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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
August 22, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: fracture   neuromas   pain   surgical intervention   aches  

Are you in the know about neuromas? You may have heard of them before - it happens when a tiny little nerve inside your foot becomes pinched and irritated. They’re very painful and can even be warm to the touch due to irritation. It’s common for people to sometimes think that the pain they’re experiencing is from a fracture before it gets officially diagnosed! There are several reasons that a neuroma can develop within your foot, but most commonly neuromas develop between your second and third toes. Some of the reasons why a neuroma may develop include an actual stress fracture on top of developing a neuroma, wearing shoes that are too tight, blunt force trauma to the ball of your foot, or repeated injuries over time.

When your foot experiences this type of trauma, it can cause the fragile and sensitive nerve between your two toe bones to be pinched and inflamed, causing moderate to severe pain. Some neuromas heal on their own, but some persist for so long that they might even require surgical intervention. Don’t worry, most procedures to correct neuromas are minimally invasive! Sometimes, however, people might even think that their neuroma has gone away because a callus has formed over it as a defense mechanism. This is why it’s important to update your podiatrist, Dr. Alan J. Discont, about any aches or pains you’ve had since your last visit - even if they still don’t bother you today!

Besides surgical intervention, orthotics can really help take the pressure off of the neuroma and relieve some pain. You may find that over the counter anti-inflammatories will help reduce some of the pain and discomfort of a neuroma as well. If you find that they don’t help you relieve some discomfort, the next step to take is seeing Dr. Discont to look into your options for treatment. Call us at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our location in Chandler, Arizona today!

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot surgery
Tags: Swelling   Bunion   pain   bones   surgeries  

In many cases, a bunion can be a mild inconvenience, but some bunions begin to grow out of control and cause a lot of pain and suffering in the foot. When a bunion causes so much pain and suffering in the foot that a person can not function regularly, then it is time to consider foot surgery.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion develops when excess bone growth occurs outside of the joint of your big toe. In many cases, this causes your big toe to turn inward toward your other toes and creates a bump on the side of the big toe. Other symptoms a bunion can produce are inflammation, swelling, pain and problems moving around. Bunions develop in many cases due to improperly fitting shoes that place pressure on the toe and move it out of place, or because of poor genetics.

In many cases, bunions can be treated without surgery by changing footwear and using orthotics. If the bunion is too severe surgery may be the best option.

Types of Surgeries

Osteotomy is a procedure where the foot surgeon makes small cuts into the bones. The surgeon does this to make space so that he or she can realign the foot properly.  He or she may use pins to hold the bones in the corrected position while you heal. These pins can be removed later on at the recommendation of the foot surgeon.

Exostectomy is a procedure where the foot surgeon extracts the extra bone that makes up the bunion on the joint of the toe. Exostectomy is often used in conjunction with an osteotomy to correct the alignment of the toe.

Traditional surgeries call for large incisions that open up the entire foot for the foot doctor to view. With new modern technologies, there are many minimally invasive options available that only require small incisions to be made in the foot. In most cases, a foot surgeon or podiatrist will recommend a surgery that is minimally invasive as it also has a shorter recuperation window and patients tend to heal better with these types of surgeries.

If you have a bunion that is out of control, 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. 

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
April 26, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Gangrene   Podiatrist   Walking   Ischemic foot   pain  

Most of us do not notice a problem with our feet until it is too late. When we notice our feet are discolored, feel funny, are always cold, or are in pain, this is the time we usually react to the difference our feet feel. When our feet are in constant motion, it is easy to forget about them and drudge on with our daily tasks. Because of this, we sometimes acquire conditions such as ischemic foot which cause discomfort in our feet.

What Is Ischemic Foot?

Ischemic foot is a condition that causes a lack of blood flow to the arteries in the feet. This lack of blood flow can be caused by blocked arteries, spasms, an injury or poor diet. This condition also causes a lack of oxygen in the foot, which puts it at risk for severe injury or amputation.

Diagnosing Ischemic Foot

Depending on the type of symptoms a person experiences, a podiatrist will look at the following to make a diagnosis:

Early symptoms:

  • cold feet
  • purple or red discoloration of the toes
  • muscle cramping after walking

More severe symptoms:

  • a sore that won't heal,
  • pain at rest
  • gangrene (tissue death)

A podiatrist will examine the affected foot and may order tests to see how the blood is flowing within the foot. If a podiatrist notices cold skin, skin that is dying, or skin that is shiny or paper-thin, then they may suspect that you suffer from ischemic foot. A podiatrist may also notice that the toes are purple or white, depending on the angle that they lift them. This is another sign of poor blood circulation and can indicate ischemic foot disorder. Other obvious signs include ulcers or gangrene of the foot.

In order to confirm the diagnosis, a podiatrist may order an MRI or Cat Scan to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment

If the disorder is caught in its early stages, then a podiatrist may have a patient use orthotics, buy new shoes, and take walks to help their circulation. In more severe cases, surgery may be required to unblock an artery that is causing the poor circulation.

If you suspect that you have ischemic foot, it is important to call a podiatrist right away. 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. Your feet deserve the best treatment around, let us help.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 11, 2018
Tags: Arthritis   Podiatrist   pain   MRI   tendons   joints  

When you injure your foot or ankle, it can be devastating. Not only are you in a lot of pain, but it affects your ability to properly perform day to day activities. When you aren’t able to be in tip-top shape, it can affect your work, home, and family life.  A trip to the podiatrist is definitely in order. A podiatrist will examine your foot and ankle and make a diagnosis. Sometimes it is easy to see clearly what is wrong with the foot or ankle. In other instances, it is not as easy or clear. Sometimes special technology is used to get better imaging to aid a podiatrist in making a diagnosis. One such technology is called an MRI.

Most of the time, an MRI takes place in a hospital or clinical setting. These MRI images highlight the internal structure of the body and allow a podiatrist to view them better. These images can be used to determine where an injury is and how it may have occurred.  Open MRI’s allow a patient to have imaging done without radiation and allow for a less claustrophobic feel.

There are quite a few different reasons why a podiatrist may order an MRI. Here are some of the most common occurrences:

Swollen Tendons – If you have pain in any area that has a tendon, a podiatrist may order an MRI. This is because tendon pain can be a sign of an underlying problem such as infection or disease. An MRI can pinpoint the inflammation and tell the podiatrist if there is any damage.

Weakened Joints – Sometimes if a ligament is inflamed or damaged it can cause the weakening of joints in the foot and ankle. A podiatrist will order an MRI to confirm the damage to ligaments.

Arthritis – if you have pain in the foot and no memory of trauma, a podiatrist may order an MRI to see if you have damage caused by arthritis.

Although the three mentioned problems are common, there are many other problems such as fractures, infection, cartilage injuries and more than can be diagnosed with the use of an MRI. An MRI is a useful medical tool that a podiatrist may use to help best identify and treat your injury. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona at 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. An MRI can get you on track to a proper diagnosis.