The Anodyne Journal

Billy Kanter

A Certified Pedorthist since 2010, Billy is constantly learning more and more and applying it to his practices. When not looking at feet and shoes, Billy enjoys getting out and seeing what his hometown of Milwaukee, WI has to offer.
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Recent Posts

9 Natural At-Home Remedies for Swollen Feet and Ankles

Posted by Billy Kanter on Feb 23, 2018 4:48:23 PM

Sore feet, swelling, inflammation and related foot complications can be a product of various sources. If you experience any of these, it’s important to see your podiatrist or primary care physician so that s/he can properly diagnose what you’re dealing with. One of the more common diagnoses for foot swelling and discomfort is a condition known as peripheral edema.

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Topics: diabetic shoes, Diabetic Health, Foot Care

Shoes for Hammertoes and Bunions

Posted by Billy Kanter on Apr 27, 2017 3:02:54 PM

Feet come in all different shapes and sizes. When you mix in all the different foot ailments, bunions, hammertoes, edema, etc., it can be tough to find a pair of shoes that properly fit a patient, especially if they are diabetic.

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Topics: Diabetic Footwear

Taking a Foam Impression

Posted by Billy Kanter on Apr 19, 2017 3:40:14 PM

This week we are going to review how to properly cast a patient using an impression foam box for custom diabetic insoles. Casting patients is incredibly important, because it allows us here at Anodyne to make the best possible inserts for your patients. Below is a step by step breakdown on how to properly take a foot impression.

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Topics: Diabetic Footwear, Foot Care

How to Properly Heat Mold A5512 Inserts

Posted by Billy Kanter on Apr 5, 2017 10:20:00 AM

This week we are going to focus on properly fitting A5512 heat moldable inserts. This process is not super difficult, but is extremely important in ensuring the best possible fit for your patient. Below is a step by step breakdown in how to do so.

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Topics: Diabetic Footwear, Foot Care

How to Fix Your Foot Problem(s)

Posted by Billy Kanter on Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Knowing what the problem is, is only the beginning. Finding the solution is the key. Below is a list of some of the most common foot problems, and our suggestions for the appropriate treatment -

Athlete’s Foot:

Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that likes warm, dark, and moist environments (like the areas between the toes or on the bottoms of the feet). Athlete’s foot can inflame the skin and cause a white, scaly rash with a red base. The athlete’s foot fungus also causes itching, burning, peeling, and sometimes a slight odor. Over-the-counter antifungal creams or sprays can be used to treat athlete’s foot. However, if these remedies do not work, you may need to see a podiatrist and ask about prescription-strength medication.

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Topics: Foot Care

Food for Feet

Posted by Billy Kanter on Mar 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Food for thought. No. Food for feet! This week I’m going to spotlight how a few different foods can actually affect the health of your feet in a positive way. Check out some of these basic foods below that will actually improve the quality of your feet moving forward.

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Friendly Recipes

How to Properly Fit Winter Boots

Posted by Billy Kanter on Feb 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post may not be for everyone (*I’m looking at all of you living in the southern parts of the country*), but it certainly is important to those of us who have to deal with Winter. When it begins to snow, there’s nothing more vital to our mobility than a nice pair of boots. Sure boots can be a bit clunky, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t fit right. Below is a step by step way to make sure your current boots fit properly -

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Topics: Foot Care

The Essential 2017 Footcare Tips

Posted by Billy Kanter on Feb 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As we continue into 2017, let’s put our best foot (or feet) forward in with some basic footcare tips. While footcare may not have been at the top of your “New Year New You” priorities, it still shouldn’t be forgotten. Below are a few basic tips for helping your feet stay healthy in 2017!

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Health, Diabetes Awareness

How to Deal with Shin Splints

Posted by Billy Kanter on Oct 11, 2016 2:03:05 PM

"Shin splints” is a general term for a condition caused by inflammation to the anterior or posterior muscles and tendons in the lower leg, or adjacent soft tissue along the shin bone. In almost all cases, this is quite painful and does not heal quickly. Below are a few quick things to keep in mind while exercising, in order to take a proactive approach against shin splints.

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear

Fall Footcare Tips

Posted by Billy Kanter on Sep 15, 2016 3:41:56 PM

By forgoing socks, donning flip-flops, or simply going barefoot, Summer was the time to free our feet from their year-long captivity without repercussion. If you’ve been especially lucky, you’ve only had to sheath your soles a handful of times since May. However, now that Labor Day has come and gone, you’re probably inclined to stick your feet back into a pair of closed toed shoes. Nonetheless, if you take a little time to care for your feet before they go back into seasonal hibernation, they’ll be healthier come spring. Check out these footcare tips to make sure that your dogs aren’t barking this fall –

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Topics: Foot Care, diabetes blog, Diabetic Footwear