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Roughly fifteen to twenty-five percent of people at any given period of time have Athlete’s foot. However the prevention of this fungal infection can be accomplished by changing your socks regularly. Many people opt to wear sandals to avoid the possibility of contracting Athlete’s foot altogether. Unfortunately wearing sandals becomes difficult during the colder winter months, making the wearing and changing of socks essential to prevent fungal infection.

Regularly changing socks can also prevent unpleasant foot odor. According to the U.K.’s National Health Service, changing into a clean pair of socks at least once a day can help prevent bothersome foot odor. The material of the socks is also relevant; when compared to fabrics such as cotton, polyester and other synthetic materials are more likely to house fungus-causing bacteria.

The prevention of Athlete’s foot relies heavily on the need to maintain proper hygiene. For more information about the condition, see Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.

What is Tinea?

- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.

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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 your foot and ankle needs.

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NFL player Dee Milliner of the New York Jets suffered a high ankle sprain, ending his season. As a result, Milliner now faces four to six weeks off the field and on the bench to recover. Official details of the diagnosis are yet to be announced; however, the injury’s severe swelling indicates a Grade 2 sprain.

The athlete will unfortunately not partake in the Jets’ first game of the regular season to ensure full recovery from his injury. Most likely covering for Milliner during this period will be cornerbacks Antonio Allen and Ellis Lankster. “We feel confident that it’s healing nicely,” commented Jets coach Rex Ryan on Milliner’s condition.  

Sprained ankles will typically heal correctly when left alone, but sometimes professional help is needed. If you are seeking assistance with a sprained ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer all of your related questions.

How Do Ankle Sprains Happen?

Sprain injuries take place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are various ways that the ankle can become injured. In fact even the simple act of walking could cause a sprain. Ankle damage can occur by losing footing or walking on uneven terrain.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration

How Can I Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers helps. One of the most important things is avoiding further stress to the affected area.

Preventing Sprains

  • Wearing appropriate shoes
  • Stretching before participating in physical activity
  • Knowing your limitations

Sprain Treatment

Treatment of a sprain depends on its severity.  Many times people are told to rest and remain off their feet while others are given an air cast, which allows you to walk while stabilizing the ankle. 

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 care needs.

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To treat and prevent bunions, the Daily News’s Running Doc has listed several methods available for choosing. Bunions are characterized by large bone bumps that form along the inner portion of the Great toe’s first joint. Angled laterally, the great toe faces the other toes in a deformed manner. The bump may swell or become red and sore, and the skin existing around the base of the toe may thicken. To decrease the pace of bunion progression, avoid wearing high heels on a regular basis, wear flexible full-length orthotics while running, and wear looser fitting shoes around the toes. Silicone or thin foam toe separators can help correct the position of the toes. If unsuccessful, anti-inflammatories and corrective devices can be used. If all other methods are unsuccessful, bunion surgery may be considered.

Seek treatment immediately to avoid feeling the excessive pain caused by bunions. For medical assistance, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

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, this usually indicates a bunion.

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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 care needs.

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The condition known as plantar fasciitis is experienced by at least ten percent of the human population. Physician Lee Sung-hun of the UN Oriental Medical Clinic says that approximately one in 10 people experience this condition, which is a pretty significant number.

Plantar fasciitis is often caused by changes in hormones, pregnancy and heavy physical activity. Physician Lee Sung-hun also notes that poor habits can contribute to it. Even though plantar fasciitis often dissolves on its own, Sung-hun points out that bee venom, moxibustion and acupuncture treatments found in Oriental medicine are well known for providing patients relief.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful, but luckily treatment for this condition is often simple. For help with a strained plantar fascia in your foot, contact podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will assess your injury and provide you with a suitable form of foot care.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

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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