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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
January 23, 2019
Category: Heel pain

A bone spur is a small protrusion that can cause considerable pain and discomfort on your heel. These growths are frequently a result of plantar fasciitis. They can form on your heel as a result of repetitive stress and pressure and frequently occur in people who wear tight-fitting shoes like high heels. While a small spur may not cause any severe problems, a larger spur can make even routine activities like standing and walking extremely difficult.

Causes of bone spurs

3 factors that can cause or contribute to bone spur formation include the following:

  1. Poorly fitting shoes—Footwear that causes too much pressure and rubbing should be replaced or avoided. Have your feet properly measured and fitted.
  2. Stressful sports and other activities—High-stress impacts from jumping and running for sports and other exercises can contribute to the formation of bone spurs. People who are on their feet all day for work are also more susceptible.
  3. Being overweight—Carrying extra pounds increases the already severe pressure on the heel bone causing heel calluses and contributing to bone spur formation.

Treatments for bone spurs include the following:

  1. Wait and see— a small bone spur on your heel may not cause any serious problems or pain and until that happens, many people leave them alone.
  2. Custom orthotic insertsBone spurs and plantar fasciitis can often be treated with custom orthotic inserts. Talk to your foot doctor.
  3. Switch shoes—Wearing sandals or backless shoes will eliminate the rubbing and blisters caused by a small heel spur.

If the above conservative treatments are not enough, extracorporeal shock wave treatment or surgery may be necessary to treat the spur. If you are experiencing complications with bone spurs, 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 expert podiatrist, can provide the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 to schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
December 26, 2018
Category: skin conditions

Deep cracks in your heels called heel fissures can worsen to the extent that they become extremely hard and actually start bleeding. If you have large, painful heel fissures on your feet, you need to see your foot doctor to have them trimmed and treated to avoid possible infection and amputation.

Some of the causes of heel fissures include:

●      Standing and walking on hard surfaces regularly

●      Being severely overweight

●      Thyroid problems

●      Estrogen issues

●      Peripheral neuropathy 

●      Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema

●      Wearing shoes with an open back

●      Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies

●      Circulation irregularities

●      It’s hereditary

For fissures that are not too advanced you can try to reduce the thickness of the skin in the heel area by using a pumice stone or file. Staying properly hydrated will help keep your skin more pliable and consuming omega 3 fatty acids may also help retain skin moisture.

Some treatments for heel fissures include the following:

  1. Determining the cause of the cracking with the help of your foot doctor
  2. Removing the hard skin while limiting cuts and bleeding
  3. Strapping adjacent cracks together for faster healing
  4. Using custom orthotic inserts and heel cups to contain the heel and keep it from expanding sideways
  5. Rehydrating the skin with moisturizing lotions and ointments

If you are experiencing complications with heel fissures, 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 podiatrist, 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:

  1. Joint problems—Arthritic conditions tend to worsen as we age and often affect toe and ankle joints, causing considerable pain and discomfort.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Infections—Your immune response weakens as you get older and fungal and bacterial infections become harder to fight.
  5. 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!

 

By Foot First Podiatry Center
September 26, 2018
Category: Heel pain

Experiencing severe pain in the back of your heel may be a sign of Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon is the large tendon that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. When it is overstressed from working too hard or from playing sports, you can feel a great deal of pain in the heel area, calf, and ankle.

Achilles tendonitis can be caused by the following:

  • Rapidly accelerating without proper warming up and conditioning—A common reason for injury to the Achilles tendon is by starting a workout program too quickly without stretching and proper conditioning. Starting an exercise program after years of sitting is frequently implicated in Achilles tendon injuries.
  • Repetitive stress—Playing tennis, football, and basketball, as well as other repetitive sports and activities, can slowly damage the Achilles tendon.
  • Poorly fitted shoes—Make sure that your athletic shoes are the right size and that you have custom orthotic inserts for the correct arch, ball, and heel support. Always be sure to wear shoes that are made for the activity you will be performing.

Treatment options for Achilles tendonitis

Initial pain in your Achilles tendon can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Ibuprofen will decrease pain and swelling and physical therapy will help gently stretch the tendon and strengthen the calf muscles. Custom orthotic inserts can help reduce strain on the tendon and provide cushioning to the heel.

If the pain and discomfort prevent you from walking and don’t start to improve after several days, you may have a ruptured Achilles tendon that will require further testing and surgery to properly repair.

If you are experiencing complications with Achilles tendonitis, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will provide you with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist 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!