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By Foot First Podiatry Center
September 20, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Of all the foot deformities and conditions that can occur, an ingrown toenail is one of the most common conditions seen by podiatrists. It usually affects the big toe, but can affect other toes as well. While the condition is sometimes thought to be hereditary, it is often caused by wearing poorly fitting shoes, improper nail care, and sometimes by fungal nail infections which can induce the side of the nail to grow into the skin on the edge of the toe.

Treatments for ingrown toenails

If the ingrown toenail is not too severe, then soaking the foot in a warm salt bath will help to eliminate some of the pain and inflammation while also keeping the area clean and helping to avoid any additional bacterial contamination. You can try to lift up the edge of the nail and insert a small piece of cotton to gently support the nail edge away from the skin. If you don’t notice any improvement after several days of home remedies and the pain and inflammation are getting worse, it may be necessary to see your foot doctor for relief. In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove part of the nail or nail bed to avoid future problems.

Prevention of ingrown toenails

Cutting your toenails straight across, rather than on a curve, will help prevent the edge of the nail from getting a toe hold, so to speak. Make sure your shoes have ample room in the toe box area to avoid any extra pressure on the toes. It is because of the lack of toe room that high heeled shoes are notorious for causing ingrown toenails, and should be worn only occasionally.

If you are experiencing problems with ingrown toenails, 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!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
September 13, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

In honor of Fall Prevention Awareness Day, which not coincidentally occurs on the first day of fall, it’s important to raise awareness of the risk of severe injury and even death from falls in older adults.

Falls are the leading cause of injury in those over 65, so knowing how to reduce your chances of falling is paramount to staying healthy. Many older individuals also suffer from osteoporosis, which is a condition that affects over 60 million people in the US alone. Osteoporosis causes a weakening of the bones and makes them more likely to break in a fall, often resulting in injuries like sprained ankles or severe complications such as those found with compound fractures.

To minimize bone loss and help reduce the risk of falling and permanent injury, there are a variety of steps you can take. Some of these include the following:

  • Consume a diet that is high in calcium. Yogurt, kale, and broccoli are three excellent sources.
  • Get sufficient vitamin D in your diet and through sunlight and/or supplements to prevent bone loss.
  • Perform daily exercise to strengthen the muscles, tissues and tendons surrounding your foot and ankle bones. Exercise also helps improve flexibility and balance.
  • Install railings, lighting, and remove any tripping hazards to make your home safer.
  • Stop smoking, which is essential for the optimum good health of your bones and the rest of your body.
  • Avoid alcohol. It causes dehydration and instability that may lead to a severe fall.
  • Talk to your foot doctor about any balance problems and consider using custom orthotics that can help improve ankle stability.

If you need help determining ways to increase the strength of your feet and ankles to avoid falls, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. 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!

 

By Foot First Podiatry Center
September 07, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The generic orthotics that you can buy at your pharmacy or shoe store have their purpose, but they may only provide temporary improvement. Custom orthotics are molded to the specific contours of your foot, making for a much better fit than with the mass produced variety. 

 

Some of the benefits of custom orthotics include the following:

 

  • They are much more comfortable—and treat conditions more effectively than the generics. A digital gait analysis can be performed to scan your whole foot and help to produce a mold that will be used to make the custom inserts.
  • Custom orthotics treat a wide variety of foot conditions—From flat feet, fallen arches and balance issues, to bunions and plantar fasciitis, custom orthotics can help. Problems with ankle instability and tendinitis can also be addressed. Often, the right footwear and a properly designed and placed orthotic is all that is needed to alleviate pain and discomfort. 
  • Injury prevention—Athletes who are more susceptible to foot and ankle injuries can benefit from the use of custom orthotics, which provide the proper support and help the feet to function in a stressful environment without pain and discomfort.
  • More durable—Your custom orthotics are made with much more durable components than the store bought variety, and will therefore last longer so you don’t have to buy new ones every year.
  • Diabetic foot careCustom orthotics combined with a special shoe are very beneficial for diabetic patients since they can be molded for specific foot issues like foot ulcers, calluses, and corns.

 

Whether you are a runner trying to prevent injuries, or are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles, custom orthotics can improve your foot function and help diminish the pain. At Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN, our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. 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!

 

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is a procedure that is typically used to treat chronic heel pain (or plantar fasciitis). "Extracorporeal" means "outside of the bodyand alludes to the nonsurgical nature of ESWT. 

 

Here are 5 facts about ESWT that may answer some of your questions and help to determine if this therapy is right for you.

 

1.ESWT is a fast, powerful, and noninvasive alternative to surgery.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy employs a device that generates strong sonic waves, directly targeting the area of pain and prompting your body to create new restorative tissue cells. Because the procedure is nonsurgical and outside the body,most ESWT procedures are completed in less than 30 minutes. 

 

2. ESWT is similar to Lithotripsy, a shock wave therapy for kidney stones.

Lithotripsy is a comparable shockwave treatment used to break up kidney stones from the bodys exterior. For kidney stones, the use of shock waves has led to a reduction in adverse tissue growth.

 

3. ESWT is different from laser therapy.

Recently, a number of physical therapy devices using unfocused pressure waves have attempted to market themselves as ESWT. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is unique in its use of powerful and specifically targeted sound waves, and it is the only procedure that is FDA approved, proven to effectively repair tissue without heel surgery.

 

4. ESWT is ideal for patients who have experienced plantar fasciitis for at least 6 months.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is usually recommended as the next step for patients who have tried more conservative treatments and have been met with limited success. It is a highly successful therapy for those suffering from chronic recurring pain, such as patients who experience strain every time they place weight on their heel.

 

5. ESWT recovery time is typically short and does not require time off from work.

While the healing process is different for everyone, most patients experience significant improvement within 3 months. Most importantly, because ESWT doesnt involve surgery, you avoid the prolonged healing process wherein your condition worsens before it improves. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy allows most patients to work without lengthy time off, giving them the freedom to go about their day-to-day lives as they recover. 

 

If you are suffering from chronic plantar fasciitis, consult our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. at Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN to discuss Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy as a possible option. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
August 24, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: supportive shoes  

As the final days of summer tick down, the first days of school draw closer and closer. Its time for new notebooks, new pencils, and new back-to-school shoes! Yet with so many options, the process of shopping for your childs ever-changing feet can quickly become overwhelming. How do I find the right size? How do I choose the best shoe for my childs age? How do I find the best quality shoe for their day-to-day needs?

 

Here are some simple dos and donts to help you and your child spring confidently into this school year.

 

Do

Measure your childs feet

Young feet grow very quickly, so be sure to measure each foot every time you shop for new children’s shoes.

 

Carefully examine the shoes

Look for firm heels, ample insole cushioning, and a strong built-in arch. The shoes should be bendable at the ball of the foot and supportive in the middle of the shoe.

 

Choose shoes based on your childs habits

Select the best shoes for your childs wear patterns. For example, if you know your child is prone to ankle sprains, choose a pair of supportive boots or high-top shoes. 

 

Dont

Measure your childs feet while theyre sitting down

To ensure an optimal fit when measuring, make sure your child is standing up with their full weight bearing down on each foot.

 

Force your childs foot into the shoe

Your child will need room to move and grow into their shoes. Allow for about one half inch (or one thumbs width) of space between the tips of the toes and the ends of the shoes.

 

Forget to take the shoes for a test drive

Have your child walk around the store wearing a clean pair of medium-thick socks, then check their foot for signs of irritation.

 

For more expert advice on back-to-school shoe shopping for you and your child, consult our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. at Foot First Podiatry Center in Albany, IN. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!





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