Posts for: June, 2019
Gout is a painful condition caused by excessive uric acid build up in the blood, and when acid reaches a tipping point, it can crystallize out into your joints, often striking the large joint of the big toe. Drinking excessive amounts of grain-based alcohol like beer and whiskey can increase uric acid levels. Being under a lot of stress can also trigger a gout attack, and some medicines can have the effect of increasing uric acid and causing gout.
Frequently people feel an itching and burning sensation an hour or two before a gout attack occurs. An attack can also strike at night, and even the slightest brush of your sheet over your big toe can cause intense pain from the uric acid crystals poking into your skin.
How to minimize the pain of a gout attack and prevent future flare-ups:
- Take off your shoes—Remove your footwear and socks to let your feet breathe and avoid added irritation from rubbing.
- Rest, raise, and ice your foot—Decrease your activities, and try not to walk on the foot during an attack. Lie down and elevate your foot on a pillow. Ice applied to the area for fifteen minutes several times a day will help reduce inflammation and pain.
- Avoid drinking alcohol—Avoid drinking alcohol, especially during an attack since it can make the episode more severe and last even longer.
- Avoid eating foods that contain purines—Fatty foods, shrimp, lobster, and organ meats are high in purines and should be minimized or avoided.
- Take ibuprofen—or other pain medicine to decrease discomfort and inflammation.
If you are experiencing ongoing and debilitating gout attacks, see your foot doctor for the proper care. 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!
While there are many people with flat feet, often times they won’t even know it; however, there are others with flat feet that regularly experience pain, soreness, and other problems. While flat feet is rarely considered a serious issue, if you are dealing with problems as a result of your flat feet it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist who can offer up ways to prevent problems.
How to tell if you have flat feet
If the arches of your feet touch the floor when you stand then you have flat feet. The arches of our feet don’t actually develop until around the age of six; however, sometimes flat feet develop due to injury or repeated stress on the feet.
Symptoms of flat feet
The most common symptom of flat feet is foot pain that originates in the heels and arches. You may find that the pain gets worse when standing or moving for long periods of time. Those who are physically active may experience pain more regularly. Sometime swelling on the inside of the foot or ankle may also occur.
Potential complications of flat feet
Since flat feet can be responsible for misalignments, this can lead to ankle and knee problems. If you are noticing foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back pain then you will want to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find out what’s going on.
Treating flat feet
If you aren’t experiencing pain or other issues then you won’t require any treatment for your flat feet. While we can’t fix flat feet our podiatrist can provide you with simple solutions to reduce pain and discomfort associated with faulty biomechanics within the feet. Common ways to prevent flat foot-related pain include:
- Using arch supports in your shoes, which can take pressure off the arches and provide cushioning and support when standing or moving.
- Performing certain stretching exercises prescribed by a podiatrist. There are specific exercises designed to stretch the Achilles tendon to alleviate and prevent foot pain.
- Wearing the appropriate footwear that provides further arch support. Shoes that are old and worn, as well as certain styles such as sandals or flip-flops won’t provide your feet with the proper support they need.
- Undergoing physical therapy if you are dealing with foot pain due to overuse injuries, which is common among athletes. Physical therapy can help strengthen certain ligaments, tendons and muscles of the feet and ankles to prevent excessive wear and tear, as well as pain and soreness in the arches and heels.
If you are dealing with pain due to flat feet and can’t seem to get your discomfort under control then you will want to talk with a podiatrist who can recommend certain exercises, proper footwear, and custom orthotics to improve the health of your feet. Talk to a podiatrist today.
Metatarsal syndrome is a common ailment that causes the ball of the foot to become swollen and painful. Since the ball of your foot absorbs much of the stress and pressure when you are walking and playing sports, injury to the metatarsal bones, tendons, and tissues of the three middle toes can be very debilitating and requires proper treatment from your foot doctor.
Swelling in the ball of the foot can be caused by the following:
- Improper shoes. Shoes like high heels that scrunch your toes together can be a source of pain in the metatarsal area.
- Being too heavy. Carrying excess pounds puts additional stress on the ball of the foot.
- Foot neuroma. Characterized by fibrous tissue that most grows between the third and fourth metatarsal bones, causing pain and discomfort in the ball of the foot.
- Stress (or hairline) fractures in the toe bones may contribute to symptoms.
- Heredity. Some inherited foot shapes, such as having a high arch, or a second toe that is longer than the big toe can shift weight onto the ball of the foot.
- Training and playing hard. Playing high impact sports such as tennis and basketball can cause injury to the ball of the foot and metatarsal bones.
- Radiating issues from other foot problems like hammertoes and bunions often adversely affect the metatarsals and can cause pain in the ball of the foot.
- Arthritis can also contribute to pain in the ball of the foot.
If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the ball of your foot, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with 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!
Blisters on your feet are caused by a combination of the temperature, sweat, and friction inside your footwear. Any skin irritation is exacerbated by footwear that isn’t properly fitted. If your footwear is too tight or too loose it can add to the tendency for blisters to develop.
If you notice a blister developing, removing the source of friction and carefully draining the blister without popping it will help to prevent it from worsening. Apply an antibiotic and cover the insulate the blistered area to help avoid future rubbing. You can avoid blister formation with some simple steps.
These actions will help prevent blisters from developing on your feet:
- Look for “hot spots”—Areas of the skin on your feet that are prone to blistering will first become red and irritated and feel hot and painful. Look for these areas and notice the corresponding area inside your shoes to see if there is a part of your shoe that is causing the friction. Placing a moleskin paid over the red area will help insulate it from the rubbing. Change to shoes that don’t rub on the hot spots, as outlined in the next tip.
- Wear properly fitted, supportive, and comfortable shoes— High heels and other shoes that push your toes together and rub on your feet increase irritation and blister formation. Always have your feet properly measured and buy shoes that are comfortable and supportive. Shoes with a wide toe box will help to avoid rubbing and blistering.
- Drink plenty of healthy fluids to stay properly hydrated—It’s important to maintain proper hydration so your feet don’t become swollen. Drink fluids before, during, and after hard work, sports, and exercise to keep balanced and to avoid blister formation.
For blisters that aren’t healing properly or if you notice signs of infection see your foot doctor to determine the cause. 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!
Skin cancer is widely known to affect areas of the body that are regularly exposed to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation like the arms, hands, face, and neck. Unfortunately, even areas of your body that don’t get a lot of UV exposure can develop cancerous skin lesions since they can also be caused by chemicals and viruses.
Cancers of the feet and ankle can be the most deadly because they often go undetected until the cancer has spread. Different types of skin growths can look similar so it’s a good idea to have any anomalies like warts, eczema, and fungal or bacterial infections checked by your foot doctor to make sure they are not malignant.
2 types of cancer that can occur on your feet include the following:
- Basal cell carcinoma—Basal cell skin cancer is not as potentially deadly as melanoma since it rarely spreads far beyond the place that it first appears. The lesions also happen on the surface and can look like small open cuts or shiny lumps. Even though this cancer isn’t very aggressive it can still cause localized problems when not treated early enough.
- Melanoma—This is often the most deadly of cancers because it can have a limited surface area but continue to grow inward where it can go undetected and spread to other parts of the body. Malignant melanoma can occur underneath the toenails where it can be very difficult to identify and it can have a similar appearance to moles, blood blisters, and other skin conditions, so don’t take any chances.
Since cancerous skin growths can look like other benign skin conditions be sure to see your foot doctor 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!