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August 22, 2019
Category: bunions
Tags: Foot Pain   Bunions   foot deform  

A bunion is a deformity of the big toe that occurs when force and pressure from wearing shoes push the big toe into the other toes. A similar condition called a bunionette affects the little toe. It is thought that shoes are a significant factor in bunion formation because, in the few remaining cultures where shoes are not worn, bunions do not occur. 

If you have poorly treated flat feet, you are more susceptible to developing toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes. When your arches are not properly supporting the tendons in your toes, they do not properly function and imbalances can occur causing these problems. Wearing shoes like high heels that force the toes together is also a contributing factor in bunion formation.

Some excellent methods for treating painful bunions include the following:

 

  1. Wear properly fitted shoes with custom orthotic devicesWear shoes with a wide toe box to help prevent the bunion from rubbing on your shoes and from preventing blisters and corns from developing. Orthotic inserts can help straighten the toe and redirect pressure.
  2. Insulating pads—Pads can be applied to decrease rubbing and reduce swelling and redness.
  3. Strength and flexibility exercises—Picking up marbles with your toes is an excellent exercise for increasing flexibility and strength.
  4. Reduce inflammation—Medications like ibuprofen and Tylenol along with icing are great for reducing swelling and pain.

When bunion pain persists after trying these methods, surgery may be required to shave the bunion bump and straighten the toe.

If you are experiencing painful bunions, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution for your particular situation. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. 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 Center
September 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   Custom Orthotics  

Custom orthotics are removable shoe inserts that provide greater arch support and stability to the feet and ankles. There are different types of orthotics available depending on the issue and level of support that is needed. Basic orthotics are sold over the counter, but a custom pair designed specifically for your foot will provide optimal support and comfort.

When are Custom Orthotics Necessary?

Podiatrists typically recommend custom orthotics for people with flat feet, or very high arches. One of the most common signs that you may benefit from a pair of orthotics is heel pain (although you may also experience pain and swelling in other parts of the foot). You may also experience pain and swelling after normal and relatively low impact activities like standing or walking.

A good way to figure out if you are having pronation issues is to examine the soles of your shoes and sneakers. If the soles and insoles tend to become visibly more worn on one side, it may be a sign that your alignment is off and you are over or under pronating. A podiatrist may ask you to walk in your bare feet to observe your stride and gait (known as a gait analysis). If you experience persistent pain, swelling, or stiffness, especially after exercise or after long periods of rest, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Types of Custom Orthotics

There are a few different types of custom orthotics designs available depending on your needs.

Functional (also known as rigid) orthotics are made of harder materials and are usually prescribed for pronation problems or joint issues like arthritis.

Accommodative orthotics are designed to provide more cushioning and support and are typically prescribed for problems like plantar fasciitis and bunions.

In addition to improving your gait and foot and ankle alignment, custom orthotics can help to prevent related strains and injuries and relieve back, joint, and knee pain if it is caused by issues with your arches and pronation.

By Foot First Podiatry
May 26, 2017

Little feet are sensitive and need extra love and care. It is true that children’s feet are different from those of adults because they are actively growing and developing. Their foot problems should be brought to a doctor’s attention and Foot First Podiatry understands the needs of your children’s feet.

  • In-toeing and Out-toeing for children should be treated under the super vision of a podiatrist who specializes in children’s foot care to correct the situation.
  • Flat feet pain with children is a common concern among parents. Lack of an arch in the foot can cause significant problems but can be monitored to see if they grow out of it. In the interim the child should wear arch support shoes to ensure the foot develops away from the conditions of flat feet.
  • Foot deformities are more medically involved and may be corrected with proper shoes or braces. Some foot deformities can be caused by cerebral palsy, polio, muscular dystrophy or club foot.  Again, a podiatrist should be consulted from the onset.

When the warm weather comes and the kids ask to go to the playground we can’t always keep an eye on them every minute.  They are quick and fearless and we know the boys can be reckless sometimes. But we can keep their safety a priority by visiting our doctor for routine checkups. We tend to overlook podiatry as preventative health and forget that our feet take us everywhere our body needs to go.

Heel pain is common with children who play soccer and basketball.  Heel pain that is more sever is known as Sever’s disease and mostly occurs in children between the age of 8 and 14. Both boys and girls are equally susceptible to the disease. The pain happens where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone but the first sign is when your child starts rubbing their heels with their fingers at games or practices.

We do tend to watch our children when outdoors to make sure they do not wonder off with a stranger or fall head first into the slide but the subtle signs of recurring pain should be addressed too. If your child is showing any signs of foot or ankle discomfort or pain call  Zahid Ladha at 812-945-9221 and schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located in New Albany, Indiana and will be glad to check your child’s feet. We want to see your child play all summer without injury or pain.

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.

Anthony Davis provided an update on his ankle injury in early October, stating that he was rehabbing his injury. “It’s steady improving every day and I’m trying to figure out what I can and cannot do and then go from there. When I feel ready and able to get back on the floor, I’ll be back on the floor. We’re constantly checking on it every day,” he said. The Pelicans announced that Davis’s Grade 2 ankle injury sprain recovery could be as long as 2 weeks.

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you require medical assistance, contact Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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