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By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
February 25, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: orthotics  

Would you like to increase your mobility and comfort as you engage in sports? Are your feet and ankles so painful they're making it difficult Shoe Orthoticsto walk? All these problems and more may be solved with customized orthotics from Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists. Dr. Zachary Haas, Dr. Mark Haas and Dr. Matthew Cobb help create these amazing shoe inserts so their patients function and feel their best.

What is a customized orthotic?

Orthotics are specialized inserts placed into shoes to maximize comfort, correct gait problems and cushion the impact which sports and normal daily activities have on the feet and ankles. At Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists, your foot doctors prescribe custom-made orthotics for patients of all ages. They are especially useful for people who:

  • Toe-in or toe-out when they walk
  • Have congenital or acquired deformities of the foot or ankle
  • Suffer from Achilles tendinitis or plantar fasciitis (with associated heel spur and heel pain)
  • Have flat feet, bunions or hammertoes
  • Have areas of friction, soreness or potential ulceration (as is the case with diabetics)
  • Suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis which develops after a traumatic injury

Athletes also benefit from the stabilization orthotics give them as they run, jump and stop suddenly. The devices relieve stress on the knees and lower back, preventing pain.

How they are made

Orthotics in Albuquerque may be constructed from soft (accommodative orthotics), rigid (functional orthotics) or semi-rigid materials depending on the desired therapeutic effect. Customized orthotics in general last longer and are more effective than store-bought shoe inserts.

Your foot doctor will either take a plaster mold of your foot or used computerized 3D imaging to determine the best shape and size for your orthotics. He will tell you when and how long to wear your orthotics for maximum benefit. Orthotics are part of an individualized treatment plan made specifically for you by your podiatrist. Often these devices are a viable way to avoid more invasive treatments, surgery or medications.

Do you need orthotics?

A complete podiatric examination will tell you if customized orthotics will help your feet and ankles. For a consultation with one of our friendly foot doctors, contact Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists at (505) 247-4164.

By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
January 29, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: orthotics  

Have you been wondering if prescription shoe inserts might help your foot or ankle pain? Orthotics offer a simple solution for many people who suffer from a number of foot conditions. Your Albuquerque, NM, podiatrists Drs. Zachary Haas, Matthew Cobb, and Mark Haas offer several types of orthotics that may improve your symptoms.


What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts custom designed to address your foot issues. Your Albuquerque foot doctor evaluates your gait during your visit and uses impressions of your feet to create inserts that fit your feet perfectly. Orthotics are much more durable than over-the-counter inserts and typically last two or three years or longer before they need to be replaced. This replacement schedule may vary depending on your activity level.


What Types of Orthotics Are Available?

Your podiatrist will recommend one of these orthotic types, depending on your foot issue:

  • Rigid Orthotics: Rigid orthotics are made of rigid plastic and carbon and are usually worn in dress or walking shoes. The inserts control motion in two key foot joints and may be recommended if you have leg or back pain, an abnormal gait, different leg lengths, you turn your foot in when you walk, or you have arthritis in your big toe. Rigid orthotics extend from your heels to your toes.
  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics: These orthotics are a good choice if you run or walk for exercise. A soft inner layer cushions your foot while the rigid core controls foot movement and improves balance. Wearing orthotics can help you avoid common overuse injuries that may affect your training schedule. Orthotics may also be recommended if you have flat feet, bunions or bone spurs, or your toes turn in or out when you walk.
  • Soft Orthotics: Soft orthotics don't contain a rigid core and wear out faster than rigid or semi-rigid orthotics. They offer excellent cushioning, reduce pressure on sore spots and help absorb shock. The orthotics can be a good choice if you have diabetes or arthritis.
  • Heel Cups and Lifts: Heel cups and lifts fill the heel area of your shoes only. They may be helpful if you suffer from plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinosis, heel spurs, or if the fat pads under your heel have become thinner.

Could you benefit from orthotics? Call your Albuquerque, NM, podiatrists, Drs. Zachary Haas, Matthew Cobb, and Mark Haas, at (505) 247-4164 to schedule an appointment.

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.

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