Common foot problems [infographic]

The human foot is incredibly complex with 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and many tendons. They also carry the entire weight of the body. As a result of the complexity and the job carried out by the feet, three-fourths of all Americans will suffer from a foot problem at some point. Here we break down the most common foot complaints for you. If you or someone you love is suffering from these or other foot problems, call Kansas City Foot Specialists today at 913-338-4440 for help.

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Heel pain — calcaneus fractures

heel pain

One of the most common complaints we treat at Kansas City Foot Specialists is heel pain, and a significant number of these cases are related to the largest bone in the foot: the calcaneus. Fractures of the calcaneus are typically much worse than other fractures with greater risk for long-term complications. As a result, it is imperative that these fractures are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. If not treated promptly and properly, the result may be irreparable joint stiffness in the foot and ankle -- making walking difficult.

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Long-distance running and stress fractures of the feet

running stress fractures

Long-distance running has experienced a growth in popularity over the last several years, and although there are many health benefits to running, long-distance runners are particularly prone to a number of foot and leg injuries. Fractures, particularly stress fractures, account for a significant number of those injuries. The difficulty for many long-distance runners is that stress fractures are often not easily visible on a regular x-ray and as a result, may not be diagnosed right away.

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What are shoe inserts and custom orthotics?

shoe inserts and custom orthotics Shoe inserts and orthotics are the same thing, aren’t they? In fact, they aren’t. Although shoe inserts and orthotics provide similar functions, there are some key differences, and depending on your foot and podiatric needs, the differences can be quite important.

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Preparing for your first podiatry appointment

podiatry appointment

Your first visit to Kansas City Foot Specialists should be relatively stress-free. Chances are you have already seen your primary care doctor for a foot or ankle problem and they have given you a referral for a podiatry evaluation. Whether you are need podiatry care for diabetic foot ulcers, neuropathy, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, or any other problem, here are a few tips to help you prepare for your first appointment.

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