Blog

By Podiatry Associates
November 19, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Are you looking for help managing heel pain in Mississauga, Brantford, and Whitby, ON? If so, you understand that chronic heel discomfort can have a significant impact on your overall quality of life. That is why you need to work with a doctor who can help you manage this condition. If you need a professional who can help you, then The Podiatry Associates can help you manage chronic heel concerns. Learn more about why this condition develops and how you might be able to manage it.

Why Does Chronic Heel Discomfort Develop?

If you are sensing chronic heel pain in Mississauga, Brantford, and Whitby, ON, you might be wondering why this condition develops in the first place. Sometimes, people suffer from a chronic medical condition that could lead to deformities in the feet. This could lead to chronic discomfort in the heel.

There are other situations where an acute condition could lead to chronic heel discomfort also. For example, you may be diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. This is a condition that impacts people who run regularly, particularly those who run long distances. They can lead to inflammation on the bottom of your foot, leading to discomfort that is worse in the morning. Dealing with chronic heel discomfort can make it difficult for you to complete your daily routine, so you should learn more about how to manage and prevent this condition.

How Is This Condition Prevented and Managed?

If you are suffering from pain in your heel, there are treatment options available. For example, a lot of people use physical therapy to help them recover. Other people might require prescription medications to manage the pain.

It is always better to prevent this condition from developing in the first place. You need to manage the stress you put on your foot, trying to avoid running long distances when you can. It is also a good idea to stretch before physical activity to reduce your chances of getting hurt. Finally, you should also eat a healthy diet that minimizes inflammation throughout your body. If you are interested in ways to prevent heel discomfort from developing, you should work with a foot specialist in the local area.

Work with a Local Foot Doctor

It can be difficult if you are dealing with chronic heel pain in Mississauga, Brantford, and Whitby, ON. If you need help with heel discomfort, then rely on The Podiatry Associates to help you manage this condition and minimize its impact on your overall quality of life. Call (905) 433-0200 to make an appointment in Whitby, call  (905) 568-3800 to make an appointment in Mississauga, and call (519) 751-2900 to make an appointment in Brantford with a member of the team.

By contactus@podiatryassociates.ca
November 17, 2021
Category: foot surgery
Tags: diabetic ulcer  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its amazing how something as simple as a small ulcer under the big toe joint can limit your mobility and quality of life. Quality of life is a term we chuck out there easily but when talking to this patient it really was far reaching. On a daily basis wound care was taking at least 20 minutes to perform, moving within her home was painful thus kept to a minimum and planned to avoid further trauma. Trips outside the house only as necessary and again consolidating appointments to one day to avoid subsequent outings. Social interactions were avoided.  Going out meant more pain and little pleasure, and she didn’t want visitors entering a home that was no longer being maintained to its previous standards. Sadly, that left phone and internet communications…..so enough on that subject.

 

                                                                                                                         

 

 

Usually shoe modifications, specialized wound care, orthotic intervention, and management of systemic illness are the mainstay we employ to address these kind of situations. All were in place and functioning, but still very little progress was made on the lesions under both 1st metatarsal phalangeal joints.

Back in late September we suggested it was time to be a little more proactive to reduce the mechanical force perpetuating these problems. To achieve that we suggested a tenotomy to the long extensor tendon of the great toe. The beauty of this procedure is that the small incision is not  weight bearing, heals very quickly and beyond the day of the procedure does not require immobilization nor do we need to modify the existing orthotics and or footwear.

So 5 weeks later we are now addressing the left hallux at the patients urgent request. The right lesion has remained healed since the first post operative visit and the tissue is returning to a more normal appearance with little evidence of scar tissue. Best part of this is that the patient is now back playing darts twice a week and can’t wait for the left toe to follow suit and heal as well.

So nice to see and hear her positivity and joy at everyday life events and even if hitting the triple 20 still remains illusive (darts joke).

As with so many of the procedures we perform the surgery is simple, its the patient selection that requires careful evaluation.

 

Schedule an appointment at an office location near you with one of our dedicated specialists. We do not require a referral however pertinent information from your primary care specialist may help in our diagnosis. Bring any pertinent images (X-rays) or test results with you and if appropriate samples of your footwear. Given the nature of our specialty it is likely we will want to observe you standing or walking during the initial exam.

Call The Podiatry Associates in Mississauga, at (905)568-3800. We are also located in Brantford, ON, at (519) 751-2900 and Whitby, Ontario, at (905) 433-0200

By contactus@podiatryassociates.ca
October 18, 2021
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

 October 18th  2021 Update on COVID-19 

Despite changes in Ontario`s provincial vaccination rates we still require our office visitors to observer requirements for mask wearing , personal hygene, and social distancing while in our offices and buildings. Proof of vaccination is not required at this point to avail of our services. Many of our patients have compromised immune systems, are younger than minimum vaccination age or are unable to be vaccinate so please help us to protect them. Please be tollerent with our staff as they conduct covid screening and ensure safe movement of patients within our offices. These tedious precautions, they perform on a daily basis under stress and personal discomfort time and  again.

Should you feel that your upcoming visit is unnecessary or you have questions call your local clinic site.

Walk in visits are not permitted at this time, should need our service please call the local office so that we can make arrangements and perform manditory pre-visit screening.

Schedule an appointment at an office location near you with one of our dedicated specialists. We do not require a referral however pertinent information from your primary care specialist may help in our diagnosis. Bring any pertinent images (X-rays) or test results with you and if appropriate samples of your footwear. Given the nature of our specialty it is likely we will want to observe you standing or walking during the initial exam. Call The Podiatry Associates in Mississauga, at (905)568-3800. We are also located in Brantford, ON, at (519) 751-2900 and Whitby, Ontario, at (905) 433-0200

 
By Podiatry Associates
September 30, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   Fallen Arches  

Do you suffer from foot, leg, hip, or back pain due to fallen arches? Orthotics offered by your Mississauga, Whitby, and Brantford, ON, podiatrists, Dr. Barry Noble, Dr. Mark Bradley, and Dr. Marilyn Bradley of The Podiatry Associates, can ease your pain.

What are the symptoms of fallen arches?

Your arches provide support for your entire body. If they're too low, you may experience a variety of symptoms including:

  • Pain in your arch, ankle, or heel that can worsen when you're active and may flare up when walking or standing
  • Aches and pain in your legs, hip, or back
  • Swollen, sore arches. Swelling can also affect the inside of your ankle
  • Cramps in the muscles of your feet and legs
  • Abnormal gait

You may also be more likely to develop bunions, arthritis, hammertoe, and plantar fasciitis if you have fallen arches.

Low arches can be inherited or can be caused by or related to:

  • Overuse injuries
  • Weight gain
  • Foot injuries
  • Pregnancy
  • Tendon injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Foot abnormalities
  • Conditions or injuries that affect the nerves in your feet
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Foot fracture

Your risk of fallen arches also increases with age.

What to do about fallen arch pain

Your doctor may recommend:

  • Orthotics in Mississauga, Whitby, and Brantford, ON: These prescription shoe inserts support, align, and cushion your feet. When your arches are properly supported, foot, ankle, leg, hip, or back pain will lessen or stop.
  • Pain Relief Measures: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication or ice decrease swelling and pain due to fallen arches. If these measures don't help, steroid injections may keep your pain under control.
  • Physical Therapy: During physical therapy, you'll perform exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles in your feet.
  • Braces: Braces support your arches and prevent your feet from rolling inward when you walk.

Could orthotics help your fallen arches in Mississauga, Whitby, and Brantford, ON? Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists, Dr. Noble, Dr. Mark Bradley, and Dr. Marilyn Bradley of The Podiatry Associates to find out. Call us at (905) 433-0200, (905) 568-3800, or (519) 751-2900.

By contactus@podiatryassociates.ca
August 05, 2021
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

I saw this article the other day day and it struck me how I had never considered a situation like this arising.

 

Its amazing how much our everyday lives have changed and adapted throughout the varying stages of this covid crisis.

The last few years both our sons have transitioned to high school and each time were required to show evidence of their having been vaccinated. The list can be extensive, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), rotavirus, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, pneumococcal and meningococcal diseases, and human papillomavirus virus (HPV), some are required, while others remain optional. At each stage of their development we weighed up the pros and cons of these and based our decisions on the available research and real benefit versus risk.

A recent article I read discused the phenomena of “Tribilization” on the subject of vaccination for Covid 19 and how people can align themselves with one or other side of the debate and refuse to discus, investigate or more frighteningly even consider the conflicting notion. As difficult as it can be at times to remove fear and uncertainty from any decision making process its import to remember regardless which “tribe” we might fall into, we must continue to think and questioning. 

If our primary source of information comes from your search engine, be aware its primary goal is marketing. If you like dogs verus cats then all of the feeds from your search will actively stream more of what you "want", more dog pictures!. Thus its necessary and difficult to find non bias sources of data to broaden your perspective.

 

Our Staff have ALL been fully vaccinated for some considerable time now, we continue to perform our daily work observing full Covid in-office protocol. We do this because we have a large diverse patient group, some are not eligible for vaccination, some have significant systemic health issues and some choose not vaccinate. Aside from any personal reasons, our governing college has directed that these measures will continue for the foreseeable future.

For our staff this posses a considerable increase in physical and emotional strain so please remember the minor delays and inconvenience experienced during your visit or on the phone are aimed at your continued safety and protection.





This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.