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By Foot First Podiatry Center
April 01, 2019
Category: foot deformity

The bony part of the back of your heel is subject to becoming irritated, painful, and swollen as a result of the pressure and friction caused by tightly fitting shoes. Shoes like high heels that greatly increase pressure on the heel and toes can cause a hard, bony bump to form on the heel called a Haglund’s deformity, also known as the pump bump. This growth forms close to the Achilles tendon and bursitis is often seen along with it as the buildup of calcium deposits occurs adding to the pain and discomfort.

Some of the more conservative treatments for Haglund’s deformity include the following:

  • Wear comfortable shoes—The wearing of backless or soft canvas footwear will relieve the constant pressure and allow the skin to heal.
  • Pain medications will also help reduce swelling—Ibuprofen or Tylenol will help to reduce pain and swelling and spreading a topical pain reliever on the inflamed area will often provide some relief.
  • Icing the area—Place ice wrapped in a towel or use ice packs on the area for fifteen minutes several times a day to decrease swelling and pain.
  • Physical therapy exercises for strength and flexibility—Stretching and strengthening exercises for the feet and calf muscles help relieve strain and pressure on the Achilles tendon and heel area.
  • Custom orthotic shoe inserts—arch supports, and heel lifts will aid in decreasing motion and redirecting pressure.

These treatments will have the added benefit of helping to relieve the bursitis that is causing some of the pain and discomfort. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to shave the bump down so shoes can be comfortably worn.

If you have pain and discomfort on the back of your heel see your foot care professional for the proper 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
February 18, 2019
Category: bunions
Tags: Bunions   corns   bursitis  

Almost half of adults over the age of 65 will experience a painful bunion or two and many people much younger than that are also affected. Bunions are exacerbated by genetic influences and wearing tight-fitting shoes like high heels is also a risk factor.

As a bunion develops on the big toe joint, a large bump will appear on the top or side of the joint and the toe will push hard into your other toes causing blisters and overlapping toe problems. Corns can also form where the bunion bump rubs against the inside of your shoes.

Since bunions develop so gradually, many people wait to treat them until they start causing pain. At that point, they are much harder to treat and bursitis and arthritis may also be more likely to affect the joint. Severely bent toes may require surgery to straighten them out.

3 great methods for treating painful bunions include the following:

  • Proper shoes with custom orthotic inserts—Properly fitted shoes that have the correct arch support and a wide toe box are essential. The additional space can provide room for custom fitted orthotic inserts.
  • Braces and night splints—These can be worn while you are sleeping and will pull your big toe into a straighter position.
  • Physical therapy exercises—Prevent stiffness and increase mobility by doing exercises with your toes. Scrunching and releasing your toes on a small towel and picking up marbles with your toes are two great exercises.

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from bunions see your podiatrist for the proper evaluation 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!