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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
September 21, 2017

Our feet and ankles are used every single day. Sometimes they are used for balance, sometimes they are used for sport, and other times they are used as transportation. Our feet allow us to participate in an amazing number of activities. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget to take care of our feet. We use them so much that they begin to break down and suffer from more severe issues.

There are many types of foot and ankle injuries that are attributed to overuse. Some of these injuries are considered mild and common while others can be much more severe and rare. Here are 4 of the most common foot and ankle injuries that can occur from overuse:

  1. Achilles Tendonitis – This condition is due to the overuse of the Achilles tendon. Normally, it is due to an activity that requires a lot of jumping. More often than not, it occurs in children ages fourteen and older. Rest, stretching, properly fitting shoes, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication can help curb and heal the condition over time.
  2. Sever's Disease – This disease is caused by the inflammation in the heel bone before the skeleton hits maturity. The growth plate near where the Achilles tendon attaches is usually the most affected area. The use of heel pads, a heel cup, ice, rest, stretches and modification to daily exercise can treat this disorder. Casting is also used occasionally to further treatment.
  3. Plantar Fasciitis – Inflammation of the sole of the foot, or the plantar’s arch, is what causes this disorder. It is usually more painful in the morning and the pain decreases throughout the day. Rest, ice, pain medication and stretching are used to treat it. Arch supports as well as other orthotics are usually good tools to put into properly fitting shoes to help the arch heal over time.
  4. Stress Fractures - Stress fractures are tiny little fractures that are caused by repeated stress from micro trauma. A sudden increase in activity and exertion is usually the cause of a stress fracture. If these tiny fractures are ignored, they can become more severe and eventually turn into a full foot fracture.

Do you have pain in your Achilles, arch, or other part of your foot? Do you do a lot of constant repetitive physical activities and are afraid you may hurt your foot? Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona can help you diagnose your foot or ankle injury. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn are highly trained and skilled podiatrists who have worked with overuse injuries for many years. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online. Let us treat your feet.

Oklahoma City Thunder announced that guard Cameron Payne sustained an acute foot fracture injury in late September. The injury occurred during an open scrimmage and was originally thought to be an ankle tweak. As Payne experienced symptoms of soreness, he had tests done, discovering he sustained a fracture. Payne suffered a previous stress fracture injury in the same bone in his foot, but stated that the injuries were unrelated. He had undergone surgery to repair the previous injury; it is unknown if Payne will need surgery again for his most recent injury.

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, contact Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Triathlete Tamsyn Moana-Veale came all the way to Morocco in order to participate in the 2014 Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon. However, Moana-Veale found out she had a stress fracture in her foot upon arriving for the competition.

Unfortunately, the stress fracture prevented Moana-Veale from partaking in the running portion of the race. However, Moana-Veale’s doctors did green-light her to participate in the swimming and cycling segments.

Stress fractures can be very painful. If you sustained a stress fracture to your foot or ankle, speak to podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can treat your podiatric injuries.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                 
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

Treatment

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take longer.

For more information about Stress Fractures in the Feet and Ankles, follow the link below.

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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Jordan Spieth during the PGA Tour's 2014 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.Despite a strong start at Torrey Pines, golfer Jordan Spieth couldn’t keep his momentum going at the Farmers Insurance Open. Spieth finished at T-19, partially due to an undiagnosed ankle injury.

"My ankle's pretty messed up; I felt it the second day on the back nine and I just kind of . . . I guess from there I just stopped loading as well on it and I started missing fairways," he said. Spieth isn’t sure where the injury came from, but he thinks it might have contributed to his lack of control on the course.

If  you attempt to play sports with a foot or ankle injury, not only will your athletic performance be impaired, but you will also be running the risk of the injury getting worse. If you have questions, consider calling podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will describe what health hazards you might be subject to if you keep playing sports before you are recovered.

Playing Sports With Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

· Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
· Stress Fractures
· Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
· Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
· Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.

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Aaron DobsonNew England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson had to miss the team’s last practice to because of a stress fracture in his left foot. Dobson hurt himself during the Patriots’ game against the Bills in week 17.

Luckily New England had a bye during the first round of the playoffs, giving the wide receiver time to rest, but the team is still uncertain if he’ll be recovered enough in time to play the next game. The Patriots have experienced an unusually high amount of injuries in their offense this season, although they have several backups ready to take over for Dobson.

Stress fractures are extremely painful and usually require the care of a medical professional. For help dealing with fractures and other injuries, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can determine the severity of your problem and recommend a variety of viable treatment options.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Common among individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                 
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

Treatment

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take a long times and one would need crutches.

- Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps
- A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones

For more information about Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.

Read more about Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle.