Posts for: August, 2018
Bunions are one of the most common foot problems, with close to 25 percent of adults experiencing this condition at some point in their lives. Bunions are created when the big toe pushes into the other toes instead of pointing forward, causing a bump to grow on the outside of the big toe joint. Bunions grow slowly and can go on for years without causing any major complications. Any minor pain and discomfort can often be addressed with the right footwear and other treatments. For more severe cases, surgery may be required at some point.
If you can perform your daily activities without severe foot pain, then the following non-surgical suggestions and treatments for bunions may be sufficient:
- Proper footwear - Choose footwear that has a wider toe box so the bunion doesn’t rub on the inside causing irritation, blistering, and pain. Tight-fitting shoes like high heels should be avoided since they push your toes together.
- Pads and cushioning - These can isolate the bunion and avoid the friction that causes blisters.
- Reduce swelling and pain - Icing the bunion and foot several times a day will help to decrease swelling, and pain medication like ibuprofen should be taken in moderation.
- Rest your feet with less stressful exercises - Remove some of the stress on your feet by switching to exercises such as biking and swimming.
- Custom made orthotic inserts - can help shift some of the pressure off of the bunion.
- Toe splints and braces - These devices are worn at night to pull the big toe into the proper alignment.
Bunion pain and discomfort that persists and prevents you from participating in and enjoying your daily activities may require surgery to straighten out the toe.
If you are experiencing bunion problems, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center 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!
A toe can become injured and broken in many different ways. You could drop a heavy object such as a laptop computer on your foot. You might slam your toe into a curb while crossing the street, or perhaps you have suffered a repetitive stress injury to the foot from playing in sporting activities and doing hard training exercises that accumulate stress over time, causing one or more of your toes to experience a stress fracture.
Is it a severe or minor toe fracture?
A severe toe fracture may include the following symptoms:
- Severely bent or disfigured and the bone may protrude from the skin
- Bleeding or an open wound may be evident
- Tingling and numbing may be noticed
- Fever or chills, which can indicate a more severe injury
A severe toe fracture should receive prompt medical attention and requires the use of a cast or splint. Sometimes minor surgery is needed to remove bone and tissue fragments and to repair any damage. A broken toe will usually heal in five to six weeks or longer if surgery is necessary.
A minor toe fracture will show the following symptoms:
- Intense pain and swelling
- Bruised and broken skin and discoloration of the toenail
- Severe pain when trying to move the toe
A minor toe fracture will usually heal on its own without any major complications. Immobilizing the broken toe by taping it to the adjacent toe and separating the toes with cotton or cloth will keep them from rubbing together.
If you are experiencing complications with a broken toe, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help get you back on your feet. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our expert foot doctor, Zahid Ladha, DPM, is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
If you are suffering from pain in your foot that doesn’t have an obvious cause, you may be experiencing a stress fracture. The pain from this type of fracture can come and go, and often is increased during specific foot movements which can help your foot doctor determine the location of the break.
Stress fractures are usually small cracks in the bone that are caused by the repeated stress and pressure to the foot that comes with work, exercise and sports. Deterioration of bones from osteoporosis and arthritis can also increase the occurrence of stress fractures.
Some other factors that can increase the possibility of suffering a stress fracture include:
- Starting an exercise program too quickly—The sudden jolt to your bones from starting a new exercise program can be enough to cause a stress fracture which is why you should always start off slowly and gradually to increase your strength and endurance without causing injury.
- Nutrient deficiencies—Your bones need calcium and vitamins for proper growth. Bones can become weakened from a lack of these vital nutrients which will increase the chances of developing a stress fracture.
- Arch support—People who have stiff arches or flat feet are more susceptible to stress fractures, so be certain to have any arch problems corrected with the help of your foot care professional.
The ephemeral pain that a stress fracture induces will increase during activity and subside when the stress and weight are removed from the foot. You may also experience bruising and swelling in the area of the pain.
Stress fractures can be hard to diagnose and treat properly and proper treatment is essential to ensure that the bone heals correctly and does not permanently degrade your foot mechanics. If you suspect that you may have suffered a stress fracture to your foot, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center 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!
Are you experiencing numbness, tingling, or discolorations in your feet?
Even though poor circulation isn’t a condition, if you are experiencing poor circulation in your feet this is often a symptom of a much larger issue. This is why it’s important to understand the warning signs of poor circulation and when to see a podiatrist, as many of these conditions can be serious or cause further complications to your health.
Causes of Poor Circulation
There are many reasons why someone may have poor circulation. The most common conditions include:
1. Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
This causes poor circulation in the legs due to a narrowing in the arteries and blood vessels. Over time this condition can cause damage to nerves or tissue. While this condition can occur in younger people, particularly smokers, it’s more common for people over 50 years old to develop PAD.
2. Blood Clots
A blood clot causes a block or restriction in blood flow and can develop anywhere in the body. The most common places for a blood clot include the arms or the legs, which can lead to symptoms of poor circulation. In some cases, a blood clot can cause serious complications such as a stroke.
While this condition does affect blood sugar levels, it is also known to affect circulation within the body. Those with circulation issues may experience cramping in the legs that may get worse when you are active. Those with diabetic neuropathy may experience nerve damage in the legs and feet, as well as numbness or tingling.
4. Raynaud’s Disease
A less common condition, Raynaud’s disease causes chronic cold fingers and feet due to the narrowing of the arteries in the hands and toes. Since these arteries are narrow it’s more difficult for blood to flow to these areas, leading to poor circulation. Of course, you may experience these symptoms in other parts of the body besides your toes or fingers, such as your nose, ears, or lips.
Warning Signs of Poor Circulation
You may be experiencing poor circulation in your feet if you are experiencing these symptoms:
- Pain that may radiate into the limbs
- Tingling (a “pins and needles” sensation)
- Muscle cramping
If you are experiencing symptoms of poor circulation that don’t go away it’s best to play it safe rather than sorry and turn to a podiatric specialist who can provide a proper diagnosis and determine the best approach for improving circulation. Don’t ignore this issue.
A gout attack is an extremely painful occurrence that is caused by the buildup of uric acid in the blood. This acid reaches a critical level that causes it to crystallize into the outer joints of the hands, wrists, knees, the ankle joints, and the most frequently, the joint of the big toe. This big toe pain frequently happens at night and the toe becomes so sensitive to touch that even slightly bumping your toe or just brushing a sheet over your it can an cause severe pain.
This condition of gout is actually a form of arthritis that is caused by eating a diet that increases the production of uric acid in the body. Grain-based alcoholic beverages like bourbon and beer are known to increase uric acid formation in the blood. As soon as the uric acid reaches a certain concentration, just one more drink can bring on an attack. Rich foods that are high in purines such as organ meats, seafood, and fatty steaks can also cause uric acid levels to get out of control.
You can moderate your blood uric acid levels and the chances of a gout attack by avoiding or limiting alcohol and the foods mentioned above, and by consuming low-fat dairy products that have been shown to protect one from getting gout. Drinking a small amount of organic apple cider vinegar or concentrated cherry juice added to a glass of water will also decrease your blood uric acid levels.
Although a gout attack will almost always dissipate over a few days, repeated attacks on the joints can cause permanent damage and decreased mobility, so it’s important to get your uric acid levels under control.
If you are experiencing painful and recurring gout attacks, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is ready to assist you and your feet to improve your foot health. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!