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By Podiatry Associates
April 26, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain   Podiatrist  

If you’ve been on your feet all day, it’s common that you’ll experience soreness and maybe even some heel pain. However, when heel pain is persistent and continues for more than a few days, you may be dealing with something more serious. It’s important not to ignore your heel pain and instead find out how your podiatrist can help ease your heel pain. Your podiatrists at Podiatry Associates in Whitby, Mississauga, and Brantford, ON, can explain how to treat your heel pain and what seeing your podiatrist can do for your heel pain.

How Your Podiatrist Can Ease Your Heel Pain

If you are continuously dealing with heel pain and you notice that it’s difficult to function with persistent pain, it’s important that you talk to your podiatrist in Whitby, Mississauga, and Brantford, ON, about treatment. Persistent heel pain is usually a sign of a condition called plantar fasciitis. This will feel sore and stiff and make it difficult for you to comfortably walk after sitting for a long period of time.

One of the most common forms of treatment for plantar fasciitis is through doing stretching exercises to help strengthen the foot and ease some of the pain you experience. You may also want to ice your feet a few times a day for 10 minutes at a time. Your podiatrist may also recommend wearing custom orthotics in your shoes and night splints to help your feet while you sleep.

In severe cases, you may need surgery to help correct any issues you may have with the plantar fascia.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today

Don’t let your heel pain go untreated! Contact your podiatrists at Podiatry Associates in Whitby, Mississauga, and Brantford, ON, to learn about how you can start easing your heel pain and feel comfortable through the day again! Call for more information today at (905) 433-0200 for the office in Whitby, ON, (905) 568-3800 for the office in Mississauga, ON, and (519) 751-2900 for the office in Brantford, ON.

By Podiatry Associates
April 12, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   Custom Orthotics  

How orthotics from your podiatrists in Mississauga, Brantford, and Whitby, ON, can help your feet

Do your feet hurt? Do you spend a lot of time on your feet? Did you know that custom orthotics can help your feet and your body feel better? The truth is, your feet have a difficult job. They cushion the force of walking or running. They protect your back and the rest of your body from stress. When your feet feel bad, the rest of you feels bad too.

Fortunately, your podiatrist provides custom orthotics to help you and your feet feel better. The doctors at Podiatry Associates provide comprehensive foot and ankle care, including custom orthotics. They have three convenient office locations in Whitby, Mississauga, and Brantford, ON, to help your feet.

Let’s look at just a few of the reasons you should consider getting custom orthotics. Custom orthotics can help you get relief from the pain of:

  • Flat feet
  • Hammertoes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy

If you play a sport, custom orthotics can also help protect your feet from sports related foot stress, or a traumatic injury to your feet.

If you have a gait issue, custom orthotics can help correct balance and postural issues.

There are several types of custom orthotics your podiatrist may recommend, including:

Soft orthotics made entirely of various densities of materials; they can used to improve balance problems; absorb stress and shock to your feet and are an excellent choice for diabetic or arthritic feet.

Semi-rigid orthotics made of both soft and rigid materials; they are used for pediatric foot problems, sports injuries, or sports-related stress on your feet.

Rigid orthotics made entirely of rigid materials; they can help relieve tendon and muscle pain in your feet and legs.

To learn more about how custom orthotics can help your feet, talk with the experts. Call the doctors at Podiatry Associates. You can reach them in Whitby, ON, at (905) 433-0200, Mississauga, ON, at (905) 568-3800 or in Brantford, ON, at (519) 751-2900, so call now.

By contactus@podiatryassociates.ca
March 25, 2022
Category: foot surgery
Tags: ingrown toenail  

 

Ending the pain of an ingrown nail is only half the battle.

Daily we see the results of previous surgical corrections for ingrown toe nails.

 

Many have completely or partially regrown and in many cases are as painful as the original presentation but twice as ugly. While we do not claim to be cosmetic surgeons our goal in permanently ending the pain is also to restore the nail to a cosmetically improved state. This is not a condition for which you should carry a life long reminder. We love doing this right and repairing often what has happened previously.
To see our patients leave the office knowing that come summer they can confidently wear sandals or go barefooted without fear of their toes drawing attention attention has to be bench mark for success.
 

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
March 12, 2022
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Despite changes in Ontario`s provincial mandates we continue to require our visitors to observer requirements for mask wearing , personal hygiene, and social distancing while in our offices. 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 tolerant 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 unwell prior to your visit please reschedule as soon as possible.

 

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
March 12, 2022
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

In the early 2000’s we debated barefoot running and we firmly ruled against the overall benefit vs harm. 

In a recent article written by one of my favourite Podiatric biomechanics gurus; Simon Bartold, he spoke on the subject of “Grounding”.  Apparently  the debate is not quite over. 

 I love the “feeling”of my bare feet on grass or preferably sand, but to say that this can have a lasting physiological effect on my body is taking a major step beyond. (Yeap I know)

For those advocating the benefits of grounding, report claims that walking barefoot on the Earth enhances health and provides feelings of well-being. Although supported by almost zero meaningful research, grounding insists it is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. And if you do this, it will enable you to “pull away from flashbacks, unwanted memories, and negative or challenging emotions.”

Apparently, it will also:

  1. Reduce inflammation
  2. Decrease pain
  3. Decrease stress response
  4. Increase heart rate variability
  5. Improve sleep
  6. Improve cortisol rhythm
  7. Improve wound healing
  8. Reduce blood viscosity

 

Moving right along, Barthold got his hands on a brand new piece to research from Switzerland titled: The Impact of Grounding in Running Shoes on Indices of Performance in Elite Competitive Athletes

Muniz–Pardos et al, Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(3), 1317

Basically they took some fairly high level runners and placed them in specially designed shoes to enable grounding to occur during training and in a very nicely designed piece of research they measured heart rate, blood gases, perceived fatigue, recovery and a host of factors in a double blind study. 

And drum roll…… the findings were?.  NOTHING! Absolutely nothing.

Conclusion:  our results suggest that grounding in shoe designs is not an effectivealternative for well-trained athletes to improve their running efficiencies, and/or their physiological/perceptual responses during submaximal exercise. 

So what do we take from this? There may yet be something to grounding, by all means continue to enjoy your beach and back lawn in your bare feet, but for those of you looking to improved running performance and recovery, splash out on a pair of Nike Zoom X Vaporfly .. there is compelling evidence for their efficacy!





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