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January 2024
Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Tailored Exercises for Optimal Foot Health

Embarking on a journey toward strong and resilient feet involves incorporating specific exercises into your routine, addressing various aspects of foot health. Toe taps, a fundamental exercise, enhance flexibility and stimulate blood circulation. Rolling a tennis ball beneath the arches provides a soothing massage, relieving tension and promoting balance. Calf raises strengthen the muscles in the lower legs, fostering stability and support. Towel scrunches engage the toes, improving dexterity and activating the intricate muscles in the feet. Ankle circles offer a full range of motion, enhancing joint flexibility. Pointing and flexing the feet, akin to ballet exercises, stretches and strengthens the muscles in the entire foot. These targeted exercises contribute to improved posture, balance, and overall foot function. If you are seeking additional information about specific foot stretches, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky from Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Dr. Shlonsky to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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Sesamoiditis, a condition affecting the tiny sesamoid bones beneath the big toe, can be challenging to identify but understanding its symptoms is essential for timely intervention. One telltale sign is a gradual onset of pain in the ball of the foot, particularly beneath the big toe. This discomfort may intensify with weight-bearing activities, such as walking or running. Swelling and tenderness around the affected area can also accompany the pain. Accurate diagnosis plays a pivotal role, involving a thorough examination by a podiatrist. This foot doctor may utilize imaging studies such as X-rays to study the sesamoid bones and assess any abnormalities. Additionally, the podiatrist may perform physical tests, evaluating range of motion and pinpointing tender areas. If you have pain in this area of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat sesamoiditis.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.


Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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

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Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Managing Heel Fissures

Heel fissures, or cracked skin on the heels, develop when the feet lack adequate moisture. This can lead to the development of painful cracks and dry patches on the outer edge of the heels. While heel fissures are often perceived as a cosmetic concern, they can escalate into more serious health conditions, underscoring the importance of timely treatment. Common causes of heel fissures include wearing open-backed shoes, living in dry climates, walking barefoot, obesity, and having inactive sweat glands. In cases of persistent or severe fissures, seeking professional help from a podiatrist is suggested. Treatment measures can provide a comprehensive approach to alleviate discomfort and expedite the healing process. The danger of heel fissures is particularly important for diabetic people and patients with neuropathy and should not be ignored. If you have developed seriously cracked heels that are bleeding or may have become infected, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for an exam and treatment. 

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky from Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Wednesday, 10 January 2024 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

What Is a Seed Corn?

Corns are patches of thickened skin that develop on your feet, which can result from repetitive activities, wearing poorly fitting shoes, or underlying foot conditions. Among the different corn varieties, seed corns, also known as heloma miliare, can pose a unique challenge due to their small size, hardness, and often inconspicuous appearance on the soles of the feet. Seed corns are tiny, well-defined circular spots of hardened skin, commonly found in multiples on the sole where they create a distinctive pattern. Even though seed corns are often asymptomatic, they may cause discomfort or pain when pressure is applied, particularly in weight-bearing areas of the feet. Distinguishing seed corns from calluses is important for proper diagnosis and treatment. Unlike calluses, which are typically larger and can vary in shape, seed corns maintain a consistent round appearance. Additionally, calluses are more prone to form around the heel or the ball of the foot, while seed corns tend to cluster on the sole. For that reason, seed corns also can be mistaken for plantar warts. If you suspect you have a seed corn, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. 

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Dr. Shlonsky to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

Definition and Risk Factors of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts, small growths caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, often appear on the soles of the feet. Unlike common warts, which typically grow on the hands, plantar warts can be painful due to the pressure exerted on the soles when walking or standing. These warts may have a rough, grainy appearance with tiny black dots, which are actually clotted blood vessels. Several risk factors increase the likelihood of developing plantar warts. Close contact with the virus, such as walking barefoot in damp and communal areas like locker rooms, swimming pools, or public showers, can put your feet at risk. Additionally, those with a weakened immune system, such as individuals with diabetes or HIV, are more susceptible to plantar warts. Constantly moist or sweaty feet can provide an ideal environment for the virus to thrive. If you have developed a plantar wart, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide relief with appropriate treatment methods.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky from Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.


  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing


  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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