For some, flat feet may be an everyday normalcy or a cause of concern. Untreated flat feet in adults and children can lead to serious conditions. Therefore, it is important to discern whether the flat foot is normal or if treatment or therapy is required.
A joint-muscle imbalance can bend a toe, causing a condition known as hammer toe. The toe may bend at one or several joints and the middle of the toe may get pushed up into a claw-like position. It may appear to be injured or disfigured.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetic foot problems are caused by poor blood circulation and a loss of feeling in the lower extremities. Due to high blood sugar levels, arteries in diabetics become hard and narrow, restricting blood supply and causing poor blood flow.
Onychocryptosis, or ingrown toenail, occurs when the nail grows downwards into the nearby skin of the toe. Often affecting the big toe, ingrown toenails can cause pain, swelling, redness, and infection (known as yellow drainage).
While various fungi grow in the environment, most flourish in moist, dark places. The majority are harmless but can cause health problems if they infiltrate the skin or body. Many individuals suffer from toenail fungus.
Achilles Tendon Injuries
The Achilles tendon is fundamental to your foot mobility. Running from the calf to the foot, it is the strongest and largest tendon in the body. An injury to the Achilles tendon is no laughing matter. Not only is it incredibly painful, it can impede movement.
Ankle sprains (or sprained ankles) are common sports injuries. One of the most common foot injuries, an ankle sprain occurs when one or multiple ligaments tear. Most active people have experienced an ankle sprain at some point in their lives.
Mild bunion treatment does not require surgery. This treatment focuses on eliminating pressure around the affected area and balancing the tendon and ligament alignment. This can be as simple as wearing footwear with extra space for the deformity as to reduce pressure on the bunion from tight shoes.
Plantar fasciitis is a medical condition which causes inflammation in the bottom ligament of foot. The inflammation extends to the heel bone causing pain when walking or running. Often patients complain the pain worsens in the morning when they first wake up (aka “first-step pain”).
Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico – Rio Rancho
2220 Grande Blvd SE Ste A
Rio Rancho, NM 87124