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By Foot First Podiatry Center
December 30, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

An ingrown toenail is a common condition that occurs when the corner of your nail grows into your skin or soft flesh. This condition often affects your big toe. It can result in moderate to severe pain and discomfort, redness, swelling, and serious infection—if not treated correctly.

This means that early treatment for ingrown toenails from Dr. Zahid Ladha here at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, NY, is crucial. This is particularly true for diabetics who are prone to severe complications.

Ingrown Toenail Causes

Multiple factors can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails, including:

  • Improper fitting footwear
  • Genetics
  • Trauma or injury to your toenails
  • Improper clipping of toenails
  • Poor foot hygiene

 

Fortunately, you can try preventing the development of an ingrown toenail with these practical tips:

  • Wearing proper fitting footwear
  • Trimming your toenails straight across
  • Proper foot hygiene
  • Visiting your podiatrist for professional toenail cutting

 

Home Remedies for Ingrown Toenails

To help ease the pain or soreness you may be feeling from an ingrown toenail, you can try these treatment options at home:

  • Soak your affected foot into a mixture of warm water and one to two tablespoons of Epsom salt for around 15 minutes. This must be done three to four times per day. It could help alleviate the pain caused by infection and expel pus from your toe.
  • Lift the toenail from your skin. After a footbath, place clean, small pieces of cotton or dental floss underneath the ingrown corner. This can help the affected nail grow away or above your toe’s skin.
  • Wear comfortable footwear. Make sure that the footwear you are wearing gives enough room for your affected toe to rest.
  • Keep your foot dry.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment. This can help minimize and treat the infection.
  • OTC pain meds. You can take pain relievers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen sodium to help alleviate and reduce the pain.

 

Professional Treatment for Ingrown Toenails

If home remedies don’t seem to help, or if your ingrown toenails continue to worsen, seek treatment from your podiatrist in New Albany, NY. They may offer you treatment solutions such as:

  • Partial removal of the nail. If the condition you are experiencing is serious (accompanied by inflammation, pain, and pus excretion), your podiatrist may cut off or remove the ingrown part of your nail. You’ll be given a local anesthetic before the procedure.
  • Removal of the nail and tissue. If your condition is recurrent, your podiatrist may need to remove a part of your nail together with the tissue beneath it to prevent it from growing inward. A laser or special chemical may be used to kill or eliminate the cells that form your nail.

For Help Treating Ingrown Toenails, Call Us

Dial (812) 945-9221 to arrange a consultation here at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, NY, with your podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha.


By Foot First Podiatry Center
December 15, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the FeetRheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, and it is characterized by joint pain, inflammation, and damage. RA, like other kinds of arthritis, is progressive, which means that symptoms will gradually get worse over time if left untreated. So, how do you know if you might be developing RA in your feet? While a podiatrist can certainly provide you with a definitive diagnosis, here are some telltale signs of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You experience pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the joints of the foot, particularly the toes
  • You experience aching feet, particularly after activity or long periods of standing
  • Some parts of your foot may feel oddly warm to the touch or may emanate heat while the rest of the foot feels normal
  • The joints of the toes and ankles may swell
Symptoms are often mild at first and you may not even think that you have arthritis. Those between the ages of 30 to 60 are more likely to develop RA. You may notice intense flare-ups that are characterized by bouts of remission (in which you don’t experience symptoms). Do not take these symptom-free moments to mean that you are fine. It’s important to see a podiatrist right away if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

What does RA do to the feet and ankles?

Along with painful joints and stiffness, you may also notice other changes to your feet over time. Some of these changes include,
  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Hammertoes and claw toes
  • Bursitis
  • Circulation issues (e.g. atherosclerosis; Raynaud’s phenomena)
How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Since RA is not curable, your podiatrist will focus on crafting a treatment plan that will help to alleviate your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease to prevent severe and irreparable joint damage. Prescription medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are biologics that can reduce inflammation and prevent the progression of the disease.

Of course, there are also lifestyle changes you can make along with taking prescription medication that can also ease symptoms,
  • Warm soaks
  • Custom insoles or orthotics
  • Pain relievers
  • Compression
  • Stretching exercises for the feet
  • Bracing
  • Steroid injections (for targeting severe inflammation)
Surgery is only necessary if there is severe joint or cartilage damage, or if inflamed tissue needs to be removed from around the joint.

Most people with RA will eventually develop foot and ankle problems, which is why it’s important to have a podiatrist on your team that can help you manage your RA effectively.

By Foot First Podiatry Center
December 11, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

Don’t let painful heels get in the way of your daily routine!

Heel pain is a common complaint, particularly in runners; however, you don’t have to be a runner to experience heel pain. If you find yourself wearing high heels regularly or on your feet most of the day for work, then you may also deal with bouts of heel pain. Most cases of heel pain that our New Albany, IN, podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha sees is caused by plantar fasciitis.

Signs of Plantar Fasciitis

While the majority of heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis, this isn’t the only condition that can cause heel pain. You could be dealing with plantar fasciitis if you are experiencing,

  • A stabbing, aching or throbbing pain at the bottom of the heel
  • Stiffness in the heel that you may notice first thing in the morning
  • Heel pain that is worse in the morning or after long periods of inactivity
  • Pain that radiates to the arches of the foot
  • Pain that eases up as you move around

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms Can Last a While

It’s important not to ignore your heel pain, as you’ll find yourself dealing with this problem for far longer than you want. In fact, even with proper rest, it can take weeks or even months for the inflamed tissue in the feet to heal (especially if there are micro-tears present).

Of course, if your heel pain isn’t improving with rest and home care after five days, if heel pain is getting worse or if you can’t put any weight on the foot then it’s important that you schedule an appointment with our New Albany, IN, podiatrist.

Just About Anyone Can Develop Heel Pain

While we often see this problem in athletes, you don’t have to be a physically active person in order to deal with this problem. We also find that people with flat feet or high arches, as well as those who are overweight, are more likely to deal with heel pain. People who are on their feet most of the day for work, as well as those who don’t wear properly cushioned and supportive shoes, may also find themselves dealing with heel pain at some point.

If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis that keeps returning or isn’t responding to home care, then it’s time to see our New Albany, IN, podiatrist as soon as possible. Call Foot First Podiatry at (812) 945-9221 to schedule an immediate evaluation.


By Foot First Podiatry Center
December 01, 2020
Category: Foot Care
What To Do for a High Foot ArchHere’s what you can do to prevent foot pain caused by high arches.

If you have high arches, you may notice them but not experience any problems; however, those with high arches bear more weight on the balls and heels of the feet. Over time, you may develop corns, calluses, hammertoes, painful calf muscles, or foot pain. If you have high arches, a podiatrist can provide you with a variety of ways to support your feet to prevent these problems.

Consider wearing custom orthotics

Orthotics are special devices that are placed inside the shoes to improve stability and to cushion the foot. These devices can reduce shock absorption while standing, walking, or running. While there are over-the-counter orthotics that you can buy, they aren’t specifically designed to fit your feet or treat the issues you’re dealing with.

A podiatrist can provide you with custom-fitted orthotics that can help to support the arches of your feet and distribute weight more evenly among the foot to prevent heel pain and pain in the ball of the foot.

Wear shoes that support your feet

You must be also wearing shoes that can accommodate your high arches, especially if you are on your feet most of the day or participate in physical activities. Those with high arches are prone to stress fractures and ankle sprains, and you must consider shoes that have,
  • A high top that can cushion and support the ankles
  • A spacious toe box that won’t put pressure on the toes or cause irritation to preexisting deformities such as hammertoes or bunions
  • A midsole that has added cushioning to reduce pressure
  • A high-abrasion rubber outsole that will provide more durability (especially important for running shoes and athletic footwear)
If you are prone to Achilles tendonitis because of your high arches you may also look for a shoe that offers a little heel lift, which can take the stress off the Achilles tendon and the arches of the feet.

Talk to your podiatrist about bracing

In some cases, your podiatrist may also recommend bracing the feet and ankles to help stabilize them and provide additional support. If your podiatrist has told you that you also have a drop foot, which means that you have trouble lifting the front of your foot, then bracing may also be a great way to manage this problem and provide a more natural and comfortable gait when walking.

While high arches alone aren’t a cause for concern it can be good to know about potential issues that it can cause along the way so you can take the necessary precautions now to protect your feet. If you are dealing with foot pain or other problems, a podiatrist can help.