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By Foot First Podiatry
May 21, 2018
Category: diabetic foot care

If you have numbing and tingling in your toes and feet you are unfortunately not the only one suffering from these problems. Diabetes affects many millions of people and one of the first major symptoms of diabetes is peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage in the extremities caused by high blood sugar. This nerve damage brought on by abnormal glucose concentrations often causes a loss of sensation in the feet, which is why regular visits to your foot doctor become very important as this chronic condition progresses.

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include the following:

●      Shooting or pins and needles pain

●      Burning feet sensation

●      Numbness

●      Weakening of muscles

●      Poor balance and coordination

●      Inability to detect temperature extremes

Diagnosis and treatment of diabetic neuropathy

There are several ways to detect this condition, and one of the first tests performed by your foot doctor will be a nerve conduction study to determine how efficiently your nerves are sending and receiving messages. Your foot care specialist will also perform a thorough examination to look for potential diabetes-related complications such as ingrown toenails and foot ulcers. It is especially important to see your foot doctor at the first sign of infection or redness to ensure proper wound care and that a gangrenous condition doesn’t develop. This could lead to an amputation of a toe, foot, or even the entire lower leg.

A regular inspection and treatment protocol is vitally important to follow and will include management of blood sugar, and protect your feet from injuries and ulcer development with proper foot support using custom diabetic shoes and orthotic inserts.

If you are experiencing diabetic foot complications, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our expert podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha 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!

 

By Foot First Podiatry
June 02, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Burning Feet   Diabetes   nerve damage  

Do your feet feel like you are walking across the stove? There are several reasons that can cause your feet to burn. Zahid Ladha specialize in burning feet and can offer some information that will help you diagnose and treat your ailments.

Why?

  • Nerve damage can make your feet feel like they are burning since the nerves are going haywire.
  • Fatigue and over exertion can cause temporary burning in your feet.
  • Exposure to certain toxins in drugs and supplements can damage peripheral nerves and blood vessels causing swelling in feet.
  • Vitamin deficiencies in B12 play an important role with the nervous system, therefore lack of this vitamin can contribute to burning.
  • Hypertension is related to blood circulation which can be a contributor as it effects the pulse rate in your feet.
  • Infectious diseases such as HIV and Lyme can create some issues with your feet and burning is among them.

The common thread here is nerve damage or the effects that develop from nerve damage. Either way it is all related to the sensation of burning and tingling whether it be temporary or permanent.  Diabetes is the most dangerous since it can lead to many more conditions.  If you suffer from diabetes and your feet are burning, then you should contact a doctor right away.

Fire snuffers:

  • Exercise has long term effects on curing burning feet. Blood circulation is compromised when burning occurs therefore, getting those limbs moving is essential.
  • Cold foot bath is recommended to cool the feet and temporarily relieve pain.
  • Strong shoe insoles will protect the feet from friction and creates a cushion to minimize pain.
  • Hawthorne and/or thyme are herbs that help increase blood flow and dilate the blood vessels to help circulation.
  • Vitamin B3 also known as niacin strengthens the nerves and prevents them from breaking down.
  • Barefoot walkers are better than firewalkers! If your feet start to burn remove your shoes and enjoy the soft grass or sand for a few minutes.

While most of these are temporary relief solutions to burning feet, you can get more permanent treatment. If you are looking to cool down your burning feet or in need of assistance with overall foot and ankle care call our office and schedule an appointment. We can be reached at our New Albany office at 812-945-9221. Foot First Podiatry can help put out the fire!

 

 

Roughly fifteen to twenty-five percent of people at any given period of time have Athlete’s foot. However the prevention of this fungal infection can be accomplished by changing your socks regularly. Many people opt to wear sandals to avoid the possibility of contracting Athlete’s foot altogether. Unfortunately wearing sandals becomes difficult during the colder winter months, making the wearing and changing of socks essential to prevent fungal infection.

Regularly changing socks can also prevent unpleasant foot odor. According to the U.K.’s National Health Service, changing into a clean pair of socks at least once a day can help prevent bothersome foot odor. The material of the socks is also relevant; when compared to fabrics such as cotton, polyester and other synthetic materials are more likely to house fungus-causing bacteria.

The prevention of Athlete’s foot relies heavily on the need to maintain proper hygiene. For more information about the condition, see Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.

What is Tinea?

- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.

For more information about Athlete’s Foot, follow the link below.

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 your foot and ankle needs.

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