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Relieve Bunion Pain


It is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists when you begin to experience any bunion pain.  Bunion progression is not a thing to take lightly. A bunion may start out small but usually becomes worse overtime and you should also have the right advice on how to slow down or even stop the progression of your bunion. 


An advanced bunion greatly alters the appearance of a person’s foot.  It is a growth or deformity that juts out from the side of your big toe.  Large bunions often produce daily complications and pain.  Their is often swelling, redness, and pain.  Even worse, when the bunion has a cut, it can constantly rub up against the side of a person’s shoes causing tremendous pain.  If the cut does not heal, this may lead to an infection.  This is why, as a diabetic, it is especially important to visit us at our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry location and get treatment for a bunion. 


Slowing Down The Growth Of A Bunion


One of our main focuses as podiatrists is to stop the progression of the bunion.  This often starts with the right footwear and support.  Custom, podiatrist-made orthotics provide the foot much support alleviating stresses and pressures on the foot that may be contributing to the continued growth of a bunion.  


Wearing roomier more flexible shoes will also help to alleviate pain and the pressure that is placed on the bunion day in and day out.  Importantly, stop wearing shoes that are obviously causing your feet pain such high-heels.  In fact, tight restrictive shoes like heels are a major cause of bunions, which is why more women than men get bunions in the first place.  


Sometimes, a bunion is hereditary and other times an bunion is due to an inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritics, which if the case, we will figure out at your first visit and discuss treatment options.  The symptoms of a bunion normally include pain and tenderness, inflammation and redness, hardened skin on the bottom of the foot, a corn or callus on the bunion bump, inflexibility of the big toe and stiffness.  


Most of the time bunion relief can come from non-surgical treatment.  These treatments include changes in a person’s footwear, padding, orthotics, icing, and medication and provide much relief.  Such treatment will often stop the progression of the bunion.  If the bunion is too large and causing significant unending pain, a minor bunion surgery may be recommended.We take your health seriously and know if we work together, we will find a solution to pain relief.   


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation.


By John Erotas 


The Comfortability Of Custom, Podiatrist-Made Orthotics


The shape of everyone’s foot is different.  Some people have high-arches while other people have flat feet or normal arches.  Both high-arches and flat feet are actually common foot deformities but they can cause intense daily foot pain and lead to foot conditions like plantar fasciitis and heel pain. 


Further, different types of shoes are made for different types of feet but most people don’t know this.  A person with flat feet can easily walk into a shoe store and pick out a pair of shoes that they like that is actually made for people with a neutral foot or high-arches.  Then, this shoe will actually cause harm to the flat footed person making the onset of foot pain happen more easily and faster.  


In addition, inserts from store-bought shoes are usually made with cheap materials and only shaped from the “generic” average foot.  These types of “generic” orthotics can actively cause harm to a person with flat feet or high-arches.  They don’t provide the support where these foot types need it the most and the additional pressures and stresses placed on the feet cause daily foot pain.  Custom orthotics relieve foot pain and protect people from painful foot conditions. 


When To See A Podiatrist

If you are having foot pain, it is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  We will make sure that this problem does not get out of hand and you can relieve this pain as quickly as possible.  We find that one of the quickest ways to relieve foot pain is with custom, podiatrist-made orthotics.  These orthotics are different then the one’s found in shoes and different than the one’s found in pharmacies.  They are made by us, professional podiatrists, that thoroughly examine your feet and walking pattern and take a mold of your exact foot to make the orthotics.  


Our orthotics are customized to  your feet and your feet alone and provide additional cushioning where your feet need it the most.  Most of our patients find relief within days and are amazed at how their foot pain has virtually disappeared.  Orthotics are usually an important part of the process for many foot conditions as well.  Almost everyone can benefit from custom orthotics versus the orthotics of store-bought shoes.  You can visit us at our Sun City podiatry office or Scottsdale podiatry office.  


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation. 


Why Plantar Fasciitis Occurs And How To Treat It


Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions.  There are around 3 million cases in the US each year.  Plantar fasciitis occurs when their is a tightness and inflammation of the plantar fascia band, which is a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone with your toe box.  


If you are reading this, you probably either already know you have plantar fasciitis or have foot pain and are trying to figure out what is wrong.  One common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain.  You can feel the arch of your foot and if you fee a thickened string like band, you like have at least a minor case of plantar fasciitis. 


Plantar fasciitis usually occurs after a sudden increase in activity but the stage was already set for this injury to happen.  Tight muscles, unsupportive shoes, and inadequate inserts are just a few things that can contribute to the onset of plantar fasciitis.  Tight muscles, particularly tight calf muscles and a tight achilles tendon, can place extra stress on the plantar fascia band causing it to tighten.  Once this band tightens, any sudden increase of activity has the potential to damage the plantar fascia band and begin causing pain and disability.  


Many people with plantar fasciitis have either flat feet or high-arched feet.  Often times, these foot types lead to plantar fasciitis because these foot types need extra support while walking or running.  Different shoes are made for different foot types but most people do not know this.  People can walk into a shoe store and buy a pair of shoes that actually harm their feet. 


If you have flat feet and are wearing shoes for people with a neutral foot or a high-arched foot, then your shoes can actively be harming your feet and lead to plantar fasciitis.  The same would occur if you have high-arched feet but are wearing shoes that are made for a flat-footed person.  Also, the inserts in store bought shoes are often cheap and made for the generic foot.  These inserts can also harm your feet leading to plantar fasciitis. 


Podiatry Treatment


One of the most important tools in podiatry is custom orthotics to provide comfort to people with different foot types.  My patients are often amazed at the difference in comfort they feel after just a few days in orthotics. 

There are many causes of plantar fasciitis and many treatments that will work.  Come in for an office visit at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  Our experienced podiatrists will help you heal this painful foot condition and heal quickly.  


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation. 


By John Erotas


Heal Your Sprain


Ankle sprains are not serious injuries but by not being careful, it is extremely easy to sprain your ankle multiple times after the original injury.  Preventing chronic ankle sprains is simple.  Once your ankle has fully healed, apply some strengthening exercises to rebuild the tendons, ligaments, and muscles surrounding the ankle. 


After a sprain, the ankle is weak.  Any little misstep can cause another ankle injury.  It can cause the ankle to re-roll or re-twist and a person will then have to undergo another six weeks of healing.  This means that after spending weeks being careful, you will have to spend another month and half healing again. 


Immediately after your sprain, get off your ankle, lie down, elevate your foot, and ice your ankle.  Ice the ankle 3 times per day for 15 minutes each time and do this for the first week after your injury.  This will greatly reduce the amount of inflammation and pain you will experience.  Next, if you cannot walk without crutches or have tremendous pain while standing, definitely use crutches for the first few days.  

The goal after an ankle sprain is to prevent any further damage to the ankle.  A black and blue around the ankle is normal.  The next step is to come in for a visit at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  We will provide an x-ray to determine that you do have a sprain and not anything more severe such as a fracture.  Ankle sprains usually take around six weeks to heal.  


Prevent Long-Term Injury


The reason to see one of our podiatrists is to prevent any long term ankle symptoms.  We provide the treatment and advice to avoid chronic ankle sprains and future disability.  One of the best tools to prevent future ankle injuries is to wear an ankle brace while your ankle is healing.  An ankle brace restricts the movement of the ankle joint making it virtually impossible to sustain further ankle damage 


An ankle sprain can range for mild to severe.  With a sever ankle sprain, you may feel wobbly and unable to walk.  In this type of sprain, you will definitely want to wear crutches and come in for an office visit.  You can choose to come in to either our Sun City podiatry office or Scottsdale podiatry office.  We will do everything in our power to make sure you heal quickly. 


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


By Michael Stegman


Relieve Hammertoe Pain and Curl


Hammertoes usually aren’t serious but can cause major pain if left untreated.  There are nearly 200,000 cases each year in the US making this foot condition fairly common.  Hammertoes are actually foot deformities, which are caused by an imbalance in various ligaments, tendons, or muscles and which fail to keep the toe straight.  


As you probably notice, a hammertoe as an abnormal bend in the middle joint of the toe.  The middle joint is then pushed upwards and often rubs up against the top of a person’s shoes causing discomfort.  The goal of hammertoe treatment is often to remove and relieve the pain and pressure of a hammertoe.  In severe cases, surgery may be the best way to get relief.  


Again, the causes of a hammertoe are the imbalance of the toe muscles but trauma and certain shoes can contribute to the development of hammertoes.  Shoes like high heels that are restrictive and tight like high heels provide the pressure and stress to create hammertoes.  


Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas have treated hammertoes for over two decades in Phoenix, AZ.  Changing your footwear is one of the best ways to ensure that the hammertoes stop curling.  By applying comfortable roomy shoes and custom-made orthotics, your toes are protected during everyday traveling.  


Change Your Footwear


Custom made orthotics specifically fit your feet only and are designed to match your walking pattern.  Many of the inserts that come in store-bought shoes are made of cheap materials and actually cause harm to the feet while a person walks.  Also, certain stretching and strengthening exercises can help decrease the stiffness of a hammertoe and relieve some of it’s curl.  


If you are experiencing any pain, it is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  Hammertoes can develop corns and calluses and these will be treated during your office visit.  Pads that cover your corns and hammertoes may also help to relieve some of the pressure placed on the toe.  


Hammertoes can either be rigid or flexible.  The hammertoe that is still flexible is in the developmental stage and can be treated much more easily.  If you begin to notice hammertoes, it may be beneficial to seek out treatment for this reason before rigid hammertoes cause permanent joint misalignment and immobility.  


Everyday, we see patients with hammertoes and help people find relief.  Come into our Sun City podiatry office or our Scottsdale podiatry office for an office visit. 


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation.