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Posts for: August, 2014

When conversation turns to diabetes management, most people focus on the need to maintain blood glucose levels, good levels of physical activity, and weight control. Many seem to overlook, however, the fact that diabetes is a major cause of amputations and that more interest should be shown in the need to ensure that ulcers and injuries do not worsen and become gangrenous.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 340 million people in the world suffer from diabetes. The need for both diabetes prevention and diabetes management come hand in hand. When amputation in diabetics cannot be avoided, there should instead be a greater effort in increasing quality of life with the use of advanced prosthetics.

Diabetes is often the cause of foot conditions like neuropathy and ulcers. If you are diabetic, get your feet checked out by podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can examine your lower extremities and determine if you have any problems that require medical attention.

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.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet.

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

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Flip flops are becoming increasing more popular among young adults, but many of them aren’t aware that this type of shoe can cause a lot of foot problems. “We’re seeing more heel pain than ever in patients 15 to 25 years old, a group that usually doesn’t have this problem,” said American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons member Dr. H. Ashley Ledger. “A major contributor is wearing flip-flop sandals with paper-thin soles every day to school.”  

Those who want to avoid foot pain while still wearing flip flops should look for sandals with thick soles that provide adequate arch support. If the shoes are too flimsy, you might end up with plantar fasciitis, a condition that makes up 15% of all adult foot and ankle problems.

Flip flops might feel comfortable at first, but they can lead to a lot of pain if worn too often. To get help for a foot or ankle injury related to flip flop usage, contact podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will do everything in his power to eliminate your discomfort.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet. 

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Continuum’s Mary Huang is now utilizing the 3-D printer to help create fashion. Continuum works with costumers in helping them create fully customizable, and stylish,3-D-printed-heels with the help of these printers.

These unique shoes are made from plastic and thermoplastic polyurethane materials and take anywhere from 16 to 20 hours to fully create. The practicality of these shoes has doctors questioning if 3-D-printed shoes will favor form over function. This is largely due to the materials that they are made of are not up to par with footwear standards.
 

High heels can cause foot and ankle pain. If you are experiencing foot pain, call podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladhacan treat your foot and ankle needs.

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, located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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Aaron Ross Aaron Ross will not be participating in this year’s season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon. The 31-year-old veteran took part in six seasons for the New York Giants. Afterward, Ross personally sought out the Ravens’ third cornerback spot.

Ross is no stranger to injuries; he was placed on injured reserve last season after four games due to a back injury. This time, Ross was injured from a team conditioning drill. “That’s a tough break for him,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in regards to Ross’ injury.

Achilles tendon injuries are painful. If you believe that you might have a problem in your Achilles, consider seeing podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can treat your podiatric needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to Severe Pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

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

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