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Lynne Allbutt, a 47-year old professional landscaper from Llangattock, intends to run across the Welsh countryside without any shoes on next month. Her plan is to start at Anchor and run 45 miles all the way across the nation to Borth, a feat which she predicts will take about two days. She’s been running up the side of a mountain practically every evening to prepare.

Allbutt first got into barefoot running in 2012 when she completed the London marathon without wearing shoes. Her love of this somewhat unusual sport was what inspired her to decide to run the length of her home country. “I like running and being barefoot and I love Wales, so obviously it seemed like the ideal way to combine my greatest loves in life,” Allbutt said.

Many people believe that running barefoot is better for the body and can help prevent injuries. If you would like to learn more about this style of running, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will give you all the information you need to determine whether or not you would like to try this technique out for yourself.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot Running Impact

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running
-Running barefoot requires landing be done on the front part of the feet as opposed to the heel

Barefoot Running Advantages

-Running and landing on the front feet reduces the impact on the knees and ankles
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved
-Greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

Barefoot Running Disadvantages

-No protection while running, resulting in cuts and bruises if the runner lands on something sharp.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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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Nicholas BishopNicholas Bishop, a 20-year-old young man from Youngstown, inherited a nerve disease called Charcot-Marie Tooth disease (CMT) from his father, who inherited it from his father, Nicholas’ grandfather. CMT causes the muscles and nerve endings in the hands, feet, and legs to deteriorate slowly over time.

Lee, Nicholas’ father, has been high-stepping for most of his life to make up for disappearing tendons in his calves, and his foot drags behind him when he walks without wearing braces. Nicholas wants to pursue stem cell therapy to try to reduce the effects of the disease before it does too much damage to his body.

Though CMT is a fairly rare disease, there are many other nerve disorders that can affect the feet which are a lot more common. If you are dealing with a nerve-related complication in your lower extremities, consider talking to podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can identify what it is that’s causing your feet to lose feeling and provide you with the podiatric care that you need.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

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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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http://espngrantland.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/leonard-kawhi-popovich-gregg-e1399908556512.jpg?w=1003In an article from sports and pop culture publication Grantland, San Antonio Spurs player Kawhi Leonard received a thorough breakdown of his performance on the court—revolving around his feet.

“His feet look unassuming. They are more or less like other players’ feet: size 14, with gnarly nails and small nubs on top of his toes. The corns are the normal cost of what he puts himself through. Leonard’s work ethic makes even his teammates, famous for their discipline, shake their heads. He punishes his feet, and we call the punishment footwork.”

The athlete’s power stems from his concrete stance and impressive footwork, both contributing to Leonard’s ranking of 10th in steals per game in the NBA. “It’s the way he stops—his feet.”

Corns can become a regular occurrence for active athletes. If you have sustained corns and are looking for treatment, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can assist you with any of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.

Corns on the Feet

Corns are areas of thickened skin that can be painful or irritating. They are often comprised of multiple layers of skin that has become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Prevention

Appropriate footwear is important to prevent corns.  This includes well-fitting socks and comfortable shoes that offer support without being too tight.

Treatment

To treat corns, the buildup of dead skin must be removed.  Salicylic acid is often used because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a majority of corns.  People with diabetes, however, should avoid salicylic acid and talk to their podiatrists about alternative treatments.

Preventing the Return of Corns

Orthotic shoes fitted by a podiatrist can help prevent the return of corns. They reduce friction and help alleviate overall pain. Surgery is rarely needed, except for very rare circumstances where normal treatments are not working.

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Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Media AvailabilityRussell Okung had to have surgery to fix his injured toe recently, meaning that he’ll have to spend part of the summer resting so that he’ll be ready to participate in training camp. According to Pete Carroll, head coach for the Seattle Seahawks, the team plans to replace their left tackle with Alvin Bailey until they’re sure Okung is ready to play again.

“Russell will be fine, and it’s just something we had to do when the season was over,” Carroll said. Okung has had to sit out of 16 games over the course of the last four years, a trend the Seahawks hope will cease when he finishes recovering.

There are a multitude of factors to consider before deciding whether or not to treat your foot or ankle disorder with surgery. If you are considering having an operation and want an experienced medical opinion, consult with podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will thoroughly examine your injury or condition and make sure that you are informed enough to make an appropriate decision.

When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

  • Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
  • Painful nerves
  • Congenital deformities
  • Misaligned bones

The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

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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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