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Diabetic Foot Treatment


Diabetes is a disease that is dangerous for the feet.  Luckily, preventative medicine can help you avoid many of the pitfalls as a diabetic.  This is where practicing tips and strategies to avoid  the disasters that can spring forth from the diabetic condition, such as amputation, is necessary.  


The first thing you want to do is of course change your diet.  This means only healthy food!  Even as a podiatrist, I want you to cure the cause of all your foot risks, which is, in this case, diabetes.  


Now, to protect your feet, there are a handful of things that you can do which work and I see them work over and over again for my patients. 


Strategies To Keep Your Feet Healthy


Firstly, keep your feet comfortable.  By wearing comfortable shoes that are great for walking and custom orthotics, the foot is in a much healthier environment.  Walking will cause less pain and the chances of injuring yourself significantly decrease. 


Next, check your own feet everyday.  By looking at your feet thoroughly each day, you will be able to find any problems while they are at the beginning stages.  Then you can see us immediately for any necessary treatment.  


Next, wash your feet everyday.  This will clean the bacteria off of your feet and if you do happen to have a cut, it can prevent infection.  


Also, make sure to see a podiatrist regularly about once every two months.  At American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we’ll detect any problems, immediately treating them before they turn into a worse condition.  Infection is the main cause of amputation.  By seeing a podiatrist, you are greatly reducing the chances that you get an infection.  


Next, if you do spot a problem, make an appointment with us, even for the littlest thing.  Trying to treat an injury by yourself could both make it worse and not heal the problem, making you have this injury for weeks when it could have been treated right away.  As soon as you see something, call 480-483-9000 and schedule a consultation!


Schedule A Consultation Now!


Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas have helped patients in Phoenix for over 25 years.  As a diabetic, a foot care plan is the difference between health and disability.  Call 480-483-9000 now and schedule your consultation!


By John Erotas



March Madness is well underway and interestingly, there are no perfect brackets left in the NCAA bracket tournament.  Also, most of the favorite teams are still in such as Kentucky, Kansas, and Duke.  


One common area that basketball players have trouble with are their feet, in fact, last year’s NBA MVP Kevin Durant may be out this season from his foot pain and the Oklahoma Thunder have little chance of winning the NBA Championships without him.  


Advice On Heel Pain


Foot pain is disabling, especially heel pain.  Plantar Fasciitis is one of the main causes of heel pain and deals with an inflamed plantar fascia band.  It is very popular among athletes, especially runners.  If you have plantar fasciitis, or are experiencing heel pain, it is time to visit us at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists and seek out treatment. 


The best thing you can do right now is ice and rest your feet.  Ice reduces the inflammation of the swollen plantar fascia band.  Anti-inflammatory medication also help to decrease swelling and ease heel pain.  


Another thing you should do is wear very comfortable footwear.  The goal is to give your heel as much support and comfort as possible while it is healing. 


Orthotics Will Change Your Life!

One sure method of treatment is prescription orthotics.  They provide the maximum amount of support while walking and will prevent plantar fasciitis from returning.  This we customize at our Sun City and Scottsdale locations.  You can also use heel cups to relieve the discomfort of walking.  Many of our patients are amazed and surprised at the difference of pain they feel after trying our orthotics.     


Another popular treatment we use at our office is a cortisone injection, which will reduce the amount of pain you are experiencing.  Multiple shots though are not recommended because it can weaken the plantar fascia band.  


Our Podiatrists


Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman are experts in relieving plantar fasciitis pain and have worked as practicing podiatrists for over 30 years.  Plantar fasciitis can be treated but the sooner treatment is given, the easier it will be to alleviate your foot pain.  Call 480-493-9000 and schedule your consultation now!  Same and next day appointments are often available.  


After heel pain disappears, it is important to change your lifestyle a little to make sure it does not return.  For example, never wear worn out athletic shoes while exercising and you may want to throw in more low impact exercises into your exercise routine such as swimming or cycling.  


Also, simple home exercises that stretch your calf muscles and arches prevent the muscle tightness that can lead to plantar fasciitis. 


Book Your Consultation!


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists can help ease the heel pain you're experiencing and eliminate it's cause.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation now!


By Michael Stegman





Warts are extremely common, in fact, most people throughout their lives will have at least one wart.  Having a wart, especially one that has not disappeared after several weeks, the first thing that you want to do is see a podiatrist.  


Beginning treatment for a wart decreases it's level of contagiousness.  As warts are extremely contagious, they can easily spread to other parts of the body, form multiple warts around the wart that you currently have, and even jump and create a new wart on someone that you are close to.  


When Should I Visit A Podiatrist?


As soon as you notice the wart, visit your podiatrist.  Again, beginning treatment lessens the chances that the wart will spread.  Also, it will make sure the wart does not continue to grow and become more painful.  


It is much easier to treat one wart, than multiple warts, which may take many months to heal.  Seeing your doctor for treatment as soon as you notice the wart will go a long way towards quickly eliminating this wart.  


What Is A Plantar Wart?


A plantar wart is simply a foot wart located on the plantar, or bottom surface, of your foot.  This bottom surface has a very thick layer of skin giving the wart extra protection.  This is why often over the counter medications do not work on plantar warts and they tend to last for months, sometimes years, without the right treatment.  


A wart itself is the outgrowth of a virus.  If you look very closely at your wart, you will find tiny black dots inside the wart.  These tiny black dots are blood vessels, where the virus is actively feeding the wart.  This is another reason why it becomes difficult to treat a wart because you must not only treat the wart itself but also the virus that feeds it.  Killing the virus as well as the wart makes sure the virus doesn’t have enough strength to create another.  


Plantar Wart Treatment


Coming into the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, either Dr. John Erotas or Dr. Michael Stegman will begin your wart treatment.  There are two methods to remove the wart depending on it’s location and severity.  


One method is to use an acidic medication 10 times stronger than the medications that you will find in the store.  This helps get through the thick layer of skin on the foot and kill off the wart.  At the same time, you can take vitamin supplements and medication to treat the virus in order that it will not have the strength to regrow the wart.  Treating the virus may be key toward eliminating your wart. 


Another treatment is to remove the wart directly, whereby your podiatrist will cut out the wart in order to get rid of it.  Afterwards, a bandage will be applied and discomfort from the procedure depends on the size of the wart removed as well as how many of them there were.  


Book An Appointment Today!


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have locations in Sun City and Scottsdale, AZ.  Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman will help you to treat and eliminate your wart before it spreads any futher.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!  Same and next day appointments are often available.  


By John Erotas


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists manage diabetic neuropathy for patients in order to maintain proper foot health.  This condition, left untreated, is one of the main causes of amputations for diabetics and by seeing a podiatrist regularly, there is a greater chance one will prevent the causes that warrant an amputation.  

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is the damage to nerve tissue, which is caused by the toxic effect of high blood sugar and poor circulation.  Nerves send signals from the brain to the body and alternately, from the body to the brain.  When various nerves are damaged, there is a break in communication between the brain and the body. 

Symptoms include shooting and burning pain, tingling, and numbness.  These symptoms are dangerous because if one is experiencing neuropathy in their feet and have a cut, they may not even feel the cut because of the numbness from the neuropathy.  The cut can go days without being treated, become a large open wound, and become infected.  If the infection worsens to the point of eating away at the bone, an amputation will be necessary.

Here are 4 tips that will help you prevent amputation:

1.See a podiatrist once per month.  By scheduling a regular appointment with your podiatrist, they can find and treat a foot problem before it worsens to the point of surgery. 
2. Wear comfortable shoes and orthotics.  Providing the maximum amount of support for your feet will lessen foot pain and the chance of an injury.
3. Wash your feet every day.  Keeping your feet clean will prevent infection if you do have a hidden cut.  
4. Check your feet everyday for cuts and sores.  Inspect your feet once each day.  If you find an open sore or area of pain, then you can visit your podiatrist and receive further advice. 

Book An Appointment Today!

The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have locations in Sun City and Scottsdale, AZ.  Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman treat diabetic patients regularly ensuring that they maintain the health of their feet.   

It cannot be stressed how important a regular appointment with a podiatrist is if you suffer from diabetes.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your appointment today!  Same and next day appointments are often available.  

By Dr. John Erotas 



How Long Does A Sprained Ankle Take To Heal?


Most ankle sprains heal naturally in 4 to 6 weeks.  As soon as one experiences an ankle sprain and it’s subsequent pain, see your podiatrist immediately to diagnose the level of the sprain, provide treatment, and prevent further injury that will increase the length of the recovery period.  


What Does An Ankle Sprain Look and Feel Like?


Ankle sprains are extremely common, especially among athletes.  They normally include:


  1. Bruising around the ankle (black and blue).
  2. Swelling
  3. Mild to severe pain.
  4. Difficulty while walking.
  5. Instability of the ankle.  



  1. Rest is key to the ankle’s recovery.  It gives the ankle a chance to heal without adding extra traumas or stresses.   If you are experiencing pain while walking, try to stay off of your feet as much as possible.  Also, if necessary, use crutches until you can walk with an ankle brace and limited pain. 
  2. Ice- decreases swelling. 
  3. Compression of the ankle.  This includes either taping or wearing an ankle brace that will restrict the ankle’s moveability and therefore, the chances that it will incur any further damage. 
  4. Anti-inflammatory medications to help decrease pain and swelling. 
  5. Strengthening and stretching exercises to help rehabilitate the ankle.  This is very important to prevent further injuries to the ankle. 
  6. In rare cases, if the ligaments and tendons are torn beyond natural repair, surgery may be required, though in most cases, an ankle sprain will heal naturally.  


When To See A Doctor


As soon as you experience pain, one should immediately see their doctor or podiatrist.  The podiatrist will provide tests such as x-rays to determine the level of the injury, such as the level of the sprain and whether or not it is a fracture.  


Once diagnosed, a podiatrist will provide the treatment and guidance necessary to heal your ankle and prevent any long-term complications from the injury.  


American Foot and Ankle Specialists


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists are located in Scottsdale, AZ and our doctors, Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas, treat patients regularly with mild to severe ankle sprains.  We can help you decrease the pain and provide treatment so that not only does your ankle sprain heal but also you will not be prone to future chronic ankle sprains, which is popular with this injuy.  


Book Appointment Today


Same and next day appointments are often available.  Call 480-483-9000 or click here and schedule a consultation today at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists!  


By Michael Stegman