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Posts for: August, 2013


Ingrown Toenail Stephen QuinnFootballer Stephen Quinn has high hopes in participating in Hully City’s premier league opener after undergoing surgery to remove an ingrown toenail. “I had an ingrown toenail and had it out during the summer. I thought after three or four weeks off it was okay but when I started against Ferriby I felt it. I had to come back from Portugal it was so painful. It felt like a razor blade in my toe.” Quinn said regarding the condition.

Fortunately the Irish footballer was able to recover quite quickly. “It was a setback but I didn’t miss too many days. I was still doing some running and biking. I kept up the fitness so I feel good.” Quinn said.

If you are suffering from severe pain due to an ingrown toenail, 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 condition and provide you with the right treatment and care for your feet.

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

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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Andrew SwallowKangaroos midfielder Andrew Swallow suffered a torn Achilles tendon on the field during the game against Melbourne at Etihad Stadium. Swallow collapsed in pain during the early third quarter with no one around him. He was taken to the hospital during the last quarter, with medics certain Swallow suffered a full-blown rupture. Since the start of 2009, Swallow has not missed a single game, but now sadly the footballer faces a year on the sidelines. “It’s really disappointing for everyone associated, for our club and footy fans in general.” North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said.

Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be frustrating and a painful ordeal. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can examine your Achilles tendon as well as other foot and ankle injuries, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

Just What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our bodies. As the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon helps with even the most basic movement in the legs such as walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or even a rupture. Those especially at risk include people who overexert themselves during physical activity, namely athletes.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:

  • Inflammation
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Tendon Thickening
  • Slower Movement Time
  • Pain ranging from dull to severe

Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ‘snapping’ or ripping. There are often more painful and immediate as opposed to Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures, with recovery time possibly taking up to a year.

While no injury is completely avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances. This includes:

  • Incorporating strengthening exercises to your workout regimen such as squats and leg presses
  • Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
  • Wear comfortable, fitted footwear that is occasion-specific

And of course, if you believe you have injured your Achilles tendon be sure to visit a podiatrist immediately, as they can help diagnose and address your problem.

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Steve IlesIt is so rewarding to do something in honor of others. Steve Iles, a 65 year old golf club captain did his part by walking in a recent fundraiser to raise cash for Betty McCarthy; a golf member who unfortunately suffered from a brain tumor. Ilesraised $2,000 after concluding the 87 mile walk.

“It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I had people walking with me, including Matt Taylor of Cherhill who walked for the last 45 miles. He does endurance running and kept me going.” Iles said. Unfortunately for Iles, he wound up with severe blisters on his feet as a result of participating in the event, although Iles does not regret his participation. “I did a bit of training for it, but not enough. I feel pretty good I achieved it, it was an experience,” Iles said.

While Steve Iles might have had to suffer through the walk with blisters on his feet, that doesn’t mean that you have to do the same. If you are experiencing any pain in your feet you feel might be caused by a blister, or if you notice blisters on your feet developing, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, such as Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can examine your feet and help provide treatment options for your blisters.

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

- Do not lance the blister , which can lead to infection

- Place a Band-Aid over the blister to provide pain relief

- Seek a doctor if you see blood or pus in a blister

- Keep your feet dry, and wear proper fitting shoes 

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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Diane AresMiami Beach resident Diane Ares has a passion for high heels, owning a collection with enough heels to match every outfit she owns. Unfortunately, Ares’ feet have paid the price for her choice of footwear, with Ares needing to undergo three surgeries, including an additional surgery to correction lingering issues with her toes.

“I want to get out of this pain,” said Ares, 77. “I can’t stand it anymore.” Many women like Ares love the look of heels, even if that means sacrificing their own foot health. “If you’re constantly wearing high-heeled shoes, it leads to a shortening of the Achilles tendon and tends to give you all of these different issues,” said Steinlauf, who is also a clinical assistant professor at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine.

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 to understand how crucial foot surgery is before making adjustments. With Dr. Ladha’s help, your injury can be evaluated properly and the right treatment options can be provided for you.

When is Foot Surgery Needed?

Foot surgery is usually required in events where regular therapy has proven to be ineffective. Surgeons often use foot surgery as a last resort because of its invasive nature. In many cases physical therapy, medication, rest, exercise, and casts can help to heal a foot injury.

However, sometimes you may need to have surgery done without ever having an injury. Foot surgery can correct a birth defect or deformity or be used for reconstructive purposes. Foot surgery is designed to improve the quality of your feet and to help you return to your daily life.

In extreme cases where the foot cannot be saved, or is beyond repair and is hinders the health of nearby parts of the body, amputation may be a necessary. However the main goal is to save the feet, making such options a last resort.

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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 care needs.

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