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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.
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.