Professional Podiatric Foot Care

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Treatment for Hallux Rigidus

Arthritis in the foot can lead to pain and it can majorly slow you down. The most common arthritic condition for the foot is called hallux rigidus. Dr. Mark Forman, DPM is able to diagnose and treat patients with hallux rigidus here in our Scottsdale, AZ office.


Hallux rigidus is arthritis located in the big toe joint. It can cause pain and stiffness in addition to swelling. Some patients may even develop a bump on top of the joint. The condition is aggravated by walking and otherwise being active. Rubbing against the inside of a shoe can also cause more agitation.


Causes of hallux rigidus are usually related to the anatomy of the foot. Improper alignment, an unusually long metatarsal, or an elevated metatarsal can lead to wear-down of the joint. Injury or genetics are also able to cause this condition.


Dr. Forman is able to identify this condition and find the appropriate treatment for you. Depending on the severity of the case and each individual’s foot, common treatments include physical therapy, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medication. Surgery is also an option when conservative approaches do not resolve the pain and stiffness.


If you experience pain and stiffness to your big toe joint that affects your everyday life, you may want to be evaluated for hallux rigidus. Do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman, DPM in our Scottsdale, AZ office. Call us at (480) 423-8400 or visit our website, www.azfootpain.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Orthotics

The support of your entire body’s frame starts at your feet. While some shoes offer nice support, others don’t or sometimes a patient just needs a little extra support. This is where orthotics come in. Dr. Mark Forman, DPM


Orthotics are insoles that can be placed inside of most types of shoes. They offer specific types of support for different feet types. Whether you have heel pain, flat feet, bunions, or another type of foot condition, an orthotic is likely able to help you. They can often fit inside of gym shoes, dress shoes, work shoes, boots, and more.


Orthotics take pressure off of areas of concern and offer support to the areas of your foot that need it. Orthotics can greatly relieve pain and help patients walk easier.


Getting the right support for your feet is an investment in your entire framework. Pain or a poor gait travels from your feet, to your ankles, to your knees, to your hips, back, and neck. A poor foundation can affect the rest of your entire body.


Orthotics can make sure that your foot is getting the special attention it needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman, DPM in Scottsdale, AZ, call our office at (480) 423-8400. We may also be reached through our website, www.azfootpain.com

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Foot Strengthening Exercises

When you go to the gym, you don’t lift with your feet, so how are you supposed to strengthen them? You may not think so, but your feet need exercise to stay in great shape. Just like any other structure in the body, dysfunction in our feet can lead to serious issues, including knee pain or lower back aches. This is why Dr. Mark Forman wants patients to know why it is important to properly strengthen and stretch them.  


You use your feet to stand, walk, run, and balance. When your feet are weak, your foundation becomes deficient and the rest of your body must compensate for what your feet aren’t doing. The stronger your feet are the stronger your foundation is and not to mention, strengthening your feet will help alleviate and prevent pain throughout the rest of your body.


Two simple foot strengthening exercises include:



  • Toe Grip – this exercise strengthens foot muscles to improve balance. Drop a sock on the floor and use your toes to grip and lift it off the floor. Hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat five times with each foot.

  • Calf Raise – helps strengthen the feet, calves, and helps improve balance. Stand near a counter or doorway and hold on lightly for balance. Balance on one foot and rise up onto your toes. Hold for 10 seconds, and then lower. Repeat 10 times on each foot.


If you have questions about the health of your feet, please give us a call. To learn more about the conditions we treat and the services we provide visit www.azfootpain.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman in Scottsdale, AZ, call 480-423-8400.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

How to Choose the Right Shoe For You

When shopping for a new pair of shoes, your main concern should be about comfort rather than style. Finding the right pair of shoes may seem like an easy task, but because there are so many shoes for different activities, it’s important that you take the right steps to select the pair that meets your particular needs. Next time you go shopping in the shoe section, you’ll want to consider function and your overall foot health and until then Dr. Mark Forman can suggest some tips on how to choose the right ones.  


First, you’ll need to know the correct size of your foot. It helps to trace your foot on a piece of paper. If the shoe is narrower or shorter than the tracing, don’t even bother to try it on. Second, wear the same type of socks to the store that you intend to wear with the shoes. Trust your own comfort level rather than a shoe’s size or description. Don’t rationalize that you’ll need to “break in” the shoes and find a pair that fits from the start. The best shoes support your foot, front, and back. Look for shoes that are stiff in the middle, but bend at the ball of the foot.  Following these tips will keep your feet pain-free during your daily activities.


If you have questions about footwear, please give us a call. To learn more about the conditions we treat and the services we provide visit www.azfootpain.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman in Scottsdale, AZ, call 480-423-8400.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tight Shoes and Foot Problems

Under certain circumstances, most pain is preventable, especially when it comes to your feet. As online shopping grows in popularity, the temptation rises to purchase shoes that may look fashionable but are likely to cause you pain. Heels are getting higher, and flats provide zero arch support, and though this may be a small price to pay to look good, Dr. Mark Forman of Scottsdale, AZ wants you to know that you are putting yourself at a higher risk for corns, bunions, and other deformities that may require surgery to correct.


Shoes can make the difference between good health and potential foot, leg, low back, or general health problems. This is because if your shoes are too tight they decrease circulation in your feet. Shoe choice is especially important for people with diabetes or circulatory problems, therefore it’s important to avoid flip-flops, stilettos, and flats. When trying on a new shoe, be sure that your toes do not feel pinched or cramped, and that none of your shoes are on top of one another. Otherwise, you may be visiting our office for relief from bunions, hammertoes, or ingrown toenails.


If you are experiencing foot pain of any kind, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn more about the conditions we treat and the services we provide visit www.azfootpain.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman in Scottsdale, AZ, call 480-423-8400.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What is a Neuroma?

A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor that travels between the bases of the third and fourth toes. When the tissue around these toes thickens, it brings on a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot. A neuroma is typically caused by repeated mild injury to the space between these two toes, which can occur in runners or those who wear unfitted footwear.  If you are experiencing foot pain of any kind, please visit Dr. Mark Forman in Scottsdale, AZ, immediately.


The primary symptom associated with a neuroma is pain between the toes while walking. Patients who suffer from this condition may describe the pain as similar to having a pebble in his or her shoe and may often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. Podiatric medical care should be sought at the first sign of pain or discomfort. Treatment options vary with the severity of each neuroma, and identifying the neuroma early in its development is important to avoid surgery.


If any of these symptoms sound all too familiar, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn more about the conditions we treat and the services we provide visit www.azfootpain.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman in Scottsdale, AZ, call 480-423-8400.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

High Arch Pain

The arch in your foot is comprised of your tarsal and metatarsal bones, along with supporting ligaments and tendons. The arch runs from the toes to the heel on the bottom of the foot. High arches are the complete opposite of flat feet, due to the fact that they are raised more than normal. Unlike flat feet, high arches tend to be painful because more stress is placed on the section of the foot between the metatarsals. If you have high arches that are causing you strife, visit Dr. Mark Forman in Scottsdale, AZ, today.


When any arch-related bones, ligaments, and tendons are weakened or injured from overuse, excessive activity, or wear and tear from aging, then you may start experiencing arch pain. Symptoms include shortened foot length, difficulty fitting shoes, and foot pain while walking, standing or running. High arches, especially ones that are flexible and well cared for, may not need any treatment. However, corrective shoes may help relieve pain and improve walking.


To learn more about the conditions we treat and the services we provide visit www.azfootpain.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman in Scottsdale, AZ, call 480-423-8400.