Staying active is the key to maintaining good health as you age. However, if walking is difficult due to problems with your feet, you may notice the rest of your health start to decline as well. At Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, New Mexico, podiatrists Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb wants their senior patients to know about the best ways they and their caregivers can maintain the health of their feet in order to ensure a better lifestyle. Some of their tips are listed below.
Health conditions that affect the foot
Due to the changes the body undergoes as we age, older people are commonly affected by reduced circulation, arthritis, or diabetes - or a combination of the three. These conditions are particularly hard on the feet. Diabetes and circulatory issues can cause a reduced sense of feeling, while arthritis can be extremely painful. All of these can severely limit activity. Foot injuries can also cause problems that are especially concerning to your Albuquerque podiatrist, as they are often slow to heal due to the lack of circulation to the lower extremities. This puts foot wounds at risk for serious infections. Even without systemic diseases, using the feet over many decades can leave them deformed and painful.
Geriatric foot care tips
As with many other health conditions, prevention is essential to foot health, especially for the elderly population. Your Albuquerque podiatrist can teach his patients the best ways to clean and inspect the feet daily for any signs of injury, no matter how minor, as well as proper techniques for trimming the toenails to prevent problems like ingrown toenails. Wearing good quality socks and shoes at all times can keep injuries at bay, and staying active can help increase blood flow and keep the muscles in working order.
It's important to understand that geriatric foot problems can be treated effectively, but working with your podiatrists in Albuquerque, Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb, is the first step to relieving your discomfort. Contact Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists to schedule an appointment for yourself or a loved one today!
Do you know what a bunion is? Most people know they're located on the feet, but not everyone knows how they're formed or treated. You might not even realize you currently have a bunion! At Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists, Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb want their patients in Albuquerque, New Mexico to be informed of the different ways we can help them, and understand the reasons why bunions happen and what can be done to manage them.
What is a bunion?
A bunion may look like an extra growth on the inside of your foot near the base of the big toe, but they're actually a misshapen toe joint. When the big toe has constant pressure on it that pushes inward it toward the other toes, its bottom joint may begin to jut outwards. Bunions are largely a problem for women because of the way their footwear crowds the toes. The likelihood of developing on a bunion on one or both of your feet can also be due to genetic predisposition.
How are bunions treated?
Many people with bunions aren't bothered by them. However, some people visit their Albuquerque podiatrist with complaints of pain from the joint or from blisters and other lesions that have developed due to friction. There are several ways that our doctors at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists can treat bothersome bunions. Cushioned pads and shoe inserts can help protect the bunion from pressure and rubbing. Switching out narrow shoes for roomier options may also help relieve pain. Surgery may be an option for those who with severe joint deformities, especially if they do not find relief from conservative methods.
If you have a bunion that's been bothering you, it's time to contact your New Mexico foot doctors at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists for an appointment. Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb look forward to meeting with you!
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.
There are many different types of foot orthotics to resolve a variety of foot problems. The design, materials, and construction combined with the foot condition and/or activity level help determine the best orthotic types for each patient. Our Albuquerque, NM, orthotics specialist, Dr. Zachery Haas, can examine each patient and suggest a custom foot orthotic type for each patient.
Types of Custom Foot Orthotics
Semi-rigid custom foot orthotics are maximum support variations that work great for both work boots and dress shoes. They are long lasting and durable and made of high-density polypropylene. They can be used for most feet issues, but a proper examination from a professional podiatrist is required for treatment.
Rigid orthotics or custom orthotics are used in cases that are advanced. These custom orthotics are made by our Albuquerque orthotics specialist, Dr. Haas, for each patient and their foot problem. He will look at your feet and examine them to design inserts that force your feet back into their correct position. These are the most effective ways to treat a variety of feet problems.
Heat molding orthotics are another option that is used in less severe cases. They are like custom orthotics, they are purchased at a store. They are made of EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate), a specialized type of plastic, that feels like soft rubber. This material gives the wearer great support. The inserts themselves are heated, which softens the material and molds to the shape of the feet as it cools.
Ultimately, learning about the different types of custom foot orthotics is important for anyone with any type of foot problems. Our Albuquerque, NM, orthotics specialist, Dr. Haas, is well versed in a variety of issues and knows how to successfully treat them. Call his office today at (505) 247-4164 to schedule an appointment with him.
Your feet do a lot for you. Isn’t it time you did something for them?
If you think about all the time you spend walking up and down stairs, pounding the pavement, or walking around in tight shoes or high heels it’s not all that shocking to admit that your feet are put through a lot of abuse every day. Our Albuquerque podiatrists - Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachery Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb - offer up some ways to keep feet looking and feeling their best so they can work hard for you.
Proper foot care is an art and one that most people forget about. Of course, if you are concerned about blisters, ingrown toenails or other issues then it’s time you took the precautions necessary to keep your feet feeling great.
Remove Calluses Safely
If you are a healthy adult who is dealing with annoying calluses there is a safe way to rid your feet of them. Soak feet in warm water for about 10 minutes to help soften the skin. Once your feet have soaked, carefully use a pumice stone to remove the callus. It is not recommended to use a razor to cut a callus, as you may cut too deep. Those with diabetes, nerve damage or circulation problems in their feet should not do this themselves. If you have calluses, visit our Albuquerque foot doctors to have them properly removed.
Keep Toenails Trimmed
While people know to keep their toenails trimmed, many people don’t know that there are dos and don’ts to keeping toenails prim and proper. You may be tempted to cut your nails at a curved angle, but it’s always best to trim them straight across. Why? This will prevent ingrown toenails. Be careful never to trim toenails too short. They should always be level with the tips of your toes.
Footwear is Important
The shoes you wear can make or perhaps even literally break your feet. While it might seem easier just to wear the same old high heels or work shoes every day, you are going to do yourself a great disservice in the future. When shoes get old and worn they aren’t providing your feet with the support they need. Toss them out and then head to a shoe store. Need more arch support? Looking for more room in the toe box to prevent bunion irritation? These are all requests you can ask of a footwear professional to get the shoes you should be wearing.
Do you have questions about how to care for your feet? Are you experiencing any symptoms or changes that you need checked out? Then don’t hesitate to call Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists. We are proud to provide the very best foot care in Albuquerque.
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