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How To Know If You Have A Hammertoe And What Causes Them

Hammertoes are caused by a soft tissue imbalance of the tendons and ligaments that control and support the toes. The toe can be contracted at the middle joint, end joint or both. Hammertoes become more rigid and less flexible over time. The toe loses the ability to straighten out, or reduce. More times than not, the hammertoe itself isn’t painful, but it can be aggravated depending on the shoes you choose to wear. We recommend staying away from tight or pointy shoes if you are developing a hammertoe or have a family history of hammertoes. In many cases, hammertoes are accompanied by corns and calluses, which are often caused by the same type of shoes.

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The Five Best Ways to Keep your Feet Healthy

For some of us, most of our days are spent standing on our feet. It doesn’t matter if it’s part of our jobs, doing chores around the house, or just spending time with friends and family, too much standing can cause our feet to ache and can lead to several common foot conditions. Whether or not you already have foot problems, taking care of your feet should be your number one priority. Let’s face it, without the use of our feet, we are severely limited in the activities we can take part in. Our experts at Kansas City Foot Specialist put together a helpful list of five tips to help keep your feet in tip-top shape:

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Don’t Give Up High Heels - We Can Help!

If you’ve ever experienced pain in the ball of your foot that feels like you’re walking on a marble or stone, you probably have a neuroma. A neuroma is simply an inflamed nerve in the ball of your foot, but boy, can it be painful. Neuromas are most commonly found between the long bones (metatarsals) behind the toes usually between the second and third toes or the third and fourth toes. Other signs of a neuroma include swelling in the same area, numbness or tingling in the ball of the foot, or pain when you place weight on the ball of the foot. 

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How High Blood Pressure Affects Your Feet

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the excessive force of blood pushing against the arterial walls as your heart pumps blood throughout your body. When left untreated, you can experience decreased blood flow as well as many other serious health risks. Even though high blood pressure affects your entire body, symptoms can be commonly seen in the lower legs and feet.

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Ask the Podiatrist: Why Are My Feet Numb and Tingly?

At some time or another, we have all experienced numbness or tingly sensations in our feet. Often referred to as “pins and needles”, this feeling is caused by reduced blood flow after remaining in the same place for an extended period of time. Numbness is particularly common when sleeping in an uncomfortable position.

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