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Participating in sports always involves the risk of injury, but there are some rather common-sense tips that can help prevent the majority of them. Even obvious things like properly warming up are sometimes neglected, and it only takes one time to suffer a debilitating and painful injury like Achilles tendonitis or a sprained ankle.
Avoid many injuries while playing sports with the following 6 tips:
- Warm up properly—A large number of sports injuries happen due to not properly warming up before playing. Stretching out your muscles, tendons, and ligaments before exercise with a variety of methods only takes five or ten minutes and could save you from a long injury recovery period.
- Wear the right shoes—Always wear athletic shoes that are designed for the specific sport you are playing. Wearing properly fitted shoes with the correct arch and heel supports for your foot type provides shock absorption and more even distribution of stress, pressure, and weight.
- Stick to a routine—Exercising consistently but increasing your level of play will gradually help prevent injuries.
- Use custom orthotic inserts—Overpronation, high arches, and bunions, among many other conditions, can be treated with custom-fitted orthotic shoe inserts.
- Cooling down is as important as warming up—Taking the time to cool down is just as important as doing warm-up exercises. By slowly tapering your exercise, you give tendons and muscles time to recover and resume a resting state without injuring them.
- Stop if you feel pain—While playing through excessive pain or discomfort may be manly, it can also be quite idiotic since an otherwise minor injury can turn into a serious problem if you continue playing. Best to stop and have the problem checked by a trainer.
If you have suffered a sports-related foot or ankle injury 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!
The condition known as the hammertoe deformity is so named due to the bending that happens to one or more of your middle toe joints that causes the toes to take on the shape of a hammer. When the bend occurs at the end to joint, the result is a mallet toe.
Hammertoes are largely caused by a genetic imbalance between the tiny tendons and small muscles that normally hold the toe in the proper position but it can be exacerbated by tightly fitting footwear like high-heeled shoes.
Since hammertoes have a tendency to worsen over time, see your foot doctor when you first notice the problem for the easiest and least painful treatment.
5 of the more conservative treatments for hammertoes include the following:
- The right shoes—Properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box will eliminate the pressure that is contributing to the bending of the toes and will also provide room for pads and inserts.
- Custom orthotic inserts—Your foot doctor can create custom shoe inserts to help control the imbalance between the toe muscle and tendon that is causing the toe to bend in the shape of a hammer.
- Pain relief medications—Anti-inflammatory medications including Tylenol and ibuprofen can be taken in moderation to reduce pain and swelling.
- Physical therapy exercises— A great way to increase the strength and flexibility of your toes is with a variety of physical therapy exercises. Consult with your foot doctor for a comprehensive routine.
- Insulating pads—Pads for corns can be placed on the top of hammertoes to help insulate the toes from rubbing on the inside of your shoes.
Hammertoes that are more advanced and that have become rigid and painful will probably require surgery to straighten them out.
If you are experiencing complications with hammertoes, 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!
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!
It is always a good idea to seek treatment for foot conditions like hammertoes early when you first notice that there’s something off about your toes. In the beginning, they are much easier to treat because your toes are more flexible and can be forced into a straight position, whereas progressed hammertoes cause rigid, permanently-bent toes.
The further your toes bend, the more likely they will rub against the inside of your shoes where the constant friction will cause painful, oozing corns to develop right on the joint where they’re bent.
Needless to say, this is a very painful development that can be avoided when the hammertoe is treated earlier.
The best early hammertoe treatments include:
- Toe stretching and strengthening exercises—The towel scrunching exercise involves standing on a small towel and bunching up the cloth with your toes and releasing. Repeat ten times. Picking up small objects such as marbles with your toes and dropping them in a cup is also a good technique.
- Toe extension exercises—While spreading your toes, stretch them with the addition of manual manipulation and massage.
- Padding and orthotic inserts—Painful corns often appear on the tops of hammertoes and they can be insulated with pads. Orthotic inserts are used to redirect pressure and to help realign the bent toe.
- Shoes with a wide toe box—Choose shoes with a wider toe area and enough room for your toes to stretch without hitting the top of your footwear.
If you are experiencing complications with hammertoes, enlisting the help 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 expert podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha provides the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for all of your foot and ankle concerns. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!