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What’s the Difference between a Podiatrist (DPM) or Medical Doctor (MD)

What’s the difference between a DPM and an MD when it comes to treating foot, ankle, and lower leg problems? Would it surprise you to learn that DPMs - doctors of podiatric medicine - are far more than simply foot doctors? A medical doctor is trained to treat a wide array of problems and complaints. Only podiatrists are thoroughly and specifically trained to treat the lower legs, feet, and ankles. 

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How the Heat Affects Your Feet

Summer heat can be brutal and we’ve been experiencing extremely high temperatures so far this year in the Kansas City area. Prolonged periods of abnormally hot weather can cause foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. When temperatures soar into the high 90s and above, many people experience water retention, also known as heat-related edema. While this water retention occurs all over the body, gravity makes the swelling more obvious in the feet, ankles, and lower legs.

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Tips for Pedicure Safety

Let’s face it, feet can get pretty gnarly if not properly taken care of. Heels get dry and need exfoliation. Skin gets dry and needs moisturizing. Nails need polishing to look presentable in summer sandals. Professional pedicures are a great way to keep your feet in tiptop shape, but how do you know if they are safe? There are health risks associated with foot soaking, nail trimming, and cuticle clipping in a salon where hundreds of other feet are serviced.

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Try This Shocking New Treatment for Heel Pain

If you suffer from heel pain, you know how debilitating it can be. Well, the podiatrists at KC Foot Specialists have some good news for you. We have a new therapy we’re using to reduce chronic foot pain. This new treatment can be used to treat the most common cause of heel pain - plantar fasciitis (when the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes, becomes strained and painful, making it difficult to put any weight on the heel of the foot.)

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How to Know if Your Ankle is Sprained or Broken

Sports injuries are extremely common, with a yearly number totaling over 3 million for athletic youths in the U.S., alone. This means an emergency room or doctor visit is not always a logical or frugal first choice, and most individuals choose to treat themselves at home after they sprain their ankle. Knowing when to see a doctor about an ankle injury is important and can save both time and further complications. The team at Kansas City Foot Specialists put together these signs to look for to help determine if it’s a sprained or broken ankle.

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