Foot Health: Yes, osteoporosis can affect feet, especially when stress, other fractures develop

  By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist     We are often asked if osteoporosis – decreased bone density from either losing too much bone or not being able to make enough bone – can affect feet.   With this decreased bone density, the bones are more susceptible to stress fractures and fractures in general. So, the answer is definitely yes. Podiatrists are actually...

Foot Health: Children’s sports injuries should be evaluated, never ‘play through the pain’

Slight injuries can become for serious if they aren’t prompted evaluated (Willow Creek Pediatrics.com Photo)   By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   This time of year children are very active in numerous sports activities and we often see many different types of sports related foot injuries. Children’s sports are very competitive and any injury can significantly impact the physical...

Foot Health: Candy may satisfy your sweet tooth, but your toes may one day pay a price

  By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   We all know about the adverse effects of candy on our teeth. Some dentists are even buying Halloween candy back from the public as a way to promote oral health and prevent cavities.   But I bet you’ve never thought about candy’s affect on our feet. Yes, that’s right, our feet!   When we eat candy, which is high in sugar...

Foot Health: Why risk a lifetime with a funky toenail? Have those injuries checked out now

This middle toenail of a 6-year-old was ripped off when she stepped into a sidewalk crack. (Photo provided)   By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   Trauma to a toenail is a very common injury and one that brings many concerns, especially the concern as to whether the toenail will ever come back and be normal again.   When I say trauma, I mean anything from rubbing or jamming in...

Foot Health: Lawn mower injuries still common even in summer’s waning days

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   Even though we’re nearing the end of summer, lawn mower injuries to the feet are common injuries this time of year.   These injuries can result in deep lacerations, severed tendons, and loss of toenails or toes. They are typically very dirty injuries requiring immediate medical attention for adequate cleansing of the area, antibiotics, and possible...

Foot Health: Don’t let children get caught flatfooted; arch collapse can cause problems

Try the footprint test on a piece of, using this as a guide. A high arch is depicted on the left; flatfoot is on the far right. (Graphic from Wikimedia Commons)   By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   As you take your children shopping for back-to-school shoes, it’s the ideal time to focus on their foot health and well-being. Remember, it’s not normal to have pain in your feet,...

Foot Health: For the love of your feet …
get help for those painful crossed toes

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   We love our feet. They get us place to place.   But sometimes… We hate our feet. They hurt, they swell and some just aren’t pretty. The feelings we have with our feet can get pretty complicated.   Love is a battlefield, eh?   The truth is, we need to love and take care of our feet. If you have foot pain during everyday tasks or walking,...

Foot Health: Wearing high heels over many years can lead to problems; here’s 7 of them

  By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   We can’t speculate on why women want to wear high heels, we just know that many do and many come to us for high heel-related issues. Hey, we’re not immune. We like them, too. We just have to be ready to accept the potential dangers of overuse.   Look, we’re all pretty smart. We know that high heels aren’t necessarily good for our feet,...

Foot Health: The unsightliness of ingrown toenails is the least of worries for sufferers

If you get an ingrown toenail, chances are good that you will get one again. Learn how to prevent them in this column or by visiting wikihow.com. (Photo from wikihow.com)   By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   Ingrown toenails is one of the most common problems we see on a daily basis in our practice. Ingrown toenails can occur in young children to the elderly and can occur on any...

Foot Health: Bring out the sunscreen along with sandals to protect feet from skin cancer

The temptation once sun appears is to throw off the socks and shoes and bring out the sandals. That’s ok as long as you take care to protect your feet from skin cancer. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   May is skin cancer awareness month. Be aware of the potential danger to your feet and learn how to protect your feet this summer.   Skin...

Foot Health: Do you feel like you’re walking
on glass? You might have a deep callus

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   Many of our patients come in with calluses on their feet, some painful and some nonpainful. But one specific type of callus that causes significant pain – a feeling of walking on glass – is called a porokeratosis.   There are many forms of porokeratosis, but what we commonly see is a callus lesion with a core that extends deeper than...

Foot Health: If wanting to run barefoot or in minimalist shoes, take risks into account first

This runner is wearing a pair of Inov8 Evoskin Minimalist shoes. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   Shoe those ponies!   The Keeneland Race Meet has me thinking about horse shoes and how they respond to the different tracks. I started to think about how our own feet respond to different surfaces as well.   Many are heading outside for more...

Foot Health: Heart connected to sole; foot and leg pain may be tied to heart disease

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   Your foot and leg pain can be related to heart disease. February is known for heart health awareness, especially in women, and in honor of the many men and women who are diagnosed with heart disease, we thought we’d talk about the connection between the feet and heart.   Coronary artery disease is narrowing of the arteries in the heart where peripheral...

Foot Health: Polar vortex or not, cold weather calls for extra protection from toe frostbite

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   My Toes Are Freezing!   With the recent polar vortex that brought frigid temperatures to our area, I find it a good time to talk about protecting your feet in this weather, as we do still have a couple months of winter yet.     These toes are 12 days post frostbite. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) What happens to your feet when the temperature...

Foot Health: Heel pain in an active child may involve Sever’s Disease of the growth plate

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   If your child is complaining of a pain in the heel, do not automatically assume that they have Plantar Fasciitis just because you do.   The most straight forward answer is: Children usually do not get plantar fasciitis.  But what they can develop is apophysitis, which is inflammation of their growth plate in their heel bone.  This is also known...

Foot Health: Burning, shooting pain often plagues waking, sleeping hours for diabetics

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   Burning pain in your feet keeping you up at night?   Since this is Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re chatting about a topic that plagues many with diabetes. Burning, sharp, shooting pains can be the norm for some diabetics’ feet.     These symptoms are called peripheral neuropathy.  Peripheral neuropathy can be a very debilitating condition...

Foot Health: Five tips to fix dry and brittle toenails, a common condition podiatrists see

This dry, brittle toenail was beginning to grow into surrounding flesh. The nail was then supported by a toothpick in this home remedy to prevent ingrown toenails. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   A podiatrist sees many different nail conditions on a daily basis and a common concern of patients are dry and brittle nails.   Nails are mainly composed...

Foot Health: Skin cancer can attack the
feet and prove deadly; it killed Bob Marley

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   What do Bob Marley and Feet have in common?   Did you know that Bob Marley was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma on his big toe, but he declined treatment due to religious beliefs and ultimately died from the cancer spreading throughout his body.   Bob Marley in concert in Zurich in 1980 shortly before his death in May 1981 (Photo from Wikimedia...

Foot Health: Painful ‘pump bump’ on back
of heel can be treated with/without surgery

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   Ever wonder what that bump is on the back of your heel? Does it seem to be getting a bit larger over time? This is a condition we refer to as Haglund’s deformity. You also may have heard it called a ‘Pump Bump.’   Haglund’s deformity is a condition where there is an enlargement of the posterior (back) of your heel bone near the attachment...