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By Foot First Podiatry Center
May 26, 2017

Little feet are sensitive and need extra love and care. It is true that children’s feet are different from those of adults because they are actively growing and developing. Their foot problems should be brought to a doctor’s attention and Foot First Podiatry understands the needs of your children’s feet.

  • In-toeing and Out-toeing for children should be treated under the super vision of a podiatrist who specializes in children’s foot care to correct the situation.
  • Flat feet pain with children is a common concern among parents. Lack of an arch in the foot can cause significant problems but can be monitored to see if they grow out of it. In the interim the child should wear arch support shoes to ensure the foot develops away from the conditions of flat feet.
  • Foot deformities are more medically involved and may be corrected with proper shoes or braces. Some foot deformities can be caused by cerebral palsy, polio, muscular dystrophy or club foot.  Again, a podiatrist should be consulted from the onset.

When the warm weather comes and the kids ask to go to the playground we can’t always keep an eye on them every minute.  They are quick and fearless and we know the boys can be reckless sometimes. But we can keep their safety a priority by visiting our doctor for routine checkups. We tend to overlook podiatry as preventative health and forget that our feet take us everywhere our body needs to go.

Heel pain is common with children who play soccer and basketball.  Heel pain that is more sever is known as Sever’s disease and mostly occurs in children between the age of 8 and 14. Both boys and girls are equally susceptible to the disease. The pain happens where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone but the first sign is when your child starts rubbing their heels with their fingers at games or practices.

We do tend to watch our children when outdoors to make sure they do not wonder off with a stranger or fall head first into the slide but the subtle signs of recurring pain should be addressed too. If your child is showing any signs of foot or ankle discomfort or pain call  Zahid Ladha at 812-945-9221 and schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located in New Albany, Indiana and will be glad to check your child’s feet. We want to see your child play all summer without injury or pain.

By Foot First Podiatry Center
May 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters  

Blisters and hiking go together as much as oil and water. Often it is a simple solution like having the wrong hiking boot combined with repeated friction to one area for a long period of time. While they do not always need medical attention, you can be inconvenienced by the pain and if they are punctured then infection can easily develop while you are on the trail.

How to avoid blisters from ruining your hike:

  • Break in those new boots or sneakers slowly around the house while your cleaning or organizing your house. Better to know indoors if they will work outdoors where you may not be able to fix the problem until the hike is over.
  • Wash and dry your feet after the shower to prevent infections before putting your gear on for the day. You would not want to trap moisture in there before you even get out on the trail.
  • Bring a good supply of petroleum jelly and band aids just in case on should develop while miles from your car or home. This will be a good solution until you can treat it correctly later.

How blisters can form quickly:

  • Infections are usually from not treating them right away.
  • Friction and rubbing in one area for a long time brings it on quickly.
  • Freezing cold can bring on blisters if the skin isn’t protected properly.
  • Burning from the sun or heat will form a blister and could turn into a bigger problem if not looked at right away by a professional.
  • Chemicals are harsh and will certainly damage your skin if exposed for periods of time.

While blisters can appear anywhere, our feet seem to take the most hits because they work the hardest. Since they can be relieved with a few simple suggestions try not to neglect preventing or treating a blister. 

What can I do to get rid of them:

  • Let it breathe
  • Clean it thoroughly
  • Use antibacterial overnight with a band aid
  • Soften it by soaking it
  • Do not let anything stick to it

Blisters are not a huge problem unless they are mistreated. They can be annoying and slow you down considerably but do not always require a medical visit, however f you need treatment for your blister and want to keep on hiking this season, call Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, Indiana at 812-945-9221 and schedule an appointment with Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. today. Blisters don’t need to ruin your day!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
May 10, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Many people who have flat feet do not experience any pain however, if flat feet are acquired in adult hood it can not only become painful but possibly disabling as well.

The best way to determine if you have flat feet is to notice how your feet hit the ground when they are wet on a dry surface. If your imprint shows most of your foot, chances are you have flat feet. This condition is usually associated with pronation (when your ankle bone leans inward as you walk) and when flat feet become painful it means the tendon in your foot has become inflamed or torn. Ignoring this condition can lead to permanent disability but if you take time to follow some of these simple suggestions you may see permanent results instead. 

What causes flat feet?

  • Stretched or damaged tendons
  • Aging and decreased muscle strength
  • Pregnancy or Obesity
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Abnormality from birth
  • Diabetes

What treatments are available:

  • Supportive shoes will help long term changes. Avoid tight shoes, high heels or unnaturally shaped shoes.
  • Consult a podiatrist for medical treatment as soon as possible.
  • Weight loss can take the pressure off the bones, ligaments and tendons in your feet.
  • Physical therapy may be recommended depending on the diagnosis.
  • Orthotics that are custom made can give the best results.

Is surgery an option?

Depending on the severity of the deformity caused by pronation, flat feet reconstruction can restore function and relieve pain. Surgery will repair the damaged or stretched ligaments and tendons that support the arch. Full recovery from flat foot surgery can take up to one year but you should be able to go home the same day with a splint or cast to support the foot. All surgeries have complications and risks and this one is not exempt. Wound breakdown or incomplete healing of the bones could be a potential problem but proper care is essential to avoid this risk.

If you think you may have flat feet or would like to discuss a surgical solution contact our team at Foot First Podiatry located in New Albany Indiana.  To schedule an appointment with Zahid Ladha call 812-945-9221 and let us change your foot print.

 

 

 

By Foot First Podiatry Center
May 04, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

The spurs that we are most familiar with is on the heel of a riding boot often worn by cowboys and designed to dig into a horse to get him to move faster. The irony here is that this heel spur is quite painful too, but doesn’t make us move any faster, in fact it slows us down.

This condition is also known as Plantar Fasciitis in the medical world and can be treated conservatively in our office to manage the pain. The most common method would be to fit you for a custom orthotic shoe to mold your foot.

What is a heel spur?

It is a calcium deposit caused by a bony protrusion under the heel bone. Although they are often painless they can still cause pain when inflamed.

What are symptoms of heel spurs?

Often there is little to no pain but when described by our patients it is usually a pin sticking pain that eventually turns to a dull ache. The sharp pain may return as you stand up after sitting for a long time and can be worse at first and eventually fade in to a tolerable ache.

What causes heel spurs?

Getting older can be the most obvious reason as our heel’s protective padding starts to thin over the years. But more prevalent causes can be spending most of your time on your feet, diabetes, frequent short bursts of physical exercise and flat feet or high arches.

How are heel spurs treated?

In extreme cases, a doctor may suggest surgery but most cases can be fixed with a combination of icing, resting and stretching. Using an orthotic shoe insert on a regular basis can also be effective. Full recovery from heel pain takes time to resolve with the right treatment. Recovery depends on your efforts as well as your doctor’s treatment. Stretching daily, using a night splint and wearing appropriate shoes can add to a speedy recovery.

If you think you may be suffering from heel spurs or any type of heel pain call Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, Indiana at 812-945-9221. Make an appointment with Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. and get the answers you need to fix your spurs!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
April 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The warm weather is here and the basketballs are bouncing around the courts! First sign of spring brings the energy to get out here and play a hard game of Basketball.  Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany understands the game and can bring you safety tips so you don’t end up out of commission for the season.

Shoes

  • Wide shoe box allows room to wiggle so blisters, corns and calluses remain at bay.
  • Light Weight sneakers are good for breathing as to avoid athlete’s foot.
  • Well cushioned midsoles absorb shock and promote stability
  • Firm heels fit snuggly and keep the heel in place.
  • Laces give closure and the ability to adjust tightness.

Warm up

  • Stretching is a key in Basketball as it is most demanding with its twists and turns. Before you put your muscles to work you need to stretch them so they don’t tear. Start with a quick warm up then a few simple stretches without bouncing!
  • Conditioning gives you the strength you need to make the right moves without injuring yourself. You need to be in shape to handle the demand that Basketball puts on your body.

Injury

  • Ankle sprains are one of the most common and usually are a result of a fast twist or roll beyond the normal range of motion. This injury will usually heal without surgery and only requires the RICE method. Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate.
  • Achilles Tendonitis occurs when the tendon becomes inflamed from repeated stress. It can be quite painful while it swells up and becomes stiff. This injury can also tear the tendon which can add several weeks to recovery and may lead to surgery depending on the severity of the tear.
  • Plantar Fasciitis which effects the heel ligament. The ligament becomes inflamed and the symptoms may take a while to go away. Non-surgical treatment, like rest and ice, can usually tackle this one.

 

Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is well versed in team sports and the injuries that can occur during a hard play or just a simple accident on the court.  If you have injured your feet or ankles playing basketball or any other sport call us at 812-945-9221 and schedule an appointment.  Don’t let common injuries keep you off the court!





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