Posts for: August, 2017
As the final days of summer tick down, the first days of school draw closer and closer. It’s time for new notebooks, new pencils, and new back-to-school shoes! Yet with so many options, the process of shopping for your child’s ever-changing feet can quickly become overwhelming. How do I find the right size? How do I choose the best shoe for my child’s age? How do I find the best quality shoe for their day-to-day needs?
Here are some simple dos and don’ts to help you and your child spring confidently into this school year.
Measure your child’s feet
Young feet grow very quickly, so be sure to measure each foot every time you shop for new children’s shoes.
Carefully examine the shoes
Look for firm heels, ample insole cushioning, and a strong built-in arch. The shoes should be bendable at the ball of the foot and supportive in the middle of the shoe.
Choose shoes based on your child’s habits
Select the best shoes for your child’s wear patterns. For example, if you know your child is prone to ankle sprains, choose a pair of supportive boots or high-top shoes.
Measure your child’s feet while they’re sitting down
To ensure an optimal fit when measuring, make sure your child is standing up with their full weight bearing down on each foot.
Force your child’s foot into the shoe
Your child will need room to move and grow into their shoes. Allow for about one half inch (or one thumb’s width) of space between the tips of the toes and the ends of the shoes.
Forget to take the shoes for a test drive
Have your child walk around the store wearing a clean pair of medium-thick socks, then check their foot for signs of irritation.
For more expert advice on back-to-school shoe shopping for you and your child, consult our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. at Foot First Podiatry in Albany, IN. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
It’s a beautiful summer day, and you’re in the mood to premiere a breezy new pair of sandals that has been sitting in your closet. You spend a tranquil morning and a sun-soaked afternoon exploring on foot, basking in the weather, perhaps walking a little more than you’d usually walk. Then, all of a sudden, a stabbing pain hits you, and slowly starts to spread through your heel. You peel off your sandal to reveal that most mood-bursting of ailments: a large, angry blister.
Luckily, there are a wide variety of natural blister treatments you may already have on hand:
In addition to being a key skin-softening ingredient in many natural lotions, aloe vera is an amazing anti-inflammatory cure. It’s one of the most effective treatments for redness, swelling, and irritation from summer blisters.
Soaking your feet in warm water with epsom salts is a great way to soothe your pain while disinfecting your blister. Keeping your blister clean will alleviate and prevent further swelling.
If you don’t have epsom salts, you can still make a wonderful foot soak with green tea. To prepare the soak, steep three bags of tea in warm water, then add in a teaspoon of baking soda as an antiseptic. If you don’t have time to completely submerge your feet, you can soak a hand towel in the green tea mixture and gently dab it on the affected area.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a great natural astringent with antibacterial properties. It is ideal for disinfecting your blister once it has popped.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another excellent home remedy for blisters. Much like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar is a natural astringent that helps clean and dry your burst blisters.
For more tips on seasonal foot care—including burning feet, bunion prevention, and corns and calluses—schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Although foot warts—also known as plantar warts or verrucas—are usually harmless, they’re unsightly, painful, uninvited guests on your feet. They tend to be hard and flat with a rough gray or brown surface, and they can spread in clusters if left untreated.
Plantar warts are caused by an infection from the HPV virus on the soles of your feet. Because the virus thrives in warm, moist environments, it is often contracted from barefoot walking around locker rooms, public bathrooms, and swimming pools.
While anyone can contract the virus, verrucas most commonly affect:
- People with weak immune systems
- People who have previously contracted foot warts
- People who walk barefoot in public spaces
- Children and teens
In order to prevent the spread of warts, be sure to:
- Keep your feet clean and dry (warts thrive on moisture).
- Change your shoes and socks on a daily basis (to prevent the accumulation of sweat and bacteria).
- Avoid barefoot walking in public spaces (where warts are most commonly contracted).
Because children and teens are especially vulnerable to plantar warts, you should be sure to check their feet throughout the day when you visit the community pool.
Warts can be very resistant to treatment and have a tendency to reoccur in the same spots on your feet. Because they often destroy surrounding healthy foot tissue, podiatrists typically do not recommend over the counter treatments.
The Foot First Podiatry in New Albany offers cryotherapy, an amazingly quick and effective treatment for warts. Cryotherapy involves the use of a cold substance to essentially freeze off the wart and typically takes less than a minute.
For plantar wart treatments and more helpful information on foot care—including burning feet, bunion prevention, and corns and calluses—schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Commonly known as heel spurs or bone spurs, plantar fasciitis is the most common source of major heel pain. Affecting over 2 million patients per year, plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia: a strong tissue band that supports the arch of your foot. The condition earns its nickname from the locus of pain, which centers around the base of your heel where a “spur” would be found on a boot.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- persistent pain in the bottom of the foot on or near the heel
- recurring morning heel pain, often with the first steps out of bed
- pain during exercise or prolonged physical activity
What are bone spurs?
Bone spurs are inward-curving growths of the calcaneus—or heel bone—which are prone to straining the plantar fascia. They are especially likely to irritate the plantar fascia when you walk long distances or exercise frequently.
Over 1 in 10 people are born with bone spurs and only 1 in 20 develop plantar fasciitis, so they do not guarantee you will experience heel pain. However, there are a number of risk factors for plantar fasciitis that you should consider.
Am I at risk for plantar fasciitis?
There are a number of conditions that may put you at risk for developing plantar fasciitis, including:
- high arches
- predominant/tight calf muscles
- frequent high impact activity (such as sports or running)
- taking up a new physical activity or increasing its frequency
How do I treat my heel pain?
Plantar fasciitis is usually minimized by anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy. In especially persistent cases, your podiatrist may recommend Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment, or ESWT.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!