Winter Olympics and Your Feet

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 feet.  The Olympians spend hours on their feet training which would include running, biking, skiing and recently added to the winter Olympics; snowboarding.

When you are out enjoying the winter sports there are a few tips to remember.  Many injuries on the slopes happen because of overuse, to avoid those you can apply the rule of 3’s; stop before 3pm, don’t ski more than 3000 meters in a day, and take the 3rd day off.  Another injury to look out for that happens specifically to snowboarders is called the “snowboarder’s fracture”.  This happens because of the angle of the foot in the snowboard boots when they land.  The foot is turned in and the toes are moving toward the head, this position makes the outside of a bone called the Talus susceptible to fracture.  This fracture can be problematic since it is hard to diagnose and affects the ankle.

The way to avoid this fracture is to have more rigid boots.  Some have hypothesized that softer, more flexible, snowboard boots allow for the motion in the ankle that causes the fracture.  After the fracture happens immobilization and ice are best along with evaluation to determine if surgery is necessary. After the bone has been given time to heel, early and focused physical therapy will improve the outcome and get you back on the slopes.

Don’t Live Life in Pain! Call us today for an appointment at 505.880.1000. We take care of your feet…so that they’ll take care of you!

Mark Tenny, DPM

Achilles Tendon Injuries

Achilles Tendon Injuries

Achilles Tendon Injuries

If you watch basketball you probably saw or heard about DeMarcus Cousins recent injury to his achilles tendon.  He was diagnosed after the game with an MRI confirming a complete rupture of his achilles tendon which means he will not be returning to play this season.  In my practice we see a lot of achilles injuries ranging from minor tendonitis problems to partial and complete tears.  The interesting thing about DeMarcus Cousins injury is that it was not an obvious traumatic injury.  He was just playing the game like usual, got in a small scuffle and then couldn’t walk on his leg anymore.  It is not unusual for me to see patients who are wondering how they have such a horrible problem with no good story of an injury to tell.  It would be great if we could all talk about how we injured our leg or foot after falling from the back of a car racing down the freeway or sprained our ankle while lifting a car off a fallen friend but unfortunately sometimes we are just going about our normal activities and suffer an injury that takes us out of our normal ability to get around.  Many people feel that since there wasn’t a good cause to the pain that they should just ignore it or hope that it goes away with a little home remedy.  Don’t let the injury get worse by ignoring it.  Most injuries will heal much faster with aggressive treatment.  If you are limping even a little bit you need to be seen and evaluated.  Despite the fact, that you didn’t fall off the roof, you may still have a serious injury that will do better with appropriate treatment by a podiatrist.  Unfortunately, sometimes as in the case of DeMarcus Cousins it may even require surgery to correct appropriately.  Fortunately though, almost all injuries get back to normal function and hopefully if all goes well we’ll see DeMarcus Cousins back on the court next season.

Don’t Live Life in Pain! Call us today for an appointment at 505.880.1000. We take care of your feet…so that they’ll take care of you!

Nathan Ivey, DPM

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It’s Hammertoe Time!

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, i.e. flat feet, high arches, etc.  Your foot type and years of walking on them create muscle imbalances that manifest as toe deformities.

There is a delicate balance of muscles helping to stabilize the toes and allow for normal function.  Once one of those muscles begins to fatigue that balance is thrown off and hammer toes happen.  At first, they are flexible and you only notice them when you have your feet up, then you start to notice them rubbing on your shoes and finally they begin causing pain at all times.

What can you do?  Early on you can use orthotics to help the mechanics of your feet to give you the best chance of preventing them.  Later as they are flexible a minor procedure can be done to help rebalance the muscles.  After your toes are permanently deformed the only choice is surgery to fuse your toes straight.  Your best option is to have your feet evaluated early, so you can prevent the hammertoes.  Come in to see me and bring your hammertoes with you.

Don’t Live Life in Pain! Call us today for an appointment at 505.880.1000. We take care of your feet…so that they’ll take care of you!

Mark Tenny, DPM

The Gravity of Gout

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 scene where a formal dinner was served with snake surprise, beetles and chilled monkey brains.  What do those 3 things have in common, other than being questionable food choices?  They would all cause gout flares in someone with gout.

Gout is an arthritic disease because it attacks joints, usually the big toe joint, but it can affect any joint.  Uric acid crystals begin to form in the joint which is caused by your body having too much uric acid.  You can either be an over producer of uric acid or under excreter, either way there is too much uric acid in your body.  You can recognize gout by a red, hot, swollen and painful joint, in more severe cases the crystals called tophi begin oozing out of the skin.  If left untreated gout will do damage to the joint and prevent motion and can cause constant pain.

The treatments will depend on whether you’re an overproducer or under excreter.  There are drugs to take that will help maintain a normal level of uric acid to prevent gout flare ups.  When you get a flare, Colchicine is often used to calm it down.  It is a good idea to come in to the office so tests can be done to prevent flares and evaluate the amount of damage already done to determine the best way to prevent further damage to the joint.

Don’t Live Life in Pain! Call us today for an appointment at 505.880.1000. We take care of your feet…so that they’ll take care of you!

Mark Tenny, DPM

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Fall Prevention:  Leaves are supposed to fall.  People aren’t.

Fall Prevention: Leaves are supposed to fall. People aren’t.

Fall Prevention: Leaves are supposed to fall. People aren’t.

In the early 90’s, while I was enjoying grunge music with a bad haircut, my 90 year old grandmother fell when she was out shopping.  Many times, these falls result in breaking an ankle or a hip, which require surgery, my grandmother ended up breaking her wrist and neck.  Ever since that event I have been acutely aware of the importance to prevent falls, especially of the older generation.

Fall prevention, like many other problems, begins with recognizing there is a problem.  This realization happens by noticing that you lose your balance more often or you have had a number falls in the past year.  You may also be evaluated by a physician, who will ask you a number of questions and watch you walk around the office.  These evaluations don’t take long but can be of great help if it results in you feeling more secure in walking.

Now you acknowledge you have a tendency to fall but what can be done about it.  There are some walking aids you can use to help you feel more stable.  These include; braces that give your foot a slightly wider base and support your ankle, a walker that widens your base even more or even just a cane.  These can also be augmented with physical therapy, where they will help you to adjust your gait to make it more stable.  Any of these could have helped my grandma when she fell, luckily, she recovered fully from her injuries, but it would have been even better to prevent such a fall.

Have you or someone you love had a fall recently?  If so, it is time to request a Fall Risk Assessment.  We can perform the Fall Risk Assessment and begin the process of preventing and/or changing the things that can lead to a fall.  Many times, this is a multi-team effort and we can help get you on the right track.

By making minor changes, you can lower your chances of falling.

Request a Fall Risk Assessment today!  Call us today for an appointment at 505.880.1000.  We take care of your feet…so that they’ll take care of you!

Mark Tenny, DPM

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I Love What I Do! – Readers’ Choice Award

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 busy lives to vote for me.  As I thought about how wonderful it was that my patients voted for me for this award, it made me realize how much I love what I do and how much I love my patients.  Those I treat have brought me a lot of happiness and fulfillment.  I have the privilege of practicing medicine and keeping people active by treating their foot and ankle pain.  I have been doing this for 15 years as a private practice podiatrist and I will continue to do so as long as I can.  There have been a lot of changes to medicine that unfortunately have taken away our ability to connect with our patients but as long as we have even a few minutes in each visit to connect I will continue to listen and learn about the pain that my patients experience and diagnose and treat successfully.  The ability to connect with my patients is what continues to drive me to do what I do as well as I can.  I’m grateful for everyone who voted for me who believes in me and my ability to do my job well.  Doing what I do is much more than a job to me and the ability to get to know each of my patients is a true blessing and a privilege.  The relationships I make keep me smiling and coming to work each day.  So I thank all of my patients for sharing a tiny bit of their lives with me even if it is a complaint of pain.  Thank-you for voting for me.  Thank-you for giving me a chance to do what I enjoy and treat you.  It is easy for me to work hard at living up to being the #1 choice because I love what I do!

Don’t Live Life in Pain! Call us today for an appointment at 505.880.1000. We take care of your feet…so that they’ll take care of you!

Nathan Ivey, DPM

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