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Osteoarthritis: Symptoms and treatment

identifying and treating osteoarthritisAlthough there are many different types of arthritis, they all have one thing in common: joint inflammation. The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, can affect many of the joints, including the feet and ankles, leading to pain that can be debilitating.

Because osteoarthritis is so common, many people think it’s an inevitable part of aging. Osteoarthritis affects up to half of all adults at some point in their lives, but certain factors may make you more likely to get it. Genetics, your age, infections, a past joint injury, and your weight can all play a role.

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Common causes of toenail fungus (and tips for prevention)

preventing toenail fungusToenail fungus can be an embarrassing problem, resulting in thick, yellow toenails that don’t look pleasing with summer’s sandals and flip flops. Toenail fungal infections are very common, affecting approximately 14 percent of the population.

Symptoms of a toenail fungal infection include nails that are yellowed, thickened, or that crumble. You may also notice a dull or darkened appearance. In severe cases, the nail may separate from the nail bed and may have a foul odor.

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Flip flop tips: Wear this style without harming your feet

wearing flip flops during the summerNothing feels quite as freeing as slipping on a pair of flip flops and enjoying the summer sun. But before you head out, take a moment to focus on your feet. Flip flops can be a foot health hazard waiting to happen.

Flip flops are responsible for thousands of podiatrist and emergency room visits due to their lack of protection, support, and stability. But you don’t necessarily have to give up your flip flops completely. Most people can wear them safely if they know the right way to sport this style:

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Discover how to care for your feet this National Men’s Health Month

foot care during men's health monthJune is National Men’s Health Month, and this is a great time of year for both men and women to learn how to care for their feet. Caring for your feet is important because they are crucial to remaining physically active and having a higher quality of life. Kansas City Foot Specialists is an expert in foot and ankle healthcare, so we’ve put together a list of helpful tips for you to keep in mind.

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Foot and ankle safety: Tips for athletes

foot and ankle safety in sportsFor many sports, your feet take the brunt of the beating from repetitive play. Running, cutting, jumping, kicking, and getting stepped on are many risky actions that can lead to a foot or ankle injury. Below are four popular sports and their most common injuries.

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