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By Foot First Podiatry
September 27, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

If you are you experiencing a painful bump on the back of your heel at the location where your Achilles tendon attaches to the bone, then you may have Haglund’s deformity. While this abnormality frequently affects women who wear high heels (the pump bump), it can affect anyone who often wears shoes with rigid backs.

People who overpronate and those with tight Achilles tendons are more susceptible to developing this deformity. The constant pressure on the heel causes a bony enlargement to develop creating extreme pain, swelling, blistering, and sometimes bursitis may occur.

Things you can try at home to relieve pain

Wearing shoes that don’t rub on the heel such as sandals or clogs will help remove the source of the friction. Applying ice to the heel will reduce swelling. You can try adding heel pads to your footwear backs to ease pain and rubbing. If you have a tight Achilles tendon or high arches, always use the recommended orthotic shoe inserts and perform daily tendon stretching exercises.

Other treatment options:

If the bump continues to grow and the pain becomes worse, there are several other options for treatment that your foot doctor may suggest. These include:

  • Custom shoe insertsBy redistributing the pressure, these inserts can relieve pain and discomfort.
  • Pain treatment—Oral and topical pain and inflammation reduction medications like ibuprofen are very helpful.
  • Foot immobilization—It may be necessary to wear a walking boot or soft cast so the foot can heal properly.

If these methods do not improve the condition, a surgical option to reshape the bone may need to be considered.

If you are experiencing heel pain, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing the highest quality foot and ankle care for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

 

 


By Foot First Podiatry
September 20, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Of all the foot deformities and conditions that can occur, an ingrown toenail is one of the most common conditions seen by podiatrists. It usually affects the big toe, but can affect other toes as well. While the condition is sometimes thought to be hereditary, it is often caused by wearing poorly fitting shoes, improper nail care, and sometimes by fungal nail infections which can induce the side of the nail to grow into the skin on the edge of the toe.

Treatments for ingrown toenails

If the ingrown toenail is not too severe, then soaking the foot in a warm salt bath will help to eliminate some of the pain and inflammation while also keeping the area clean and helping to avoid any additional bacterial contamination. You can try to lift up the edge of the nail and insert a small piece of cotton to gently support the nail edge away from the skin. If you don’t notice any improvement after several days of home remedies and the pain and inflammation are getting worse, it may be necessary to see your foot doctor for relief. In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove part of the nail or nail bed to avoid future problems.

Prevention of ingrown toenails

Cutting your toenails straight across, rather than on a curve, will help prevent the edge of the nail from getting a toe hold, so to speak. Make sure your shoes have ample room in the toe box area to avoid any extra pressure on the toes. It is because of the lack of toe room that high heeled shoes are notorious for causing ingrown toenails, and should be worn only occasionally.

If you are experiencing problems with ingrown toenails, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist 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!


By Foot First Podiatry
September 13, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

In honor of Fall Prevention Awareness Day, which not coincidentally occurs on the first day of fall, it’s important to raise awareness of the risk of severe injury and even death from falls in older adults.

Falls are the leading cause of injury in those over 65, so knowing how to reduce your chances of falling is paramount to staying healthy. Many older individuals also suffer from osteoporosis, which is a condition that affects over 60 million people in the US alone. Osteoporosis causes a weakening of the bones and makes them more likely to break in a fall, often resulting in injuries like sprained ankles or severe complications such as those found with compound fractures.

To minimize bone loss and help reduce the risk of falling and permanent injury, there are a variety of steps you can take. Some of these include the following:

  • Consume a diet that is high in calcium. Yogurt, kale, and broccoli are three excellent sources.
  • Get sufficient vitamin D in your diet and through sunlight and/or supplements to prevent bone loss.
  • Perform daily exercise to strengthen the muscles, tissues and tendons surrounding your foot and ankle bones. Exercise also helps improve flexibility and balance.
  • Install railings, lighting, and remove any tripping hazards to make your home safer.
  • Stop smoking, which is essential for the optimum good health of your bones and the rest of your body.
  • Avoid alcohol. It causes dehydration and instability that may lead to a severe fall.
  • Talk to your foot doctor about any balance problems and consider using custom orthotics that can help improve ankle stability.

If you need help determining ways to increase the strength of your feet and ankles to avoid falls, 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!

 


By Foot First Podiatry
September 07, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The generic orthotics that you can buy at your pharmacy or shoe store have their purpose, but they may only provide temporary improvement. Custom orthotics are molded to the specific contours of your foot, making for a much better fit than with the mass produced variety. 

 

Some of the benefits of custom orthotics include the following:

 

  • They are much more comfortable—and treat conditions more effectively than the generics. A digital gait analysis can be performed to scan your whole foot and help to produce a mold that will be used to make the custom inserts.
  • Custom orthotics treat a wide variety of foot conditions—From flat feet, fallen arches and balance issues, to bunions and plantar fasciitis, custom orthotics can help. Problems with ankle instability and tendinitis can also be addressed. Often, the right footwear and a properly designed and placed orthotic is all that is needed to alleviate pain and discomfort. 
  • Injury prevention—Athletes who are more susceptible to foot and ankle injuries can benefit from the use of custom orthotics, which provide the proper support and help the feet to function in a stressful environment without pain and discomfort.
  • More durable—Your custom orthotics are made with much more durable components than the store bought variety, and will therefore last longer so you don’t have to buy new ones every year.
  • Diabetic foot careCustom orthotics combined with a special shoe are very beneficial for diabetic patients since they can be molded for specific foot issues like foot ulcers, calluses, and corns.

 

Whether you are a runner trying to prevent injuries, or are experiencing pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles, custom orthotics can improve your foot function and help diminish the pain. At 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!