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valerie bertinelliThree months ago, One Day at a Time actress Valerie Bertinelli suffered a broken foot. The celebrity is well known in modern times for shedding 40 pounds on the Jenny Craig diet, but it seems that Bertinelli’s lost weight has come back. Bertinelli made an appearance on the Talk, explaining that her injury has been the cause of not working out, effectively causing her weight gain.

However, Bertinelli is opposed to those who engage in ‘fat-shaming’. The 53 year old caused a positive uproar in the audience on the show as she said “I started thinking, ‘Why do I feel so much shame?’ Because the cameras are on me? Because the paparazzi can’t wait to get a picture of me looking like Ive gained a few pounds? We have to take the shame out of it! It’s not fair!”. Bertinelli has resumed working out ever since.

A broken foot can happen to anyone, even celebrities. If you injured your foot and think it could be broken, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.  

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

· Bruising
· Pain
· Redness
· Swelling
· Blue (foot)
· Numbness
· Cold
· Misshapen
· Cuts
· Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

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

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Joseph and his mother meet Mayor Lydia Mihalik to ask if she'll sponsor him, as he runs a mile in high heels for Findlay Open Arms "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes."For the past five years, nine-year-old Joseph Miller has participated in an annual charity event called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” that calls on men and women to show their support for the victims of domestic violence by walking a mile in high heels. The cause is particularly important to Joseph and his mother, as they were victims of domestic abuse themselves.

The young boy wore a pair of his mom’s heels to the office of Findlay mayor Lydia Mihalik to ask for a donation to Open Arms, the organization the runs the event, and to get her support for the cause. Mihalik was so blown away by his attitude that she donated $1000, $600 more than what Joseph had been asking for.

Even if they’re being worn for a good cause, high heels can still do some damage to the feet. If you have questions about the effects of wearing heels, speak to podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can teach you about the conditions that can arise from over-use of this type of shoe.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. 

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

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Stand-up Comic Blames Achilles tendon Injury on Poor Stage Prep  Stand-up comedian George Wallace is standing firm that his Achilles tendon injury was caused while performing at the Bellagio a few years ago. Now Wallace and has brought the hotel to court to sue for damages. Wallace claims that his foot got caught on some loose electrical wires on the stage, causing his tendon to rupture.

The defense for the Bellagio states that the injury was a pre-existing condition that spontaneously flared up. A video of Wallace performing the night before the date of the incident shows the comic walking around on the same stage without any sign of difficulty.

Working on one’s feet can cause a variety of conditions to develop. For help dealing with work-related podiatric injuries, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will examine your feet and ankles and diagnose any discomfort you may be feeling.  

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.

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

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APMA Launches Educational Campaign for Podiatric AwarenessThe American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recently released their informative education campaign ‘First Steps: Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy and Happy.’  The goal of this campaign is to bring knowledge to the general public about the importance of the role podiatrists play and how children’s feet need to be regularly maintained.

"It's important that parents pay close attention to children's feet even before they start to walk, beginning at birth and continuing as they take their first steps, go to school, and participate in sports."said APMA President Frank Spinosa.

It is a priority to help keep a child’s feet healthy.  If you are a parent, have your child see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can treat his or her foot or ankle needs and injuries as well as your own.

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’.

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 usually be worn

For more information about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy, follow the link below.

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

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The Perfect Shoe Says A Lot About HumanityHitoshi Mimura is known to be one of the best shoe craftsmen around. Formerly of Asics, ”the god of shoes” he went on solo, and began crafting custom footwear for world-class athletes for those who need it most. Mimura says his secret is all about metrics when designing a shoe.  

"I take 13 measurements of the foot, each foot has to be measured separately," explains the sensei of shoemaking. "I only trust hand-measuring. Currently, each shoe takes about three weeks to make, mainly due to determining which materials to use." Preparation is also key. "For a world championships or Olympics I check the course once or twice. I went to Beijing three times." Mimura’s measurements go by the length and circumference of each toe, heel width, and the length of Achilles tendon.

It is important to find properly fitting shoes, in order to avoid injury or lower extremity consequences which results in pain. For more information and measuring, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can examine your feet and provide advice for proper shoe fitting while diagnosing and treating any conditions you may have.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are come factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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

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