85018 Foot Problems

Treating foot problems in the 85018 area

85018 Foot Problems

85018 Foot Problems

Foot problems are serious because they can make it difficult or even impossible to go about your life and your normal routine. Pain elsewhere in the body and you could soldier on, but if you can’t walk, or in some cases even stand, it has a negative effect on everything. That is why we at Desert Foot Surgeons are here to tend to your 85018 foot problems, with the expert care that only a specialist can offer. You can expect that our experience and our dedication to treating you, our valued patient, as a unique individual, will have you feeling better as soon as possible.

Foot problems can encompass any part, but your heels, and toes are most often the target of pain and difficulties. Conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, hammertoes, and bunions may all require treatment. The good news is that even though we are surgeons, there are many instances in which 85018 foot problems can be addressed effectively without surgery, which is restored to when less-invasive methods have proven to be insufficient to relieve the problem.

Ankle injuries are also treated by our podiatrist. Sprains are most often the culprit. They’re very common, with 25,000 such injuries occurring in the U.S. every single day. We will evaluate your situation, because sometimes what you think is a minor sprain may instead be a hairline fracture. Even the thinnest fracture must be treated immediately. If it isn’t, it may become a full fracture and that is a much more serious situation. The difference between sprains and fractures is that sprains effect your ligaments and fractures occur to the bone. In addition, your tendons and muscles may become strained or inflamed. It’s easy to see that you need us for your 85018 foot problems.

There is simply no reason to suffer with foot or ankle pain when you can be on the road to recovery, quickly and safely. Treatment methods will vary depending on what condition you have, the location of it, and the severity of it, but up to 90% of the time, options like orthotics, stretching exercises, a change of shoes, or physical therapy will be enough to turn things around. Of course, if surgery is necessary for 85018 foot problems, you could not be in better hands.

Phoenix Podiatrist
4901 N. 44th St #102
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-490-8166

Podiatrist in Phoenix

Phoenix  Foot Doctor

Podiatrist in Phoenix

Podiatrist in Phoenix

Taking care of your feet is probably last thing on your mind. Many of us use our feet every day and never quite realize just how much we rely on them and use them to get things done. They help get us from place to place and they make completing tasks and daily routines completely possible. For those who play sports, foot health is essential. It may not be an obvious thing to take care of your teeth until you suffer from an injury, a condition, or some other development. Here at Desert Foot Surgeons, our podiatrist in Phoenix Dr. Geller can help patients treat a variety of ailments relating to the foot.

There are plenty of things that a foot doctor can do for you and help you treat. Our podiatrist in Phoenix, Dr. Geller, also offers free consultations for patients as well. So even if you are not sure what is wrong, Dr. Geller can help you figure out what the problem may be at no cost to you. For patients living with diabetes, foot care may be a regular thing that you need to take care of considering the complications related to the disease itself. Here at Desert Foot Surgeons we can provide diabetic foot and wound care to those patients that need it. Bunions and hammertoes are rather common foot deformities that can occur over time. These conditions can be caused by footwear, genetics, injuries, or any other number of causes but Dr. Geller can easily provide treatment or surgery if needed. Additionally, Dr. Geller can also provide cosmetic foot surgery for people who simply want to improve the appearance of their feet as well. Reconstructive rear foot surgery can help patients who are suffering from pain or deformities found in that area of the foot. Even if you have a fracture or a sprain, our podiatrist in Phoenix can provide you with the foot care that you need.

If you have any kind of foot issue, concern, or have suffered an injury or are experiencing pain, our podiatrist in Phoenix here at Desert Foot Surgeons can provide you with the comprehensive care that you need to get back on your feet in no time.

Phoenix Podiatry Office
4901 N. 44th St #102
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-490-8166

Foot Surgeon in Phoenix

Phoenix Foot Care

Foot Surgeon in Phoenix

Foot Surgeon in Phoenix

At Desert Foot Surgeons, it is our goal to help you to alleviate foot problems without the need for surgery. But there are simply times when our foot surgeon in Phoenix will determine that the best and possibly only effective method for your foot concerns is to do reconstructive foot surgery. Ultimately, we are dedicated to solving problems that you have in your feet or ankles in the way that will provide you the most benefit.

When is reconstructive foot surgery your best choice? Not every diagnosis of a foot condition will even require treatment at all. If you’re not experiencing pain or discomfort and there is no interference with your ability to walk and to carry on your normal day-to-day routine, simple monitoring of the situation along with lifestyle adjustments, such as wearing shoes that are more comfortable, can often be enough to address the situation sufficiently. But when pain in hindering how you walk and making it difficult to handle your responsibilities and obligations, not to mention enjoying your leisure activities, that’s when you will want to consult with our foot surgeon in Phoenix.

The entire point of reconstructive foot surgery is to provide you with much needed relief of pain due to problems that range from as simple as wearing shoes that are too tight to those caused by injuries, infections, congenital issues, or arthritis. Regardless of what the cause of your foot condition is, the most important thing is to meet it head on. Our foot surgeon in Phoenix will also seek to restore and even improve the function and stability of your foot through reconstructive foot surgery.

One of the reasons that such procedures are held as a last resort is that they are complex. But when it is clearly necessary, it is far better to take care of it sooner rather than later, with the recovery and healing process bringing you ever closer to a state of relief that you may not have experienced in quite long time. In some cases, you may not have ever had your foot in such good shape as it is after you have recovered from reconstructive foot surgery. Please call us today to schedule a consultation and examination with our foot surgeon in Phoenix.

Foot Surgery Phoenix
4901 N. 44th St #102
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-490-8166

Podiatry Office in Phoenix

Podiatry Procedures

Foot pain can be not only massively uncomfortable but it can have a negative impact on your entire lifestyle. Everything you do during the day seems to require the use of your feet, moving from one place to another. At Desert Foot Surgeons, we use podiatry procedures to help you regain your ability to function daily and to relieve your pain. So if you’re experiencing foot problems of any sort, just call our podiatry office in Phoenix and schedule an examination and consultation with Dr. Stephen Geller. You can be fully confident because he is double board certified in primary podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery. Let’s get started and find out what it is that will help you.

Podiatry Office in Phoenix

Podiatry Office in Phoenix

Bunions, with are bony protrusions usually found at the base of your big toe right were the joint is attached to the foot, can be removed safely and effectively. This may not be necessary in all cases, as bunions sometimes cause no pain at all. Often, lifestyle changes- such as a change in the type of shoes your wear- or the use of arch supports or bunion pads will be sufficient to address the problem. When pain is severe and interfering in your life, our podiatry office in Phoenix may recommend surgery. Bunions can also lead to hammertoes, in which the middle joint of your toe is stuck in a bent position. There are other causes of hammertoes and those who are diabetic or have circulation problems have to be especially careful. Again, surgery is a last resort, but if the pressure and pain is too extreme and/or other methods have proved ineffective, it may be a good idea. Other situations that can be addressed by podiatric surgery include correcting deformities in your ankle or heels with reconstructive rear foot surgery and setting fractures that occur in the ankle or foot.

Beyond pain, our podiatry office in Phoenix is also pleased to offer cosmetic foot surgery. If you are unhappy with or embarrassed by the look of your feet or toes, Dr. Geller can discuss the benefits of surgery to improve the situation. There is no need to simply accept having feet that make you feel self-conscious or unwilling to remove your shoes. Call us today and find out what we can do for you.

4901 N. 44th St #102
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-490-8166

Phoenix Foot Specialist

Foot Pain Doctor Phoenix

Are you suffering from pain that seems to originate from the bottom of the heel of your feet? Heel pain is more than just an annoyance, but is in fact the cause of a debilitating foot disorder. Over the counter pain medication can only alleviate the pain on a temporary basis, and will not in fact treat the problem for good. Heel pain is most of then the cause of plantar fasciitis, a common orthopedic problem caused by poor support and trauma. Fortunately, you can always find the care you need to get back on your feet as soon as possible at your local Phoenix foot specialists of the Desert Foot Surgeons.

Podiatrist in Phoenix

Podiatrist in Phoenix

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, but other culprit may be behind your daily agony. If you live with arthritis or have suffered a stress fracture, these can be causes behind heel pain. You may also suffer from aches or sharp pains in your heels due to tendonitis, nerve irritation, or in rare cases you may suffer from a large cyst. Plantar fasciitis happens when the tendon which extends from the heel to the toes becomes irritated. Without proper treatment, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, causing it to pull on the neighboring Achilles tendon, resulting in pain in the heel of your foot. Plantar fasciitis has a unique symptom which can make it easily identified. Unlike other causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is usually at its worse when the patient first wakes up in the morning, but slowly gets lesser throughout the day. Heel pain due to plantar fasciitis will usually increase over the next few months, but will become better after walking for long periods of time. This is due to the simple fact that walking works to stretch the inflamed tissue, allowing it to slowly begin to relax.

Plantar fasciitis is very common, as it is often caused by poor footwear and walking on hard and flat surfaces without proper support. Obesity can also be a contributing factor. Your professional Phoenix foot specialists can help you get back on your feet without pain through the use of custom orthotics, guided stretching exercises to help strengthen the necessary areas, as well as anti-inflammatory medications if necessary to help reduce pain and swelling.

No matter what the cause of your heel pain may be, you can find the level of care you need to get your life back from your neighborhood Phoenix foot specialists. Our fully licensed and professionally trained team at the offices of the Desert Foot Surgeons are the experts in foot problems of all kinds, be it sports medicine or a chronic condition to blame. With the Desert Foot Surgeons, you can find the care you need for pain free feet.

Plantar Faciitis Phoenix
4901 N. 44th St #102
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-490-8166

Plantar Fasciitis Treated Using Stem Cells

Your heel hurts!  It hurts with the first steps out of bed, when you get up from a chair, and when you walk too long.  I gave you advice on stretching, ice, and prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication.  Often times we have to support that unstable arch of yours using custom foot orthoses.  What if your pain is still there?  Injecting steroids in the painful area, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or even surgery are the traditional options remaining.  But what about stem cells?

 

The sensationalism of advertising and the media would lead you to believe that there are stem cells available for treatment of just about anything.  Is this true?  Lets look at some options:

  1. PRP (platelet rich plasma):  Blood is taken from a vein and spun in a centrifuge to separate the components.  One component would be the platelets and anything else that was relatively heavy circulating in your blood.  Would this include stem cells?  Most likely not!  The platelets contain growth factors which promote healing.  Injecting PRP into your heel would result in a time-release of numerous growth factors that could heal the inflammation that is your plantar fasciitis, thus making you feel better.
  2. Amniotic membrane derived products:  The amniotic membrane protects and covers a growing baby while inside the mother.  The placenta is part of this marvelous structure and is delivered with the baby in normal, healthy childbirth.  For this reason there is no controversy about using the placenta, as it would only be discarded if not used.  Placenta blood has long been known to contain stem cells used to treat leukemia and other illnesses.  Scientific studies have shown that there are cells very similar to stem cells in the placenta.  If you inject cells that were taken from a placenta, your body would not reject them because they are so immature.  Injecting the stem cells into an area of inflammation would in theory be able to heal the structure that is damaged or inflamed.  It has yet to be proven, but seems very promising that injecting these amnion derived products into your heel would completely resolve your plantar fasciitis.
  3. Bone marrow:  Time tested and proven, the bone marrow is the ultimate source of stem cells.  Unfortunately this requires a surgical procedure that can be painful and quite expensive.  This is probably not a reality in treating heel pain.

Now here is the kicker.  Because the scientific literature is not complete regarding using stem cells to treat plantar fasciitis, these treatments are not covered by your insurance.  That means you would have to pay for them.  These treatments are so new that not all physicians can provide them.  At Desert Foot Surgeons, we continue to advance as treatments become available.  If you have heel pain that has not responded to treatment, stem cells may be an option for you.

Happy New Year! Resolutions Can Lead to Sore Feet.

Excitement is at its peak!  Time to get those new running shoes out from beneath the tree and begin your New Year’s Resolution.  That first run of the new year feel soooo good!  So much so that the following day you might run longer or faster.  Then it begins.  You wake up to sore muscles.  There might be a stiffness or sharp pain in your heels lasting just long enough to get your attention, but then it goes away.  Because it is your new year’s resolution you continue to work through it only to get increasingly sore and stiff.

By February your heels are so sore, toes and ankles are stiff, muscles ache so much that you don’t want to run or work out today.  The next day you might return, but then the soreness is back.  People at work are noticing a slight limp.  You are thinking about skipping more and more days of exercise.  So much for that resolution.  I have been there and know how to get through it.

As I always say, “Normal feet don’t hurt!  If you have pain, get them checked out.” Let me help you get back to exercising at the level you desire.  Desert Foot Surgeons works with high level athletes and the casual weekend warrior.  We differ from other offices in our team approach.  Your needs and goals are a key component of treatment.  This is personalized foot care and Desert Foot Surgeons is the only place you will find it.

Happy New Year!  Don’t become another statistic.  Let us get you exercising at the level you desire.

Do Your Feet Get “Tired” While Running?

I spend the majority of my day finding the flaw in people’s feet that explains why they are suffering from pain and deformity.  Usually it is this flaw that I can attribute to causing a problem with muscles, making them fatigue early.  The question always arises in the back of my mind, do people without the flaw in their foot also get muscle fatigue.  A recent study in the Journal of Podiatric Medicine answered this question.

 

The Effect of Moderate Running on Foot Posture Index and Plantar Pressure Distribution in Male Recreational Runners, took  30 men who run for exercise on a regular basis.  They examined the foot for flaws and excluded anyone who had a problem.  These men ran at 3.3 m/sec (7.3 mph) for 60 minutes.  The measurements reveal that all subjects suffered muscle fatigue leading to pronation while running.  This evil word “pronation” is the root of many problems in the foot.  The interesting part of this study is that even people who began the study with “very supinated” foot posture (that is the complete opposite of pronation) ended the run in a pronated foot posture.  This change altered the pressure on the ball of the foot and inside of the heel most.  This could explain pain in many people who run.

But what about runners who don’t have pain?  In a study of ultramarathon runners, Karagounis found the same changes in foot posture and pressure, but these changes resolved within 24 hours.  The take home message is that if your feet hurt when you run and the pain doesn’t go away in the first day after the run, you need help.  This could be as simple as adding support by orthoses or arch supports.  The risk of not getting help…stress fracture, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis.

 

References:

Escamilla-Martinez E, Martinez-Nova A, Gomez-Martin B, et al: The Effect of Moderate Running on Foot Posture Index and Plantar Pressure Distribution in Male Recreational Runners, JAPMA 103(2): 121-125, March/April 2013

Karagounis P, Prionas G, et al:  The Impact of the Spartathlon ultramarathon race on athlete’s plantar pressure patterns. Foot Ankle Spec 2: 173, 2009.

Heel Pain Got You Down? Get Back Up Quick!

Pain in the heel of your foot is frustrating, isn’t it?  You are trying to do the right thing by hiking, walking, running, or getting back to the gym more regularly.  The problem is, your feet have been nice and cozy in those boots all winter.  Even in Arizona, shoes have been worn and your feet are kind of lazy, for lack of a better term.  The sudden increase in activity is a harsh awakening to your feet and the muscles let you know it by causing pain.

Think of it this way:  when you exercise your muscles are working extra hard and reach the point of fatigue.  The next day or two your muscles let you know they have been worked hard by causing stiffness and a little pain.  Well, walking is exercise to the muscles in your feet.  The arch pain is nothing more than your muscles having been worked to fatigue.  If you try these next few steps you most likely will successfully get rid of this heel pain.

There are three key steps to relieving heel pain:

  1. Stretching:  see “Heel Pain Treatments: The Basics, part 2”
  2. Ice:  see “Heel Pain Treatments: The Basics, part 1”
  3. Anti-inflammatory medication:  As I always say, “You can’t heal until the inflammation is gone!”.  If you have no problems taking aspirin-like medication try taking over the counter ibuprofen.  If this makes the pain better, than a prescription for more effective strength anti-inflammatory medication might just knock out your inflammation in less than 10 days.

Don’t let your heel pain get you down.  You are doing the right thing for your body.  Don’t hesitate, come see us at Desert Foot Surgeons and get back on your feet!