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August 06, 2022
Category: Proper Footwear
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With fall just around the corner, you may have noticed a shift in decor in retail shops. In shoe stores, you may start to see big sales on summer sandals and new inventory of fall shoes and boots. It’s a great time to take stock of what footwear you need in your closet, and to be on the lookout for great shoes! While it’s tempting to choose footwear based on looks, our podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists want to remind you of these important tips too!

 

  1. Try them on in person: As much as online shopping is convenient, there is a huge benefit to actually trying them on before buying. Shoes are built very differently depending on brand, materials, and structure of shoe, so it’s important to be able to not only try them on for fit, but also to feel the materials and flexibility of the shoe. You can also take advantage of the help you can get from footwear specialists at the store! Another recommendation is to go in the afternoon when your foot tends to be the most swollen. 
  2. Know what foot type you have: Knowing what kind of arches or foot shape you have makes it easier to shop for shoes that are supportive and comfortable. If you have low arches, it’s important to get shoes that have good arch support. If you have wider feet, choose a style that has a wider size option. 
  3. Look for good shock absorption: Regardless of your activity level, you can benefit from having good shock absorption in your shoes. If you’re on your feet a lot for work or you’re any type of athlete, extra cushioning is crucial to enhance the comfort of your feet, especially in the heel area that is prone to pain from overworking.
  4. Choose the right materials: The material of the shoes can make a big difference in how your feet can move. If you have diabetes or other condition that increases your risk of skin problems, look for flexible, breathable materials that will prevent blisters, corns, and calluses. Check the seams too, and be sure that they are not directly over your bunion, toe joints, or other potentially painful areas.   
  5. Opt for laced shoes for ultimate comfort: Laces may not be the most popular choice, but from a foot health perspective, they can be the best at creating a proper fit for your feet. It gives you room if you decide to insert custom orthotics to further enhance your foot function. It can prevent sprains and other injuries by eliminating shoes that fit too loosely on your feet.

 

Not sure what kind of shoes your feet need?

Consult with our foot doctors at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle SpecialistsOur podiatrists can determine what type of shoe, materials, build, and support your feet can benefit from. We even offer custom orthotics that you can bring with you to your next shoe shopping trip! The shoes you wear can have a big impact on your foot health, so it’s important to take these tips into consideration! If you have other foot concerns like heel paintoenail problems, or sports injuries, contact our offices in Louisville, Bardstown, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green, KY and Albany, IN. Call us at (502)805-3338 to set up an appointment! 

Starting a new habit can be both exciting and daunting, especially when it’s a physical activity like running. You have the motivation, new shoes, and maybe even a running buddy. What else is there to prepare? Whether you’re jogging, running, or training for a marathon, our podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists want you to know of common injuries to be aware of so that you can enjoy running for as long as possible. 

 

Skin issues

Running can lead to skin issues like blisters, calluses, corns, and warts. Minimizing friction, keeping your feet clean, wearing moisture-wicking socks and properly-fitting shoes are key to preventing these common problems.

 

Heel pain

Your feet take a lot of pounding while running, which can lead to inflammation and injury to the thick fibrous tissue called the plantar fascia that supports the arch. Repeated stress can lead to plantar fasciitis, which requires rest, medication, orthotics or other therapies to alleviate heel pain. 

 

Achilles tendinitis

Every time your foot pushes off the ground, it uses your achilles tendon. While it is the largest and strongest tendon in your body, the repeated motion of running can lead to pain, swelling, and stiffness. Warming up your tissues with stretching before and after running can greatly decrease your risk of tendinitis.

 

Shin splints

Overexertion from running can cause shin splints, which are small tears in the tissues surrounding the shin bone. Stretching regularly, rest, icing, and medication are often treatments to ease pain. 

 

Ankle sprains

While sprains can happen anywhere or even while walking, ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries that occur while running. Ligaments on the sides of the ankles are stretched, torn, or injured to cause swelling, pain, and bruising that can prevent you from putting weight on your foot. No matter how severe, it’s important to consult with a podiatrist on a treatment plan.

Running can be an extremely rewarding activity and offer many benefits to your physical and mental health. In order to continue with injuries, it’s important to stay on top of your foot health through regular stretching, gradual progression of workouts, and consulting with experienced  foot doctors. 

 

We can help!

At Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, our doctors offer a wide range of services, from preventative care including physical therapies and custom orthotics to complex surgeries to improve or correct foot function or help heal injuries. Find out where your foot health stands by scheduling an appointment with our board-certified podiatrists. Our advanced technologies used in diagnostics and treatments provide the highest-quality foot and ankle care for our patients. To schedule an appointment at any of our locations in Louisville, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, KY and New Albany, IN, call us at (502) 805-3338 or request one online here.

Among the many different types of physical therapy treatments we provide here at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, one that we frequently prescribe to our patients is electrical muscle stimulation therapy. What is it, and how does it help with foot and ankle injuries? Our podiatrists are here to tell you!

What is it?

Electrical muscle stimulation therapy is used to alleviate pain, reduce swelling, and improve healing of injuries through increased blood flow. Controlled electrical currents are generated and delivered through electrode pads that are placed directly on your skin. The electrical stimulation imitates the contraction and release of your muscles, and the intensity and frequency of currents can be changed. 

What kind of injuries can be treated?

The following are commonly treated with electrical stimulation:

How does it help?

There are several ways that this form of therapy can help:

  • Strengthens weakened muscles through repeated contractions
  • Stimulates healing through increased blood flow
  • Decreases muscle spasms
  • Alleviates pain

There are also different types of electrical stimulation therapies, including Transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation (TENS) and Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), which target the nerves. The type of treatment you receive will depend on your specific foot or ankle issue.

Contact our team!

At Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, we pride ourselves on having state-of-the-art technologies that enable us to provide our patients with the highest quality podiatric care. Our full spectrum physical therapy services play a big part in our patients’ successful treatments and recoveries. From plantar fasciitis, sports injuries, and tendon injuries, to post-surgical treatments, electrical stimulation therapy can help treat a wide range of foot and ankle conditions. Have questions about our physical therapy services? Contact any of our offices in Louisville, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, KY and New Albany, IN to set up an appointment with our podiatrists today!

We are so excited to share the news that our brand new Jefferson office has a space dedicated to physical therapy! Physical therapy may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to taking care of your feet, but it is a valuable form of treatment that can make a big difference in your healing. Whether you are recovering from foot surgery or a foot injury, or you want to reduce the chances of needing surgery, our highly-qualified physical therapists can help you regain strength, heal, and reduce pain. 

 

What is physical therapy?

 

Physical therapists are licensed professionals who are highly trained in body function to help patients with rehabilitation, pain reduction, and enhancement of their mobility, flexibility, and strength. Each patient is provided with an individualized treatment plan to address their foot and ankle issue, including ankle sprains, bunions, heel pain, flat feet, ankle instability, tendinitis, and wound care.

 

At Kentucky / Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, our physical therapists have extensive experience helping patients improve their foot and ankle health. 

 

We provide a wide range of physical therapy treatments:

 

 

Depending on your foot and ankle issue, our physical therapists may prescribe strengthening or stretching exercises, perform manual therapy, use technologies like electrical stimulation, lasers, or perform nerve conduction studies to assess and treat your condition.

 

While some patients use physical therapy to get back on their feet after an injury or surgery, others use it as a preventative measure to maintain good foot health and prevent recurring injuries. Often, it can be used to avoid more aggressive treatments like surgery. 

 

Take advantage of our brand new physical therapy space! 

 

For high-quality, experienced foot and ankle care by dedicated foot doctors, contact Kentucky / Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists! It’s the first step in making a difference in your foot and ankle health! Request an appointment online or call any of our offices at (502)805-3338 to schedule an appointment with our podiatrists today!

Do you have painful feet with seemingly no explanation? You’ve been down the mental checklist: you haven’t overworked your feet, there’s no obvious injury, you haven’t started a new sport – what could be the cause? A lot of times the answer is an underlying medical condition that is causing your feet some sort of discomfort. 

At Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, we see all kinds of podiatric issues. 

Here are some of the more common issues that could lead to pain, swelling, tingling, or just general discomfort in your feet that you might not think of immediately: 

  1. Medications - Are you on meds to lower your blood pressure? Swollen feet are a common side effect of many medications that reduce blood pressure. Always tell your podiatrist and your primary care physician your full list of medications that you’re taking to rule out any causes of foot and ankle issues.
  2. Arthritis - If you’ve put your feet to work for over 50 years, it’s possible you have developed osteoarthritis. This degenerative disease causes the protective tissues in the joints of your feet to break down. Each foot has 33 joints, which means that’s a lot of room for foot pain as you age! 
  3. Pregnancy - There are a variety of issues related to pregnancy that can cause foot issues. Fluid retention during pregnancy is common, causing swollen feet. Rapidly changing hormones can loosen the joints in your feet and ankles, making you feel constantly off-balance or unstable.  
  4. Obesity - A higher body mass index can raise your chances of foot problems. More pounds in your upper body means more pressure on your feet, which can put you at risk for plantar fasciitisarch pain, arthritis, tendonitis, or more. 
  5. DiabetesDiabetes is one of the biggest causes of long-term foot problems. High blood glucose levels can affect the nerves and peripheral arteries in your feet, which can make them numb, painful, or tingly. Wounds don’t heal quickly, which can open them up to infection more easily, which can lead to serious consequences like amputation in extreme cases.  

Get help from our podiatrists

Remember, any foot pain is not normal, so if you’re dealing with foot pain, tingling, numbness, or discomfort, it’s time to get your feet checked out! Our team of dedicated podiatrists are ready to diagnose and treat your foot problems, including heel pain, diabetic wounds, ingrown toenails, nail fungus, and more. Call us at (502)805-3338 or request an appointment online today at any of our locations in Louisville, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, KY and New Albany, IN.





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