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By Foot First Podiatry
July 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care

A primary aspect of proper foot care is the prevention of foot and ankle problems from happening or worsening. While the importance of regular foot inspections, the wearing of properly fitted shoes, and maintaining health through strength and flexibility exercises are essential, another excellent way to ensure the health of your feet and ankles is through the use of custom-made orthotic inserts. These inserts can be used in addition to corrective shoes to add support and to treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems.

Custom orthotic shoe inserts alleviate a variety of problems

●      Pain abatement—The cushioning and isolation provided by custom orthotic inserts can help relieve the pain from many conditions including corns, calluses, and high arch related conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

●      Stabilization—Balance braces and devices that help with balance and ankle wobbling can be instrumental in preventing falls in the elderly and in diabetic patients.

●      An alternative to surgery—Proper placement of orthotics by your podiatrist can eliminate the need for more invasive procedures requiring a surgical intervention.

●      Correction of abnormal foot structure—Bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, tendonitis, flat feet, and high arches, can all be treated with the addition of custom orthotic inserts.

●      Treatment of diabetic foot problems—The combination of specially designed footwear with custom orthotic inserts can prevent diabetic foot ulcers and other injuries that may lead to infection and eventual amputation.

Getting all the benefits out of orthotic inserts requires the services of an experienced podiatrist for the most complete evaluation of your foot structure and movement. 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
February 21, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions

Charcot Foot is a type of arthritis that can develop suddenly, leading to inflammation and deformity in the feet. This foot problem commonly affects diabetic patients who experience numbness due to nerve damage since they have lost the ability to feel anything in their feet. Nerve damage can result in debilitating conditions and is also linked with a weakening of the bones, which can result in fractures and severe deformities of the foot that may eventually require surgery or complete amputation if left untreated.

Treatment for Charcot foot disease

Since each case of Charcot foot is different, your podiatrist should determine the most efficacious treatment plan. Due to the potential seriousness that Charcot foot poses to your overall health, it is extremely important to follow the treatment plan.

Symptoms of Charcot foot disease

Severe inflammation and warmth are early signs of this problem. Since diabetic patients frequently have reduced or a complete lack of feeling in their feet, It is essential to have a foot specialist perform a thorough examination, which may include imaging studies to determine the extent of any deformities and the severity of any fractures. 

Some of the treatments that do not involve surgery may include the following:

  • Activity modification—Your foot doctor will help develop an activity plan to avoid additional trauma to your feet, and to avoid a recurrence of the problem.
  • Immobilization—In order to give the weakened bones the correct environment for healing to occur, the foot needs to be secured. This will involve the use of a boot or brace to immobilize the foot and the use of a wheelchair or crutches.
  • Custom footwear and orthoticsWhen your podiatrist indicates that you are ready to start putting weight on your feet again, you will need to wear specially made shoes with stabilizing braces and inserts to decrease the occurrence of cuts and ulcers and prevent the problem from happening again.

In the most serious cases, deformities from Charcot Foot may need to be surgically repaired or the foot may require amputation. If you suspect that you or a loved one may have Charcot foot, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing patients with the best diagnostic care and medical treatments. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry
November 01, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Expecting moms may sometimes get more than they bargained for when it comes to changes in the body. In particular, their feet have to endure the extra weight and pressure as the fetus grows, which can cause swelling and blood circulation difficulties. Since the vascular circulation in the pelvis and lower body lessens during pregnancy, blood can coagulate in the legs and feet. This edema, along with water retention and release of hormones, contributes to even greater difficulties with swelling and other foot problems.

Another major cause of foot pain during pregnancy is overpronation that results from the shifting center of gravity as your stance compensates for weight imbalance. This imparts additional stress and pressure on the feet, knees, and back.

Overpronation is characterized by an inward rolling of the feet that pushes on the arches when you are walking. The extra stress is felt by the plantar fascia which is the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot that runs from the heel to the toes. When this tissue becomes inflamed, walking becomes very painful or impossible. Fortunately, arch supports and orthotic inserts can be combined with supportive footwear to alleviate and prevent much of the pain and discomfort.

Left untreated, overpronation during pregnancy, or at any other time, can lead to further problems including tendonitis, heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis.

With everything happening in your life, it’s nice to know that by consulting with your foot care specialist during your pregnancy, you can help avoid many common foot and ankle complications.

If you are experiencing foot problems related to pregnancy, 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
September 27, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

If you are you experiencing a painful bump on the back of your heel at the location where your Achilles tendon attaches to the bone, then you may have Haglund’s deformity. While this abnormality frequently affects women who wear high heels (the pump bump), it can affect anyone who often wears shoes with rigid backs.

People who overpronate and those with tight Achilles tendons are more susceptible to developing this deformity. The constant pressure on the heel causes a bony enlargement to develop creating extreme pain, swelling, blistering, and sometimes bursitis may occur.

Things you can try at home to relieve pain

Wearing shoes that don’t rub on the heel such as sandals or clogs will help remove the source of the friction. Applying ice to the heel will reduce swelling. You can try adding heel pads to your footwear backs to ease pain and rubbing. If you have a tight Achilles tendon or high arches, always use the recommended orthotic shoe inserts and perform daily tendon stretching exercises.

Other treatment options:

If the bump continues to grow and the pain becomes worse, there are several other options for treatment that your foot doctor may suggest. These include:

  • Custom shoe insertsBy redistributing the pressure, these inserts can relieve pain and discomfort.
  • Pain treatment—Oral and topical pain and inflammation reduction medications like ibuprofen are very helpful.
  • Foot immobilization—It may be necessary to wear a walking boot or soft cast so the foot can heal properly.

If these methods do not improve the condition, a surgical option to reshape the bone may need to be considered.

If you are experiencing heel pain, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing the highest quality foot and ankle care for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

 

 

By Foot First Podiatry
September 13, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

In honor of Fall Prevention Awareness Day, which not coincidentally occurs on the first day of fall, it’s important to raise awareness of the risk of severe injury and even death from falls in older adults.

Falls are the leading cause of injury in those over 65, so knowing how to reduce your chances of falling is paramount to staying healthy. Many older individuals also suffer from osteoporosis, which is a condition that affects over 60 million people in the US alone. Osteoporosis causes a weakening of the bones and makes them more likely to break in a fall, often resulting in injuries like sprained ankles or severe complications such as those found with compound fractures.

To minimize bone loss and help reduce the risk of falling and permanent injury, there are a variety of steps you can take. Some of these include the following:

  • Consume a diet that is high in calcium. Yogurt, kale, and broccoli are three excellent sources.
  • Get sufficient vitamin D in your diet and through sunlight and/or supplements to prevent bone loss.
  • Perform daily exercise to strengthen the muscles, tissues and tendons surrounding your foot and ankle bones. Exercise also helps improve flexibility and balance.
  • Install railings, lighting, and remove any tripping hazards to make your home safer.
  • Stop smoking, which is essential for the optimum good health of your bones and the rest of your body.
  • Avoid alcohol. It causes dehydration and instability that may lead to a severe fall.
  • Talk to your foot doctor about any balance problems and consider using custom orthotics that can help improve ankle stability.

If you need help determining ways to increase the strength of your feet and ankles to avoid falls, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry 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!