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The average person puts over a hundred thousand miles on their feet during their lifetime and all that stress and pressure eventually takes a toll with an increase in foot and ankle problems. Having regular visits with your foot doctor will help catch potential problems and avoid many potential future complications.
As you get older, foot and ankle problems often become more common:
- Toenail trouble—As you get older your toenails will become thicker and more brittle with an increased susceptibility to fungal toenail and bacterial infections. Your toenails will also be more difficult to trim properly possibly causing an ingrown toenail and subsequent infection.
- Arthritis—While several types of arthritis can affect the feet and ankles, the type that results from all the wear and tear on our joints over the years is called osteoarthritis. As the insulating cartilage in the joints gradually degrades the bone on bone, rubbing causes pain and stiffness in the joints, with the joints of the foot and toes often seriously affected.
- Balance and coordination difficulties—Nerve disorders like peripheral neuropathy that is caused by diabetes can decrease feeling in the feet leading to balance problems and an increased risk of falling.
- More frequent skin conditions—As you get older your skin tends to get dryer and this can exacerbate the formation of skin problems like calluses, corns, and cracked heels. Skin lesions should be carefully monitored since cancerous growths can mimic other skin problems.
If you are experiencing problems with your old feet, 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!
Having dead and hardened skin on your feet can be uncomfortable and unsightly and can also make it difficult to walk around in footwear without pain from the calluses rubbing on your shoes.
You can treat small calluses with a pumice stone or file and apply moisturizer to soften the skin, but properly removing the dead skin of large calluses can be hard to manage without cutting into your living skin and causing bleeding. For this reason, you should have your foot doctor remove cracked and hardened skin to help avoid injury and infection.
Ways to treat calluses on your feet include:
- Using custom orthotic inserts to redirect stress and pressure—Custom made orthotic inserts are created to mold to your precise foot shape. They can be used to treat many foot conditions and when properly placed they will direct pressure away from calluses.
- Shaving and debriding the dry and damaged skin—Your podiatrist is best qualified to do this procedure using a special debriding tool to remove dead skin while causing a minimum of bleeding.
- Peeling with strong acid solution in combination with debriding—Maximum strength salicylic acid solution is applied to soften the skin and make it easier to remove with some of the other methods.
- Surgery may be needed in severe cases—In cases where a concurrent abnormality like a bunion or hammertoe is contributing to callus formation, your foot doctor may need to perform a surgical procedure to fix the underlying condition.
If you need help treating calluses on your feet, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will lead you to 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!
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:
- Supportive shoes—Footwear with a wide heel base and room for ankle supports and shoe inserts is essential for proper healing to occur.
- Orthotic shoe inserts—Your 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.
- 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!
Corns and calluses are caused by your skin’s reaction to friction and pressure. This is often caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. Athletes and runners are more likely to develop corns and calluses due to the increased pressure and stress from repetitive movements. Anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet is more likely to develop problems with reactive skin conditions like corns and calluses.
The difference between calluses and corns:
Calluses—These are thicker and larger than corns, and tend to appear on the heel or ball of the foot where the majority of the pressure is felt from walking and exercising.
Corns—These are most likely to develop when your toes rub together or where pressure from poorly fitting shoes causes rubbing. A corn will frequently develop on the top of a hammertoe that pushes the toe against your footwear.
2 of the conservative treatments for corns and calluses include:
- Pads and orthotic inserts—Special pads can be placed over a corn to isolate it and help prevent rubbing on the inside of your shoes. Custom orthotic inserts can help redistribute weight and pressure away from painful corns and calluses.
- Warm soaks and skin removal—Use warm, soapy water and soak your feet to help soften skin. You can then use a file or emery board to gently rub away the dead skin. Carefully dry your feet and apply moisturizing cream to speed the smoothing process.
For thick and brittle calluses, heel fissures, and corns that become inflamed or infected, surgery may be necessary.
If you are experiencing complications with difficult corns and calluses, 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 foot doctor 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!
As you get older, all those years of walking, running, dancing, and standing takes a toll. While completely natural, age-related changes to the form and function of your feet and ankles are inevitable. But you can minimize and postpone many of these effects with proper care and regular visits to your foot doctor.
5 foot and ankle problems that are likely to occur with age:
- Joint problems—Arthritic conditions tend to worsen as we age and often affect toe and ankle joints, causing considerable pain and discomfort.
- Your feet get larger—Due to the effects of gravity and pressure over time, the tendons and ligaments in your feet will gradually loosen as you age. Your arch will flatten and the overall length of your foot will increase considerably. Always have your feet properly measured each time you buy shoes to ensure they offer the proper support and cushioning. Custom orthotic inserts can help with a variety of foot and ankle problems.
- Your toenails get thicker—Nail growth slows down as we age and hormone and circulation changes will cause them to become more brittle and much thicker. This can make them harder to trim properly, increasing the chances of ingrown toenails and fungal toenail infections.
- Infections—Your immune response weakens as you get older and fungal and bacterial infections become harder to fight.
- Dry skin—Dehydration becomes more of a problem as you age, so be sure to drink plenty of healthy fluids throughout the day. Drying skin increases the formation of calluses and heel fissures on your feet.
If you are experiencing age-related foot and ankle problems, 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. Dr. Zahid Ladha, our dedicated podiatrist, delivers high-quality podiatric care for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!