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What is Chilblains?

Posted on November 29, 2019 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Do you... Enjoy walking outside? Work outside? Enjoy ice fishing? Ski or snowboard? Play hockey?

Chilblains is the painful inflammation of the smaller blood vessels in your skin. This is caused by the sudden warming of your skin after being in cold conditions. Chilblains can cause itching, red patches, swelling and blistering on your toes, fingers, ears and nose.

How do I avoid getting Chilblains?

To avoid chilblains, it is important to make sure that you wear warm clothes when you’re outside. Limiting your skin’s exposure to the cold air is important and making sure that your skin stays covered when you’re outside! This will involve having a good sturdy, water resistant pair of winter boots, some warm mitts and a scarf to cover your face. Make sure that you are taking breaks during your outdoor play to go inside and warm up! Chilblains is most easily prevented by rewarming feet slowly; not too rapidly.

What are the signs of Chilblains?

  • Small, itchy red areas on your skin, often on your feet or hands
  • Possible blistering
  • Swelling of your skin
  • Burning sensation on your skin
  • Changes in skin colour from red to dark blue, accompanied by pain
  • Possible ulceration

It is important to see your Chiropodist if you are experiencing severe pain or if there are any signs of infection!

Diabetes & Your Feet

Posted on November 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Foot health is important for everyone, but for people with diabetes it is essential! Diabetes can reduce blood flow to your feet and cause nerve damage. Without proper attention and care, a small injury can develop into an open sore that can be difficult to treat. We don’t often think to inspect our feet daily for cuts, scrapes or blisters. It’s usually once something has already developed and is painful, that we take any action. But what if you don’t feel pain in your feet? This is an issue many people with diabetes will face. With damage to your nervous system, you may not be able to feel your feet properly. Normal sweat secretion and oil production that lubricates the skin of the foot is impaired, which can lead to an abnormal pressure on the skin, bones, and joints of the foot during walking and other activities. This can even lead to the breakdown of the skin of the foot, which often causes sores to develop. If you have diabetes, it is important to prevent foot problems before they occur, recognize problems early, and seek the right treatment when a problem does happen.

Diabetic Complications and Your Feet

When it comes to your feet, there are several risk factors that can increase your chances of developing foot problems and diabetic infections in the legs and feet. First of all, poorly fitting shoes are one of the biggest culprits of diabetic foot complications. If you have red spots, sore spots, blisters, corns, calluses, or consistent pain associated with wearing shoes, new proper fitted shoes must be obtained immediately. Additionally, if you have common foot abnormalities such as flat feet, bunions, or hammertoes, prescription shoes or orthotics may be necessary to further protect your feet from other damage.  People who have long-standing diabetes are also at risk for peripheral neuropathy. If you have nerve damage, you may not be able to feel your feet normally and you may also be unable to sense the position of your feet and toes while walking and balancing. Normal nerves allow people to sense if their shoes are too tight or if their shoes are rubbing on the feet too much. With diabetes, you may not be able to properly sense minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes and blisters-all signs of abnormal wear, tear, and foot strain. The following can also compromise the health of your feet:

  • Poor Circulation
  • Trauma to the feet
  • Infections
  • Smoking
Diabetes can be extremely dangerous to your feet, so take precautions now. It is important to see a Chiropodist regularly as it can greatly reduce your chances of ulcerations and wounds. Remember, prevention is the key to saving your feet and eliminating pain.


Why is it so important for diabetics to get regular foot care?

Posted on September 14, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (8)

Q. Why is it so important for diabetics to get regular foot care?

A: Diabetes can affect your feet in many different ways. Diabetes can cause nerve damage (neuropathy), changes in your skin, foot ulcers and poor circulation. Each of these changes can affect your everyday life. A foot ulcer that is left too long uncared for can result in serious consequences such as infection, sepsis (infection of the blood) and Osteomyelitis (infection of the bone). These types of infection are very serious on their own. When paired with diabetes and the possibility of poor circulation, a diabetic ulcer has a higher chance of ending up in an amputation if left untreated.

If you are a diabetic we strongly encourage receiving regular foot care by a registered Chiropodist. At the bare minimum we recommend that all diabetic check their feet once a day! If you are unable to get down to the level of your feet (to see the bottoms) we suggest using a small mirror!


What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted on September 14, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Q. What is Plantar Fasciitis?

A: Plantar Fasciitis (PLAN-ter fash-ee_EYE-tus) is one of the more common causes of heel pain. It occurs when the Plantar Fascia, the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes and supports your arch, becomes strained, swollen and/ or irritated.

Heel pain, caused by Plantar Fasciitis, can show as a stabbing or burning pain on the inside area of the heel. Pain is normally more prevalent in the morning but can continue throughout the day. Long periods of standing or walking up and down stairs can also cause pain and discomfort.

If you have pain in your heels there is help. The longer the problem is left unattended, the worse it will get and the harder it will be to recover from. We are able to treat Plantar Fasciitis comfortably and effectively.

For a complete assessment and treatment plan of your heel pain call the Advanced Foot & Orthotic Clinic today to book your appointment


Can my feet really cause pain in my knees, hips and back?

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Q. Can my feet really cause pain in my knees, hips and back?

A: YES!! Your feet are your foundation. If your foundation is not strong and functioning then your entire body can feel the strain.

When an individual suffers from an injured foot, they tend to limp. This overcompensation can cause your knees, hip and back to go out of alignment, which can cause discomfort and pain. If this strain continues over a long period of time, permanent damage can be done.

If you are experiencing knee, hip or back pain and think it may be caused by your feet, give us a call to book your assessment. We can help!




What is Metatarsalgia?

Posted on June 7, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Q. What is Metatarsalgia?


A: Metatarsalgia (met-uh-tahr-SAL-juh) is one of the more common causes of pain in the ball of your foot (the padded area under your toes). It occurs when the metatarsals of your foot become inflamed.


Metatarsalgia is a common over use injury. The primary symptom of metatarsalgia is pain at the end of one or more of the metatarsal bones. The pain is typically aggravated when walking, running or jumping. Some factors that can contribute to pain in the ball of your foot are: High levels of activity, prominent metatarsal heads, a Hammertoe deformity and ill-fitting footwear.


For a complete assessment and treatment plan of your foot pain call the Advanced Foot & Orthotic Clinic today to book your appointment.



I think there is something in my Foot. What do I do?

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Q. I think there is something in my foot. What do I do?

A: With bare foot season coming up this is a great question. We have all been there. Here are some simple steps to follow if you have stepped on something and it has broken the skin on your foot.

1. Check the area for any remaining foreign objects. If there is anything embedded in your foot, call your Chiropodist. Do not try to remove the object on your own as that can lead to more damage.

2. If inspection of the area shows no debris, clean the area gently with warm salt water and apply an antibacterial, like polysporin. Cover the area with a band-aid. Leave this covered and dry. If the band-aid gets wet, replace it with a new one.

3. Monitor the site for any signs of infection. Those can include: swelling, redness, heat, red lines tracing under the skin or pus - if you see any signs of infection call your Chiropodist!

Once the area has healed you can remove the band-aid. If the wound is not healing, showing signs of infection or you have any concerns call us! We Can Help! We are your one stop foot shop.


What is a Chiropodist

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Q: What is a Chiropodist? Why would I go to a Chiropodist?

A: A chiropodist (pronounced ker-rah-po-dist) is a health care professional who specializes in assessment, management and prevention of diseases and disorders of the foot. We are foot specialists! You would book an appointment with a Chiropodist if you experience problems with any of the following:

•Corns/Calluses

•Foot Pain

•Heel Pain

•Arch Pain

•Toe Pain

•Ball of the foot Pain

•Warts

•Thick, Discoloured Toenail

•Ingrown toenails

And this is just to name a few!

No doctor's referral is required to book an appointment


What are Orthotics

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Q. What Are Orthotics? How do they help with my foot pain?

A: Orthotic Devices, more commonly known as orthotics, are custom made inserts that are worn inside your shoe to control abnormal foot function.

Orthotics can be used to treat a variety of foot and lower leg conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, flat feet and improper foot alignment.

 

Orthotics offer your feet support and align them with the rest of your body. This alignment provides your body with a strong foundation; allowing your body to move more efficiently, which results in less pain. Orthotics also assist in off loading pressure from problem areas of your feet, providing pain relief and comfort.

 

At Advanced Foot & Orthotic Clinic our orthotic devices are made using the latest in three dimensional scanning technology and are specifically made for your foot concerns. How long are you going to live with Heel Pain?

 







What can I do to keep my feet from drying out and cracking this winter?

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Q. What can I do to keep my feet from drying out and cracking this winter?


A:During the winter months it can be difficult to keep your skin soft and moisturized.

Here are some steps you can follow to keep your feet happy this winter!!


Keep your feet warm. Be careful to not let your feet get cold. Cold feet can lead to dryness and cracked skin.

Keep your feet dry!! This one may be a little harder, as we all know snow loves to get inside your boots.

Make sure you keep an extra pair of socks with you. Take a break to go inside and get warm.

Keep your feet moisturized. Making sure to moisturize your feet once a day

will help to keep the skin from getting dry and cracked.


If, despite your best efforts, your skin is still cracking; we have solutions & we can help!

 




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