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By contactus@podiatryassociates.ca
March 08, 2016
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Here is a link to an interview back in early December last year with Rogers Television on the difficult subject of ensuring adequate foot care is being provided those living in sheltered or supervised accomodation. Unfortunately sometimes we are presented with patients in our clinics showing clear indications of poor hygene and neglect. As unpleasent as the prospect might be!, drawing  the attention of the care providers, either institutional or familial is enough to perminently correct the situation.

http://www.rogerstv.com/media?lid=237&rid=7&gid=242544

By contactus@podiatryassociates.ca
July 24, 2015
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Congratulations on a truly amazing athletic performance by Damian Warner winning Pan Am decathlon and surpassing the performance of yet another amazing decathlon performer Michael Smith

What made this performance even more amazing was that Damian had only competed in this discipline only 16 times previously.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/panamgames/2015/07/23/damian-warner-sets-canadian-record-in-decathlon-wins-pan-am-gold.html

By markbradley@podiatryassociates.ca
July 06, 2015
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Coming soon.
By drnoble@podiatryassociates.ca
May 05, 2015
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Calcaneal Spurs (otherwise known as heel spurs) are calcium deposits that form at the heel when the patient’s heel has been exposed to prolonged and sustained stress over the course of their life. Ordinarily, this calcifying process is perfectly natural, and causes no undue harm to the patient. However, with instances of repeated damage to this area, the calcium deposits may manifest into a sharp spur-like formation that can be very painful and damaging. Symptoms of Calcaneal Spurs are a sharp and distinct pain in the area around the spur, which intensifies during periods of prolonged inactivity. Most often, this pain is most severe in the morning, and patients often report that they can no longer support weight on the afflicted foot.

Spurs commonly afflict those suffering from Flat Feet, obese members of the population and women who frequently wear high-heeled shoes. This condition can be aggravated by running, walking or attempting to lift heavy objects on a routine basis. Ordinarily, your podiatrist can confirm the presence of a heel spur by running a routine radiological (x-ray) examination, whereupon the spur will be plainly visible. Spurs can develop on either the top or bottom of the heel, depending on the nature of the stress placed upon them. Spurs located on the bottom of the heel (known as inferior spurs), are typically comorbid with Plantar Fasciitis and develop as a direct result of the degenerative nature of the condition. 

Treatments for calcaneal spurs vary, depending on the severity of the condition, and how deeply it impacts the patient’s quality of life. Non-surgical options are mostly restricted to specialized exercises prescribed by your doctor, as well as the possible additions of Orthotics, a change in footwear and physical therapy. In the overwhelming majority of cases, such simple therapies eliminate the spur and cause the patient to undergo a full recovery after only a few months. After an adequate trial of conservative therapy, which has produced a less than satisfactory outcome, shock wave therapy becomes a consideration.  

If you have chronic pain in the heel area, and suspect symptoms of calcaneal spurs, please book an appointment with podiatry associates. Our team of highly trained, experienced and compassionate practitioners can often provide a comfortable and quick treatment and recovery. Contact us at our Toronto, Whitby or Mississauga offices today!

 

By drnoble@podiatryassociates.ca
April 09, 2015
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Fractures of the toe or foot are often very serious and limiting conditions. Fractures are breaks in the continuity of your bone structure, usually as a result of impacts or trauma to the affected area. Fractures are often very painful, and can lead to complications if not properly treated. Those most at risk of fractures are the elderly, as well as those suffering from osteoporosis, bone cancer or calcium deficiency. Those who smoke are also at greater risk, due to the bone-softening properties of nicotine. These fractures come in many different forms, and are classified according to the mechanism (whether it is the result of trauma or a pathological reason such as steroid induced osteoporosis). Further, fractures can either be “closed” or “open”, wherein the bone perforates the surrounding tissue and breaks thru the skin. Finally, fractures can become displaced, in which case the broken ends must be re-aligned.

Toe Fracture Diagnosis

Normally, other than pain, among the first signs of a toe fracture is swelling (but not bruising) in the affected area. This is part of the human body’s natural healing process. Further, a fracture is evidenced by noticeable and sustained pain in the suspected area, as well as spasms in the surrounding musculature as the body attempts to contain the fracture and keep it aligned. This pain may subside after a few hours, so it is inadvisable to assume that lack of pain is an indicator that no fracture has occurred. Fractures are often the result of at least some form of physical trauma, so they are likely to surface after the patient has sustained a significant impact to the area. As part of standard procedure, your podiatrist will likely want to verify the presence of a fracture by  as X-ray. 

Treatment

Failure to seek treatment can result in a number of complications. For instance the affected foot can become deformed, or the patient may develop arthritis or chronic pain. As such, it is paramount that you seek prompt and adequate treatment. Sometimes, something as simple as rest is all that’s required to treat a fracture. 

If you suspect you may have suffered a fracture in your foot or ankle, contact Podiatry Associates today. Our highly trained, professional and compassionate staff can assist.

 





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