Foot Health: With fall sports in full swing, don’t let those high ankle sprains sideline your athlete

By Dr. Jamie Settles Carter Special to KyForward As Fall is in full swing and winter is quickly approaching, football season and basketball season are upon us. And you can’t have sports without sports’ injuries, right? One injury, in particular, keeps athletes out for longer periods of time, and that is the high ankle sprain. Different than a common ankle sprain in that it injures a set of ligaments...

Foot Health: With kids about to head back to school, here are some tips for shopping for the right shoes

By Dr. Jamie Settles Carter Special to KyForward The development of a child’s foot is critical to ensure that they are able to enjoy a happy and healthy day at school. Whether they are a growing weed in daycare or attending grade school, we can help provide them with the best foot care to take on the school year with. Follow these guidelines and read below for our recommended brands. Guidelines •...

Foot Health: Here’s your complete beginner’s guide to eliminating smelly feet

By Dr. Amy Barko Special to KyForward When our feet sweat, bacteria and fungi will throw a party in your shoes. It’s time to crash that party. Bacteria and fungi look for a cozy, warm, moist and dark environment… aka, your shoes. The key for prevention is to keep your feet nice and dry. Show your feet some lovin’ by following these easy tips: Clean your feet We often forget about cleaning...

Foot Health: Explaining hammertoe and exposing three of the most common myths surrounding it

By Dr. Amy Barko Special to KyForward There are three things that we constantly get asked in the office. What is a hammertoe? Why did I get this hammertoe? Do I have to have surgery? What is a hammertoe? 

A hammertoe is a condition where the muscles and ligaments surrounding the toe joint are out of alignment, causing the toe to become stuck in a bent, or “hammered” position. These can cause...

Foot Health: Do you have cold, painful feet in the winter that blister? You just may have chilblains

By Dr. Jamie Settles Carter Special to KyForward If the cold weather this time of year causes your feet to itch, burn and develop painful blisters, you may be suffering from a common condition called chilblains or pernio. Often confused with but different than frostbite, chilblains can occur on your face, hands as well as feet and toes.  Chilblains often effects those who are out in cold weather...

Foot Health: Tips on healthy holiday feasting for those managing diabetes

By Dr. Jamie Settles Carter Special to KyForward It’s that time of year again! This time of year is full of yummy family feasts, work pot lucks, and parties! This is my favorite time of year. However, if you are one of the 29 million Americans that has diabetes, this time of year can be daunting and stressful. With so many delectable goodies laid out before you, your glucose meter can sometimes...

Foot Health: Arthritis in your big toe might be causing your running injuries

By Dr. Matthew Ellsworth Special to KyForward Do you ever get big toe joint pain while or after running? Does it feel stiff or throb during or after running? You may be suffering from arthritis of your big toe joint. When you think of arthritis, you often say to yourself, “I’m too young for that”, or “that is only something my grandparents have.” Truth be told, arthritis can affect most...

Foot Health: Here are some answers to your questions about toenail fungus

By Dr. Matthew Ellsworth Special to KyForward What Is Toenail Fungus? Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is an infection underneath the nail surface caused by fungi. The prevalence in America is about 2-3 percent, but some have reported it as high as 13 percent. An estimated 6 million Americans with toenail fungus. Toenail fungus affects men twice as often as it affects women. The prevalence among...

Foot Health: Have pain? Maybe you should try (topical) compounding the issue

Dr. Matthew Ellsworth Special to KyForward Many patients undergoing treatment for high-blood pressure, acid reflux, heart failure and kidney disorders are unable to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) for pain, as their medical conditions or drug therapy typically prohibit the use of these agents systemically. In addition, some patients who are already on several different medications are...

Foot Health: Why do my feet stink? Your podiatrist can help find some answers to a common problem

By Meghan Scott Special to KyForward What’s that smell? I’m no stranger to the smell of dirty feet. I grew up with a brother who played football and baseball and I myself played soccer. The older we became the more involved we became with our sports. What started as something to play once a week turned into daily practices and games two or three times a week. Throw in mud and/or rain and I...

Foot Health: How do you know if your orthotics actually fit correctly?

By Meghan Scott Special to KyForward Whether you are suffering from diabetes, arthritis, back pain, or foot pain, orthotics can help alleviate and even repair the condition. They are an excellent conservative option to treating common foot, back, and knee problems. They provide a simple non-surgical method of restoring the arch to its optimal shape, thus relieving the stress on the bones and joints,...

Foot Health: A few tips on when you need to make a trip to the podiatrist

By Dr. Matthew Ellsworth Special to KyForward Most people visit their dentist twice a year to ensure that there is nothing wrong with their teeth. Most people also visit the eye doctor at least once a year for an eye exam – again just to ensure that things are going well. Most people also visit their primary care doctor for a yearly physical to ensure that everything is as it should be. Unfortunately,...

Foot Health: Are compression socks a fashion statement or a performance booster?

By Meghan Scott Special to KyForward A trend means ‘to emerge as a popular.’ In the world of health and wellness new routines and products are released almost daily. Each season there is a new go to item that has everyone talking. Zumba, HIIT, CrossFit, Yoga, and Running are all fitness trends currently circulating the health and wellness scene. Specifically within the running world, the latest...

Foot Health: Research, shopping around a good idea when seeking treatment for common ailments

By Meghan Scott Special to KyForward You’re on the market for a new car. This will be your first car purchase since your parents surprised you with a new vehicle as a graduation present. Over the years you have noticed certain features you love and hate about your car while occasionally driving other cars to help out a friend. You start researching, looking at consumer reports on various models....

Foot Health: Free wellness clinics offered to help celebrate Foot Health Awareness Month

By Dr. Nicole Freels Special to KyForward April is the foot’s favorite month. You may thank April for the rain showers, for Keeneland, the start of professional baseball season or for the April Fool’s jokes, but your feet are the most thankful for April because it is known as the National Foot Health Awareness Month (NFHAM). To honor this special occasion, and more importantly, to help you honor...

Foot Health: Feel like you are walking on a pebble? You just might have a Morton’s Neuroma

By Dr. Matthew Ellsworth Special to KyForward Morton’s neuromas are small yet painful lumps that develop on the ball of the foot, typically between the third and fourth toes. Not only can these small lumps cause you to feel as though you are standing on a pebble, but they can cause burning, numbness or tingling to your toes. If you have foot pain, especially in the ball of your foot between the...

Foot Health: PedEgg Review – What does your Podiatrist think about the miracle foot file?

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels Special to KyForward 
Do you suffer from cracked, dry, and callused feet? Cracked and callused feet can not only be unsightly, but can also cause pain and embarrassment. I’m sure that many of you have heard about the miracle foot file, the PedEgg. The PedEgg is meant to save you money from having to get a pedicure on a regular basis. It is composed of 135 micro-files,...

Foot Health: Podiatrist versus pedorthist, there is a significant difference

By Meghan Scott Special to KyForward It is easy to understand someone’s confusion on the difference between a podiatrist and a pedorthist. According to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine, “A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is to the foot what a dentist is to the mouth, or an ophthalmologist to the eye — a doctor specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment...

Foot Health: Tips for a safe rest of the winter while battling unpredictable Kentucky weather

By Dr. Matthew Ellsworth Special to KyForward With spring still weeks away, chances are we are in store for at least a bit more snow and icy weather. Here are just a few tips on how to tread safely on those icy and snowy surfaces as well as avoid injury shoveling snow. Walk like a penguin! Slips and falls are the most common type of injuries that can occur during the winter months. Despite adequate...

Foot Health: Leg injury by prominent Wildcat Hawkins places spotlight on high ankle sprains

By Dr. Matthew Ellsworth Special to KyForward Kentucky men’s head basketball coach John Calipari revealed Monday that one of his players, Dominique Hawkins, had suffered a setback during practice, apparently re-injuring the same ankle he sprained 3 weeks ago. The injury had been diagnosed as a high ankle sprain. Teammates helped Dominque Hawkins off the floor after he suffered a high ankle sprain...