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Achilles Tendinitis Treatments


Achilles Tendinitis, though extremely pain, is an injury that rapidly gets worse without treatment.  One of our podiatrists will figure out the cause and help you treat them pain.   Achilles Tendinitis usually begins as a mild ache behind the ankle and with continued use, the pain becomes worse. 


One of the risk of Achilles Tendinitis is that without treatment, the achilles tendon can rupture.  This rupture is not only excruciatingly painful but also requires surgery and a long and painful rehabilitation process.  Getting treatment from one of our podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists will help your prevent this tragic outcome. 


The Achilles Tendon is a thick band of connective tissues that connects the heel to the calf muscle.  With a sudden increase of activity or muscle tightness, the achilles tendon will begin to exhibit signs of inflammation and as a result, pain.  

The first thing to do is loosen the calf muscles and the achilles tendon to reduce tightness.  In some cases, this is enough to give the Achilles Tendon the environment that it needs to heal itself.  If the pain persists, it is time to schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists.  


Wear Protective Support


The first step is to determine if you are wearing the correct shoes.  Many people suffer foot problems just because they are wearing shoes and orthotics that do not support their foot type and even actively harm their foot type.  Custom orthotics ensures that your feet will receive the maximum amount of support while walking and we will make sure that you have shoes that support not hurt your feet.  


You may want purchase a night splint and wear this splint 15 minutes a day before bed.  This splint stretches the calf muscles before bed automatically and can tremendous improve upon the tightness that may be one of the main causes of your Achilles Tendinitis.  We may also recommend to you some exercise to strengthen the ankle and it’s surrounding muscles. 


Our main goal is to both heal your Achilles Tendinitis and prevent any further damage that may lead to a rupture.  With over thirty years of experiences, we have helped thousands of patients overcome severe foot problems and they continue to return to us when they even think they might have a foot issue because we show them that we deeply care. 


Schedule Your Consultation Today!


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have locations in Sun City and Scottsdale.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


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




Heel pain may suddenly appear making it extremely difficult to walk.  There are a few causes of heel pain that once diagnosed, are easily treated by a podiatrist. 

One of the most common forms and causes of heel pain is planter fasciitis.  The planter fascia band supports the arch and connects the heel bone to the base of the toes.  Through overuse, this band can become inflamed and extremely painful.  

Another cause of heel pain is a heel spur.  A heel spur can result from an extreme form of planter fasciitis where through consistent stress and abnormal walking patterns, a bony growth develops at the base of the heel bone.  The spur itself does not cause pain but inflammation around the area will.

Key Treatments

Prescription orthotics is a key treatment to relieve the pressures and stress that cause heel pain.  Orthotics are specifically fit to your feet and provide the maximum support while walking.  They can correct abnormal walking patterns that lead to heel pain and other future foot problems such as hammertoes, corns, and bunions.  Steroid injections are another way to relieve heel pain making it easier to walk while your heel recovers.  

One of the main ingredients to your recovery will be to rest the foot as much as possible.  The heel needs space to heal itself without sustaining extra traumas.  If you feel foot pain, try to get off of your feet as quickly as possible until the pain largely resides.  Ice will help decrease the inflammation as well as pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Tylenol etc.).

Other treatments include regular foot massages, flexibility exercises, and ultrasound therapy.  One of our Scottsdale foot doctors will also examine your posture and walking pattern to see how that may affect one's foot pain.  

If the planter fasciitis has lasted many months and the pain is continuous, it is possible one may need more than conservative treatments.  In this case, surgery may be one’s best option to eliminate heel pain though I am able to correct most of my patient’s heel pain without a surgical procedure.  

Schedule an Appointment Today 

The American Foot and Ankle Specialists, located in Scottsdale, AZ help patients eliminate the foot conditions that cause heel pain.  It is important to see a Scottsdale heel pain podiatrist as soon as you notice this heel pain in order that the foot condition does not rapidly become worse.  One of our Scottsdale podiatrists will be able to adequately diagnose the source of your heel pain and then advise a treatment pain to rid yourself of this pain.  

Dr. John Erotas helps patients everyday relieve the intensity of heel pain.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Erotas today!  Same and next day appointments are often available.  

By John Erotas


Achilles tendinitis is a common foot condition located at the back of the ankle whereby the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel is inflamed.  This tendon feels like a thick string at the back of your ankle and the inflammation, without treatment, can result is terrible pain.

For athlete’s and those very active on their feet, achilles tendinitis is more common because the tendon gets overworked, overwhelmed, and the result from this stress is swelling.  Achilles tendinitis may begin with mild pain and increase in severity if one does not apply treatment and rest.  

Symptoms Include:

  • Morning tenderness
  • Recurring localized pain at the tendon ranging from mild to severe
  • Mild or severe swelling
  • Stiffness in the back of the ankle

While achilles tendinitis may be common, it is also easily treatable by taking the right steps.  We want to simultaneously relieve the pressure and stress of the achilles tendinitis while taking actions to reduce the swelling and pain.   


  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide great walking support.  Stay away from uncomfortable dress shoes for now until the pain dissipates. 
  • Get a pair of prescription orthotics from a podiatrist.  The insoles that come with one’s shoes is a generic insole made for the masses.  By having an orthotic that is fit specifically for your feet alone, you are giving your feet an environment of maximum support.  Future foot problems can often be prevented by providing a comfortable environment for your feet when walking.  Prescription orthotics are great for relieving foot pain as well. 
  • Rest and ice help to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Your podiatrist may prescribe a bandage that restricts motion of the tendon in order to relieve stresses on this tendon. 
  • Your podiatrist may recommend non-steriodal anti-inflammatory medication.  
  • Stretching and exercise can strengthen weak muscle groups around the tendon that provide support and stretching such as a calf stretch will increase flexibility of the tendon and decrease the tightness of the tendon.  Please consult a doctor or physical therapist about proper stretching exercises you can do and if you feel sharp pain while stretching or exercising, immediately stop.   

Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas of the American Foot and Ankle Specialists are podiatrists in the Sun City and Scottsdale areas that help patients eliminate the foot pain and condition of Achilles Tendinitis.  This problem is treatable but will become worse if not treated immediately.  Please set up a consultation with either Dr. Stegman or Dr. Erotas today!

Call 480-483-9000 today and set up a consultation! Same and next day appointments are often available.  

By John Erotas



What is it?


If there is a painful ball of tissue forming underneath the ball of your feet, this is usually a neuroma.  It may feel like you are standing on a pebble in your shoe or on the fold of your sock.  This foot condition occurs as an inflamed nerve is irritated or “pinched” and a thickened callus forms around the nerve. 


There is most likely pain while walking and pressing on this ball as well as tingling and numbness.  This pinched nerve may arise from improper foot wear and repeated stresses to the area.  High-heels are often linked to the development of a neuroma and is one reason why the majority of people that have neuromas are women. 


A trauma can cause damage of the nerve resulting in the swelling.  Also, structural deformities such as high arch or flat feet can lead to instability around the toe joint resulting in a neuroma. 


When Should You Visit A Podiatrist 


As soon as you experience pain and discomfort, seek out a podiatrist.  Early treatment of this foot condition will prevent future severe pain.  




  1. Pain in the ball of the foot when weight is pressed on it. 
  2. Pain between the toes.
  3. Numbness and tingling in the ball of the foot.
  4. Swelling between the toes.


Home Treatment


Some things you can do at home include:


  1. Changing to comfortable shoes.  Relieving pressure and stress off of your neuroma will give it the space it needs to decrease in swelling and pain.
  2. Wear shoes with shock-absorbent soles.
  3. Avoid high heels.
  4. Rest and massage the area to alleviate neuroma pain.
  5. Ice to reduce swelling, dull pain, and improve one’s comfort level. 



Podiatry Treatment


A podiatrist can provide specialized treatment to decrease the pain and swelling of a neuroma.  For an undeveloped neuroma, comfortable shoes and prescription orthotics may be enough to help it heal on its own. 


A podiatrist may prescribe a special padding for the ball of the foot as well as medication such as anti-inflammatory drugs and/or a cortisone injection.  If the neuroma does go away after several months, surgery may be required.


Make An Appointment Today!


Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas have great chance of non-surgically treating your neuroma.  If you are experiencing pain, it is time to schedule a consultation. The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have locations in both Scottsdale and Sun City, AZ.  


Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!  Same and next day appointments are often available.


By John Erotas