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Flip-flops - how to select a properly fitting pair of these misunderstood sandals

Flip Flop Sandals

Warm, sunny days are just around the corner and in warmer weather, many of you will likely be wearing flip-flops. From a podiatry point of view, flip-flops have historically been controversial as footwear. Flip-flops have been blamed for a variety of foot and ankle ailments that range from sprains to fractures and a number of other conditions. While it is true that some flip-flops are more dangerous than others, Kansas City Foot Specialists would like to provide you with some guidelines to help you find a pair of flip-flops that are safe and fit properly. When selecting flip-flops, you will need to pay attention to four key elements: surface area, stability, materials, and overall safety.

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Kansas City Foot Specialists are proud to announce the 2014 Easter Egg 5k

Easter Egg Marathon

Kansas City Foot Specialists is proud to sponsor this year’s Easter Egg 5K and Lil’ Bunny Fun Run supporting Marillac. We hope you will come out and join us for a morning filled with fun, running, and goodwill!

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What is posterior tibial tendinitis?

Posterior Tibial Tendinitis

Like many foot and ankle problems, the symptoms of posterior tibial tendinitis may come and go for some time before they become nagging and constant and prompt you to seek treatment. The posterior tibial tendon is especially likely to develop tendinitis, as it bears the brunt of the responsibility for maintaining the arch of the foot. Left untreated, posterior tibial tendinitis leads to progressive flattening of the arch and loss of strength in the arch of the foot.

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Heel pain — Achilles tendinitis

Heel Pain Tendonitis

That nagging pain and stiffness at the back of your heel and the lower part of your calf has been there for a while, is slowly getting worse, and isn’t really going away. It’s starting to swell, and you’re having more and more trouble with flexing your ankle. These symptoms are signs that indicate you might have Achilles tendinitis. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, stretching from the bottom of the calf muscle to the back of the heel, and it is prone to inflammation from overuse.

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Peripheral neuropathy of the feet

Peripheral neuropathy feet

It starts with tingling in the toes, and slowly develops into tingling, numbness, or pain in the ball of the foot, then progresses to the arches, and the foot in its entirety -- this condition is known as peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a common condition, particularly for diabetics or heavy drinkers, and is not reversible. However, with proper management, the progress of peripheral neuropathy may be slowed. The symptoms generally begin slowly with burning, numbness, tingling, or shooting or stabbing pain in the toes. Without treatment, the feet will eventually become completely numb. If you believe you may have peripheral neuropathy, it is important to seek treatment right away.

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