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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 15, 2018

Want to keep your kids in the loop on foot health and safety this summer? Though it’s almost time to go back to school, it’s never too early (or too late!) to get started. Did you know that physically active kids are especially vulnerable to injuring their feet or ankles between the ages of 12-15 years? During this time, most children and young adults are still finishing up the development of some bones in their feet. There is even a bone in their heels that forms a protective plate which isn’t done fully forming until around 15 years of age. At Family Foot & Ankle Center, it’s never too early to get smart about being active.

Think about what kind of sports or other activities your kids are into. Do they run track? Play lacrosse? Maybe they’re on the cheerleading squad or in the band at school. While sports like track and lacrosse involve more frequent high-impact than sports or activities like cheerleading and band, a vulnerable foot is a vulnerable foot!

Here’s a quick and easy way to assess your child’s foot and ankle health: check in with them after a long day of activity. Ask your child if anything on their body hurts today. You could introduce the question by saying “Wow, you must be sore today after all that running around!” If they ever hint that their feet or ankles are experiencing any aching pain or discomfort, it’s time to talk about their shoes.

When was the last time you bought your child a new pair of shoes? If it’s been over 6 months, you may want to take a closer look at the pair they wear most often. Because of how fast kids grow and how active some kids will be throughout the year, their shoes may wear out quickly and need to be replaced more frequently. In the long run, this investment in new shoes and custom orthotics is worth it - you could easily be preventing your child from developing foot and ankle related problems later in life like bunions, plantar fasciitis, flat arches, poor circulation, and weak ankles.

Now that you’ve checked in with your child about their foot and ankle health, it’s time to take the next step! Get them started on the right foot by establishing care early on in life with a trusted podiatrist. Call us today at (408) 732-0033 and schedule your next appointment with Dr. Alan J. Discont at our location in Chandler, Arizona!

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.

Steven Finn of England will be out of the Test series against Pakistan due to a suspected stress fracture in his foot. The cricketer was ruled out of the first Test against Pakistan after complaining of soreness in his left foot while in the nets. Finn originally believed the injury to be a toenail problem before a scan revealed a more serious concern. Stress fractures can take up to six to eight weeks to heal properly, and full rest is need to ensure complete recovery.   

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can determine the severity of your condition and provide you with quality care.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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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Michael Frazier II of the Florida Gators has missed seven consecutive games due his high ankle sprain. The high scorer has been missed by his team and has not even been cleared to join practice. Coach Billy Donovan has stated that the guard has been experiencing pain while starting stopping and cutting. “I don’t anticipate him playing unless I got some miraculous diagnosis from our trainer and doctor that say he’s cleared to play,” Donovan stated.

Sometimes the opinion of a healthcare professional is required to ensure a sprained ankle is properly healed. If your ankle is sprained, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer all of your related questions.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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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By Alan J. Discont, DPM, FACFAS
March 20, 2015
Tags: Sports   Children  

Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

As sports are underway, parents and your Chandler podiatrist understand that children take to sports like fish to water.  Almost as soon as they begin to walk, they are chasing balls, swinging sticks, and running races against nobody in particular.  Children’s sports used to mean baseball, basketball, or football.  Today, however, that has changed significantly.  Children are now playing soccer, wrestling, tennis, hockey and lacrosse.  The starting age for training in individual sports such as swimming, skating, track, and gymnastics grows younger and younger every year.  

Millions of American children participate in team and individual sports, many of them outside of the school system, where advice on conditioning and equipment is not always available.  At Chandler Foot and Ankle Center, your podiatrist in Chandler , we are available to provide tips for protecting your children while they remain active in sports this season.

Parents should be concerned about their child’s involvement in sports that require a substantial amount of running and turning, or involve contact.  Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to prevent sprains or fractures.  Parents should also consider discussing these matters with their family podiatrist if they have children participating in any active sports.  Sports related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children actively participate in sports.

Contact your podiatrist in Chandler at Chandler Foot and Ankle Center for more information on proper footwear and care for your child’s feet.  Whether they are actively participating in sports, or simply walking to school, it is important to take extra precautions to protect your child’s feet well into adulthood.