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Posts for: March, 2022

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
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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
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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!


By contactus@podiatryassociates.ca
March 04, 2022
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As someone who has at times been forced to watch news of conflict and social unrest in my own homeland while enjoying the peace and freedom of living here in Canada, my heart goes out those watching news unfold from around the world today.

Here in Canada and especially at our Mississauga office, we have such diverse origins in our community that it is a regular occurrence to ask about our patients background. I am always heartened to hear passionate stories of countries and cultures that I have not yet had the pleasure to experience first hand and conversely, their collective love and appreciation of their new home.

I too have experienced the pain and guilt associated with being far from my origins and feelings of inadequacy at being unable to help in times of need. Through collective concern and action towards helping others we are often brought closer together, possibly just what our society needs right now. 

One charitable outlet we at the Podiatry Associates have embraced is World Central Kitchen who are presently feeding thousands of fleeing victims of the war in Ukraine. They have been on site within hours of disasters around the world beginning the recovery process by feeding those most in need.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeGK4aMO8U0