COVID-19 Precautions

By des | News

In this new normal we live in, there are changes to almost every public procedure we do, all in the name of safety. By now we are getting used to using masks, social distancing, washing our hands plenty, keeping our hands off our faces and overdue haircuts.

At The Footcare Centre, we have been working hard to make sure our patients are safe while they get the care they need. Over the last 4 months we have transformed our clinic and procedures to reflect new guidelines for COVID-19. Some of these changes include, scheduling patients so there is minimal contact in the office, having multiple pre-appointment screens, having all patients wear face masks, and having all patients wash hands upon entering and leaving their appointment. Chiropodists and front staff have increased PPE as well. All staff wear face masks, and during treatment, chiropodists wear face shields, aprons and gloves.

The clinic itself has changed. Plexiglass windows now separate the front desk staff from patients, and cubicles in the waiting room separate patients from other patients. 1-way flow has been established to minimize close contact.

Multiple COVID-19 screens over the phone and in person have been put in place. All these procedures help keep you safe while visiting the Footcare Centre. As we proceed through this everchanging lifestyle of COVID-19, The Footcare Centre keeps your safety at the top of its list. We will all get through this together.

Foot Art

By des | News

Amazing Foot Art

For Father’s Day, my 1-year old daughter “made” me a card with a paint print of her foot as a golf bag, and the toes were clubs. It looked really good! It got me wondering what kind of amazing art has been made with feet. After a bit of research I found numerous artists who do amazing work. In fact, there is an organization for artists who pain with only their feet and/or mouth. It’s called The Foot and Mouth Painting Artists Association. Check out these links to some incredible art pieces from artists who draw and paint with only their feet!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Mtxh_ERVUU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FHllrGEGoo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrPA0K4ykcU

 

This blog has been written by Jake Cahoon and is not necessarily the opinion of The Footcare Centre.

The role of surgery in the management of foot conditions

By des | News


The role of surgery in the management of foot conditions 


It is common, that over time, the effectiveness of a treatment in the  treatment management of a condition can change.  


Care pathways exist so that patients and clinicians know when to proceed to the next treatment option or the next level of treatment strategy. Treatment pathways are usually based upon evidence.  There is often research or experiential evidence to suggest the appropriateness of one particular treatment over another, however they can be fluid enough to allow them to be tailored individually and flexibly to a patient’s individual circumstances.

 

Sometimes, despite best efforts, some conditions may not respond to treatments as hoped, and a patient may move through a treatment pathway in order to successfully treat their condition.


In many treatment pathways surgical interventions are placed towards the end of a treatment pathway (lets rule out broken bones and other types of emergency surgery here), where other more conservative options have been explored and a patient begins to seek a more radical treatment option.


Examples of surgical treatments include minimally invasive procedures using the Koby system to treat two conditions that are frequently seen: Morton’s Neuroma and plantar fasciitis. Minimally invasive surgical options can be undertaken under local anesthetic as outpatient procedures in the office and can be used when traditional conservative treatments fail to provide satisfactory outcomes for a patient.  A small incision is used to access either a small ligament near the Morton’s neuroma or the plantar fascia. With Morton’s neuroma the system is used to locate and precisely cut a small ligament to offer decompression to the neuroma, whilst with plantar fasciitis the plantar fascia is located and a partial fasciotomy can be performed.


Whilst surgical options may remain a more radical option, it is useful to have options available to patients when other treatments fail.

Leg Length Discrepancy

By jake | News

Limb Length Discrepancy

Limb Length Discrepancy (LLD) is when there is a difference between the lengths of the legs.

A difference approximating 10mm can have a great effect on posture and function. The extent of the problem will also be determined by the activity of the patient. The difference affects the gait of a person but disturbs the whole biomechanics of the lower limb and possibly causes pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, and feet.

Most of cases the difference in limb length is small and it is difficult to appreciate the effect on appearance and function.

Classification of LLD

Structural or anatomical

Differences in leg length resulting from inequalities in osseous (bone) tissue.

Functional or apparent

Unilateral asymmetry of the lower extremity due to soft tissue.

What can cause LLD?

  • Unknown abnormalities
  • Fractures and Traumas
  • Degenerative Disorders
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Infections
  • Cancer
  • Soft tissue contractures and laxity.

The most accurate method to identify LLD is through radiography. But a podiatrist can also measure limb length with a tape measure. Two common points are the anterior iliac spine (pelvis) and the medial malleolus (ankle bone).

Two factors dictate if intervention is needed or not: the magnitude of the discrepancy and whether it is attributing factor causing pain or discomfort.

Treatment

Non-surgical intervention:

  • Shoe adaptations
  • Heel lifts
  • Heel lifts in combination with orthoses.

Surgical intervention:

  • Shortening osseous tissue either by resections or stopping bone growth.

If you believe you have LLD or an asymmetrical foot posture/gait you may want to book in an appointment with a podiatrist here at The Footcare Centre who can assist, treat, guide or refer you. To book an appointment call 905-357-0214.

This blog has been written by Steven Castillo Pinel and is not necessarily the opinion of The Footcare Centre.

Plantar Fasciopathy

By jake | News

This blog discusses briefly the common condition plantar fasciopathy and the treatments that can be utilized at the various stages of the condition.

PLANTAR FASCIOPATHY

In our clinic, we see a lot of patients that present heel pain. There can be many different causes to heel pain, but one of the most common ones is plantar fasciopathy.

Plantar fasciopathy (PF) is a generalised definition to describe the overuse and inflammation of the plantar fascia.

What can trigger this inflammation?

As we are quite active and move about, we are constantly applying pressure on the plantar fascia and sometimes excessive pressure can instigate the micro trauma of the plantar fascia. Activities such as starting a new sport or going to the gym can trigger this. Stretching is advised especially when we have tight posterior muscles and soft tissues of the legs, such as the calf muscles and the Achilles tendon. A tight calf will mostly lead to a tight fascia, which could turn into PF.

Not just activity can cause PF, but weight gain and excessive load on the feet can play an important role.

The first acute initial inflammation is called Plantar Fasciitis. After repetitive stress and microtraumas to the heel and a long period lasting over 6 weeks can be described as Plantar Fasciosis.


Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciosis

Duration of pathology

Less than 6 weeks

More than 6 weeks

Symptoms

  • Intense pain
  • Heat
  • Swelling
  • Pain at the end of the day
  • Pain After Sitting Or Resting
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Treatment

  • Rest
  • Taping
  • Icing
  • Avoid Heat
  • Orthotics
  • Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Heat
  • Manual Therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Foot Exercises
  • Supporting Shoes
  • Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Shockwave
  • Steroid Injections

Our Chiropodists here at The Footcare Centre are experienced with dealing with Plantar Fasciopathy. If you do think you present this pathology, we would be most happy to guide you through the right treatment. To book an appointment call 905-357-0214 or book online.

This blog has been written by Steven Castillo Pinel and is not necessarily the opinion of The Footcare Centre.

Family Foot Care

By jake | News

What is Family Footcare?

Here at The Footcare Centre, we do not only want to care about our patients’ feet, but we also like to make sure our patients’ family’s feet are also being looked after too. This is true family foot care.

The comprehensive services we offer are key to our success. The Footcare Centre provides a comprehensive one stop shop for all your foot and ankle problems as well being an orthotic centre which is foot specialist/chiropodist led.

We see all generations with differing pathologies at the practice ranging from babies all the way through to active adults to the elderly with some of our patients remaining maintaining foot health well over their 100th year.

If you are a patient with us and you see or feel something not quite normal, be sure to talk to us. If your family or friends have any questions regarding how they can self refer to join the office we would be happy to help. We thank you for passing our details on and we would be most happy to see them and help.

At The Footcare Centre, we also have gift cards for you to give to someone special. These gift cards can be used against all treatments, services and sundry items that are available here at the office.
To book an appointment call 905-357-0214 or click here to book online

Spring……

By jake | News

This blog contains information and advice as we transition our feet from winter conditions to spring/summer conditions.

After a long winter full of rain and snow, spring has finally sprung and it’s now time to change our footwear and give our toes some fresh air.

During the colder months our feet are protected and snugged into our boots and winter shoes, and if our shoes aren’t properly fitted, our feet could suffer from corns and callus. As we change into our sandals, corns can improve on their own as our toes have more space but rubbing can lead to blisters even if our sandals are broken-in and familiar to our feet. It is important to check there are no pebbles in the shoe and not to go on long walks with shoes or sandals that haven’t been worn in months. Old and worn-out shoes that might feel comfortable might not give the support that your feet need.

We might also want to buy new shoes for the warmer months. There can be quite a difference in sizing from one manufacturer to another, so it is important to try all shoes properly before buying. Our feet swell up during the day, so trying and purchasing shoes in the evening or late afternoon will give you a more accurate width of our feet. If you wear orthotics, inserting the orthotics into the shoes you want to buy would be a great idea for no unfortunate surprises when trying them at home, so be sure to take these with you.

We must also be aware of fungus and verrucae (Plantar warts) around changing rooms. It is nice to freshen up in pools and gymnasiums, but it is important to wash and dry our feet and to look out for signs of athlete’s foot (itchiness and dryness).  Wearing flip-flops or sandals in these common spaces is a great preventative method.

As mentioned above, it can be nice to walk around barefoot, but not wearing shoes can lead to catching infections. Injuring, cutting and getting splinters can be caused by walking barefoot as our feet aren´t protected. It is best to take extra precaution and avoid any injuries especially if you’re diabetic.

It is always nice to go on walks and to become more active as the days are longer in the warmer months. But it is vital to make sure you are wearing supportive footwear and it is best to build up on exercise as we can cause strain in our joints and muscles in our legs and feet.

Warmer weather can cause our feet to get dry, specifically around our heels.  It is important to moisturise daily our feet with Urea based cream such as Dermal Therapy, Urisec or Uremol.

Our Chiropodists here at The Footcare Centre will always care and treat feet of those patients. To book or to make an appointment to get your feet sorted for spring please call 905-357-0214 or book online

This blog has been written by Steven Castillo Pinel and is not necessarily the opinion of The Footcare Centre.