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By Foot First Podiatry
November 11, 2019
Category: foot health
Tags: Bunions  
BunionsMany women adore their high-heels, but wearing these high fashion shoes could be hazardous to your health.  Knowing when to choose comfort over fashion, you can potentially reduce the amount of pain your feet will suffer from painful bunions and other foot conditions. 
 
Our office is available to help you prevent the development of a bunion.  When it comes to bunions, let’s take a closer look at some valuable information for bunion prevention.  

Prevention is Key 

When it comes to bunions, it is important to give your feet a break from high-heeled shoes.  If a bunion begins to form, soaking feet in warm water can provide temporary relief in the early stages.  
 
To minimize your chances of developing a bunion, do not force your foot into a shoe that doesn’t fit.  Improper fitting shoes can aggravate bunions and foot pain.  When it comes to your shoes, choose ones that conform to the shape of your foot.  
 
Custom orthotics at your podiatrist’s office are also available to slow the development of the deformity.  Orthotics can also relieve pain in your feet, which makes it important to visit your podiatrist when complications arise. 

What if I Already Have a Bunion? 

According to your podiatrist, if you are a patient with a bunion, it is important to wear shoes that have enough room as to reduce pressure on the deformity.  When a bunion progresses to the point where walking becomes difficult and conservative treatments are not effective, you may need surgery.  
 
A consultation with your podiatrist will be needed to further diagnose and develop a proper treatment plan. Don’t wait for a bunion to form, talk to your podiatrist about steps you can take to protect your feet from a painful bunion bump.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is one of the most common blood circulation problems, and it is characterized by a narrowing of the arteries. The process happens very slowly, and symptoms are often overlooked until the disease is more widespread. Since the extremities are often the first areas to be affected by PAD, noticing problems in your feet and ankles can help catch the condition earlier before major complications occur.

The narrowing of the arteries that is caused by this disease can cause many symptoms in your lower legs, feet, and ankles, including the following:

  • Muscle cramps and pain—These symptoms are often more noticeable after exercising or other physical stress.
  • Wounds heal more slowly—The reduced circulation caused by PAD slows down your immune system making scrapes, bruises, and other wounds heal much more slowly. This is particularly bad for diabetic patients who may already be experiencing wound healing problems due to peripheral neuropathy.
  • Slower growth of hair and nails—The reduced blood flow also slows down the growth of your hair and nails.
  • Changes in skin texture and color—Your skin becomes rough and dry due to the blood circulation decreases and coloration may be affected.
  • Increasing pain in the lower legs, feet, and ankles—The advent of the lower leg, ankle, and foot pain is often more pronounced at night and can cause sleep interruptions.
  • Lower body temperature of the legs and feet—The temperature in your legs and feet will tend to feel colder even on hot days.

If you are experiencing signs in your feet of peripheral artery disease, see your foot doctor for a complete exam, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. 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
July 10, 2019
Category: foot health

Since young children may not always be able to effectively communicate a foot or ankle problem, it’s important to pay attention to the way your child moves. Walking on the toes, limping, and foot-dragging are indications that he or she is suffering from some type of foot or ankle disease or injury. Be sure to take your child to see your foot doctor to accurately determine what is happening.

3 common childhood foot conditions include the following:

  1. Sever’s disease—When the growth plate on your child’s heel becomes painful and swollen, it may be a sign of Sever’s disease. This usually happens between the ages of eight and fourteen when the bone growth plates are still developing. Sporting and exercise activities often have to be curtailed until the plates are fully formed.
  2. Ingrown toenailsThis is a problem common in adults as well as kids. When a toenail grows incorrectly into the tender skin on the edge of the toe, it can quickly become painful and debilitating. Shoes and socks that are too tight can cause this to happen. Also, be sure to cut your child’s toenails correctly to minimize the formation of ingrown toenails. Always cut straight across or on a slight curve and don’t cut them too short.
  3. Plantar wartsWarts are the common and often bumpy skin condition that is caused by the human papilloma virus. Plantar warts grow on the bottom of the foot and are often hidden from view by thickened skin. A bump under the skin may indicate the presence of a plantar wart, and your child may have pain and discomfort when pressure is applied.

If your child is walking oddly or complaining of pain in the foot or ankle, your foot doctor can make the proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. 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 13, 2019
Category: foot health

It’s easy to neglect your feet until you have a serious foot or ankle problem, and many people do just that, to the detriment of their overall foot and ankle health. With all the walking, running, dancing, and standing that the average pair of feet perform throughout life, taking the time to optimize your foot health will help prevent future chronic foot and ankle conditions.

These 4 excellent tips will help keep your feet happy and healthy throughout your life:

  1. Wash your feet every day—Clean your feet at least once daily with warm soap and water and dry them completely, especially between the toes where moisture collects.
  2. Perform regular foot exams— Look for cuts and cracks and treat them promptly with antibiotic ointment and sterile band-aids if needed. Check toenails for signs of yellowing and brittleness which could indicate a fungal toenail infection. Always have any foot deformities like bunions and hammertoes inspected by your foot doctor. Early treatment of foot deformities will lessen their eventual severity.
  3. Trim your toenails correctly—Always pay attention to cut your toenails as straight across as possible, with only a slight curve. This is the easiest and most effective way to prevent ingrown toenails.
  4. Wear properly fitted shoes—Wear shoes that are properly fitted and with the correct arch supports and other orthotic inserts. A computerized gait analysis can be performed by your foot doctor to check for under or overpronation issues.

Keep your feet happy and healthy with regular visits to your foot doctor. 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!