July 2016 Newsletter - Your feet have lots of bones, ligaments, and tendons that can get hurt or develop disorders!


Kansas City Foot Specialists July 2016 Newsletter

Get to know common foot disorders and keep your feet healthy!

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Your feet have lots of bones, ligaments, and tendons that can get hurt or develop disorders!

Have you ever thought about how much work your feet do every day? Really, think about it for a second. The average American takes just over 5,000 steps per day. The impact of a jump exerts a lot of pressure on the feet. Most sports or physical activities heavily involve the use of feet and ankles.

Clearly, your feet bear quite a burden. That’s why it’s important to learn how to recognize foot disorders, so you can get them treated in their early stages.

Whether it’s an injury from an activity or a condition that slowly develops over time, Kansas City Foot Specialists’ Foot Disorder Library encompasses a variety of conditions you can learn to recognize, including:

  • Arthritic foot problems
  • Foot conditions in children
  • Toenail problems
  • Bone problems
  • Muscle, tendon, and ligament problems… and so much more!
View our foot disorder library!

If you think you might have a foot condition that needs to be examined by a podiatrist, call us today at 913-338-4440 or contact us online.

Kansas City Foot Specialists staff spotlight!

KCFS-doctor-profile-pic.pngKelly Wright

Medical Assistant

Kelly has been in the podiatry field for almost 15 years, and has been working as a medical assistant with Dr. Laha for almost 10 years. She handles day-to-day patient care for the doctors at KC Foot, including helping patients over the phone, setting up patients in rooms, assisting with procedures and X-rays, and much more.

Kelly loves working at Kansas City Foot Specialists because she enjoys seeing patients leave excited that they can resume their lifestyle as a result of their treatment. She feels that you’re never too young or too old to need great feet, and Kansas City Foot Specialists can make that happen.

When Kelly is not at KC Foot, she spends time with her husband, 3 kids, and 2 dogs. She also loves to read, be involved with her church, and get together with her friends!

Shoe styles that can lead to foot disorders

JulyNewsletterBlog1.pngIn most cases, foot disorders and foot pain can be prevented by wearing comfortable, properly fitting shoes, but most individuals continue to sacrifice foot health for aesthetic reasons. Shoe choice is especially important for individuals who suffer from type 2 diabetes and problems with circulation.

Could you be wearing shoes that are contributing to chronic foot pain? Here are seven types of shoes that can lead to painful foot disorders.

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Common causes of chronic heel pain

JulyNewsletterBlog2.pngChronic heel pain currently affects roughly 3.6 percent of the American population. Considering the heel bone is the largest bone in the human foot, heel pain can be uncomfortable and disabling, but rarely poses a serious health threat.

If you suffer from chronic heel pain, it’s important to learn more about the causes of this unwanted foot condition so you can take steps to treat your ailment and prevent reoccurrences of heel pain in the future.

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June 2016 newsletter - Discover the importance of caring for your feet

Kansas City Foot Specialists June 2016 Newsletter
Learn how to care for your feet this June during National Men’s Health Month
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Discover the importance of caring for your feet

Check out these six foot care tips for men 

June 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.

Check out these tips to help boost foot health:

  1. Watch out for injury - Men and women who are active in physical activities are at risk to encounter foot and ankle injuries. Pay attention to protecting your feet, and don’t brush off pain. Foot pain is not normal. If it hurts, see a doctor.
  2. Wear the right shoes - This is almost a subcategory of watching out for injury. Wearing the right shoes during an activity can help protect you from injury. However, it’s just as important to wear properly fitted shoes for daily activities. Don’t wear shoes that are too tight, too big, or uncomfortable for the sake of fashion or because you don’t think it matters.

Do you or someone you know have questions about foot and ankle health? Are you experiencing pain in your feet and need to see a doctor? Contact Kansas City Foot Specialists today about preventing and treating foot conditions!


 Wearing properly fitted shoes is a great way to care for your foot health. Download a free copy of Proper shoe fit for support and foot pain prevention to learn more how to fit your shoes correctly for all the activities you love.

5 Great ways to care for your feet

5 Great Ways to Card for your FeetNo matter what the season, your feet require great care and special attention. Considering how often you use your feet, the state of your foot health will often affect your overall health.

Make sure your feet are in optimal health throughout the entire year by practicing these five great ways to care for your feet.

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What you need to know about foot and ankle safety during sports

ank_inj_web.jpgSince spring sports are in full swing, it’s a great time of year to focus on foot safety in sports!

Our infographic explains some common foot injuries in sports, how to identify them, and how to avoid them. If you or anyone you know participates in any sports (or any physical activity), you will find the information on this infographic useful!

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May 2016 newsletter - Uh oh! You hurt your foot!

Kansas City Foot Specialists May 2016 Newsletter
How to tell how seriously you’ve injured your foot
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Use these tips from Kansas City Foot Specialists to identify how much harm has occurred

“Put some ice on it.” We’ve all heard coaches, parents, or friends say it when you’ve been hurt, but some injuries require more attention than the good ole’ RICE method. Some accidents warrant a visit to your podiatrist.

Do you know what to look for when you’ve hurt your foot, ankle, or toes? Follow the steps below to assess the severity of your injury:

  1. Determine the amount of pain - This most obvious step is the first step. It’s important to not try to play tough. Take care of your body by being honest with yourself. Try ranking your pain on a scale of 1-10. The higher the pain, the more likely you may have a serious injury.
  2. Check for swelling - For traumatic injuries, you can expect a little swelling at the area of impact, but a severe injury will swell significantly more than normal.
  3. Check for bruising - Some amount of bruising is normal at an area of impact, but large bruising/discoloration can be the sign of a serious injury
  4. Check if the area can still hold weight - If it hurts to put weight on the injured ankle/foot/toes, then you may have a fracture or sprain that requires medical attention.
  5. See if you still have motion in the area - Swelling, pain, and numbness can render your injured area motionless. Lack of movement can be the symptom of a serious injury.

Using these self-assessment tools can help you determine how badly hurt your foot is, but if you have any doubts on how to answer any of the above, please visit a podiatrist for help. A podiatrist is skilled in identifying and treating foot and ankle injuries. A visit to your foot doctor can get you back on your feet quickly again and help prevent development of a more serious injury.

Schedule an appointment with Kansas City Foot Specialists to see a podiatrist about your injury.

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Did you hurt your foot badly in an accident and want to know if you need surgery? Do you have persistent pain that isn’t the result of a specific incident, but might need surgery to correct? Our doctors use non-invasive procedures to treat pain whenever possible, but some conditions require surgery. Download our free e-book, Do you need foot surgery?, to learn when surgery is necessary.

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Kansas City Foot Specialists staff spotlight!

BriannaWatrous-r1-v1.jpgBrianna Watrous
Billing Manager & Office Assistant

Brianna has been a part of the KC Foot Specialists family for 10 years. She’s responsible for overseeing all of the billing, scheduling surgery, and assisting around the office wherever she’s needed.

Brianna loves working at Kansas City Foot Specialists because her position allows her to talk with everyone and help them get answers to their questions and concerns. She loves seeing the patients who come in with pain and discomfort leave satisfied and pain-free!

When Brianna is not in the office, she enjoys spending time at home on her farm where she has plenty of animals to care for!

How to tell if your toe is stubbed or broken

We’ve all done it. Walking around barefoot, maybe in your own home, and all of the sudden … BAM! You slam your toe into the corner of a table leg or some other solid object and pain shoots through your big toe. Unfortunately, you just stubbed your toe, or worse — you broke it.

Knowing the difference between a stubbed and broken toe is crucial to preventing further injury. The following information should help you identify whether or not your toe is stubbed or broken, and what to do if it’s broken.

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Foot pain: When surgery is the answer

blog-2.jpgFor many Americans, particularly as they get older, foot pain becomes a common concern. Some patients suffer from foot pain for years before seeking help, and many experience such severe foot pain that it impacts their ability to live a fulfilling life. However, for many of these patients, suffering is unnecessary. In most cases, foot pain can be easily treated with surgery, sometimes with minor procedures, resulting in a significant improvement in the pain level and ability to return to normal activities.

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Kansas City Foot Specialists April 2016 Newsletter
Keep your feet and ankles safe while going outside and being active
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Podiatrists can help you conquer foot pain and stay active!

Many Americans walk, run, and cycle for exercise, especially in the spring as it gets warmer outside. These are great activities for fitness and health, and they all have one common denominator: heavy use of feet and ankles. Unfortunately, people with foot pain have difficulty with these activities, but they can get help from a podiatrist.

If you’re wanting to get active but are experiencing foot pain, visit a podiatrist. Your doctor can determine what is causing the pain and how to treat it. Common treatments that allow you to get back on your feet include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Shoes, supports, and pads
  • Lotions
  • Physical therapy
  • Shockwave therapy

Your podiatrist will always look for the most conservative approach to treatment. More severe injuries, however, may require foot surgery. Though the recovery time is more lengthy with surgery, the results will have you feeling better and back to doing the things you love!

Are you or someone you know experiencing foot and ankle pain? Talk to the team at Kansas City Foot Specialists about treating a current condition or preventing an existing one from developing!

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If you aren’t experiencing foot pain, take the initiative to prevent a painful condition by wearing the right shoes for every activity. Download a copy of our e-book Proper shoe fit for support and foot pain prevention to learn more.

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Foot care: what runners need to know

Screen_Shot_2016-04-08_at_4.48.36_PM.pngTaking care of your feet is essential to a healthy lifestyle, and nobody understands this better than runners. Whether you’re training for a marathon or just trying to stay healthy, there are several easy ways to keep your feet healthy and ready for your next run. Check out these tips for practicing proper foot care.

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Reasons for foot pain

common-reasons-for-foot-pain_2.jpgFoot pain is a very common medical complaint and can be the result of many different things. Pain in your heel, ball of foot, arch, toes, and edge of your foot can keep you from being active. Consider the following common causes of foot pain and what you can do about them.

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Kansas City Foot Specialists March 2016 Newsletter
Check out these tips for avoiding an ankle injury
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Follow these basic steps to decrease your likelihood of getting a sprained ankle

One of the most common running injuries is a sprained ankle. An ankle sprain occurs when you roll your ankle on an obstacle or take a simple misstep, resulting in the overstretching and/or tearing of ligaments. If you feel you have injured your ankle, a podiatrist can identify if it’s a sprain, usually by asking some questions about how it was injured, measuring how much weight you can put on your foot, and taking an x-ray to confirm the pain isn’t from a fracture.

Hopefully you won’t have to deal with an ankle injury! Increase your protection from ankle injuries by following these simple steps for preparation and protection:
  • Balance training - Simply taking some time out of your day or during practice to do a balance exercise can boost your ankle strength. Stand on one foot for 30 seconds, slightly bending your knee, and focus on positioning your ankle and feeling your muscles engage. Switch feet when you are done with your exercise.
  • Ankle circles - Sit on the ground and raise one foot. Circle the ankle of the raised foot in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions for about 30 seconds to fully stretch it. Repeat with your other ankle.
  • Resistance training - Sling a towel or a rope around your foot and gently pull up on it with your hands, while pushing back with your foot. You should feel the resistance in your ankle. Aim for 10 to 15 seconds of light resistance for each foot.
  • Wrapping and taping - If your activity doesn’t demand a lot of flexibility or mobility, such as a lineman in football, you should wrap and tape your ankles for additional support. Talk to a professional such as a podiatrist or an athletic trainer for ankle wrapping techniques most beneficial to you.
  • Slow training - Take it easy! Know what your body can handle. Have you been active for a while? You can probably push yourself harder. Are you just starting a new activity (the new company softball league)? Then don’t overexert yourself for the sake of performance and wind up with a sprained ankle.

Have you recently hurt your ankle and are concerned it may be sprained? Have you had an ankle injury in the past and have questions about protecting it during future activities? Talk to the team at Kansas City Foot Specialists about treating a current injury or preventing a future one!

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6 ways you increase your risk of spraining an ankle

6-things-to-avoid-that-cause-an-ankle-sprain.jpgA sprained ankle is one of the most common foot-related injuries. It occurs when the ankle is rolled or twisted in an unnatural motion, tearing its ligaments. The majority of sprains are due to an inversion, or inward rolling, of the ankle. Check out these common causes of sprained ankles.

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The importance of ankle health


The human body is an amazing organism, and is made up of numerous structures that all work in harmony to keep us going. Each structure in our bodies serves a specific purpose, and the ankle is no exception. Our ankles are essential structures that allow our feet to move up and down so that we may run and walk smoothly. Your ankles may seem like simple structures, but they are essential to your ability to walk, run, jump, and get around with ease.

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