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By Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists
January 21, 2022
Category: Foot Treatments
Tags: Bunion   Bunion Surgery  

A bunion is an enlargement of bone or tissue surrounding the joint of the big toe and can cause significant pain, increased swelling, tenderness, and trouble walking. A bunion happens when the bones at the base of your foot move out of alignment and causes the big toe to be pulled inwards towards the other toes and causing a large bony bump to stick out from the base of the big toe. Although bunions don’t require surgery immediately, you should see your podiatrist if the pain does not dissipate, a visible bump develops on the big toe joint, or have limited or no movement of your big toe or foot.

At Kentucky Foot Doctor serving Louisville, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, KY, and New Albany, IN, Dr. Syed Khader is a highly-trained specialist that can treat your bunion and recommend the best course of treatment.

What is Bunion Surgery?

Otherwise known as a bunionectomy, bunion surgery is done to correct bunions. There are three main types of bunion surgery with each outlined briefly below:

  1. Exostectomy: In this procedure, a surgeon shaves off the bunion and then repositions the toe. However, this surgery is rarely done and only used with minor bunions.
  2. Osteotomy: During an osteotomy, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the bones and then uses screws or pins to adjust the big toe to its original position.
  3. Arthrodesis: When a bunion is caused by arthritis, a surgeon may perform an arthrodesis joint fusion where any portion of the toe with arthritis is removed and then screws are inserted to hold the bones together while they recover.
  4. At Kentucky Foot Doctor our conveniently located offices in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bardstown, Bowling Green, KY and New Albany, IN offer a plethora of options for your scheduling needs. Once you’ve made an appointment one of our highly trained physicians will examine your bunion and offer guidance on a treatment plan. 

Bunion Surgery Recovery Process

Bunion surgery is an outpatient procedure which means that you’ll return home the same day as the surgery. While recovering at home, your provider will likely instruct you to:

  • Keep weight off the toe
  • Elevate foot to reduce swelling
  • Keep the wound dry 

Call Kentucky Food Doctor at 502-805-3338 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khader.

By Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists
January 13, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

An ingrown toenail can make simple tasks like standing or walking exceptionally difficult and painful. In short, an ingrown toenail occurs when the corner of a toenail begins to grow into the skin and is most common on the big toe. An ingrown toenail often occurs when a person is cutting their nail and curves the toenail in the shape of the toe instead of in a straight line. If an ingrown toenail is left untreated it can lead to a serious infection in the bloodstream that could result in even greater medical issues.

At the Kentucky Foot Doctor with offices in Louisville, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and Bardstown, KY, and New Albany, IN, Dr. Syed Khader and his team can properly assess your foot and help create a treatment plan.

Treating Ingrown Toenails at Home

Most ingrown toenails can be treated at home by soaking your foot in a warm water bath with Epsom salts. Soaking your foot for 15 minutes three to four times a day can reduce swelling and relieve inflammation by the ingrown nail. Other home remedies include taking over-the-counter pain relievers, applying an antibiotic cream, placing a piece of thin cotton over the edge of the nail to help it regrow above the skin line. If your condition worsens or fails to improve after a few days, it is time to see a podiatrist. Dr. Khader and the team at Kentucky Foot Doctor have offices conveniently located in Louisville, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and Bardstown, KY, and New Albany, IN.

Treating Ingrown Toenails with a Doctor

If it is determined that the toenail is infected, it may require surgical treatment to be removed. The procedure to remove an ingrown toenail is called a nail avulsion and ensures that the toenail is unable to grow inward towards the skin. If ingrown toenails is a chronic issue, the provider may permanently remove the nail. 

At Kentucky Foot Doctor, Dr. Khader will help assess your foot to determine an appropriate treatment plan while walking you through all the options.  To schedule an appointment at one of our Kentucky offices - Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bardstown, or Bowling Green - or at our New Albany, IN location give us a call at 844-692-3338.

By Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists
October 18, 2021
Category: Foot Condition

When you’re dealing with fallen or low arches, it’s likely that you may start experiencing heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can make it difficult to feel comfortable living your normal life and participating in the activities that you enjoy. Your podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists in Louisville, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, and Bardstown, KY, and New Albany, IN, can help you treat your plantar fasciitis and feel comfortable in your day-to-day activities.

Dealing with Plantar Fasciitis from Fallen Arches

When you combine fallen arches and extended periods of time on your feet, it’s common that you may struggle with plantar fasciitis. You may feel that your feet become really sore and stiff, especially after waking up in the morning or after spending long periods of time on your feet and then sitting down. It can really affect your ability to feel comfortable participating in any activities that you may normally enjoy doing. It’s important to visit your podiatrists in Louisville, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, and Bardstown, KY, and New Albany, IN, to learn how you can ease the foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis.

Your podiatrists may recommend things like daily foot exercises to help strengthen and stretch out your feet. If you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis due to fallen arches, they may also recommend wearing orthopedic inserts in your shoes to help combat pain that may occur due to your low arches. You may also need to take time to rest and ice your feet to help lessen the inflammation you may experience.

Contact Your Podiatrists Today!

Don’t let heel pain due to fallen arches stop you from enjoying the activities you love! Contact your podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists in Louisville, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, and Bardstown, KY, and New Albany, IN, to learn more about dealing with plantar fasciitis today! Call for more information at (844) 692-3338.

By Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists
July 14, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

Bunions are bothersome on many levels, making the simple act of slipping on your shoes uncomfortable and leaving you self-conscious about the appearance of your feet. If you are dealing with bunions, it's time to find relief with the help of the podiatrists of Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists. With locations in Louisville, Bardstown, Bowling Green, and Elizabethtown, KY, or New Albany, IN, bunion treatment is convenient. Stop by one of our offices for a consultation.

What is a bunion?

Bunions are protrusions on the big toe, which occur when the joint is displaced and grows larger. This causes your shoes to fit tighter and causes friction or pressure when you walk resulting in blisters, redness, pain, and irritation.

It is important to visit our offices in Louisville, Bardstown, Bowling Green, and Elizabethtown, KY, or New Albany, IN, for bunion treatment before you develop hammertoes, arthritis, or impede your ability to walk.

How can a bunion consultation help me?

Your podiatrist will start by examining your foot and the severity of your bunion. They determine if you have developed bunions due to wearing ill-fitting shoes, such as high heels or pointy-toes. Other causes include a foot injury or having flat feet, which may affect which treatment we advise.

We will help you find the best remedy for your bunions, which may include changing your shoes for cushioned, properly fitted styles. You could also use an orthotic insert or apply a small pad to the bunion to keep it from rubbing against the side of your shoe. Splints worn during the night may also be helpful for proper joint-toe alignment.

If these practices don't relieve the pressure you are feeling, we may advise surgery to reduce the size of your bunion and realign your toe so it is positioned properly and no longer has a protrusion.

The right treatment will put a new spring in your step, so you can go about your day comfortably. Schedule a bunion consultation at one of our offices in Louisville, Bardstown, Bowling Green, and Elizabethtown, KY, or New Albany, IN, by calling (844) 692-3338.

By Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists
April 02, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist   Foot Doctor  

Standing, walking, running -- our feet feel the pressure of everyday life, and as a result, you may experience foot pain or problems. Whether your foot pain is the result of injury, constricting footwear, high impact activity, or infection, a visit to the Louisville, KY, office of podiatrist Syed Khader of Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, or our other locations in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bardstown, and Bowling Green, KY, or our office in New Albany, IN, can help you find relief.
 

Why should I see a podiatrist?

Foot pain

If you are experiencing foot pain, the podiatrists at our Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bardstown, or Bowling Green, KY, offices, or our New Albany, IN, office, can help diagnose the source of your foot pain and recommend in-office or at-home treatments. Foot pain can come in the form of heel, toe, ankle, or arch problems, each of which requires different remedies that your podiatrist can advise you on.

Foot care

Feet are susceptible to many issues, such as fungal infection, ingrown toenails, blisters, corns, calluses, or itchiness and burning. The multitude of products for foot care available at drugstores can be intimidating to look through, and a podiatrist can give you specific recommendations for ointments, implements, or medications that can treat your foot conditions. Some foot care may be best provided or prescribed by a professional podiatrist.

General foot health

A podiatrist is a perfect resource for all your foot-related questions. We can offer you recommendations for well-cushioned and supportive shoes, provide inserts, advise stretching exercises for your feet or help you find a fitness routine that puts less pressure on your feet.

Feel great on your feet with the help of podiatrist Syed Khader of Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists. Reach our three locations in Louisville, KY, our offices in Elizabethtown, Bardstown, and Bowling Green, KY, or our office in New Albany, IN, by calling 1-844-692-3338.





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