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APMA Launches Educational Campaign for Podiatric AwarenessThe American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) recently released their informative education campaign ‘First Steps: Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy and Happy.’  The goal of this campaign is to bring knowledge to the general public about the importance of the role podiatrists play and how children’s feet need to be regularly maintained.

"It's important that parents pay close attention to children's feet even before they start to walk, beginning at birth and continuing as they take their first steps, go to school, and participate in sports."said APMA President Frank Spinosa.

It is a priority to help keep a child’s feet healthy.  If you are a parent, have your child see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can treat his or her foot or ankle needs and injuries as well as your own.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should usually be worn

For more information about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office which is located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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The Perfect Shoe Says A Lot About HumanityHitoshi Mimura is known to be one of the best shoe craftsmen around. Formerly of Asics, ”the god of shoes” he went on solo, and began crafting custom footwear for world-class athletes for those who need it most. Mimura says his secret is all about metrics when designing a shoe.  

"I take 13 measurements of the foot, each foot has to be measured separately," explains the sensei of shoemaking. "I only trust hand-measuring. Currently, each shoe takes about three weeks to make, mainly due to determining which materials to use." Preparation is also key. "For a world championships or Olympics I check the course once or twice. I went to Beijing three times." Mimura’s measurements go by the length and circumference of each toe, heel width, and the length of Achilles tendon.

It is important to find properly fitting shoes, in order to avoid injury or lower extremity consequences which results in pain. For more information and measuring, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can examine your feet and provide advice for proper shoe fitting while diagnosing and treating any conditions you may have.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are come factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

To learn more about proper shoe fitting, please follow link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office which is located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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podiatry biomechanicsUniversity of Queensland scientists conducted a research that sheds new light on foot muscles. Dr. Glen Lichtwark believes these findings could provide an important role in various fields of podiatry, including shoe design and foot rehabilitation.

Two experiments backed these findings. The first experiment had weights tied to the knees of two test subjects, with the scientists monitoring the responses of the muscles in their feet. The second experiment had electrical stimulation performed. When the stimulation was activated, the tissues in the foot muscles caused the arch to rise.

Biomechanics are the parts that make up your feet. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can assist you with all your foot and ankle concerns.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care

-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.
Increasing awareness and advances in available materials have helped enhance corrective methods and offer further options for foot-related injuries.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office which is located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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children's foot healthSole Hope, through Concord Baptist Church, proved instrumental in helping local citizens create shoes for poverty-stricken Ugandan children. Frequently barefoot, these children are at risk of a local parasitic insect getting under their skin.

Adding to the danger, this insect can actually lead to the development of a sometimes fatal infection, making this effort sorely needed. The fabric and other materials used to make the shoes were cut out by the volunteers who took part in the event. The shoes were assembled by workers in Uganda but were shipped straight to Africa by Sole Hope. This effort highlights both the importance of having the right shoes for children and how vital healthy feet are for healthy children.

To make sure you are keeping your children’s feet healthy; take them to podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can work to treat your child’s feet and treat any conditions he or she may have.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

· Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet

· Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy.