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Recover From Achilles Tendinitis


Are you experiencing pain at the back of your ankle?  The Achilles Tendon attaches the heel bone to the calf muscle.  Many runners and middle-aged people get achilles tendinitis who only play sports on the weekends.  This is because a sudden increase in activity can trigger achilles tendinitis.  


Achilles tendinitis usually begins as a mild ache just above the heel after running or another sports activity.  Without treatment, episodes of more-severe pain may occur while sprinting or pro-longed running.  Patients with achilles tendinitis often experience tenderness or stiffness in the morning.  If you are experiencing persistent pain, it is time to see a foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.


The goal is not only to heal achilles tendinitis but also to prevent a rupture.  If you have severe pain and disability, you may have a rupture.  Our goal is to heal your achilles tendinitis before it ruptures as a rupture is a much more severe injury and often requires surgery.  


Achilles Tendinitis is caused by repetitive strain to the achilles tendon, which damages cell tissue.  This can occur due to a sudden increase in activity but also because tight muscles and improper footwear have created an environment where an Achilles Tendon injury is likely.  


Changing Footwear


The podiatrist that you see at our office will make sure you are wearing appropriate shoes for your lifestyle and foot type, which will likely help prevent future injury.  Many of our patients benefit from custom made orthotics that provide their feet maximum support while walking and exercising.  People with flat feet and high-arched feet particularly benefit from custom, podiatrist-made orthotics.  


Different stretching and strengthening exercises will promote the healing of the achilles tendon as well as orthotic devices and the right footwear for your feet.  Though conservative treatments normally work, if months have gone by or your tendon has a tear, you may need surgery.  


Achilles tendinitis usually disappears after a few weeks of stretching, strengthening, and proper footwear.  Just be careful and you will likely be healed within weeks.  Again, the greatest risk of Achilles Tendinitis is tear, which will require many months of rehabilitation and often surgery.  If you can avoid this fate, then achilles tendinitis is nothing to be worried about. 


Our foot doctors have decades of experience treating achilles tendinitis not only healing tissue damage but ensuring this injury is unlikely to return. 

Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your 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. 


Three Steps To End Plantar Fasciitis Pain


Developing plantar fasciitis is frightening because you may wonder in agony “will this pain ever stop?”.  The answer is “Yes!”.  There is some reason why your plantar fasciitis occurred in the first place and a foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists will discover this and treat the cause. 


Usually, there is a combined effect between multiple causes that lead to plantar fasciitis and foot pain.  It is often a combination of tight muscles, inadequate footwear, and a sudden increase in activity or length standing on your feet. 


Reliving tight muscles consists of stretching.  The best areas to stretch are the calf muscles, the achilles tendon, and the plantar fascia band.  To stretch the calf muscles, just do simple calf stretches and to stretch the achilles tendon, while you are doing your calf stretches, turn your foot inwards and bend your knee slightly.  This will target the stretch lower than the calf muscle and onto the achilles tendon.  Stretching the achilles tendon relieves a tremendous amount of pressure being placed on the plantar fascia band. 


To stretch the plantar fascia band, simple grab your toe box (area below the toes) and your heal and gently pull them away from each other.  You should feel your arch or the band in your arch gently stretch.  Hold for 1 minute and repeat three times.


Consulting A Podiatrist For Treatment


The next important area of conservative plantar fasciitis treatment is podiatry treatment and making sure you have the right foot supports and shoes.  Some shoes are made for flat feet while other shoes are made for high arched feet.  It is important that you go shopping with this in mind because you could have accidentally bought shoes that don’t match your foot’s shape, which is a major reason people end up harming their feet in the first place.  


At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, one of our podiatrists will help you understand what shoes to look for and what shoes to stay away from.  We will also create a custom pair of orthotics, which provide match up directly with your foot shape and size and provide extra cushioning while you walk.  This extra cushioning provides foot relief that allows the plantar fascia band to heal and offers foot support to prevent foot condition even after this problem goes away.  


If you are experiencing foot pain, it is time to see a podiatrist at either our office in Sun City or Scottsdale.  


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


Podiatry Treatment For Hammertoes


There are more than 200,000 cases in the US of hammertoes every year.  You are not alone in this affliction.  Luckily, a hammertoe can be treated by a foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.   It is important to book your appointment as quickly as possible as the hammertoe will continue to bend.  


Hammertoes are often caused by wearing restrictive shoes or high-heels that place additional stresses on the toes causes them to curl.  It often most affects the toe next to the big toe.  A hammertoes is usually inflexible making it difficult to move.  Part of treatment includes adding flexibility the stiffened toes.


A hammertoe becomes painful when to develops corns or calluses or constantly rubs up against the top of a person’s shoes.  Again, seeing a podiatrist at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry locations can help you avoid this.  


Relieving The Pain Of Hammertoes


The first line treatment is correcting a person’s footwear making it perfect for them in order to decrease the likelihood of foot pain, corns, calluses, or increased curling of the toes.  This is done through understand what shoes you need for your lifestyle, which one of our podiatrist will advise you on during your visit.  Normally, the shoes you want to wear are roomier and more flexible in order to reduce the amount of pressure placed on the hammertoes.  


Also, custom shoe inserts and pads will help you have comfortable feet each day.  At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we create a custom pair of prescription orthotics for our patients with hammertoes.  These orthotics provide incredible support because they match both the person’s walking pattern and foot shape.  Everyone has a different foot shape and by wearing orthotics that are specifically made to support your foot, it virtually guarantees that you will experience less foot pain.  


Again, the symptoms of hammertoes involve pain of the hammertoes when wearing your shoes, the development of corns or calluses because of the friction of the hammertoe against your shoes, inflammation, redness, potential burning, continued curvature of the toe, and in more sever cases, open sores may form.  


Podiatry treatment is the best way to find the treatment and support your need to not only alleviate the foot pain caused by hammertoes but also stop the hammertoe from continuing to curl.  The podiatrists at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists have over two decades of experience treating hammertoes and we guarantee that we can help you solve this troublesome foot condition.


Schedule Your Appointment


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


By John Erotas


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