Professional Podiatric Foot Care

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.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Bone Spurs in Feet

Bone spurs typically occur because of continued stress or rubbing of a bone for a prolonged period of time. They can form in any bone, but are most commonly found in joints, where two or more bones come together. Bone spurs can be found in people with plantar fasciitis and tendinitis. Whatever the cause, Dr. Mark Forman in Scottsdale, AZ can discuss treatment options with you.  


Bone spurs do not always cause symptoms. Many people have bone spurs but do not realize. However, if bone spurs rub against other bones or nearby soft tissues they can cause pain. To diagnose a bone spur, Dr. Forman will likely begin with a medical history and physical examination. The physical examination will include testing the joints that are affected to determine how much motion you have and how much pain you experience. If you are having problems with increased pain in your joints or loss of motion, call us immediately.


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, August 17, 2016

Treatment for Haglund's Deformity

Haglund’s deformity is a painful condition that can even affect the health of your Achilles tendon. If you suspect you may have Haglund’s deformity, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman, DPM in Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Forman is committed to helping patients relieve their foot pain and get back to a healthy life.


Haglund’s deformity is a bump that forms on the back of the heel. A bony bump is often very painful, inflamed, and it can appear red. It is usually formed from wearing shoes that are too tight and stiff in the heel. High heels are common causes of Haglund’s deformity. When the enlarged heel bone rubs against shoes, the soft tissue at the back of the heel can become irritated, causing bursitis. This is the inflammation of the fluid-filled sac between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone.


There are many conservative approaches to treat Haglund’s deformity before surgery needs to be considered. Depending on your condition, Dr. Forman may utilize treatments like anti-inflammatories and ice, stretching, physical therapy, orthotics, and immobilization. The proper shoes will also need to be worn. For severe cases or cases where conservative methods do not work, surgery may be performed to remove the excess bone tissue.


If you suspect you may be developing Haglund’s deformity, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. To schedule with Dr. Mark Forman, DPM in our Scottsdale, AZ office, call us at (480) 423-8400. More information about Dr. Forman and Haglund’s deformity can be found on our website, www.azfootpain.com

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Brachymetatarsia: A Shortened Toe

Brachymetatarsia is a condition where one of more of the toes is shorter than the rest. While this can cause some significant problems, there are several treatment options to counter the issue. Dr. Mark Forman of Scottsdale, AZ treats patients with brachymetatarsia here in our office.


Having one or more shortened toes is often a genetic occurrence. It mostly affects the fourth toe, making it shorter and often placed higher up on the foot. While genetics can give people this growth disturbance, it can also be caused by trauma to the toe in childhood. Brachymetatarsia can result in pain, difficulty with balance or stride, difficulty fitting into shoes, and self-esteem issues.


Some cases just need minor adjustments made while others will need more attention like bone grafting. Conservative approaches include wearing the right shoes, wearing foot orthotics, and taking anti-inflammatories. The right shoes will include a roomy toe box, arch support, and other areas of support each individual needs. For more complex cases, surgery may be needed. Surgery options include bone-cut lengthening and bone-graft lengthening.


If you are living with pain or issues with balance because of a shortened toe, be sure to visit us for treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman, DPM, contact our Scottsdale, AZ office by calling (480) 423-8400. More information about this condition can be found on our website, www.azfootpain.com

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Tailor's Bunion

While many of our patients know what a bunion is, there are many who have not yet heard of the tailor’s bunion. This is the same type of deformity but in another location on the foot. Dr. Mark Forman, DPM can help patients with both bunions and tailor’s bunions right here in our Scottsdale, AZ office. Keep reading to learn about the difference.


A regular bunion is a bump formed in the joint at the base of the big toe; a tailor’s bunion, also known as a bunionette, is formed in the joint at the base of the little toe. They earned their name, “tailor’s bunion”, by being a well-known foot problem of tailors, who often sit cross-legged on the ground. These days, the tailor’s bunions are usually caused by not wearing proper shoes, which is usually the same cause of regular bunions. Shoes that do not allow enough room for toes, high-heels, and pointy-toed shoes push in the little toe which can deform the base joint. A predisposition to tailor’s bunions can also be passed down through inheritance.


While the pain in a normal bunion is usually experienced in the bump that forms, with a tailor’s bunion, pain is usually felt inside of the joint. Toe spacers and foot padding worn inside shoes can help relieve pain and move the little toe back to its normal position. Icing the area at the end of the day will also help relieve pain and swelling. In addition, you will want to avoid high heels and shoes that leave too little room for all of the toes.


If you are noticing pain near your little toe’s joint, or especially a bump in the area, scheduling an appointment with us can help slow down or stop the progression of a tailor’s bunion. To schedule with Dr. Mark Forman, DPM of Scottsdale, AZ, call us at (480) 423-8400. More information about our practice can be found on our website, www.azfootpain.com