Posts for: July, 2017
A pedicure is a great way to relax after a long day on your feet. A well-done home pedicure can help you cleanse and soften your skin, calm inflammation, and prevent the development of foot odor, corns, calluses, fungal nails, Athlete’s Foot, and other common fungal problems. Here are some great ways to maintain the health and beauty of your feet without ever setting foot in a salon.
Begin your home pedicure with a soothing foot soak, keeping your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes. Gentle soap, epsom salts, and essential oils can be added to help your feet smell fresh. After you’ve soaked your feet, exfoliate dead skin with a pumice stone, emery board, or body scrub.
Before trimming your toenails, push back your cuticles with a Hindu stone or an orange stick. Be sure to trim each toe straight across rather than in a curved pattern, as this helps prevent ingrown toenails. Then, file the edges of each nail, maintaining the straight shape. Be sure that you can always see a few millimeters of skin along each nail’s margin.
Massage a dime-sized dollop of lotion or moisturizing cream into your foot, focusing first on your cuticles and nail margins. Then, massage the rest of your foot, rubbing your arches, heels, ankles, and any other sore areas. Excellent self-massage techniques include:
- rubbing your thumbs over the skin in small circular motions
- pushing two thumbs up and down in opposite directions (known as cross-fiber friction)
- kneading your balled fist into the arch of your foot
- rubbing in-between each individual toe
- rolling your feet back and forth over a bottle, rolling pin, or round ball
For more professional foot care tips, visit Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Selecting a practical, comfortable, and work-appropriate wardrobe can feel like a job in and of itself, especially when it comes to your shoes. Studies show that as many as 9 out of 10 women wear shoes too small for their feet, and 8 out of 10 women report that their shoes are painful. Even a seemingly innocuous pair of professional shoes can leave you with soreness, blisters, and bunions by the end of a long day at the office!
Here are a few tips for navigating the store aisles and making the best choices for women’s shoes (while still retaining your sense of style):
They may be flattering, leg-elongating, and chic, but high heels unfortunately host a wide array of women’s foot problems. By putting pressure on a narrow area of the foot, high heels contribute to back and knee problems, shortened calf muscles, and an uneven gait. This makes wearers more prone to potential injuries such as ankle sprains or fractures.
If you can’t resist the allure of high heels, podiatrists like Dr. Zahid Ladha recommend well-fitted walking pumps with wide heels no higher than two inches. To minimize foot damage, it’s a good idea to alternate between your heels and well-supported walking shoes whenever possible.
While flats are a more optimal choice for your feet than high heels, there are still many choices to consider. Foot doctors recommend searching for flats that feature:
- round versus pointed toes
- laces versus slip-ons
- a wide space for your toes
- a rubber or composition sole
- a comfortable, spacious fit (no pinching or rubbing)
Nylon stockings retain heat and moisture, making them a breeding ground for fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot. They also inhibit foot and toe movement, leading to hammertoes and ingrown toenails. It is best to avoid wearing pantyhose or stockings whenever possible. If they are an essential part of your wardrobe, look for stockings that fit securely and don’t slide around on your foot.
For more professional guidance on women’s foot health, book an appointment with Foot First Podiatry, located in New Albany, IN. 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!
For better or for worse, most common foot problems are readily observable. Bunions, blisters, corns and calluses are all clearly visible on the exterior of your feet, and as a result, their diagnosis is straightforward. Less straightforward is the invisible pain of foot nerve damage, which results in a wide range of tingling, pricking, chilling, and stabbing sensations. How can you understand what’s going on with your feet if you can’t even see the issue, let alone describe the pain you feel?
Luckily, podiatrists are experts in the process of diagnosing unseen nerve related foot pain. Here are some of the most common nerve problems that can occur in your feet.
A violent contraction of the muscles, nerve spasms typically present as twitching movements of your toes and feet. They may be accompanied by fatigue, numbness, or a tingling (pins and needles) sensation. Since they are often linked to calcium and Vitamin D deficiency, treatment for spasms includes the regular use of supplements.
Also known as cold feet, chilblains are characterized by an abnormal skin reaction to chilly environments. Red swellings can develop, which can become itchy, dry, and infected if left untreated. People with poor circulation and limited mobility are especially vulnerable to chilblains, so treatment focuses on keeping the extremities warm and well-protected.
Commonly linked to conditions of toxicity such as diabetes, alcoholism, or exposure to harsh chemicals, peripheral neuropathy is a loss of nerve function in the feet. Symptoms are often characterized by a particular burning pain, and treatment includes Vitamin B-12, gentle electrical stimulation, and magnetic therapy.
If you are experiencing recurrent tingling or burning sensations in your feet, it could be linked to one of these common nerve problems. It is highly advisable that you seek the attention of a trained foot doctor.
At Foot First Podiatry, located in New Albany, IN, our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
The term for bunions—those painful lumps created when your toes move out of place—is derived from the Old French word buigne, or “bump on the head.” This word refers to a bone deformity at the big toe, or “head” of your foot: the sensitive recipient of all that pressure, rubbing, and shifting each time you take a step.
Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent bunions from developing (or from getting bigger, if you already have them).
Foot doctors recommend stretching and resistance exercises for your big toes. These exercises include toe curls, toe flexes, and picking up marbles with your toes. With regular repetition, toe exercises can prevent stiffness and maintain the mobility of your joints. They’re also beneficial for other common toe problems such as hammertoes.
Shoe liners—often made from felt material—are great for minimizing the friction created by rubbing shoes. They come in different shapes and thicknesses, ranging from rigid (for walking or dress shoes) to very soft (for soreness and shock-absorption). Orthotic devices also keep your foot in the correct position to prevent joint pain and misalignment. Of course, it always helps to wear properly fitted corrective and prescription shoes that provide enough room for bunions and prevent their further growth.
Your podiatrist can also recommend a variety of corrective splints for both daytime and nighttime wear. While most splints consist of a soft wrap that isolates the big toe from the rest of your foot, bunion patients have reported additional success with toe spreaders and spacers. These tools provide a nice stretch for your toes while preventing your big toes from turning inward.
Removal of Corns and Calluses
An intensive pedicure keeps the skin of your feet looking and—most importantly—feeling its best. Removing corns and calluses prevents additional build-up, which in turn keeps your shoes from rubbing and irritating your toes. A gentle foot massage with cream or lotion can also help to relieve the tension of your aching feet.
In severe or ongoing cases, bunion surgery is recommended for the health and fitness of your feet. 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!