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By Foot First Podiatry
March 28, 2018
Category: Ankle Injuries
Tags: ankle sprains   breaks  

Ankle sprains often happen suddenly and unexpectedly when you’re just out walking, maybe going for an early spring run, or playing other sports. All it takes is one wrong step or foot roll, and you have overstressed the ligaments and tissues. Depending on the force being applied at the time of the injury, an ankle sprain can be relatively mild or very severe. Minor sprains can often be treated at home but a severe ankle sprain can be disabling and extremely painful and will require more immobilization for a longer period of time for proper healing to occur.

Ankle sprain symptoms

The ligaments and tendons that wrap around the ankle bones are susceptible to being stretched or torn due to excessive stress and twisting, causing a sprain. The symptoms of an ankle sprain include severe swelling, pain, and bruising around the ankle area and the inability to carry weight on your foot. This injury most often affects the outside of the ankle, but an opposite roll can cause a sprain of the inside of the ankle area. Sometimes a sprain occurs with an actual break, making an accurate diagnosis more complex, and requiring the intervention of your foot care professional.

Ankle sprain treatments

A minor ankle sprain can be treated with Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (the RICE method). If symptoms don’t begin to subside during the first 3 or 4 days, you may have a more severe injury requiring a cast boot to supply the necessary immobilization. Imaging studies such as x-ray and MRI need to be performed to rule out a stress fracture or soft tissue injury.

Slowly increasing the strength and flexibility of your foot muscles, ligaments, and tendons over time are essential to proper ankle rehabilitation, making a comprehensive physical therapy recovery plan with your foot doctor a high priority. If you are concerned about ankle pain, 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
March 20, 2018

Toe deformities can be attributed to an imbalance in the toe muscles and tendons, tight-fitting shoes, injury, or certain diseases that increase the likelihood that a toe will bend in the shape of a hammer or a mallet. A hammertoe bends at the middle joint, while a mallet toe (or claw toe) bends at the joint nearest to the toenail, so perhaps there are only truly two if you don’t count the claw.

Initially, a bent toe may not be cause for alarm, but as the condition moves along, the tendons and ligaments and tissues of the toe can tighten further, thereby preventing any bending at all and causing considerable pain and discomfort. As this condition becomes more permanently bent, it will also cause the affected toes to rub on your footwear, causing the formation of corns and calluses.

Risk factors for developing toe deformities

Some individuals are more prone to developing these abnormalities. Some of the factors to be aware of are:

  • Sex—Females are considered to be more susceptible to developing these conditions.
  • Your age—People fifty years of age or older are more likely to develop hammertoes along with bunions.
  • The length of your toes—In certain people, when the second toe is longer than the largest toe, it may increase the chances of getting a toe deformity.
  • Diseases—People who suffer from diabetes and arthritis are also more susceptible.

When hammertoes cause you pain and discomfort, the pressure and pain can often be alleviated with specially designed orthotic shoe inserts and pads.

If you are suffering complications with hammertoes, making an appointment with an experienced board-certified podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment is essential, so be sure to 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!


By Foot First Podiatry
March 15, 2018
Category: Heel pain

Experiencing pain on the bottom of your foot or back of your heel is not always cause for concern. Minor heel pain will usually resolve with rest and by avoiding the pressure and rubbing on the heel that can be caused by shoes that are too tight, such as high heels. More severe heel pain can be caused by a number of issues, some of which can take a long time to properly treat and heal.

Factors and conditions that can cause heel pain include the following:

  • Plantar fasciitisA wide band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed and irritated from too much stress or from an injury, leading to severe pain in the heel that is often most noticeable in the morning when you first put weight on your foot. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy is very effective in treating this type of heel pain.
  • Achilles tendonitisThe Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body and runs along the back of your heel to connect to your calf muscle. It allows you to point your foot and push off when you walk or exercise. Bruising, tearing, or breaking this tendon can cause pain, discomfort, and in severe cases, you will not be able to walk. Fracture—Breaking your heel bone can occur during vigorous training and exercise, especially in high impact sports such as tennis, football, and basketball.
  • Diabetes complicationsPeripheral nerve damage from diabetes, which can cause pain, numbing, and a tingling sensation in the heel.
  • Heel fissuresThe thick, dry skin that forms around your heel in response to rubbing on the back your shoes can suddenly crack, causing severe pain and making it hard to just stand and walk, especially in those individuals who are excessively overweight.

Many of the causes of heel pain have similar symptoms, so it is highly advisable to see a foot specialist to find out what is actually causing your heel pain and to quickly get on the right path to healing your heel. If you are suffering from heel pain, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our friendly 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
March 06, 2018

If you suffer from an ingrown toenail occasionally, it can be a painful inconvenience, but for some people, several toes can be affected over and over again, making an inconvenience into a chronic fight to control infections, pain, and discomfort.

An inward growing toenail is not always obvious to the untrained eye since the edge of the nail may be hidden by the soft skin. There may be swelling and yellowing, redness, and pus. If the skin on your toe is also unusually warm, that could be a sign of a bacterial or fungal nail infection that could spread and cause serious complications, especially in those individuals who have diabetes.

Some causes of ingrown toenails include:

  • Improper shoes—High heeled shoes can cause or exacerbate ingrown toenails because they force your feet into the front of the shoe. Choose shoes with a wide toe box to help prevent this unnecessary pressure.
  • Not cutting nails straight across—The nails should be cut straight across with a toenail clipper to be certain they are cut evenly and span the entire width of the toe. If you cut your nails too short and on a curve, the edge of the nail is more likely to grow into the surrounding skin.
  • Injury—Stubbing or injuring your toe can cause the nail to grow inward.
  • Fungal nail infections—Foot fungi can cause serious infections that can undermine the strength and vitality of the nail and cause it to grow into the skin.

How to treat ingrown toenails

Treatments vary depending on the severity and they can range from the conservative to the surgical. Warm water soaks can soften the skin around the nail and help prevent infection. You can try lifting up the edge of the nail and inserting a small piece of cotton to help the nail grow away from the skin. Be sure to treat any early signs of infection with antibacterials. If your ingrown toenails keep coming back, your foot doctor can do a straightforward outpatient procedure during which the toe is numbed and the ingrown nail is removed, allowing a new nail to grow correctly.

If you are suffering from ingrown toenails, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to the best podiatric care for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!