Posts for: June, 2018
If you are an average, reasonably healthy person, you can expect to put over four thousand steps on the ground on any given day, so you need to be careful about your foot health and take further steps to keep your feet and ankles strong and flexible, thereby reducing the chances of sustaining an injury in the first place. Proper foot care also helps avoid fungal toenail infections and plantar warts, among many other conditions.
6 proven preventative measures to keep your feet healthy include the following:
- Foot protection—Prevent injuries by wearing supportive shoes that are properly sized and fitted. Make sure you wear breathable socks and shoes that are protective but that will help prevent moisture retention.
- Strength and flexibility exercises—A wide array of exercises can be tried, so be sure to add them to your daily program.
- Cleanliness—Keeping your feet clean will go a long way to help avoid bacterial, fungal, and viral infections and diseases.
- Proper toenail trimming—One of the major causes of toe problems is ingrown toenails. These are often caused by haphazard cutting technique. Always cut your nails straight across and not too short so that the edge of the nail doesn’t grow into the skin, or better yet have your foot doctor trim your toenails to avoid any unnecessary damage.
- Daily foot inspections—Check for changes in color to the nails and skin. Yellowing of the nails may indicate a fungal nail infection. This yellowing may be accompanied by a stinky odor. If you notice any cuts, bruises, or blisters, be sure to treat them promptly to avoid infection since this can lead to amputation in diabetic patients.
- Diabetic foot care—Any wounds, corns, and calluses should be cared for by your foot doctor to avoid causing complications and possible infection and amputation.
If you have trouble reaching or inspecting your feet, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist can take the pressure off. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatryin New Albany, IN. Dr. Zahid Ladha, our experienced podiatrist, is committed to improving your foot health through excellence in diagnostic care and medical treatment. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Peripheral artery disease is one of the most common blood circulation problems and unfortunately, it frequently goes undiagnosed for long periods of time, with a concomitant increase in adverse effects. Many seemingly insignificant anomalies that occur in your legs, feet and other extremities can be indicative of this potentially deadly disease.
The eventual constriction of the arteries that is brought about by this disease can cause a variety of symptoms in your feet and ankles including:
- Muscle pain—This is often noticeable after exercising or other strenuous activities.
- Slow wound healing—The decreased circulation caused by constriction of the arteries can affect the immune response and make cuts, scrapes, bruises, and wounds heal all the more slowly. This can be compounded for diabetic patients since it is extremely important to avoid the associated infection and amputation risks.
- Slow growth of hair and nail—Decreased circulation also impairs the growth of tissues and nails.
- Changes in skin texture and color—Skin can become rougher and dryer due to the blood circulation faltering. Flushing of the skin and other color changes may also occur.
- Foot and lower leg pain—This can become severe enough to interfere with restful sleep and needs to be addressed by your foot care professional.
- Skin temperature fluctuations—If your legs and feet become cold easily, even when the temperature outside is warm, then you need to have an evaluation right away.
If you are experiencing signs of PAD, a foot care specialist can help diagnose this condition and look for other related complications. 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 committed to improving the health of your feet through individualized care! Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are a runner, there are many risk factors that can play into your likelihood to deal with heel pain. If heel pain is happening to you, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can get rid of the pain quickly.
Causes of Heel Pain
As you might imagine, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain. The root cause will also determine the best course of action for getting your symptoms under control while providing the optimal healing environment for a speedy recovery.
The most common cause of heel pain is an acute inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Of course, there are other reasons people experience heel pain. Other causes include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fracture
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Heel spur
- Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
- Page’s disease of bone
- Peripheral neuropathy
Heel Pain Treatment Options
For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home. This is usually the first course of action, unless the condition is more serious. Only once we’ve exhausted at-home care and pain is still present do we decide on more aggressive tactics for handling your symptoms.
Common at-home heel pain treatment options include:
- OTC pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen)
- Icing the heel several times a day
- Bracing or splinting the foot
- Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Wearing protective and supportive shoes
- Resting and avoiding certain activities or high-impact exercises
If you’ve tried these treatment options for weeks and still don’t notice any change in your symptoms—or if symptoms get worse—then it’s time to visit your foot doctor again to determine the next step. If pain and swelling are severe we may recommend steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or ultrasound therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the imbalance, deformity, or problem that’s causing your chronic or severe heel pain.
Don’t let heel pain affect your day-to-day life when there are simple and easy solutions to manage your symptoms and promote faster healing. Turn to a podiatrist who will be able to handle your heel pain and get your foot health back on track.
Many weekend warriors, hard workers, and professional athletes have experienced the debilitating pain and discomfort that comes with the condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the name given to the connective tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot between the metatarsal bones of the toes and the heel bone. When this tissue becomes irritated or even slightly torn from excessive stress and pressure, you may not even be able to walk without crutches or a foot boot until the tissue heals.
A less common condition called peroneal tendonitis creates similar symptoms but it affects the two peroneal tendons on the side of the foot. Always consult with your podiatrist first, because the individual treatments for these two conditions are very different.
Prevention and Treatment
A diverse mélange of stretching and strengthening exercises to deal with plantar fasciitis have been developed to help keep the Achilles tendons and calf muscles flexible and the arch high. People who have flat feet are much more likely to experience this condition, so see your foot doctor to determine what type of feet you have. It can have enormous repercussions all the way up your spine.
One of the best ways to avoid this injury and to keep a current injury from getting more pronounced is to take palliative measures involving stretching and strengthening exercises to heart.
The best 5 exercises to deal with plantar fasciitis are:
- Arch stretches—While seated, place one foot over your lap and pull the toes back to stretch out the plantar fascia. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat five times.
- Calf stretches—Facing a wall with one leg forward and one leg back, bend the knee of the front leg and stretch. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat ten times.
- Step stretches—Stand on the edge of a step and gradually lower your heels to produce a stretch in the Achilles tendons and calf muscles. Raise your heels up and repeat this exercise five times.
- Calf strengthening exercises—From a standing position, raise your heels to stretch out your calf muscles. Repeat 5 times
- Toe strengthening exercises—Spread your toes wide and release. You can build up some resistance to push your toes against with the use of an elastic band. Also, perform towel scrunches by placing a small towel on the floor and scrunching it back and forth with your toes.
For plantar fasciitis or any other problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact your podiatrist right away. 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!
A heel spur shows up as a bump on your heel and can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Routine activities like standing and walking can become very uncomfortable. A heel spur often forms in response to the increased pressure and stress caused to the heel by stressful physical activities, footwear choices, and lifestyle habits.
What causes heel spurs to form?
Some of the stressors that can cause heel spurs include the following:
- Tight or loose-fitting footwear—It’s important to wear shoes that are supportive and comfortable. Shoes or other footwear that cause excessive pressure and rubbing or that are loose fitting should be replaced.
- Stressful activities—High impacts from jumping and running can contribute to the formation of heel spurs.
- Obesity—Excess weight on the feet increases the pressure on the heel which contributes to the formation of heel spurs.
- Complications from diabetes—Individuals battling diabetes need to be very careful with their feet since heel spurs and other problems can lead to infection and amputation.
A minor heel spur may go undetected for years, but a more severe case requires intervention. Heel spurs can be treated with custom orthotic inserts that can correct the poor foot mechanics that may have created the pressure that caused the spur to form. Be certain that your shoes are not causing the problem, and get your feet properly measured prior to buying new shoes since your feet can expand with age. Several physical therapies including ultrasound, massage, stretching, and extracorporeal shockwave therapy can alleviate the symptoms of heel spurs.
If conservative treatments are proving to be ineffective, a surgical procedure may be necessary to remove the spur. If you are experiencing complications with a heel spur, 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 foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha provides excellence and comfort in caring for your feet! Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!