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Heal Your Sprain


Ankle sprains are not serious injuries but by not being careful, it is extremely easy to sprain your ankle multiple times after the original injury.  Preventing chronic ankle sprains is simple.  Once your ankle has fully healed, apply some strengthening exercises to rebuild the tendons, ligaments, and muscles surrounding the ankle. 


After a sprain, the ankle is weak.  Any little misstep can cause another ankle injury.  It can cause the ankle to re-roll or re-twist and a person will then have to undergo another six weeks of healing.  This means that after spending weeks being careful, you will have to spend another month and half healing again. 


Immediately after your sprain, get off your ankle, lie down, elevate your foot, and ice your ankle.  Ice the ankle 3 times per day for 15 minutes each time and do this for the first week after your injury.  This will greatly reduce the amount of inflammation and pain you will experience.  Next, if you cannot walk without crutches or have tremendous pain while standing, definitely use crutches for the first few days.  

The goal after an ankle sprain is to prevent any further damage to the ankle.  A black and blue around the ankle is normal.  The next step is to come in for a visit at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  We will provide an x-ray to determine that you do have a sprain and not anything more severe such as a fracture.  Ankle sprains usually take around six weeks to heal.  


Prevent Long-Term Injury


The reason to see one of our podiatrists is to prevent any long term ankle symptoms.  We provide the treatment and advice to avoid chronic ankle sprains and future disability.  One of the best tools to prevent future ankle injuries is to wear an ankle brace while your ankle is healing.  An ankle brace restricts the movement of the ankle joint making it virtually impossible to sustain further ankle damage 


An ankle sprain can range for mild to severe.  With a sever ankle sprain, you may feel wobbly and unable to walk.  In this type of sprain, you will definitely want to wear crutches and come in for an office visit.  You can choose to come in to either our Sun City podiatry office or Scottsdale podiatry office.  We will do everything in our power to make sure you heal quickly. 


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


By Michael Stegman

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.


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. 


Prevent Further Injury


Suffering an ankle sprain is often a shock because it usually isn’t a severe injury but just enough to keep you immobile.  Now, as a podiatrist, one of the main focuses I tell my patients to have is that there are two stages to healing an ankle sprain: the actual healing of the sprain and the rehabilitation of the sprain.  Both are equally important and in this post, I’ll explain why and how to go about quickly healing your sprain. 


Most sprains take around 6 weeks to heal.  The first step after a sprain is just to get off your ankle, elevate your foot and ice it.  Ice your ankle 3 times a day for fifteen minutes for the first week until inflammation has subsided.  The decrease in inflammation will help the ankle to heal faster.  


Also, if you can’t walk without pain, use crutches until you can.  The goal of sprain repair is to do whatever it takes not to further damage your ankle as this will only prolong the healing process.  Once you can walk on your ankle with little to no pain, use an ankle brace until your ankle is fully healed. 

An ankle brace is crucial to treating an ankle sprain because it restricts the movement of the ankle going making it virtually impossible to further damage the ligaments, tendons, and muscles around the ankle.  


Make sure to come in for an office visit at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists to see on of our podiatrists.  It is vital to take an x-ray of your ankle to ensure that you did not fracture your ankle but only sprain it.  This way we will know how to treat it and if you did fracture it, there will be a completely different path toward healing.  


Now, if you do have black and blues surrounding your ankle, don’t worry.  This is completely normal.  Again, it will take about 6 weeks to heal and once healed, you will have an equally important job to do in regards to healing the ankle. 


Re-Strengthen Ankle Weakness


Rehabilitation of the ankle prevents a re-sprain and chronic re-sprains that commit the patient to a long period of injury.  Because the ankle is extremely weak after a sprain, any simple, little mister can cause the ankle to roll or twist and you will have to undergo another six weeks of healing.  Physical Therapy will be helpful at this point.  


The first step is to determine the extent of your sprain by getting an x-ray.  Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors.


Causes Of Heel Pain


There are two common causes of heel pain.  One is plantar fasciitis and the other is a heel spur.  Each cause creates tremendous foot pain, especially at the heel and if you are experiencing heel pain, it is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, where we can fully examine your feet and put you on the path to recovery.  


Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia band suddenly restricts, tightens, become inflamed, and pain begins.  It normally starts after a sudden increase in activity and tight calf and foot muscles contribute to the constricting of the plantar fascia band.  People with flat feet or high-arched feet tend to develop plantar fasciitis at least once in their lifetime, especially if they are wearing shoes that don’t support their lifestyle. 

There are two ways that a person’s shoes can harm their feet causing foot pain and ultimately, lead to a plantar fasciitis foot condition.  Firstly, certain shoes are made for certain foot types.  It is entirely possible that if someone does not know this fact, they can pick a shoe at the store that supports an entirely different foot shape.  A person with flat feet can end up leaving the store with shoes that are for people with high-arched feet.  When a person wears the wrong shoes, it can easily lead to foot pain, tight muscles, and plantar fasciitis. 


The in soles of a shoe can also lead to foot pain and plantar fasciitis.  In soles are made into a generic shape with cheap material by many of the most popular shoe companies.  Such a generic shape doesn’t support foot types like those with flat feet or high-arched feet.  If you are wearing generic in soles, then this might be one of the causes of incessant foot pain.  The way to solve this problem though is quite easy.  


Treatment Of Heel Pain


Prescription orthotics made by a podiatrist at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry offices will provide your feet tremendous support and quickly relieve some of the foot pain that you are experiencing on a daily basis.  Stretching and strengthening exercises are also important to heal plantar fasciitis as well as soft-tissue massage to loosen the plantar fascia band and break up any possible scar tissue.  


Heel spurs are bony projections that protrude from the heel bone, which is the largest bone in the foot.  They results in a painful jabbing or aching sensation and you may experience pain when standing up, pro-longed periods of sitting, or when you first arise in the morning.  


Many treatments that work for plantar fasciitis such as orthotics, stretching, and exercise help decrease the pain of heel spurs but if a heel spur, continues to bother a person after conservative treatment, surgery is sometimes recommended.   


The first step to treatment is understanding why you are having this problem.  Call (480) 483-9000 and we will help you figure out and treat this problem so you do not have to suffer foot pain anymore. 


By Michael Stegman