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Foot Health: Did healing power of laser therapy save Panther Jared Allen’s Super Bowl opportunity?

Carolina’s Jared Allen suffered a fractured foot in the NFL divisional playoff win against the Seattle Seahawks. Allen thought his first Super Bowl experience would have to be from the sidelines, but that was before he was introduced to the healing power of laser therapy (Photo Provided) By Dr. Nicole G. Freels Special to KyForward The Carolina Panthers have already achieved a victory this week,...

Foot Health: Winter has the potential to cause you more problems than just a set of cold feet

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels Special to KyForward BRRR! This means frigid cold temperatures and in return, wearing one, sometimes two pairs of socks. Now that our toes and feet are going to be covered for the next four months, there is no need to pay special attention to our foot care, right? WRONG! Here are four tips for great foot care at home to follow year-round: — Always wear shoes at...

Foot Health: Bunions – and misinformation surrounding them – all too common in U.S.

  By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Did you know bunions are one of the most common foot problems in the United States? In fact, studies show that one-fourth to one-third of Americans have bunion deformities.   Myths about bunions, however, are common as well. And misinformation about this malady can lead to mistreatment.   A bunion is defined as a bony bump that forms...

Foot Health: Know the facts about diabetes and its impact on your feet and lower limbs

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Diabetes affects more than 26 million Americans. Podiatrists have a keen interest in this problem because people with diabetes can suffer dangerous complications with their feet and lower limbs…even some problems that can lead to amputation.   Because the disease affects the feet in many different ways, it’s important to KNOW THE FACTS. Slogging...

Foot Health: Runners remember to listen
to your body, get your injury under control

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Runners are tough. So tough and dedicated that when they are sidelined by an injury, they can sometimes inadvertently hinder their own recovery because they rush back into running before they have properly healed.   An injury like Achilles tendonitis or a bout of plantar fasciitis can be hard on avid runners in peak condition because they feel...

Foot Health: Be smart about getting a pedicure, especially if you have diabetes

Diabetes patients don’t have to forgo pedicures, they just need to be careful – and smart. (Image provided)   Note: This is the second in a series of columns about pedicures – and what to look for to make sure you get the safest and most sanitary pedicure possible.   By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   A commonly held belief among health care professionals...

Foot Health: Shopping for children’s shoes
that ‘make the grade’ is as easy as 1-2-3

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   While a new school year is often synonymous with new school supplies, preparing for children to go back to school should also include buying a new pair of shoes.   When shopping for children’s shoes, go to a specialty shoe store that is familiar with children’s shoes and age-specific needs. These types of stores tend to have better quality...

Foot Health: This homemade foot soak used once a day can help keep the podiatrist away

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Fungal feet are not fabulous and neither are the symptoms. Cracked, peeling and blistering skin between the toes is not only unattractive but also painful. Athlete’s foot can cause burning pain that can turn into an infection or lead to discolored, thick fungal toenails.   Here’s a simple home remedy for fungal feet. This treatment should...

Foot Health: Don’t let your dogs go to the dogs! Their saliva won’t cure athlete’s foot

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Pets love to dig in the dirt and roll in the grass, and they have been known eat anything with a foul odor… even road kill (gross!). Therefore, it is pretty easy to guess that the actions of your furry friend may end up giving you bacteria, ringworm and fungus. It is easy to transmit because ringworm spores can lurk on a dog’s coat or muzzle.   Every...

Foot Health: There’s an upside and downside to sweaty feet; your nose knows the difference

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Did you know there are 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet? And while that will lead to sweaty feet, there are things you can do to avoid the stink that follows.   Let’s first point out that sweat is a GOOD thing. Your skin cools the body by sweating, which is just water evaporating and taking some of the heat with it.   The downside...

Foot Health: Most of us have one leg longer than other; balance issues, pain more with age

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Did you know? Your knee, hip and back pain can be corrected when your feet are balanced.   Approximately 75 percent of the global population has a form of leg length discrepancy. This staggering number means that three of every four people you pass on the streets have one leg longer than the other. An even higher number don’t have a clue that...

Foot Health: Is your child pigeon toed? What it is, what to look for, why you shouldn’t fret

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Do your child’s feet resemble those of Tommy, the cute baby from the popular Rugrats cartoon? Turned in, with toes pointed at each other?   A balanced gait is considered to be walking with your toes and feet pointing straight forward, but many children begin walking with their feet pointing slightly inward. This is what we call in-toeing, or...

Foot Health: Fungal nails are no respecter of persons – even celebrity elite can be afflicted

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Do you have toenails that are yellow, thick and crumbling or splitting? If so, you might have a case of fungal nails … and you’re not the only one. Even some of our favorite celebrities have this problem, too!   A few years ago, Paula Abdul spent almost a whole year in and out of the hospital with an infected nail after visiting a nail salon...

Foot Health: A bunion or arthritis? Women often get the painful conditions confused

By Dr. Sarah Voelkel KyForward columnist   Women – are you confusing a bunion with arthritis?   No woman wants to hear that she has arthritis, especially in her feet.  But with the average person taking thousands of steps each day, it’s no wonder arthritis affects us.    Unfortunately, some women confuse what they think is pain from a bunion with arthritis in the big toe joint....

Foot Health: When your morning run comes
to screeching halt, it might be plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis often develops with excessive running and playing tennis and basketball. However, anyone can be at risk. (Photo provided)   By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Are you suffering from agonizing heel pain? Is it keeping you from going on your morning run? Then you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis.   The plantar fascia is tissue that runs across the bottom...

Foot Health: Sweet feet attract mosquitoes? No, but smelly, sweaty, limburger ones do!

  By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Did you know that a whopping 200 million people are affected worldwide each year by malaria and around 700,000 people actually die from the disease?   It seems like every time you walk outside in the summer you are attacked by little creepy crawly bugs and hundreds of mosquitoes.   MYTH: Bugs only bite you if you’re ‘sweet?!’...

Foot Health: Rites of summer – burgers on the grill, fish, cold beer – not so right for gout

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   The sun is finally out … and my gout is back.   If you have gout, you know that warmer weather tends to coincide with an increase in gout attacks. Here’s why:   In the spring and summer, we like to barbeque with friends and family. Oftentimes, this means more red meat. Large amounts of red meat aren’t recommended for people who suffer...