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.