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By Foot First Podiatry
March 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   Ankle Pain   Arthritis  

Foot and ankle arthritis can cause crippling pain and stiffness to those areas preventing you from enjoying the life you once knew. There are many treatments available to slow down the progress of arthritis and Foot First Podiatry in New Albany IN can help.

What is Arthritis?

It is a painful inflammation and immobilization of the joints. It affects us more as we age and its symptoms reduce our activity.  While the possibilities of curing arthritis are low, there are forms of treatment that can assist with the pain. 

How does this happen?

Beginning as early as your forties, your feet show wear and tear over time. The cartilage between the bones wears down and the bones end up grinding against each other and eventually decreases your movement. It can make walking nearly impossible by the time we enter our sixties and earlier in some cases. Your “aching feet” become more than just a passing phrase.

How can we treat it?

  • You can start with pain relievers to manage the pain as a temporary solution to try and gain more mobility.
  • Over the counter anti -inflammatory drugs will reduce swelling in those joints perhaps long enough to help you sleep.
  • If you purchase arch supports and insert them into your shoes it will relieve some of the pressure.
  • Physical therapy is a great way to loosen the joints and keep them flexible.
  • You can make an appointment with Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. and experiment with steroid injections directly into the joints. If this works you may get relief for a good length of time.
  • Lastly, there are surgical procedures that might be right for you if you ask the doctor.

If arthritis develops (or already has) in your feet and ankles your range of motion will become very limited and this eventually will extinguish your daily activity or at least change it drastically. If your arthritic condition calls for surgery or if you would like a consultation on other forms of treatment call our office at 812-945-9221 and make an appointment. We recommend yearly visits to be sure that things have not changed and to simply check on your pain level. During the year, as an added precaution (and who doesn’t love a foot rub?) it would be wise to get a soothing foot and ankle message for some well needed relief.

The Pokémon Go app has garnered the attention of many people across the country. The mobile game leads people to go outside and explore their neighborhoods in order to collect Pokémon and battle other players. The game allows teens and young adults to live out their childhood fantasies of playing with Pokémon in real life. However, there are some people who have become too absorbed in the game. There have been reports of people bruising their shins and breaking their ankles while trying to catch Pokémon. 

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles,contact Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Everyday foot care is a practice that should be maintained year-round, regardless of the season. There is no denying, however, that the unpredictable wet weather of fall makes it a season where extra care should be taken. Prolonged exposure to moisture and water can create bacterial growth on the feet. Washing and scrubbing cracked feet can help remove dead cells, and the space between toes should be cleaned regularly. Toenails should be kept trimmed to prevent dirt from accumulating and makes cleaning the nails much easier. The feet should always be kept dry and clean, and it is important to wear waterproof shoes if possible when out in the rain.

 Everyday foot care is necessary all year round, regardless of weather. To learn more about daily foot care practices and how to maintain optimal foot health, consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry.Dr. Ladha can answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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NFL player Dee Milliner of the New York Jets suffered a high ankle sprain, ending his season. As a result, Milliner now faces four to six weeks off the field and on the bench to recover. Official details of the diagnosis are yet to be announced; however, the injury’s severe swelling indicates a Grade 2 sprain.

The athlete will unfortunately not partake in the Jets’ first game of the regular season to ensure full recovery from his injury. Most likely covering for Milliner during this period will be cornerbacks Antonio Allen and Ellis Lankster. “We feel confident that it’s healing nicely,” commented Jets coach Rex Ryan on Milliner’s condition.  

Sprained ankles will typically heal correctly when left alone, but sometimes professional help is needed. If you are seeking assistance with a sprained ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer all of your related questions.

How Do Ankle Sprains Happen?

Sprain injuries take place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are various ways that the ankle can become injured. In fact even the simple act of walking could cause a sprain. Ankle damage can occur by losing footing or walking on uneven terrain.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration

How Can I Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers helps. One of the most important things is avoiding further stress to the affected area.

Preventing Sprains

  • Wearing appropriate shoes
  • Stretching before participating in physical activity
  • Knowing your limitations

Sprain Treatment

Treatment of a sprain depends on its severity.  Many times people are told to rest and remain off their feet while others are given an air cast, which allows you to walk while stabilizing the ankle. 

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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To treat and prevent bunions, the Daily News’s Running Doc has listed several methods available for choosing. Bunions are characterized by large bone bumps that form along the inner portion of the Great toe’s first joint. Angled laterally, the great toe faces the other toes in a deformed manner. The bump may swell or become red and sore, and the skin existing around the base of the toe may thicken. To decrease the pace of bunion progression, avoid wearing high heels on a regular basis, wear flexible full-length orthotics while running, and wear looser fitting shoes around the toes. Silicone or thin foam toe separators can help correct the position of the toes. If unsuccessful, anti-inflammatories and corrective devices can be used. If all other methods are unsuccessful, bunion surgery may be considered.

Seek treatment immediately to avoid feeling the excessive pain caused by bunions. For medical assistance, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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