Posts for: July, 2018
Foot care is something that is important to your overall well-being and is something that is often overlooked. There are some basic guidelines you can follow in order to keep your feet healthy and feeling good.
1. Don’t ignore unusual pain. If you are feeling a constant pain in your feet, it’s important to call your podiatrist immediately. They can help identify any pain and develop a treatment plan to make sure that your feet are healthy.
2. Inspect your feet regularly. It’s easy to ignore irregularities around your feet, which is why it’s important to keep an eye on them. It’s important to be sure that there aren’t any drastic changes in color or temperature, and to make sure that your toenails aren’t too thick or discolored. Also be sure to pay attention to cracks or cuts in the skin, and to make sure that there aren’t any growths on your feet.
3. Keep proper foot hygiene. It’s important to wash your feet regularly, even between the toes, and make sure that the foot is totally dry. It’s also important to regularly trim toenails. Be careful to only trim nails straight across and not on the sides or corners to avoid ingrown toenails. If you are a person with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems, be sure to go to your podiatrist when trimming toenails in order to avoid infection.
4. Get proper fitting shoes. When purchasing shoes, try to go later in the day when your feet are at their largest and make sure to replace worn out shoes. Make sure that the shoes you pick are the correct shoe for whatever activities you are engaging in. Also, it’s important to not wear the same pair of shoes or socks multiple days in a row.
5. Avoid walking barefoot. When walking around barefoot, your feet are more prone to injury.
6. Don’t forget your feet! When wearing sandals, it’s very important to apply sunscreen to your feet as well as the rest of your body!
Following these guidelines will help keep your feet happy and healthy, and in turn help your overall well-being!
While many people are under the impression that osteoarthritis, caused by bone loss, is primarily a disease that affects women, but in reality, men are also susceptible, but usually show symptoms later in life and not as quickly as those experienced by postmenopausal women. And despite the fact that men have fewer fractures in the feet and ankles from osteoarthritis, their injuries are likely to be more disabling and possibly life-threatening than for women.
4 Interesting facts about bone loss
- Twenty percent of men over the age of fifty will experience an osteoarthritis linked bone breakage in their lifetime, with many of those happening to the feet and ankles. A stress fracture in the foot is very often an early sign of osteoporosis. Nearly one-third of all hip fractures actually occur in men.
- Men will experience bone loss as they age, but not as fast as women do, especially during menopause.
- Doctors often do not check on bone health for men at the same rate that they do for women in patients that have been admitted for fractures from falls or accidents.
- Men who are being treated for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, celiac disease, depression and cancer should also be evaluated bone loss.
Risk factors for bone loss include smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages, a genetic predisposition, Parkinson’s disease, and MS (multiple sclerosis). Many medications are also known to increase bone loss.
If you are concerned about foot complications from bone loss or any other foot or ankle problem, always enlist the services of a skilled podiatrist to 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, 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!
While we often think of skin cancer as affecting areas of the body that are most often exposed to the sun like your hands, face, and neck, you should also check your feet and ankles for signs of skin cancer since these tumors can be caused by chemicals and viruses, as well as from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light.
Three of the most common skin cancers that can occur on your feet include:
Basal cell cancer—Although this type of cancer is considered to be one of the least aggressive it is still important to have any lesions, bumps, or recurring wounds inspected by your foot specialist to ensure they are not malignant.
Squamous cell cancer—This is one of the varieties of skin cancer that frequently mimics other skin conditions, especially plantar warts, eczema and foot fungus. Squamous cell cancer grows very slowly and doesn’t start to spread until after it has reached an advanced stage. You will not notice any pain with this type of cancer, but it can cause severe itching.
Malignant melanoma—This is, unfortunately, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer because it can go unnoticed and grow into the surrounding tissue where it can then spread to other parts of the body through the lymph nodes. Melanomas can also occur on the soles and balls of the feet and under the toenails. These cancers often look like bruises, warts, moles, or blood blisters.
Cancers on the feet often look like other skin conditions, so it is essential to have an exam done by your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis. 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!
When most people think about foot deformities they most often think about bunions; however, hammertoes are just as common. This unassuming deformity comes about gradually, so you may not even notice it until it’s too late. “What is a hammertoe?” You might be wondering. A hammertoe affects the middle joint of a toe (often the smaller toes), causing the toe to bend downward. In severe cases, a hammertoe will look almost claw-like.
There are two kinds of hammertoes: flexible and rigid. As you might imagine, a flexible hammertoe is one in which you can still straighten the toe out. If you aren’t able to straighten the affected toe then this is a rigid hammertoe. A flexible hammertoe isn’t as serious as a rigid one; however, it’s important that you take care of your hammertoe to make sure that it doesn’t get worse.
While there is no way to cure a hammertoe there are simple measures you can take to prevent it from progressing. First and foremost, you need to take a look at the shoes you are wearing and make sure that they aren’t too tight. When you slip your feet into your shoes, does it cause your toes to bunch up against one another? If so then this could make your hammertoe worse.
Instead, opt for shoes with an ample toe box, which will allow your toes to wiggle and move around freely. If you have a structural imbalance within the foot this can leave you prone to foot problems such as hammertoes and bunions. To correct this imbalance, talk to your foot doctor about getting custom orthotics (shoe inserts), which can be placed into your shoes to help provide cushioning, support, and shock absorption for your feet.
If pain or stiffness does rear its ugly head you can choose to take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen, which can tackle both pain and inflammation in one fell swoop, or you can place a towel-wrapped ice pack (never put ice directly on the skin, as it can cause severe burns) over the area for several minutes.
Just as you can buy pads to cover a bunion or callus, you can also buy a non-medicated protective pad to cover over a hammertoe. Since the deformed toe joint juts out this can leave the toe prone to calluses, which can cause pain when wearing shoes. To prevent a callus from forming, you can apply a protective pad over the deformed toe joint before putting on shoes.
Of course, if you are dealing with significant or frequent pain, or if the hammertoe is rigid, then you will want to turn to a podiatric specialist. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to correct the disfigured joint.
A primary aspect of proper foot care is the prevention of foot and ankle problems from happening or worsening. While the importance of regular foot inspections, the wearing of properly fitted shoes, and maintaining health through strength and flexibility exercises are essential, another excellent way to ensure the health of your feet and ankles is through the use of custom-made orthotic inserts. These inserts can be used in addition to corrective shoes to add support and to treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems.
Custom orthotic shoe inserts alleviate a variety of problems
● Pain abatement—The cushioning and isolation provided by custom orthotic inserts can help relieve the pain from many conditions including corns, calluses, and high arch related conditions such as plantar fasciitis.
● Stabilization—Balance braces and devices that help with balance and ankle wobbling can be instrumental in preventing falls in the elderly and in diabetic patients.
● An alternative to surgery—Proper placement of orthotics by your podiatrist can eliminate the need for more invasive procedures requiring a surgical intervention.
● Correction of abnormal foot structure—Bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, tendonitis, flat feet, and high arches, can all be treated with the addition of custom orthotic inserts.
● Treatment of diabetic foot problems—The combination of specially designed footwear with custom orthotic inserts can prevent diabetic foot ulcers and other injuries that may lead to infection and eventual amputation.
Getting all the benefits out of orthotic inserts requires the services of an experienced podiatrist for the most complete evaluation of your foot structure and movement. 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!