Posts for: May, 2019
The condition known as the hammertoe deformity is so named due to the bending that happens to one or more of your middle toe joints that causes the toes to take on the shape of a hammer. When the bend occurs at the end to joint, the result is a mallet toe.
Hammertoes are largely caused by a genetic imbalance between the tiny tendons and small muscles that normally hold the toe in the proper position but it can be exacerbated by tightly fitting footwear like high-heeled shoes.
Since hammertoes have a tendency to worsen over time, see your foot doctor when you first notice the problem for the easiest and least painful treatment.
5 of the more conservative treatments for hammertoes include the following:
- The right shoes—Properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box will eliminate the pressure that is contributing to the bending of the toes and will also provide room for pads and inserts.
- Custom orthotic inserts—Your foot doctor can create custom shoe inserts to help control the imbalance between the toe muscle and tendon that is causing the toe to bend in the shape of a hammer.
- Pain relief medications—Anti-inflammatory medications including Tylenol and ibuprofen can be taken in moderation to reduce pain and swelling.
- Physical therapy exercises— A great way to increase the strength and flexibility of your toes is with a variety of physical therapy exercises. Consult with your foot doctor for a comprehensive routine.
- Insulating pads—Pads for corns can be placed on the top of hammertoes to help insulate the toes from rubbing on the inside of your shoes.
Hammertoes that are more advanced and that have become rigid and painful will probably require surgery to straighten them out.
If you are experiencing complications with hammertoes, 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, 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!
Having dead and hardened skin on your feet can be uncomfortable and unsightly and can also make it difficult to walk around in footwear without pain from the calluses rubbing on your shoes.
You can treat small calluses with a pumice stone or file and apply moisturizer to soften the skin, but properly removing the dead skin of large calluses can be hard to manage without cutting into your living skin and causing bleeding. For this reason, you should have your foot doctor remove cracked and hardened skin to help avoid injury and infection.
Ways to treat calluses on your feet include:
- Using custom orthotic inserts to redirect stress and pressure—Custom made orthotic inserts are created to mold to your precise foot shape. They can be used to treat many foot conditions and when properly placed they will direct pressure away from calluses.
- Shaving and debriding the dry and damaged skin—Your podiatrist is best qualified to do this procedure using a special debriding tool to remove dead skin while causing a minimum of bleeding.
- Peeling with strong acid solution in combination with debriding—Maximum strength salicylic acid solution is applied to soften the skin and make it easier to remove with some of the other methods.
- Surgery may be needed in severe cases—In cases where a concurrent abnormality like a bunion or hammertoe is contributing to callus formation, your foot doctor may need to perform a surgical procedure to fix the underlying condition.
If you need help treating calluses on your feet, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will lead you to the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center 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!
People tend to have many misconceptions when it comes to what should or should not be done when taking care of a broken or severely injured toe. A major myth about a broken toe is that the toe can’t be broken if you can walk on it, but this is not true, especially in the case of a stress fracture or minor break which may only be present with intermittent pain.
You may be able to treat a minor toe injury by resting and avoiding continued pressure on the toe, but if swelling and pain persist for more than a day or two, see your foot doctor for the proper evaluation and treatment. Treating a broken toe properly is necessary to help prevent future complications including arthritis and constant pain. If a broken toe is reset in a bent position, surgery may be needed to straighten it out.
3 treatments for a broken or severely sprained toe may include the following:
- Specially made inserts, splints, and braces—These custom made orthotic devices can be used to isolate, support, and cushion the affected toe. You may also need specially designed shoes with a wide toe box area and extra room for the supports.
- Immobilization with a rigid plastic boot—A rigid boot may have to be worn to completely immobilize the foot and protect the injured toe.
- Taping—A broken or severely sprained toe can be taped to an adjoining toe to help prevent movement.
If you need help treating a broken toe, see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center 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!
Are you dealing with pain, burning, tingling or numbness between your toes or in the ball of the foot? If you said “yes” then you could be dealing with a neuroma, a pinched nerve or benign tumor of the nerve that is often found between the third and fourth toes.
The classic symptom of a neuroma is pain, particularly when walking—a factor that leads many people to liken the condition to feeling like a pebble is in their shoe. You may find that the pain eases up whenever you aren’t walking or when you rub the pained area with your hands. While neuromas can happen to anyone, they are most commonly found in women.
While the causes of a neuroma are still not clear, there are factors that can increase the likelihood of developing one, such as:
- Extremely high arches
- Flat feet
- Trauma that leads to nerve damage in the feet
- Improper footwear (high heels over two-inches tall; pointed toes)
- Repeated stress placed on the foot
Treating a Neuroma
A neuroma will not go away on its own, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing any of the condition's symptoms. The type of treatment or treatments recommended to you will depend on the severity of the neuroma.
Those with minor neuromas may be able to lessen symptoms by wearing shoes that provide ample room for the toes and offer thick soles that provide more support and cushioning for the toes and balls of the feet. Sometimes a podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to place inside the shoes, as well.
Your podiatrist may also recommend padding or taping the ball of the foot to improve faulty biomechanics and reduce discomfort. While medication will not eliminate the problem, it can temporarily alleviate symptoms. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can often briefly reduce pain and swelling, but for those dealing with more severe pain, steroid injections may be necessary to ease symptoms.
Surgery for a Neuroma
Surgery only becomes necessary when conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief, or when the neuroma has progressed enough that conservative care won’t be enough. During surgery, the inflamed nerve is removed through a simple outpatient procedure. Afterward, there is a short recovery period of a couple of weeks before patients are able to move about pain-free once again!
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If you are dealing with new or worsening foot pain it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist that can help give you the answers you need. Schedule an appointment today.
Stress fractures (or hairline fractures) often occur in people who participate in vigorous exercise and sports that involve a lot of repetitive stress and pounding. These fractures are also more likely to occur in people who rapidly increase the intensity of an exercise program without allowing time for the bones, muscles, tendons, and other tissues to become accustomed to the newly added pressure.
Stress or hairline fractures can occur gradually, and it may not be obvious that a fracture is what is causing the problem since these types of fractures can mimic other conditions or be hidden by additional injuries. A complete exam with your podiatrist involving MRI scans is essential for determining the actual source of the problem
Treatment of a stress fracture involves the following:
- Immobilize the foot with a rigid boot—An immobilizing walking boot may be needed to isolate the injury and prevent it from moving around so that proper healing can occur.
- Physical therapy strengthening and flexing exercises—A variety of low stress physical therapy exercises can be employed to strengthen the injured area without causing further injury.
- Slowly add activities— Once the initial healing is complete, gradually reintroduce activities such as exercising, and sports under the advice of your podiatrist to help avoid another injury.
- Surgical intervention—Surgery involving pins and hardware may be needed for severe hairline fractures and proper recovery will take many months.
If you have symptoms of a stress fracture in your foot or ankle, 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, 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!