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Relieve Foot Pain With Custom Orthotics


Orthotics are one of the most powerful tools that podiatrists use to heal foot pain.  At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, our patients are amazed at how our orthotics take away much if not all of their daily foot pain. 

The reason orthotics work so well is because they are made specifically to match up with your foot type and walking pattern.  In store-bought shoes, the inserts that come with these shoes are often made with cheap materials and have a generic shape made for the “average” foot.  Any person with flat fleet or high-arched feet is actually harmed by these generic in soles because they don’t relieve any walking pressure where it is needed most.  


Sometimes, our patients are even wearing sneakers that made for different foot types and when we discover this, we suggest to our patients what shoes are good for their foot type.  This creates a tremendous difference in the comfort that they feel on a daily basis.  Often, the right shoes with custom made orthotics is enough to relieve the entirety of foot pain that our patients experience.  


Types Of Orthotics


There are two categories that we use to make our orthotics.  One is functional orthotics while the other is accommodative orthotics.  The functional orthotics that we make are designed to control and support abnormal motion.  This means that if a patients walk abnormally, these orthotics will help to relieve pain caused by that abnormal walk.  Functional orthotics are also used to treat a variety of foot injuries such as tendinitis or shin splints.  


Accommodative orthotics are orthotics, where the main focus is to create more comfort.  They provide cushioning and support and are used to treat ulcers, calluses, and other uncomfortable foot conditions.  Some form of accommodative orthotics are made for people with flat feet and high-arched feet to provide them additional cushioning, where the most pressure is applied to their feet while walking.  


Sometimes, orthotics are covered by insurance but if not, they often prove to be a worthy investment as they maintain their function for a minimum of a year helping patients maintain comfortable, pain-free feet during this period.  Our orthotics are made from top-notch materials and it is easy to notice the difference between orthotics bought in a store like CVS and podiatrist-made orthotics. 


It is time to see a foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists if you are experiencing any foot pain while either sitting or walking.  Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule a consultation to receive your pair of custom orthotics. 


Why Your Feet Probably Hurt


A person with flat feet is prone to foot pain often because inadequate footwear harms their feet rather than protects them.  Most people don’t know that different shoes are made for different types of feet.  Some shoes in the shoe store are designed to help people with flat feet while other are designed to help people with high-arched feet or “normal” arches.  


This means that buying shoes based on their look can lead to some serious foot pain because people often buy shoes that don’t match their foot type.  This is the first problem that causes foot pain.  People with flat feet are wearing inadequate shoes that contribute to foot pain and foot conditions like plantar fasciitis.  


At the same time, the in soles in store-bought shoes are often low-quality, made of cheap material, and made for the average sole, as in people with normal arches.  This does not help people with flat feet one bit and another main reason for the onset of foot pain.  Our patients that stand up all day at work or are constantly agile end up with foot pain because of incorrect footwear. 


How To Protect Your Feet And Alleviate Foot Pain


With one visit to the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, your foot pain can disappear forever.  A podiatrist at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry locations will provide you the advice on the type of shoes that you need to help your feet heal and keep your feet comfortable throughout the day.  Based on your lifestyle, walking pattern, and foot shape, we will also recommend certain brands to buy that are the best for people with flat feet. 


Next, a foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists will create a custom pair of orthotics for your.  These orthotics specifically match your walking pattern and foot shape and provide the maximum amount of support while walking.  Most of my patients are amazed at how much better they feel everyday because of podiatrist-made orthotics.  These orthotics are not the same as the in soles one may buy at CVS since they are customized to your feet.  


At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas are dedicated to helping you recover from foot pain.  There is a cause, a reason why you are having foot pain and let me assure you, this foot pain is not normal.  If you are having foot pain, it is time to see one of our podiatrists and we will discover and treat the causing, where once again you will be free of foot pain!


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


Winning At Diabetic Foot Care


Yes, it’s true that the risks are great and many diabetics have to amputate toes and even parts of their foot.  This doesn’t have to be you.  Diabetic foot care is all about preventing the possibility of an amputation and keeping your feet healthy everyday.  It is surprisingly simple to keep your feet healthy if you follow a few basic guidelines. 


Firstly, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  Having regular check-ups at least once every two months is critical to the health of your feet.  This is because if there is a problem, one of our podiatrists will spot it and treat it before this problems gets out of control.  


A podiatrist will treat your foot problem before it becomes an infection since infections are the main causes of needing an amputation.  We will also advise you on the right steps to take to protect your feet based on your lifestyle such as what shoes will best protect your feet and how to minimize the chances of sustaining a foot injury.


Homecare After Your Office Visits


Making sure you see a podiatrist regularly, the next step is to care for your feet at home and with a few daily routines, your chances of keeping your feet healthy exponentially increase.  As a rule, inspect your own feet everyday.  Look at the top and bottoms of your foot and try to spot any sores.  


Some diabetics some from diabetic neuropathy.  This is when there is a numbness and tingling felt in the foot and can block the experience of pain.  If there is a cut that you can’t notice because of diabetic neuropathy, it can go untreated, end up with an infection, and an amputation may then be necessary.  So check your feet for cuts and sores or anything out of the ordinary. 


If you do find a problem or a potential danger on your foot, then make an appointment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists immediately.  Importantly, do not try to treat this problem yourself as you can potentially make it worse leading to an infection.  The whole goal is to prevent an infection and this is done through professional treatment by a podiatrist. 


It is also good to wash your feet everyday with warm water to wash away any bacteria.  This will prevent bacteria from getting into any cuts or sores you might have preventing the bacteria from infecting your feet.  Make sure to wear shoes around the house instead of going barefoot. This will help protect you from a foot injury.


As a diabetic, there are only a few simple rules to follow in order to protect your feet and if you follow them, you have a great chance at avoiding an amputation. The first step is to schedule an appointment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists with Dr. John Erotas or Dr. Michael Stegman.  

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

The Goal Of Diabetic Foot Care


The goal at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists is to lower the risk that our patients lose a toe, a foot, or a leg.  At our office, we help patients take care of their feet and teach them how to protect their feet for a lifetime.  


The first step is to see a podiatrist regularly either at our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office.  Foot care is extremely important because with diabetes, overtime, you can use your feet.    First, you may lose feeling your feet.  You won’t feel a pebble inside your shoe or a blister or even cuts and sores and this can lead to an infection when not treated properly.  


People with diabetes often suffer from pain or loss of feeling in their feet, changes in the shape of their feet and toes, and sores, cuts, or ulcers that do not heal.  If you take care of your feet everyday, you lower the chances of needing an amputation. 


Tips To Protect Your Feet


There are a few things you can do to help prevent an amputation.  The first is to check your feet everyday.  Look for cuts, sores, or red spots.  Importantly, if you notice a problem, do not try to treat it yourself as this can make it worse.  Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  


Next, wash your feet everyday in warm, not hot, water.  This will clean your feet making sure bacteria can’t cause an infection.  Also, it is important to see one of our podiatrists at least every other month for a check up.  Here, we will examine your feet checking for any foot problems and if there is an issue, we can take care of it right away instead of it getting worse over time.  


Importantly, our podiatrists will smooth any corns and calluses protecting you from the potential of cuts and sores.  If you can see, reach, and feel your feet, trim your toenails regularly. Have one of our podiatrist trim your toenails if you cannot see, feel, or reach your feet or if your toenails are thick, yellowed, and your nails curve and grow into the skin.


I recommend wearing shoes and socks at all times.  You need to make sure the shoes and socks you wear are best for your lifestyle and foot shape.  We will help you with that. 


It can seem tricky caring for your feet as a diabetic but we will help make it easy for you to understand and apply. 


Schedule Your Appointment


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule an appointment today!


By John Erotas


Decrease Bunion Pain and Inflammation With Podiatry Treatment


A bunion grows due to long-term stresses placed on the big toe joint.  The big toes pushes against the other toes forcing the joint to become larger and jut outwards.  The cause of a bunion is usually wearing tight, narrow shoes that squeeze the toes causing trauma and inflammation to the big toe joint.  Bunions can also develop due to a medical condition such as arthritis or an inherited structural defect.  


It is time to see a foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists when you are having persistent foot pain, pain of the big toe, a visible bump on the big toe joint, inflexibility of the big toe, or difficulty finding shoes that properly fit because of the bunion. 


Bunions can be quite painful.  This bulging bump forms outside the base of your big toe and often involves swelling, soreness, and redness.  Corns or calluses can develop when the toes begin to overlap each other and you can also experience restricted movement of your big toe. 

One of the biggest causes of pain from a bunion is when the bunion constantly rubs up against the side of your shoes causing redness, inflammation, and open sores.  If you begin to show a cut, the constant rubbing makes the cut deeper and can even lead to an infection.  


If you are a diabetic, it is essential to see a podiatrist at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry location because we need to prevent an infection at all costs.  Infections are what leads to an amputation, which is why if you are a diabetic and notice any foot pain, it is essential that you come in for a scheduled appointment.  


Footwear For Bunions


At first, we apply conservative treatment such as changing your shoes.  Switching to roomier, more comfortable shoes can leave your bunion and toes plenty of space decreasing toe pressure and irritation of the bunion.  Padding, taping, and splinting can help to put your foot in a normal position and medications such as Tylenol can help to decrease inflammation of the bunion. 


We often recommend custom podiatrist-made orthotics that distribute pressure evenly when you move your feet.  These prescription orthotics offer incredible support that help relieve bunion pain. 


Lastly, if these conservative treatments do not alleviate bunion pain, we offer a surgical option to remove swollen tissue, straighten the big toe and re-align your foot.  This surgery often proves successful at relieving bunion discomfort. 


No matter the size of your bunion or the pain you are experiencing, there is a solution with podiatry treatment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  


Schedule Your Consultation

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


By John Erotas