Find out how your Albuquerque podiatrists can help you with your heel pain
The podiatrists at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM, are equipped with years of experience and knowledge of how to examine your feet and prescribe the proper course of treatment when it comes to resolving issues and problems, like heel pain.
Heel and Causes of Pain
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the heel is the largest bone in your foot and, despite its elaborate network of 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments are subject to damage by external forces.
When the fascia, a connective tissue that extends from the heel of the foot to the toes is irritated or inflamed, you may feel pain.
Other causes of heel pain include:
- Heel spurs, a growth on the bone that may be painless in many cases but may also result in chronic pain.
- Gout, which is the buildup of uric acid salts, a normal byproduct of the diet, in the joints.
- Arthritis, which is swelling of cartilage and lining in joints.
There are also other disorders and issues including, collagen disorders, nerve injuries, heel bone abnormalities and tumors.
Caring for heel pain
There are invasive surgical treatments to get rid of heel pain, such as the removal of connective tissue and heel spurs, but before going down that road, here are a few options to consider:
- Wear comfortable shoes made of soft rubber.
- Stretch your feet out daily.
- Avoid rigorous sports and exercises.
- Take medications according to your podiatrist's orders, but medicine such as ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation.
For more information regarding your heel pain, contact Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, or Dr. Matthew Cobb of Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists at (505) 247-4164. Their office is conveniently located in Albuquerque, NM, for when you're ready to schedule an appointment with them.
Our feet are one of the most active parts of our bodies, carrying all our weight from one place to another. Unfortunately, they’re also often one of the most overlooked. Problems with your toes, feet, and ankles can make moving around difficult, even impossible. Podiatrists like Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachery Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb in Albuquerque, NM often recommend orthotics as a way to enhance your ability to walk comfortably. We've outlined the two basic types of orthotics - over-the-counter and prescriptive - in this article.
The branch of orthotics, when it comes to podiatry, is very broad. The main goal of any orthotic is to optimize your comfort and stability to make movement easier. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of needing extra cushioning inside a pair of shoes. In many cases, this can be accomplished by visiting your local pharmacy and checking out their over the counter selection of shoe inserts. There are pads for bunions and calluses on the toes, arch supports for plantar fasciitis, and many others. Your Albuquerque podiatrist will give you recommendations so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the choices.
In some cases, a one-size-fits-all solution isn’t very effective. People who have physical abnormalities with their gait, such as overpronation (feet rolling inward), or underlying medical conditions such as cerebral palsy or rheumatoid arthritis, may need a more personalized approach to orthotics. Your Albuquerque podiatrist is trained and experienced in prescribing custom orthotics, which will correct and cushion targeted areas of your foot and ankle. They are made in a medical laboratory from specific measurements taken during your appointment at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists.
When walking is more comfortable, you'll find that your whole life is easier. Contacting Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM is the best way to get started. Call our office for an appointment today!
Staying active is the key to maintaining good health as you age. However, if walking is difficult due to problems with your feet, you may notice the rest of your health start to decline as well. At Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, New Mexico, podiatrists Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb wants their senior patients to know about the best ways they and their caregivers can maintain the health of their feet in order to ensure a better lifestyle. Some of their tips are listed below.
Health conditions that affect the foot
Due to the changes the body undergoes as we age, older people are commonly affected by reduced circulation, arthritis, or diabetes - or a combination of the three. These conditions are particularly hard on the feet. Diabetes and circulatory issues can cause a reduced sense of feeling, while arthritis can be extremely painful. All of these can severely limit activity. Foot injuries can also cause problems that are especially concerning to your Albuquerque podiatrist, as they are often slow to heal due to the lack of circulation to the lower extremities. This puts foot wounds at risk for serious infections. Even without systemic diseases, using the feet over many decades can leave them deformed and painful.
Geriatric foot care tips
As with many other health conditions, prevention is essential to foot health, especially for the elderly population. Your Albuquerque podiatrist can teach his patients the best ways to clean and inspect the feet daily for any signs of injury, no matter how minor, as well as proper techniques for trimming the toenails to prevent problems like ingrown toenails. Wearing good quality socks and shoes at all times can keep injuries at bay, and staying active can help increase blood flow and keep the muscles in working order.
It's important to understand that geriatric foot problems can be treated effectively, but working with your podiatrists in Albuquerque, Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb, is the first step to relieving your discomfort. Contact Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists to schedule an appointment for yourself or a loved one today!
Do you know what a bunion is? Most people know they're located on the feet, but not everyone knows how they're formed or treated. You might not even realize you currently have a bunion! At Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists, Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb want their patients in Albuquerque, New Mexico to be informed of the different ways we can help them, and understand the reasons why bunions happen and what can be done to manage them.
What is a bunion?
A bunion may look like an extra growth on the inside of your foot near the base of the big toe, but they're actually a misshapen toe joint. When the big toe has constant pressure on it that pushes inward it toward the other toes, its bottom joint may begin to jut outwards. Bunions are largely a problem for women because of the way their footwear crowds the toes. The likelihood of developing on a bunion on one or both of your feet can also be due to genetic predisposition.
How are bunions treated?
Many people with bunions aren't bothered by them. However, some people visit their Albuquerque podiatrist with complaints of pain from the joint or from blisters and other lesions that have developed due to friction. There are several ways that our doctors at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists can treat bothersome bunions. Cushioned pads and shoe inserts can help protect the bunion from pressure and rubbing. Switching out narrow shoes for roomier options may also help relieve pain. Surgery may be an option for those who with severe joint deformities, especially if they do not find relief from conservative methods.
If you have a bunion that's been bothering you, it's time to contact your New Mexico foot doctors at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists for an appointment. Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb look forward to meeting with you!
You may not pay much attention to your feet until you're in pain. Then, every step you take hurts, and you just want the pain to stop. Heel pain is one of the most difficult kind of podiatric discomforts, but the expert staff at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM, can help. Whether a patient suffers from heel spurs, heel fissures or Haglund's Deformity, Dr. Zachary Haas, Dr. Mark Haas and Dr. Matthew Cobb can pinpoint the cause and offer precise and compassionate care to help every step you take be pain-free.
Kinds of heel pain in Albuquerque
Have you ever heard of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs? If you're middle-aged or older, you may have personally experienced these painful and worrisome conditions. Both cause pain that begins at the heel and moves across the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that stretches from the heel to the base of the toes.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammatory, causing redness, swelling and constant aching pain. It's worse when rising in the morning but continues with stiffness throughout the day. Often, small spurs, or bony projections off the front of the heel bone, accompany plantar fasciitis and add to its immobility and discomfort.
Our podiatrists notice that people with high arches, flat feet, poorly supporting footwear and weight issues suffer from plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Thankfully, they have many ways to treat this foot problem that affects nearly 2 million Americans (according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons).
- NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen
- Custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics) or night splints
- Cortisone shots
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- ESWT, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy when less conservative measures are ineffective
- Plantar fascia release surgery
- Bone spur removal
Other foot problems may cause heel pain, too. Heel fissures, or deeply cracked skin on the sides and bottom of the heel, bleed, snag hosiery and are very uncomfortable. Sandal straps, dry skin and eczema cause this common but treatable podiatric issue. Dr. Haas recommends shoes with good support and daily application of moisturizers to heal the cracks and soothe sore skin.
Finally, our podiatrists sometimes see a condition called Haglund's Deformity. Basically, Haglund's Deformity is a bump located on the back of the heel bone. Physical irregularities such as a tight Achilles tendon or high arches contribute to the painful problem, but the wrong shoes worsen it, too.
For instance, runners typically wear sneakers which high and stiff backs. These shoes, and others, combined with repetitive motion, increase the size of the heel bone. Anti-inflammatory medications help as does shoe padding or simply changing shoe style. In severe cases, though, the doctors at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists recommend surgery to reduce the size of the heel bone.
End that heel pain
You can by contacting Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists. Make an appointment for a consultation in Albuquerque, NM, and learn what you can do to have feet that feel great. Call (505) 247-4164.
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