My Blog

Posts for: February, 2014

bunionToe binding involves removing a knuckle, then pinning the toe back together to refuse the bones.

Also known as cosmetic toe-shortening, the procedure is usually performed alongside bunionremoval in non-cosmetic surgery circumstances.

The practice is similar to the Chinese custom of foot binding, which was used to ensure women’s feet remained small. Although foot binding is officially banned, toe-binding has striking similarities to the process. This procedure is gaining ground in America for those who want to wear heels but have difficulties due to bunions and other toe problems.

For many people, bunions are a real problem If you are contending with bunions, call podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will work with you to provide the best treatment option that works for you.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

For more information, contact our office in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Bunions.


foot rehabilitationLarisa Yurkiw, 25 of Canada is called the, ‘comeback kid’ for her battle to overcome injury and get to Sochi after being dropped from the team.

Yurkiw recently sprained her ankle on a downhill ski during training.

Yukiw, from Owen Sound, raised $150,000 to qualify independently after Alpine Canada dropped her off the team.

According to The Star, Yurkiw sustained a catastrophic knee injury in 2009 which damaged her performance and lead to years of rehabilitation. “It stung a lot at the beginning,” Yurkiw told the Star, “But the reality is that [that] pushed me into a place that has made me grow and develop and get to know myself better and reach my potential and beyond.”

Ankle sprains can put you off your game when you need it most. For help dealing with a sprain, consider calling a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can diagnose your injury and help you decide which treatment fits best.

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.

For more information, contact our office in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Rehabilitation.


children's foot healthSole Hope, through Concord Baptist Church, proved instrumental in helping local citizens create shoes for poverty-stricken Ugandan children. Frequently barefoot, these children are at risk of a local parasitic insect getting under their skin.

Adding to the danger, this insect can actually lead to the development of a sometimes fatal infection, making this effort sorely needed. The fabric and other materials used to make the shoes were cut out by the volunteers who took part in the event. The shoes were assembled by workers in Uganda but were shipped straight to Africa by Sole Hope. This effort highlights both the importance of having the right shoes for children and how vital healthy feet are for healthy children.

To make sure you are keeping your children’s feet healthy; take them to podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can work to treat your child’s feet and treat any conditions he or she may have.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet

· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

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.

Read more about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy.


ankle arthritisDuring a study of over 5000 people with foot osteoarthritis, scientists at Keele University’s Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Center have determined that the painful condition may affect one in six people over 50 years old. Osteoarthritis is most common in those who spend time doing a lot of physical work, and is usually found in women more than men.

Arthritis in the feet can cause pain and difficulty walking. "The new study tells us that these problems in the midfoot involve some of the same processes that affect arthritic hips and knees: conditions that are taken much more seriously” stated Anthony Redmond, spokesperson for Arthritis Research UK.

Foot arthritis is a condition that more and more people have to deal with as they age. For help treating arthritic feet, call a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will determine the severity of your condition and advise you on how to lessen the pain.

Caring for the Arthritic Foot

Humans will walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and the joints become inflamed and distorted if arthritis occurs, making medical foot care and treatment crucial.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing proper shoes. Certain conditions can develop as a result of poor footwear, such as hammertoe, neuromas, or bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can be problematic. Buying shoes that contour to your feet with good arch support can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can help to alleviate pain temporarily.

It is best to visit your doctor for treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms.

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.

Read more about Caring for the Arthritic Foot.