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Posts for: June, 2015


A blister, while a seemingly minor foot condition, can develop into a more troublesome problem if not treated right away. Upon first spotting a blister or other foot condition, seek out treatment right away. Untreated, open blisters can become infected and swell in pain. Cellulitis, a bacterial infection in the deepest layer of the skin, can develop from an untreated cut, burn, or blister. To prevent the creation of infections like cellulitis, small wounds such as blisters should be immediately treated.

Untreated blisters can worsen and make mobility extremely difficult and painful. For quality blister treatment, see Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

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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Summer means warm temperatures, and for some people this means sweaty feet. While walking barefoot is the best way to keep the feet sweat-free, realistically it may not be the most practical. To remedy this dilemma, Bustle lists seven shoes that will help keep the feet sweat-free: slide sandals, which allow for breezes; suede peep-toe booties, suede heeled sandals, and suede flats to absorb sweat; Birkenstocks for their lightweight and durable design; Roshe Runs for their mesh material and lunarlon midsole; and jelly sandals with a non-jelly sole.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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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A severe case of turbulence on an easyJet flight from London’s Gatwick airport to Milan’s Malpensa airport injured two flight attendants, with one breaking an ankle and the other sustaining serious bruises. According to the air accident report, the Airbus A320 had started experiencing some turbulence in a clear sky as it descended toward the Italian airport. Medical staff had been arranged to meet the flight crew upon arrival in Milan, and the two injured crew members were immediately taken to the hospital where they were diagnosed.

To ensure that a broken ankle completely heals, treatment should be sought right away. For assistance, see Dr. Zahid Ladha, DPM of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling.

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 ankle injuries.

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Kenton Lee, founder of the nonprofit Because International, and Proof of Concept, an Oregon-based shoe design studio, have developed a pair of sandals that can expand with the use of a strap. The result is a pair of shoes that costs as little as $12 a pair. Coming in two sizes, small and large, the shoes accordingly fit a child’s foot from kindergarten to fourth grade and then fifth grade to ninth grade. The genius lies in the rubber sole that wraps over the toe, which unfurls to expand the toe box and the child grows.

Growing children should wear proper fitting shoes to ensure that their development is not hindered by detrimental foot problems. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits for children, consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha, DPM of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will help you determine the best fit for your children’s feet and provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions.

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 some 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

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 ankle injuries.

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