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Sharp pain in the ball of your foot is an indication that you may be suffering from a condition called metatarsalgia. This is a nerve condition that strikes when a nerve running between your metatarsal bones (the bones that extend from your toes to your ankles) becomes irritated and inflamed. It is sometimes referred to feeling like there is a pebble in your shoe.
4 causes of pain in the ball of the foot include the following:
- Hairline or stress fractures—Hairline fractures in the metatarsal bones that connect to the toes can cause intense pain in the ball of the foot.
- Deformities— hammertoes and bunions are often caused by wearing tight-fitting shoes or high heels and may contribute to metatarsalgia.
- Overwork or stress from sports and exercise—The front of the foot absorbs considerable pressure during activities like working, long distance running, or other high impact activities.
- Having flat feet or high arches—Arch abnormalities can increase pressure on the metatarsals.
Treatment for metatarsalgia
Conservative treatments are usually sufficient to relieve the pain and discomfort of metatarsalgia and consist of resting the foot, wearing more comfortable and supportive shoes, and using orthotic inserts such as a metatarsal pad. If your metatarsalgia is accompanied by other foot problems such as bunions and hammertoes, surgery may be required to realign the metatarsal bones.
Since there are other conditions that have symptoms similar to metatarsalgia, it is important to see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with our foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha at the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Dr. Ladha provides high-quality, individualized foot and ankle care for all of his patients. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
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
- 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.
- Men will experience bone loss as they age, but not as fast as women do, especially during menopause.
- 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.
- 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!
When the entire bottom of your foot comes into contact with the ground when you walk, run, or stand, then you probably have flat feet. This foot abnormality is also known as overpronation or fallen arches. You can easily tell how much of your foot is flat by wetting your feet and then standing on a flat surface so you can see by the extent of the wet area if your arches are falling all the way to the ground.
Your arch is created by the interplay of the tissues, ligaments, and tendons that connect your heel and foot bones together. This part of your foot absorbs a high percentage of the shock and pressure of your body as it moves, so when your arches aren’t working properly, a wide variety of ailments may be triggered, including knee, hip, and back problems.
Symptoms of flat feet
The majority of people who have this condition will experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Pain, swelling, and discomfort in the heel and arch areas of your feet
- Easily tired feet
- Trouble or pain when standing on your toes
- Knee, hip, and back pain that is caused by your arch failure
Causes and risk factors
While some people are born with flat feet, other causes include:
- Stretched or torn tendons, ligaments, and other tissues
- Breaks or hairline fractures
- One or more of the many types of arthritis
- Nerve conduction difficulties and numbness
Until your arch is properly supported with a custom orthotic insert and properly fitted shoe, avoid putting excess weight and pressure on your foot. A computerized gait analysis can be performed by your podiatrist to see exactly what type of insert is best for your particular circumstances. If you have arch related foot problems, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry 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!
Your ankle is made up of many ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. While your ankle is very strong and supports your weight, it is very easy to injure it. A sprained ankle is among the most common of injuries, and actually affects women more frequently than men. Upwards of 23,000 ankle sprains occur in the US on a daily basis. An ankle sprain occurs when the supporting ligaments of the ankle are excessively stretched or even torn. Sprained ankles can be caused by stepping awkwardly on a curb, slipping, or if you put your weight down on your foot awkwardly.
A mild ankle injury can often be treated at home with rest and ice, but if you are experiencing severe, persistent ankle pain, redness, and bruising, it is important to see a foot doctor immediately. Sprains need to be properly evaluated and treated to avoid repeat injuries and chronic ankle instability.
Some of the other injuries or conditions that can cause ankle pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- A broken ankle or foot
- Plantar fasciitis
- Hairline fractures
Even a minor injury to the ankle can be extremely painful. Home treatment for ankle injuries may include ibuprofen for pain and the RICE method:
- Rest—Take the weight off your ankle.
- Ice—15 minutes, 3 times a day.
- Compression—Wrap the ankle with a compression bandage.
- Elevation—Raise your foot above the level of your heart.
If the swelling doesn’t decrease after several days, or if you have pain that doesn’t improve within a few days, it is time to schedule a visit with a doctor who specializes in foot pain. If you are concerned about a foot or ankle problem, contact the Foot First Podiatry at (812) 945-9221 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.
Falling injuries can happen to anyone, but they tend to affect people more as they age, with over 3 million seniors treated in emergency rooms every year for injuries that occurred from falls, with more than a quarter of those being for hip fractures. Many other severe injuries also occur to the feet and ankles, including ruptured tendons, muscle and ligament damage, fractures, and sprained ankles.
Many factors increase the risk of falling as we get older, including vision problems, balance issues, muscle weakness in the legs and feet, nerve damage from diabetes, and improperly fitted footwear. Some prescription and other medications may have a detrimental impact on balance, while vitamin and mineral imbalances can increase muscle weakness.
Tips to reduce falling risk:
Completely eliminating falling risk is next to impossible, but there are steps you can take to minimize the chances of suffering a debilitating falling injury. These include:
- Throw rugs—Throw out the throw rugs. These tend to be very easy to lose your footing on as they slip out from under you as you walk.
- Grab bars—Install grab bars in showers, tubs, and other bathroom areas.
- Stay active—Improve your balance and stability by increasing your muscle strength and flexibility with a regular routine. Try doing it with friends to make it more fun.
- Stairway safety—Well lit staircases and walkways are essential. Make sure handrails are properly secured.
- Wire maintenance—Trips on wires can be prevented by tying up wires and keeping them out of walking areas.
- Regular eye exams—One of the major cause of falls is poor vision. Keep up with your eye exams and get new glasses on a regular basis, at least every two years.
If you have injured your foot in a fall, or have another foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing high quality diagnostic care and medical treatment for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!