Professional Podiatric Foot Care

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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis can cause major pain and if not treated, it can lead to the complete rupture of your Achilles tendon. Dr. Mark Forman, DPM of Scottsdale, AZ is vastly experienced in proper Achilles tendon care and can put his patients back on the right track to health before disastrous outcomes.


Achilles tendonitis is a condition where the Achilles tendon is irritated and overloaded. The Achilles tendon, the tendon that connects your heel bones to your calf muscle, can feel tender, stiff, and often there is a burning sensation. The symptoms typically occur after the tendon has been inactive for a while, like stepping out of bed first thing in the morning. This condition is usually caused by a sudden increase in activity. For instance, if you never were a runner before, but all of a sudden started running multiple miles per day, the Achilles tendon can become irritated.


Dr. Forman can recognize when the Achilles tendon is inflamed and can recommend a treatment plan based on your condition and past history. Many patients need a regimen of anti-inflammatories, ice, stretching, and strengthening. Orthotic insoles are also great for providing specific support that feet need.


If you have been feeling symptoms similar to the ones listed for Achilles tendonitis, do not hesitate to schedule your appointment with us. To schedule with Dr. Mark Forman, DPM, call our Scottsdale, AZ office at (480) 423-8400. More information about this condition can be found on our website, www.azfootpain.com

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Get Rid of Gout

Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in the joints, often at the base of the big toe. This complex form of arthritis can affect anyone and although men are more likely to get gout, women become increasingly more susceptible to gout after menopause. An attack of gout can occur suddenly, often waking you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire. Fortunately, Dr. Mark Forman is trained to relieve your discomfort.


A gout attack can be brought on by stressful events, alcohol, drugs, or another illness. Early attacks usually get better within three to 10 days, even without treatment. Gout is a disease distinguished by an abnormal metabolism of uric acid, resulting in an excess of uric acid in the tissues and blood. Simply put, people with gout either produce too much uric acid or more commonly, their kidneys are incapable of removing it. The goals of treatment for gout are fast pain relief and prevention of future gout attacks and long-term complications such as joint destruction and kidney damage. Specific treatment depends on the severity of gout itself.


If 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, July 14, 2016

Heal the pain


If you run, walk, jump, skip, or hop, you are susceptible to heel pain. So, who’s not susceptible to the dreaded heel pain? Well, no one, really. Every mile you walk (or run, jump, skip, or hop) is putting tons and tons of stress on your feet and this stress can cause heel and ankle pain. Luckily, this rarely requires surgery and will get better on its own. However, it’s extremely important that if your heel hurts, make an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman at his Scottsdale office to determine the right path for recovery and whether you could possibly have Achilles Tendonitis or Plantar Fasciitis.


Achilles Tendonitis is exactly what it sounds like: inflammation of the achilles tendon, or the back of the heel. If you have heel pain that is the worst in the morning when you get out of bed of when you stand up after sitting for a prolonged period of time, you should make an appointment ASAP. If you do happen to have Achilles tendonitis, calf stretch, Heel cups/lifts, ice, night splint, physical therapy, activity modification will be your best bet to a speedy recovery. Of course, every case is different and Dr. Forman will tell you the method that would be best for you.


Now, if your pain stems from the sole of the foot (toward the heel end of the arch), you could have plantar fasciitis. Anyone can get plantar fasciitis, yet athletes are more likely to get it, as put more stress on their feet. The same treatments are applied to Plantar fasciitis as to achilles tendonitis. Plantar fasciitis tends to go away around 90% of the time, but this can take 12 to 18 months.


The morale of the story is this: if your heel is in pain, your best bet is to make an appointment with Dr. Forman so he can: 1) determine the source of the pain and 2) what you should do to get better as fast as possible.




Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Causes and Treatment for Heel Pain

Heel pain is generally the result of walking abnormalities that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. Heel pain is an extremely common and potentially disruptive affliction that has many possible causes, including stress fractures, arthritis, nerve irritation, cysts, tendonitis and most often, plantar fasciitis. Fortunately, no matter what is causing your heel pain, our Dr. Mark Forman can treat it.


Heel pain is not usually caused by a single injury, such as a twist or a fall, but rather the result of repetitive stress and a pounding of the heel. Your feet can handle a heavy load, but too much stress pushes them over their limits. Heel pain is frequently triggered by wearing flat footwear because this type of footwear can stretch the plantar fascia to such an extent that the area becomes swollen (inflamed). When you continue to walk on a sore heel, it will only get worse and could become a chronic condition leading to more problems. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition, but methods may include resting from the activities that caused the problem, doing stretch exercises, using pain medication and wearing open-back shoes.


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