Posts for: June, 2017

By Foot First Podiatry
June 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Blisters   corns   calluses  

The hassles of airline travel are no mystery to vacationers. In order to reach that exciting summer destination, you endure long lines, shuffling crowds, and several hours cramped in a narrow seat. On top of these issues, there’s the stress of packing adequate footwear for a wide range of weather and fun summer activities. Here are some tips for maintaining the health of your feet while managing the limited space in your suitcase.


If you can’t pack it, wear it.

Wear the biggest pair you plan to bring along for your trip, such as hiking boots or rain shoes. Pack no more than three pairs in your bag: athletic shoes for walking, flats or sandals for relaxing, and a pair of neutral-colored dress shoes for special occasions. 


Don’t pack brand new shoes.

When packing shoes for travel, it’s best to stick with the tried and true if you wish to avoid ankle sprains, fractures, and other common foot injuries. If you wish to purchase new shoes for your trip, don’t wait until the last minute: break them in with regular wear a few weeks before you leave. Foot First Podiatry also offers helpful tips on what to look for in children’s shoes, women’s shoes, men’s shoes, athletic shoes, and corrective prescription shoes.


Invest in high-quality socks.

Cheap, flimsy socks can actually undermine the benefits of good athletic shoes. Be sure to select the right socks based on:

  • height (to protect from abrasion with your footwear) 
  • fabric (a moisture-wicking material such as wool or nylon)
  • cushioning (to protect your feet during high-impact activities such as running and hiking)
  • fit (to fend off blisters, bunions, corns and calluses)


Pack a Foot First Aid Kit.

It’s always good idea to bring the following on-the-go grooming and safety materials:

  • pain medicine- for inflammation
  • aloe vera lotion- for skin irritation
  • sunscreen and antibiotic cream- to protect the skin of your feet
  • sterile bandages and blister pads- for foot injuries and abrasions
  • toenail clippers, pumice stones, and files- to smooth calluses or broken and ingrown nails


For more advice on preventative foot care, see a professional foot doctor. At Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best medical care for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today! 





By Foot First Podiatry
June 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care

At Foot First Podiatry,  Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. has a meaningful dialogue with every patient.  We are proud of our relationships to our patients. Our priority first is to build and earn your trust when you come to our office.  The next priority we enjoy is working with all our patients on a common goal to improve, enliven and awaken better foot health. 

  • To Improve

Thoughtfully consider the comfort or discomfort your feet feel.  If any pain has become persistent, or if any new blemishes, bruises or color changes appear, talk with us. (812)945-9221


  • To Enliven

To help enliven better foot health, add a simple routine of movement that focuses on your trusty toes and your hard-working feet.  Touch all ten toes if you are able.  Gently squeeze each toe tip.  Massage in circles, softly, around your ankles and the soles of your feet.  


  • To Awaken 

Give your heels a burst of life by cupping your hand with the curve of the heel and firmly squeezing.  Use approximately the same amount of pressure as you would to juice a firm lemon. Then gently use your thumb and index finger to firmly grip the Achilles tendon, at the back of your heel below your calf muscle. Roll your tendon slowly, deeply and enjoy the benefits of health from helping your blood to circulate.  Enjoy the warmth of life coursing through your veins and arteries and nourishing your heart and back to your toes, the way that it is designed. 


Whether you are experiencing a cosmetic imperfection you wish to change, or if you are suffering from a more complex medical foot ailment, we are ready to help you Improve, Enliven and Awaken better foot health.  It starts at the ground, at your feet. Congratulations on making a healthy choice, with us as your trusted podiatrist.  


First time with Foot First Podiatry? 

Visit the new patient page for privacy policies, fillable forms, and time saving downloads if you like to get a head start.  

You are also invited to browse through Foot First Podiatry Services where you will find our vast knowledge and experience to be another benefit of trusting us with your foot care. 

Albany residents agree that  Zahid Ladha, DPM has a reputation as Albany's top podiatrist..



By Foot First Podiatry
June 15, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: foot cramps  

It is tempting to blame the cramping of your foot muscles on a long shift of work, or a bad fitting pair of shoes, but don’t assume that you are destined for agony at the end of the day!  Your feet may be cramping your style for reasons that will surprise you and some small changes can really help.  Read on to learn about some common foot cramp culprits.


At Foot First Podiatry we strive to bring you value and wellness at the same time.  Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. reminds his patients to drink plenty of water.  This is inexpensive, and this could be the difference between your suffering and your comfort. It may seem impossible that a few swallows of the plain water could relieve the chronic pains associated with foot cramps, but this is the most forgotten part of a healthy, daily routine.  YES, dehydration can cause enormous aches.  Increasing your water consumption will help soothe and nourish your aching muscle fibers, from the inside. This is essential to your comfort and to your health. Drink up!


Your feet withstand a lot of pressure, and in the hustle of a busy day it's easy to ignore your aches, but stop! Stop right now.  Some aches are just your body's natural alarm system.  Think of it as your tired feet requesting a well-deserved break. Try sitting in a comfortable chair, feet on the floor.  Then gently kick your heels up, and rest your ankles and leg muscles by placing your feet on another chair in front of you.  Do this in short intervals and be sure to wiggle your toes slowly while resting your legs.  Consciously make an effort to engage your various muscles then relaxing the same muscles, by pointing your toes then flexing your foot carefully, and slowly. If possible, rotate your ankle and foot in a smooth motion.  Feel the life coursing into your tired feet.

Junk Food

It is hard to resist fried foods on occasion, and we certainly don't want you to deprive yourself.  If you must indulge in junk foods, than at Foot First Podiatry we advise our patients to balance your diet with some nutritious input too. Eat more vegetables, choose lean proteins like fish or chicken and for a great way to soothe those achy feet, add healthy fat sources like Avocados, nuts, and flax oil.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   At Foot First Podiatry we believe that nobody should suffer with foot pain. If your aches do not ease up with our suggestions, please come see us in our Albany Location.   To schedule call us (812) 945-9221. 

First time with our office?  Visit the new patient page for important information, and time saving form downloads if you like to get a head start. 

Never ignore severe pain!  If your pain is severe during after hours, go to the nearest emergency room. Schedule regular exams in our office to keep your feet healthy and pain free.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

By Foot First Podiatry
June 06, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Sunshine heals the fungi that lingers on simply because fungus hates light. Fungal nail can be tough to treat but Foot First Podiatry understands podiatric treatment and has plenty of remedies to make sure your toe nails are healthy. Before you try the anti-fungal treatments perhaps some oils that happen to be sitting in your cabinets can help.

Five for Fighting Fungi:

1.    Tea Tree Oil is an antiseptic and fungicidal natural medicine. Rub the oil into the nail and let it soak in, about ten minutes then gently scrub the nail with a soft cloth. Try this daily until the new nail grows all the way in and continue for three more days to prevent it from coming back.

2.    Orange Oil is a natural anti-fungal that will cure infection. Use a dropper to apply the oil on the nails and between the toes too. Let this one soak in for an hour or more. Since this is a very potent oil you may want to test it on your skin for allergies first.

3.    Lavender Oil smells nice and is good for mild cases of fungi. Apply a few drops to the nail every night and let it soak in while you sleep. To prevent the oil from rubbing off, cover your feet with wool socks. Keep up with this treatment a few weeks after to ensure the fungi is dead.

4.    Coconut Oil has caprylic acid, one of the medium chain of fatty acids in coconut oil which can penetrate the fungi. Soak it in for about fifteen minutes. There is no limit to how often you can use this for treatment.

5.    Oregano Oil ~ this herb has anti-fungal properties so its oil is even better. Apply it to the nail and let it soak in, this one can be left on for the day.

After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, prevention should be your next step. If foot fungus is an issue for you this summer and home remedies have not been 100% effective call our office and schedule an appointment. We can be reached in New Albany at 812-945-9221.  Dr. Zahid Ladha is here to help you get rid of that fungus.


By Foot First Podiatry
June 02, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Burning Feet   Diabetes   nerve damage  

Do your feet feel like you are walking across the stove? There are several reasons that can cause your feet to burn. Zahid Ladha specialize in burning feet and can offer some information that will help you diagnose and treat your ailments.


  • Nerve damage can make your feet feel like they are burning since the nerves are going haywire.
  • Fatigue and over exertion can cause temporary burning in your feet.
  • Exposure to certain toxins in drugs and supplements can damage peripheral nerves and blood vessels causing swelling in feet.
  • Vitamin deficiencies in B12 play an important role with the nervous system, therefore lack of this vitamin can contribute to burning.
  • Hypertension is related to blood circulation which can be a contributor as it effects the pulse rate in your feet.
  • Infectious diseases such as HIV and Lyme can create some issues with your feet and burning is among them.

The common thread here is nerve damage or the effects that develop from nerve damage. Either way it is all related to the sensation of burning and tingling whether it be temporary or permanent.  Diabetes is the most dangerous since it can lead to many more conditions.  If you suffer from diabetes and your feet are burning, then you should contact a doctor right away.

Fire snuffers:

  • Exercise has long term effects on curing burning feet. Blood circulation is compromised when burning occurs therefore, getting those limbs moving is essential.
  • Cold foot bath is recommended to cool the feet and temporarily relieve pain.
  • Strong shoe insoles will protect the feet from friction and creates a cushion to minimize pain.
  • Hawthorne and/or thyme are herbs that help increase blood flow and dilate the blood vessels to help circulation.
  • Vitamin B3 also known as niacin strengthens the nerves and prevents them from breaking down.
  • Barefoot walkers are better than firewalkers! If your feet start to burn remove your shoes and enjoy the soft grass or sand for a few minutes.

While most of these are temporary relief solutions to burning feet, you can get more permanent treatment. If you are looking to cool down your burning feet or in need of assistance with overall foot and ankle care call our office and schedule an appointment. We can be reached at our New Albany office at 812-945-9221. Foot First Podiatry can help put out the fire!