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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Diverse Causes of Foot Pain

Foot pain is a common and often underestimated ailment that can stem from a myriad of causes. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by stabbing heel pain, usually arises from overuse or inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament. Bunions, those painful bony bumps at the base of the big toe, typically result from genetic predisposition and from wearing ill-fitting shoes. Achilles tendinitis, manifesting as pain at the back of the heel, often arises from overuse or tight calf muscles. Neuropathy, which induces numbness and tingling, can be caused by diabetes or other health conditions. Gout, a form of arthritis, is marked by severe joint pain and occurs when uric acid crystals accumulate in the joints. Stress fractures may develop from repetitive stress or overuse and cause pain. If you are experiencing foot pain for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can determine the cause and effectively treat it.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Sheldon D. Simon from Kentucky . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Owensboro, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Treatment Options for Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. The result is pain, inflamed skin, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. Ingrown toenails, which most commonly affect the big toe, can be painful and frustrating, but the good news is that there are several effective treatment options available to alleviate the discomfort and promote healing. Ingrown toenails often result from improper nail care, wearing tight-fitting shoes, or trauma to the toe. Cutting your nails too short or rounding the edges instead of trimming them straight across can also increase the risk. Find shoes that have a wider toe box, to avoid having the toes squeezed too tightly. If ingrown toenails develop frequently, custom orthotic devices also can help redistribute pressure on the toes. A podiatrist may prescribe antibiotics to treat or prevent infection. In more severe cases, a podiatrist may need to remove a portion of the ingrown toenail to promote healthy nail growth. If you are suffering from the pain of an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Sheldon D. Simon of Kentucky . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Owensboro, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Tips for a Speedy Recovery From a Broken Toe

A broken toe can be a painful and inconvenient injury, but with proper care, you can help it heal more quickly and minimize discomfort. First and foremost, it is essential to rest and protect the injured toe. This means avoiding putting weight on it and wearing comfortable, supportive footwear. Swelling and pain can be reduced by elevating the foot whenever possible, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers may provide some relief. In some cases, a splint or buddy taping the broken toe to its neighbor toe can aid in stabilization. Be mindful of any signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, or discharge, and seek medical attention promptly if you notice these symptoms. Patience is key when caring for a broken toe, as it may take several weeks to fully heal. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose this condition, and guide you toward the treatment that is right for you.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Sheldon D. Simon from Kentucky . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Owensboro, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2023 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Understanding the Anatomy of Flat Feet

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, is a common condition where the arches of the feet appear to be flat or absent. Understanding the anatomy of flat feet can shed light on this condition. The arch of the foot is a vital structural feature, composed of tendons, ligaments, and bones, including the tarsal and metatarsal bones. In individuals with normal arches, these structures work together to absorb shock, distribute weight, and provide stability during movement. However, in individuals with flat feet, these components may not function as effectively. Common causes of flat feet include genetics, injury, or conditions such as tendon dysfunction. When the arch collapses or flattens, it can result in an uneven distribution of weight on the foot, leading to pain, fatigue, and potential musculoskeletal issues. Understanding the anatomy of flat feet is the first step towards seeking appropriate care and management. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help individuals with flat feet explore treatment options. These can include wearing orthotics, doing specific exercises, and, in some cases, undergoing surgery to address discomfort and improve foot function.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Sheldon D. Simon from Kentucky . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Owensboro, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Definition and Common Symptoms of Heel Spurs

Heel spurs often misconstrued as a painful condition on their own, are actually bony growths that develop on the underside of the heel bone. Heel spurs develop in response to prolonged stress on the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. This continuous stress can lead to the formation of calcium deposits, resulting in the characteristic bony protrusions. The most common symptom of heel spurs is sharp, stabbing pain in the heel, typically upon standing or walking, especially in the morning or after periods of rest. The pain is often described as localized and can radiate along the arch of the foot. It is important to note that not everyone with heel spurs experiences pain. In some cases, they are detected incidentally during X-rays taken for other foot-related issues. Treatment options may include rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, or, in severe cases, medical interventions to alleviate pain and improve foot function. If you suspect you have heel spurs and are experiencing persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Sheldon D. Simon from Kentucky . Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Owensboro, KY . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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