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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.

[Infographic] - 5 Things You’re Doing That Could Be Hurting Your Feet

foot painAlthough they don’t seem like it, feet are a delicate part of your body. Most people don’t realize the beating their feet take each day or that they’re doing certain things that can cause damage to your feet without realizing. Even minuscule details, such as the types of socks and shoes you wear, can have serious consequences when it comes to your foot health. Take a look at some common dangers to protect your feet from.

Bone spurs: causes, symptoms, treatments

understanding bone spursBone spurs are a pointed outgrowth that can occur on the edges of a bone. These growths generally form where ligaments and tendons attach to the bone. Bone spurs can inflict a great deal of pain, or go entirely unnoticed. The severity of your symptoms depends on the location and shape of your bone spur.

If you believe your foot pain is being caused by bone spurs, contact our foot care specialists.

Bye Bye Bunions: What Is A Bunion & How To Treat One

Do you have a bony bump on the outside of your big toe? Chances are, it’s a bunion. But what is it, why is it there, and most importantly how do you treat it?

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.

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.

Do you have flatfeet?

causes and effects of flatfeetA normal human foot has a gap, or arch, on the underside that naturally forms during the early years of childhood. For some people, that arch never develops or it loosens over time, resulting in flatfeet or fallen arches.

The foot’s arch plays a role in how you walk. If the arch is flat or too low to the ground, this can strain certain muscles, tendons, and joints in the feet and legs. It can cause overpronation when you walk or run. Most frequently, it puts strain on the ankles that are forced to turn inward as you step.  

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:

Foot care for the elderly

senior citizens foot careAs we age, our bodies become more fragile, and our feet are particularly vulnerable. Senior citizens, including those who are fastidious about foot care, face several common foot problems. Today, we’ll examine what those are and how to treat them.

Foot Pain That Won’t Go Away? You Could Have a Neuroma!

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Sick of that nagging, annoying pain in your foot? It could be a neuroma! Certain foot issues, including neuromas, can not only cause extreme discomfort, they can eventually lead to permanent damage if left untreated. Luckily, the experts at Kansas City Foot Specialists are breaking down all you need to know about this common foot problem so you can identify the issue and get the treatment you need.

Foot rash: Causes, symptoms, and treatments

causes of foot rash Are you suffering from symptoms related to foot rash? If so, it’s important to understand the causes of foot rash and the proper steps for treatment.

A foot rash can develop for a multitude of reasons. The rash may be mild and only affect a small portion of the foot, or it could be severe and rapidly spread up the leg. It is important to understand the cause of the rash and what type of rash it is.

How to avoid infection after a pedicure

 

Getting a pedicure is a common way of pampering and grooming your feet. You can sit back and relax as the cosmetic specialists soak and scrub your feet, file your nails, and massage your feet. Your pedicure environment should be comfortable and safe, and it is always a good idea to make sure everything is in place to avoid contracting a foot infection.

How to get the best (and safest) pedicure

choosing the right pedicureStrappy shoes, barefoot on the beach, and flip flops everywhere you look — it’s pedicure season. A pedicure can actually be a great way to pamper your feet and keep them healthy.

If you’re going to a salon for your pedicure, make sure you know how to spot the ones who are properly cleaned and sanitized — and the ones you should skip.

Keeping your feet healthy this summer

healthy feet in the summerSummer is upon us, signaling plenty of time to enjoy fun activities outside. Summer is also a time to free our feet from closed-toe shoes and the monotony of being indoors all the time. However, summer brings with it plenty of foot hazards.

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.

Preventing and treating foot odor

dealing with stinky feetOur feet are often one of the smelliest parts of our bodies, in part because they’re encased in shoes and socks for most of the day. Vigorous exercise or working in an industry that requires plenty of standing can exacerbate odor, too. Foot odor is an annoyance and can lead to other problems, so it is vital to know what causes it and how to treat it.

Remedies for cracked heels and dry feet

fix your dry heels and cracked feetOur feet take a serious pounding. The average person in the United States takes over 5,000 steps per day, with busier days sometimes resulting in twice that many steps. It makes you wonder why foot health is often overlooked when we rely on them so heavily.

One common foot issue that many experience is dry feet, which results in skin cracking on the heels and other areas of the foot. The skin on our feet has no oil glands, instead relying on sweat glands to keep feet hydrated and moisturized. When combined with other medical conditions like diabetes or athlete’s foot, the pain can be debilitating.

Taking care of your feet with physical disabilities

physical disabilities and foot healthOur feet do much more for us than we give them credit for. They help us get around and perform most daily tasks; therefore, good foot care is vital for everyone—but what if you have a disability that makes it difficult? Physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis commonly impact the feet and extremities in significant ways. For people who cannot walk or have trouble moving their feet, foot care can be a challenge. With the right tools, however, maintaining healthy feet is possible.

The cold, hard truth about your high heels

high heels are bad for your feetMany women love them, and they’ve been a staple in shoe stores for decades. And though many would argue that high heels look beautiful and elegant, there’s nothing pretty about the foot, leg, and back problems they can cause when you wear them too frequently.

The Top Benefits of Choosing a Podiatrist with A Licensed, On-Site Surgery Center

 

Nobody likes the idea of surgery, but the experts at Kansas City Foot Specialists are dedicated to getting you on your feet again with the most convenient surgery experience and the only on-site surgery center in Kansas City. Continue reading to find out some of the many benefits of our on-site surgery center and why more patients are choosing us for all their footcare needs.