Best Podiatrist in Phoenix

Heel pain in Phoenix

Best podiatrist in Phoenix

Best podiatrist in Phoenix

Don’t ignore it when you suffer pain in your heel. It can be tempting to think it will just go away, but it’s there for a reason. It’s alerting you to a problem. When you come in for an examination at Desert Foot Surgeons, our best podiatrist in Phoenix will determine what the problem is, with accurate diagnosis, followed by evaluation and the appropriate treatment. The goal is to have you back on your feet and free of pain as quickly as possible.

There are two common reasons for heel pain. The first is called plantar fasciitis. It is the name for the irritation or inflammation of the tough band of tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes. The pain might be worse first thing in the morning or when you get up from a sitting position after a while. Heel spurs, on the other hand, are abnormal bone growths that appear on the heel bone. They are the result of calcium deposits. It’s possible to have both plantar fasciitis and heel spurs at the same time. It’s also possible that you may have either condition and not be experiencing any pain at all, at least not at first. But most cases will lead to pain of some degree sooner or later. Typical risk factors for developing heel pain are wearing shoes without sufficient support, having flat feet, and having high arches. Upon diagnosis, our best podiatrist will select a treatment that provides prompt relief. Often this can be done with orthotics, shoe inserts, that will take the pressure and stress off your heel and allow for recovery. For more serious cases, medication and/or surgery may be applicable.

Get timely and expert attention for your heel pain. Reach out to our office to schedule an appointment to come in and see our best podiatrist in Phoenix.

2222 E. Highland Ave, Suite 206
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 490-8166

Phoenix Foot Specialist

Diagnosing and treating flat feet in Phoenix

Phoenix foot specialist

Phoenix foot specialist

If the arches inside your feet are flattened, your arches touch the floor, and the soles of your feet touch the floor when you stand up, you most likely have flat feet. Flat feet is a very common foot condition. While sometimes the condition is painless, there are cases in which the condition could be painful and would require the patient to see a Phoenix foot specialist for treatment.

There are different available treatment options that a Phoenix foot specialist like ours at Desert Foot Surgeons could recommend. Some common treatments include orthotics and foot and ankle support devices. However, there are other options to treat a flat foot condition, which are determined by the doctor and will vary from patient to patient. If you have symptoms and suspect that you might have flat feet, we recommend that you see our expert podiatrist at Desert Foot Surgeons for an evaluation. Our professional podiatrist will evaluate you and will discuss all the available treatment options that are specific to your particular situation. You’ll be in great hands with our podiatrist at Desert Foot Surgeons. Our expert, Dr. Stephen Geller, DPM, is double board certified in primary podiatric medicine and in podiatric surgery. He has the experience and the credentials to not only treat your flat feet condition; but all your podiatric care needs. Dr. Geller offers the following services: diabetic foot and wound care, bunions and hammertoes, cosmetic foot surgery, reconstructive rear foot surgery, ankle/foot fractures and sprains.

If you would like to learn more about flat feet or about the podiatric services we offer at Desert Foot Surgeons, you should consult with our Phoenix foot specialist. Call our office right now to schedule your appointment. One of our friendly staff members looks forward to your call and to assisting you.

2222 E. Highland Ave, Suite 206
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 490-8166

Custom Orthotics: Science and Art Collide

I love when art and science come together to make something beautiful.  Wine, food, boats, and skis are just some of my favorite examples.  Custom molded foot orthotics are an area I deal with everyday where art and science collide, but not everyone sees it my way.  In previous articles I have taught you about unstable feet and the related problems.  I have mentioned that orthotics are used to make your feet more stable and treat problems like plantar fasciitis, heel pain, flat feet, pain in the ball of the foot, and neuromas.  I guess it stems from a general lack of understanding or the desperation of being in pain for so long, but lots of people seem to think that an off the shelf arch support is the same as a custom orthotic.

I’m not saying off the shelf inserts do not have their place.  I prescribe off the shelf arch supports for many of my patients.  These are not made to anyone’s foot in particular, and the materials used in construction are less expensive.  For these reasons off the shelf inserts might not work for you.  For one thing they don’t last very long because the materials are weaker and lose their shape sooner.  It is not made to your foot so might not work for your problem depending what that is.  Do some people get better using off the shelf arch supports?  That depends on what’s wrong.  At Desert Foot Surgeons, I exam your feet sitting, standing and walking.  If your foot is easy to control, than an off the shelf insert might help.

Custom orthotics are an art form.  First, I take a mold of your foot using plaster.  It is very important to hold your foot “just right” to capture the true shape of your foot.  The mold is then sent to a laboratory where it is scanned into a computer.  The lab now has a model of your foot.  The technician has to be an artist as well, which is why I only use one lab to make my patient’s orthotics.

Unfortunately art alone won’t make your foot stable.  The science is called biomechanics and takes many years to learn.  The clerk at a shoe store does not have training in biomechanics.  Remember at Desert Foot Surgeons, I examine you walking, standing, and sitting.  I take what I learned during your exam and write a prescription so the orthotic will control your foot.  Based on my prescription, adjustments in the computer image of your foot are made and the orthotic constructed to make your foot stable.

Not everyone treats you like I do at Desert Foot Surgeons.  For one thing, some molds are taken from pushing your foot into a box, onto an image scanner, or standing on a platform.  The problem with these methods is that any pressure on the sole of your foot causes the muscles to spread out and the foot to change shape.  Hence, the orthotic will not match your foot.  A tracing, thermal print, or pressure map of your foot cannot be used to make a custom orthotic because there is no model of your foot.  Standing won’t help, because I am trying to control the way you stand not accept any deformities or imbalances in your foot.

Don’t be fooled:

Have you seen any infomercials where they are selling arch supports?  They always show you how much more stable the person is in the arch support by pushing their arms down.  Here’s the trick.  You can try it at home:


You will need a partner and a piece of paper.  Keep your partner barefoot and standing with their arms straight out in front of them.  Push their arms down.  It should be pretty easy to move their arms.  Next put the piece of paper under their heels.  Again standing with their arms straight out in front.  You push their arms down.  Wow!! Like magic it is harder to push their arms down.

Unfortunately this is not because your friend is now stable standing on the piece of paper.  This is a physiologic principle called “muscle memory”.  The first time you push your friends arms down, their muscles don’t know what to expect.  The second time the muscles remember what is going to happen and respond more appropriately making it harder to move the arms down.  Notice in the infomercials how they never test their product first, because there is no muscle memory.


So don’t be fooled!  If the arch support is cheap, it’s not custom made.  If no 3-dimensional model of your foot was made, it’s not custom.  If you were standing while the mold was made the orthotic is custom, it just won’t fit your foot the way I need it to in order to help you.  If no exam was done with you sitting, standing, and walking, then there is no way to write the prescription.  You are paying for custom orthotics.  At Desert Foot Surgeons, that is exactly what you will get.

I love when art and science come together to make something beautiful.  Custom foot orthotics might not look beautiful to you, but being able to create a piece of plastic that can stabilize your foot and relieve pain is pretty beautiful to me.  Let me show you how I combine art and science to fix your feet at Desert Foot Surgeons.