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Phil Loadholt of the Minnesota Vikings limped off the field during a team scrimmage to unfortunately discover that he had likely sustained a torn Achilles tendon. The injury on his left foot could potentially keep the right tackle out for the rest of the season. Coach Mike Zimmer shared, “It’s disappointing for Phil, because he worked so hard and because he’s a great person.” Loadholt has played in 89 out of a possible 96 games through the first six years of his career and has been the starter since he was drafted.  

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with your Achilles tendon, consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can treat your foot and ankle 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. Any tendon injuries, however, can create serious difficulty.

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, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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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Basketball players often rely on orthotics to give them extra protection while playing on the court. Orthotics provide a great advantage for the athletes, as they help reduce and prevent pain and injury to the lower body—especially the feet. Basketball requires non-stop running and jumping, forcing great pressure onto the lower body and feet. A correctly designed orthotic will help the feet absorb shock by controlling how they hit the ground.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and more severe heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses, and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain free.

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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Amazon has recently bought startup company Shoefitr to help customers struggling to select the right shoe size while shopping online. The Pittsburgh-based startup uses 3D technology to help people virtually choose the correct shoe size without trying on the footwear. Amazon sells millions of shoes in its website and through Zappos, an online shoe retailer. Users of Shoefitr are asked to enter the size and model of their current shoe. The technology then compares this with its database of scanned shoes to recommend which size the user will need for any given shoe. Various factors such as shape, sole thickness, weight, etc. are taken into consideration.

Getting the right shoe size is important for overall foot health. If you have any concerns about shoe size, please contact Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will answer any of your foot and ankle questions.

Getting the right shoe size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are considering. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, shoe size can vary within two sizes depending on where they shop.

When shoe shopping, it is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the shoe must fit well, as ill-fitting shoes can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and can also hurt the toes if the shoe is too tight.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels.

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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Many people who are travelling far for vacation this summer may have to endure long airplane flights. What many people do not realize is that sitting for a long period of time can detrimentally affect the feet; prolonged periods of sitting can increase the risk for the formation of blood clots. To improve circulation in the feet during a long fight, flex the feet up and down while sitting or take walks around the cabin.

Poor circulation in the feet can be extremely dangerous. If you are having difficulties with reduced circulation, see Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will identify the cause of your decreased blood flow and help you get the care you need.  

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain    -numbness in legs

-cramps             -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness           -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

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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