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By Foot First Podiatry Center
December 12, 2018
Category: fractures

Experiencing a broken bone in your foot or ankle is a very common experience. For example, coming down hard on your heel after a high jump playing basketball can result in a heel fracture.

Acute breaks often occur without warning, while stress fractures happen gradually over time from the repeated pressure of exercise, sporting activities, and work.

Some of the more obvious symptoms of a broken foot include the following:

●      Intense throbbing pain, swelling, and bruising

●      Cuts, bleeding, and possible protruding bones

●      Putting weight on your foot causes extreme pain

●      You may have difficulty removing your shoe due to the discomfort

Depending on what is broken and how bad the injury is, the symptoms of a fracture may not be extremely painful. For example, a broken toe may only exhibit minor pain while a broken heel bone can be excruciating.

If your pain and discomfort prevent you from putting weight on your foot, you should have the injury checked out by your foot doctor to determine the extent of the damage. X-rays or other imaging studies will be needed and surgery may be necessary.

Initial treatment for a broken foot includes:

  • Immobilizing the foot and keeping weight off of it by using crutches or a wheelchair.
  • Keeping the foot elevated and applying ice to reduce pain and swelling. Ibuprofen or Tylenol can help decrease pain.
  • Using compression bandages will also help prevent excess movement until you can see your foot doctor for a proper evaluation.

If you suspect that your foot may be broken, see your podiatrist immediately for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly skilled podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to delivering the best foot and ankle care. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
August 22, 2018
Category: fractures

A toe can become injured and broken in many different ways. You could drop a heavy object such as a laptop computer on your foot. You might slam your toe into a curb while crossing the street, or perhaps you have suffered a repetitive stress injury to the foot from playing in sporting activities and doing hard training exercises that accumulate stress over time, causing one or more of your toes to experience a stress fracture.

Is it a severe or minor toe fracture?

A severe toe fracture may include the following symptoms:

  • Severely bent or disfigured and the bone may protrude from the skin
  • Bleeding or an open wound may be evident
  • Tingling and numbing may be noticed
  • Fever or chills, which can indicate a more severe injury

A severe toe fracture should receive prompt medical attention and requires the use of a cast or splint. Sometimes minor surgery is needed to remove bone and tissue fragments and to repair any damage. A broken toe will usually heal in five to six weeks or longer if surgery is necessary.

A minor toe fracture will show the following symptoms:

  • Intense pain and swelling
  • Bruised and broken skin and discoloration of the toenail
  • Severe pain when trying to move the toe

A minor toe fracture will usually heal on its own without any major complications. Immobilizing the broken toe by taping it to the adjacent toe and separating the toes with cotton or cloth will keep them from rubbing together.

If you are experiencing complications with a broken toe, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help get you back on your feet. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our expert foot doctor, Zahid Ladha, DPM, is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
August 15, 2018
Category: fractures
Tags: Stress Fracture   Flat Feet   Arthritis  

If you are suffering from pain in your foot that doesn’t have an obvious cause, you may be experiencing a stress fracture. The pain from this type of fracture can come and go, and often is increased during specific foot movements which can help your foot doctor determine the location of the break.

Stress fractures are usually small cracks in the bone that are caused by the repeated stress and pressure to the foot that comes with work, exercise and sports. Deterioration of bones from osteoporosis and arthritis can also increase the occurrence of stress fractures.

Some other factors that can increase the possibility of suffering a stress fracture include:

  • Starting an exercise program too quickly—The sudden jolt to your bones from starting a new exercise program can be enough to cause a stress fracture which is why you should always start off slowly and gradually to increase your strength and endurance without causing injury.
  • Nutrient deficiencies—Your bones need calcium and vitamins for proper growth. Bones can become weakened from a lack of these vital nutrients which will increase the chances of developing a stress fracture.
  • Arch support—People who have stiff arches or flat feet are more susceptible to stress fractures, so be certain to have any arch problems corrected with the help of your foot care professional.

The ephemeral pain that a stress fracture induces will increase during activity and subside when the stress and weight are removed from the foot. You may also experience bruising and swelling in the area of the pain.

Stress fractures can be hard to diagnose and treat properly and proper treatment is essential to ensure that the bone heals correctly and does not permanently degrade your foot mechanics. If you suspect that you may have suffered a stress fracture to your foot, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best 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!