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By Foot First Podiatry Center
November 13, 2018
Category: skin conditions
Tags: hammertoe   corns   calluses   custom orthotic  

Corns and calluses are caused by your skin’s reaction to friction and pressure. This is often caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. Athletes and runners are more likely to develop corns and calluses due to the increased pressure and stress from repetitive movements. Anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet is more likely to develop problems with reactive skin conditions like corns and calluses.

The difference between calluses and corns:

Calluses—These are thicker and larger than corns, and tend to appear on the heel or ball of the foot where the majority of the pressure is felt from walking and exercising.

Corns—These are most likely to develop when your toes rub together or where pressure from poorly fitting shoes causes rubbing. A corn will frequently develop on the top of a hammertoe that pushes the toe against your footwear.

2 of the conservative treatments for corns and calluses include:

  1. Pads and orthotic inserts—Special pads can be placed over a corn to isolate it and help prevent rubbing on the inside of your shoes. Custom orthotic inserts can help redistribute weight and pressure away from painful corns and calluses.
  2. Warm soaks and skin removal—Use warm, soapy water and soak your feet to help soften skin. You can then use a file or emery board to gently rub away the dead skin. Carefully dry your feet and apply moisturizing cream to speed the smoothing process.

For thick and brittle calluses, heel fissures, and corns that become inflamed or infected, surgery may be necessary.

If you are experiencing complications with difficult corns and calluses, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified foot doctor 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
November 06, 2018
Category: skin conditions

Plantar warts grow in the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot and frequently occur in the heel or ball area. The pressure from walking on your foot can cause warts to grow inward and be hidden under a thick layer of skin which makes them very hard to identify and treat.

Plantar warts can be mistaken for other skin problems including cancerous lesions, which is why you should have them checked out by your foot doctor to get the correct diagnosis.

Treatment methods for plantar warts include:

  1. Cryotherapy—Your foot doctor applies liquid nitrogen to the wart to freeze the skin so the wart breaks off in large pieces. This treatment can be combined with chemical peeling to completely eradicate the wart.
  2. Antiviral medication—HPV(human papillomavirus) is actually the cause of these warts, and killing the virus with medication can be an excellent way to prevent warts, but there are possible side effects that you should discuss with your foot doctor.
  3. Chemical peel—Acid is used to gradually peel away layers of the wart. Home treatment kits for this purpose are available, but to get the full strength version you need a prescription from your podiatrist.

You can help prevent getting plantar warts by practicing good hygiene. Keep your feet clean and dry and always wear shower shoes or sandals in public areas like locker rooms and showers to help minimize your contact with the human papillomavirus.

If you are experiencing complications with plantar warts, see your podiatrist for the best solution. 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
November 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Treating toenail fungus

Toenail fungus--it's one of the most common podiatric problems children, teens, and adults have. Causing thickened, yellow, brittle nails, onychomycosis (the medical name for toenail fungus) spreads easily and can be stubborn to treat. If you see one or more of your toenails changing shape, color, and texture, see your foot doctor right away. They have the expertise and treatments to give you ten clear toenails once again.

How toenail fungus starts

The micro-organism thrives in dark, moist environments--sweaty socks and sneakers being prime candidates. Additionally, shared towels, nail clippers, shower room floors, and pool decks breed toenail and Athlete's Foot fungus. In fact, if you suffer periodic outbreaks of itchy, uncomfortable Athlete's Foot, you're more prone to onychomycosis, says the American Academy of Dermatology.

Conquering toenail fungus

Your foot doctor sees scores of patients with toenail fungus. Visual inspection is the main diagnostic tool, and for mild cases of onychomycosis, the podiatrist may recommend creams or ointments applied topically. Oral medications are an option as well.

Additionally, modern podiatry offers innovative laser treatments which kill the micro-organism right where it lives. Painless and very effective, laser treatments are applied to all ten toenails to prevent re-infection.

Unfortunately, toenail fungal infections can become quite severe and spread to the nail bed. When infection is severe, the podiatrist may advise complete removal of the toenail to prevent further problems.

Prevention is best

Of course, if you can avoid toenail fungus, your feet and nails will look and feel their best, and you won't be embarrassed to wear open-toed shoes or sandals in the warm weather. However, some people are more prone to this common infection--diabetics, those with poor peripheral circulation and individuals who are immunosuppressed.

Regardless, your podiatrist recommends these preventive measures for healthy, fungus-free nails:

  1. Wash your feet with soap and water daily, and dry them with a clean towel.
  2. Clip your toenails straight across with a clean clippers.
  3. Wear clean socks daily.
  4. Change your gym shoes after a workout. In fact, alternate pairs if possible, letting your footwear dry out between wearings.
  5. Wear flip-flops or shower sandals in the locker room and poolside, too.
Look after those feet and nails
 
They're the only ones you have. For ongoing care of your feet and ankles, see your foot doctor each year for a routine examination. He or she will get to know you and your podiatric health needs well so you stay active and feel great.

As you get older, all those years of walking, running, dancing, and standing takes a toll. While completely natural, age-related changes to the form and function of your feet and ankles are inevitable. But you can minimize and postpone many of these effects with proper care and regular visits to your foot doctor.

5 foot and ankle problems that are likely to occur with age:

  1. Joint problems—Arthritic conditions tend to worsen as we age and often affect toe and ankle joints, causing considerable pain and discomfort.
  2. Your feet get larger—Due to the effects of gravity and pressure over time, the tendons and ligaments in your feet will gradually loosen as you age. Your arch will flatten and the overall length of your foot will increase considerably. Always have your feet properly measured each time you buy shoes to ensure they offer the proper support and cushioning. Custom orthotic inserts can help with a variety of foot and ankle problems.
  3. Your toenails get thicker—Nail growth slows down as we age and hormone and circulation changes will cause them to become more brittle and much thicker.  This can make them harder to trim properly, increasing the chances of ingrown toenails and fungal toenail infections.
  4. Infections—Your immune response weakens as you get older and fungal and bacterial infections become harder to fight.
  5. Dry skin—Dehydration becomes more of a problem as you age, so be sure to drink plenty of healthy fluids throughout the day. Drying skin increases the formation of calluses and heel fissures on your feet.

If you are experiencing age-related foot and ankle problems, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Dr. Zahid Ladha, our dedicated podiatrist, delivers high-quality podiatric care for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

 

By Foot First Podiatry Center
October 24, 2018
Category: foot pain

Having the feeling that your feet are on fire can cover a range of discomfort from a minor pain to a raging forest fire that keeps you up all night. Many different problems can cause the sensation of burning, numbing, and tingling in your feet.

Peripheral artery disease, which reduces blood flow to the feet, can create the sensation that your feet are on fire. Skin infections can also be a major cause and general fatigue after being on your feet all day can make your feet feel hot and bothered.

Diagnosing the actual cause of burning feet can be quite complicated. Since this condition is often an indication of nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), it can be very difficult to pinpoint the cause without the expert help of your podiatrist.

Here are some additional causes of a burning sensation in your feet:

  • Chemotherapy complications
  • Nerve compression
  • Athlete’s foot/fungal infection
  • Charcot foot disease
  • Kidney problems
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes complications
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • HIV complications
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Lyme disease

If the onset of the sensation happened rapidly and persists for several days it could be the sign of a severe problem. In the most severe cases, it is possible to lose all sensation in your feet and toes. It’s even possible that the sense of burning will move to other areas of your body.

If you are experiencing complications with burning feet, see your podiatrist for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha delivers high-quality care and treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!





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