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By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
May 18, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: orthotics  

There are many different types of foot orthotics to resolve a variety of foot problems. The design, materials, and construction combined orthoticswith the foot condition and/or activity level help determine the best orthotic types for each patient. Our Albuquerque, NM, orthotics specialist, Dr. Zachery Haas, can examine each patient and suggest a custom foot orthotic type for each patient.

Types of Custom Foot Orthotics

Semi-rigid custom foot orthotics are maximum support variations that work great for both work boots and dress shoes. They are long lasting and durable and made of high-density polypropylene. They can be used for most feet issues, but a proper examination from a professional podiatrist is required for treatment.

Rigid orthotics or custom orthotics are used in cases that are advanced. These custom orthotics are made by our Albuquerque orthotics specialist, Dr. Haas, for each patient and their foot problem. He will look at your feet and examine them to design inserts that force your feet back into their correct position. These are the most effective ways to treat a variety of feet problems.

Heat molding orthotics are another option that is used in less severe cases. They are like custom orthotics, they are purchased at a store. They are made of EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate), a specialized type of plastic, that feels like soft rubber. This material gives the wearer great support. The inserts themselves are heated, which softens the material and molds to the shape of the feet as it cools.

Ultimately, learning about the different types of custom foot orthotics is important for anyone with any type of foot problems. Our Albuquerque, NM, orthotics specialist, Dr. Haas, is well versed in a variety of issues and knows how to successfully treat them. Call his office today at (505) 247-4164 to schedule an appointment with him.

By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
March 13, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: foot care  

Your feet do a lot for you. Isn’t it time you did something for them?foot care

If you think about all the time you spend walking up and down stairs, pounding the pavement, or walking around in tight shoes or high heels it’s not all that shocking to admit that your feet are put through a lot of abuse every day. Our Albuquerque podiatrists - Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachery Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb - offer up some ways to keep feet looking and feeling their best so they can work hard for you.

Proper foot care is an art and one that most people forget about. Of course, if you are concerned about blisters, ingrown toenails or other issues then it’s time you took the precautions necessary to keep your feet feeling great.

Remove Calluses Safely

If you are a healthy adult who is dealing with annoying calluses there is a safe way to rid your feet of them. Soak feet in warm water for about 10 minutes to help soften the skin. Once your feet have soaked, carefully use a pumice stone to remove the callus. It is not recommended to use a razor to cut a callus, as you may cut too deep. Those with diabetes, nerve damage or circulation problems in their feet should not do this themselves. If you have calluses, visit our Albuquerque foot doctors to have them properly removed.

Keep Toenails Trimmed

While people know to keep their toenails trimmed, many people don’t know that there are dos and don’ts to keeping toenails prim and proper. You may be tempted to cut your nails at a curved angle, but it’s always best to trim them straight across. Why? This will prevent ingrown toenails. Be careful never to trim toenails too short. They should always be level with the tips of your toes.

Footwear is Important

The shoes you wear can make or perhaps even literally break your feet. While it might seem easier just to wear the same old high heels or work shoes every day, you are going to do yourself a great disservice in the future. When shoes get old and worn they aren’t providing your feet with the support they need. Toss them out and then head to a shoe store. Need more arch support? Looking for more room in the toe box to prevent bunion irritation? These are all requests you can ask of a footwear professional to get the shoes you should be wearing.

Do you have questions about how to care for your feet? Are you experiencing any symptoms or changes that you need checked out? Then don’t hesitate to call Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists. We are proud to provide the very best foot care in Albuquerque.

By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
January 26, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: hammertoes  

Is one of your small toes starting to look a little bent out of shape?

According to research conducted in 2012, it looks like a whopping 20 percent of Americans deal with a foot deformity like hammertoes. A hammertoehammertoe is a condition that affects the small toes and causes one or both joints in the toe to bend downward. While this might seem like a small problem our Albuquerque, NM podiatrists, Drs. Mark and Zachary Haas and Dr. Matthew Cobb, are here to tell you why you shouldn’t just ignore the issue.

Why do hammertoes require treatment?

A hammertoe might seem like a small issue at first but if you leave this bent toe untreated you may find that the toe becomes locked into placed. A fixed hammertoe, unlike a flexible hammertoe, cannot be treated with simple at-home measures. In fact, the only way to treat a fixed hammertoe is with surgery. So if you would like to avoid surgery, as we assume you do, then you’ll want to tackle your issue before it becomes more serious.

What are the symptoms of a hammertoe?

If you have a hammertoe you may notice that one of your small toes is bent at the middle joint of the toe, causing it to curve downward. The best way to describe a hammertoe is to say that it makes the toe look almost like a claw. If you have a flexible hammertoe it means that with effort you can straighten the toe out. You won’t be able to straighten out a fixed hammertoe.

If you have a hammertoe you may also notice a corn or callus on the top of the toe. This is because these toes are more likely to rub against shoes. You may find discomfort when wearing shoes if you have a hammertoe.

How do you treat a hammertoe?

For those with a flexible hammertoe, our Albuquerque foot doctors will recommend simple measures like only wearing shoes that have enough room for toes to move around without being crammed together. We may also show you some simple exercises that you can do every day at home to help strengthen and stretch out the muscles. If these measures don’t manage your issues then surgery may be required.

If you are worried that you might be dealing with a hammertoe then it’s time you sought proper medical care from the foot care experts in Albuquerque, NM. Call Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists today.

By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
November 28, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ankle Sprain  

Did you sprain your ankle? Ankle sprains are common injuries. They are often severely painful and incapacitating. If treated quickly and properly, an ankle sprain will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM offers state-of-the-art treatments for ankle sprains.

What is an Ankle Sprain?

A sprained ankle is an injury to the ligaments on the ankle. Ligaments prevent excessive movement and help stabilize joints. Ankle sprains occur when people turn or twist their ankle in an awkward way. The ligaments on the ankle are injured when the heel is forced inward resulting in the tissues being damaged.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle may include stiffness in the joint, bruising, pain or soreness , swelling, and difficultly walking. The symptoms of an ankle sprain may vary in intensity, depending on the severity of the injury. Even if you do not have swelling or pain with an ankle sprain, treatment is crucial.

Ankle Sprain Diagnosis

Your podiatrist will perform an examination to determine which ligaments have been torn. During the examination, your podiatrist may move your ankle joint in various ways to check your range of motion. Your podiatrist may order X-rays to rule out a bone fracture. Your podiatrist may order an MRI if they suspect a severe injury to the ligaments.

Your Treatment Options in Albuquerque

Depending on the severity of your injury, you may receive a brace or short-leg cast to keep your ankle from moving. Your doctor will give you medications to reduce inflammation and pain. You may be advised to ice your ankle several times a day until the swelling and pain resolves. In severe cases, surgery may be required to adequately treat a sprained ankle.

Life always offers another chance to get back on track. It's called today. Call Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM today at (505) 247-4164 to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists. You will be cared for by one of this country's finest physicians.

By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
September 30, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: orthotics  

Dealing with foot and ankle pain may feel like a never-ending cycle: you experience discomfort when walking, but complete rest isn't an orthoticsoption for most people. That's where orthotics come in. These products, designed to support and stabilize the feet and ankles during movement, are often recommended by the doctors at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Learn more about these helpful devices here:

Who needs orthotics?

A wide variety of podiatry patients in Albuquerque that are seen by Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas and Dr. Matthew Cobb benefit from orthotics. Athletes, for example, may have suffered injuries while running or jumping that now require extra support during their activity. Older people may also need orthotics to counteract the effects of arthritis. Foot and ankle pain affects a large portion of the population. If suffer from this pain, seek relief by visiting your Albuquerque podiatrist and having an evaluation.

What type of orthotics are available?

Orthotics can be as simple as "one size fits all" inserts that can be purchased over the counter and worn inside the shoes. Most often, these inserts are designed to provide arch support or extra cushioning for your heels, ankles or toes. Your Albuquerque podiatrist can make recommendations for the brand and style that will work best for your situation.

Other patients may need customized orthotics to aid in mobility. These are specially made devices that your Albuquerque podiatrist prescribes after a thorough evaluation of your feet and ankles, while taking into consideration your health history. For example, patients with diabetes may need custom cushions to alleviate pressure and pain associated with foot ulcers. Other patients who have plantar fasciitis or tendinitis may benefit from functional orthotics, which help to stabilize and correct abnormal movement of the feet and ankles.

Don't let foot and ankle pain sideline you any longer. Make an appointment with Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists today and let us help you get back on your feet!

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