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By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
November 20, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Foot-related conditions like bunions often grow slowly over a long period of time and do not cause any obvious issues until they are in their Foot Bunionmost advanced stages. However, recognizing a bunion and getting treatment early can help you decrease the chances of ever getting to this point and ensure that your feet remain healthy for years to come. Find out more about bunions and how your podiatrist can help with Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM.

What is a bunion? 
A bunion is a bony growth located at the base of the big toe. The growth presents itself as a lump on the inside of the foot. Bunions grow slowly, usually over many years, and often do not cause problems until they reach their more advanced stages. Many people do not even know they have a bunion until their doctor spots it.

What causes bunions? 
They are can be related to the type of foot you inherit and the type of shoes you tend to wear. High-heeled, too-narrow, or too-tight shoes contribute to bunion development and can cause them to grow larger, whereas wearing more comfortable shoes with a wide toe-box can help decrease or even stop their rate of growth.

Do I have a bunion? 
Bunions do not always produce symptoms. However, as the condition advances, you may notice one or more of the following:

  • a lump or bump at the base of the big toe
  • discomfort around the base of the big toe
  • swelling or redness around the bunion
  • decreased range of motion in the big toe
  • overlapping first and second toes
  • corns or calluses on the toes where they overlap
  • persistent or intermittent pain

Bunion Treatments in Albuquerque, NM 
Treating a bunion depends almost entirely on its severity. Bunions in their earliest stages may require only lifestyle changes such as wearing different shoes or losing weight to treat their symptoms or even slow or stop their growth. However, bunions in their later stages may require a surgery called a bunionectomy. This procedure removes the bunion altogether and, if necessary, realigns the toes to their proper positions. Your doctor can help you determine which treatment is best for your bunion.

For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM. Call (505) 247-4164 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!

By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
July 30, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

No one likes the burning, itching, and cracking typical of athlete's foot. Also, the infection can become very serious if you are diabetic or athlete's foothave a weakened immune system. That's why persistent athlete's foot infections require treatment and prevention strategies from your podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM - Dr. Zachary Haas, Dr. Mark Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb. Known for the best podiatric care in the area, your friends at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists will help you have the healthiest, most active feet possible.

No one likes the burning, itching, and cracking typical of athlete's foot. Also, the infection can become very serious if you are diabetic or have a weakened immune system. That's why persistent athlete's foot infections require treatment and prevention strategies from your podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM - Dr. Zachary Haas, Dr. Mark Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb. Known for the best podiatric care in the area, your friends at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists will help you have the healthiest, most active feet possible.

Symptoms of Athlete's Foot

Also called Tinea pedis by the medical community, Athlete's Foot is a very common fungal infection of the skin between the toes and on the soles of the feet. Spread through person to person contact, shared bathrooms, gyms, and pool areas and by using contaminated nail clippers and other pedicure instruments, this foot fungus causes disturbing symptoms such as:

  • Intense burning and itching
  • Skin redness and swelling
  • Fluid-filled and oozing blisters
  • Skin cracking, particularly between the toes

If the micro-organism spreads, it can infect the groin (causing Jock Itch), hands, or other areas of the body.

Why it happens

The American Academy of Dermatology says that foot fungus is very common and proliferates in moist environments such as locker rooms, showers, swimming pools, or many other public areas where there is a lot of barefoot traffic. Additionally, this microorganism likes dark, sweaty shoes and socks which are not well ventilated. Poor foot hygiene contributes to the problem.

Treating Athlete's Foot

Your Albuquerque podiatrist recommends a podiatric examination if your symptoms are severe and persistent (beyond two weeks). He may advise  continued  application of an over-the-counter antifungal cream, or he may prescribe a stronger medication either in oral or topical form.

Whatever the medication, these preventive measures also are good ways to treat athlete's foot:

  1. Wash your feet with soap and water every day, and dry them completely with a clean towel, particularly between the toes.
  2. Wear clean, natural-fiber socks daily.
  3. Alternate shoes, allowing sweaty pairs to dry completely before wearing them again.
  4. Wear shower sandals or flip flips poolside, in the locker room or at the water park.
  5. Avoid going barefoot outdoors.
  6. Apply athlete's foot powder prophylactically.
  7. Avoid sharing towels with infected individuals.
  8. Use clean nail clippers and files.
  9. Avoid shoes that are all-rubber or plastic as they do not allow the feet to "breathe."

Healthy feet

With a little extra care and cleanliness, you can cure and avoid athlete's foot. For more information on this and other common foot maladies, contact Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM. Call (505) 247-4164.

By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
June 12, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ankle Sprain  

Don’t let an injured ankle go ignored!ankle sprain

You couldn’t wait to lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement. When the weather gets warm, there's nothing better than your regular outdoor run. Unfortunately, as you rounded the corner during your run you felt like your ankle went one way and your foot went the other. Now you are dealing with pain and difficulty walking. Could you be dealing with a sprained ankle? Our Albuquerque, NM, podiatrists Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb are here to help when you notice signs of a sprained ankle and when it's time to see a doctor.

The most common symptoms of a sprained ankle include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Difficulty putting weight on the ankle
  • Redness

Any time an injury to the ankle occurs it can cause inflammation and pain at an instant, as the blood vessels begin to leak into the tissue surrounding the injured ankle joint. As a result, swelling, pain, and even the feeling of warmth within the ankle are common complaints.

When should you see a doctor?

In most instances, a sprained ankle will get better all by itself without needing to visit a medical professional. The only issue is that your sprain might not actually be just a sprain. It could actually be a fracture (broken bone), which will require care from our Albuquerque, NM, foot doctors. This is why you should absolutely call us to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing severe pain that you can’t manage yourself, if you are unable to walk, or if the injury doesn’t improve within five to seven days of rest and at-home care.

How do you treat a sprained ankle?

As we mentioned, a sprained ankle will heal by itself as long as you give it the rest it needs to heal properly. This means staying off the foot and elevating it above the heart when sitting down to reduce swelling. Icing the ankle for 15 minutes at a time several times a day can also reduce pain and swelling. As your foot begins to heal, our podiatrist may also recommend certain stretching exercises to help re-strength the joints, tissue, and muscles within the injured ankle.

Are you experiencing ankle problems but not sure whether it warrants a trip to our office? If you aren’t sure, it’s important to call our office. The expert foot and ankle specialists at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM, are here to provide you with the tailored, comprehensive foot care you need.

By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
April 16, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out how your Albuquerque podiatrists can help you with your heel painheel 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.

By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
January 17, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: orthotics  

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 oftenorthotics 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.

Over-the-counter orthotics

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.

Prescription orthotics

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!