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Athletes: Don’t get sidelined by heel pain

heel-pain-in-athletesOne of the most vexing conditions an athlete may face is heel pain. Not only is the pain itself problematic, but so is the typically long treatment phase for many heel pain maladies. However, the keys to healing and preventing future similar injuries rely on proper diagnosis, an appropriate treatment plan, and patience. When it comes to treating athletes with heel pain, the process is twofold. First, pain must be treated and reduced while starting the process of healing, and second, the causes of heel pain must be addressed so recurrence can be prevented.

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Diabetes, your feet, and pedicures

pedicures-for-diabeticsA pedicure may feel like a luxurious treat and a chance to relax while someone else pampers you. However, if you have diabetes, this little luxury may not be worth it no matter how great the rewards. Unfortunately, diabetics are at increased risk for foot-related complications. What might be a minor cut or infection for most people can have significant complications, even limb or life threatening risks, for a diabetic. Before getting a pedicure, consider the risks carefully, and consider pampering your feet at home instead.

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Shockwave therapy for heel pain [infographic]

heel shock therapy

Have you had heel pain for a while now, and you dread those first few steps out of bed every morning? Is the pain is interfering with your job or your activities? After trying rest, ice, and other conservative treatments at home, what’s left? Perhaps it’s time to visit the podiatrists at Kansas City Foot Specialists. Depending on the nature and cause of your heel pain, we have a variety of treatment options available to you. One is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT), a technologically advanced, non-invasive treatment for certain types of heel pain, which is particularly useful for those suffering from plantar fasciitis. When you are ready to take the next step in treating your heel pain, give us a call at 913-338-4440. In the meantime, take a look at the following infographic for more information about ESWT and how it might help you.

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Dance aerobic gym classes and your feet

dancing and foot healthYou love Zumba, hip-hop dance class, and aerobic activities that involve heart-pumping music at the gym. You enjoy working up a sweat, staying fit, and having fun with a group. You see the benefits when you step on the scale, slip into your favorite jeans, and when you have the energy and endurance to keep up with your active family. But, how do those gym classes affect the health of your feet?

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Why are my toes and feet numb? All about peripheral neuropathy

peripheral-neuropathyYou’ve occasionally woken up with a numb or tingling foot or toes, maybe with shooting pains. After a few minutes of moving about or rubbing the affected area, the sensation has been resolved. Recently though, your toes and feet feel odd more and more often, and rubbing the areas or walking around for a while don’t help. If you have been experiencing abnormal sensations in your toes or feet for a while, and the sensations don’t go away, you might be developing a condition called peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which nerves in the extremities — in this case the feet and toes — have become damaged.

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