Posts for: November, 2012

Description: garcon-11-12-12-4_3_r560.jpgWide Receiver Pierre Garcon of the Washington Redskins missed six games with a torn ligament, and is refusing to go with a season-ending foot surgery; even though the pain in his foot has been consistent. "I can't tell you guys much of anything about what's going on, but it's getting back into a groove," he said. "It's not 100%. It's a pain all the time. Garcon’s frustration has led him to doubts of how surgery may correct the issue.  "I never really want to get surgery unless it's a must. The surgery is not guaranteed to fix it, so that's another thing. I've never had surgery.

It is important to carefully consider all treatment options before choosing a surgical treatment. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and are considering surgery, you should see a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry who understands how crucial foot surgery is before making adjustments and getting back into the game. With his help, your injury can be evaluated properly and the right treatment options can be provided for you.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

-Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
-Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
-Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

-Bunionectomy for painful bunions
-Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
-Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery

For more information on the benefits of surgery, visit our link at the bottom.

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

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Giants’ cornerback Prince Amukamara hoped to return to the games soon after his preseason foot injury.  Amukamara sustained a high-ankle-sprain during the preseason and was unable to play in the game against the Dallas Cowboys in season opener.  “Of course, I really want to be back out there but this type of injury, the trainers are telling me it takes time, so I’m still taking it day by day” said Amukamara.  But now, after weeks of rehabilitation, Amukamara came back on to the field and helped the Giants win in their second match against the Cowboys, providing some much needed help against the speedy Dallas receivers, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.

A foot injury like Amukamara’s does not always mean that you have to step away from the game for long. In fact, with modern rehabilitation techniques, rehabbing a foot injury like Amukamara’s is something that can be done quickly and effectively, minimizing your risk of re-aggravating the foot injury. If you are an athlete who has suffered a foot injury, consider seeking the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will be able to help speed up your rehabilitation process effectively, minimizing the risk of re-injuring the affected area.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed. Physical therapy often gives hope to athletes. However in cases where the injury is very serious, the athlete may never be able to return to the game; but this does not mean it is the end of the road, as there is always hope to get better. It is best to seek out rehabilitation as soon as possible so there are better chances for a full recovery, no matter how severe or minor the injury is.

Preventing injuries is one thing, but avoiding them all together is harder than it seems, and when one does occur, seek out medical attention right away from your local podiatrist and sports therapist.

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


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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Gordon has found that nearly ninety percent of his patients who have undergone shockwave therapy reported improvement in their pain symptoms. In particular, shockwave therapy has proven effective for women who have pain or injury from excessive high heel use. High heels can cause a host of foot and ankle issues, including plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, corns, and calluses. Shockwave therapy helps regenerate tissue and creates new blood vessels, and therefore often proves effective at treating women’s’ high heel foot issues.

Although shockwave therapy may be an effective treatment for many different types of foot and ankle pain, it is important that you seek the advice of a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladhawill examine your injury and work with you to determine if shockwave therapy is the best treatment option for your foot pain.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. This technique is used on patients that do not respond well to physiotherapy. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, attacking the source of the problem so treatment lasts for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.


There has been some controversy regarding the use of shockwave therapy. Traditionalists, along with many doctors, believe there’s a connection between shockwave and new-age. Others argue there is no true answer to how exactly shockwave therapy works.

Shockwave therapy does provide relief from pain to the feet and legs. It is also very effective during the recovery period. Even though this treatment is known for positive results, it still is new to the field of medicine, the main reason for its controversy.    

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

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Dr. Benjamin Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon, found that 50% of NBA injuries and 25% of NFL injuries were to the feet and ankles. In addition, 40% of high school athletic injuries were to the feet and ankles. The most common type of injury was a sprained or rolled ankle. Dr. Johnson also found that 28% of all injury recurrences involve the ankle joint. Because of the frequency of ankle injuries, he recommends that all athletes take proper care and precautions with their ankles, and immediately seek care and rehabilitation when an injury occurs to prevent chronic ankle weakness and instability.

As Dr. Johnson shows, ankle injuries are among the most common injuries amongst many sports athletes. If you are involved in one of these sports and have experienced an ankle injury, such as a sprain or a broken ankle, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can help examine your ankle and determine the appropriate treatment options for any ankle sprains or broken ankles you might have.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.


If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.


Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling. Your doctor may decide that surgery is the best option, in which case you will likely be in a cast for at least three months. In all cases, a thorough rehabilitation program will help strengthen the leg and prevent the muscles from atrophying.

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

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