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Foot and Ankle InjuriesQuite a few professional football players wind up on the sidelines because of injuriesto their feet and anklesaccording to NFL insider Pat Kirwan.  Kirwan states many of these injuries are in the ankle and foot area and are usually caused by improper footwear and artificial field turf.

One example would be more players selecting light-weight cleats that are comfortable but don’t provide adequate support. Many players also wear spiked cleats that are meant to dig into the ground, and therefore create too much traction on the synthetic playing surfaces.

Everyone should take care of feet, but more importantly for those who engage in sports. If you need help recovering from a foot or ankle injury, consider consulting a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry.

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 before they attempt to get back into their game.

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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Diabetic Foot CareMichigan native Greg Willams had always led an active, athletic lifestyle, so it came as a shock to him when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Thinking that he was healthy enough, Williams didn’t seek any treatment, and the disease started to take its toll.

He began to get unbearable pains, hallucinations, and was even temporarily blinded. Despite undergoing double cataract surgery, he didn’t improve his diet or seek follow-up treatment, and a large ulcer developed on his foot. As the disease progressed doctors had to amputate one of his legs, and then the other. Diabetes is the sixth-highest cause of death in Michigan, and his story shows how important it is to be educated about the effects of this disease.

Being aware of your feet as a diabetic will help keep you healthy. If as a diabetic you experience any sores or pains have your feet examined yearly by a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. at Foot First Podiatry. Attention from a board-certified doctor is highly recommended for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is mandatory that the feet are well taken care of to avoid amputation.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels. This test allows the physician to know how well the blood sugar levels are being controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). Visiting a podiatrist is highly recommended if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving his or her feet.

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

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Plantar Fasciitis Buffalo Bills’ player Mario Williams did not participate in a week of exercise drills after hurting his foot. In reference to two sources that educated NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Williams was detected with plantar fasciitis.

Williams played through Sunday despite the condition, even able to go toe to toe with Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer. “I’m good,” Williams told the Bills’ official website, “I’m excited to get back out there on the field and get after it.” Hopefully he won’t have to miss any games, because without him the Bills will clearly have a hole in their defensive line.

Plantar Fasciitis can be painful and frustrating, especially when playing a completive sport. If you are currently experiencing pain in the ball of your foot or heels, where the plantar fascia is located, it is best to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can examine your feet and work with you to provide an appropriate treatment option to ensure healing and recovery.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the heel and arch of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Lack of adequate footwear
· Obesity
· Excessive running
· Poor foot support
· Overpronation

How Can Plantar Fasciitis 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.

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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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Carly Israel BorsteinMoreland Hills resident Carly Israel Borstein originally hoped to gather about a thousand pairs of shoes for Soles4Souls shoe drive. Soles4Soles is a global nonprofit organization that collects shoes and clothing for those in need. Instead, with the help of the community, Borstein managed to collect 17,500 pairs for the cause.

 “It was amazing,” the mother of three said, “what blew me away was the community. Some people said ‘I have 50 pairs in my house.” Borstein has about 50 collection sites, with all types of shoes being acceptable to be donated to the worthy cause.

Wearing properly fitted shoes can serve to prevent injuries and adverse conditions to your legs and feet. Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry can help size your feet and provide recommendations on the best exercise footwear so they remain healthy, and can provide care should you develop any foot problems.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people that wear shoes that are ill-fitting, which affects their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to selecting the right pair.

· When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot
· When measuring your foot with your shoe on, add 1-2 inches to the size
· Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes
· Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently
· Purchase shoes later in the day as your feet swell as the day progresses
· If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of 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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Pregnancy foot problemsMany women undergo changes during pregnancy, but one symptom that’s often overlooked is having an increased foot size. “It always surprises people to see that foot changes during pregnancy,” said Dr. Shannon Hardy, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas.

This occurs as a result of rapid weight gain and the arches of the foot flattening out. The best medicine to cope with foot swelling is to be sure to get adequate exercise, wear appropriate footwear and refraining from wearing heels and flip flops too often.

If flip flops, must be worn, Dr. Naomi Shields of Advanced Orthopaedic Associates in Wichita, Kansas, recommends flip flops with a rigid sole and built-in arch. As far as heels go, “You can wear them, but not for long periods of time,” Dr. Hardy says.

If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

What foot problems arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How to keep feet healthy during pregnancy?

· Orthotics can provide extra support for your feet and helps to evenly distribute weight
· Try not to walk barefoot whenever possible
· Wear shoes with good arch support and allow good circulation
· Elevate feet if you experience swelling
· Massage your feet
· Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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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