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By Foot First Podiatry Center
August 07, 2019
Category: Senior Foot Care

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

 

By Foot First Podiatry Center
October 24, 2018
Category: foot pain

Having the feeling that your feet are on fire can cover a range of discomfort from a minor pain to a raging forest fire that keeps you up all night. Many different problems can cause the sensation of burning, numbing, and tingling in your feet.

Peripheral artery disease, which reduces blood flow to the feet, can create the sensation that your feet are on fire. Skin infections can also be a major cause and general fatigue after being on your feet all day can make your feet feel hot and bothered.

Diagnosing the actual cause of burning feet can be quite complicated. Since this condition is often an indication of nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), it can be very difficult to pinpoint the cause without the expert help of your podiatrist.

Here are some additional causes of a burning sensation in your feet:

  • Chemotherapy complications
  • Nerve compression
  • Athlete’s foot/fungal infection
  • Charcot foot disease
  • Kidney problems
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes complications
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • HIV complications
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Lyme disease

If the onset of the sensation happened rapidly and persists for several days it could be the sign of a severe problem. In the most severe cases, it is possible to lose all sensation in your feet and toes. It’s even possible that the sense of burning will move to other areas of your body.

If you are experiencing complications with burning feet, see your podiatrist for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha delivers high-quality care and treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!