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By Foot First Podiatry Center
September 18, 2018
Category: foot pain

Pain on the top of the foot can be caused by a variety of reasons, which is why it is always a good idea to have any top of the foot pain checked out by your podiatrist to determine the precise cause and get on the right treatment path.

3 of the main causes of pain on the top of the foot include:

  1. Shoes that fit poorly—Shoes that are too tight will increase the pressure on the top of the foot causing pressure and stress and possibly causing blisters. Your shoes should have a wide toe box to give the top of your feet room to move without constriction. Shoes that are too loose can also cause rubbing, so be sure to have your feet properly measured and fitted each time you buy shoes.
  2. Bone breaks and hairline fractures—Since the bones on top of the foot are small and rather fragile, they are easily damaged by accidents and injuries. While a sudden break will cause immediate pain on the top of your foot, a hairline or stress fracture can develop slowly from repetitive stress, and pain may be intermittent. Your foot doctor can perform imaging studies to identify a stress fracture.
  3. Diseases—Arthritis and other systemic diseases like diabetes contribute to pain, numbness, swelling, and stiffness that can affect the joints and other tissues on the top of the foot.

If you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified 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
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
March 20, 2018

Toe deformities can be attributed to an imbalance in the toe muscles and tendons, tight-fitting shoes, injury, or certain diseases that increase the likelihood that a toe will bend in the shape of a hammer or a mallet. A hammertoe bends at the middle joint, while a mallet toe (or claw toe) bends at the joint nearest to the toenail, so perhaps there are only truly two if you don’t count the claw.

Initially, a bent toe may not be cause for alarm, but as the condition moves along, the tendons and ligaments and tissues of the toe can tighten further, thereby preventing any bending at all and causing considerable pain and discomfort. As this condition becomes more permanently bent, it will also cause the affected toes to rub on your footwear, causing the formation of corns and calluses.

Risk factors for developing toe deformities

Some individuals are more prone to developing these abnormalities. Some of the factors to be aware of are:

  • Sex—Females are considered to be more susceptible to developing these conditions.
  • Your age—People fifty years of age or older are more likely to develop hammertoes along with bunions.
  • The length of your toes—In certain people, when the second toe is longer than the largest toe, it may increase the chances of getting a toe deformity.
  • Diseases—People who suffer from diabetes and arthritis are also more susceptible.

When hammertoes cause you pain and discomfort, the pressure and pain can often be alleviated with specially designed orthotic shoe inserts and pads.

If you are suffering complications with hammertoes, making an appointment with an experienced board-certified podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment is essential, so be sure to schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified 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
March 06, 2018

If you suffer from an ingrown toenail occasionally, it can be a painful inconvenience, but for some people, several toes can be affected over and over again, making an inconvenience into a chronic fight to control infections, pain, and discomfort.

An inward growing toenail is not always obvious to the untrained eye since the edge of the nail may be hidden by the soft skin. There may be swelling and yellowing, redness, and pus. If the skin on your toe is also unusually warm, that could be a sign of a bacterial or fungal nail infection that could spread and cause serious complications, especially in those individuals who have diabetes.

Some causes of ingrown toenails include:

  • Improper shoes—High heeled shoes can cause or exacerbate ingrown toenails because they force your feet into the front of the shoe. Choose shoes with a wide toe box to help prevent this unnecessary pressure.
  • Not cutting nails straight across—The nails should be cut straight across with a toenail clipper to be certain they are cut evenly and span the entire width of the toe. If you cut your nails too short and on a curve, the edge of the nail is more likely to grow into the surrounding skin.
  • Injury—Stubbing or injuring your toe can cause the nail to grow inward.
  • Fungal nail infections—Foot fungi can cause serious infections that can undermine the strength and vitality of the nail and cause it to grow into the skin.

How to treat ingrown toenails

Treatments vary depending on the severity and they can range from the conservative to the surgical. Warm water soaks can soften the skin around the nail and help prevent infection. You can try lifting up the edge of the nail and inserting a small piece of cotton to help the nail grow away from the skin. Be sure to treat any early signs of infection with antibacterials. If your ingrown toenails keep coming back, your foot doctor can do a straightforward outpatient procedure during which the toe is numbed and the ingrown nail is removed, allowing a new nail to grow correctly.

If you are suffering from ingrown toenails, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to the best podiatric care for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry
January 31, 2018

For a variety of reasons, toenail fungal infections can be very difficult to eradicate. The inside of your shoes is the perfect growing habitat for fungi, where the warm, moist, and dark conditions help them thrive. Having reduced blood flow to your feet from systemic diseases such as peripheral artery disease and diabetes can also make toenail fungus become entrenched requiring more aggressive measures to effectively treat.

If you notice that a toenail fungal infection never seems to totally resolve, here are some issues to consider during your investigation:

What causes recurring fungal nail Infections?

  • Incomplete treatment—Over the counter remedies may not fully eradicate the fungi and symptoms may abate for some time and then slowly return. The infection resides underneath the nail and it can be extremely difficult to completely eradicate. Talk to your podiatrist about more advanced treatments.
  • Being exposed to the fungus—Be certain to decontaminate all of your footwear, and be sure to keep any shared bathroom and shower areas clean and fungi free to avoid picking up the microbes at home.
  • Lowered immune response—Certain medications may weaken your chances of fighting off an infection. Patients with diabetes are more susceptible to getting repeat fungal nail infections due to immune system dysfunction.

Preventing recurring toenail infections

 The following suggestions will help to keep a nail fungus infection from happening again:

  • Antifungal spray may be used on your socks, feet, and footwear.
  • Be careful to change your shoes every day so they have a chance to air out.
  • Wear protective footwear such as shower shoes or sandals in locker rooms and shower facilities.
  • Consult with your foot care specialist about more aggressive treatments including laser nail therapy and oral or topical antifungal medications. In severe cases, the nail may need to be removed surgically to treat the underlying infection.

If you are concerned that you may have a fungal nail infection, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified 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!