Tuesday, 10 May 2022 00:00

If you notice that your toenail has turned black, it is a sign that you may need a new pair of running shoes. Running too far for too long is a primary cause of black toenail, causing a soft tissue injury. Black toenails are common among long-distance runners and soldiers who march a long way in boots. A blackened toenail is caused by a subungual hematoma, or bleeding under the toenail, often called a jogger's toe. The main cause is continued rubbing inside the shoe, but may also be the result of dropping something heavy on your toe. Symptoms include a blackened appearance of the nail, a feeling of throbbing pain, and in some cases the loosening of the nail from the bed. The blood collects under the toenail, causing the black appearance, and pressure causes the pain. Treatment for black toenails includes draining the blood from under the nail or removing the nail. If you have developed a black toenail, please see a chiropodist for an examination and treatment options.


 

Injuries to the foot and ankle are very common among athletes. If you have experienced an injury, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Injuries Among Athletes: 

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Ankle strains or sprains

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Fractures

  • Turf toe 

  • Joint dislocations

  • Sever’s disease

  • Morton’s neuroma

Symptoms

Symptoms will depend on the cause and severity of the injury. Common symptoms for a foot or ankle injury include pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, a reduced range of motion, and difficulty bearing weight or walking on the affected foot or ankle. 

Diagnosis

Sports injuries are typically diagnosed after carefully examining the affected foot or ankle. This includes moving the injured area to test its range of motion. Medical history will need to be provided, as well as detailed information about how the injury occurred. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, may be used to confirm or rule out certain diagnoses. 

Treatment

Just like symptoms, treatment will depend on the type of injury and its severity. Initial treatment for many sports injuries is aimed at controlling inflammation and promoting the healing response. The acronym R.I.C.E is a helpful guide to implement for most acute injuries. This method involves resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the affected foot or ankle. In addition, anti-inflammatory medications may be administered and orthotic devices may be prescribed. For more severe injuries, surgery may be required. Lastly, rehabilitation or physical therapy may be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area.

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

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Tuesday, 03 May 2022 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 00:00

The location on the foot where a bunion generally develops is the bottom of the joint in the big toe. It can happen due to genetics, or if an injury has occurred. The bony protrusion of a bunion that develops in this area may cause the big toe to shift toward the other toes, and the foot may look deformed. Many patients have to purchase larger shoes to accommodate the shape of the foot. Additionally, walking may be uncomfortable, and limping may help to alleviate the discomfort. Mild relief may be found when the affected foot is soaked in warm water, and it may help to wear a protective pad over the bunion. Effective prevention methods of bunions can include avoiding wearing high heels, wearing shoes with bigger toe areas, and by developing strength in the feet with a routine exercise regime. If you have developed a bunion, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with a chiropodist who can effectively treat this condition.

Bunions progressively worsen over time and may cause walking in your shoes to become difficult. To learn more about bunions, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Are Bunions? 

A bunion is a bony bump that protrudes from the base of the big toe. Bunions are caused due to a misalignment of the first metatarsal. The characteristic bump of a bunion forms when the metatarsal shifts outwards from its proper position. Bunions develop slowly over time and progressively worsen without treatment. The skin over the bunion may develop calluses due to the friction from shoes. Eventually, a bunion can make walking uncomfortable or even painful. Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities and are especially common in women and older adults.

Symptoms

A bunion appears as a bulging bump on the outside of the base of the big toe.

The bunion may also: 

  • Be swollen, red, or sore 

  • Develop corns or calluses over it

  • Cause pain

  • Limit the big toe’s range of motion

Treatment

There are several different treatments available for bunions. Conservative treatment options include wearing shoes with a wider toe box, cushioning the bunion with a specialized pad, wearing shoe inserts, icing the bunion if it becomes inflamed, and taking medications to relieve pain. In more severe cases, more invasive procedures may be done. This may involve removing the swollen tissue around the bunion, straightening the big toe, realigning the bones at the front of the foot, or a combination of these procedures. 

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

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Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:00

Anyone with diabetes may be at a higher risk of developing foot ulcers. They are usually caused by sores or wounds that do not heal properly and spread beneath the skin to the soft tissue and muscle sheaths below. A diabetic who has developed peripheral neuropathy often loses the feeling in the toes and feet. Because a sore or minor cut can’t always be detected, particularly if it is on the bottom of the foot, it may form an ulcer. Symptoms of diabetic ulcers include discoloration of the skin or toenails, pain and redness, swelling, pus or fluid discharge, and a foul odor coming from the foot. The most common treatment is debridement, a process that removes dead tissue. It is strongly suggested that you not do this on your own, but consult a chiropodist, who can conduct the process in a safe and hygienic way. Afterward, you may be directed to wear special shoes or use crutches or a wheelchair until the wound heals completely. It is also suggested to avoid walking barefoot and make sure the wounded area is kept clean. 


 

Diabetes can cause serious problems in the lower limbs if proper preventive measures are not taken and diabetic wound care is not performed. If you would like to learn more about caring for diabetic feet, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Diabetes can lead to a host of foot and ankle complications, including: 

  • Poor circulation

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Diabetic foot wounds and ulcers

  • Infection 

  • Corns and calluses

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Nail disorders 

  • Hammertoes 

  • Bunions

  • Charcot foot

If you have diabetes, you must be vigilant of any changes in your foot health. This is best done through daily foot inspections. Using a mirror to help you if necessary, look for any: 

  • Cuts, scrapes, sores, or wounds

  • Bruising or discoloration 

  • Swelling

  • Rash

  • Foul odor

  • Nail changes 

  • Hair loss 

  • Warmth and inflammation

  • Deformities 

  • Lower limb pain

  • Strange sensations (numbness, tingling, burning, pins, and needles)

If you detect anything unusual, seek the care of a chiropodist as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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