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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. 


Treatment To Limit Corns, Calluses, And Pain


There are over 200,000 cases of hammertoes each year in the U.S. and at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists help people slow down the process of the toes curling and provide treatment and advice to limit and relieve pain.   Hammertoes are treatable but it is important to see a podiatrist at our office before the pain becomes unbearable and harder to treat.  


Hammertoes are often caused by years of wearing unsupportive shoes that restrict the toe box and put additional pressure on the toes while walking.  Such shoes include high heel are narrow dress shoes.  The most affected toe is usually the second toe next to the big toe.  The affected tow is often inflexible, hard to move, and can often develop painful corns or calluses.  At our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry location, we can treat corns and calluses helping to alleviate pain.


Right away, there are a few treatments that can help.  Firstly, purchasing shoes that have a roomier toe box will remove pressure on your toes.  Wearing prescription orthotics also help the feet receive the maximum amount of support while walking and often, decrease the foot pain that our patients experience.  With the correct treatment, the pain of hammertoes can be significantly decreased.  


If you have corns that hurt you, applying cushions or corn pads often help.  Severe hammertoes can be treated with surgery if all other conservative options fail.  After the surgery, there may be some swelling and stiffness but you will still be able to walk, just don’t plan an extra strenuous activities like hiking.  


What You Can Do At Home


Home exercise programs help loosen the stiffness of a hammertoe.  Some examples of exercises include stretching each toe manually, using your toes to pick up things, and placing a flat towel under your feet and then using your toes to crumple the towel.  


The reason to see one of our podiatrists immediately is that with time, the toe muscles become unable to straighten even with more comfortable, roomier shoes.  This makes hammertoes difficult to treat conservatively and it is easier for corns or calluses to consistently develop. 


If you have any pain at all or if you want to stop the progression of a hammertoe, it is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  We greatly look forward to helping you solve this irritating problem. 


Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation!


By John Erotas

How To Maintain Healthy Feet



As a diabetic, preventative foot care is essential to maintaining health feet.  An amputation is serious risk and as a podiatrist, I help my patients avoid this problem.  If you already have an amputation, I can help to keep your feet healthy without the need for even further amputations. 


There are a few strategies that can help you all but guarantee healthy feet as a diabetic.  The first thing is to make sure you are wearing proper shoes and supports.  In many cases, diabetic orthotics are free.  As a podiatrist, I recommend that all of our diabetic patients come to us so we can advise them about which shoes and orthotics to wear. 

The orthotics in store-bought shoes are generic and can actively harm a variety of common foot shapes including flat feet and high arched.  As a diabetic, the goal is to avoid any potential harm to the feet that can spiral out of control and lead to a serious foot infection. 


Next, it is essential to see us at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists at least once every two months for a check up.  Here, we will be able to spot any foot problems early and treat it so again it doesn't get out of control and lead to an infection.  


Podiatry Care


If you do see a foot problem, see us for treatment.  Treating a seemingly simple problem yourself does have the risk of making the foot issue worse, which is why we recommend a professional, or a podiatrist, to apply treatments for every level of care.  


Our Scottsdale podiatry and Sun City podiatry locations are both available and you can choose which treatment center based on where you live.  


Another important strategy to keep your feet healthy is to check them everyday for cuts and sores.  Sometimes, diabetic neuropathy, which leads to feet numbness, blocks the pain of foot injuries and a person doesn't spot the problem until it is too late.  By actively checking your feet everyday, you can spot a problem quickly and then come to us for treatment. 


It is beneficial to wash your feet everyday with warm water.  This way any cuts you do have will be cleaned reducing the chance of an infection.  Also, when you are walking around, make sure to wear socks and shoes.  Going barefoot increases the chances of an injury like stubbing your foot or stepping on something. 


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We guarantee we can help you keep your feet healthy.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By Michael Stegman


How To Heal An Ankle Sprain


An ankle sprain is easily fixed with the correct treatment.  As a podiatrist, I help patients everyday heal from an ankle sprain.  Normally, an ankle sprain takes 4 - 6 weeks to heal.  With the correct treatment and advice from a podiatrist, you will not only heal your sprain but also make sure you do not twist or roll it again. 

Re-current ankle sprains are actually very common.  To avoid this fate, there are a few things you should know.  Firstly, I will explain how to treat your sprain. 


If you have just sprained your ankle, lie down, elevate your foot, and ice your ankle.  Icing will reduce inflammation and pain and speed up the recovery process.  Make sure to ice your ankle three times a day for 15 minutes for the first week of your sprain.  Next, if you cannot walk without terrible pain, use crutches.  


Avoid Further Injury

The goal is to avoid further damage to the ankle as that will only increase the time it takes a person to recover.  The next thing to do is see one of our podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  You can choose from either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry location. 


Here, a podiatrist will x-ray your ankle to determine the severity of the sprain and make sure your ankle is not fractured.  We will also offer you a brace to restrict the ankle’s movements.  A brace is critical because with one, it is virtually impossible to re-injure your ankle in normal daily activity.  


Custom orthotics may be given to you to support your feet further and we will also instruct you on the right shoes to wear during your recovery. 

When you leave our podiatry office, the key is to rest, avoid activity that will injure your ankle, and wear your ankle brace.  After a few weeks of healing, the next thing to do is strengthen the ankle.  Currently, the ankle is extremely weak and cannot support the weight and balance of the body.  Any little misstep can cause another ankle sprain and many more weeks in recovery. 


Ankle strengthening exercises will make it so your ankle can support your body’s movements and be protected.  


Ankle sprains are simple to treat but re-injuries are common.  We will do everything in our power to make sure you heal from your sprain and do not re-injure your ankle.  We guarantee that by coming to us, you will get better. 


Schedule Your Consultation Today!

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


By Michael Stegman


Difficulties of Nail Fungus


Toenail fungus is one of the common problems that I treat at my podiatry offices.  They cause nails to become discolored, hardened, and even sharp.  For diabetics, this can be a severe problem that leads to cuts and infections of the feet. 


Toenail fungus can be embarrassing, especially when you take off your shoes or climb into bed.  Furthermore, this fungus is also extremely contagious.  It can live in your socks and shoes making it virtually impossible to get rid of.  It can also jump from person to person as it also can live in your bedsheets. 


Treatment Of Nail Fungus 

Toenail fungus is known as onychomycosis and tinea unguium and affestms almost everyone at some point in their lives. The best thing for you to do is a see one of our podiatrists and receive immediate toenail treatment.  Conservative treatments include prescription anti-fungal medication or laser treatments that kill fungus under the nail.  


The quickest method is laser treatments that often get rid of nail fungus after one to two treatments and in this way, make it difficult for fungus to persist and spread.  Sometimes, a surgical procedure is recommended but this only only reserved for extreme cases where the nail poses a serious threat to the patients and is causing tremendous pain.   


This type of fungus likes to live in warm and moist environments.  Walking barefoot in the gym bathroom or steam room is one way people repeatedly become infected by nail fungus.  Now, that it is summer, you want to be able to walk barefoot and with treatment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we make sure that we get rid of this fungus as quickly as possible.  Your loved one’s are at risk due to the contagious nature of toenail fungus, which is why it is essential to see a podiatrist as quickly as possible.  


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At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we guarantee success.  Patients have come to see us at our Sun City podiatry and Scottsdale podiatry offices for over twenty years because time and time again we solve their foot problems.  

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


By John Erotas