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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. 

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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. 

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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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IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT PATRICK DUFFY?!Actor Patrick Duffy, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, tennis star Lindsay Davenport, and the Rays third baseman Evan Longoria share two commonalities—high visibility and Morton’s neuroma. 

Investigators from the Enquirer unearthed Duffy’s injury and membership in the celebrity Morton’s neuroma sufferers club when looking for an explanation behind his unfashionable clogs, which the star of TNT’s “Dallas” sequel was caught wearing on a recent walk through Los Angeles.

“I have terrible feet,” said Duffy. “I really beat them up dur­ing ‘Man from Atlantis,’ because I was barefoot all the time – run­ning through fields, running on cement, jumping out of the water, slapping them around for years.  So the nerves on the bot­tom kind of went all to hell.  Since then, I’ve chosen to wear clogs.”

Morton’s neuroma is a painful nerve condition, and despite surgery to remove the damaged nerve in 1989 Duffy continues to struggles with foot pain.

If Morton’s neuroma is causing you discomfort, consider seeing a medical professional like podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will assess your condition and provide the care that you need.

Morton’s Neuroma

Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.

Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present. 

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet will make it less likely that you will have to undergo surgery.

How Does It Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- High impact exercise
- Sustaining injuries
- Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)

Treatment for the affected feet can help tremendously. A podiatrist will help identify the issue and prompt the patient to a treatment plan. In many cases the doctor will recommend the following:       

o   Apply padding to the arch
o   Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling

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Flat FeetAccording to a new study conducted by Marian Hannan and other scientists at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, flat feet can cause older women to experience pain in their lower backs.

Hannan and her colleagues asked test subjects to walk across a special mat with sensors inside of it designed to determine which part of participants’ feet touched the ground first while walking. The results showed that the female subjects who over-pronated were more likely to put strain on their muscles and therefore harm their backs.

Having flat feet can lead to pain now and down the road. If you have questions about arch support, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. He and his staff can advise you on the best way to care for flat feet.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area
Trouble standing on the tip toe.
Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
Flat look to one or both feet.
Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. There are several ways to help treat this pain and help flat feet.

Barefoot- studies show that those who grew up going barefoot, wearing less closed-toe shoes have more of an arch. This so happens because the strength and fullness of the arch increased.

Exercise- the will strengthen and stretch the area, helping with the Achilles tendon.

Shoe Inserts – orthopedists will often recommended patients with ankle supports. This reduces pain especially those who suffer from flat feet.

Surgery – tendon surgery is an option that can help with any posterior tears. As with any surgery, it is important to speak with your doctor for professional advice.       

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 Billy BundLake Forest runner Billy Bund will be participating in a run for Michigan in the fall. For now, he will be taking a break from running after enduring injuries to his foot and hip. "Today's my last day of being on active rest for 10 days. I've been trying to sleep, which I need to work on. Trying to give my mind and body a break. After today I get to start training again,” said Bund.

He became one of the school's most successful runners completing a solid high school career with a fifth place finish in the 1,600-meter run (4:14.84) at the state track meet this spring. The stress fracture in his left foot caused Bund to miss two months of his final track season.  "My plan is to give it my best. The only thing you can control is the effort you put into something. I'll do everything I can and see what happens from there," said Bund.

Dealing with a stress fracturelike Bund’s can be a painful endeavor. Treatment and recovery can be aided with the help of a podiatrist, like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can help by examining the stress fracture and determining the best course of treatment.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

Treating Stress Fractures

- Set a routine regimen for any activities that involve running
- Choose footwear that provides good support
- Take bone-healthy supplements (Vitamin D, Calcium)
- Surgery with supportive pins around the ankle

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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