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By Foot First Podiatry
February 23, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Blisters   acrylic socks  

Blisters are very easy to get and are generally caused by repeated friction to one area. While they do not always need medical attention, there are ways to treat these pesky annoyances before they can be a problem.

Some things to be careful of if you have a blister on your foot:

  • If the blister pops unexpectedly and the fluid is white or yellow, you do need medical attention

Preventative steps:

  • New shoes should always be tried on and make sure it is a good fit.
  • Apply petroleum jelly and a bandage over the area that could attract blisters before hand
  • Wear acrylic socks that provide a spot for your heel
  • Wash and dry your feet after you shower to prevent infections

A blister is simply a pocket of fluid in the upper layer of your skin caused by the following:

  • Forceful rubbing
  • Infections
  • Freezing
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Burning

While blisters can appear in any place on your body, our feet seem to be the most popular since they take the brunt of our daily activity and are usually enclosed in shoes most of the year. They can be very painful but can also be relieved quickly if addressed shortly after the symptoms start.

7 steps to ridding yourself of a nasty blister:

  1. Give it air ~ let it breathe and get exposure quickly
  2. Use a lose bandage if you must cover it
  3. Clean it thoroughly but leave the attached skin
  4. Use a sterile gauze pad to gently absorb any fluid that may be draining
  5. Before covering it put some antibacterial ointment over the area
  6. Elevate your foot which will help ease the pain
  7. Soften the area by soaking it in warm water

Blisters are not the most dangerous foot condition and do not always require a medical visit but they can certainly create problems if not treated correctly, especially if you are a diabetic. If you need treatment for any foot condition or want to schedule an appointment with  Zahid Ladha D.P.M. at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany Indiana, call our office at 812-945-9221.

We look forward to seeing you either way!


By Foot First Podiatry
February 15, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

If you are walking with flat feet, chances are you are progressively developing a deformity that could hinder your future activity.  At Foot First Podiatry we treat adult flat feet often. It is a foot deformity where the arches of the foot fall, leaving the entire sole of the foot resting flat on the ground. This condition is usually associated with pronation (when your ankle bone leans inward as you walk) and when flat feet become painful it means the tendon in your foot has become inflamed or torn.  If left untreated it could lead to a permanent disability.

Causes:

  • Stretched tendons
  • Swollen or torn posterior tibial tendon which connects down to your arches
  • Rheumatoid arthritis can damage the cartilage which acts as a cushion on the bottom of our feet
  • Abnormality from birth could have developed into adult issues
  • Obesity can put unnecessary pressure on your tendons
  • Diabetes in some cases, is directly related to your feet and should be treated right away
  • Aging means extended miles on our feet and the bottoms lose fatty pads which serves as a natural cushion
  • Pregnancy can create a new stance which opens the door for over-pronation

These causes are a contributing part of flat foot in one way or another leading all roads back to the importance of medical treatment. Most times people who have flat feet do not experience pain. However, there are symptoms you can look for that will help lead you to proper treatment. If you notice that your feet are easily tired, you have pain in your arch or heels, you experience difficulty standing or have back and leg pain, it’s time to go to the doctor and check it out.

Treatments:

  • Consult us for medical treatment as soon as possible
  • Weight Loss ~ it takes the pressure off the bones, ligaments and tendons of your feet
  • Physical Therapy ~ if flat feet are diagnosed as being rigid, rehabilitation may be recommended
  • Supportive Shoe ~ avoid tight shoes with heels more than 2 ¼ inches high or unnaturally shaped
  • Orthotics ~ custom made orthotics give the best result overall

If your condition is causing you daily problems and some of the treatments are not helping, surgery may be required to restore normal function to the tendon. Dr. Zahid Ladha D.P.M is an accredited podiatrist and is dedicated to keeping your feet healthy. If you would like more information on diagnosing and treating flat foot contact our New Albany Office at 812-945-9221 and schedule an appointment. Don’t let Flat Foot flatline your mobility!

 


By Foot First Podiatry
February 10, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Its name is bigger than its bite if you nip it in the bud.  Plantar Fasciitis is a condition of the Plantar Fascia, which is the ligament that connects the heel to the bone. In more common terms that ligament supports the arch of your foot. If it becomes strained then it will get weak, swollen and inflamed creating a sharp pain in the bottom of your foot.

Here are some factors that can increase risk of developing this condition

  • Age ~ usually between 40 and 65
  • Some exercise ~ ones that put stress on your heel
  • Foot conditions ~ flat feet, high arch, abnormal walking habits
  • Body Weight ~ excess pounds or obesity
  • Job ~ the types that spend more time on their feet or standing on hard surfaces
  • Obesity ~ Excess pounds create more stress

What can trigger this pain?

  • Taking your first few steps in the morning
  • Long periods of standing
  • Rising after sitting for a long time
  • After exercise (not during)

Now that you have a general idea of this condition, do you think you may have it?

 If so, contact us at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany Indiana at 812-945-9221 and make an appointment with Zahid Ladha D.P.M. Extracorporeal shock wave treatment is the most commonly used procedure to treat this condition. As complicated as that word can also be, it will knock that fasciitis right out of the plantar!