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By Foot First Podiatry Center
June 26, 2019
Category: foot pain
Tags: Gout   alcohol   toe   purines  

Gout is a painful condition caused by excessive uric acid build up in the blood, and when acid reaches a tipping point, it can crystallize out into your joints, often striking the large joint of the big toe.  Drinking excessive amounts of grain-based alcohol like beer and whiskey can increase uric acid levels. Being under a lot of stress can also trigger a gout attack, and some medicines can have the effect of increasing uric acid and causing gout.

Frequently people feel an itching and burning sensation an hour or two before a gout attack occurs. An attack can also strike at night, and even the slightest brush of your sheet over your big toe can cause intense pain from the uric acid crystals poking into your skin.

How to minimize the pain of a gout attack and prevent future flare-ups:

  1. Take off your shoes—Remove your footwear and socks to let your feet breathe and avoid added irritation from rubbing.
  2. Rest, raise, and ice your foot—Decrease your activities, and try not to walk on the foot during an attack. Lie down and elevate your foot on a pillow. Ice applied to the area for fifteen minutes several times a day will help reduce inflammation and pain.
  3. Avoid drinking alcohol—Avoid drinking alcohol, especially during an attack since it can make the episode more severe and last even longer.
  4. Avoid eating foods that contain purines—Fatty foods, shrimp, lobster, and organ meats are high in purines and should be minimized or avoided.
  5. Take ibuprofen—or other pain medicine to decrease discomfort and inflammation.

If you are experiencing ongoing and debilitating gout attacks, see your foot doctor for the proper care. 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
June 19, 2019
Category: foot pain

Metatarsal syndrome is a common ailment that causes the ball of the foot to become swollen and painful. Since the ball of your foot absorbs much of the stress and pressure when you are walking and playing sports, injury to the metatarsal bones, tendons, and tissues of the three middle toes can be very debilitating and requires proper treatment from your foot doctor.

Swelling in the ball of the foot can be caused by the following:

  • Improper shoes. Shoes like high heels that scrunch your toes together can be a source of pain in the metatarsal area.
  • Being too heavy. Carrying excess pounds puts additional stress on the ball of the foot.
  • Foot neuroma. Characterized by fibrous tissue that most grows between the third and fourth metatarsal bones, causing pain and discomfort in the ball of the foot.
  • Stress (or hairline) fractures in the toe bones may contribute to symptoms.
  • Heredity. Some inherited foot shapes, such as having a high arch, or a second toe that is longer than the big toe can shift weight onto the ball of the foot.
  • Training and playing hard. Playing high impact sports such as tennis and basketball can cause injury to the ball of the foot and metatarsal bones.
  • Radiating issues from other foot problems like hammertoes and bunions often adversely affect the metatarsals and can cause pain in the ball of the foot.
  • Arthritis can also contribute to pain in the ball of the foot.

If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the ball of your foot, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with 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
January 02, 2019
Category: foot pain

Sharp pain in the ball of your foot is an indication that you may be suffering from a condition called metatarsalgia. This is a nerve condition that strikes when a nerve running between your metatarsal bones (the bones that extend from your toes to your ankles) becomes irritated and inflamed. It is sometimes referred to feeling like there is a pebble in your shoe.

4 causes of pain in the ball of the foot include the following:

  1. Hairline or stress fracturesHairline fractures in the metatarsal bones that connect to the toes can cause intense pain in the ball of the foot.
  2. Deformities— hammertoes and bunions are often caused by wearing tight-fitting shoes or high heels and may contribute to metatarsalgia.
  3. Overwork or stress from sports and exercise—The front of the foot absorbs considerable pressure during activities like working, long distance running, or other high impact activities.
  4. Having flat feet or high arches—Arch abnormalities can increase pressure on the metatarsals.

Treatment for metatarsalgia

Conservative treatments are usually sufficient to relieve the pain and discomfort of metatarsalgia and consist of resting the foot, wearing more comfortable and supportive shoes, and using orthotic inserts such as a metatarsal pad. If your metatarsalgia is accompanied by other foot problems such as bunions and hammertoes, surgery may be required to realign the metatarsal bones.

Since there are other conditions that have symptoms similar to metatarsalgia, it is important to see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with our foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha at the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Dr. Ladha provides high-quality, individualized foot and ankle care for all of his patients. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
November 19, 2018
Category: foot pain

Having an occasional cramp in your foot or leg is not usually something to be overly concerned about and they usually subside after several minutes. They can be triggered by dehydration but they may also be associated with injuries like ankle sprains or other foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and hairline fractures.

Staying properly hydrated during exercise will help avoid foot cramps, but they may also be caused by other medical problems so be sure to have an evaluation by your foot doctor if you are experiencing foot cramps on a regular basis.

Persistent foot cramping is often the sign of an underlying medical condition. Some of these conditions include the following:

  • Poor blood circulation—Problems with blood flow caused by peripheral artery disease or other systemic diseases may be responsible for increased muscle cramping in the feet and lower legs. This type of cramping often occurs during stressful activities and will subside when the affected foot is rested.
  • Compressed or injured nerves—An injury to the spine that causes a pinched nerve can also increase the occurrence of muscle cramping in the feet and legs. A neuroma in the foot can also contribute to cramping.
  • Nutritional deficiencies—Minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium are essential for proper muscle functioning. These are often depleted with dehydration from exercise, and by certain medications like blood pressure treatments. Always drink plenty of healthy fluids and take mineral supplements if necessary.

If you are experiencing complications with painful foot cramps, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the right solution. 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 24, 2018
Category: foot pain

Having the feeling that your feet are on fire can cover a range of discomfort from a minor pain to a raging forest fire that keeps you up all night. Many different problems can cause the sensation of burning, numbing, and tingling in your feet.

Peripheral artery disease, which reduces blood flow to the feet, can create the sensation that your feet are on fire. Skin infections can also be a major cause and general fatigue after being on your feet all day can make your feet feel hot and bothered.

Diagnosing the actual cause of burning feet can be quite complicated. Since this condition is often an indication of nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), it can be very difficult to pinpoint the cause without the expert help of your podiatrist.

Here are some additional causes of a burning sensation in your feet:

  • Chemotherapy complications
  • Nerve compression
  • Athlete’s foot/fungal infection
  • Charcot foot disease
  • Kidney problems
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes complications
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • HIV complications
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Lyme disease

If the onset of the sensation happened rapidly and persists for several days it could be the sign of a severe problem. In the most severe cases, it is possible to lose all sensation in your feet and toes. It’s even possible that the sense of burning will move to other areas of your body.

If you are experiencing complications with burning feet, see your podiatrist for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha delivers high-quality care and treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!