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http://www.fashion.ie/imagebank/article_images/article_2598/large/babies-carousel-img4.jpgWhen a baby starts walking for the first time, it can be joyous occasion not only for the parents but also for the child. However, if your little one is taking their first steps in the wrong type of shoes, serious consequences can come later in life to their feet.

According to author Rachel Murray, up until they are about 6 months old; babies do not have any bones in their feet but rather soft cartilage. As they grow in infancy and eventually become a toddler, as much as 25 bones are forming in each foot allowing a bit more support than cartilage for when they take that first step, states Murray. When your baby begins to walk, they should be wearing a shoe that tightly holds onto their heel but allows enough space for the free movement of toes. Additionally, the right fit for a baby’s shoe can be tested by placing one of your fingers in between the top of your baby's foot and inside of the shoe. If you can’t without getting your finger stuck, then the shoe is too tight.

Finding shoes for infants may be tricky for new parents because it is a new experience for everyone involved. If you are having trouble finding the right shoes for your baby, you can seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can help you with all your questions and foot care needs.

Fitting Shoes for Infants

Taking care of a baby to ensure proper development is highly important and necessary to make sure that they grow up to be healthy and happy. Finding shoes for infants may be tricky for new parents because it is a new experience for everyone involved. Also, since infants cannot speak, they cannot tell you which one feels best, which hurts, and which styles they like more. Although often crying is a signal for them being unhappy, it is still difficult to know what fits.

Since their feet are so tiny, it might be easier to go around a store and try to see which shoes fit them best. Most infant shoes are very soft and you will not have to worry about fancy laces or intricate shoe designs. For infants, all that matters is that they are warm, well-protected and comfortable so that they can grow properly.

Once a baby is able to stand or start walking after they pass their crawling phase, it is important to change their shoes as often as they grow, and since they tend to grow and change fast, it is best to keep up with them to ensure safety and comfort.

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

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Korenthal prior to last weekend's collision.Not even an amputation could deter Kevin Korenthal from participating and helping others in a race. After a tragic accident which rendered his left leg amputated, Korenthal pushed through foot rehabilitation with perseverance and now helps other cyclists achieve their dreams.

With his new prosthetic, Korenthal looks forward to helping others reach the finish line. "If my participation in this extraordinary event can raise just a few extra thousand dollars for those heroes, then all of the hard work and pain that will go into preparing for this event will have been worth it,” he said. Money from the Million Dollar Challenge Race will be donated to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, to help disabled athletes get back on their feet.

A podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry understands the complications a foot injury can have on one’s health.  Dr. Ladha will guide patients in the right direction and provide you with the appropriate treatment options.

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. 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. 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.

If you have any questions, 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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Lake Zurich senior Alex Milner crossed the finish line in a 3,200-meter run at Lake County Invitational. Even though Milner did not win the Lake County title, he did set a school record by finishing 9 minutes, 18.70 seconds.  Milner earlier this year encountered pain in his left foot, and like many runners he just simply ignored it. Milner continued to feel pain and went to see a doctor. He was diagnosed with sesamoiditis, a condition that caused inflammation to his left foot. Even though, he faced a problematic condition, Milner still reached his goal.  

If you are experience foot pain you think might be related to sesamoiditis, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist immediate Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladhacan diagnose your sesamoiditis and provide the appropriate treatment options.

What is Sesamoiditis?

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

· Sudden increase in activity
· Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
· Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

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If you have any questions, 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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Robert Downey Jr.Actor Robert Downey Jr, incurred a broken ankle during the production of Iron Man 3.  "I did alright, I broke my ankle once, but then that gave us time to do some more script revisions," the actor said.

Downey was surprised his body was able to endure another injury, having incurred prior injuries while partaking in prior movies. “"It really isn't that big a deal. It happens all the time." the actor said humbly.

A broken ankle can be a tough injury to endure and can cause one a great deal of pain. If you have broken your ankle, you should seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can assess your injury and provide you with the best care for your feet.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. The tibia is the bone of the lower leg that is known to be the weight-bearing bone and is also more commonly called the shin. The fibula is the bone that is found on the outside of the leg and is smaller than the tibia. These bones are both attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankle fractures are very common since they occur in an area that suffers a lot of weight bearing and stress; therefore this area is more prone to suffering from fractures. There some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

- Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle.
- Swelling around the area.
- Colorful bruising of the area.
- Area appears to be deformed.

If you have any questions, 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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