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By Foot First Podiatry Center
February 27, 2019
Category: ankle conditions

There are a wide variety of causes for ankle pain due to the complex structure of the foot and ankle. A multitude of tendons, ligaments, bones and other tissues are all susceptible to painful and debilitating problems associated with stress and injury. Ankle pain can radiate from the inside to the outside of the ankle, and even along the Achilles tendon which can radiate the pain further up the leg and even into the knees.

Some common causes of ankle pain and discomfort include the following:

●          Tendonitis or tendon rupture

●          Ankle sprains

●          Bursitis

●          Gout

●          Plantar fasciitis

●          Various types of arthritis

●          Bone breakage and stress fractures

Because the ankle joint is so complex, even a minor injury can bring on severe pain, swelling, and discomfort.

Initial treatment for ankle pain is with the RICE method:

  • Rest—Take the weight off of the ankle by using crutches or a wheelchair.
  • Ice—Apply ice several times a day for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
  • Compression—A compression bandage can be wrapped around the ankle to help immobilize it and decrease swelling.
  • Elevation—Propping your foot up on a pillow, so it is above the level of your heart will decrease swelling. 

Ibuprofen or Tylenol can be taken to further reduce pain and inflammation. If the discomfort and swelling does not subside significantly after a few hours and if substantial improvement doesn’t occur after a few days, you may have a serious injury that requires medical attention. 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 18, 2018
Category: foot pain

Pain on the top of the foot can be caused by a variety of reasons, which is why it is always a good idea to have any top of the foot pain checked out by your podiatrist to determine the precise cause and get on the right treatment path.

3 of the main causes of pain on the top of the foot include:

  1. Shoes that fit poorly—Shoes that are too tight will increase the pressure on the top of the foot causing pressure and stress and possibly causing blisters. Your shoes should have a wide toe box to give the top of your feet room to move without constriction. Shoes that are too loose can also cause rubbing, so be sure to have your feet properly measured and fitted each time you buy shoes.
  2. Bone breaks and hairline fractures—Since the bones on top of the foot are small and rather fragile, they are easily damaged by accidents and injuries. While a sudden break will cause immediate pain on the top of your foot, a hairline or stress fracture can develop slowly from repetitive stress, and pain may be intermittent. Your foot doctor can perform imaging studies to identify a stress fracture.
  3. Diseases—Arthritis and other systemic diseases like diabetes contribute to pain, numbness, swelling, and stiffness that can affect the joints and other tissues on the top of the foot.

If you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot, 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 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
August 22, 2018
Category: fractures

A toe can become injured and broken in many different ways. You could drop a heavy object such as a laptop computer on your foot. You might slam your toe into a curb while crossing the street, or perhaps you have suffered a repetitive stress injury to the foot from playing in sporting activities and doing hard training exercises that accumulate stress over time, causing one or more of your toes to experience a stress fracture.

Is it a severe or minor toe fracture?

A severe toe fracture may include the following symptoms:

  • Severely bent or disfigured and the bone may protrude from the skin
  • Bleeding or an open wound may be evident
  • Tingling and numbing may be noticed
  • Fever or chills, which can indicate a more severe injury

A severe toe fracture should receive prompt medical attention and requires the use of a cast or splint. Sometimes minor surgery is needed to remove bone and tissue fragments and to repair any damage. A broken toe will usually heal in five to six weeks or longer if surgery is necessary.

A minor toe fracture will show the following symptoms:

  • Intense pain and swelling
  • Bruised and broken skin and discoloration of the toenail
  • Severe pain when trying to move the toe

A minor toe fracture will usually heal on its own without any major complications. Immobilizing the broken toe by taping it to the adjacent toe and separating the toes with cotton or cloth will keep them from rubbing together.

If you are experiencing complications with a broken toe, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help get you back on your feet. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our expert foot doctor, Zahid Ladha, DPM, is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
August 15, 2018
Category: fractures
Tags: Stress Fracture   Flat Feet   Arthritis  

If you are suffering from pain in your foot that doesn’t have an obvious cause, you may be experiencing a stress fracture. The pain from this type of fracture can come and go, and often is increased during specific foot movements which can help your foot doctor determine the location of the break.

Stress fractures are usually small cracks in the bone that are caused by the repeated stress and pressure to the foot that comes with work, exercise and sports. Deterioration of bones from osteoporosis and arthritis can also increase the occurrence of stress fractures.

Some other factors that can increase the possibility of suffering a stress fracture include:

  • Starting an exercise program too quickly—The sudden jolt to your bones from starting a new exercise program can be enough to cause a stress fracture which is why you should always start off slowly and gradually to increase your strength and endurance without causing injury.
  • Nutrient deficiencies—Your bones need calcium and vitamins for proper growth. Bones can become weakened from a lack of these vital nutrients which will increase the chances of developing a stress fracture.
  • Arch support—People who have stiff arches or flat feet are more susceptible to stress fractures, so be certain to have any arch problems corrected with the help of your foot care professional.

The ephemeral pain that a stress fracture induces will increase during activity and subside when the stress and weight are removed from the foot. You may also experience bruising and swelling in the area of the pain.

Stress fractures can be hard to diagnose and treat properly and proper treatment is essential to ensure that the bone heals correctly and does not permanently degrade your foot mechanics. If you suspect that you may have suffered a stress fracture to your foot, 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 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!

Oklahoma City Thunder announced that guard Cameron Payne sustained an acute foot fracture injury in late September. The injury occurred during an open scrimmage and was originally thought to be an ankle tweak. As Payne experienced symptoms of soreness, he had tests done, discovering he sustained a fracture. Payne suffered a previous stress fracture injury in the same bone in his foot, but stated that the injuries were unrelated. He had undergone surgery to repair the previous injury; it is unknown if Payne will need surgery again for his most recent injury.

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, contact Dr. Zahid Ladha from Foot First Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.

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

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