes skin lesions that range from mild patches and scaling to extreme and extensive red, scaling plaques on the toenails. This condition can cause a nail to become deeply pitted, discolored, have white patches or cause the nail to flake. In some more severe cases, a toenail can be completely lost and removed from its nail bed because of the autoimmune disease.

Sometimes it can be hard to be sure that psoriasis is the true cause of your toenail condition. This is because psoriasis can also appear as if it is chronic infection inflammation of the nail bed. It can also appear as a fungal infection that just won’t quite go away.

Treatment

Psoriasis of the toenail can be treated. Many podiatrists will prescribe a course of antibiotics to help combat psoriasis along with a topical ointment. There is currently a lot of research being conducted on patients with psoriasis who have issues with their nails. Specifically, biologic therapies are being investigated to better treat this condition due to its unique nature and symptoms.

If you have any symptoms of psoriasis, it is important to see a podiatrist immediately. If psoriasis is caught early, it can be easier to manage. 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. Psoriasis can be a very painful disorder. Not only can it be treated and controlled with the help of a trained podiatrist, but the rash can clear up and you can feel comfortable in your feet again.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 27, 2018
Category: Sports injuries

Like all sports, lacrosse has its dangers. Anytime there are multiple people running on a field to make a goal and to beat out another team, the ante is upped and injuries begin. Although lacrosse is a little less high-impact than football, it still has its fair share of injuries to boast about. Read more on the most common lacrosse injuries and how they should be treated.

Common lacrosse Injuries:

  • Ankle Sprains – Inversion ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries that lacrosse players experience. This is because as they run up and down the field, make sharp turns and sudden adjustments, their ankles are not always prepared for the drastic change. When this happens, their ankles often roll and become sprained during the process. Ankle sprains can be very painful and have symptoms that can include swelling, redness, bruising and inflammation. If you sprain your ankle in a game or practice, it is important to take a seat off the field and prepare an appointment to see a podiatrist for treatment.
  • Ankle Fractures – in more severe instances, the ankle can roll, be subjected to a large amount of pressure and can fracture. Also, constant running and repetitive pressure from the sport can cause stress fractures. Fractures often are painful, cause swelling, bruising and inflammation. It can also render an athlete immobile and they may need assistance getting off the field. Ankle fractures should be seen by a podiatrist immediately for proper treatment and placement for healing.
  • Plantar Fasciitis – this condition affects the arch of the foot. It usually strikes first thing in the morning and includes intense pain. As the day progresses, it relaxes and the pain ebbs. When a person sits for a long period of time and then tries to stand, it often can become very painful again because the muscles tighten and contract. Plantar fasciitis is attributed to overuse, especially in sports.

If you play lacrosse and suffer from any of the above-mentioned ailments, be sure to see a podiatrist right away. A podiatrist is trained to get your feet healthy as fast as possible so that you can get back into the game. 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. Lacrosse injuries can be dealt with, let us help.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 21, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist   Fungus   Warts   examination   biopsy   infections   lesions   psoriasis  

When you look at your feet and ankles and notice a growth that wasn’t there before, it could panic you. What is on my foot and why is it there? After a call into the podiatrist, they inform you that they have made an appointment for you to come in for an examination and a possible soft tissue biopsy. These words can be very frightening but read on to learn more about what you should expect if you have to go through a soft tissue biopsy.

What Is a Soft Tissue Biopsy?

A soft tissue biopsy is the removal of the skin, fat, muscle, and tendons that surround, connect, or support other tissues or organs of the foot or ankle. These biopsies are used to help inspect the skin and what might be causing the new growth or imperfection. They usually take a bit of time and are done by a surgeon.

What Can Cause a Soft Tissue Biopsy?

  • Freckles that are bigger than average or discolored
  • Moles that are bigger or more discolored than normal
  • Infections due to fungus or bacteria
  • Eczema, dermatitis or other rashes
  • Lesions from diabetes or other underlying conditions
  • Fibromas, cysts and other nodule conditions or diseases
  • Psoriasis or other toenail conditions
  • Warts
  • Keratoses

What Does the Biopsy Involve?

A biopsy is the removal of a small piece of skin from an affected area. It is usually done under local anesthetic and then cleaned and wrapped up. There are multiple types of biopsies, here are the main types:

  1. A thin piece of tissue is shaved off, known as a shave biopsy.
  2. A tiny core of tissues is removed or punched out from the body. This may require the use of stitches.
  3. An entire piece of skin is removed and may require stitches.

A skin biopsy may sound alarming, but it is very necessary to help prevent severe diseases such as cancer, fungal infections and diabetic complications. If you suspect that something is wrong with the skin on your feet, it is important to call your podiatrist right away. 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 you can also make an appointment online today. Assess unknown skin conditions before it is too late.