Posts for: October, 2018
As you get older, all those years of walking, running, dancing, and standing takes a toll. While completely natural, age-related changes to the form and function of your feet and ankles are inevitable. But you can minimize and postpone many of these effects with proper care and regular visits to your foot doctor.
5 foot and ankle problems that are likely to occur with age:
- Joint problems—Arthritic conditions tend to worsen as we age and often affect toe and ankle joints, causing considerable pain and discomfort.
- Your feet get larger—Due to the effects of gravity and pressure over time, the tendons and ligaments in your feet will gradually loosen as you age. Your arch will flatten and the overall length of your foot will increase considerably. Always have your feet properly measured each time you buy shoes to ensure they offer the proper support and cushioning. Custom orthotic inserts can help with a variety of foot and ankle problems.
- Your toenails get thicker—Nail growth slows down as we age and hormone and circulation changes will cause them to become more brittle and much thicker. This can make them harder to trim properly, increasing the chances of ingrown toenails and fungal toenail infections.
- Infections—Your immune response weakens as you get older and fungal and bacterial infections become harder to fight.
- Dry skin—Dehydration becomes more of a problem as you age, so be sure to drink plenty of healthy fluids throughout the day. Drying skin increases the formation of calluses and heel fissures on your feet.
If you are experiencing age-related foot and ankle 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. Dr. Zahid Ladha, our dedicated podiatrist, delivers high-quality podiatric care for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Having the feeling that your feet are on fire can cover a range of discomfort from a minor pain to a raging forest fire that keeps you up all night. Many different problems can cause the sensation of burning, numbing, and tingling in your feet.
Peripheral artery disease, which reduces blood flow to the feet, can create the sensation that your feet are on fire. Skin infections can also be a major cause and general fatigue after being on your feet all day can make your feet feel hot and bothered.
Diagnosing the actual cause of burning feet can be quite complicated. Since this condition is often an indication of nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), it can be very difficult to pinpoint the cause without the expert help of your podiatrist.
Here are some additional causes of a burning sensation in your feet:
- Chemotherapy complications
- Nerve compression
- Athlete’s foot/fungal infection
- Charcot foot disease
- Kidney problems
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Diabetes complications
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- HIV complications
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Lyme disease
If the onset of the sensation happened rapidly and persists for several days it could be the sign of a severe problem. In the most severe cases, it is possible to lose all sensation in your feet and toes. It’s even possible that the sense of burning will move to other areas of your body.
If you are experiencing complications with burning feet, see your podiatrist for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha delivers high-quality care and treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
What Causes Warts?
Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.
An HPV Infection
Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.
Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.
Breaks in Your Skin
HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.
A Weak Immune System
In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!
It seems to be human nature that many folks wait until a serious problem is evident before seeking treatment for foot and ankle conditions. One way to head off potential problems with your toenails is to always give them a thorough inspection when you are trimming or polishing them. Check for a thickening and yellowing of the nail that may indicate a fungal toenail infection. Oozing, redness, and swelling at the edge of a toenail may be a sign of an ingrown toenail problem.
The 2 main causes of toenail problems:
- Ingrown toenails—Proper nail cutting technique will avoid many cases of this condition, so always try to cut your toenails as straight across as possible. Cutting your nails on a curve can create conditions for the edge of the nail to push into the tender skin. Avoid tight-fitting shoes since these can exacerbate the problem by pushing the toes into each other and by causing friction against the inside of your shoes.
- Fungal toenail infections—A fungal toenail infection is caused by the same organisms that cause athlete’s foot. Fungi love the dark, moist environment that is created inside your shoes, and when the fungi find their way underneath your toenails, it can be very hard to get rid of them. Topical and internal antifungal meds can be very effective and laser treatment is also available for difficult infections.
If you are experiencing problems with your toenails, see your podiatrist to find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha treats a variety of foot and ankle issues for his patients by providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Having smelly foot odor is hard to combat since your feet contain a huge number of sweat glands. In fact, each foot has thousands of them. While sweat all by itself is not a significant cause of odor, the microscopic organisms that feed on your sweat create a bad odor. So keeping the moisture under control will help to keep the bugs at bay. Fungicides and antibacterials will also help.
What causes foot odor?
- Moisture, bacteria, and fungi—Sweat isn’t really the cause of the bad smell. It’s caused by the bacteria or fungi that feed on the sweat and secrete the odor as part of their metabolism. Always dry your shoes thoroughly and switch them out every other day. This will help to kill the bacteria and fungi.
- Skin and toenail conditions—Fungi that cause athlete’s foot and fungal toenail infections can be a particularly stinky cause of foot odor.
- Hyperhidrosis—This skin condition is responsible for extreme sweating episodes that often occur under the arms, on the palms, and on the bottom of the feet. Because of the excess moisture, bacteria and fungi will have an easier time propagating, and hence the odor will be harder to control.
To keep your feet smelling better, try these tips:
Wearing shoes made out of breathable material such as canvas or Gortex will allow moisture to evaporate more efficiently. Washing your feet daily with warm water and an antibacterial cleanser will also help. Be sure to dry your feet carefully, especially between the toes where moisture and microorganisms can flourish.
For foot odor that persists after conservative treatments, see your foot doctor since it may be caused by an underlying condition. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center 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!