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By Foot First Podiatry
July 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care

A primary aspect of proper foot care is the prevention of foot and ankle problems from happening or worsening. While the importance of regular foot inspections, the wearing of properly fitted shoes, and maintaining health through strength and flexibility exercises are essential, another excellent way to ensure the health of your feet and ankles is through the use of custom-made orthotic inserts. These inserts can be used in addition to corrective shoes to add support and to treat a wide variety of foot and ankle problems.

Custom orthotic shoe inserts alleviate a variety of problems

●      Pain abatement—The cushioning and isolation provided by custom orthotic inserts can help relieve the pain from many conditions including corns, calluses, and high arch related conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

●      Stabilization—Balance braces and devices that help with balance and ankle wobbling can be instrumental in preventing falls in the elderly and in diabetic patients.

●      An alternative to surgery—Proper placement of orthotics by your podiatrist can eliminate the need for more invasive procedures requiring a surgical intervention.

●      Correction of abnormal foot structure—Bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, tendonitis, flat feet, and high arches, can all be treated with the addition of custom orthotic inserts.

●      Treatment of diabetic foot problems—The combination of specially designed footwear with custom orthotic inserts can prevent diabetic foot ulcers and other injuries that may lead to infection and eventual amputation.

Getting all the benefits out of orthotic inserts requires the services of an experienced podiatrist for the most complete evaluation of your foot structure and movement. 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!

 

 

By Foot First Podiatry
April 25, 2018

For people who are involved in sports, it comes with the territory that there is always the risk of an injury. Of course, it isn’t always possible to prevent injuries, but there are quite a few interventions you can take to decrease the chances of sustaining one of the many types of injuries that frequently affect athletes, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and ankle sprains and strains.

Ways to avoid injuries while playing sports

  • Proper warm-up—Many injuries are caused and exacerbated by not properly warming up before exercise. Gently stretching your muscles, tendons, and ligaments before vigorous exercise begins will help avoid a multitude of injuries.
  • Correct footwear—Always use footwear for the specific sport in which you will be participating and be certain to have properly fitted shoes with right arch and heel support for your foot type. The proper combination of these elements is essential for adequate shock absorption and weight distribution.
  • Get regular exercise —You are much less likely to sustain a debilitating injury if you exercise consistently and increase your workout intensity over time rather than doing an intense workout only once in a while.
  • Custom orthotic insertsFoot deformities including flat feet, overpronation, high arches, hammertoes, and bunions can be treated with specially designed inserts that remove sources of rubbing and pressure.
  • Proper cooling down—Proper cooling down is just as important as proper warming up. Decelerating your exercise gradually towards the end of your workout is essential to aiding your tired muscles and tendons to recover and rehydrate, so drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t exercise if you are injured—If you have the sensation of severe or excessive pain and discomfort during or after exercise, your body is trying to tell you that something isn’t quite right and that you should stop exercising and see your foot doctor to find out what is wrong.

If despite your best efforts, you have suffered a sports injury, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing excellent 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
December 06, 2017

Your body performs amazing feats every day, with many of them happening automatically or without giving much thought. Your feet are awesome body parts that get abused and neglected on a regular basis and we seldom take the time to marvel at how truly astonishing and reliable our feet really are.

So here are some fascinating foot facts to amuse and amaze you!

  • Your feet are not the same size!—It is not unusual for one foot to be a half size larger than the other, so always get your feet measured when buying footwear and choose the size that accommodates the larger foot.
  • Your feet contain a quarter of all the bones in your body!—That’s 26 bones! In addition, they are each comprised of over a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and 33 joints.
  • Women get more foot problems than men—They actually get about four times as many foot issues as men, largely due to the wearing of high heels that cause damage to the feet and ankles, resulting in conditions like bunions, hammertoes, tendonitis, and ingrown toenails.
  • You take over 8000 steps a day—The average individual can take between 8000 and 11,000 steps every day which equals enough steps in a year to walk around the globe 4 times.
  • Foot bones take a long time to fully mature—From the time you are born, it takes until the age of 18 for your foot bones to become fully developed.

If you are concerned about a foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best quality care and individualized medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

 

 

By Foot First Podiatry
November 08, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   corns   calluses   tendonitis  

Your feet take a lot of punishment over the course of a lifetime. It’s estimated that the average person will put over 125,000 miles on them, so they are bound to suffer from the same types of injuries as the rest of our aging bodies, and then some!

Effects of aging on the feet include:

  • Balance related problems—A disease called peripheral neuropathy primarily affects those diagnosed with diabetes and is characterized by a lack of feeling and numbness in the extremities, including the feet and ankles. In addition to other problems, this lack of feeling can make it difficult to maintain balance, increasing the occurrence of falls and injuries.
  • Skin abnormalities and lesions—Our skin becomes less hydrated and resilient as we age resulting in conditions including cracked heels, corns, and calluses. Lesions may also develop and should always be evaluated since malignant melanoma can look like other skin problems that are benign.
  • Weakening of tendons, ligaments, and muscles—As these structures lose their strength and flexibility, a variety of ailments ensue including tendonitis, falling arches, and muscle spasms and strains.
  • Toenail issues—As we get older, our toenails become more brittle and so thick that they are hard to trim properly. One of the leading causes of ingrown toenails and infection is improperly cut toenails.
  • Arthritis—Osteoarthritis often strikes the big toe, middle foot, and ankle joints. It increases the debilitation caused by other conditions including bunions, gout, and hammertoes.
  • Swelling—Age related hormone imbalances, circulatory problems, and certain medications can increase inflammation in the feet and ankles.

If you are experiencing age related foot or ankle problems, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry 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!

By Foot First Podiatry
November 01, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Expecting moms may sometimes get more than they bargained for when it comes to changes in the body. In particular, their feet have to endure the extra weight and pressure as the fetus grows, which can cause swelling and blood circulation difficulties. Since the vascular circulation in the pelvis and lower body lessens during pregnancy, blood can coagulate in the legs and feet. This edema, along with water retention and release of hormones, contributes to even greater difficulties with swelling and other foot problems.

Another major cause of foot pain during pregnancy is overpronation that results from the shifting center of gravity as your stance compensates for weight imbalance. This imparts additional stress and pressure on the feet, knees, and back.

Overpronation is characterized by an inward rolling of the feet that pushes on the arches when you are walking. The extra stress is felt by the plantar fascia which is the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot that runs from the heel to the toes. When this tissue becomes inflamed, walking becomes very painful or impossible. Fortunately, arch supports and orthotic inserts can be combined with supportive footwear to alleviate and prevent much of the pain and discomfort.

Left untreated, overpronation during pregnancy, or at any other time, can lead to further problems including tendonitis, heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis.

With everything happening in your life, it’s nice to know that by consulting with your foot care specialist during your pregnancy, you can help avoid many common foot and ankle complications.

If you are experiencing foot problems related to pregnancy, 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!