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March 2022

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:00

What to Expect From a Podiatrist

Podiatrists are doctors (specifically Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, or DPMs) who specialize in feet and ankle issues. Though these physicians focus on these lower extremities, their training can include other areas, such as emergency care and radiology. They often complete an internship and residency program for board certification. They must usually be licensed in the state they practice. Podiatrists deal with all sorts of issues related to the feet and ankles. Some of the patients they see have easily treatable problems, like corns, toenail fungus, plantar warts, and ingrown toenails, while others require more time and attention. Podiatrists will examine the structure of the ankles and feet and look for problems that can result in deterioration or infections. They can also create custom orthotics for those with painful foot ailments. Those who experience pain, numbness, or cramping in their feet, ankles, or lower legs might want to see a podiatrist for an examination, diagnosis, and treatment. This is particularly important for those with a pre-existing physical condition that affects the feet, including diabetes or circulatory problems.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact the practitioners from Foot Care Institute. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Windsor, ON . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2022 00:00

A Common Form of Heel Pain

The plantar fascia is a strong supportive tissue that runs under the arch of the foot, connecting the heel to the base of the toes. It helps distribute weight evenly across the foot which enables us to walk and run with ease. If the plantar fascia gets stretched or stressed excessively, it can become painful and inflamed. This condition is known as plantar fasciitis. Certain factors that contribute to this condition include wearing shoes that don’t support or cushion the feet properly, having low or high arches, being obese, increasing the intensity of workouts abruptly or exercising on a hard surface, standing for prolonged periods of time, and old age. In addition to creating heel pain which usually is at its worst in the morning or after periods of rest, plantar fasciitis can increase the likelihood of calcium deposits forming on the heel bone (heel spurs). Podiatrists have a great deal of experience treating plantar fasciitis as it is the most common form of heel pain. Reach out to a podiatrist if you believe you have plantar fasciitis to get on the road to recovery.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact the practitioners  from Foot Care Institute. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Windsor, ON . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:00

Arthritis in the Big Toe

If you feel pain in the joint of your big toe, especially while you are active, it could be “big toe arthritis” or Hallux rigidus. This arthritic condition typically impacts people over age 50, is more apt to affect women, and is the most common arthritic condition of the foot. The hallux metarsal-phalangeal (MTP) joint connects the head of the first forefoot bone to the base of the first toe bone and to two tiny bones under that joint. Signs of this problem are swelling of this joint and limited movement and bending of the big toe. A bump, like a bunion or bone spur, can develop on the top of this toe joint, which can get further aggravated by rubbing against the inside of a shoe. Causes for this condition are not known, however prior injury to the big toe, differences in foot anatomy, and genetics can play a role in its development. Treatments can range from being prescribed a rigid orthotic to a cortisone shot, and as a last resort, surgery. A podiatrist can properly diagnose and offer alternative treatments to lessen the pain associated with Hallux rigidus.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact the practitioners from Foot Care Institute. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Windsor, ON . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 12 March 2022 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 08 March 2022 00:00

Reasons the Bottom of Your Foot May Hurt

There are 26 bones, more than 30 joints, and nearly 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot – and an issue with any of these can lead to foot pain. Depending on the source of the pain, different conditions can be indicated. For example, pain at the bottom of the foot can be a sign of plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, or neuropathy. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel to the toes (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed or partially torn. Metatarsalgia can affect the ball of the foot (the metatarsal region). Usually, this pain is a result of the metatarsal heads becoming inflamed and applying pressure on the bones at the front of the foot. Another common issue to the bottom of the foot is neuropathy, which occurs when there is nerve damage that causes a tingling, burning, or stabbing sensation. It’s suggested that anyone who struggles with foot pain consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with the practitioners from Foot Care Institute. Our practitioners will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Windsor, ON . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 01 March 2022 00:00

What Are Orthotics Used For?

Orthotics are designed to be inserted into shoes to help realign the feet or relieve pressure caused by other foot-related problems. They can also help with non-foot issues, such as knee pain or lower back pain. Orthotics can be made to take stress off certain parts of the feet, or to keep the feet aligned. Orthotics are also often used as a method to delay surgery (e.g., when a child needs to wait for their growth plates to close or for their bones to grow more) or to help alleviate pain after surgery. There are multiple ways to make orthotics as well. These methods include laser scanning the foot, using a foam box, or using a plaster cast. If you believe that orthotics are right for you, consulting with a podiatrist is suggested.  

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact the practitioners from Foot Care Institute. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Windsor, ON . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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