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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 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
January 16, 2019
Category: arch pain

A high arch condition called pes cavus is characterized by inflexible arches that can cause serious problems as you get older if left untreated. With this condition, the arch retains most of its curved shape even when weight is applied. This prevents the arch from efficiently absorbing pressure and from transferring weight from the forefoot to the heel.

Rigid high arches may not be a problem at first, but foot deformities like hammertoes and skin conditions like calluses will become more likely as time passes. Foot and ankle instability from high arches also results in a higher risk for ankle sprains and strains.

Some of the more conservative treatments for high arches include the following:

  1. Supportive shoes—Footwear with a wide heel base and room for ankle supports and shoe inserts is essential for proper healing to occur.
  2. Orthotic shoe insertsYour foot doctor can create specially designed arch supports that fit the shape of your foot and provide a sufficient amount of cushioning and stabilization. Pads and other inserts can help isolate and treat foot abnormalities like hammertoes and bunions.
  3. Foot braces—Foot braces can help provide the proper support and stabilization to treat a high arch.

Proper treatment of high arches requires a complete exam and analysis by your foot care professional and in serious cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.

If you are experiencing complications with high arches, see your podiatrist to find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our expert 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
December 18, 2018
Category: ankle conditions
Tags: ankle sprains  

Ankle sprains and strains are among the most common injuries treated by podiatrists, but many people underestimate the seriousness of an initial injury and fail to take the appropriate steps to ensure complete healing and to avoid future complications.

It is important to always treat ankle strains and sprains promptly to avoid the development of chronic ankle instability, which can occur when an ankle is repeatedly injured without healing properly in between injuries. Optimum healing of a severe ankle sprain can take months and requires initial immobilization, followed by slow and careful strengthening. This is done using physical therapy exercises.

Oftentimes an ankle sprain is accompanied by a hairline fracture, which is all the more reason to have a complete evaluation performed by your podiatrist to make sure you are getting the correct diagnosis and treatment.

Methods to treat and avoid ankle sprains include the following:

  • Start slowly with any new exercise program —Start a new exercise program gradually. Foot and ankle injuries tend to happen when you are too enthusiastic at the beginning before your muscles and joints have had time to adjust and strengthen.
  • Perform flexibility and strengthening exercises— A variety of strength and flexibility exercises can be performed to slowly increase ankle health with a much lower risk of future injury. See your foot doctor for help in creating a regimen that is right for you.

If your ankle sprain isn’t significantly improving after a few days of rest, ice, compression, and elevation, see your foot care professional. 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
November 19, 2018
Category: foot pain

Having an occasional cramp in your foot or leg is not usually something to be overly concerned about and they usually subside after several minutes. They can be triggered by dehydration but they may also be associated with injuries like ankle sprains or other foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and hairline fractures.

Staying properly hydrated during exercise will help avoid foot cramps, but they may also be caused by other medical problems so be sure to have an evaluation by your foot doctor if you are experiencing foot cramps on a regular basis.

Persistent foot cramping is often the sign of an underlying medical condition. Some of these conditions include the following:

  • Poor blood circulation—Problems with blood flow caused by peripheral artery disease or other systemic diseases may be responsible for increased muscle cramping in the feet and lower legs. This type of cramping often occurs during stressful activities and will subside when the affected foot is rested.
  • Compressed or injured nerves—An injury to the spine that causes a pinched nerve can also increase the occurrence of muscle cramping in the feet and legs. A neuroma in the foot can also contribute to cramping.
  • Nutritional deficiencies—Minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium are essential for proper muscle functioning. These are often depleted with dehydration from exercise, and by certain medications like blood pressure treatments. Always drink plenty of healthy fluids and take mineral supplements if necessary.

If you are experiencing complications with painful foot cramps, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the right 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!