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By Foot First Podiatry Center
November 21, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

A type of tendonitis that is sometimes overlooked as the cause of foot and ankle pain is when it strikes the peroneal tendons along the side of the foot. These tendons give support to the foot muscles that control the rolling of your foot to the outside when standing, and also provide support to the arch structure.

The repetitive stress from everyday activities and exercise can accumulate over time, causing these tendons to become painfully inflamed and making it difficult or impossible to bear weight. In severe cases, tendons may become partially or completely detached from the fibula bone. This often occurs in conjunction with a severe ankle sprain.

The symptoms of peroneal tendonitis may be felt in the ankle and along the bottom of the foot, so it is important to get the correct diagnosis from your foot care professional to receive adequate treatment. Dislocation of the tendons can cause the foot to become unstable, and without proper treatment, problems with the arch can develop.

Treating peroneal tendonitis

Dislocated or torn tendons may sometimes be coaxed back into their normal position by avoiding putting weight on the foot. It may be necessary to use crutches, a compression bandage, splint or rigid boot to allow proper healing to occur. Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication may taken, if advised by a medical professional, to reduce swelling and pain.

In severe cases of tearing or dislocation, a surgical procedure may be required to reattach the tendon to the bone.

If you are suffering with the pain of tendonitis, 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
November 15, 2017
Tags: cysts   custom orthotic  

Ganglion cysts are benign (which means non-cancerous) growths that occur as bumps on the top of your foot. They are soft, fluid filled sacs that are immovable, and may grow just beneath the surface of the skin making them hard to detect. They usually grow on a ligament, tendon, or muscle, and are frequently found in clusters. The fluid inside the cyst is sticky and jelly-like. They often change size, disappear, and return, but the actual cause is often difficult to determine. If a ganglion cyst is growing on a nerve, you may notice a slight tingling sensation reaching your toes.

In most cases, a ganglion cyst is not going to be a major problem, and they don’t always cause pain. But if you do notice a growth on your foot, you should have it evaluated and treated by your foot doctor to make sure it isn’t malignant (cancer!). Treatment for ganglion cysts may include removing the fluid with a needle and injecting a steroid solution to keep the cyst from returning. Custom orthotic inserts can also help move the pressure away from the cyst and allow healing to commence more rapidly.

Always keep an eye on any unusual bumps on your feet, and if they change size, go away, and return multiple times, or if they cause pain and discomfort when you wear shoes, it may be necessary to discuss a surgical intervention for adequate relief.

If you are concerned about a possible cyst or other foot or ankle problem, 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
November 08, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   corns   calluses   tendonitis  

Your feet take a lot of punishment over the course of a lifetime. It’s estimated that the average person will put over 125,000 miles on them, so they are bound to suffer from the same types of injuries as the rest of our aging bodies, and then some!

Effects of aging on the feet include:

  • Balance related problems—A disease called peripheral neuropathy primarily affects those diagnosed with diabetes and is characterized by a lack of feeling and numbness in the extremities, including the feet and ankles. In addition to other problems, this lack of feeling can make it difficult to maintain balance, increasing the occurrence of falls and injuries.
  • Skin abnormalities and lesions—Our skin becomes less hydrated and resilient as we age resulting in conditions including cracked heels, corns, and calluses. Lesions may also develop and should always be evaluated since malignant melanoma can look like other skin problems that are benign.
  • Weakening of tendons, ligaments, and muscles—As these structures lose their strength and flexibility, a variety of ailments ensue including tendonitis, falling arches, and muscle spasms and strains.
  • Toenail issues—As we get older, our toenails become more brittle and so thick that they are hard to trim properly. One of the leading causes of ingrown toenails and infection is improperly cut toenails.
  • Arthritis—Osteoarthritis often strikes the big toe, middle foot, and ankle joints. It increases the debilitation caused by other conditions including bunions, gout, and hammertoes.
  • Swelling—Age related hormone imbalances, circulatory problems, and certain medications can increase inflammation in the feet and ankles.

If you are experiencing age related foot or ankle problems, 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
November 01, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Expecting moms may sometimes get more than they bargained for when it comes to changes in the body. In particular, their feet have to endure the extra weight and pressure as the fetus grows, which can cause swelling and blood circulation difficulties. Since the vascular circulation in the pelvis and lower body lessens during pregnancy, blood can coagulate in the legs and feet. This edema, along with water retention and release of hormones, contributes to even greater difficulties with swelling and other foot problems.

Another major cause of foot pain during pregnancy is overpronation that results from the shifting center of gravity as your stance compensates for weight imbalance. This imparts additional stress and pressure on the feet, knees, and back.

Overpronation is characterized by an inward rolling of the feet that pushes on the arches when you are walking. The extra stress is felt by the plantar fascia which is the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot that runs from the heel to the toes. When this tissue becomes inflamed, walking becomes very painful or impossible. Fortunately, arch supports and orthotic inserts can be combined with supportive footwear to alleviate and prevent much of the pain and discomfort.

Left untreated, overpronation during pregnancy, or at any other time, can lead to further problems including tendonitis, heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis.

With everything happening in your life, it’s nice to know that by consulting with your foot care specialist during your pregnancy, you can help avoid many common foot and ankle complications.

If you are experiencing foot problems related to pregnancy, 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
October 25, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: hammertoe   calluses   corn  

A hammertoe is a condition that usually affects the second and third toes causing the toe to bend abnormally at the joint in the shape of a hammer. This problem often affects people who have muscle imbalances in their feet. These imbalances can cause varying tensions on ligaments and tendons causing them to perform and grow abnormally. Wearing restrictive shoes such as pumps can exacerbate these tendencies, and increase the chances of forming corns and calluses on the hammertoe.

Hammertoes should be treated in the early stages when the toes are still flexible enough to be stretched into a straight position.

Some early treatments for hammertoes include:

  • Strengthening and stretching exercises—The muscles that extend and contract the toes can be made stronger by picking up marbles or other small objects with your toes. Also try standing on a small towel and scrunching your toes up and back. Repeat ten times. Stretching out the toe manually can also help straighten the toe.
  • Wear roomy shoes—It’s very important that your toes have enough room to stretch out. Use properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box, and avoid shoes that restrict your toe movement.
  • Padding—Corns may need to be isolated with special pads to prevent friction against the top of your footwear.

If a hammertoe goes untreated for a long time, it may become very rigid and lose any flexibility. Sometimes this can cause severe pain and difficulty with walking, in which case surgery may be necessary. Different types of surgery are used depending upon the condition and rigidity of your hammertoe.

If you are experiencing problems with hammertoes, schedule an appointment with 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!

 





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