After a podiatric injury, prompt, professional treatment can make all the difference, from preventing minor injuries from becoming more serious to enabling you to return to activity sooner. Fortunately, you've come to just the right place for help.
Comprehensive Care for Foot and Ankle Injuries
At New Mexico Foot & Ankle Institute, we offer high-level care for all manner of injuries affecting the feet and ankles at two convenient locations in Albuquerque. Whether you've suffered a strain or sprain, fracture, or sports-related injury, our skilled podiatrists can help you get back on your feet—and with state-of-the-art technology and equipment right in our offices and same-day or next-day appointments available for urgent injuries, we're committed to becoming your family's first choice for podiatry care. Here are examples of the types of injuries we address.
Lacerations and Contusions
Cuts and bruises on your feet may not seem particularly serious, but special care may be needed to prevent infection, relieve pain, and promote healing—especially if you have other health issues, such as diabetes.
Strains and Sprains
A foot or ankle strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle, while a sprain is a stretching or tearing of the ligaments that connect two or more bones at a joint. Though strains and sprains are often considered relatively minor injuries, they require skillful evaluation and treatment to ensure proper recovery.
Traumatic Breaks and Stress Fractures
Falls, car accidents, forceful impacts, and other traumas can cause broken bones in the feet or ankles. In addition to treatments for traumatic breaks, we also provide adept care for stress fractures—thin cracks on the surface of bones that develop as a result of overuse.
Achilles Tendon Issues
The Achilles tendon is a strong band of tissue that runs down the back of the leg, connecting the bottom of the calf muscle to the heel bone. Sudden increases in the intensity or duration of activity can lead to injuries such as tendinitis, which causes pain and inflammation; tendonsis, which includes microscopic tears; and complete tendon rupture.
Stretching across the bottom of your foot, the plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue that connects the toes and heel bone. Injuring this ligament can cause inflammation and sharp, stabbing pain near the heel. This pain is often worse in the morning or when resuming activities after periods of rest.
Dislocated bones in your ankles or feet are serious injuries in which one or more bones have shifted out of place. These extremely painful injuries require immediate treatment and skilled post-injury care to ensure proper healing, and protect function and mobility.
Ball of Foot Injury
Pain in the ball of the foot can be caused by overuse injuries, such as Morton's neuroma, a benign, but painful thickening of the tissue around the nerves between the third and fourth toes; sesamoiditis, an inflammation of the sesamoid bones and the tendons in which they're embedded; and bursitis, an inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the metatarsal bones.
Cutting-Edge Treatments for Podiatric Injuries
Our podiatrists will work closely with you to ensure a full recovery, basing our treatment plan on your needs and goals, as well as the latest research and advancements. Treatment for your injury will vary, depending on its type, location, and severity. However, we may recommend:
- R.I.C.E. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation can do wonders for minor injuries and help aid the healing process for more serious ones.
- Immobilization. Taping, boots, or casts can be used to immobilize the affected foot or ankle to allow it to properly heal.
- Advanced therapies. We offer state-of-the-art options, such as MLS Laser Therapy and Shockwave Therapy to relieve pain and promote healing.
- Surgery. Our podiatric surgeons are skilled in all aspects of foot and ankle surgery, performing both open and minimally invasive procedures for injuries.
Helping You Heal
At New Mexico Foot & Ankle Institute, we're dedicated to helping patients get back on their feet as quickly—and as painlessly—as possible following an injury. Don't live life in pain. Complete our contact form or call us to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.