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Foot Health: Numbness or burning in the ball of your foot could be neuroma, and there options for relief

By Dr. Amy Barko Special to KyForward Do you have nagging pain in the ball of your foot? It just might be a neuroma. Neuroma is an enlarged nerve in the ball of your foot that is trapped in-between the bones. If you’re thinking ouch, you’re right. Sometimes neuromas can be caused by as little as tight shoe gear or swollen feet in proper shoe gear. For example, one of my patients wore...

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...