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By Foot First Podiatry
March 29, 2017

Two types of foot fractures:

  • A Stress fracture is a small crack in the bone and is caused by overuse and repeated activity, typically found with runners and athletes that play sports like soccer and basketball.
  • A Bone fracture is a result of a high force impact or an injury from weakened bones.

Fracture symptoms: 

  • Swelling, bruising, tenderness
  • Immediate throbbing pain
  • Deformity
  • Trouble while walking or putting weight on that foot
  • Unable to get shoes on or off
  • Pain that increases with activity and lessens with rest

Since healing and recovery time for a broken foot depends on the type of fracture, it is best to get to a podiatrist within a short time to determine if the injury requires surgery to correct the damage.

Fracture facts:

  • X-rays will help the diagnosis and will be needed to take a closer look at the injury.
  • Treatment depends upon which bone is broken. Compression dressing, stiff soled shoe, a boot and relief from weight bearing will all be considered.
  • Initial treatment can include RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)

Foot First Podiatry is dedicated to good foot health and wants to see your son or daughter succeed in their sport while remaining uninjured.

Preventative solutions:

  • Work with your medical professionals and coach on any previous injuries or conditions.
  • Wear properly fitted shoes that are dedicated to your sport.
  • Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated so that you can play to your potential.
  • Do not play through pain, get off the playing field and let the onsite doctor take a quick check if injured during a game or competition.  
  • Know your body’s limits and adhere to them even when the coach is shouting for you to push yourself.

If you or your child has fractured or broken their foot reach out to Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. and have our office guide you towards a suitable and quick healing process. We are located in New Albany at 812-945-9221 and would be happy to get you an appointment or a follow visit up from the emergency room. 


By Foot First Podiatry
March 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   Ankle Pain   Arthritis  

Foot and ankle arthritis can cause crippling pain and stiffness to those areas preventing you from enjoying the life you once knew. There are many treatments available to slow down the progress of arthritis and Foot First Podiatry in New Albany IN can help.

What is Arthritis?

It is a painful inflammation and immobilization of the joints. It affects us more as we age and its symptoms reduce our activity.  While the possibilities of curing arthritis are low, there are forms of treatment that can assist with the pain. 

How does this happen?

Beginning as early as your forties, your feet show wear and tear over time. The cartilage between the bones wears down and the bones end up grinding against each other and eventually decreases your movement. It can make walking nearly impossible by the time we enter our sixties and earlier in some cases. Your “aching feet” become more than just a passing phrase.

How can we treat it?

  • You can start with pain relievers to manage the pain as a temporary solution to try and gain more mobility.
  • Over the counter anti -inflammatory drugs will reduce swelling in those joints perhaps long enough to help you sleep.
  • If you purchase arch supports and insert them into your shoes it will relieve some of the pressure.
  • Physical therapy is a great way to loosen the joints and keep them flexible.
  • You can make an appointment with Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. and experiment with steroid injections directly into the joints. If this works you may get relief for a good length of time.
  • Lastly, there are surgical procedures that might be right for you if you ask the doctor.

If arthritis develops (or already has) in your feet and ankles your range of motion will become very limited and this eventually will extinguish your daily activity or at least change it drastically. If your arthritic condition calls for surgery or if you would like a consultation on other forms of treatment call our office at 812-945-9221 and make an appointment. We recommend yearly visits to be sure that things have not changed and to simply check on your pain level. During the year, as an added precaution (and who doesn’t love a foot rub?) it would be wise to get a soothing foot and ankle message for some well needed relief.


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

This is a very sensitive issue to your friend’s noses and to you, the owner of those stinky feet. It can be socially embarrassing and awkward when it’s time to expose those stink bombs after taking off your shoes. If you’re thinking the answer is to just keep your shoes on, no! Your shoes can be the number one offender in most cases.

The two reasons for foot odor that go hand and hand or shall we say feet to feet in this case, is that your sweat interacts with the bacteria in your shoes and socks which creates an unwanted odor. To fix the problem, we must examine both causes. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. suggests several ways to control your odor problem.

5 simple ways to prevent foot odor:

  • Do not wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Alternate them so they can dry out and if the odor doesn’t go away you need to throw them away.
  • Use thick soft socks to help with moisture absorption and change them often throughout the day if they become too wet.
  • Sprinkle a nonmedicated baby powder or foot powder to your feet before slipping on your shoes.
  • Stay away from nylon socks or plastic shoes as they do not allow much space for your feet to breathe and expel moisture.
  • Check for fungal infections often to make sure you have not developed athlete’s foot. You will notice redness or dry skin in between your toes.

If odor still sneaks it way back into your feet don’t despair. Treating your foot odor calls for different measures. Your feet have a lot of sweat glands, more than most body parts and besides the uncomfortable social effects this condition can become painful if not treated.

3 home remedies for treating foot odor:

  • Soak your feet in black tea ~ the tannins can be very effective
  • Wash your feet with white vinegar ~ it fights bacteria
  • Use a pumice stone to remove dead skin ~ dead skin adds to the bacteria which adds to the odor

If this does not help, then it’s three strikes and you’re out. It is time to call Foot First Podiatry in New Albany IN and schedule an appointment for an examination. If odor persists you may suffer from Hyperhidrosis, a condition which is inherited and causes excessive sweating in the feet and hands. This happens usually in men but women are not exempt. Simple life changes like hormones can trigger it along with stress, and some medications. Call us at our office in New Albany IN at 812-945-9221 and let us get those feet smelling like ross before Spring kicks in!

 


By Foot First Podiatry
March 09, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   corns   hammertoes  

Corns are annoying and sometimes painful if there is repeated pressure in the area around the corn. There are plenty of medicated products to treat corns but people who have fragile skin or poor circulation in their feet should consult our office right away. Foot First Podiatry can help to avoid further discomfort or complications. 

Symptoms:

  • Thick, hard patch of skin
  • Bump on the skin
  • Flaky dry skin in the area
  • Tenderness and pain

It is amazing how many healing properties some of our food offers us. The following suggestions are home remedies using ingredients you may already have in your refrigerator.

Treatments:

  • Soak your foot in hot water and baking soda to soften
  • Sand the corn with a pumice stone or nail file to remove dead skin
  • Make a paste out of baking soda lemon juice and water apply to corn
  • Soak a cotton ball in castor oil and tape to the corn overnight
  • Apply fresh lemon juice on the corn three times a day
  • Rub crushed garlic on the corn and let it dry, cover it with a band aid and leave on over night

Causes:

  • Walking without shoes
  • Wearing shoes without socks
  • Manual labor
  • Sports activates that put pressure on feet
  • If you have bunions, hammertoes or damaged sweat glands
  • Diabetes or other conditions that involve poor blood flow

Zahid Ladha D.P.M. may recommend to surgically treat the corn or suggest special shoes or shoe inserts that will reduce pressure over the area where the corn is.  It isn’t difficult to get rid of a corn and there are many over the counter drugs that you could try but, the best way to keep it in control would be to make an appointment and seek regular foot care visits. This is helpful for people who tend to develop corns often and especially if they have diabetes or neuropathy. In those cases, if the corn becomes infected then you should seek medical care right away by calling our New Albany, IN office at 812-945-9221. 


By Foot First Podiatry
March 02, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

At Foot First Podiatry we suggest a warm Epsom salts bath before you try any other remedy.  If the nail does not improve with in a couple of days, then a visit with Zahid Ladha D.P.M.  is recommended.

What causes ingrown toenails?

  • Footwear that crowds the toes
  • Cutting toenails too short on the sides of the big toe
  • Injury – dropping something on your toe or kicking something too hard
  • Poor foot structure - posture or how you walk or stand.
  • Unhealthy foot hygiene – excessive sweating is a risk factor

What do ingrown toenails look like?

  • Red and painful around the nail
  • Skin near the nail is swollen and tender
  • When the nail pierces the skin, bacteria can get in and cause an infection and you may see blood or pus. Time to ask the doctor in case an infection is starting.

How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?

  • Cut nail straight across – no rounded corners
  • Make sure shoes fit well and are not too tight
  • Keep feet clean and dry
  • Drug store antibiotic medications
  • Surgically remove the ingrown portion of nail   - procedure is called toenail avulsion
  • Permanent removal – this removes the cells in the nail bed so the toenail will not come back

Recovery time for the permanent removal procedure is 1 to 2 weeks with minimal inconvenience. You will need to wear soft spacious shoes or open toed sandals during recovery time.  If you need any type of treatment it should be as soon as symptoms appear especially if you have diabetes or nerve damage in or near your foot. You can start with home remedies; like soaking in warm water 3 to 4 times a day and using gauze to gently push the skin away from the nail.  If any of the symptoms persist call for an appointment at 812-945-9221 in our New Albany, IN office and get it taken care of quickly before it grows into a bigger problem!