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By John Erotas
February 23, 2016
Category: foot pain


Relieve Foot Pain Today!


There are two sides to foot pain.  There are the symptoms and there are the cause.  As a podiatrist, I first analyze the symptoms to diagnose the foot condition and treat these symptoms so that our patients do not have any more pain.  


At the same time, an important part of my practice is understanding the cause of each patient’s foot pain so that I can help and guide them remove the cause of their pain.  This is an essential part of preventing future injury.    


The most common foot conditions are plantar fasciitis, bunions, heel pain, and achilles tendinitis and may stem from simple causes such as improper footwear or an irregular shaped foot like flat feet.  


To treat foot pain, there are a few things that you should do right away.  Firstly, ice the area of pain.  This will not only decrease inflammation of the area but accelerate the foot’s ability to heal itself.  Usually, the next form of treatment that I like to use and has a high success rate at removing much pain is custom orthotics.  


Changing Your Footwear For The Better


Specialized orthotics, made by me personally at my office, are custom to your own foot.  They fit your foot shape perfectly and therefore, provide the maximum amount of support and comfort while you walk. Patients are surprised and amazed at the difference they feel after just a few days of wearing their custom foot orthotics.  


It is important to note that at my practice, we only use natural healthy treatments to fix foot conditions and nothing that will make your foot worse before it becomes better. 

Our practice, the American Foot and Ankle Specialists have two phoenix locations, one in Sun City and one in Scottsdale.  Our main focus is always patient satisfaction. The reason our patients come back whenever they have foot issues is because we have proven that we can, time and again, help them overcome any foot condition that they have.


Schedule Your Appointment Today!


The quickest way to recovery is the right treatment and Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas have a combined four decades of experience treating patients in the Phoenix area.  


Call (480)-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By John Erotas


Eliminate Pain From Flat Feet


Believe it or not, the shape of our feet have an sharp effect on the level of foot pain that we experience on a daily basis.  Over 60 million Americans have flat feet and in many cases, their shoes are not providing them enough support and contribute to intense and chronic foot pain. 


At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman focus on helping people with flat feet eliminate the foot pain that they experience on a daily basis.  The foot pain caused by flat feet can lead to many extreme foot conditions such as fallen arches, bunions, and hammertoes.  There are a few things that you can do immediately that will ensure you prevent these problems if you have flat feet. 


The first thing is to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!  Your podiatrist will examine your feet fully understanding your foot condition as flat feet is a type of foot deformity.  The podiatrist, understanding your case, will then recommend and provide advice on how to limit daily foot pain. 


Custom Orthotics


For example, there are two things that you can do right away to decrease foot pain.  The most important is to get yourself a pair of custom orthotics.  The podiatrists at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists will custom make a pair of orthotics for you that fit specifically to your feet and properly align to your walking pattern giving you the maximum amount of support while walking.  


All regular shoes have a generic insole.  These insoles are made for a normal average foot and therefore, are actively hurting your feet and can very well be the cause of all your foot pain.  My patients are surprised and amazed at the difference they feel after wearing their orthotics for just hours.  It really does make that big of a difference. 


The next thing to do is get shoes that fit your feet and are comfortable.  Many people work, exercise, and walk around in ill-fitting shoes.  The shoes are either too flimsy, too narrow at the toe-box, or put added pressure on the feet like with high-heels.  One of our podiatrists will help you understand what shoes will best fit your feet. 


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The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have two locations in Phoenix.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!  Foot pain doesn't have to last forever!


By Michael Stegman




Sometimes a painful ball develops under the base of the toes.  In podiatry, this is called “Morton’s Neuroma”.  It occurs when a nerve gets squeezed or pinched between a bone and as a result, swells up forming a hardened ball.  Overtime, hard fibrous tissue, or a callus, forms over the nerve making it hard.  


Every time a step is taken, this nerve is pressed causing pain.  The most common place for Morton’s Neuroma to form is between the middle toe.  The bump is located in the ball of one’s foot and can cause one's pain to shoot into the toes.  


Here is a list of the types of pain you can experience:


  1. Sharp foot pain
  2. Burning
  3. “Pins and Needle” sensations
  4. Numbness


Sometimes, when the nerve is pressed, a popping sensation can sound.  The pain may be worse without the protection of one’s shoes or when wearing uncomfortable tight shoes such as high-heels.  


Uncomfortable shoes are often the cause of Morton’s Neuroma and the vast majority of cases are women due to the regularity of wearing uncomfortable shoes such as high heels.  Bunions are another cause of Morton’s Neuroma because of the bones of the toe pressing together.  


The treatment of a Neuroma is two-fold: one, the nerve must shrink back to it’s normal size and two, decreasing pain by eliminating the pressure on the neuroma.  


At The American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we offer a cortisone injection to shrink the size of the neuroma, which will in turn, decrease the amount of pain you feel when walking.  The point is to take as much pressure off of the neuroma as possible.  This is why prescription foot orthotics are great treatment option for neuromas.  They provide the maximum amount of support for your feet while walking.  


Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and avoid wearing tight shoes that have a tight toe-box.  If the hardened fibrous tissue will not go away after conservative treatment, the abnormal section of the nerve may need to be surgically removed, though, most neuromas do not require surgical intervention.  


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have locations in Sun City and Scottsdale, AZ.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


As Sun City podiatrists and Scottsdale podiatrists, Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman each have over three decades of experience treating Morton’s Neuroma and are confident that this problem can disappear.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your appointment now!  Same and next day appointments are often available!


By Michael Stegman