Footwear

One podiatrist’s views on running barefoot vs. wearing shoes

By Dr. Nicole Freels / September 21, 2011 / Comments Off on One podiatrist’s views on running barefoot vs. wearing shoes

Let me tell you straight up that, as a podiatrist, I just don’t get the whole barefoot running craze. I was at the gym the other day and saw a guy running on the treadmill barefoot, and I was absolutely mortified.  He couldn’t possibly have understood what that can do to his feet, not to…

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If your preteen’s heel hurts, it might be Sever’s disease

By Dr. Nicole Freels / September 6, 2011 / Comments Off on If your preteen’s heel hurts, it might be Sever’s disease

If your preteen or teen complains about their heels hurting, they might have Sever’s disease. No need to stress, Mom – it sounds a lot worse than it is.  This is just a common growing pain that will gradually go away and won’t leave any long-term damage.  But it’s still a good idea to come…

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How to Choose Baby’s First Shoes

By Dr. Nicole Freels / August 22, 2011 / Comments Off on How to Choose Baby’s First Shoes

If you have little ones at home, whether they’re just starting to walk or are already in preschool, selecting the right shoes is critical. The bones in their feet are still forming, so a poorly fitted shoe can cause abnormal and repetitive pressures that could actually deform their feet. Here are tips for choosing shoes…

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5 tips for keeping your teen athlete’s feet healthy

By Dr. Nicole Freels / August 18, 2011 / Comments Off on 5 tips for keeping your teen athlete’s feet healthy

The kids are back in school, and along with freshly sharpened pencils and homework come sports. Whether your child is on the football team, the middle school cheerleading squad or plays basketball in the driveway after school, it’s important to watch out for the health of their feet to avoid injury and discomfort. Here are…

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4 Things to avoid when buying school shoes

By Dr. Nicole Freels / August 8, 2011 / Comments Off on 4 Things to avoid when buying school shoes

It’s back to school season once again!  For kids, I know it comes way too soon. But for most parents, it can’t come soon enough, right?  Time to put the beach towels and bikes away, hunt down the school supply lists at Wal-mart, and start shopping for new back-to-school clothes and shoes. When it comes to…

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Do “toe sneakers” really help your feet?

By Dr. Nicole Freels / July 27, 2011 / Comments Off on Do “toe sneakers” really help your feet?

Have you seen these “toe sneakers” that seem to be everywhere? They’re a cross between running shoes and gloves, and remind me of those silly striped socks we used to wear as kids. As this craze passes throughKentucky, I’d like to tell you about these odd little shoes from a podiatrist’s perspective. Fans of these…

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Protect your feet from summer’s heat

By Dr. Nicole Freels / June 13, 2011 / Comments Off on Protect your feet from summer’s heat

During the summer your feet need special attention. Summer presents a challenge for keeping your feet cool while in extremely hot weather conditions. The combination of heat and humidity aids in the growth of bacteria, so protecting your feet will help significantly. How to protect your feet: Moisture Management- It is important to manage moisture…

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Travel & Your Feet

By Dr. Nicole Freels / January 9, 2011 / Comments Off on Travel & Your Feet

Travel can put excessive amounts of stress on your feet.  A little preparation prior to your trip can make travel more comfortable and fun.  See us before your trip so we can advise you on shoes and foot health so that you can make the most of your vacation. Following a complete examination, we will…

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Planning on Wearing High Heels to the Horse Races?

By Dr. Nicole Freels / April 27, 2009 / Comments Off on Planning on Wearing High Heels to the Horse Races?

If you’re wearing high heels for a day at the races, your feet are probably going to hurt. Being a female Podiatrist, I understand that many women love the lift and length that high heels offer. We are willing to forego a bit of comfort and stability for the sake of fashion. However, it’s our…

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