Kids Orthotics & Preventative Foot Care at Scottsdale’s Top Family Podiatry Center

Let’s face it- as we age, our bodies take a little more time to bounce back from strenuous (and not so strenuous) activities. Our backs, hips, and knees tend to ache after a long day of standing or walking, and those aches and pains tend to cause more problems as it radiates to our feet. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably laughing at the idea of running at the park. A swim at the beach? In a million years. A trip to Disney World with the family? Forget about it.

Aches and pains in any part of your body are discomforting, but when the pain moves down to our feet and heels, the days become more difficult and simple tasks seem impossible. While there are ways to treat your comfort and pain, you must be asking “how could have I prevented it?”

After a recent trip to Disneyworld with my daughter (yes – 16 hour days walking on concrete sidewalks), my body felt broken. Aching knees, lower back pain, cramping with every step – you know what I’m talking about. If only I was able to tell my parents what I know now – “take me to the foot doctor once a year!” Alongside regular preventative appointments, a foot doctor can prescribe kids orthotics to prevent future pain and discomfort.

Foot doctors, formally known as podiatrists, not only help treat problems like plantar warts and bunions but with preventive foot pain strategies to help support your body as you progress in life. For kids, teens, and adults, meeting with a preventative family podiatrist annually and ordering kids orthotics is essential.

Kids Orthotics

Custom foot orthotics aren’t just for the active adults or grandparents who are in pain – orthotics are for kids too! In addition to improving your child’s game, you can prevent aches and pains they may experience later on in life by ordering kids orthotics at our family podiatry center.

I grew up with flat feet. I was always the last runner to finish, the lowest jumper and the most fatigued. Why? I had flat feet and wore no support for my arch or ankles. Running, jumping, and bouncing was difficult for me as a child and painful as I grew into adulthood. While my shoes were protective, they didn’t provide the cushion or flexibility that my arch needed (orthotics!)

As an adult, I wear foot orthotics but only to stop the pain and prevent further damage. If I had started wearing them 30-years sooner, I might just be wearing orthotics to avoid pain after long runs, 16-hour trips to Disney World, and other contact sports and activities. By investing in custom orthotics for kids at a young age, you can provide a brighter (and less painful) future for them.

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Annual Foot Checkups

Schedule a yearly appointment at our family podiatry center for a healthy foot checkup. Like dental appointments that take place twice a year, our annual checkups are designed to check the health of your kid’s feet – evaluating everything from the range of motion to toenail health and potential pain points. Learn more by contacting us directly or by scheduling your first appointment online. Have multiple kids or family members that need an appointment? Give us a call for back-to-back scheduling.

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Walking without pain is often taken for granted, and walking around pain-free is equally taken for granted. Don’t wait for your kids to complain to you – be proactive and take preventive action, today! Starting your children with kids orthotics is the first step to eliminating aching feet in the future — next, regular podiatry appointments. We spend so much money on our shoes for fashion and comfort — imagine the benefits of something as small as an insurance copay once a year to put your family’s mind at ease. Take some healthy preventative measures for your kid’s feet by scheduling an appointment our family podiatry center, today!

AmnioFix for Foot and Ankle Injuries

Are you suffering or recovering from a sports injury in the foot or ankle? We know that lower leg injuries can be debilitating. Often these conditions make it difficult to walk, let alone get back out to the field. Although anti-inflammatories and braces can serve as effective ankle and foot pain treatment, sometimes they aren’t enough. You can’t simply keep doing the same things and hoping it will eventually fix your ankle pain. Treatment beyond the basics may be just what you need, and that’s where AmnioFix injections come into play.

AmnioFix is non-surgical pain treatment to help treat and prevent sports injuries. With AmnioFix, powderized amniotic fluid (commonly used in stem cell treatments) is combined with an anesthetic and then injected into the injured area. The fluid not only serves to reduce inflammation, but build-up also reduces the build-up of scar time and improves your recovery time. These benefits make AmnioFix a premiere ankle, heel and foot pain treatment.

Interested in AmnioFix? Contact Arizona Foot Doctors, Scottsdale’s top sports medicine podiatrist, today.

Stay on Your Game with Cutting Edge Care

For an athlete, there’s nothing more frustrating than forced time off. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing professional ball or pick up games at the park, nobody wants to be left on the sidelines because of foot pain. Treatment with AmnioFix injections is on the cutting edge of sports medicine.

AmnioFix injections are a non-surgical option for active players that want to quickly heal their ankle or foot injury and improve their performance. This treatment encourages healing and tissue growth in the injured area which is more effective than simple ankle pain treatment with pain and anti-inflammatory medication.

Prevent future sports injuries and improve your game with Arizona Foot Doctors.

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Combat Common Foot Injuries and Conditions

The world of sports medicine has developed a variety of treatments for the different injuries a doctor expects to see in athletes. When it comes to lower leg injuries, AmnioFix injections are a solution to many potential pains. AmnioFix is available for injuries to your Achilles tendon, including Achilles’ tendinitis, and tendinosis. It also provides a foot pain treatment option for those dealing with plantar fasciitis. Your doctor may also recommend an AmnioFix ankle pain treatment for a sprain or bursitis.

How to Know If AmnioFix Injections are Right For You

You should always consult with your podiatrist or primary care physician to find the best foot and ankle pain treatment plan for you. There are several factors to consider when determining if AmnioFix is the right option for you to prevent sports injuries and help with recovery. Although your doctor will ultimately help you to decide, there are some common indicators that show AmnioFix is likely your best bet:

  • You are suffering from a foot, ankle or heel injury which causes pain as a result of inflammation.
  • You have tried treatments including anti-inflammatory medications, braces, and physical therapy; however, they have not provided you with the pain and inflammation relief you were hoping for.
  • You have already reached your doctor-recommended limit on steroid-based treatments, or are looking for a non-steroid ankle or foot pain treatment option.

If you’re searching for a skilled and experienced podiatrist, contact Dr. Steven Burns at Arizona Foot Doctors. Dr. Burns has over 35 years of experience treating common foot problems and advanced sports injuries related to the foot, ankle, and heel. Our team is dedicated to your health and comfort.

What to Expect With Amnio Injections

AmnioFix injections are a simple, outpatient procedure. You don’t have to worry about spending a night at the hospital or any other prolonged spell with your doctor. The site of your injection may remain tender for two to three days following the injection. If you experience pain from the treatment, it can be moderated with the application of ice. Elevating your injured ankle also helps to minimize discomfort in the days following treatment. Physical therapy may also be suggested as a compliment to your AmnioFix treatment.

AmnioFix Leads the Pack for Non-Surgical Pain Treatment

If you’ve been injured and can no longer play the sports you love, it’s time to take action. The injections offered by Arizona Foot Doctors is a non-surgical pain treatment which helps you recover not just more quickly but more completely, helping to prevent sports injuries from recurring in the future. AmnioFix is the best option for a quick and long-lasting recovery when it comes to foot pain treatment or ankle pain treatment.

Learn more about this cutting edge foot pain treatment by scheduling an appointment with Arizona Foot Doctors, located on Shea and the 101 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Book online or by calling us directly.

Prevent Foot Injures and Ankle Conditions

Foot pain is a common problem for athletes, active individuals, and young, lively children. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to reduce the likelihood that foot or ankle injuries will interfere with your active lifestyle. Proper foot care involves recognizing problems and addressing them before they become serious. At Arizona Foot Doctors, foot injury prevention is our number one priority when it comes to your foot health. Below are ten of the best strategies to reduce ankle injuries and prevent foot injuries. 

#1 – Condition your muscles before starting your sport or activity.

The best way to prevent foot injuries is through good conditioning. When you exercise or start a new activity, there are different demands on the muscles, bones, and connective tissue of your feet. Proper strengthening and conditioning through warm-ups, stretching, and self-massaging will prepare you for the upcoming task and prevent muscle strains, pulled muscles, plantar fasciitis, and other painful conditions.

Conditioning for Adults

Before your next walk, sports game, or outdoor adventure, make sure to stretch your feet, roll your ankles, and massage your heels. Following the below exercises will prevent foot injuries and relieve any pain you may be experiencing.

  • Toe curls and raises. While sitting on a chair (at work or home), place your feet flat on the ground. Once relaxed, slowly move your toes and the balls of your feet up towards the ceiling. Hold for 5-seconds, then slowly roll your toes back to the floor. Next, lift your heels while curling your toes underneath. Your big toe and 2ns/3rd toe should remain touching the ground. Hold this position for 5-seconds, then slowly move your toes and heel back to the starting position. Repeat this exercise 8 – 10 times.
  • Toe splay. Similar to the curls and raises, start in a sitting position. Once relaxed, slowly spread your toes apart while slightly lifting them towards the ceiling. After you have stretched all toes, gradually move them back to your starting position. Repeat the toe splay 10 – 12 times.
  • Heel roll. To stretch your heels, place a golf ball under the ball of your feet while sitting down. At a slow pace, move the golf ball back and forth between the ball of your foot and your heel, applying slight pressure. Continue with this movement for 2 – 3 minutes before switching feet. If you’re experiencing pain or irritation, try this exercise with a refrigerated or frozen water bottle.

Conditioning for Kids

Are you getting your family for game day? We recommend a 5-minute stretch before and after the big game, and before and after any practices leading up to it. It’s essential that your kid’s joints retain a full range of motion to prevent foot injuries, pain, or ankle stiffness. Having these 5-minute warmup sessions with your kids can also reduce stress and improve their performance.

  • Minute 1 – Toe touches. While sitting down on the floor, outstretch your arms and hands to touch your toes or the ball of your foot. Hold it for 10 – 15 seconds then release and repeat. Applying slight pressure can be beneficial.
  • Minute 2 – Toe stretches. Once you’re finished with toe touches, stay on the floor and start spreading your toes. Wiggle them back and forth, from side to side, and apart from each other.
  • Minute 3 – Stepping heel stretches. On a step or small ledge, bring your heel(s) to the edge. Slowly lower your heels, holding the stance for 10-seconds, then lifting your heels so you’re almost standing on your tippy toes. You can perform this exercise with 1 foot at a time, or with both feet. Repeat this for 1-minute.
  • Minute 4 – 5 – Roll your feet. With a golf ball or tennis ball, you can stretch your foot arch and toes by rolling it back and forth from your heel to the top of your largest toe. Spend about 1 minute per foot.

If you’re unsure of what stretches or massages you should be performing, book an appointment with Arizona Foot Doctors. Part of our foot care prevention program includes physical therapy – we’ll show you the best warmups to follow and how to stretch your feet properly.

Prevent Foot Injuries & Keep Your Family’s Feet Healthy

#2 – Make sure your shoes are appropriate for your sport and your foot type.

Athletic shoes are designed to address the specific challenges of each sport and activity. It’s best to choose the right shoe for your particular foot type to ensure your ankles, heels, and feet are protected. High or low arches, supination or pronation, each foot requires different corrections to provide comfort and injury prevention. When shopping for shoes, practice running, walking, jogging, and other warmups specific to your sport. Once you find your perfect pair, visit Arizona Foot Doctors to get fitted for your custom sports insoles for an added layer of protection.

#3 – Replace shoes regularly.

In addition to wearing the right shoes, you should make sure to replace them when they show signs of wear, or when you notice foot pain or discomfort. Most manufacturers recommend that running shoes be replaced after no more than 500 miles of training—less for some runners. Other types of athletic shoes should be replaced if you notice wear on the soles or feel less support. To increase the longevity of your shoes or take a more budget-friendly approach for your family, consider Arizona Foot Doctor’s custom foot orthotics. Most insurances cover the cost of custom orthotics, also know as insoles, to keep your feet protected during daily activities.

#4 – Increase activity levels gradually.

If you’re trying something new or returning to a seasonal activity, don’t try to hit your stride in the first days of training. Instead, choose a gradual approach that allows your body to adjust to new stresses. If a gradual increase in unavoidable, make sure to condition your muscles before, after, and in-between practices.

#5 – Listen to your body.

Make sure to pay attention to your aches and pains. Learning to distinguish between the soreness of a hard workout and the pain of a possible injury will help you to respond appropriately. Learn about common foot problems or visit the podiatrists at Arizona Foot Doctors for a professional diagnosis. Anytime foot pain or an injury prevents you from engaging in normal activities, it’s wise to seek medical attention.

#6 – Choose soft surfaces whenever possible.

Soft surfaces absorb shock and cushion impact, creating less stress for your feet and ankles to absorb. Try running on a track instead of the road. Find a mat to stand on while you’re doing your conditioning.

#7 – Be wary of uneven terrain.

Many ankle injuries are the result of activity on uneven surfaces. If your sport takes you over trails and through woods, pay close attention to the ground beneath your feet. To prevent foot injuries while running or hiking, make sure to find shoes or boots with a tight grip.

#8 – Pay attention to recurring foot injuries.

Aches and pains that don’t go away with rest may be signals of an underlying injury. If foot pain, stiffness or tenderness are limiting your activity or causing you to change the way you move, seek medical attention. Arizona Foot Doctors, Scottsdale’s top podiatry, is dedicated to finding conservative and effective treatments for individuals who suffer from long-term pain. Alongside treating your pain, it’s our goal to prevent foot injuries and ankle conditions. 

#9 – Consider tape or a brace if you need extra support.

Athletic tape and braces can provide additional support for strenuous tasks and activity. If you’re suffering from ongoing pain or feel any discomfort in your feet, pick up an ankle brace or foot boot at Arizona Foot Doctors. If you know you have the big game coming up or if you’re preparing for an activity, consider investing in a brace to prevent foot injuries and future ankle issues. 

#10 – Vary your routine to avoid overuse injuries.

Even highly trained athletes can be injured when they don’t include a variety of activities in their routine. Overuse injuries occur when the same muscles are used in the same way over and over without significant change, or without opposite movement to balance those demands. To keep your feet healthy and to prevent overuse sports injuries, make sure you’re engaging in activities that exercise all muscles in more than 1 or 2 ways.

Healthy Feet are Happy Feet

For athletes, active individuals, and busy families, it’s important not to forget foot care basics. Keep your feet clean, wear socks that wick perspiration, and make sure that all of your shoes fit correctly.

If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, or suspect that you have an injury, Arizona Foot Doctors is here to help. Our experienced doctors and staff welcome the opportunity to provide you with the latest treatment options to keep your feet feeling their best. Our prevention and physical therapy program is focused on preventing foot injuries and future ankle conditions. To learn more, contact us directly. 

Back-To-School Foot Care for Families

Back-To-School Foot Care for Families

Modern Podiatry that Meets the Modern Family

With the school year rolling back around and holidays peeking around the corner, it’s easy to forget about your family’s foot health. One wrong jump, sprint, or fall can cause extreme foot pain and a big setback in your busy schedule. Avoid any issues that might appear by visiting Arizona Foot Doctors, Scottsdale’s top family podiatrist.

Just like visiting the dentist for teeth cleaning twice a year, it’s essential that you visit your foot doctor for a regular healthy foot checkup. Our podiatrist will examine your kid’s feet to check for any emerging issues, potential causes for pain, and more. We’ll also recommend healthy foot tips and preventative treatment options to keep your children moving.

Conservative Treatment Options for Kids and Adults

Surgery isn’t the best option for everyone. At our Scottsdale Podiatry clinic, we carefully examine each patient’s foot and listen to their issues to determine the best plan of action. Our treatment plans are customized to each individual, working to relieve foot pain effectively treat the condition conservatively. Surgery is never our first recommendation or course of action. The kids and adults who visit our clinic leave comfortable and happy and typically get back to their activities immediately after their visit. Learn more about Arizona Foot Doctors, or schedule your appointment online.

“Dr. Burns is a very professional and personable podiatrist. He thoroughly listens to you and makes sure you’re comfortable at all times. I highly recommend him as your podiatrist.”
-Kenneth P, verified Zocdoc review.

Preventative Services for Kids and Adults

Modern families are always on-the-go. To prevent possible injuries and disruptions to your schedule, we offer a variety of cutting-edge preventative treatments that will help keep your busy family moving. For young athletes and active individuals, our laser therapy treatment will keep you on the field while protecting and strengthening your foot. Another preventive treatment that we offer to our patients is RIT therapy,  an innovative treatment option that promotes healthy living and stronger support.

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Insurance FAQ’s

As you may know, medical insurance is big business. The days of low deductibles are over and almost all health plans require you meet your deductible before being eligible for the simplest of benefits.  Let’s face it – insurance is great for major medical events but what about everything else?  Why must you be injured with a “medically necessary” diagnosis code in order to receive health benefits for your feet?  We wish we had an answer for you- but we aren’t the decision makers when it comes to payment and medical insurance. We are, however, on your team when it comes to healthy living.

What Podiatry Treatments are Covered by my Insurance?

Most insurances cover general checkups and common foot problem treatments, but some insurance plans will make you pay for everything out of pocket until your deductible is met. When you’re supporting a family of 2 or more, this can be daunting. At Arizona Foot Doctors, we show our patients exactly what their insurance covers and develop a treatment plan around that. Everyone’s situation is unique and we prefer to educate you on everything you can do to keep you on your feet. You will never feel pressured in our office and surgery, as mentioned before,  is never our first course of action for anything.

Are AFD’s Cutting Edge Treatments Covered?

The cutting-edge foot pain and prevention treatments we offer aren’t deemed necessary by most insurance companies, so they aren’t covered. However, we price each treatment plan reasonably, giving most patients the ability to pay out-of-pocket or through CareCredit. Before you make the decision, we layout each treatment plan in detail, eliminating any cost surprises you would typically encounter elsewhere.

Scheduling Your Family Podiatry Appointment

Everyone is welcome at Arizona Foot Doctors –  kids, athletes, grandparents, and everyone in between.  To make your life easier, you can book your family’s podiatry appointment online or by phone. If you have any questions beforehand, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We look forward to meeting you and your family.

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Preventive and Regenerative Medicine for the Foot and Ankle

Preventive and Regenerative Medicine for the Foot and Ankle

Choice Treatments Used By Professional Athletes Now Available at Arizona Foot Doctors

Have you ever wondered what NFL and NBA team doctors use as their choice treatment for foot pain and inflammation? Or what they use to prevent future ankle injuries? Stop your wondering! Arizona Foot Doctors specializes in pain and preventative therapies for athletes, offering the same laser pain therapy and physician made orthotics for active Arizonans that pro-athletes use on the field. This technology, equipment, and advanced medicine is offered for patients suffering from foot, ankle and heel pain. It’s also available for competitive sports players interested in preventative options.


Why Laser Therapy and Custom Foot Orthotics?

Laser foot therapy and foot orthotics are non-invasive treatments, giving pro-athletes the ability to get back into the game immediately and active individuals to get back on track. The old school theory that surgery, oral medications (both narcotic and non-narcotic), and painful injections are required to get rid of pain is untrue and no longer relevant. Nobody should have to hurt to heal.

This modern laser treatment does not only treat pain and discomfort but is used as a regenerative strategy to relief.  While many lasers use two waves of energy- our laser used 3. Why 3? The third wavelength has shown to increase the circulation of healthy cells, which in effect speeds up healing times and maintains optimal foot health and circulation.

Custom foot orthotics are a popular method of relief, giving athletes arch support and a  solid footbed to improve performance.  Most orthotics are “one-size fit all,” but Arizona Foot Doctors uses an advanced 3D scanning technology to customize the fit. These doctor prescribed orthotics provide perfect arch support, preventing future falls (balance treatment) and supporting the entirety of your body weight.

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How Custom Foot Orthotics Will Help You

Food for thought – what if someone told you that a pair of custom orthotics could potentially keep you walking longer without assistive walkers, canes, or accommodative braces?  You have worked hard your whole life to enjoy these years- make the most of your life by staying on your feet!

Custom orthotics are a smart solution to quickly relieve pain and to keep you moving. Our physician made and prescribed orthotics and can treat a myriad of conditions- from general foot cramps or plantar fasciitis to knee and back pain.  In addition to treating pain, orthotics from Arizona Foot Doctors serve an even higher purpose, that is fall prevention and endurance.

Are you an athlete with flat feet?  Guess what. Orthotics provide you with the arch you never had and will give you that springboard effect. Who doesn’t want to shave off a couple of seconds off their finish time- or go that extra mile?  Do you fatigue easily while playing sports or simply walking? Orthotics will accurately position the foot in your shoe to give the best performance with the least amount of harmful strain on your feet.

Now, we may not all be professional athletes, but most of us love sports and being active.  Maybe it’s playing a game of “catch” with your grandchild or braving the crowds at the mall with your other half, but it’s those moments we need orthotics most.

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Why Choose Podiatrist Dr. Burns?

Dr. Burns is Scottsdale’s top podiatrist, offering a variety of conservative treatments for common foot problems in adults and children. His approach to foot care is like no other, setting up patients for permanent pain relief and healthy feet. Athletes, seniors and everyone in between, visit us today for a proper analysis of your feet. We’ll help you determine the best method of treatment for your foot and ankle pain.