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Rangers infielder Mike Olt will be sidelined for 10-14 days with plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation in his right heel. According to writer T.R. Sullivan, Olt has been bothered by the condition in the last couple weeks. He aggravated the injury running out an infield in the seventh inning on Wednesday night.

According to the article the Rangers are unsure how ready Olt will be before the playoffs. “Everybody’s healing process is different,” manager Ron Washington said. “I don’t know how his body heals.”  If you think you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis like Olt, you should seek out care from a podiatrist such as Dr. Zahid Ladha F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry.  Dr. Ladha can properly diagnose your foot injury as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Ill-fitting shoes
· Weight change
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
· Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 

· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 

· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office which is located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

Read the Full Article on Plantar Fasciitis.


Jessica Simpson, the famous pop star, recently turned to Twitter after undergoing surgery to remove an ingrown toenail. Simpson tweeted a picture of the surgically removed nail resting on a piece of gauze. Simpson’s tweet included a drawing of a toe in pain, indicating that the ingrown toe had been extremely painful for the star.

Ingrown toes are a painful condition that may require foot surgery, like Simpson. If you are experiencing foot pain and suspect you might have an ingrown toe, you should speak with a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry who can provide consultation and recommendations to determine the appropriate treatment options.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

- Let your toenails grow out
- Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
- Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
- Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office which is located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

Read the Full Article on Ingrown Toenail Care.


According to a study conducted by Elizabeth Ball in the United Kingdom, unguided steroid injections were effective in treating heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis over a twelve week period. The steroid injections showed sustained benefits over the placebo. The use of steroids in heel pain may become an important treatment for patients who do not respond to traditional analgesics and rest.

Heel pain can cause significant discomfort and disability, so it is important to seek treatment if you are suffering from it. If you are experiencing heel pain, foot pain, or ankle pain, it is recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can work with you to recommend the appropriate treatment options for any heel pain you might be feeling.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone.

Who’s at risk?

There are a number of risk factors for heel pain, including:

- Ill-fitting shoes                   
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Obesity         
- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for best results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help keep the foot pain free. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read the full article on Heel Pain.