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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we are limiting our patient encounters to those requiring emergency care, wound care and post-operative care.

We are happy to announce that you can now video visit with one of our providers online through Medeo, a secure video-conferencing technology that connects practitioners with patients for virtual care purposes. You can conduct a video visit using a computer (with webcam), tablet, or smartphone.
To learn more about the Medeo technology we use, watch this segment featured on CTV News.

To get started, contact Foot Care Institute to book an appointment (just like any other visit) and indicate that you would like to see one of our providers for a video visit online. Once we’ve determined that your visit is suitable for virtual care, we will arrange a VIRTUAL CARE appointment time with you and you will receive an email invitation which will guide you through the sign-up process.

Book a video visit now by calling 519-258-3668 or email us at info@footcareinstitute.ca

Arthritic Foot Care

arthritic foot care

Conditions affecting the feet due to complications with arthritis can take many forms, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Osteoarthritis typically affects the joint connecting your big toe to your foot, though it can also be found in the midfoot or ankle region. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis typically affects both feet and deals with the same joints on each foot. Gout, which normally affects the big toe, is comprised of needle-like crystals that trigger inflammation in the joints. Psoriatic arthritis causes sausage-like swelling in the toes. Lastly, ankylosing spondylitis can lead to plantar fasciitis and pain at the Achilles tendon.

Many factors play a role in the cause for arthritic feet, including obesity, the aging process, as well as family history or genetic connections to arthritis.To help prevent issues with your feet, examine your feet daily, keep your feet clean, routinely moisturize your feet, keep your toenails trimmed, inspect your shoes for anything that may cause discomfort, and wear socks on a daily basis.

If you’re experiencing any discomfort or pain due to one of the above forms of arthritis, consider over-the-counter pain medication and investing in comfortable footwear. Pain medication coupled with top of the line comfort footwear is a great way to ease the pain that often comes with arthritis. If you’re overweight, it’s also recommended to think about setting a weight loss goal to ease some of the pressure on your feet, as well stay as active as possible. Applying ice or heat to the affected area is another way to calm the discomfort you may experience. It’s important to do research and see whether inserts may be beneficial for you. General foot care, like pampering your feet and keeping them well maintained, is also recommended. Lastly, you should seek professional advice and learn about potential surgery options, if necessary.

For an official diagnosis and information on treatment options, consult with a podiatrist.

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