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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3 Exercises for Reducing Heel Pain

Posted by Billy Kanter on Sep 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Heel pain is fairly common, and can be a result of many different issues or conditions. Nonetheless, regardless of what is causing the pain, here are three techniques that can be used to alleviate or prevent future heel issues.

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Topics: Diabetic Health, Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear

4 Tips for Dealing with Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Billy Kanter on Aug 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Plantar fasciitis is the medical term for inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. If you’ve ever had pain in the bottom of your foot with the first few steps out of bed in the morning, you’ve probably had some experience with this painful, and common, condition.

While there are some very interesting and advanced treatments to help get rid of your discomfort, there are some simple things you can do at home to help prevent and possibly reverse plantar fasciitis. Here are four easy tips for helping you deal with your plantar fasciitis –

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Topics: Diabetic Health, Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear

4 Tips for Healthy Toe Nails

Posted by Billy Kanter on Aug 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Your nails are a reflection of your overall health, which is why proper nail care is so important. Below are a few simple and easy tips to make sure that your nails stay looking great and healthy –

  1. Keep Nails Clean and Dry

Keeping your nails clean and dry will reduce the possibility of fungal growth.

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear

Fitting Shoes for Children

Posted by Billy Kanter on Jul 22, 2016 4:09:01 PM

Having properly fitting footwear is important for everyone, and especially important for a developing child. Boy's feet typically stop growing between the ages of 15-17 years old and girls approximately 13-15 years old.

With that in mind, the most important piece you can remember about fitting your child with the proper footwear is to know that they are not mini adults. Children are children. They are growing and changing all the time. This means that they need shoes that will allow them to adjust to those sporadic changes. The more physically active that you are as a child, the more you reduce the chance of having muscle and bone related lower extremity problems later on in life. 

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Topics: Foot Care

4 Summer Running Tips

Posted by Billy Kanter on Jun 21, 2016 3:09:10 PM

Even after an awful start to spring here in the Midwest, it appears summer is upon us. With summer comes a lot more outdoor exercise, especially running. Below are a few tips to prevent injury while running during the summer.

Purchase Properly Fitting Running Shoes

Invest in a decent pair of shoes and make sure they fit properly. One foot may be longer than the other, so make sure you have enough space in each shoe. You should have at least a half inch of empty room in front of the longest toe of each foot. In addition, the toe box should be nice and roomy so that your toes have space to spread out. Wearing socks when running can also help prevent blisters. Those that pronate or supinate might benefit from a pair of orthotics. Try some of the over-the-counter inserts first. If those don’t help, you can ask your podiatrist if custom orthotics might be worthwhile.

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Topics: Diabetic Health, Foot Care

Steps to Prevent Swollen Feet while Flying

Posted by Billy Kanter on Jun 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Summer tends to be one of the busier times for the year in terms of people traveling. One thing you may have noticed while flying is how your feet and hands can swell up as you increase in altitude. It’s important to take proactive measures to reduce this swelling as it can lead to blood clots and other potential issues. Below are eight steps to prevent swelling during your flight:

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Preventing Heel Cracks

Posted by Billy Kanter on Jun 2, 2016 9:41:19 AM

cracked_heels.jpgToday we are going to talk about something I frequently suffer from…heel cracks. Heel cracks are something that are relatively painful, and annoying!

Before I give you my remedies, let’s take a look at how heel cracks occur in the first place. Cracks in the heels are generally caused by insufficient moisture. When the feet become too dry, heel fissures can develop quite easily. The heel pad wants to expand outward, but the skin is not pliable enough to expand with it, so it cracks.

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear

4 Tips for Checking your Feet

Posted by Billy Kanter on May 23, 2016 3:24:28 PM

I’ve talked before about how to care for your feet, and the importance of going to a Podiatrist on a regular basis (especially when you have diabetes). Nonetheless, it’s equally important to be regularly checking your feet yourself. Below are 4 tips to help you check your feet yourself.

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Topics: Diabetic Health, Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear

The Anodyne Scanner: The Future of Custom Orthotics

Posted by Billy Kanter on May 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Historically, custom orthotics/inserts were made by taking a slipper cast or foam impression of a patient’s foot. Plaster would then be poured into the cast or foam to create a hard mold of the patient’s foot. The custom insert would be made by heating up a material and vacuum sealing it over the plaster cast; thus, matching the shape and contours of the foot. This way of making custom inserts/orthotics is old-school, inefficient, and out-dated. Nonetheless, there are many people and companies that still swear by this method.

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Topics: Diabetes Awareness, Diabetic Health, Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear

Shoe Fitting for Dummies

Posted by Billy Kanter on May 2, 2016 4:36:46 PM

There are a ton of opinions and misconceptions when it comes to fitting shoes. Well, here is your undisputed guide on how it should be truly done.

Shoe fitting is more of an art than it is a science and should not be taken lightly. Unless you have already been properly fitted by a Certified Shoe Fitter, Certified Pedorthist, or Podiatrist, there’s a good chance that you’re wearing ill-fitting shoes

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Topics: Foot Care, Diabetic Footwear