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Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

A Patient’s Guide to Understanding Your Care   OVERVIEW If you are reading this, you likely have or know someone who has a diabetic foot ulceration (DFU).  I have been treating DFU’s for the past 30 years and have given many lectures to both professionals and patients...

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Boots to make the hunt

Boots to make the hunt

It’s fall again and heading into winter and I see lots of folks worried about the upcoming hunt.  Foot problems that we’ve been ignoring for months sometimes become a little more important before the hunt.   We realize we have to be able to hike up and down the side...

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Half Marathon: Race Day

Half Marathon: Race Day

There is much to consider with race day assuming you have sufficiently prepared for the race.  How much rest do you need? What is your cloths strategy? What do you eat pre-race, night before and morning of? The answers to all these questions can make or break your...

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Winter Olympics and Your Feet

Winter Olympics and Your Feet

In case you didn’t know this month is the Winter Olympics in South Korea.  All these athletes have dedicated their life to mastering their sport and being among the best in the world.  All of that training and work takes a toll on their whole body especially the...

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It’s Hammertoe Time!

It’s Hammertoe Time!

Toes are relatively small and you rarely think about them until they start hurting.  There are 3 problems that come up in the toes; mallet toes, claw toes and hammer toes.  Let’s talk about hammer toes.  All toe problems begin as biomechanical issues with your feet,...

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The Gravity of Gout

The Gravity of Gout

Growing up I loved the Indiana Jones movies.  They had suspense, adventure and interesting historical tidbits.  One scene became relevant to my profession as I was asked to give a presentation to my co-residents.  If you remember in “The Temple of Doom” there is a...

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Warts….Verruca Vulgaris

Warts….Verruca Vulgaris

Verruca Vulgaris! No those aren’t fighting words but the medical term for warts.  When I was in school I did a presentation on Warts and gained an increased appreciation of them.   One article I read stated that 50 percent of warts resolve in 2 years without any...

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Why Podiatry?

Why Podiatry?

A question I often answer is; why podiatry? Do you have some fascination with feet? How can you handle the smell?  The answers to those questions start when I was 6.  I am #6 of 7 children and my older siblings thought I was the perfect size for a game called human...

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How to Avoid Foot Amputation

How to Avoid Foot Amputation

I have spent time in the past 4 weeks helping diabetic patients at all levels of care.  Many diabetic patients come into the office with questions about how to avoid being the other types of patients I have seen, those with ulcer or amputation.  We have all heard the...

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Blisters

Blisters

Tips on How to Prevent & Treat BlistersDon’t let painful blisters keep you from staying active! Stayon your feet with these helpful tips from Today’s Podiatrist.

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Lisfranc

Lisfranc

As football season begins again and we are exposed to the reasons we like to watch and for some why we like to play.  I am reminded of a little known injury that is very easily missed by ER physician, Orthopedist and Podiatrist alike, maybe because it’s named after a...

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I Love What I Do! – Readers’ Choice Award

I Love What I Do! – Readers’ Choice Award

I was very humbled to be chosen this year as the winner of the 2017 Readers Choice Awards for best Podiatrist.  The award was given thanks to those who voted for me this year.  I am blessed to have wonderful patients who were generous enough to take time out of their...

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15 Year Anniversary

15 Year Anniversary

In July of 2002 the ink dried on the paperwork and New Mexico Foot & Ankle Institute was formed out of the ashes of a practice run by Dr. Michael Federico.  Dr. Federico had run a fantastic practice out of both Albuquerque and Artesia.  His service model was 2nd...

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Summer Sandals and Ugly Nails

Summer Sandals and Ugly Nails

We treat onychomycosis, aka toenail fungus.It’s finally getting warm and spring has arrived and summer is almost here.  The sandals always start to show up in clinic this time of year.  We get an influx of both new pain from the less supportive sandals and the wave of...

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Wrong size shoes?

Wrong size shoes?

Are you wearing the wrong size shoes? A recent study done in the UK on 2000 patients shows 1/3 of men and almost ½ of women have shoes that don’t fit right.   Some people might ask how that is possible but it doesn’t really surprise those of us who work with feet...

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Mother’s Day Nagging Neuroma

Mother’s Day Nagging Neuroma

Neuromas are a painful condition that affects the ball of the foot.  It is worse with tight shoes and barefoot usually. Sometimes people get radiating pains out into the toes and sometimes they just feel like they are walking on a lump of something.  Many folks get a...

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Socks as Shoes?

Socks as Shoes?

There is no question that after a long day at work or play we all enjoy removing our shoes and getting a little air for our feet.  The issue is how far should that barefoot thing really go.  Walking around our homes on our soft carpet for an hour or two in the evening...

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Foot Fractures Take Time to Heal

Foot Fractures Take Time to Heal

I saw an article this week http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sportsdoc/Why-is-76er-Ben-Simmons-foot-fracture-taking-so-long-to-heal.html.  That reminded me of questions and sometimes complaints I get in the office every week.  The question is why does it take a...

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Arch Madness

Arch Madness

March brings the onset of spring and warmer weather.  As we decide to start doing more walking outside it’s also a great time to inspect our orthotics. Many orthotics are very durable and will last sometimes for years. Patients always ask when it is time to replace...

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Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures

I read an article recently about stress fractures in the foot and saw two stress fractures the same day in clinic.  The article described a few different locations that we see them. However, almost all the stress fractures we see here in clinic occur in the front part...

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Battle against FUNGUS!

Battle against FUNGUS!

Are you embarrassed by your toenails?  Have you tried all of the home remedies on Pinterest for toenail fungus?  Do you still have toenail fungus?  Do you want to wear sandals this summer?If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions we are here to help you. ...

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Latest Digital X-Rays

Latest Digital X-Rays

We finally had to say goodbye to an old faithful in the office last week.  We had an x-ray machine that was over 30 years old.  We took a lot of x-rays over the years and had a lot of service calls to keep it running.  The government in their infinite wisdom and...

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Football injuries

Football injuries

Football season is upon us and there are no shortages of commercials to force this into our minds. What you might not know, is that in the NFL, the total number of annual injuries has increased from 2,500 to 4,000 from 2004 to 2011 seasons. Despite our advancement in...

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Chronic Ulceration and Neuropathy

Chronic Ulceration and Neuropathy

During this past month, I have been disheartened to see a lot of new patients come to my office for the first time with a long standing ulceration, or wound on the foot. Primarily, this is due to neuropathy, which is a broad term used to describe how nerves become...

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Tendonitis Basics

Tendonitis Basics

Tendonitis is any inflammation of a tendon. Tendons are strong bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Inflammation is pain, swelling, and irritation due to injury, overuse, infection or disease. Tendons, unlike ligaments that attach bones to other bones, go...

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September is Fall Risk Awareness Month

September is Fall Risk Awareness Month

September 22nd is Fall Prevention Awareness Day. I feel confident that most of the blog readers were unaware of this. We can’t stress the importance of fall prevention. At least we can celebrate the successes of prevention.Here are some scary statistics. Every 11...

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Foot Pain and the Brain

Foot Pain and the Brain

Pains in the feet can present themselves in many different ways such as sharp, dull, shooting, numb, tingling, burning, aching, stabbing and throbbing. We use a lot of words to describe our pains because they can be different and just like we have lots of different...

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Diabetes and the Shoe

Diabetes and the Shoe

A person is diagnosed with diabetes every 23 seconds in America. That is a lot of Americans with a disease that kills more people annually than breast cancer and AIDS combined. When I educate newly diagnosed patients about diabetes, I usually briefly recap the big...

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Why are High Heels bad?

Why are High Heels bad?

Podiatrists think high heels are terrible.  Fashion designers think that high heels are wonderful. Who is right? Answer: the podiatrist (in most cases)When high heels or platform shoes were invented, the purpose was to increase height and status, especially with...

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What kind of shoe should I buy?

What kind of shoe should I buy?

I get this question asked on a weekly, if not daily basis. Shoes are a big part of our life and culture. Barefoot running and walking can be fine, but with diabetes and pavement everywhere in the US, it is best for the vast majority of us to wear them.So which ones...

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Charcot Disease

Charcot Disease

Diabetes can be a devastating disease. There are a lot of things that physicians are well trained to look for in the diabetic patient. There are other conditions that are not well known or understood. A condition known as “Diabetic Charcot Arthropathy” is often...

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THE ACHILLES

THE ACHILLES

According to mythology, the Greek Hero Achilles was invincible except for his Achilles tendon, which was shot by an arrow and later caused his death. Today, arrows rarely pierce the tendon, but it still remains a huge weakness to modern man. Why does it cause so many...

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Gout! Why Me?

Gout! Why Me?

Oftentimes, when one thinks of gout, they think of their grandma seated with her leg up in the air and a big red toe with a heating pad on it.  This is a common misconception.  Gout can actually occur as early as your late 20's or early 30's.  It is more common though...

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Weak Ankles

Weak Ankles

Many people have the common misconception that weak ankles are something that they are born with and that there is not much to be done about it.  Too frequently I have heard patients say, “Oh yeah, doc, I sprain my ankles all the time. I just thought that I it was...

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How is Gout Treated?

How is Gout Treated?

Up to now, we've talked about what causes gout and things that people most often mistake for gout. The obvious question is, "How is gout treated?" There are multiple factors to consider. The first is diet. An extensive internet search can be very confusing. If you...

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Spring & Kids Feet

Spring & Kids Feet

April is "National Foot Health" month.  As we come into Spring, everyone is getting more active.  My four children are all in sports.  I have two children in soccer, one in flag football, and one in track.  I have already seen and will continue to see sports related...

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What Exactly is a Callus?

What Exactly is a Callus?

There are many myths about calluses and corns. Both corns and calluses are essentially the same thing. They are a build up of skin on the foot due to increased pressure in that particular area. When found on the bottom or side of the foot, they are often called...

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Warts

Warts

A plantar wart is a contagious virus known as human papillomavirus. It is often spread in public places such as gym locker rooms, pools, and other areas of high “barefoot” traffic. The virus invades the skin through cracks, cuts, or fissures. It can take months before...

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What Causes an Ingrown Nail?

What Causes an Ingrown Nail?

What causes an ingrown nail?The most common explanation that I have been given by patients is the way the nails are cut.   Many of them tell me that they always round their nails when they cut them and they have learned through various sources that they should be...

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Remove the Polish

Remove the Polish

It’s another beautiful summer in New Mexico with sunshine every day. For my female patients it is the time of year that sandals and open toed shoes of all kinds come out daily. For most, that means the toenails must be painted some color other than clear. Meanwhile,...

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Summer Sandals

Summer Sandals

It’s that time again in New Mexico when sandals and flip flops become the normal for almost all events. Here at New Mexico Foot and Ankle Institute we see the problems that come along with that. We see an increase in heel pain, arch pain, Achilles tendonitis, and...

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Go Slow, and Go With Support!

Go Slow, and Go With Support!

It’s only 15 days into the New Year and we are already seeing some injuries from the increased activity level. It is awesome to get going on a new exercise regimen. There are a million reasons to get active and almost a million ways to have it go awry. One of the...

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What’s wrong with the Groupon?

What’s wrong with the Groupon?

What’s wrong with the Groupon?I’d like to answer the question that keeps coming up in clinic when I talk to patients.  What’s wrong with the Groupon?  It’s cheaper and it is still a laser right?  Well that is a good question.  The answer is complicated.  Let me ask a...

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We’ve Moved

We’ve Moved

This week we are excited to report on our new location.  We are happily up and running now at 4343 Pan American Freeway.  We have moved into a temporary suite across the hall from our expected new suite which should start construction later this month.  We have the...

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What’s that Laser for Anyway?

What’s that Laser for Anyway?

This week I bought my very own laser.  We’ve actually had it in house for the past 18 months and it’s been working great.  I often get asked if I can use it for other purposes than what it was designed for and this is my reply.  The laser is being used to treat...

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