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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!

 



What is Diabetic Neuropathy & How does it affect my feet.

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Erin Fairbanks B.Sc. D.Ch - Chiropodist

 

Q. What is Diabetic Neuropathy and how does it affect my feet?

 

A: Diabetic Neuropathy is a damaging of the nerves caused by diabetes.

Diabetic Neuropathy can have different symptoms depending on which nerves in your feet have

been damaged:

 

• If the damage is to the sensory nerves one may experience feelings of pain, burning or numbness in

their feet and toes.

• If the damage is to the motor nerves, one may experience pain as well as higher arches and stray

toes that seem to point in a different direction than the rest.

•If the damage is to the autonomic nerves, one may experience a higher level of dryness to their feet.

This is caused by a lack of sweat to your feet.

It is important to look at your feet every day if you suffer from diabetes. If you are unable to reach

your, feet try using a mirror or calling your local Chiropodist for help.

If you suffer from diabetes, you should have your feet checked by a medical professional at least once

per year.


What To Do When You Break The Skin On Your Foot?

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (1)

 

Well...it's not a corn, a bunion or a wart! I have narrowed it down to either a Barbie shoe or a lego!


We have all been there. Walking along, bare foot, and OUCH! You step on something. Be it a Barbie shoe, lego or piece of glass.What do you do next? 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.


3. Apply an antibacterial, like polysporin, and cover the wound with a band-aid.


4. Keep the area covered and dry. If the band-aid gets wet, replace it with a new one.


5. 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!


6. Remove the band-aid once the area has healed.


For individuals with diabetes, and those with nerve damage and decreased sensation, it is important to check your feet every day! It is also a good idea to sweep your footwear with your hand prior to putting them on your feet. Make sure there are no sharp objects in your shoes that could cause a wound to your foot.

 


What is a Chiropodist and what can I expect at an appointment?

Posted on April 6, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)


A chiropodist (pronounced ker-rah-po-dist) is a health care professional who specializes in the 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

 

When you visit a Chiropodist you can expect a thorough examination of your over all foot health. This allows us to see the BIG PICTURE! From there your Chiropodist will go over the concerns that you are having with your feet. Expect to be asked a couple questions as we want to make sure we have all the details! After we have completed our assessment, we will go over our findings with you and answer any questions that you have. Patient education is a major part of the treatment process. From there we will discuss treatment options. This will allow us to find the right treatment plan for you! Our goal is to provide you with comfort and relief from your foot troubles!

Don't let troubles with your feet stop you from enjoying the things you love! Let's keep those feet happy and healthy!!

Do WARTS come from TOADS?

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (51)

 

The origin of this theory came from a time when no one knew about viruses. A healthy person (usually a child) would get a wart for no apparent reason, other than that they had recently handled a toad. Since toads have bumps on their skin, it was thought that these bumps were then passed to the person that. That’s TOADILY an old wives’ tale!


Warts come from viruses. And yes, they are contagious. You will get a wart when you are in close contact with the virus. Some people are more prone to getting warts. Children get warts more frequently than adults. It is thought this is because their immune system is less developed.


Warts can be prevented...somewhat. Wearing footwear in areas where you are more likely to come in contact with the virus is the best way to avoid getting a wart. Places like the local swimming pool, the locker room at the gym or a hotel room are all common spots to contract a wart.


Warts can go away on their own....some in a month or two...and some after several years. Some warts are not painful, and some warts are painful. For that reason, you may decide that it’s best to treat a wart to remove it.


You can try to treat a wart on your own. Using over the counter salicylic acid preparations on a daily basis, can slowly kill the wart and remedy it and filing it lightly with a pumice stone before applying the treatment, will help you to be more successful. Remember to throw the pumice away once the wart is gone. Also be careful not to apply the salicylic acid to the good skin surrounding the wart as it can burn it and make it painful.


Many warts are stubborn and difficult to get rid of...particularly those on the bottom of the feet....and may need treatment by a chiropodist.


The treatment of your wart by our chiropodists will depend on many factors that can only be decided after evaluating the size, spread, and location of your warts, in addition to your health and lifestyle.


If you are burdened with a wart (or several of them), we can help!


Call us today for an appointment to get you started on a treatment plan to help you to get rid of them!

 


What does Mother Nature have to do with Callus?

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (1)


 

Simply put, callus is Mother Nature’s way of protecting your skin. Skin is the largest organ in your body. Your skin’s function is to protect you against harmful bacteria, viruses and fungus. If your skin is scratched or open, it is susceptible to infection.


When your skin is placed under the stress of PRESSURE or FRICTION, the result is a thickening of skin called a CALLUS. A callus forms in response to PRESSURE or FRICTION in order to protect the skin beneath. Callus is Mother Nature’s way of protecting your skin.


The problem arises when PRESSURE or FRICTION become excessive and callus can accumulate to a heavy layer. Calluses can lead to pain, cracking skin and/or open sores. This is particularly concerning in the case of diabetics that may not be able to feel the pain of a callus becoming thicker.


A thin layer of callus is healthy and protective. A heavy layer of callus can be damaging.


If you notice that you have callus, there are steps you can take to manage it yourself!


3 tips for Managing Your Own Calluses:

• Gently rub them twice a week with a pumice stone or a foot file. It is best to do this after bathing as the callus will be removed more easily

• Moisturize daily with a UREA based cream. The active ingredient UREA will help the cream to penetrate the thick layers of the soles of your feet. Use the cream all over your feet, but avoid applying cream between your toes

• NEVER use sharp instruments (like knives or razor blades) to remove your calluses


If you follow this routine and are still struggling with your calluses, we can help! Our Chiropodists are foot health professionals and have techniques that can safely and comfortably remove your calluses and ensure you have a plan to keep them that way.

 


How to cut your toenails in 5 easy steps!

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

I’m often asked by people “how should I cut my toenails?” Because nails come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and thicknesses, they way you cut your nails will vary slightly from person to person. However, there are a few tips that that are universal. Here is a step by step process of how to cut your toenails.


1. Wash your hands and feet with warm soapy water.

Washing your hands and feet is important to ensure a clean environment while cutting. Plus, the water will soften your nails slightly to make them easier to cut.


2. Chose your cutting tool.

The most common type of tool for cutting toenails is toenail clippers. Manicure scissors can also work. Make sure that you thoroughly clean your cutting tool with warm soapy water before and after you trim your nails. This will lessen your chance of getting an infection.


3. Trim your nails.

Cut your nails straight across, and slightly rounded on the corners. Do not cut too far down the corners as this can make you more prone to ingrown toenails. Don’t cut them too short! Leave at least 1mm of white remaining on the tip of your nails. Use small cuts to trim, not 1 or 2 big cuts! It should take at least 4-6 cuts to trim a big toenail and 3-5 to trim a small toenail.


4. File your nails.

After cutting your nails, file them carefully.


5. Wash your hands and feet with warm soapy water.


Finish by washing your hands and feet with soapy water. Dry your feet well, especially between the toes. All done!


If you have difficulty cutting your toenails for any reason, a Chiropodist is the professional to see for help! If you have any concerns with cutting your toenails, seek professional advice.

 



10 of the MOST COMMON FOOT PROBLEMS

Posted on February 9, 2016 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Welcome to the FOOT BLOG


My name is Erin Fairbanks and I am a Chiropodist (pronounced ker-op-od-ist). Chiropodist means foot specialist. I assess and treat people’s foot problems! That’s my job!


Every day I see people that come to see me for my advice regarding their foot issues.


10 of the most common problems we see (and TREAT!) with feet are:

1. Trouble cutting your own toenails

2. Calluses – thickened areas of skin

3. Dry, cracked skin – these can be painful!

4. Thick, ugly toenails - yuck

5. Heel pain - ouch

6. Corns – deep areas of skin that cause sharp or burning pain

7. Ingrown Toenails

8. Warts

9. Bunions

10. Diabetic Feet


Did you know that Chiropodists can help with all of these problems?

 



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