Foot Health

Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study of diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.

Hometown Health Blog

Sprained your ankle — now what?

A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries and can range from minor to severe. Learn why prompt evaluation and treatment are key to recovery.

Alecia Gende DO By Alecia Gende July 10, 2023

Expert tips for running shoe fit

Running doesn't require much gear, but well-fitting, running-specific shoes are a must. Start by shopping at a specialty shoe store and keep these expert tips in mind to ensure a good fit.

Stephanie Kvas DPM By Stephanie Kvas January 18, 2023

Heel pain? It might be plantar fasciitis

If you experience excruciating heel pain when taking those first steps in the morning, think plantar fasciitis. This common condition is easily treated. Learn who's susceptible and how to get relief.

Stephanie Kvas DPM By Stephanie Kvas January 16, 2023

Ankle instability causes and fixes

Multiple sprains, an old break, rolling, inflammatory disease or age can lead to activity-limiting ankle instability, stiffness and pain. Learn about treatments to keep you moving with confidence.

Taylor Beahrs, M.D. By Taylor Beahrs December 13, 2022

How to determine your foot arch type

Whether you're a casual or competitive athlete, sports put tremendous pressure on your feet, ankles and legs. Here's how to choose a shoe that best fits your foot.

Stephanie Kvas DPM By Stephanie Kvas March 23, 2022

Diabetes: 4 steps to put your best foot forward

A complication of diabetes is restricted blood flow to your feet. Follow these steps to develop a daily foot care routine to minimize infection and injury.

Stephanie Kvas DPM By Stephanie Kvas March 3, 2022

Changes due to COVID-19 pandemic can affect feet

The transition to home for work and school has led more people to skip wearing shoes. While it may feel good in the short term, the lack of arch and foot support can cause some problems. Here's what you need to know.

Sara Vande Kieft DPM By Sara Vande Kieft February 9, 2021

A 'miracle cure' for plantar fasciitis

Austin, Minnesota, resident Gayle Faber, 69, suffered through plantar fasciitis for several years. But five years ago, Faber came across what some would call a miracle cure.

July 14, 2017

Foot surgery success for Turtle Lake woman

A recent foot surgery has helped put the pep back in Jeanie Bruner’s step.

December 22, 2014