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By Foot First Podiatry Center
May 08, 2019
Category: stress fractures
Tags: Stress Fractures  

Stress fractures (or hairline fractures) often occur in people who participate in vigorous exercise and sports that involve a lot of repetitive stress and pounding. These fractures are also more likely to occur in people who rapidly increase the intensity of an exercise program without allowing time for the bones, muscles, tendons, and other tissues to become accustomed to the newly added pressure.

Stress or hairline fractures can occur gradually, and it may not be obvious that a fracture is what is causing the problem since these types of fractures can mimic other conditions or be hidden by additional injuries. A complete exam with your podiatrist involving MRI scans is essential for determining the actual source of the problem

Treatment of a stress fracture involves the following:

  1. Immobilize the foot with a rigid boot—An immobilizing walking boot may be needed to isolate the injury and prevent it from moving around so that proper healing can occur.
  2. Physical therapy strengthening and flexing exercises—A variety of low stress physical therapy exercises can be employed to strengthen the injured area without causing further injury.
  3. Slowly add activities— Once the initial healing is complete, gradually reintroduce activities such as exercising, and sports under the advice of your podiatrist to help avoid another injury.
  4. Surgical intervention—Surgery involving pins and hardware may be needed for severe hairline fractures and proper recovery will take many months.

If you have symptoms of a stress fracture in your foot or ankle, 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!

Custom orthotic shoe inserts are formed precisely to fit your foot shape and are used to treat many foot and ankle problems and to help athletes perform more effectively while decreasing the chances of an injury.

The correct pressure management and weight distribution is essential to the proper functioning of your feet and ankles.  By using orthotics to correct your gait mechanics, you also straighten out your spinal column which has positive effects for your knees, hips, and back as well.

Using orthotic inserts in conjunction with specially made shoes for patients with diabetes can help treat and prevent foot ulcers and relieve pain from deformities like bunions and hammertoes.

Some of the many conditions that can be treated with custom orthotic shoe inserts include the following:

Your foot doctor can determine your foot type using a computerized gait analysis and design orthotics that will address flat feet and other arch problems. Pads and cushions can be used to provide heel lifting and isolation of problem areas so healing can occur.

Ankle instability is also a common problem that affects patients who have diabetes and specially made ankle stabilization products can improve balance and help prevent falls and injuries.

If you need help with orthotic inserts to treat your foot or ankle problems, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will provide the most accurate diagnosis and 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
July 18, 2018
Category: bone health

While many people are under the impression that osteoarthritis, caused by bone loss, is primarily a disease that affects women, but in reality, men are also susceptible, but usually show symptoms later in life and not as quickly as those experienced by postmenopausal women. And despite the fact that men have fewer fractures in the feet and ankles from osteoarthritis, their injuries are likely to be more disabling and possibly life-threatening than for women.

4 Interesting facts about bone loss

  1. Twenty percent of men over the age of fifty will experience an osteoarthritis linked bone breakage in their lifetime, with many of those happening to the feet and ankles.  A stress fracture in the foot is very often an early sign of osteoporosis. Nearly one-third of all hip fractures actually occur in men.
  2. Men will experience bone loss as they age, but not as fast as women do, especially during menopause.
  3. Doctors often do not check on bone health for men at the same rate that they do for women in patients that have been admitted for fractures from falls or accidents.
  4. Men who are being treated for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, celiac disease, depression and cancer should also be evaluated bone loss.

Risk factors for bone loss include smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages, a genetic predisposition, Parkinson’s disease, and MS (multiple sclerosis). Many medications are also known to increase bone loss.

If you are concerned about foot complications from bone loss or any other foot or ankle problem, always enlist the services of a skilled podiatrist to help you find the best solution. 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!

 

By Foot First Podiatry
February 28, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Stress Fractures   breaks   sesamoditis  

A sesamoid bone is one that floats freely without being attached to any other bones and helps tendons and ligaments move more smoothly. Your kneecap is the largest sesamoid bone in the body, but there are two much smaller sesamoid bones in your foot between the first metatarsal bone and the large toe. These help your foot to move and absorb some of the impacts of weight bearing.

When the sesamoid bones in the foot become damaged or irritated, they can create unbearable pain and discomfort. Some of the common conditions that may impact the sesamoid bones of the foot include the following:

●      Turf toe—This condition is so named because it often occurs when you stub your toe while playing on fields made of artificial turf, but this type of injury can happen on any athletic surface. Jamming your toe can cause soft tissue and tendon damage that can involve the sesamoid bones, causing severe pain and inflammation.

●      Breaks or stress fracturesThe repeated pressure from sporting or other aggressive physical activity can cause a sesamoid bone to break or result in a more gradually induced stress fracture.

●      SesamoiditisThis is a type of tendonitis in which the tendons surrounding the sesamoid bone can become chronically irritated and inflamed, especially when associated with stressful activities such as ballet and rigorous sports like tennis and football.

How are injured sesamoid bones and tendons treated?

Firstly, your foot doctor will check the range of motion of your large toe, and determine where the pain is centralized. Imagining studies such as X Rays of the foot will be made. Since individual cases vary considerably, your podiatrist will then devise an appropriate treatment plan.

If you are experiencing sesamoid bone problems, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing diagnostic care and individualized medical treatment for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

 

 

There are a lot of health risks that come along with wearing high heels. High heels point the toes downward, which loads feet with the full weight of the bodies. As a result, foot, leg, and back muscles are forced out of alignment, and this causes damage to other parts of the body. They can also cause stress fractures due to the excessive pressure being put on the ball of the foot. Heel pain is another issue commonly experienced by women who wear high heels. It is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of heels before deciding to wear them.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet consult with Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads. 

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

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