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By Foot First Podiatry Center
April 25, 2018

For people who are involved in sports, it comes with the territory that there is always the risk of an injury. Of course, it isn’t always possible to prevent injuries, but there are quite a few interventions you can take to decrease the chances of sustaining one of the many types of injuries that frequently affect athletes, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and ankle sprains and strains.

Ways to avoid injuries while playing sports

  • Proper warm-up—Many injuries are caused and exacerbated by not properly warming up before exercise. Gently stretching your muscles, tendons, and ligaments before vigorous exercise begins will help avoid a multitude of injuries.
  • Correct footwear—Always use footwear for the specific sport in which you will be participating and be certain to have properly fitted shoes with right arch and heel support for your foot type. The proper combination of these elements is essential for adequate shock absorption and weight distribution.
  • Get regular exercise —You are much less likely to sustain a debilitating injury if you exercise consistently and increase your workout intensity over time rather than doing an intense workout only once in a while.
  • Custom orthotic insertsFoot deformities including flat feet, overpronation, high arches, hammertoes, and bunions can be treated with specially designed inserts that remove sources of rubbing and pressure.
  • Proper cooling down—Proper cooling down is just as important as proper warming up. Decelerating your exercise gradually towards the end of your workout is essential to aiding your tired muscles and tendons to recover and rehydrate, so drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t exercise if you are injured—If you have the sensation of severe or excessive pain and discomfort during or after exercise, your body is trying to tell you that something isn’t quite right and that you should stop exercising and see your foot doctor to find out what is wrong.

If despite your best efforts, you have suffered a sports injury, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing excellent diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
April 18, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions

High arches are often an inherited condition caused by a bone disorder or neurological abnormality that is often beyond the control of the recipient. Since the arch remains high and inflexible even when weight is put on it, many problems can result. A normal arch is balanced and flexible and works with the tendons to support the foot, but a permanently high arch prevents weight-bearing stress from being properly distributed from the front part of the foot to the heel region, which subsequently can cause a variety of foot and ankle problems.

High arches don’t always cause foot pain, but they can cause a multitude of other problems ranging from balance issues to foot deformities like hammertoes and calluses. Ankle sprains and strains related to instability are also very common with individuals who have high arches. Gait abnormalities may also result from high arches and can trigger further problems with the knees, hips, and back.

Treatment for High Arches

Since each patient has his or her own issues related to high arches, it is important to see a foot care professional for a thorough physical examination of the feet to observe balance and coordination.

Treatment for high arches may include the following:

  1. Good shoe support—Footwear with a wider heel base and ample ankle support for better stability.
  2. Orthotic insertsA wide variety of inserts and arch supports that are fitted to your foot will provide the additional support and cushioning necessary for healing.
  3. Splints and braces—Properly designed braces are excellent for stabilization and ankle support.
  4. Surgery—For the more difficult to treat cases and severe balance issues, surgery may be necessary.

High arches are often the cause of pain and discomfort, so contact your foot care professional today for proper treatment. If you are concerned about high arch problems, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
April 11, 2018
Category: Arthritis
Tags: Gout   Arthritis   orthotic inserts  

Arthritis is caused by a variety of conditions that erode the functioning of a joint causing inflammation and pain. While it often strikes the back, neck, hips, knees, and hands, it can also attack the joints in your feet and ankles. Untreated, the debilitating pain of foot and ankle arthritis can prevent you from just walking to the mailbox.

Two of the most common types of arthritis are:

Rheumatoid arthritis or RA—This arthritis is characterized by an irritation of the synovium which is the lining of the joints that insulate your bones from each other. In RA, your immune system incorrectly identifies and attacks this lining resulting in inflammation, degeneration, pain, and stiffness. Early detection is paramount in treating this form of arthritis since it is aggressive and will continue to create problems without treatment. Rest, ice, massages, and relaxing foot soaks are all helpful in relieving many of the symptoms. Custom made orthotic inserts also decrease the pain in the joints of the feet and ankles.

Osteoarthritis—This common type of arthritis results from the abuse your joints take every day as you live your life. As the soft tissue between the joints known as cartilage begins to deteriorate, the bones can come into direct contact with the debilitating swelling, redness, and pain overtaking the joint. Losing weight if you are overweight will help to take the pressure off the joints. Physical therapy exercises that increase strength and flexibility are also essential. Other types of inflammatory joint conditions include gout and psoriatic arthritis.

Whatever type of arthritis you are experiencing, a consultation with a foot care specialist is essential for identifying other causes of foot and ankle pain and in developing a comprehensive treatment plan. If you are concerned about foot and ankle arthritis, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
April 04, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions

When the entire bottom of your foot comes into contact with the ground when you walk, run, or stand, then you probably have flat feet. This foot abnormality is also known as overpronation or fallen arches. You can easily tell how much of your foot is flat by wetting your feet and then standing on a flat surface so you can see by the extent of the wet area if your arches are falling all the way to the ground.

Your arch is created by the interplay of the tissues, ligaments, and tendons that connect your heel and foot bones together. This part of your foot absorbs a high percentage of the shock and pressure of your body as it moves, so when your arches aren’t working properly, a wide variety of ailments may be triggered, including knee, hip, and back problems.

Symptoms of flat feet

The majority of people who have this condition will experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Pain, swelling, and discomfort in the heel and arch areas of your feet
  • Easily tired feet
  • Trouble or pain when standing on your toes
  • Knee, hip, and back pain that is caused by your arch failure

Causes and risk factors

While some people are born with flat feet, other causes include:

  • Stretched or torn tendons, ligaments, and other tissues
  • Breaks or hairline fractures
  • One or more of the many types of arthritis
  • Nerve conduction difficulties and numbness

Until your arch is properly supported with a custom orthotic insert and properly fitted shoe, avoid putting excess weight and pressure on your foot. A computerized gait analysis can be performed by your podiatrist to see exactly what type of insert is best for your particular circumstances. If you have arch related foot problems, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
March 28, 2018
Category: Ankle Injuries
Tags: ankle sprains   breaks  

Ankle sprains often happen suddenly and unexpectedly when you’re just out walking, maybe going for an early spring run, or playing other sports. All it takes is one wrong step or foot roll, and you have overstressed the ligaments and tissues. Depending on the force being applied at the time of the injury, an ankle sprain can be relatively mild or very severe. Minor sprains can often be treated at home but a severe ankle sprain can be disabling and extremely painful and will require more immobilization for a longer period of time for proper healing to occur.

Ankle sprain symptoms

The ligaments and tendons that wrap around the ankle bones are susceptible to being stretched or torn due to excessive stress and twisting, causing a sprain. The symptoms of an ankle sprain include severe swelling, pain, and bruising around the ankle area and the inability to carry weight on your foot. This injury most often affects the outside of the ankle, but an opposite roll can cause a sprain of the inside of the ankle area. Sometimes a sprain occurs with an actual break, making an accurate diagnosis more complex, and requiring the intervention of your foot care professional.

Ankle sprain treatments

A minor ankle sprain can be treated with Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (the RICE method). If symptoms don’t begin to subside during the first 3 or 4 days, you may have a more severe injury requiring a cast boot to supply the necessary immobilization. Imaging studies such as x-ray and MRI need to be performed to rule out a stress fracture or soft tissue injury.

Slowly increasing the strength and flexibility of your foot muscles, ligaments, and tendons over time are essential to proper ankle rehabilitation, making a comprehensive physical therapy recovery plan with your foot doctor a high priority. If you are concerned about ankle pain, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!





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