Are you feeling a little frustrated because your plantar fasciitis symptoms aren't improving? Your Albuquerque, NM, podiatrists at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists offer orthotics and other devices and treatments that can reduce your pain.
How plantar fasciitis affects your foot
Plantar fasciitis affects the plantar fascia, a tough band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. Tiny tears in the fascia trigger inflammation that causes heel pain.
If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice a stabbing pain in your heel when you take your first steps in the morning, after sitting for long periods, or after you finish exercising. Pain can start slowly and may gradually worsen over the course of a few weeks.
You may be at increased risk of developing the condition if you spend most of the day on your feet, wear shoes that don't cushion your feet, have tight calf muscles, are overweight, or have high arches or flat feet.
Treatment options for plantar fasciitis
Your podiatrist can offer several treatment options for plantar fasciitis, including:
- Orthotics: Orthotics cushion your foot, reducing pressure on your heel. During your visit to the Albuquerque podiatry office, your podiatrist will create a mold of your foot that will be used to create your prescription shoe inserts. Orthotics also improve the alignment of your foot while you wear shoes, absorb shock and can help prevent back, hip and leg pain.
- Night Splints: Worn while you sleep, night splints hold your ankle in a neutral position and stretch your fascia.
- Cortisone Injections: Cortisone injections may be recommended if over-the-counter medications don't adequately control your pain.
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy: During this therapy, shockwaves penetrate your tissues, speeding healing and reducing pain.
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapy prevents your fascia from becoming too tight and also stretches your calf muscles and Achilles tendon.
- Surgery: If other treatments aren't helpful, surgery to release the plantar fascia may be recommended.
Orthotics and other treatment strategies can help you manage your plantar fasciitis pain. Call your Albuquerque, NM, foot doctors at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists at (505) 247-4164 to schedule an appointment.
If you are dealing with recurring fungal infection here’s how our podiatry team can help.
Fungal infections within the toenails are the most common types of foot infections. Fungus loves to live in warm, damp environments like locker rooms, showers and swimming pools. If you are dealing with a fungal infection of the toenail it’s important to know how to treat the problem and when you may need to turn to our Albuquerque, NM, podiatrists for care.
Signs of a Toenail Fungus
How do you know that your toenails may be infected? All you have to do is to a look at them. If one of your nails looks discolored (fungus usually causes the nail to turn yellow), thicker than the rest or brittle then chances are good that you are dealing with a fungus. While other issues can cause these same symptoms, most of the time a fungal infection is to blame.
In more severe instances the nail may curl, cause you pain or smell bad. These are also symptoms that warrant attention from one of our Albuquerque, NM, foot doctors.
When to See a Doctor
You shouldn’t just wait for symptoms to get worse before seeing someone. If you suspect that you may have a nail infection but you’ve never had one before then it may be a good idea to see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.
Fungal infections can get worse if left untreated or not properly treated. If you notice that the nail has turned brown or black, if the nail is pulling away from the nail bed or if it causes you pain then you need to see a podiatrist.
Patients who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or have circulation problems in their feet should also see a doctor immediately if they notice any changes in their toenails. Do not try and treat the problem on your own. A doctor will provide you with the treatment you need to prevent infection or other complications.
Treating a Fungal Infection
While there are some over-the-counter treatment options that don’t require a prescription from your doctor, some of these at-home treatments won’t be as effective. Sometimes the infection may even return. If this happens you will need to find a more effective option.
A podiatrist can provide you with topical medicines that you can apply or paint on the nail to attack the fungus. Topical medication can’t penetrate through the hard layers of the nail so these medications aren’t always effective. If topical medications don’t work our doctor may recommend oral medication, which can systemically kill the infection. Those patients dealing with severe, treatment-resistant or recurring fungal infections may benefit from laser fungal treatment.
Are you battling recurrent or severe toenail fungus? If this is a problem that is happening regularly it’s worth talking to Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists to find out what’s going on. Call our podiatry team today.
Diabetes is a disease that not only causes elevated blood sugar levels but can have dangerous effects on your feet. Proper care and regular foot exams are essential in keeping your diabetic feet safe and healthy. If you have ingrown toenails, slow to heal sores or excessive swelling, numbness, or tingling in your feet, you should get your feet examined to prevent any complications or further issues.
Diabetes can cause nerve damage and reduced blood flow to your feet. As a result, you may not be able to feel pain in your feet and recognize irritation or cuts which can lead to sores, infections or wounds which are slow or unable to heal.
What can you do to care for diabetic feet?
- Always wear shoes, both indoors and outdoors, and inspect the insides for pebbles or objects which could irritate your feet
- Wear clean socks made of moisture wicking fabric. You can find socks with extra padding and a higher cut made specifically made for diabetic feet
- Keep your feet free from moisture and consider using antiperspirant on the underside of your foot if you experience heavy sweating
- Cut your toenails straight across, filing away sharp edges, and consult a doctor for treatment of calluses, warts or corns rather than attempting it at home
- Clean your feet gently with lukewarm water and dry them with a light touch
- Keep the area between your toes dry, using moisturizer only on the tops and bottoms of your feet
- Properly care for your diabetes by monitoring your blood sugar levels, exercising and not smoking
- Do not use hot water bottles or heating devices on your feet
- Contact Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists if you notice swelling, sores or cuts on your feet and have your feet regularly examined by your doctor
Contact Dr. Zachary Haas of Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists at (505) 247-4164 for all your diabetic foot care needs.
Given that it is one of the most common foot and ankle problems today according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, chances are you've probably experienced heel pain at some point in your lifetime. Fortunately, when you come into these issues, the foot doctors here at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM, can provide you with the treatment you need. Read on to learn more!
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Albuquerque, NM
Here are some of the most common causes of heel pain:
- Plantar fasciitis (caused by small tears or inflammation to the plantar fascia)
- Achilles tendonitis
- Bone spurs
When to Seek Help for Your Heel Pain
Generally speaking, heel pain that lasts for more than a week should be checked out in order to rule out an injury. However, if your heel pain has resulted from trauma, an accident, or a sports injury, you should get medical attention right away to rule out a fracture or other potentially serious injury. You should also see a doctor if you have significant swelling, have limited range of motion, can't move/put pressure on the heel/foot, or have other symptoms like a fever or sign of infection.
Depending on the cause and severity of your heel pain as well as your lifestyle, most cases of plantar fasciitis and heel pain can typically be treated conservatively with rest, icing, and over-the-counter pain relievers. If necessary, your podiatrist may also recommend custom orthotics and supportive footwear to make sure that your arches and ankles are properly supported and in alignment when you walk/engage in physical activity.
Find a Podiatrist in Albuquerque, NM
For more information about plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle injuries, contact Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists by dialing 505-247-4164. Schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists today!
Finding out that you need to wear an orthotic device in your shoe can be overwhelming news; there are a lot of different types available now, and that can make it hard to know where to start. That's why working with podiatrists like Drs. Mark Haas, Zachery Haas, and Matthew Cobb of Haas Foot and Ankle is so important! Read on to learn more about how orthotics from their Albuquerque office can benefit your foot!
Who needs orthotics?
Orthotics can help patients deal with a variety of conditions. Their basic purpose is to provide stability and comfort to the feet or ankles after an injury or once a structural problem has been diagnosed. Worn inside the shoe, cushioned orthotics can also help to protect foot ulcers, an especially important factor for diabetic patients, who need to keep these injuries clean and undisturbed while they heal. Additionally, orthotics can assist with correcting leg, hip, and back problems by changing the way a person balances when they stand or walk.
Can I purchase orthotics at my local pharmacy?
If you have a small bunion or mild plantar fasciitis, an over-the-counter cushion or shoe insert could help relieve some discomfort in the short term. However, custom orthotics from your Albuquerque podiatrist provide much more stability and comfort, especially when you have structural problems with your foot or difficulty walking. Furthermore, custom orthotics take into consideration the size of your foot, its pressure points, and the specific problems you have—factors that OTC products are unable to take into consideration.
What type of shoes do I need to wear with orthotics?
Your Albuquerque podiatrist will provide you with specific shoe brands and styles for your condition, but the basic starting point for anyone who needs orthotics is to select footwear that leaves plenty of room and provides the proper balance of cushioning and support. This is not only to allow room for the orthotic, but also to accommodate your feet and toes as well.
Interested? Give us a call!
If you think you or a loved one could benefit from an orthotic, contact Haas Foot and Ankle in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to schedule an examination with Dr. Zachery Haas today! Our number is (505) 247-4164.
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