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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.


How To Relieve Bunion Pain


A bunion is one of the most common foot condition that I treat in my office and I have patients again and again feel better after implementing a few treatment methods.  You know it is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists when you discover any bunion pain at all.  You may also want to make an appointment if you are not experiencing pain and just want to prevent any further enlargement of your bunion.  . 

A bunion is a bony outgrowth that forms on the side of the big toe.  The big toe joint suffers inflammation and the big toe is pushed inward agains the other toes.  This causes the bony bunion to form.  


A major problem with bunions is that the bunion then bumps and rubs up against the side of a person’s shoes.  Doing so can lead to many foot problems and pain such as inflammation, redness, and cuts.  Such cuts can become quite painful and even lead to an infection.  Seeing one of our podiatrists at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry locations ensures you will put on a treatment plan to stop the progression of the bunion.  


Podiatry Treatment Methods


One of the most important treatments for bunion care deals in footwear.  During your visit, we will discuss the type of shoes you need based on your foot type as well as prepare custom made orthotics for your feet that support your bunion while it begins to heal.  


There are more than three million cases of new bunions each year but it is treatable by a podiatrist.  To get immediate relief, you can try icing your and taking anti-inflammatory medication.  During your appointment, we will give you bunion pads to relieve the rubbing against your shoes.  


One of the main causes of bunions is improper footwear or narrow shoes that restrict the toe box.  The squeezing against the toes causes joint inflammation and trauma that lead to the formation of a bunion.  Changing your shoes to comfortable recommended footwear is one of the best ways to get immediate relief.  Normally, the shoes will need to be wider to provide the individual the comfort that he or she needs. 


Dr. John Erotas has helped patients for over two decades treat and relieve bunions and is confident that he can reduce the amount of pain you experience while also stopping your bunion from continuing to grow.  If you are having any foot pain whatsoever, it is time to get treatment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  


Schedule Your Consultation!

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


By John Erotas



Podiatry Care For Diabetics


As a diabetic, it is vital to receive the proper information on how to care for your feet everyday.  As a podiatrist, I help patients with diabetes maintain healthy feet and avoid serious complications such as infections and amputations.  With the right guidance and treatment, the possibility of avoiding complications greatly increases. 


The first step is to regularly see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  Regular check-ups is important because during your visit, one of our podiatrists will be able to detect any foot problems and treat it right away.  This reduces the risks of letting a cut or sore develop into an infection.  


Seeing a podiatrist regularly also means you will receive advice on how to protect your feet as a diabetic.  For example, one thing you want to do is avoid going barefoot.  This reduces the risks of bumping or cutting your feet. 


Check Your Feet


To protect your feet, inspect them everyday.  Some diabetics develop diabetic neuropathy, which causes their feet and toes to experience a numbing sensation.  If this occurs, you may not notice any cuts and not treating one can lead to an infection.  Inspecting your feet means that if there is something to be found, you will not only find it but see us to treat it.  It is important not to treat the problem yourself in order to avoid the problem from becoming worse and always go to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists to treat the foot problem.  


Also, another great piece of advice is to wash your feet everyday with warm water.  If you do have any cuts, washing your feet will wash away any bacteria that may cause an infection.  Maintaining healthy feet is very much a preventative measure where you want to systematically instill actions that ensure your feet are protected.  Washing your feet, wearing shoes, checking your feet, and seeing one of our podiatrist regularly for check-ups are all preventative measures to keep your feet healthy.  


Lastly, invest in proper footwear and socks.  This may require a little more attention to detail than you are used to.  We will also help you understand what types of shoes are good for you during your visit.  You’ll want depth in your toe box, coverage of both the top and bottom of your feet and no seams inside your shoe that can rub against your feet.  


We guarantee that if you come in regularly for check ups and listen to the advice we offer, you will likely be able to maintain the health of your feet and avoid foot complications.  


Schedule Your Consultation!


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


By John Erotas

How To Care For A Bunion



There are a few strategies that you can do right now to help you decrease bunion pain.  Conservative strategies often involve podiatry treatment that serves to decrease the inflammation of a bunion as well as stop the bunion from growing larger.  If the bunion is large enough, where it is causing constant pain, bunion surgery can help reduce or even eliminate a person’s bunion. 


The first thing you want to do is make sure to buy well-fitting footwear.  At our office, the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we will determine if your foot shape and what type of footwear you need to correct this bunion problem. 


Correct Your Footwear


Bunions can be caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes such as high heels or any type of shoe with a narrow toe box that squeezes the toe joint and causes inflammation.  Every person has a different foot shape.  We will recommend the best shoes for your foot shape as well as prepare custom molded orthotics that will provide your feet with the maximum amount of support.  


Use warm soaks, ice packs, and whirlpools to help reduce the inflammation of a bunion and depending on your condition, we may recommend that you wear a splint at night to ease discomfort.  

A large bunion often rubs up agains the side of a person’s shoes causing redness, irritation, swelling, cuts, and pain.  You can protect your bunion with a moleskin or gel-filled pad.  Also, taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can help to reduce some of the inflammation.  


The most important thing is to wear the correct shoes and orthotics and this is what we will teach you do to at our office.  If the bunion is too large, we will also explain to you the benefits of surgery.  


I, Dr. John Erotas, have helped patients relieve bunion pain for over twenty years and am confident that we can help you too at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office.  We guarantee patient satisfaction and our patients are always treated with the utmost care.  We look forward to seeing you and knowing that we helped fix this once annoying foot condition. 


Schedule Your Consultation!

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


By John Erotas

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End Plantar Fasciitis Pain



Plantar Fasciitis is not only extremely irritating but also can continue for long periods of time if you do not receive the right treatments.  In many cases, plantar fasciitis results from either an increased intensity of activity or improper footwear.  


Everyone has a different foot shape.  Unfortunately, the in soles in a person’s shoes are made for the generic “average” foot and this can actively harm feet that are not this average shape.  Plantar Fasciitis is particularly common for people with high-arches and flat feet.  


The feet just do not get the right support and are increasingly harmed by incorrect footwear.  Even shoes are made for specific foot type and if you are wearing shoes that do not support your feet, it is likely contributing to your plantar fasciitis condition. 

The way to counteract this problem is to first get you in the correct footwear.  Once you come in for your appointment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we will figure out if the shoes you are wearing is supporting or harming your feet.    


Custom Made Orthotics 


I, as an experienced podiatrist, will custom make a part of orthotics for your feet.  Custom orthotics provide the maximum amount of support for the arches of your feet and prevent a wide range of foot conditions as well as helps to heal foot conditions like plantar fasciitis.  


Once you have the correct footwear, there are just a few simple steps you can take to fix this problem.  Firstly, much of plantar fasciitis has to do with tight calf muscles.  Using a night splint for just twenty minutes a night will have vast benefits towards loosening up the calf muscles and healing the plantar fasciitis condition as a whole. 


When the calfs are not tight, the plantar fascia band has less stress placed on it and can revert back to it’s normal position.  You may also want to stretch the plantar fascia band itself as well as strengthen this band through an exercise.  If plantar fasciitis has been occurring for some time, the plantar fascia band might be weak and need to be strengthened.  


A soft tissue massage will also help to loosen the plantar fascia band and relieve any scar tissue build up.  With the correct footwear and stretching, plantar fasciitis normally disappears after anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. 


Schedule Your Consultation Today!


At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have helped patients heal their plantar fasciitis conditions for over thirty years and patients come back to us with any foot problems they have because they trust that we can solve their foot problem.  You can book an appointment at either our Scottsdale podiatry or Sun City podiatry office.


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


By Michael Stegman