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By Michael Stegman
December 22, 2016
Category: Wart


Remove A Foot Wart


Warts can be quite irritating especially when painful.  They are also highly contagious and can multiply, spread to other body parts, or spread to another person.  For these reasons, we recommend beginning wart treatment as quickly as possible and visiting either our Sun City podiatry office or Scottsdale podiatry office, especially since oftentimes, over the counter medication fails to kills warts.


A wart on the foot is called a plantar wart and is one of several soft tissue conditions that can appear on the foot.  All warts are fed by a virus and can appear anywhere on the skin and at any age.  Almost everyone will at one point or another in their lifetime get a wart.  


The Life Of A Wart


The virus that causes warts usually invades the skin through a small cut and the plantar wart can be contracted by walking barefoot on a dirty surface where the virus is lurking.  When the wart is left untreated, it can grow to an inch or more in circumference and spread into clusters, which are called mosaic warts.  These warts are spread when touching, scratching, or coming in contact with skin shed from another wart.  Warts can also bleed creating another route in which the wart can spread.  

Sometimes, warts will disappear on their own but if it has been a few weeks, it is time to see one of our podiatrists for treatment.  Most warts are harmless but some are painful when pressed upon.  They can be especially painful when on the bottom of a person’s foot since the person will consistently step on their wart.  This occurs often when the wart is on the heel or ball of the foot and can be a source of sharp, burning pain.  


You can tell a wart is a wart often by spotting tiny black dots all over the wart.  These are blood vessels that the virus uses to feed the wart and keep the wart alive.  Home care or self-treatment is generally not recommended and over the counter medications contains chemicals that will destroy normal skin cells.  Self-treatment should be especially avoided for people with diabetes as the chance of an infection is too great to risk.  


It is wise to come into the American Foot and Ankle Specialists and have a consultation with one of our podiatrists who inform you and treat your wart.  There are various treatments that help warts disappear quickly and reliably.  Some common treatments include freezing, wart removal, and laser removal.  


We look forward to helping you get rid of your wart.  You don’t need to spend months worrying if this wart will spread.  


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


What Is A Bunion?


Bunions form when the toe moves out of places and it’s enlargement causes friction as the bunion rubs against a person's footwear.  This is the main reason people with bunions experience pain.  Bunions are usually formed when some constant pressure or stress is exerted on the big toe joint.  In many cases, it is tight and narrow footwear such as high-heels that squeeze the toes together causing trauma to the big toe and causing the bunion to form.  


As time continues, the big toe begins to angle toward the other toes sometimes overlapping the third toe and this growing enlargement causes even more irritation and friction against the person’s footwear.  The skin over the bunion will become red and tender and can even become a cut.  Such a cut only gets worse with constant friction against that person’s footwear and may ultimately lead to an infection.  

It is especially important for a diabetic to have podiatry treatment for a bunion because a toe infection is one of the leading reasons for an amputation.  Bunions are not hereditary but can occur because of a faulty foot structure, which is why bunions do run in families.  Various foot injuries and foot types like flat feet or high-arched feet can contribute to the formation of a bunion. 


How To Heal One


Bunions do not resolve by themselves because they are bone deformities and therefore, the goal of a bunion is first to relieve the pressure placed on the bunion and pain caused by the irritations.  The second goal is to stop the growth of a bunion.  There are commonly used methods for accomplishing each aim. 


Firstly, protective padding can stop the friction against a person’s shoes and alleviate the skin problems and inflammation.  At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we remove any corns or calluses on the foot.  Changing footwear designed to accommodate both the bunion and the shape of a person’s foot will help stop the growth of it’s bunion. 


Our foot doctors may recommend orthotic devices to stabilize the joint and help place the foot in the correct position when walking and standing.  Splints at nighttime can help the toes and joint realign.  This is usually recommended for adolescents with bunions.  


Finally, if conservative options do not relieve bunion pain or stop the progression of the bunion’s growth, we offer bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy to realign the toe and remove the bunion.  


With a Scottsdale podiatry office and Sun City podiatry office, we help many patients in the Phoenix area relieve bunion pain.  As experienced podiatrists, we know we can help you find the relief that you are looking for. 


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


Relieve Hammertoe Pain And Stiffness


Hammertoes are usually caused by wearing tight restrictive shoes such as high-heel or dress shoes.  Once you notice that hammertoes are causing you pain, it is time to stop wearing these restrictive shoes and visit one of our podiatrists at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  


Wearing roomier shoes that give your toes space can help relieve foot pain.  Custom orthotics are another way to ensure the comfort of your feet.  Prescription orthotics, made by a podiatrist, fit specifically to your foot’s shape and walking pattern.  They provide the maximum amount of support while you walk and protect your feet from many kinds of stressors.  


Either Dr. Michael Stegman or Dr. John Erotas will treat any corns or calluses that have developed on one or more of the hammertoes.  Hammertoe pads may protect the top of your hammertoe from rubbing up against your shoes.  


There are over 200,000 cases of hammertoes each year in the U.S. but this foot problem is easily treatable.  You just need to visit a podiatrist at our offices to get treatment and stop the progression of your hammertoe condition.  


Some hammertoes become stiff and difficult to move.  Stretching and strengthening exercises of the toe can help to increase flexibility.  A hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs to an imbalance of the tendons, muscles, or ligaments that normally keep the toe straight.  A person’s foot structure, a trauma, and the shoes you wear can all contribute to the development of these deformities.  Usually, it is the second, third, and fourth toes that develop a hammertoe.   


Podiatry Treatment


It is definitely time to see one of our podiatrists if you have persistent foot pain that affects your ability to walk.  In severe cases and if conservative treatments do not help, we might recommend a simple surgery in order to release the tendon that is preventing your toe from lying flat on the floor.  


Our podiatrists have helped patients with hammertoes for over two decades and are confident that we can not only stop any pain you are experiencing due to hammertoes but also stop the speed at which the toes are curling in order to prevent inflexibility and stiffness.  We have a process that we follow that has a high success rate to relieve the pain of a hammertoe and are confident it will help you. 


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


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.