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By Foot First Podiatry Center
January 15, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: broken bone   Sprain   Fractured Foot  
Did I Break My FootWhether you took a bad tumble or your child had a rough collision while playing sports, it’s important that you do not just recognize the signs of a broken foot but that you also seek immediate medical attention. Of course, we know that it isn’t always easy to differentiate a break from a sprain. Here are some signs that your foot is broken and need to be seen by a qualified podiatrist,
  • Pain that occurs immediately after an injury or accident
  • Pain that is directly above a bone
  • Pain that is worse with movement
  • Bruising and severe swelling
  • A cracking sound at the moment of injury
  • A visible deformity or bump
  • Can’t put weight on the injured foot
If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of a fractured foot or ankle they must turn to a podiatrist for care. We can diagnose, set, and treat all types of fractures; however, if the bone is dislocated or looks severely broken (a visible bump or deformity appears on the foot) it’s a good idea to head to your local ER.
 
How can I tell the difference between a break and a sprain?

The symptoms of a sprain are far less severe. You can often put weight on the injured foot with a sprain; however, you may notice some slight pain and stiffness. You may also have heard a popping sound at the moment of the injury with a sprain, while a broken bone often produces a cracking sound. The pain associated with a sprain will also be above soft tissue rather than bone. A podiatrist will perform an X-ray to be able to determine if you are dealing with a break or a sprain.
 
How is a broken bone in the foot treated?

Rest is key to allowing an injury, particularly a fracture, to heal properly. Along with rest, your doctor may also recommend either an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain reliever, depending on the severity of your fracture. Those with more moderate to severe fractures may require a special boot, brace, or splint. Those with more severe fractures may need to wear a cast and use crutches, so they can avoid putting any weight on the foot.
 
If you are on the fence about whether or not to see a podiatrist about your injury, why not simply give us a call? We can discuss your symptoms on the phone to determine whether we can take a wait-and-see approach or whether you need to come in right away for care.
By Foot First Podiatry Center
January 04, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters  
What To Do About BlistersEverything from wearing shoes that are a little too loose to increasing the number of miles you run can leave you dealing with painful blisters on your feet. Blisters can be quite a nuisance, making it difficult to move around, especially when wearing shoes. If you deal with blisters rather regularly here are some simple ways to treat the problem.
 
Keep the Blister Intact

If possible, try to keep the blister intact. Do not try to pop or drain a blister that hasn’t popped on its own. It’s important not to put pressure on the blister, so avoid any shoes that may be too tight. If you’re going to put on shoes, make sure to apply a bandage (some band-aids are designed specifically for covering blisters) to the area first.
 
Keep Popped Blisters Clean

If the blister popped on its own, clean it with warm water soap (do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the blister). Once the area is clean, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the area and apply a bandage over the blister. These simple steps can prevent an infection from occurring.
 
Drain the Blister Yourself

You should only drain a blister if it’s very large, painful, or affects your ability to move. In this case, you should sterilize a needle with alcohol and then make a small hole in the blister to let it drain. You may need to carefully squeeze the blister to help it drain fully. Once the blister has drained, rinse out the area with soap and warm water before applying antibiotic cream to the area and placing a bandage over it.
 
Replace Bandages Daily

You mustn’t keep the same bandage on your blister day in and day out. You should check the blister every day to make sure it isn’t infected. You should clean the area daily with soap and water and then reapply another bandage.
 
Of course, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, you mustn't try to drain or treat the blister yourself. Even something as small as a blister could become infected or lead to serious complications. You should see your podiatrist right away for any blisters that develop on your feet.
 
If you develop signs of infection such as pus, increased redness, or swelling of the blister, you must see your podiatrist right away for treatment. While blisters aren’t usually a cause for concern in most healthy individuals, it’s also important that you practice good foot care to prevent blisters from happening.
By Foot First Podiatry Center
December 30, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

An ingrown toenail is a common condition that occurs when the corner of your nail grows into your skin or soft flesh. This condition often affects your big toe. It can result in moderate to severe pain and discomfort, redness, swelling, and serious infection—if not treated correctly.

This means that early treatment for ingrown toenails from Dr. Zahid Ladha here at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, NY, is crucial. This is particularly true for diabetics who are prone to severe complications.

Ingrown Toenail Causes

Multiple factors can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails, including:

  • Improper fitting footwear
  • Genetics
  • Trauma or injury to your toenails
  • Improper clipping of toenails
  • Poor foot hygiene

 

Fortunately, you can try preventing the development of an ingrown toenail with these practical tips:

  • Wearing proper fitting footwear
  • Trimming your toenails straight across
  • Proper foot hygiene
  • Visiting your podiatrist for professional toenail cutting

 

Home Remedies for Ingrown Toenails

To help ease the pain or soreness you may be feeling from an ingrown toenail, you can try these treatment options at home:

  • Soak your affected foot into a mixture of warm water and one to two tablespoons of Epsom salt for around 15 minutes. This must be done three to four times per day. It could help alleviate the pain caused by infection and expel pus from your toe.
  • Lift the toenail from your skin. After a footbath, place clean, small pieces of cotton or dental floss underneath the ingrown corner. This can help the affected nail grow away or above your toe’s skin.
  • Wear comfortable footwear. Make sure that the footwear you are wearing gives enough room for your affected toe to rest.
  • Keep your foot dry.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment. This can help minimize and treat the infection.
  • OTC pain meds. You can take pain relievers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen sodium to help alleviate and reduce the pain.

 

Professional Treatment for Ingrown Toenails

If home remedies don’t seem to help, or if your ingrown toenails continue to worsen, seek treatment from your podiatrist in New Albany, NY. They may offer you treatment solutions such as:

  • Partial removal of the nail. If the condition you are experiencing is serious (accompanied by inflammation, pain, and pus excretion), your podiatrist may cut off or remove the ingrown part of your nail. You’ll be given a local anesthetic before the procedure.
  • Removal of the nail and tissue. If your condition is recurrent, your podiatrist may need to remove a part of your nail together with the tissue beneath it to prevent it from growing inward. A laser or special chemical may be used to kill or eliminate the cells that form your nail.

For Help Treating Ingrown Toenails, Call Us

Dial (812) 945-9221 to arrange a consultation here at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, NY, with your podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha.

By Foot First Podiatry Center
December 15, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the FeetRheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, and it is characterized by joint pain, inflammation, and damage. RA, like other kinds of arthritis, is progressive, which means that symptoms will gradually get worse over time if left untreated. So, how do you know if you might be developing RA in your feet? While a podiatrist can certainly provide you with a definitive diagnosis, here are some telltale signs of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You experience pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the joints of the foot, particularly the toes
  • You experience aching feet, particularly after activity or long periods of standing
  • Some parts of your foot may feel oddly warm to the touch or may emanate heat while the rest of the foot feels normal
  • The joints of the toes and ankles may swell
Symptoms are often mild at first and you may not even think that you have arthritis. Those between the ages of 30 to 60 are more likely to develop RA. You may notice intense flare-ups that are characterized by bouts of remission (in which you don’t experience symptoms). Do not take these symptom-free moments to mean that you are fine. It’s important to see a podiatrist right away if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

What does RA do to the feet and ankles?

Along with painful joints and stiffness, you may also notice other changes to your feet over time. Some of these changes include,
  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Hammertoes and claw toes
  • Bursitis
  • Circulation issues (e.g. atherosclerosis; Raynaud’s phenomena)
How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Since RA is not curable, your podiatrist will focus on crafting a treatment plan that will help to alleviate your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease to prevent severe and irreparable joint damage. Prescription medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are biologics that can reduce inflammation and prevent the progression of the disease.

Of course, there are also lifestyle changes you can make along with taking prescription medication that can also ease symptoms,
  • Warm soaks
  • Custom insoles or orthotics
  • Pain relievers
  • Compression
  • Stretching exercises for the feet
  • Bracing
  • Steroid injections (for targeting severe inflammation)
Surgery is only necessary if there is severe joint or cartilage damage, or if inflamed tissue needs to be removed from around the joint.

Most people with RA will eventually develop foot and ankle problems, which is why it’s important to have a podiatrist on your team that can help you manage your RA effectively.
By Foot First Podiatry Center
December 11, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

Don’t let painful heels get in the way of your daily routine!

Heel pain is a common complaint, particularly in runners; however, you don’t have to be a runner to experience heel pain. If you find yourself wearing high heels regularly or on your feet most of the day for work, then you may also deal with bouts of heel pain. Most cases of heel pain that our New Albany, IN, podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha sees is caused by plantar fasciitis.

Signs of Plantar Fasciitis

While the majority of heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis, this isn’t the only condition that can cause heel pain. You could be dealing with plantar fasciitis if you are experiencing,

  • A stabbing, aching or throbbing pain at the bottom of the heel
  • Stiffness in the heel that you may notice first thing in the morning
  • Heel pain that is worse in the morning or after long periods of inactivity
  • Pain that radiates to the arches of the foot
  • Pain that eases up as you move around

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms Can Last a While

It’s important not to ignore your heel pain, as you’ll find yourself dealing with this problem for far longer than you want. In fact, even with proper rest, it can take weeks or even months for the inflamed tissue in the feet to heal (especially if there are micro-tears present).

Of course, if your heel pain isn’t improving with rest and home care after five days, if heel pain is getting worse or if you can’t put any weight on the foot then it’s important that you schedule an appointment with our New Albany, IN, podiatrist.

Just About Anyone Can Develop Heel Pain

While we often see this problem in athletes, you don’t have to be a physically active person in order to deal with this problem. We also find that people with flat feet or high arches, as well as those who are overweight, are more likely to deal with heel pain. People who are on their feet most of the day for work, as well as those who don’t wear properly cushioned and supportive shoes, may also find themselves dealing with heel pain at some point.

If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis that keeps returning or isn’t responding to home care, then it’s time to see our New Albany, IN, podiatrist as soon as possible. Call Foot First Podiatry at (812) 945-9221 to schedule an immediate evaluation.





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