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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
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.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
May 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care

While Aerobic exercise is known for bringing a plethora of health benefits it has its risks too. Aerobic classes have blossomed into a sport over decades and is a great way to lose weight and keep in shape. Whether it be low impact or high intensity one must make sure to wear the correct shoes to support each move. Your feet take the brunt of impact because this sport requires quick movements, jumping and leaping for a lengthy amount of time. Which is why these tips should be considered before taking your next class.

Shoe tips to prevent injury during Aerobics:

  • If your feet suffer from pronation (when your ankles turn inward or outward) you should control harmful motions with an orthotic shoe insert.
  • Because of the many side to side steps your shoes should have a good arch design that provides the best stability.
  • Your shoes should have a large toe box so that there is enough room to prevent irritation of toes and nails.
  • Purchase shoes in the afternoon when your feet are likely to swell the most and wear the same socks that you will use during your class.

Basic tips to prevent foot and ankle injury:

  • Make sure the surface you are using is stable and has padded mats when the movement requires a soft floor.
  • Stretch before and after your routine to avoid over using any muscles.
  • Confirm that your instructor is certified and understands any prior injuries or restrictions you may have.
  • If you are using a video at home make sure you apply the same rules to ensure foot and ankle safety.

Some common aerobic injuries are Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Achilles Tendonitis and Stress Fractures, but the bottom line is to be careful and responsible. Injuries will inevitably occur if you don’t listen to your body and use your common sense when it comes to safety. There are good aerobic programs and bad ones so use your discretion and pace yourself when it comes to pain. If you are having any pain in your feet and ankles call our office at 480-732-0033 and schedule an appointment. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC has an office in Chandler Arizona and Alan J. Discont DPM is ready to help get you the right regiment to keep your feet and ankles safe.

 

Santa MonicaLisa Stothard, a small-time actress whose brief appearances on screen perhaps culminated with ‘bus stop beauty’ in Dumb and Dumber, is suing the city of Santa Monica over injuries sustained at a city-owned skating rink. 

While at the rink with her daughter for a friend’s birthday, a boy “skating at a wildly excessive rate” crashed into Stothard, according to lawsuit.  Stothard broke her leg and dislocated an ankle.  The suit alleges that the boy’s unsafe skating was seen but not deterred by staff members, and holds the city responsible under premises liability.

Husband Daniel Bernhardt filed an additional suit claiming loss of consortium, which is the loss of marital or household benefits when a spouse is unable to continue preforming regular duties.

Sports related foot or ankle injuries often require the attention of a specialist.  For questions or treatment options, see podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discontwill provide the care that you need.  

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

•           Plantar Fasciitis
•           Plantar Fasciosis
•           Achilles Tendinitis
•           Achilles Tendon Rupture
•           Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. Weoffer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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