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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 


Solving This Problem Quickly


If foot pain is a common daily occurrence, it is time to see one of our podiatrists at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  Pain in the heel that increases when you wake up or after a period of sitting is likely plantar fasciitis.  Several factors that converge all at once are often the cause of plantar fasciitis and these factors normally include improper shoes, harmful shoe inserts, tight muscles, and a sudden increase in activity.  


With podiatrist treatment, plantar fasciitis usually subsides within a few days to a few weeks but without finding the correct treatment to plantar fasciitis, it will continue to worsen and scar tissue will build making it much harder to treat.  Scar tissue hardens and forms around the damaged ligament tissue of the plantar fascia band preventing the healing of the plantar fasciitis. 

This is why we recommend seeing Dr. Michael Stegman or myself, Dr. John Erotas, right when you begin to notice foot pain.  The quicker the treatment is applied, the less likely your plantar fasciitis and foot condition will develop into a longer term condition. 


Fast-Acting Treatments

There are several immediate treatments to apply to plantar fasciitis.  Firstly, at our office, we will examine the shape of your feet, your shoes, and your shoe inserts.  Many times people that develop plantar fasciitis have flat feet or high-arched feet.  Different types of shoes are made for different types of feet but most people do not know this fact.  

As a result, people with flat feet end up buying and wearing shoes that are made more for people with high-arched feet and vice versa and this ends up harming the plantar fascia band and causing tight muscles.  The inserts of store-bought shoes are also of a “generic” shape and usually made from cheap materials.  They do not provide the cushioning where it is most needed and the constant pressures placed on the foot while walking causing the plantar fascia band to tighten, weaken, and damage. 

The first thing to do is to make sure you have the right shoes and the right orthotics.  One of the main treatments of plantar fasciitis is to create a pair of custom, podiatrist-made orthotics for your patients so that not only is their feet protected now but also when the plantar fasciitis does subside, there feet will continue to be protected while exercising and walking in the future.  


Stretching and strengthening exercises go a long way toward healing the plantar fascia band as well.  Stretching will loosen up the band while strengthening will rebuild weak tissue allowing plantar fasciitis to heal. 


Treatment of this foot condition is simple and when applied properly under the supervision of a podiatrist can disappear in weeks or even days.  

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


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. 


Importance Of Catching A Stress Fracture Early


A stress fracture in the foot or ankle is dangerous because not only does it cause pain but without podiatry treatment, it can lead to a full blown fracture and months of recovery.  A stress fracture occurs when there is a small crack in a bone or there is severe bruising within one of the bones of the foot.  


They occur in people that change their activities suddenly such as trying a new exercise or increasing the intensity of a workout.  Stress fractures are often an overuse injury and happen when engaging in consistent, repetitive activities.  They are most common in athletes or runners.  


If your are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have a stress fracture and should immediately book an appointment with a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  Symptoms include, pain that stops when you rest, pain that occurs and then intensifies in your foot even during normal daily activities, swelling on the top of the foot or on the outside of the ankle, and tenderness when you touch the area of the foot that is bothering you.  


With any of these symptoms, it is time to see one of our podiatrists because the first thing that we will do is give you an x-ray to determine the extent of the injury and then, set you up with a treatment plan to heal this injury.   Our Sun City podiatry and Scottsdale podiatry locations both offer excellent treatment to help our patients quickly recover from this type of injury and importantly, prevent a full blow fracture.  


Protect Your Feet When You Experience Pain


At home, the first thing you will want to do is stop the activities that are causing you pain and apply ice immediately after the injury to bring down any swelling.  Next, modify your activities for the next 6 to 8 weights to allow the stress fracture to heal. 


At our office, we will provide you with protective footwear to reduce the stresses that are placed on the stress fracture.  This may include a stiff-soled shoe, orthotics, or even a short-leg fracture brace.  Sometimes, it is necessary to cast a stress fracture. 


The most important thing is to act when you are having confusing foot pain.  Seeing a podiatrist at our office will help us not only figure out what is wrong but apply the best possible treatment method to heal the stress fracture. 


It is our responsibility and expertise as foot doctors to help you heal a foot injury and for over two decades, we have helped our patients safely repair stress fractures without allowing a full blow fracture to occur. 


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


By Michael Stegman


Relieve Hammertoe Tightness and Pain


Hammertoes are treatable by a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  They are usually caused by wearing tight restrictive shoes such as high heels or dress shoes and often affect the toe next to the big toe.  They can also be caused by a trauma to the toe or an abnormal imbalance of the toe muscles.  


The affected toe may become painful and hard to move developing corns and calluses.  It is essential to begin treating a hammertoe immediately after your begin experiencing any pain.  


Usually resolving a hammertoe includes changing your footwear and wearing prescription orthotics.  A podiatrist at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office will advise you on the best and most supportive shoes to wear for your foot type.  Often, a roomier shoe is recommended to relieve pressure on the curling of the toes.    


One of our podiatrist will also custom make a pair of prescription orthotics that match your walking pattern and foot shape.  Prescription orthotics provide incredible support and serve to relieve much of the pressure placed on a hammertoe.  


Podiatry Treatment


If you have persistent foot pain, it is definitely time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  The reason to seek out treatment early on is that with time, the toe increasingly becomes less flexible.  The tendon of the toe is too tight causing the toes to remain in the curling shape and if this leads to consistent and painful corns and calluses, a minor surgery may be recommended.   


Additionally, strengthening and stretching home exercises can help to increase the flexibility of your toes and is a good starting place to help relieve the tension of hammertoes.   


If you are looking to find shoes that decrease hammertoes pain, I can offer you a few suggestions.  Firstly, buy shoes at the end of the day.  Your feet swell during the day and buying shoes when your feet are swollen ensure that you will always have enough room for the hammertoes.  


Avoid shoes with pointed toes and avoid shoes with high heels, which will also help you decrease the chances of back pain.  Laced or strapped shoes are both adjustable and roomier.  


We guarantee that we can help you solve this problem.  With over twenty years of experience, our podiatrist are confident that they can not only decrease any pain you are experiencing from hammertoes but find a solution that keeps your comfortable day in and day out.  


Schedule Your Consultation Today!

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


By John Erotas