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Bunion Treatment 


Bunions are one of the most common foot conditions that we treat in our office.  Seeking out a podiatrist immediately will help you stop the progression of your bunion by receiving the correct treatment.  The goal is apply the right methods to stop the growth of the bunion eliminating the potential for pain and decreasing inflammation.  Doing so may also help the bunion to decrease in size.  


The first step is to make sure you are wearing the correct shoes.  In fact, it is shoes with a tight toe box like high heels that lead to the crushing of the joints and the ensuing bunion.  At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we will help you find shoes that support your feet, not hurt them. 


Correct Your Footwear 

The next important piece of footwear is custom orthotics.  The in soles in a person’s shoes may be contributing to foot pain.  The in soles that come with shoes are generic, they are made for the generic foot.  This in no way helps support a person who doesn't have the average foot type.


If needed, one of our podiatrist will custom make orthotics for you so that you specific foot type and walking pattern gains the maximum amount of support while walking.  My patients are surprised and amazed at the difference in their pain after wearing orthotics and wearing orthotics will take pressure off of your bunion allowing it to heal.  


Icing and over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen can help to decrease the inflammation of a bunion.  Bunions become unbearable when they constantly rub up against the side of a person’s shoes causing redness, swelling, cuts, and pain.  This is what our podiatry treatment seeks to help get rid of or prevent from happening.  Getting bunion treatment early and understanding this problem will help stop the progression of a bunion from getting to the point that it is constantly and irritatingly rubbing up against the side of your shoe. 


If the bunion large enough where it’s size cannot be reduced by conservative treatment and it is causing constant pain, surgery may be recommended, which will remove swollen tissue, straighten the bid toe, and re-align the long bone between the back part of your foot and the big toe.  In many cases, a minor surgical procedure is the quickest and most effective method the significantly decrease the size of a person’s bunions.  


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Our Sun City podiatry and Scottsdale podiatry offices at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists helps hundreds of patients each year treat and alleviate the pain of a bunion.  Our focus is on our patient satisfaction and we are confident that we can help you alleviate bunion pain.  

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


By Michael Stegman


Bunion Treatment


As a podiatrist in Phoenix, I have treated thousands of patients with bunions in my practice.  There is a simple formula that I will teach you to make sure that your bunion not only stops growing but also decreases in it’s size.   


The first thing to do is to schedule an appointment with me at my office in Phoenix.  In order to solve this problem, you must first understand it.  I will diagnose the severity of your bunion and by doing so, will be able to provide you with the right advice to quickly help you get rid of this annoying problem. 


Here are a few simple steps that we will use to decrease the size of your bunion:


  1. Change Footwear - In many cases, years of uncomfortable shoes are the cause of a bunion.  Women actually suffer from bunions more than men because they tend to wear dressier shoes on a regular basis that strangles their toes causing the toe joints to become swollen.  I will advice you on what shoes are best for your feet so that during the day, you shoes are supporting you and not hurting you.
  2. Orthotics - Custom orthotics are another proven technique to provide the maximum amount of support for your feet.  It is essential to have your podiatrist mold a custom orthotic for you rather than just purchase one in a store like CVS.  As a podiatrist, I will create an orthotic for you that fits your specific foot shape and doing so, creates a healthy environment for your feet. 
  3. Ice -  Make sure to apply ice regularly while you begin treatment.  Icing is always good to decrease inflammation but unless you take the right steps to decrease your bunion, icing cannot solve your bunion problem alone. 

         4.  Surgery -  For an advanced bunion that is large enough where it is constantly rubbing against your feet causing cuts and tremendous pain, we also provide minor surgical procedures which remove swollen tissue, straightens the big toe, and re-aligns the long bone between the back part of your foot and  the big toe.  In a lot of case, a minor surgical procedure is the quickest and most effective way to eliminate one’s bunion. 


Bunions are one of the world’s most common foot problems and as a podiatrist, I am an expert in bunion treatment.  My focus throughout my two decades of private practice has been helping my patients get rid of this problem forever and we make sure our patients are always satisfied after they leave their visit with us. 


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By John Erotas 

By John Erotas
November 27, 2015
Category: Bunion




Treating A Bunion Fast


Bunions are an extremely common foot condition for women largely because of the straining shoes women wear such as high heels or flats without any real foot support.  Bunions grow to a size that can cause pain when they rub against a person’s shoes.  They may become swollen, red, irritated and a cut on the bunion can form even turning into an infection. 


There are several non-surgical options to stop the bunion from growing as well as possibly decrease the size of the bunion.  A bunion is largely caused by the inflammation of the big toe joint that causes the big toe to push inwards while the joint pushes outwards forming a bunion.  The first step is to decrease inflammation.



Decreasing Inflammation

Decreasing inflammation begins with putting no more extra pressure and stress on the bunion.  This is accomplished through two main means, which are custom orthotics and correct shoes.  Correct shoes means wearing shoes that support your feet and walking.  This means not wearing shoes that bother your feet like high heels.  Wearing the correct shoes will help stop the bunion from growing out farther. 

As a podiatrist, I know that custom orthotics are also essential to help the feet decrease foot pain.  Orthotics are made specifically for your feet and match your foot’s shape and walking pattern.  Many patients with bunions also have a foot shape, such as flat feet or a high-arched foot, that contributes to foot pain.  By wearing custom orthotics, you will drastically reduce the amount of stress placed on your feet while walking.  


Icing your bunion will also help to decrease swelling and you may also take anti-inflammatory medication while you make these changes.  The goal is to put your feet into an environment that supports it instead of hurting it which, unless the bunion is hereditary, has been the cause of foot pain and your bunion. 


Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman have helped patients both decrease the size of a bunion and get rid of bunions for over two decades.  The American Foot and Ankle Specialists are located in Sun City and Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona.  


If the bunion cannot be helped by moderate treatments and is causing the patient pain, surgery to eliminate the bunion is an option, which we can discuss in our office.  



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Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!  Not treating a bunion immediately will most likely cause it to grow in size and sustain greater chances of extreme pain.  


By John Erotas





Bunion Treatment


Bunions are in fact one of the most common foot problems in podiatry and Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman have helped patients for over two decades significantly reduce the pain and size of their bunions. 


Most bunions develop because the person is consistently wearing uncomfortable shoes that cause them foot pain.  These shoes cause the big toe joint to push outwards while the big toe moves inwards toward the other toes. 

There are a few steps that you can take right away to reduce the size of your bunion or at the very least, stop it from continuing to grow.  The first way is to ice your foot regularly.  This will help stop and reduce some of the bunion's inflammation helping it to decrease in size.  The next thing to do is make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes.


This includes wearing shoes that are not only comfortable to walk in but also give your toes enough room in the toe box.  You don’t want your toes to squeeze together as this will cause even more pressure on your big toe joint.  One of the best ways to ensure foot support is by wearing custom orthotics.  


Custom orthotics are fit specifically to your individualized foot allowing the maximum amount of foot support while you walk.  Dr. Stegman molds your orthotics himself to ensure your orthotics will have the maximum benefit.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation for orthotics with a podiatrist today!


Taking Care Of Your Bunion Immediately!


Bunion pain occurs because the bunion growth has reached a point where it is rubbing against the side of your shoes causing friction, inflammation, redness, pain, and cuts.  If left untreated, such cuts only grow deeper and in some cases, an infection develops.  


As a foot doctor, Dr. Stegman will recommend to you a series of treatment methods to reduce the size of your bunion.  Most of the time these treatments significantly reduce bunion size and at the very least stop the bunion from continuing to grow.  If none of these treatments should work, surgery is often recommended and virtually eliminates the bunion as well as re-aligns your toes.  In severe cases, this is often the best treatment as it is a low-risk procedure with a relatively short rehabilitation or recovery period. 


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have Phoenix locations in Sun City and Scottsdale.  Our focus is on patient satisfaction and curing you of this condition.


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


By Michael Stegman


Many of my diabetic patients avoid surgery by doing the right things for their feet because preventative medicine not only makes sure the feet stay healthy but also that foot problems don't ever get out of hand.  
The most common reason for an amputation is infection, one that gets out of control and therefore, parts of or the entire foot must be removed to prevent further damage.  This article outlines several things that you can do right now to make sure this doesn’t happen to you. 
1. See a podiatrist regularly.  Seeing your local Scottsdale podiatrist is a routine that you should have.  It is a good idea to see a Scottsdale foot doctor every two months because the doctor will regularly check your feet and by doing so catch any problems before they become untreatable and need surgery. 
2. Wear comfortable shoes and orthotics.  The best thing that we can do is provide a comfortable environment for your feet and this will prevent sores and wounds from easily occurring.  For example, wearing shoes with a narrow toe box, such as high-heels can lead to a bunion, which brings with it irritation, redness, sores, and pain.  By wearing comfortable shoes, we can avoid many foot problems such as bunions, heel pain, and achilles tendinitis.  Custom made orthotics is an extra supportive measure that will provide the greatest walking comfort for your feet.  
3. Check your feet every day.  This tactic will make you aware of any foot pain, cuts, and sores.  If you find a foot problem, come in to see your podiatrist right away.  Don’t try to treat it yourself.  This is too risky and the problem could easily become worse.  Checking your feet everyday is one of the smartest things you can do for yourself to prevent foot problems from getting out of control.  It will also negate the effect of diabetic neuropathy, where you won’t even feel the pain from cuts and sores that you have on your feet. 
4. Wash you feet everyday.  This strategy keeps bacteria and dirt out of your sores if you do have them and therefore, will drastically reduce the chances that you get an infection. 
These four strategies are used as preventative techniques for diabetics to avoid infection and therefore avoid the likelihood of an amputation.  As a diabetic, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist regularly.  The American Foot and Ankle Specialists is located in Scottsdale, AZ.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule a consultation today!  At our Scottsdale podiatry office, same and next day appointments are often available.  Diabetic Foot Care is essential.  Give us a call at 480-483-9000 today!