|Posted on January 3, 2020 at 3:40 PM||comments (1)|
One in three people over the age of 65 will fall at least once every year. Many falls can be prevented and there are many resources available to keep seniors fall-free.
What Factors Can Cause Falls?
Wearing well fitting, supportive footwear can provide stability and help you prevent a fall. Supportive footwear should be worn at all times-even in your home! Slippers and socks are not recommended as they can actually place you at risk for falls.
What Can I Do To Prevent Falls?
Keeping mobile and improving balance are particularly important to help prevent falls and injury, as individuals with low mobility levels and impaired balance are at higher fall risk. Maintaining or improving mobility and balance can also increase overall health and independence.
Wear walking shoes for daily activities. Make sure your shoes are firm and supportive around the heels and the instep of your feet. They should be flexible and have enough room around your toes. Shoes with laces or Velcro fasteners are best. Choose footwear that is enclosed front and back, and avoid slip on shoes and unsupportive slippers.
|Posted on November 29, 2019 at 8:35 AM||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?
It is important to see your Chiropodist if you are experiencing severe pain or if there are any signs of infection!
|Posted on November 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on September 14, 2017 at 8:50 AM||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!
|Posted on September 14, 2017 at 8:50 AM||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
|Posted on July 12, 2017 at 3:35 PM||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!
|Posted on June 7, 2017 at 10:50 AM||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.
|Posted on April 18, 2017 at 12:25 AM||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.
|Posted on January 30, 2017 at 9:40 AM||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:
•Ball of the foot Pain
•Thick, Discoloured Toenail
And this is just to name a few!
No doctor's referral is required to book an appointment
|Posted on December 13, 2016 at 11:20 AM||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?