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By Foot First Podiatry Center
July 03, 2019
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is a frustrating problem to have; it can be disruptive to your entire life, especially if your job requires you to be on your feet. At Heel-PainFoot First Podiatry, in New Albany, IN, Dr. Zahid Ladha sees a lot of patients who have heel pain but aren't sure what caused it. Your podiatrist can discuss areas of the foot that are often responsible for heel pain with you.

Achilles tendon

Our patients typically describe two different kinds of heel pain to us: if it comes from the back of the heel (where the strap of a sandal would wrap around), it is typically caused by inflammation within the Achilles tendon. This large, stretchy band of tissue connects the heel to the calf and can become strained due to running or other sports that require a lot of quick movements with the feet (such as tennis or basketball). Often your New Albany podiatrist finds that poor-quality footwear is to blame, but starting a high-intensity exercise regimen suddenly or skipping the warm-up portion of your workout can cause problems in this area of the foot. This disorder is called Achilles tendonitis.

Plantar fascia

When our patients at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany complain of pain originating from the bottom of the heel (the round, padded part of the foot that rests the ground when you stand), Dr. Ladha often suspects a breakdown in the structure of the plantar fascia, which is the ligament that spans the arch of the foot. Like Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis often develops due to excessive exercise, particularly running, especially if your shoes don't fit properly. An anatomical issue with the foot arch - such as flat feet - may also play a part. The pain associated with plantar fasciitis is often the worst in the morning, just after getting out of bed, and gets better after walking around for a while.

Regardless of the reason for your heel pain, trust your podiatrist at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN, to help you recover. Contact our office for an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry
May 09, 2018
Tags: Fracture  

We all know that professional and Olympic athletes are more susceptible to experiencing fractures due to the intense amount of force and strength they deal with during competition and training. But a fracture of the foot or ankle can happen to anyone and is one of the leading causes of injury seen by podiatrists.

Types of foot and ankle fractures

There are two major types that are delineated depending upon the force applied during the break:

●      A stress fracture—This type of fracture occurs gradually, rather than being the result of a single stressful event. A common cause of stress fractures is the continuous pounding of repetitive motions involved in sports such as running, basketball, and tennis. These are also known as hairline fractures and can be triggered by a shift in workout surfaces from hard to soft.  Osteoporosis and other bone abnormalities can contribute to the severity of a stress fracture.

●      An acute fracture—These are breaks that occur suddenly and may involve a total or partial separation of the bone. You will experience a total inability to walk on the affected foot plus pain, swelling, and bruising, and surgery may be required.

The different types of acute fractures include:

Stable fractures—the ends of the bones only slightly out of place

Compound breaksthis is the worst type of fracture since the skin is usually broken and an infection can easily occur leading to other complications

Oblique breaks—a diagonal break across the bone

Transverse fractures—a horizontal break

Comminuted fractures— a complex break in which the bone is shattered into multiple pieces requiring extensive reconstruction

If you have experienced any of these fractures, it is extremely important to enlist the services of a foot care professional to ensure the correct diagnosis, treatment, and successful recovery, so be sure to schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry 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
April 25, 2018

For people who are involved in sports, it comes with the territory that there is always the risk of an injury. Of course, it isn’t always possible to prevent injuries, but there are quite a few interventions you can take to decrease the chances of sustaining one of the many types of injuries that frequently affect athletes, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and ankle sprains and strains.

Ways to avoid injuries while playing sports

  • Proper warm-up—Many injuries are caused and exacerbated by not properly warming up before exercise. Gently stretching your muscles, tendons, and ligaments before vigorous exercise begins will help avoid a multitude of injuries.
  • Correct footwear—Always use footwear for the specific sport in which you will be participating and be certain to have properly fitted shoes with right arch and heel support for your foot type. The proper combination of these elements is essential for adequate shock absorption and weight distribution.
  • Get regular exercise —You are much less likely to sustain a debilitating injury if you exercise consistently and increase your workout intensity over time rather than doing an intense workout only once in a while.
  • Custom orthotic insertsFoot deformities including flat feet, overpronation, high arches, hammertoes, and bunions can be treated with specially designed inserts that remove sources of rubbing and pressure.
  • Proper cooling down—Proper cooling down is just as important as proper warming up. Decelerating your exercise gradually towards the end of your workout is essential to aiding your tired muscles and tendons to recover and rehydrate, so drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t exercise if you are injured—If you have the sensation of severe or excessive pain and discomfort during or after exercise, your body is trying to tell you that something isn’t quite right and that you should stop exercising and see your foot doctor to find out what is wrong.

If despite your best efforts, you have suffered a sports injury, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing excellent 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
January 24, 2018
Tags: Fracture  

The bones in the foot tend to get broken more frequently than other bones, with some estimates indicating that more than 15% of all broken bones occur in the foot or ankle. In many foot injuries, there is usually a relationship between the location of a fracture or break and how the injury occurred. Some examples include a broken heel that is often the result of landing badly after a jump, and toes that fracture after kicking something hard.

A fracture in the foot or ankle often happens without warning, and when you are not expecting it to happen. Stress fractures, on the other hand, can take time to develop, and frequently occur in athletes, gymnasts, and dancers due to all the repeated stress that their bodies endure.

The symptoms of a broken foot will usually include the following:

  • Intense pain—The onset of immediate, severe pain and a sudden inability to put weight on your foot
  • Swelling and bruising—Blueness, numbness, tenderness, and severe swelling may be evident.
  • Deformities—A protruding bone, with cuts and bleeding
  • Shoe removal problems—Can’t get your shoe on or off easily due to pain and swelling

While the symptoms of something small like a broken toe may not be extremely painful, a broken heel bone can be very painful and put you on the sidelines immediately. If you are experiencing severe pain that makes it difficult or impossible to walk, you should see a foot care professional immediately and have the injury evaluated with an x-ray or other diagnostic scans to determine the extent of the damage.

Before making an appointment with your foot doctor, you should do everything possible to decrease pain and swelling and also to immobilize the foot with a splint if necessary. Keep the foot elevated and stabilized, and apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. Ibuprofen or other over the counter pain reliever can be taken to reduce inflammation and discomfort.

If you are concerned about a possible broken bone, or other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry 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
January 16, 2018
Tags: Injury   Achilles tendon  

The Achilles tendon is by far the largest tendon in your body. You will recognize it as the very thick, cord-like tendon that connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. Overstretching your Achilles tendon frequently occurs while one is participating in high-stress sports such as lacrosse, tennis, basketball, and soccer. Stretching the tendon past normal range can cause it to tear or even completely break, which is often accompanied with a cringe-inducing snap, and the maddening inability to walk normally. With the severe pain and swelling you are experiencing around your heel, it can be hard to concentrate on anything else.

A severe injury to your Achilles tendon will usually have the following symptoms:

●      A loud popping sound of the tendon breaking or tearing that foretells the pain to follow

●      Inability to walk normally or bend your foot properly

●      Intense pain and swelling in your heel area

●      Difficulty standing on your toes

Should you experience the onset of these sudden symptoms, it is important to seek the care of a foot care professional right away to avoid creating more damage and to get on the best path to healing your heel injury. Conservative measures involving the RICE method of rest, icing, compression, and elevation will provide relief for a minor injury to the tendon. For major injuries, or if the tendon is actually torn, it will be necessary to reattach it to the heel using a surgical procedure.

If you are concerned about an Achilles tendon injury, or other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and individualized medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!