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By Foot First Podiatry Center
August 07, 2019
Category: Senior Foot Care

The average person puts over a hundred thousand miles on their feet during their lifetime and all that stress and pressure eventually takes a toll with an increase in foot and ankle problems. Having regular visits with your foot doctor will help catch potential problems and avoid many potential future complications.

As you get older, foot and ankle problems often become more common:

  1. Toenail trouble—As you get older your toenails will become thicker and more brittle with an increased susceptibility to fungal toenail and bacterial infections. Your toenails will also be more difficult to trim properly possibly causing an ingrown toenail and subsequent infection.
  2. Arthritis—While several types of arthritis can affect the feet and ankles, the type that results from all the wear and tear on our joints over the years is called osteoarthritis. As the insulating cartilage in the joints gradually degrades the bone on bone, rubbing causes pain and stiffness in the joints, with the joints of the foot and toes often seriously affected.
  3. Balance and coordination difficulties—Nerve disorders like peripheral neuropathy that is caused by diabetes can decrease feeling in the feet leading to balance problems and an increased risk of falling.
  4. More frequent skin conditions—As you get older your skin tends to get dryer and this can exacerbate the formation of skin problems like calluses, corns, and cracked heels. Skin lesions should be carefully monitored since cancerous growths can mimic other skin problems.

If you are experiencing problems with your old feet, 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, 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
July 17, 2019
Category: Toenail conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

An ingrown toenail is most likely to occur on the big toe and is characterized by the edge of your toenail growing sideways and pushing into the skin of your toe, rather than growing over the top of it. Seniors are more susceptible to developing ingrown toenails, although this painful and often easily avoided condition can strike kids too.

Here are 3 of the causes of ingrown toenails:

  1. Improper toenail cutting technique—One of the primary causes of ingrown toenails is improper cutting. One of the easiest ways to prevent the toenail from getting started growing in the wrong direction is to be sure to cut your toenails straight across and a little long. That way, the nail can’t easily grow into the tender skin on the edge.
  2. Poorly fitting shoes—Shoes that are too tight can press your toes together and push on your toenails. This added pressure can cause the toenail to grow into the skin.
  3. Hereditary influence—The tendency to develop ingrown toenails can also run in families, so if your parents have them, then be aware. Proper care and cutting technique can help mitigate these hereditary tendencies.

You can try to treat an ingrown toenail on your own by lifting up the edge of the nail and holding it in place with a piece of cotton. The nail will eventually grow out, but it can take a while, and you have to monitor the nail daily.

If you are experiencing complications with ingrown toenails, seeing your podiatrist will ensure that you are getting the proper treatment. 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
March 20, 2019
Category: Toenail conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

An ingrown toenail can develop rather suddenly, and the painful and debilitating symptoms can make it hard to wear shoes or walk without severe discomfort. One of the main causes of ingrown toenails is cutting them too short. Dropping something heavy on your toes or kicking a step and stubbing your toe can also be a risk factor.

Some people are just born with overly curved toenails and have an inherent propensity for developing an ingrown toenail and other toe problems. However, by catching problems early you can decrease the pain and potential for infections.

Help prevent ingrown toenails with these tips:

  • Cut your toenails properly—Aways cut your toenails as straight across as possible and keep them a little long so the edge doesn’t get under the edge of the tender skin on the edge of your toe.
  • Wear properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box—Your footwear needs to be fitted correctly to be comfortable and supportive while still providing plenty of room in the toe box. Wearing high-heeled shoes regularly can cause many foot and ankle problems, including ingrown toenails, so maybe it’s time to dump the pumps!
  • Try to do a daily foot inspection—Catching the signs of an ingrown toenail early in the development process will make it easier to treat with home remedies and will help to avoid bacterial or fungal toenail infections.

If you are experiencing complications with ingrown toenails, 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, 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
December 07, 2018
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

An ingrown toenail sounds like a minor problem, and in many cases it is, but if left untreated, it can cause a serious wound or infection. Certain patients are more likely than others to have recurring problems with ingrown toenails. If you have a stubborn ingrown nail that is starting to feel painful, is swelling, or has broken the skin, it’s important that you promptly seek help from podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN.

What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?
Normally, a toenail grows above the top layer of skin, not coming into to contact with the skin’s surface. In the case of an ingrown toenail, the sharp nail instead digs into the skin as it grows. If it isn’t clipped or safely removed, the skin will break, start to bleed, and possibly become infected if it isn’t treated. Ingrown toenails are common in people who have fleshy toes and poorly structured feet. When you cut your nails too short or wear tight-fitting shoes, you are more likely to have problems with ingrown toenails.

Safe Treatment for an Ingrown Toenail
When a toenail evolves from an annoyance to a painful problem, the first inclination is to try to dig it out and clip it. But trying to fix things at home can make the problem worse. See your New Albany, IN, podiatrist for professional help, including:

- Safe surgical removal of the nail.
- Wound treatment and wrapping.
- Antibiotic therapy (creams or oral medication).
- Preventative nail clipping. 

Protect Your Toes
It is very important to manage ingrown toenails if you have been diagnosed with diabetes or a circulatory condition. Without proper circulation, wounds on the lower extremities (including the feet and toes) don’t heal as quickly as they should. Protect your toes by clipping your nails the right way (a millimeter or two above the place where the skin meets the nail) and keeping them moderately moisturized. Soaking your toes regularly can also help.

Ask for Help
If you have an ingrown toenail that is starting to pierce your skin, or you are prone to this particular foot problem, ask a podiatrist at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN, for help. Call (812) 945-9221 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zahid Ladha.

By Foot First Podiatry Center
November 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Ingrown toenails may begin mildly but can quickly go from bad to worse. This frustrating and painful condition can affect anyone and cause significant issues. Unlike other foot-related conditions, which are often due to genetics or underlying conditions, ingrown toenails are almost always preventable and often come from lifestyle choices like the type of shoes you wear or the way you trim your toenails.

Do I have an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails are easy to spot if you know what to look for. The nail begins to grow inward, curling in on one or both sides of the toenail and digging into the skin. An ingrown nail may begin with mild pain and discomfort and end up advancing quickly, producing symptoms like severe pain, difficulty walking, or even infection — which produces its own set of symptoms such as pus drainage or fever.

How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?

Preventing an ingrown toenail often boils down to the way you trim your nails and care for your feet. Always cut the nail straight across the top and never round off the corners to ensure that the nail grows straight. Wearing too-tight or narrow shoes which place pressure onto the toe can also contribute an ingrown toenail. Additionally, always keep your feet dry and clean and wear fresh socks daily.

Treating Ingrown Toenails

There are home remedies that may help stop the pain caused by ingrown toenails, such as soaking the foot in a warm foot bath and wearing better fitting footwear. Your podiatrist may be able to prescribe antibiotics to help avoid infection. In some cases, surgery by your podiatrist may be necessary. It's important to consult your doctor to see which method is best for you.

If you think you have an ingrown toenail or need help learning to better prevent them, a podiatrist can help you determine the best plan to healthier feet. Consulting with your foot doctor at regular foot examinations can help ensure that your feet stay healthy and pain-free for years to come.