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Advertised as the “first truly comfortable stiletto high heels,”  ANYI LU’s Signature Collection was developed over 10 years. The brand’s flagship heel, called The Angel, has a half-inch platform lined with shock absorption polymer designed by NASA to make it more comfortable. The Angel’s sole also sports a more athletic appearance that resembles a sneaker. The shoe retails for an expensive $525, but as “the first truly comfortable four-inch stiletto heel” it might be worth a try.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will 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.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads. 

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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While boating with her husband and children, Chrissie Frickman was knocked over by a dolphin that had flipped onto the boat and broke both of her ankles. The dolphin was part of a pod that was swimming alongside them. “The dolphin jumped and we thought it was doing a flip and I guess it miscalculated,” said her husband Dirk Frickman. “It came right onto my wife and flipped in the boat and knocked down and grazed my daughter.” After pulling his wife free, Mr. Frickman was able to steer the boat toward an Orange County harbor where the dolphin was pulled onto the dock with a rope before being pushed back into the water.   

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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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Rumer Willis of “Dancing With the Stars” has been forced to leave the Live Tour after sustaining an injured right foot. The injury in question was diagnosed as a stress fracture. Willis shared a photo on Instagram of her foot in a brace. “I have to hang up my dancing shoes for a little bit because of a few stress fractures in my foot but it’s not going to stop me from singing for you guys on the #DWTSlivetour,” she captioned the photo. Willis was named the winner of the last season of “Dancing With the Stars” before being added to the show’s Live Tour.  

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can determine the severity of your condition and provide you with quality care.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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 weather often means the tendency for many to favor flip-flops and sandals over their normal shoes. Flip-flops often bring about concern over their lack of arch support and the foot or ankle pain they may cause. Due to their lack of support, the arch of the foot is forced to stretch, causing heel pain. However, flip-flops can cause a myriad of other problems such as foot pab problems, injured tendons, risks of exposed toes, injured bones, and altered gait problems. Flip-flop use should be limited if possible.

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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

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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