• Athlete's Foot

    • Toenail fungus and Athlete’s Foot are similar as they are both fungal infections.  The same fungus that infects the skin with Athlete’s Foot can spread to and infect the toenails, causing the nails to become thick and discolored.  We see many cases of toenail fungus that are a direct result of an Athlete’s Foot infection.

      The treatment for Athlete’s Foot and toenail fungus are different.  Typically, Athlete’s Foot is easily resolved with a topical antifungal medication.  Topical antifungal medications is generally only 15-30% effective in curing toenail fungus.  Oral antifungal medication is more effective, but many patients cannot take the medication due to its potential side effects.  Laser treatment is a very effective, non-painful, non-invasive treatment of toenail fungus, as it can penetrate the nail bed and destroy the fungus using light-based technology.

      Kansas City Foot and Ankle offers the latest most advanced laser technology in the treatment of toenail fungus.  Call our office today at 816-943-1111.

    • Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is a fungal infection often appearing in the cracks of your toes and on the bottom of your feet.   Athlete’s foot can be contracted where fungus likes to hang out;  dark, moist areas like locker room floors, shower stalls or anywhere moist and damp.

      Athlete’s foot is mildly contagious so if you have it be sure to see your podiatrist.  If you are close to someone who has athlete’s foot, be sure to insist they wear flip-flops when showering or walking around the house.  Don’t share towels or slippers with the person who has athlete’s foot.  Just be sure the person’s feet are covered up as much as possible until the infection is cleared up.

      If you or someone you know has athlete’s foot, please give Kansas City Foot and Ankle a call.  We have convenient appointments to fit your busy schedule.

    • Absolutely not!  Anyone can acquire athlete’s foot.  Athlete’s foot is a fungus found usually on the bottom of the foot in between the toes.   Fungus is everywhere especially in damp environments such as around swimming pools, locker rooms, and community showers.  Wearing protective foot wear such as shower shoes or pool shoes when in these environments can help prevent developing athlete’s foot.  If over the counter athlete’s foot medications and keeping your feet dry don’t remedy the condition, please consult with our office for treatment recommendations.

  • Bunions

    • Just because you have a bunion, doesn’t mean you need bunion surgery.  If you can stay comfortable with bunion pads to cushion the bunion from shoe pressure, and stay away from tight, constricting shoes, you may be able to stay comfortable and avoid surgical correction.  The newest bunion pads are made of a comfortable silicon gel that is washable and reusable.  If pads, wider and open shoes don’t keep you comfortable, our doctors would be happy to discuss bunion correction with you in detail.

    • People will often go a long time without having their bunion treated, because they heard bunion surgery is painful. We are happy to report after thousands of successful bunion surgeries that people say it is far less painful then they originally thought.

      Keeping swelling to a minimum after surgery is KEY to determining how much pain a person will feel.

      How do you keep swelling to a minimum?

      Keeping your foot above your heart will help keep swelling to a minimum. Gravity is NOT your friend after surgery and your foot is at the lowest point of your body. Your foot will be put in a surgical boot and you will be able to walk after surgery, however, that doesn’t mean you should go about resuming normal activity after bunion surgery. Rest and minimal activity will help keep your pain at bay.

      Listen to your doctor and stay off your foot. Take pain medicine as directed. Stay ahead of your pain. That means take your pain medicine BEFORE the pain starts. Most people can take over-the-counter pain medication after only a day or two provided they STAY OFF THEIR FEET as much as possible.

      If you go without having your bunion treated, because you heard bunion surgery is painful, you may end up experiencing MORE PAIN from the bunion! Be smart – at least have your bunion examined and take steps to stop it from progressing and getting worse.

      Call to make an appointment with a foot specialist today! 816-943-1111

    • Are bunions hereditary?

      If your parents have bunions, it doesn’t automatically mean you will have bunions.  However, you do have a greater chance of developing bunions, because you may have inherited the same foot structure as one or both of your parents.  Foot instability is one of the main causes of bunions.

      Prevention is the key in avoiding bunions.  How do you prevent bunions?  By correcting the instability of your foot.  That can be remedied by custom-molded orthotics.  Click here to read more about what type of orthotics Dr. Green at Kansas City Foot and Ankle recommends to avoid developing bunions.

    • A bunion is not an enlargement of the bone.  It’s the normal bone, but in an abnormal position.  If your foot is not as stable as it should be, there is a muscle imbalance, as the muscles and tendons try to stabilize your foot, but can’t.  Instead, they move the bones and toes into an abnormal position.  Your instability is hereditary.  Blame your parents.

    • Yes, no two bunions are alike.  In terms of the size of the bump, the angle of the great toe and the presence of pain associated with a bunion; together we will evaluate your condition and discuss appropriate treatment options for you considering all factors.  We will look at the severity of the bunion, x-ray findings, and level of pain, your overall health, and lifestyle.

  • Children's Feet

    • Contrary to popular belief, kids with flat feet become adults with flat feet.  If your child has feet that flatten excessively, walks with her feet pointing outward, or has general soreness in her feet with walking and activities, have her evaluated.  She will most likely benefit from custom orthotics in order to maintain a normal arch and provide better support.  Even if your child is not having pain, the muscle imbalance caused by her instability will lead to foot deformities down the road, such as bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs and arthritis.  Don’t wait for your child to have foot pain.  Have her evaluated so treatment, if necessary, can start before long-term problems arise.

    • Foot problems are very common in children, including flat feet, heel and arch pain, ingrown toenails, and warts.  Kids with flat feet should be evaluated and are commonly treated with orthotics, which are custom made shoe inserts, in order to prevent pain and other deformities from occurring as they grow.  Heel and arch pain in kids is a very common condition that we treat and are very successful in getting them comfortable and back to their activities quickly.  Ingrown toenails are a very common condition seen in kids as well.  Ingrown toenails can be very painful and a simple in-office procedure can eliminate painful ingrown toenails permanently.

  • Diabetic Foot Care

    • Diabetes is a very complicated disease that affects all the systems in your body, including the ability to heal wounds.  Higher than normal levels of sugar in your blood can reduce your body’s ability to heal wounds.  It’s also harder to fight an infection in the presence of diabetes, which can certainly complicate wound healing.  Very often, a wound the bottom of your foot is the result of excessive pressure beneath a bony prominence.  Unless you reduce or remove that excessive pressure, the wound may have difficulty healing, even if your blood glucose is well controlled.  Of course, in the presence of neuropathy, or abnormal nerve function, a common side effect of elevated blood glucose, you may not know that you’ve got a wound on the bottom of your foot, so you don’t have it treated.  Daily foot inspections and regular visits to your podiatrist can help prevent wounds from developing.  But once you have a wound, make sure your glucose is well controlled and you have a podiatrist help you get that wound healed before further complications arise.

    • Diabetes is a serious problem in the United States.  The statistics are staggering.  According to the American Diabetes Association from 2011, 25.8 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States.  This includes type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  A small problem with your foot to most people can turn into a big problem for people with diabetes.

      The issue is in circulation problems for people with diabetes.  Some people with diabetes have issues with compromised circulation systems.  That is why it is so important to see a podiatrist who can evaluate your feet and keep them healthy and free from complications.  People with diabetes should have their feet thoroughly examined by a podiatrist once a year.

      For more information about proper diabetic foot care click here.

    • Absolutely!  Medicare understands the importance of preventing foot problems from occurring in patients with diabetes.  With Medicare’s diabetic shoe program, Medicare covers one pair of diabetic shoes, and three pair of insoles yearly.  We participate in this program, and can help fit you with appropriate foot wear.

    • It is very important that people with diabetes give their feet very special care.  A small problem in a healthy person could become a severe one to a person with diabetes.  Diabetes can affect the feet in a number of different ways.  The first is infection, which is one of the most common complications of diabetes and the foot.  Because diabetes can reduce the immune response, a patient with diabetes’ ability to fight infection is decreased.  Early treatment of infection is a critical component to success.  If neglected, infection of the foot can lead to ulceration, bone infection, and ultimately amputation.  If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day.  Look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, warmth, redness, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts, and nail problems.  Get someone to help you or use a mirror.  Diabetic foot care can be very complicated and good podiatric care is an essential component of managing diabetes.

  • Foot Pain

    • Adult acquired flat foot is a deformity where the entire bottom of the foot, including the arch, is touching the ground. There are many causes of this abnormality such as obesity, arthritis, weakening of a tendon, injury or diabetic complications. You may feel pain while doing high impact activities such as running.  The ankle will appear to be rolling inwards and also swelling can be present.  In severe cases this condition can make it unbearable to even stand for long periods of time.

      Whether you were born with flat feet or acquired them in adulthood, help is available at Kansas City Foot and Ankle. Call us to schedule an appointment today and let us help to end your pain.

    • Many things can cause pain on the top of your foot when wearing shoes including a bone spur on the top of your foot, tendinitis (an inflamed tendon) that is being irritated by the shoe, or just an ill-fitting shoe.  If you’re not having pain when walking without shoes, make sure you’re wearing appropriately fitting shoes.  You might benefit from lace-up shoes instead of slip-ons, as they can be loosened and adjusted to fit your feet comfortably.

      If you feel a boney prominence where the shoe is causing discomfort, you may have a bone spur, or arthritis.  You can try placing a donut pad around it, so the shoe puts pressure on the pad and not on the bump.  See if that helps.  Otherwise, come in and have it evaluated.

      If you’re having pain with and even without shoes, come see us for an examination and recommendation from one of our foot and ankle specialists.

    • Great question.  One we are asked all the time.  Your feet are not perfectly symmetrical in size, shape or function.  We all know that one foot is usually ½ to a full size larger than the other.  But most people don’t realize that your feet aren’t exactly alike in function either.  One may flatten a little more than the other during weight-bearing or one might sit at a different angle to your direction of travel than the other.  Additionally, your joints may have different degrees of motion from one foot to the other, which can change the way one foot works compared to the other.   All of these factors, and more, can contribute to the fact that only one foot hurts, or that one hurts more than the other.  If both feet function abnormally, given enough time, they’ll both start to hurt.  But why wait?  If you have foot pain; one side or both, come see us asap so we can get you comfortable quickly.

    • Foot pain is not normal and should not be ignored. Foot pain in the morning is usually seen in patients who are active on their feet all day long. During the day the foot’s plantar fascia ligament can become stretched out.  The pain felt in your feet when you wake up is the contraction of the ligaments in your foot. These ligaments, especially the plantar fascia, need to be stretched out again in order to reduce pain.  However that is not the only cause of foot pain in the morning. There could be other reasons such as a stress fracture, Achilles tendinitis, sever’s disease (inflammation of the growth center in children), nerve pain, bursitis, arthritis, or a traumatic injury.

      These conditions if not addressed can become chronic and even worsen as time goes on. Dr. Green and Dr. Jameson are experts in diagnosing the causes of your foot pain. Get back to your active lifestyle, if you or someone you know is experiencing foot pain in the morning contact Kansas City Foot and Ankle to schedule an appointment.

    • There are some people that are born with an extra bone or piece of cartilage in their foot.  This condition is called Navicular accessory.  It is usually located just above the arch on the inside of the foot.

      If you are born with this condition, it usually doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort.  You can go your whole life without any issues.  However, there are some people with a Naviular accessory that can develop pain and tenderness.  If this is the case, the painful condition is called Navicular Syndrome.

      Navicular Syndrome often is caused in people with flat feet and the additional bone/cartilage.  The flat feet puts more strain on the arches and on the extra bone/cartilage.  This causes inflammation and swelling and leads to pain.

      Navicular Syndrome is often aggravated during the teen and adult years.  The three reasons this condition can become painful are:

      • trauma like a foot or ankle sprain
      • irritation from shoes rubbing up against the spot where the navicular accessory is located
      • repeat or excessive use

      There are treatment different options for Navicular Syndrome.  The best thing to do is make an appointment with Kansas City Foot and Ankle.  The podiatrists at Kansas City Foot and Ankle have treated this condition and are up to date on the latest treatments.

      Give our office a call today if this condition is causing you pain.

    • While plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, don’t assume that if you have heel pain you have plantar fasciitis.  There can be other causes for heel pain.  Other causes for heel pain are stress fractures, arthritis and Achilles tendinitis, bursitis and nerve entrapments.  The only way to know what is causing your heel pain is to have it examined by a podiatrist.  X-rays will be taken of your foot and the source of your heel pain will be identified.

      However, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause for heel pain.  The plantar fascia is the band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes.  The ligament runs along the bottom of your foot.  The ligament can become inflamed and the resulting pain can make walking and exercising difficult to impossible.   The inflammation is usually caused by an instability, or excessive flattening of your arch.  It can be aggravated by:

      • Standing for long periods of time on your feet
      • Repetitive sports like running
      • Being overweight
      • Having flat feet or high arches
      • Wearing the wrong shoes

      Treatment for plantar fasciitis can include minor changes like wearing a night splint, stretching exercises, wearing custom-molded orthotics, to more aggressive treatments like a minimally invasive procedure called cryoanalgesia.

      The first step is identifying the cause of your pain.  Call our office today to set up an appointment.  You shouldn’t have to live with pain.  Let the experts at Kansas City Foot and Ankle diagnose the source of your pain and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

    • Cryoanalgesia is a minimally invasive in-office procedure that is very successful at treating heel pain caused from plantar fasciitis, as well as neuromas.  It is a very effective and long lasting treatment.  Cryo means freezing and analgesia means pain relief.

      Very cold temperatures are imparted to the area of tenderness, knocking out the pain.  The procedure takes 6 minutes.  You’re walking right away in normal shoes and can resume normal exercising in a few days.

      To see if cryoanalgesia is right for you, call our office at 816-943-1111 and make an appointment today.

    • First and foremost, do not ignore pain in your feet and ankles.  Healthy feet don’t have persistent pain or skin that looks unusual.  If your pain doesn’t subside quickly, please contact our office right away.  The sooner we can see you and examine your feet, the quicker we can begin to make the corrections needed to get your feet healthy again.  So often we see people who have waited a very long time and suffered needlessly, sometimes for years.  Podiatrists treat foot and ankle problems for patients of all ages.  We are the experts on foot and ankle care and should be the first doctor you call when you experience any foot and ankle symptoms or pain.  If you have diabetes or poor circulation and you develop any abnormal symptoms you should see us immediately.  You’re at much greater risk for serious complications.  And, if you have diabetes, you should see us at least every six months whether or not you have symptoms or pain.  Regular check-ups are a great way to keep your feet and ankles healthy.

    • Since different stresses to your feet affect your feet differently, wearing shoes appropriate for that activity can help prevent foot and ankle injuries.  For example, it wouldn’t be advisable to wear running shoes to play basketball in as running shoes are not made to control side to side forces.  Obviously wearing flats, high heels or flip flops would be inappropriate when hiking on uneven terrain.  Try to develop a habit of always checking your feet.  If you see any areas of irritation or if you see nails that look unusual, you should see the doctor for evaluation.  If you have diabetes, it is especially important to check your feet regularly.  In fact, we recommend you have someone else help you check your feet because you may not be able to see or more importantly feel problems that are developing.  Early detection and treatment pay avoid potentially serious complications later.

  • General

    • Signs of poor blood flow may include lack of hair growth on your legs and toes, brittle nails, dark skin discoloration, thin, shiny skin and persistent coldness in your feet.  Other symptoms such as swelling and cramping during or after activities, as well as pain relief from hanging your legs off the bedside could also be symptoms of poor blood flow. Dr. Green and Dr. Jameson evaluate the blood flow to your feet through your dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial arteries during examination.  If warranted, additional non-invasive studies may be recommended.

      If you or someone you know is suffering from any of these symptoms described, please give Kansas City Foot and Ankle a call for an appointment.  Don’t let poor blood flow keep you from enjoying your daily activities.

    • By far the most common condition we see is heel and arch pain, or plantar fasciitis.  Other common conditions include bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, flat feet and skin conditions, including athlete’s foot and fungal toenails.

    • Many conditions can be treated very successfully with conservative treatment options.  When conservative care fails to alleviate your discomfort, surgery may be beneficial in alleviating your pain.  Common conditions that require surgery include bunions, hammertoes, Morton’s Neuroma, and bone spurs.  Conditions that rarely require surgery are heel pain or plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis.

  • Heel Pain

    • The Heel Pain Center is a specialized extension of Kansas City Foot and Ankle.  Heel pain is one of the most common foot and ankle conditions in our community and we have developed the Heel Pain Center of Kansas City to provide specialized care to patients of all ages wit all causes of heel pain.  The Heel Pain Center of Kansas City offers many effective treatment options to alleviate heel pain quickly and long-term, including ESWT, Cryoanalgesia, Musculoskeletal Laser and Amniofix.  Although surgery is rarely needed for heel pain, our surgeons have several surgical techniques and procedures at their fingertips to get you back to your active lifestyle.

    • NO!  In fact, surgery is rarely necessary in the treatment of heel pain.  Most heel pain is called plantar fasciitis; a condition where the ligament that attaches to your heel and runs across the arch to the ball of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed.  The most common cause is a slight instability in the way your foot functions with every step.  Your arch is probably flattening a little (or a lot!) more than it should with every step, irritating the ligament beneath the heel, or even up into your arch.

      The solution to your pain is a simple two-part process; reduce the inflammation to get you comfortable, and then address the cause of the problem – the way your foot is working.  There are lots of treatments that can quickly help reduce the inflammation and pain, including musculoskeletal laser, stretching, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, cryoanalgesia, night splints and physical therapy, to just mention a few.

      Long-term relief is obtained by keeping your foot functioning in the most stable position with custom orthotics.  Orthotics are similar to arch supports, except that they are custom made from molds of your feet, reflecting your feet in their most stable position.  So when you wear them, your feet will maintain a stable position with a good arch, and the ligament doesn’t continue to be irritated.

      Rarely do the treatments above fail to alleviate heel pain.  Talk to one of our doctors to find the right combination of conservative treatments for you and your lifestyle.

    • A bone spur is extra bone growth is calcification of the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot or the Achilles tendon on the back of the heel. It is caused by lifelong instability in the way the foot functions. This leads to a low-grade, chronic inflammatory reaction which produces the spurs. Contrary to popular belief, heel spurs rarely are the cause of heel pain.

    • While plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, don’t assume that if you have heel pain you have plantar fasciitis.  There can be other causes for heel pain.  Other causes for heel pain are stress fractures, arthritis and Achilles tendinitis, bursitis and nerve entrapments.  The only way to know what is causing your heel pain is to have it examined by a podiatrist.  X-rays will be taken of your foot and the source of your heel pain will be identified.

      However, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause for heel pain.  The plantar fascia is the band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes.  The ligament runs along the bottom of your foot.  The ligament can become inflamed and the resulting pain can make walking and exercising difficult to impossible.   The inflammation is usually caused by an instability, or excessive flattening of your arch.  It can be aggravated by:

      • Standing for long periods of time on your feet
      • Repetitive sports like running
      • Being overweight
      • Having flat feet or high arches
      • Wearing the wrong shoes

      Treatment for plantar fasciitis can include minor changes like wearing a night splint, stretching exercises, wearing custom-molded orthotics, to more aggressive treatments like a minimally invasive procedure called cryoanalgesia.

      The first step is identifying the cause of your pain.  Call our office today to set up an appointment.  You shouldn’t have to live with pain.  Let the experts at Kansas City Foot and Ankle diagnose the source of your pain and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

    • The most common type of heel pain is called planter fasciitis, or inflammation of the planter fascia.  It is a ligament that runs across the bottom of your foot from your heel to the forefoot.  If your foot is a little more flexible than it should be, then the planter fascia stretches excessive with every step like a rubber band.  This causes irritation usually at its attachment in the heel.  Inflammation develops, which is your body’s way of healing an irritated area, causing pain.  Symptoms include pain when first getting out of bed in the morning that may ease after walking a bit, but worsens again with prolonged standing and walking throughout the day.   Stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory medication, such as Advil or Aleve, and sometimes over the counter arch supports can be helpful.  Wearing good supportive shoes can help prevent it or can in some cases help prevent planter fasciitis.  However, if you cannot control your heel pain and it is interfering with your lifestyle, a conversation with a doctor would be beneficial.

  • Orthotics

    • This is a fair question and one that people ask when they decide to order our custom orthotics.

      Sole Support Orthotics are molded for your feet in our office and the orthotics are designed only for your feet.  These are not off-the-shelf orthotics that can fit anyone.  These orthotics are designed  to correct your foot’s unstable position that can be the cause of so many issues that cause pain and irritation.

      Dr. Green has seen so much with success with Sole Support orthotics that Kansas City Foot and Ankle provides a 100% money back guarantee to our patients.  If you are not completely satisfied with your orthotics, we will refund your money.

      It’s a no risk investment that can treat your problem and bring you significant pain relief.footOverOrthotic_withLine

      What are you waiting for?  Give our office a call so we can mold your orthotics today.

      816-943-1111

       

    • Orthotics can relieve pain as well as prevent the occurrence or progression of foot deformities.  Many common types of foot pain are caused by instability in your feet such as, heel and arch pain, ankle pain, and pain in the balls of your feet.  If you have nice arches when you’re sitting, but they tend to flatten out considerably when you’re standing, you are probably a good candidate for orthotics.  If you have external mal-alignments such as knock knees, bow legs, in toeing, or out toeing, orthotics will most likely be a benefit to you.  If you participate in an activity that places stress on your feet or your work requires you to be on your feet for extended periods of time, orthotics can be beneficial.  The use of orthotics is just one of the conservative foot treatments used in our office.  They can be used to treat foot, heel and arch pain, some calluses, diabetic ulcers and pressure sores, arthritis, abnormal foot function, and to prevent sports injuries or improve sports function. They can also slow the progression of foot deformities such as a bunions, and hammertoes to delay or prevent surgery.  Orthotics can be used to treat children as well as adults.  The best way to find out if orthotics can help you is to make an appointment with us for an exam.

    • Over the counter arch supports are not orthotics.  They are not made for anyone in particular.  While over the counter arch supports can provide some relief of painful foot conditions, they are not ideal.  They are not custom made to your foot so they do not know the position your foot is supposed to function in.  It’s like taking a pair of reading glasses off the shelf at a pharmacy when you really need prescription lenses.

    • Custom made foot supports that are worn under your heel and the arch of your foot.  These devices are molded to be anatomically matched to your foot, and they do more than just provide support.  Orthotics are designed to realign your foot to a neutral or a natural position to alleviate pain in your feet, legs and back, as well as to restore balance, improve sports performance, and relieve foot fatigue.  With orthotics, we take molds of your feet with all the bones and joints lined up appropriately.  When they are built by the lab and you wear them, they will maintain the foot position we molded you in.  They will maintain your maximum arch, balance the weight bearing forces across your foot, eliminate instability and provide the proper foot function for your individual feet.  Research shows that the majority of foot problems can be directly connected to skeletal imbalance.  Most people tend to have some amount of either hyper-pronation (flat feet) or hyper-suspenation (high arches).  The presence of these conditions can cause the foot to be unstable during normal every day activity.  This constant stress on the feet can lead to pain in the feet, ankles, legs, knees, hips, and back.  Orthotics can improve function in the foot by compensating for existing imbalances and in most cases can relieve or prevent the associated pains.

  • Our Office

    • We accept many insurance types, if your insurance is not listed below please contact our office to verify participation.

       

      AARP
      Advantra
      Aetna
      AHA/First Health
      AMA Insurance Agency, Inc
      American Continental Insurance Company
      American Family Insurance Group
      APWU
      Bankers Life and Casualty Company
      Benefit Management (BMI)
      Blue Cross Blue Shield
      Care Improvement Plus
      Cerner Health Plans
      Cigna
      Constitution Life Insurance
      Coventry
      Equitable & You
      FMH Coresource
      Freedom Network
      GEHA
      Golden Rule
      Great-West Healthcare
      Hartford
      Healthcare Preferred
      Health Exchange
      Humana PPO
      Medicare
      Mutual of Omaha
      PHCS
      Physicians Mutual Insurance Company
      Principal
      Preferred Health
      Reserve National Insurance Company
      State Farm Health Insurance
      The Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
      The Pyramid Life Insurance
      Tri Care for Life
      Tricare
      UMR
      United American Insurance Company
      United Healthcare
      United Teachers Associates Insurance Company
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    • We maintain a large inventory of therapeutic products, and medications.  From orthopedic devices to lotions, crèmes and medications, to help make your post-operative period comfortable.  We provide orthopedic walking boots, dressing covers, which will allow you to shower or bathe without getting your surgical dressing wet, and post-operative compression sleeves to help keep swelling to a minimum.  For conditions such as foot and ankle pain, we stock many varieties of walking boots, night splints, and ankle supports.  We also have a large variety of accommodating pads as well as skin lotions, medications to treat fungal toenails, and complete wound care kits.

    • Physical therapy is a common treatment option for many foot problems we see.  While we instruct patients regarding stretching and strengthening exercises, we work with many reputable professional physical therapy facilities locally.   We are happy to refer patients to physical therapy specialists when other modalities would be beneficial including, therapeutical ultrasound, iontophoresis, electrical stimulation, and massage techniques.

  • Running

    • Running works the muscles and stresses the joints.  Inflammation is your body’s way of healing irritated or injured tissue, which is why you’re sore after running or working out.  Ibuprofen (Advil) and Naproxen (Aleve) are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).  They reduce inflammation in the tissues and joints.  Patients who are taking anticoagulants or have a history of GI issues should not take NSAIDs without discussing with their doctor first, as they do have the potential side effects of thinning the blood and irritating the stomach, among others.

  • Skin Conditions

    • Toenail fungus and Athlete’s Foot are similar as they are both fungal infections.  The same fungus that infects the skin with Athlete’s Foot can spread to and infect the toenails, causing the nails to become thick and discolored.  We see many cases of toenail fungus that are a direct result of an Athlete’s Foot infection.

      The treatment for Athlete’s Foot and toenail fungus are different.  Typically, Athlete’s Foot is easily resolved with a topical antifungal medication.  Topical antifungal medications is generally only 15-30% effective in curing toenail fungus.  Oral antifungal medication is more effective, but many patients cannot take the medication due to its potential side effects.  Laser treatment is a very effective, non-painful, non-invasive treatment of toenail fungus, as it can penetrate the nail bed and destroy the fungus using light-based technology.

      Kansas City Foot and Ankle offers the latest most advanced laser technology in the treatment of toenail fungus.  Call our office today at 816-943-1111.

    • Melanoma on your feet.

      What to look for and when to be concerned.

      Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can affect all ages. It can be found on the foot or ankle and can often go unnoticed until it is at an advanced stage. The cause of melanoma can be excessive exposure to the sun or UV rays. Melanoma can develop anywhere on the body even in places that have not had direct exposure to the sun.

      Here are the ABCD’s of melanoma skin checks!

      A = Asymmetry meaning one half of a mole is a different shape from the other half.

      B = Border irregularity – jagged and ragged borders.

      C = Color – a mix of colors and hues vs. a solid color.

      D = Diameter a spot that is larger than 5 millimeters (the size of a pencil eraser head) is cause of concern.

      How to avoid melanoma

      • Keep your feet covered and protected from the sun with shoes and socks.
      • Wear sunscreen on your feet with the appropriate SPF.
      • Inspect your feet including between your toes.
      • Take off nail polish regularly to inspect your toenails for any spots.
      • Stay out of the sun during peak hours.

      The best thing to do is call your podiatrist and have any suspicious spots checked out immediately.

    • Blisters are caused from friction.  Blisters can vary in size and severity.  For example, a new pair of shoes can rub against your ankle and cause a painful blister.

      Here are some tips to avoid getting a painful blister:

      • Wear the right size shoe. Shoes that are too big will cause the foot to slide.  Sliding causes friction that can lead to a blister.  Shoes that are too tight can also lead to a blister.  There should be a thumb’s length from your longest toe to the end of your shoe.
      • Break in your shoes before you go out for an evening of dancing, a day of jogging, etc.
      • Keep your feet dry.  Moisture can cause a blister.  Wear socks made out of polypropylene or other synthetic material that will draw moisture away from your feet.   If your feet tend to be sweaty, change your socks regularly.
      • Try powdering your feet before you wear your shoes.  The powder will help absorb moisture.
      • Apply Vaseline to the area where you are prone to getting blisters.  The Vaseline can help decrease friction that causes blisters.

      If you do get a blister, let it heal.  Do not “pop it”.  Popping a blister can leave an open sore, making it more prone to infection.  This is especially true if you are a person with diabetes.  People with diabetes are more vulnerable to serious foot infections.

      If you have a painful blister, the best thing to do is have it evaluated by your foot specialist at Kansas City Foot and Ankle.

    • You often hear the term “corns and calluses” used in the same sentence, but these two things are not the same.  Corns and calluses both develop as your skin hardens to protect itself from friction or pressure such as rubbing against your shoes.

      So what’s the difference?

      Click here to read more about the difference between corns and calluses.

    • Do your heels look like this during the winter?  Do they hurt, itch and stick to your socks?  If so, you are not alone.  What causes this skin condition and why is it more prevalent during the winter?

      The winter season means drier air.  Indoors and outdoors there is less humidity in the air.  Lack of humidity causes the skin to become drier.  Drier skin means more cracking and peeling.

      To continue reading about this annoying and sometimes painful condition, click here.

    • Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is a fungal infection often appearing in the cracks of your toes and on the bottom of your feet.   Athlete’s foot can be contracted where fungus likes to hang out;  dark, moist areas like locker room floors, shower stalls or anywhere moist and damp.

      Athlete’s foot is mildly contagious so if you have it be sure to see your podiatrist.  If you are close to someone who has athlete’s foot, be sure to insist they wear flip-flops when showering or walking around the house.  Don’t share towels or slippers with the person who has athlete’s foot.  Just be sure the person’s feet are covered up as much as possible until the infection is cleared up.

      If you or someone you know has athlete’s foot, please give Kansas City Foot and Ankle a call.  We have convenient appointments to fit your busy schedule.

  • Toenails

    • Toenail fungus and Athlete’s Foot are similar as they are both fungal infections.  The same fungus that infects the skin with Athlete’s Foot can spread to and infect the toenails, causing the nails to become thick and discolored.  We see many cases of toenail fungus that are a direct result of an Athlete’s Foot infection.

      The treatment for Athlete’s Foot and toenail fungus are different.  Typically, Athlete’s Foot is easily resolved with a topical antifungal medication.  Topical antifungal medications is generally only 15-30% effective in curing toenail fungus.  Oral antifungal medication is more effective, but many patients cannot take the medication due to its potential side effects.  Laser treatment is a very effective, non-painful, non-invasive treatment of toenail fungus, as it can penetrate the nail bed and destroy the fungus using light-based technology.

      Kansas City Foot and Ankle offers the latest most advanced laser technology in the treatment of toenail fungus.  Call our office today at 816-943-1111.

    • Laser treatment of toenail fungus is quick and painless. Some patients have said that it feels warm or they have a tingling sensation but no pain during or after treatment.   Our laser technology is used throughout podiatry and is FDA cleared for treatment of fungal toenails. The laser creates pulsing mid-infrared laser wavelengths that emit energy. This energy is then absorbed into the nail which results in photo-thermal heating and treats the fungal infections of the toenail. The photo-thermal heat stimulates positive growth of the nail, and although not noticeable right away will show improvement over time. New research shows that 4 treatments a week to two weeks apart produces positive results in the treatment of nail fungus. With treatments only taking about 10 minutes for all ten toes and using very little heat so there is no pain, you can’t help but be interested in curing your nail fungus today! You can return to your daily activities right after treatment, with no hassle from topical ointments or remembering to take daily medications. For more information regarding fungal toenails and laser treatments click here, or contact Kansas City Foot and Ankle for more details!

    • A common tennis injury to the foot is called tennis toe. Dr. Stephanie Jameson, podiatrist with Kansas City Foot and Ankle explains this common toe injury and what to expect if you experience tennis toe while playing.

    • It has been rumored that curing toenail fungus is as easy as going to your kitchen pantry or bathroom medicine cabinet.   Vinegar and Vicks Vapor Rub are two products that are supposed to “cure” toenail fungus.

      The problem with these home remedies is that there is no recommended treatment regimen for either product.  There also have not been any clinical studies confirming that either treatment is effective.  The Mayo Clinic mentions both treatments, but emphasizes that there is no clinical evidence supporting either claim.

      A podiatrist can diagnose your condition as onychomycosis and provide scientifically-based treatment that is right for you.

      There are three types of treatment for onychomycosis:

      • Topical Medications
      • Oral Medications
      • Laser Treatment

      All of these treatments penetrate the nail bed at the source of nail infection.  The problem with vinegar baths or applying Vicks Vapor Rub is that they don’t penetrate the nail bed and get to the source of the fungal infection.

      If you want the best treatment options available for killing fungus, call our office at 816-943-1111.  Dr. Mark Green has been treating conditions of the foot and ankle for over nineteen years.

    • The old way of thinking was that nail polish was a no-no when being treated for fungal toenails.  Traditional nail polish has harsh chemicals that trap moisture under the polish creating the perfect environment for fungus to thrive and grow.  That way of thinking has changed with the development of anti-fungal nail polish.  All natural, organic nail polish like Dr.’s REMEDY nail polish that we sell in our south Kansas City office is fine to wear during treatment for fungal toenails.  Dr.’s REMEDY nail polish comes in a variety of beautiful colors, it is safe for pregnant women and children and it was developed by doctors who understand that harsh chemicals are not healthy when trying to rid your nails of unsightly fungus.

      For more information about fungal toenails click here.

    • Currently laser treatment for fungal toenails is not covered by medical insurance.  Dr. Green will diagnose your condition and recommend how many toenails should be treated. Kansas City Foot and Ankle offers three pricing levels depending on how many toes are treated.

      Call 816-943-1111 for more information.

    • Toenail fungus can be a stubborn condition to treat.  The first step is killing the toenail fungus using laser therapy, the most effective treatment option available.  Second, the source needs to be treated so reinfection doesn’t occur.

      At Kansas City Foot and Ankle, we have a variety of over-the-counter products that will treat the environment where fungus likes to live. Killing the fungus that is lurking in your shoes will help prevent reinfection.

    • There are three treatment options for toenail fungus.

      Topical treatment is applied to infected toenails.  Topical treatment has the lowest success rate of all the treatments.

      Oral medication taken regularly can cure toenail fungus.  This medication is processed through the liver so it is not recommended for pregnant women or people with liver function problems.

      Laser treatment is a fast and painless way to kill toenail fungus.  The treatment is 10 minutes.

      Before and After Pictures Using Q-Clear Laser