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By Foot First Podiatry
May 30, 2018
Category: Foot surgery
Tags: hammertoes  

A range of conservative methods for treating hammertoes is available, but unfortunately, the condition frequently progresses beyond the point where anything but a surgical procedure will provide the necessary relief of pain and discomfort. These surgical procedures will straighten out the toe by aligning the joints and by decreasing unnecessary contractions of the tiny tendons that connect the toe to the muscles. This will ensure that the toe remains straight during your daily activities.

Common hammertoe surgeries

There are two main types of surgery that are applied in hammertoe treatments:

●      The fusion method—Removal of the disfigured joint is followed by mending the two ends together with specially designed hardware. The ligaments and tendons that help support the toe will be modified and possibly relocated from the top of the toe to the bottom where it can exert the correct pressure to keep the toe in the proper position.

●      The joint resection method—This procedure is used primarily for hammertoes that are completely inflexible. It involves the removal of the end of the joint so straightening can be performed and held in position with hardware while the toe adopts the correct position.

What can I expect during recovery from hammertoe surgery?

You will most likely be able to return home on the day of the procedure because most hammertoe surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis with an injected local anesthetic. The usual recovery period ranges from four to six months and involves a physical therapy program to help strengthen your toes and regain some of the flexibility.

If you are experiencing complications with a hammertoe, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. 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
May 23, 2018
Category: Toenail conditions

Toenail fungus is already more likely to spread in warm conditions, and when you add that to the already warm temperature in your shoes creates the perfect conditions for the growth of fungi that can spread from your skin to your nails. These microorganisms are also tough to kill and thrive in public areas such as public pools and locker rooms. When the fungi get underneath your toenail, the result is not very attractive. The toenail often becomes brittle, yellow, and may emit a bad smell. Once nail fungus has gained a foothold it can be difficult to eliminate, which is why it is always a good idea to take steps to avoid getting the infection.

4 excellent tips for preventing toenail fungus infections are:

  1. Frequent cleaning and proper drying—Wash and dry your feet at least once a day, and change your socks often. Also, be certain to let your shoes air out between wearing by alternating them with another pair every other day.
  2. Proper nail trimming—Ingrown toenails often lead to a fungal infection, therefore it is very important to trim your toenails straight across so that the edge of the nail doesn’t grow into the skin where an infection can begin.
  3. Breathable shoes and socks—In addition to breathable socks, it is also helpful to wear shoes that are made with a breathable fabric such as canvas or Gore-Tex.
  4. Foot protection—It is important to wear shower shoes or sandals in public areas like swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers to decrease your contact with infection-causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Should you notice any changes in the color of your toenails, that may also include a terrible odor, then it is important to see a foot specialist for proper treatment. Creams and oral antifungal medicines may be prescribed, and be sure to ask about laser treatment for fungal toenails.

If you are experiencing pain, discomfort and embarrassment of a fungal toenail infection, 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
May 21, 2018
Category: diabetic foot care

If you have numbing and tingling in your toes and feet you are unfortunately not the only one suffering from these problems. Diabetes affects many millions of people and one of the first major symptoms of diabetes is peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage in the extremities caused by high blood sugar. This nerve damage brought on by abnormal glucose concentrations often causes a loss of sensation in the feet, which is why regular visits to your foot doctor become very important as this chronic condition progresses.

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include the following:

●      Shooting or pins and needles pain

●      Burning feet sensation

●      Numbness

●      Weakening of muscles

●      Poor balance and coordination

●      Inability to detect temperature extremes

Diagnosis and treatment of diabetic neuropathy

There are several ways to detect this condition, and one of the first tests performed by your foot doctor will be a nerve conduction study to determine how efficiently your nerves are sending and receiving messages. Your foot care specialist will also perform a thorough examination to look for potential diabetes-related complications such as ingrown toenails and foot ulcers. It is especially important to see your foot doctor at the first sign of infection or redness to ensure proper wound care and that a gangrenous condition doesn’t develop. This could lead to an amputation of a toe, foot, or even the entire lower leg.

A regular inspection and treatment protocol is vitally important to follow and will include management of blood sugar, and protect your feet from injuries and ulcer development with proper foot support using custom diabetic shoes and orthotic inserts.

If you are experiencing diabetic foot complications, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our expert 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
May 09, 2018
Tags: Fracture  

We all know that professional and Olympic athletes are more susceptible to experiencing fractures due to the intense amount of force and strength they deal with during competition and training. But a fracture of the foot or ankle can happen to anyone and is one of the leading causes of injury seen by podiatrists.

Types of foot and ankle fractures

There are two major types that are delineated depending upon the force applied during the break:

●      A stress fracture—This type of fracture occurs gradually, rather than being the result of a single stressful event. A common cause of stress fractures is the continuous pounding of repetitive motions involved in sports such as running, basketball, and tennis. These are also known as hairline fractures and can be triggered by a shift in workout surfaces from hard to soft.  Osteoporosis and other bone abnormalities can contribute to the severity of a stress fracture.

●      An acute fracture—These are breaks that occur suddenly and may involve a total or partial separation of the bone. You will experience a total inability to walk on the affected foot plus pain, swelling, and bruising, and surgery may be required.

The different types of acute fractures include:

Stable fractures—the ends of the bones only slightly out of place

Compound breaksthis is the worst type of fracture since the skin is usually broken and an infection can easily occur leading to other complications

Oblique breaks—a diagonal break across the bone

Transverse fractures—a horizontal break

Comminuted fractures— a complex break in which the bone is shattered into multiple pieces requiring extensive reconstruction

If you have experienced any of these fractures, it is extremely important to enlist the services of a foot care professional to ensure the correct diagnosis, treatment, and successful recovery, 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
May 02, 2018
Tags: podiatrist   clubfoot  

The condition known as clubfoot is a common congenital deformity affecting nearly 1 in 1000 kids and is characterized by an inward turning of the ankle so that the soles of one or both feet are facing inward. If the condition worsens and is left uncorrected, it can cause major future problems with ambulation.

In many cases, with early detection and treatment, clubfoot can be completely corrected and the child will experience no ill effects and will be able to participate in regular activities.

Clubfoot can either be an isolated condition that is independent of other problems, or there may be other health factors like neuromuscular difficulties, that create a more complicated scenario.

Treatments for clubfoot include:

The Ponseti method—This treatment consists of a combination of manipulation and stretching exercises that involve the use of casting to gradually redirect the growth of the foot over many months.

Surgical repair and bracing—After the casting procedure is completed, a small surgical incision will modify the tightened heel cord, and braces will be utilized for the remainder of the healing process to prevent a recurrence.

If you notice that your child’s feet are pointing in an unusual manner, contact your podiatrist for a consultation. In the vast majority of instances, the flexibility of young bones and other tissues makes the Ponseti method very effective. If these conservative treatments of manipulation, stretching, and casting do not provide the necessary correction, a surgical procedure may be required to realign the bones, ligaments, and other tendons and tissues.

If your child is showing symptoms of clubfoot, be sure to schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN for a proper evaluation and recommendation for treatment. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to helping your child maintain healthy feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!