High Blood Pressure & Your Feet

By Dr. Nicole Freels / May 6, 2010

As a member of the health care team, I am very concerned about hypertension (high blood pressure) and vascular disease (heart and circulatory problems). There are several reasons for this concern. First, because you are a patient, your podiatric physician and surgeon areI am interested in all aspects of your health and your treatment program.…

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Why Do Shoes Matter?

By Dr. Nicole Freels / May 3, 2010

You walk on your feet every day, forcing them to support the weight on your body. Repeated stress on your feet can cause damage over time. The right shoes can help protect your feet. The wrong shoes may cause more problems. Women are more prone to foot problems because fashions such as high heels and…

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Got Toenail Fungus?

By Dr. Nicole Freels / March 21, 2010

My nails are thick, yellow and seem to have something growing underneath them. I’m not a dirty person, how did this happen? Toe nail fungus strikes across class, ethnic, age and hygiene lines. In fact, one study showed that almost 50% of people over the age of 40 have experienced some type of toenail fungus.…

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Getting Ready for Lexington’s Half Marathon? Let’s Get You and Your Feet Ready!

By Dr. Nicole Freels / March 21, 2010

I am a runner, but, by no means a marathon runner. I’m more a 5K runner. So, I am re-posting a blog from an avid marathon runner, and respected collegue, Dr. Mary Beth Crane. If you have any additional questions, I’d be more than happy to help you prepare, call my office at (859) 264-1141…

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3 Reasons to Visit Your Podiatrist

By Dr. Nicole Freels / March 21, 2010

While we all may not be professional athletes, those individuals need to take special care of their feet….and you do too! No matter how you stay physically active, whether it is golfing, running, or a daily walk, remember to keep you feet happy and healthy. Some basics to keep in mind, such as using the…

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Cosmetic Foot Surgery

By Dr. Nicole Freels / February 11, 2010

Despite debate in the podiatric community about the appropriateness of surgery for purely cosmetic reasons, it’s being done…and often has legitimate health benefits. Note that most of these procedures are performed on patients suffering some form of pain, even though they are being labeled as cosmetic. Have you ever gazed longingly at that stylish pair…

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That Pain in Your Back Could be Linked to Your Feet

By Dr. Nicole Freels / February 10, 2010

If your lower back has been hurting, and you don’t remember doing anything to injure it, the source of your pain could be your feet! Foot pain is something that many people try to ignore. After all, doesn’t everyone’s feet hurt now and then? But if foot pain is something that has been with you…

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Practical Tips for Choosing the Right Boot To Wear in the Snow

By Dr. Nicole Freels / February 10, 2010

As our famed Mr. Groundhog has predicted, we’re stuck with another 6 weeks of winter weather. By the looks of it outside….he was right. So, we’re going to have to keep our cute heels and open-toed shoes in the closet a bit longer. The good news…we need more shoes to help us thru the snow…

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Stiff, Sore, Achy Feet and/or Ankle? Afraid You’ve Got Arthritis?

By Dr. Nicole Freels / February 7, 2010

Definition Arthritis is a disease characterized by the inflammation of the cartilage and lining of the body’s joints. Inflammation causes redness, warmth, pain and swelling. There are about 40 million Americans who suffer from arthritis. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, estimates that by the year 2020, about 60 million Americans…

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Dry Skin and Winter Itch

By Dr. Nicole Freels / January 30, 2010

Colder temperatures each winter bring many Americans one big problem: dry, cracked skin. Those itchy, dry patches are nature’s way of letting us know that the outer layer of our skin, made up of dead skin cells, natural oils and lipids (fats), needs help. Cold weather and lower humidity as a result of indoor heating…

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