7 Foot Conditions to Look for in Children

Recognizing foot pain in children can be tricky for parents because children may not recognize the symptoms of a problem or be able to express to parents that there is a problem. Additionally, as kids grow, some conditions correct themselves without treatment. Others become more severe because of other medical conditions. A child’s foot pain should not be disregarded as “growing pains.” Pain is a sign that there is a problem that needs to be addressed by a podiatrist. So how do you, as a parent, know what to look for?

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The One Thing You Should Do after You Sprain an Ankle

Maybe you were playing sports, or perhaps misjudged a step, however, you sprained your ankle, it’s important to have it looked at by a professional. That’s because once you sprain your ankle, you’re more likely to do it again...and again. Over time, the damaged ligaments in your foot grow weaker, and you can end up developing a condition known as chronic ankle instability.

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Is My Toe Stubbed or Broken? 3 Tips to Help You Decide

Is My Toe Stubbed or Broken

We’ve all been there. That moment when you're rushing around your home barefoot and BAM! You slam your toe into the corner of a table leg, or some other object, in your path. That excruciating, familiar pain shooting through your big toe can seem like the death of you, but how can you tell how much damage was really done? Did you just stub your toe, or is it something worse? The experts at Kansas City Foot Specialists are here to help you find out. 

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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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