Posts for: October, 2017
A hammertoe is a condition that usually affects the second and third toes causing the toe to bend abnormally at the joint in the shape of a hammer. This problem often affects people who have muscle imbalances in their feet. These imbalances can cause varying tensions on ligaments and tendons causing them to perform and grow abnormally. Wearing restrictive shoes such as pumps can exacerbate these tendencies, and increase the chances of forming corns and calluses on the hammertoe.
Hammertoes should be treated in the early stages when the toes are still flexible enough to be stretched into a straight position.
Some early treatments for hammertoes include:
- Strengthening and stretching exercises—The muscles that extend and contract the toes can be made stronger by picking up marbles or other small objects with your toes. Also try standing on a small towel and scrunching your toes up and back. Repeat ten times. Stretching out the toe manually can also help straighten the toe.
- Wear roomy shoes—It’s very important that your toes have enough room to stretch out. Use properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box, and avoid shoes that restrict your toe movement.
- Padding—Corns may need to be isolated with special pads to prevent friction against the top of your footwear.
If a hammertoe goes untreated for a long time, it may become very rigid and lose any flexibility. Sometimes this can cause severe pain and difficulty with walking, in which case surgery may be necessary. Different types of surgery are used depending upon the condition and rigidity of your hammertoe.
If you are experiencing problems with hammertoes, schedule an appointment with 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!
Your feet need good nutrition just like the rest of your body, and considering the fact that your feet and ankles support your weight every day that you are standing and maneuvering, it’s important to approach nutrient intake from your feet’s point of view. You have over 120 tendons, ligaments, and muscles in your feet and 26 bones! Let’s try to take good care of them.
Some nutritional guidelines that can help you take good care of your feet include the following:
- Healthy bones—Calcium and natural vitamin D are essential for healthy bone growth. While dairy products are often mentioned as good sources of these nutrients, they can also be obtained through cod liver oil supplements that are unadulterated by chemically altered man made vitamin D. Other natural sources of vitamin D and calcium include fatty fish like tuna and salmon, and dark green leafy vegetables including kale and spinach. Avoid fortified foods like cereals and soy milk that contain inferior chemically produced mimics of the real, active ingredients.
- Healthy nails—Incorporating natural sources of B vitamins, zinc, and vitamin C are an excellent way to increase nail vitality and prevent opportunistic infections like nail fungus. Vegetables that help promote healthy nails and skin include broccoli, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Shellfish such as clams, oysters, and mussels are great for your nails too. Eat lots of nuts and seeds which are abundant sources of zinc. Nutritional brewers yeast can be purchased in non-fortified pills, thus avoiding the contaminants contained in many mainstream sources.
- Avoid inflammatory foods—Many foods can create and exacerbate inflammation. These tend to be of the hopelessly addictive, aggressively marketed and sugar loaded refined grain variety of malnutrition. Add some red meat, trans fats, and then chase the rainbow right into diabetes.
Modifying your diet and nutrient intake can be an easy and simple way to advocate for your own foot health. But when foot or ankle problems such as nail fungus and plantar fasciitis cause you pain and discomfort, 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!
Many people do not realize that their ability to walk, run, or joyfully jump up and down requires the use of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles and foot. But when this normally robust tendon gets overworked or injured, the result can be a serious injury that causes considerable pain and discomfort.
Repetitive exercise activities such as running, jumping, playing tennis and basketball can easily aggravate the Achilles tendon, most often when the intensity of a particular activity is suddenly increased.
While it may be initially gratifying for your ego to continue exercising after you feel the mild ache of Achilles tendonitis, once the pain and discomfort of a worsening injury kick in, you may wish to reassess your motives—Achilles tendonitis hurts!!!
The usual initial treatments for Achilles tendonitis and related tendon and ligament injuries include:
- RICE—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. The fab four.
- Stretching exercises—There are a variety of ways to limber up your calf muscles and tendons to avoid these types of injuries in the first place.
- Orthotic inserts—Your podiatrist has a variety of rather subtle yet effective devices up his or her sleeve that can have a profound and quick therapeutic effect for a surprising number of ailments.
- Switch activities—Taking the stress off the foot by switching to a low impact or no impact activity such as swimming is a great way to give your Achilles tendon a rest.
One of the most detrimental actions you can take is to neglect the initial pain and push too hard. Give yourself some time to heal right at the beginning, and you will have an easier time in the long run.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, 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!
Since many podiatric problems can become more difficult to treat as they progress, and may also be a sign of a more serious health issue, it is important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment to avoid potentially chronic or more debilitating problems in the future.
Your feet and ankles consist of an astonishing number of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons that have the major role of supporting the rest of your body and helping to keep you balanced while walking, running, or just standing there. Take good care of your feet and have regular exams by your foot care specialist to ensure good foot and ankle health.
Some of the reasons you should consult with a podiatrist include:
- Consistent pain—If you have pain in your foot or ankle that doesn’t subside after rest, icing, compression, elevation, and taking ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication, then you should see a foot specialist right away.
- Toenail and skin color changes—A yellowing of the skin and toenails may be an indication of a fungal infection. There also may be a foul odor and yellowish discharge emanating from the infected nail.
- Hammertoes and bunions—You should always have these and other toe deformities checked and treated by your podiatrist since if untreated they can worsen and require surgery.
- Corns, calluses, warts, and other skin abnormalities—Your podiatrist can expertly treat these conditions without causing further complications such as from accidental cuts.
- Numbness and swelling—These can be caused by a variety of conditions, including diabetes, and peripheral artery disease.
- Cuts or wounds that are not healing properly—You should be especially careful about this if you have diabetes since infection and amputation can result if quick action isn’t taken.
If you are experiencing any problems with your feet and ankles, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing you and your feet with the best diagnostic care and medical treatment. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!