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The Comfortability Of Custom, Podiatrist-Made Orthotics


The shape of everyone’s foot is different.  Some people have high-arches while other people have flat feet or normal arches.  Both high-arches and flat feet are actually common foot deformities but they can cause intense daily foot pain and lead to foot conditions like plantar fasciitis and heel pain. 


Further, different types of shoes are made for different types of feet but most people don’t know this.  A person with flat feet can easily walk into a shoe store and pick out a pair of shoes that they like that is actually made for people with a neutral foot or high-arches.  Then, this shoe will actually cause harm to the flat footed person making the onset of foot pain happen more easily and faster.  


In addition, inserts from store-bought shoes are usually made with cheap materials and only shaped from the “generic” average foot.  These types of “generic” orthotics can actively cause harm to a person with flat feet or high-arches.  They don’t provide the support where these foot types need it the most and the additional pressures and stresses placed on the feet cause daily foot pain.  Custom orthotics relieve foot pain and protect people from painful foot conditions. 


When To See A Podiatrist

If you are having foot pain, it is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  We will make sure that this problem does not get out of hand and you can relieve this pain as quickly as possible.  We find that one of the quickest ways to relieve foot pain is with custom, podiatrist-made orthotics.  These orthotics are different then the one’s found in shoes and different than the one’s found in pharmacies.  They are made by us, professional podiatrists, that thoroughly examine your feet and walking pattern and take a mold of your exact foot to make the orthotics.  


Our orthotics are customized to  your feet and your feet alone and provide additional cushioning where your feet need it the most.  Most of our patients find relief within days and are amazed at how their foot pain has virtually disappeared.  Orthotics are usually an important part of the process for many foot conditions as well.  Almost everyone can benefit from custom orthotics versus the orthotics of store-bought shoes.  You can visit us at our Sun City podiatry office or Scottsdale podiatry office.  


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. 

Get Custom Orthotics Made Specifically For Your Feet



Custom orthotics are one of the most important pieces of footwear that will protect your feet from pain and often helps our patients relieve their foot conditions.  Custom orthotics are vital to the environment of healthy feet because they provide the maximum amount of support while a persons is on their feet. 


Everyones foot shape is different and unfortunately, the in soles that come with store-bought shoes are generic.  They are made for an average, generic foot not an individuals foot.  Many people lean toward having high-arches or flat feet and generic insoles do not help this sort of foot.  In fact, generic in soles can even cause tremendous foot problems because they actively work against many foot types.  


Having custom orthotics made specifically to your feet by a podiatrist is the first step to alleviate foot pain and foot conditions.  After two decades of making custom orthotics for my patients, they continue to provide a solution for a wide variety of foot conditions.  Most of my patients are surprised and amazed at the difference they feel when wearing custom made orthotics.  


Relieve Foot Conditions, Pain, And Disability With Orthotics


Orthotics help foot conditions such as bunions, foot ulcers, heel pain, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and achilles tendinitis all because the foot is getting greater support.  They match up to a person’s walking patterns because they are custom to each individual.  A custom orthotic puts a persons feet in an ideal position while they are walking, pivoting, and exercising.  The orthotics at pharmacies do not offer this same type of support. 


Depending on your foot condition, we can alter orthotics to include foot cushions, arch supports and heel liners.  Bring your shoes to your appointment and we will also make sure that the type of footwear you are using also support your feet.  Some footwear only works for a specific type of footwear and wearing the wrong ones can one of the immediate causes of your foot pain.    


Podiatrists such as myself  provide accommodate orthotics that are softer and meant to provide additional cushion and support as well as functional orthotics, which are designed to control abnormal motion.  


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists with both Scottsdale podiatry and Sun City podiatry offices in Phoenix provide the best orthotics to help heal pain and prevent future foot problems.  If you are having serious pain or discomfort, it is time to see one of our podiatrists.


Schedule Your Consultation Today!

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


By Michael Stegman



Sometimes a painful ball develops under the base of the toes.  In podiatry, this is called “Morton’s Neuroma”.  It occurs when a nerve gets squeezed or pinched between a bone and as a result, swells up forming a hardened ball.  Overtime, hard fibrous tissue, or a callus, forms over the nerve making it hard.  


Every time a step is taken, this nerve is pressed causing pain.  The most common place for Morton’s Neuroma to form is between the middle toe.  The bump is located in the ball of one’s foot and can cause one's pain to shoot into the toes.  


Here is a list of the types of pain you can experience:


  1. Sharp foot pain
  2. Burning
  3. “Pins and Needle” sensations
  4. Numbness


Sometimes, when the nerve is pressed, a popping sensation can sound.  The pain may be worse without the protection of one’s shoes or when wearing uncomfortable tight shoes such as high-heels.  


Uncomfortable shoes are often the cause of Morton’s Neuroma and the vast majority of cases are women due to the regularity of wearing uncomfortable shoes such as high heels.  Bunions are another cause of Morton’s Neuroma because of the bones of the toe pressing together.  


The treatment of a Neuroma is two-fold: one, the nerve must shrink back to it’s normal size and two, decreasing pain by eliminating the pressure on the neuroma.  


At The American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we offer a cortisone injection to shrink the size of the neuroma, which will in turn, decrease the amount of pain you feel when walking.  The point is to take as much pressure off of the neuroma as possible.  This is why prescription foot orthotics are great treatment option for neuromas.  They provide the maximum amount of support for your feet while walking.  


Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and avoid wearing tight shoes that have a tight toe-box.  If the hardened fibrous tissue will not go away after conservative treatment, the abnormal section of the nerve may need to be surgically removed, though, most neuromas do not require surgical intervention.  


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


As Sun City podiatrists and Scottsdale podiatrists, Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman each have over three decades of experience treating Morton’s Neuroma and are confident that this problem can disappear.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your appointment now!  Same and next day appointments are often available!


By Michael Stegman


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