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By Foot First Podiatry Center
April 24, 2019
Category: ankle conditions

Your feet can swell for a variety of reasons with being on your feet all day for work being one of the major contributors. Similarly, people who exercise vigorously and those who participate in sports may be more susceptible to having swelling in their feet and ankles. Ankle swelling can also be caused by systemic diseases, so see your foot doctor for a proper evaluation and expert treatment of your swollen feet.

6 common reasons for your feet and ankles to swell include the following:

  1. Being overweight—Carrying a lot of extra weight puts more pressure on your feet and ankles when you walk, stand, or exercise and the added stress can contribute to foot and ankle swelling.
  2. Diseases—Liver, heart, and lung disease can contribute to swelling in the feet and ankles.
  3. Medications—Some medications and procedures such as blood pressure meds, antidepressants, corticosteroids, and hormone replacement therapy can contribute to foot and ankle swelling.
  4. Decreased blood circulation—Arteries and blood vessels can become constricted causing fluid to be retained in the extremities, especially the feet and ankles.
  5. Injury—Spraining or straining your ankle causes trauma to the foot with severe swelling and pain.
  6. Pregnancy— Foot and ankle swelling during pregnancy is expected, but If it becomes excessive and doesn’t decrease after taking the weight off your feet you should see your foot doctor.

If your feet and ankles remain swollen for more than a day or two after resting, icing, and elevating, especially if fever and headache are also present, then you should have an evaluation with your foot doctor to determine the cause. 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
February 27, 2019
Category: ankle conditions

There are a wide variety of causes for ankle pain due to the complex structure of the foot and ankle. A multitude of tendons, ligaments, bones and other tissues are all susceptible to painful and debilitating problems associated with stress and injury. Ankle pain can radiate from the inside to the outside of the ankle, and even along the Achilles tendon which can radiate the pain further up the leg and even into the knees.

Some common causes of ankle pain and discomfort include the following:

●          Tendonitis or tendon rupture

●          Ankle sprains

●          Bursitis

●          Gout

●          Plantar fasciitis

●          Various types of arthritis

●          Bone breakage and stress fractures

Because the ankle joint is so complex, even a minor injury can bring on severe pain, swelling, and discomfort.

Initial treatment for ankle pain is with the RICE method:

  • Rest—Take the weight off of the ankle by using crutches or a wheelchair.
  • Ice—Apply ice several times a day for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
  • Compression—A compression bandage can be wrapped around the ankle to help immobilize it and decrease swelling.
  • Elevation—Propping your foot up on a pillow, so it is above the level of your heart will decrease swelling. 

Ibuprofen or Tylenol can be taken to further reduce pain and inflammation. If the discomfort and swelling does not subside significantly after a few hours and if substantial improvement doesn’t occur after a few days, you may have a serious injury that requires medical attention. 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
December 18, 2018
Category: ankle conditions
Tags: ankle sprains  

Ankle sprains and strains are among the most common injuries treated by podiatrists, but many people underestimate the seriousness of an initial injury and fail to take the appropriate steps to ensure complete healing and to avoid future complications.

It is important to always treat ankle strains and sprains promptly to avoid the development of chronic ankle instability, which can occur when an ankle is repeatedly injured without healing properly in between injuries. Optimum healing of a severe ankle sprain can take months and requires initial immobilization, followed by slow and careful strengthening. This is done using physical therapy exercises.

Oftentimes an ankle sprain is accompanied by a hairline fracture, which is all the more reason to have a complete evaluation performed by your podiatrist to make sure you are getting the correct diagnosis and treatment.

Methods to treat and avoid ankle sprains include the following:

  • Start slowly with any new exercise program —Start a new exercise program gradually. Foot and ankle injuries tend to happen when you are too enthusiastic at the beginning before your muscles and joints have had time to adjust and strengthen.
  • Perform flexibility and strengthening exercises— A variety of strength and flexibility exercises can be performed to slowly increase ankle health with a much lower risk of future injury. See your foot doctor for help in creating a regimen that is right for you.

If your ankle sprain isn’t significantly improving after a few days of rest, ice, compression, and elevation, see your foot care professional. 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!