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Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
A pedicure is a great way to relax after a long day on your feet. A well-done home pedicure can help you cleanse and soften your skin, calm inflammation, and prevent the development of foot odor, corns, calluses, fungal nails, Athlete’s Foot, and other common fungal problems. Here are some great ways to maintain the health and beauty of your feet without ever setting foot in a salon.
Begin your home pedicure with a soothing foot soak, keeping your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes. Gentle soap, epsom salts, and essential oils can be added to help your feet smell fresh. After you’ve soaked your feet, exfoliate dead skin with a pumice stone, emery board, or body scrub.
Before trimming your toenails, push back your cuticles with a Hindu stone or an orange stick. Be sure to trim each toe straight across rather than in a curved pattern, as this helps prevent ingrown toenails. Then, file the edges of each nail, maintaining the straight shape. Be sure that you can always see a few millimeters of skin along each nail’s margin.
Massage a dime-sized dollop of lotion or moisturizing cream into your foot, focusing first on your cuticles and nail margins. Then, massage the rest of your foot, rubbing your arches, heels, ankles, and any other sore areas. Excellent self-massage techniques include:
- rubbing your thumbs over the skin in small circular motions
- pushing two thumbs up and down in opposite directions (known as cross-fiber friction)
- kneading your balled fist into the arch of your foot
- rubbing in-between each individual toe
- rolling your feet back and forth over a bottle, rolling pin, or round ball
For more professional foot care tips, visit Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Selecting a practical, comfortable, and work-appropriate wardrobe can feel like a job in and of itself, especially when it comes to your shoes. Studies show that as many as 9 out of 10 women wear shoes too small for their feet, and 8 out of 10 women report that their shoes are painful. Even a seemingly innocuous pair of professional shoes can leave you with soreness, blisters, and bunions by the end of a long day at the office!
Here are a few tips for navigating the store aisles and making the best choices for women’s shoes (while still retaining your sense of style):
They may be flattering, leg-elongating, and chic, but high heels unfortunately host a wide array of women’s foot problems. By putting pressure on a narrow area of the foot, high heels contribute to back and knee problems, shortened calf muscles, and an uneven gait. This makes wearers more prone to potential injuries such as ankle sprains or fractures.
If you can’t resist the allure of high heels, podiatrists like Dr. Zahid Ladha recommend well-fitted walking pumps with wide heels no higher than two inches. To minimize foot damage, it’s a good idea to alternate between your heels and well-supported walking shoes whenever possible.
While flats are a more optimal choice for your feet than high heels, there are still many choices to consider. Foot doctors recommend searching for flats that feature:
- round versus pointed toes
- laces versus slip-ons
- a wide space for your toes
- a rubber or composition sole
- a comfortable, spacious fit (no pinching or rubbing)
Nylon stockings retain heat and moisture, making them a breeding ground for fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot. They also inhibit foot and toe movement, leading to hammertoes and ingrown toenails. It is best to avoid wearing pantyhose or stockings whenever possible. If they are an essential part of your wardrobe, look for stockings that fit securely and don’t slide around on your foot.
For more professional guidance on women’s foot health, book an appointment with Foot First Podiatry, located in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best medical care for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
The warm weather is here and the basketballs are bouncing around the courts! First sign of spring brings the energy to get out here and play a hard game of Basketball. Foot First Podiatry in New Albany understands the game and can bring you safety tips so you don’t end up out of commission for the season.
- Wide shoe box allows room to wiggle so blisters, corns and calluses remain at bay.
- Light Weight sneakers are good for breathing as to avoid athlete’s foot.
- Well cushioned midsoles absorb shock and promote stability
- Firm heels fit snuggly and keep the heel in place.
- Laces give closure and the ability to adjust tightness.
- Stretching is a key in Basketball as it is most demanding with its twists and turns. Before you put your muscles to work you need to stretch them so they don’t tear. Start with a quick warm up then a few simple stretches without bouncing!
- Conditioning gives you the strength you need to make the right moves without injuring yourself. You need to be in shape to handle the demand that Basketball puts on your body.
- Ankle sprains are one of the most common and usually are a result of a fast twist or roll beyond the normal range of motion. This injury will usually heal without surgery and only requires the RICE method. Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate.
- Achilles Tendonitis occurs when the tendon becomes inflamed from repeated stress. It can be quite painful while it swells up and becomes stiff. This injury can also tear the tendon which can add several weeks to recovery and may lead to surgery depending on the severity of the tear.
- Plantar Fasciitis which effects the heel ligament. The ligament becomes inflamed and the symptoms may take a while to go away. Non-surgical treatment, like rest and ice, can usually tackle this one.
Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is well versed in team sports and the injuries that can occur during a hard play or just a simple accident on the court. If you have injured your feet or ankles playing basketball or any other sport call us at 812-945-9221 and schedule an appointment. Don’t let common injuries keep you off the court!
Spring has arrived and perhaps we didn’t accomplish our winter health goals as much as we had planned. If you have joined a gym and are increasing your weekly aerobic exercise to shed those unwanted winter pounds you may want to educate yourself on foot safety before tackling the challenge.
Warm Up First!
Even your toes and feet need to get with the program before jumping in.
- Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground directly in front of you. Lift your leg off the ground (one at a time) and make circles in the air by using your big toe as the focal point. Move for 20 to 30 seconds in clockwise direction. Repeat with other foot.
- Stand flat foot on the ground and hold on to a sturdy surface. With your feet beside each other rock your feet forward and backward as far as your muscles will allow without straining yourself.
- Standing up straight with your feet beside each other, take your right toe and place it beside the heel of your left foot and softly push forward towards the floor to gently stretch your arch.
- If you are not careful you can develop some minor ailments that will slow you down and could potentially interrupt your flow. For example; Athlete’s foot, Blisters, Corns, Calluses, Heel Pain
Stay Mobile and Coordinated!
- Rhythmical moves that slowly expand your range of motion gives your tissues energy and enhances your coordination so you are less likely to fall. If you lack coordination for a certain class you should find one that suits your ability and gain experience first. After you have achieved some new goals then go back and try that class again.
Start Slow and Adapt!
- Increase your intensity as your body gets warm and flexible. If you are tired and jump right in then your energy will drain quickly and you will feel defeated. Adapt your body and mind to the exercise you are doing and you will be more likely to relax and do it correctly.
These points eventually lead to less injuries and better performance which leads to making your goal. If you are thinking of trying a more intense routine or if you are getting back in shape after a long break you should contact Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. in New Albany, Indiana at 812-945-9221 and make an appointment for a foot examination before you start your new work out plan. Foot First Podiatry will help you make goals for a healthy body and feet!