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2.6.14_ToeWhisperer.jpgWhen fashion models have to wear high heeled shoes for excessive amounts of time, they tend to develop painful foot disorders and deformities like bunions, neuromas, and hammertoes.

That’s where Gary Williams comes in. Known to his high-end clientele as “the Toe Whisperer,” Williams helps models treat their foot problems by correcting the bad habits they often practice in their everyday routines. He often recommends that they do certain strengthening exercises or training regiments to help prevent more injuries from cropping up in the future.

“Do they want to look fashionable for some of the time, all the time, or do you want to just want to live with the problem?" Williams said. "I can make them function but if you try to look fashionable all the time, you will pay a price. If you use your body badly, you will reap the problems that come with it over time."

A hammertoe can be an especially uncomfortable consequence of wearing improper footwear too often. If you are experiencing foot pain caused by a hammertoe, take the time to visit podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can diagnose your condition and provide you with a comprehensive medical opinion.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

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If you have any questions, please 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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IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT PATRICK DUFFY?!Actor Patrick Duffy, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, tennis star Lindsay Davenport, and the Rays third baseman Evan Longoria share two commonalities—high visibility and Morton’s neuroma. 

Investigators from the Enquirer unearthed Duffy’s injury and membership in the celebrity Morton’s neuroma sufferers club when looking for an explanation behind his unfashionable clogs, which the star of TNT’s “Dallas” sequel was caught wearing on a recent walk through Los Angeles.

“I have terrible feet,” said Duffy. “I really beat them up dur­ing ‘Man from Atlantis,’ because I was barefoot all the time – run­ning through fields, running on cement, jumping out of the water, slapping them around for years.  So the nerves on the bot­tom kind of went all to hell.  Since then, I’ve chosen to wear clogs.”

Morton’s neuroma is a painful nerve condition, and despite surgery to remove the damaged nerve in 1989 Duffy continues to struggles with foot pain.

If Morton’s neuroma is causing you discomfort, consider seeing a medical professional like podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will assess your condition and provide the care that you need.

Morton’s Neuroma

Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.

Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present. 

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet will make it less likely that you will have to undergo surgery.

How Does It Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- High impact exercise
- Sustaining injuries
- Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)

Treatment for the affected feet can help tremendously. A podiatrist will help identify the issue and prompt the patient to a treatment plan. In many cases the doctor will recommend the following:       

o   Apply padding to the arch
o   Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling

For more information about Morton’s Neuroma, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please 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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stretching exerciseJohn Simm has injured his leg on the set of his new crime show PREY, forcing production to cease temporarily until he gets treatment. The Doctor Who star was shooting an action scene where his character pulls himself out of a river when the damage occurred.

"We were on about the third take of me clambering up this wet verge,” Simm said. “As I launched myself forward my foot slipped and I felt my calf muscle tear.” He claims that the injury is unusual considering that he did all of the recommended stretches and various other preparations before filming.

One of the best ways to prevent foot and ankle injuries is to stretch the lower extremities before exercising. To learn more about how to properly stretch the feet, consider seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can teach you the proper techniques and help you with anything you might be unsure about.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain.

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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(Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images) Nickelodeon actress Ariana Grande broke several of her toes recently when she slipped in a pile of her dog’s urine at a party. Her manager Scooter Braun posted a screenshot of a text message she sent him on Instagram reading “Had a party last night and in front of a lot of people I slipped in a huge pile of Ophelia piss, slammed into a wall and broke 3 toes. Have a great day.”

Apparently the Grande family is quite prone to injuries. Earlier the star had tweeted about an incident that occurred that same weekend involving a lit firework that became acquainted with her brother’s eye.

There are fewer foot injuries more painful than broken toes. If you suspect that your toes may be broken, it’s recommended to visit a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will provide you with the professional care you need.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe with ease.
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  •  tingling or numbness in the toe
  • injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe. It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Swelling can be alleviated by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours during the first two days after the fracture.

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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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