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By Foot First Podiatry Center
June 12, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  
Keep Your Feet Healthy With DiabetesDiabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body uses and processes blood sugar. One of the main symptoms of diabetes is nerve pain, creating numbness in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy). If you have diabetes, it’s important that you regularly see a podiatrist. The nerve damage prevents blood from reaching your feet, making it hard to notice when you have a foot injury. A podiatrist can help treat any injuries and foot conditions while also providing you with preventive care. 
 
Keep Track of Your Levels
Monitoring your blood sugar levels keeps both your feet and body healthy. High levels increase your risk of nerve damage. Besides taking your medication, try following a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Losing excess weight makes your diabetes easier to manage. 
 
Pay Attention to Your Feet
Your podiatrist recommends checking your feet every day for injuries or other issues. Be on the lookout for blisters, cuts, swelling, redness, or nail problems. These indicate a bigger issue at hand. Things like blisters or dry skin put you at risk of infection. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, see your podiatrist right away. 
 
Wear Shoes and Socks Daily
People with diabetes need to protect their feet at all costs. This means that they should never go barefoot. Always wear socks and preferably shoes. Choose cotton or wool socks that aren’t too tight. For shoes, you want a pair that fits properly, is insulated, and protects you from injuries. 
 
Toenail Maintenance
Your podiatrist suggests keeping your toenails trimmed and cleaned when you have diabetes. This prevents dangerous infections from ingrown toenails. When you do cut your nails, do so straight across. Don’t try curbing them or cutting the corners and cuticles. Have a loved one help you with your nails if you can’t reach them yourself. 
 
Washing Your Feet
Be extra cautious when washing your feet. Always wash them with lukewarm water, taking care to dry them carefully after. Use a soft washcloth or sponge to avoid injury. You should moisture them after they are dry, just avoid applying lotion between the toes. 
 
Talk to Your Podiatrist
It’s important to stay in contact with your podiatrist with regular appointments. They work with you to manage your diabetic symptoms in your feet. Remember to practice foot care every day to stay safe. 
By Foot First Podiatry Center
April 23, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Have healthy feet and prevent complications. Those are the goals of diabetic foot care at home and with the help of your podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha. He and his team at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN, watch over their diabetic patients and ask they be extra-attentive to their feet.

The importance of vigilance

People who struggle with diabetes know that the nerves and circulation in their feet and hands don't function well. Compound the problem with elevated blood sugars, and you have the recipe for infection and slow-to-heal wounds.

So, your podiatrist wants his New Albany, IN, patients well-informed on foot care. Of course, he'll see you in the office twice a year--or more often as necessary--to inspect your skin, nails, mobility, circulation and sensation.

But beyond that, you must take charge of your daily foot regimen at home, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A little preventive care on your part will go a long way in keeping you mobile, healthy and happy.

Taking care of those feet

Really, it's just common sense. Your podiatrist recommends you:

  1. Visually inspect your feet every day, looking for areas of redness, friction and swelling.
  2. Wash your feet every day with warm water and a mild soap.
  3. Dry your teeth thoroughly and apply moisturizer.
  4. Cut your nails carefully--straight across--to avoid ingrown toenails and infection.
  5. Wear quality shoes with roomy toe boxes.
  6. Change your socks daily.
  7. Elevate your feet when you sit for long periods of time
  8. Get daily exercise.
  9. Avoid going barefoot, even indoors.
  10. See your foot doctor right away if you have a sore which does not heal, feel unusual pain or tingling in your feet or perceive a change in skin temperature or color.
  11. Keep a healthy weight.
  12. Manage your blood sugars and blood pressure.
  13. Never remove corns or calluses at home.
     

If you have diabetes...

It does not have to control you. Manage it and perform the foot care you need. For more tips proper ways to have your best podiatric health, call Dr. Zahid Ladha and his dedicated team at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany: (812) 945-9221.

By Foot First Podiatry Center
April 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
 
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
 
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.

According to a study led by Australian researchers, certain exercises can put pressure on the developing feet of overweight children. Due to their tendency to have fatter and flatter feet, overweight children are at risk for increased pressure on the arch—leading to foot pain and discomfort. This could ultimately cause kids to avoid participating in physical activity, which is crucial to health and well-being. Other forms of activity, such as swimming or cycling, may be a necessary alternative for overweight children uncomfortable with exercising. In a previous study, Diane L. Riddiford-Harland of the University of Wollongong and her coauthors found that overweight kids had higher “plantar pressures” while walking than normal-weight kids. The study also linked the higher pressures and flattening of the arches to a possibility that the kids would be less physically active.

Obesity can be particularly problematic for the feet. If you are overweight and have concerns regarding your feet, speak to Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will provide you with quality podiatric care.  

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

For more information about Obesity and Your Feet, 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 of your foot ankle injuries.

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Diabetes testInformation fromEngland’s NHS indicates a disturbingly alarming trend in the rare of unneeded amputations among the country’s diabetic population. Medical practitioners have been urging hospitals and NHS (National Health Services) commissioners to come up with a national standard. This standard will serve to indicate to physicians when amputations are necessary.

Diabetes UK referred to the current trends in circulatory medical care as “unacceptable.” "Too many patients aren't getting the treatment they need to avoid losing their legs,” said Neil Carmichael, Conservative MP for Stroud. “The figures for parts of the south-west of England are particularly alarming, and this needs to be tackled.”

Many conditions of the foot and ankle are a result of circulation problems. If you suffer from poor circulation in the feet, consult podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry.Dr. Ladha will diagnose and treat your foot and ankle conditions accordingly.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

For more information about Obesity and Your Feet, 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 of your foot ankle injuries.

Read more about Obesity and Feet