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Friday, 28 May 2021 00:00

Why Does My Child Walk on Their Toes?

By monitoring a child’s foot development in the early years—and intervening if any structural abnormalities or dysfunction is present—the child’s quality of life can be vastly improved, and serious foot complications later in life may be avoided. Some milestones in a child’s early development are: sitting up by themselves at approximately 6-7 months, beginning to walk at roughly 12 months, and walking heel-to-toe by age 3 instead of on their toes as some toddlers do while learning to walk. Toe walking after age 3 may just be a habit, or due to a tight Achilles tendon, or it could possibly be an indicator of a muscular, neurological, or developmental issue the child may have. If you are concerned about your child’s foot development, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full examination and consultation.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our chiropodists of The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Saturday, 22 May 2021 00:00

Don't Hide Your Feet This Spring

Unsightly toenails or cracked heels? If your feet are still suffering from the harshness of this past winter, schedule an appointment to give them the care they need.

Friday, 21 May 2021 22:04

Osteoarthritis in the Feet

arthritis ankleArthritis is a medical condition that causes the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints. This can lead to pain, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty moving the affected joints. Osteoarthritis, which is associated with aging, is the most common type of arthritis and often affects the joints of the feet and ankles. Because of the pain and discomfort caused by osteoarthritis and the effect that it can have on mobility, it is important to seek treatment. Common treatments for arthritis include oral medications to reduce pain and inflammation, wearing orthotics in the shoes to cushion the feet and minimize pain, bracing or immobilizing affected joints, steroid injections directly into the affected joints to reduce inflammation, and physical therapy. If you believe you may have osteoarthritis in the feet, a chiropodist can help you manage this condition. 

Osteoarthritis in the feet or ankles can be a painful and disabling condition that may interfere with your daily activities. If you have arthritis, please consult with one of our chiropodists of The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Osteoarthritis? 

Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the protective layer of cartilage in the joints breaks down over time. This loss of cartilage causes the bones to rub together during movement, leading to pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis is associated with aging, and often affects the small joints of the feet and ankles. 

Symptoms

Symptoms of osteoarthritis include: 

  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Swelling in or around the joint
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Difficulty walking

Diagnosis

Osteoarthritis can be diagnosed through physical examination. You may also need to have an X-ray taken to assess the extent of the damage caused by the arthritis. 

Treatment

Treatment for osteoarthritis focuses on reducing symptoms and improving the function of the affected joints. Conservative treatments include oral pain medications, orthotic devices, bracing or immobilizing the affected foot or ankle, steroid injections into the joint to reduce inflammation, and physical therapy. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. 

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

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Friday, 14 May 2021 23:08

What Is Athlete's Foot?

athletes foot 2Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. This fungus lives and thrives in warm, moist environments. Walking barefoot in public places such as swimming pools and locker room areas, sharing personal items like shoes and socks, having excessively sweaty or wet feet, or having a minor skin or nail injury on your foot can all make you more susceptible to athlete’s foot. If you have developed athlete’s foot, you may find that the skin on your feet is itchy, dry, cracking, peeling, or raw, especially in between your toes and on the soles of your feet. Potential treatments for athlete’s foot include oral and topical medications. If you are afflicted with athlete’s foot, a chiropodist can help find the right treatment for you. 

Athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and unsightly. To learn more about preventing and treating this condition, please consult with one of our chiropodists of The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Athlete’s Foot? 

Athlete’s foot refers to an infection of the skin on the feet that is caused by a fungus. This fungus is contagious and thrives in warm and moist environments. It is often spread in common areas such as public pools, locker rooms, and showers. It can also spread when sharing personal items, like shoes or towels, with an infected person. 

Symptoms

The symptoms of athlete’s foot may include: 

  • Itching, stinging, or burning of the skin on the feet
  • Cracking or peeling skin, especially between the toes and on the soles of the feet
  • Scaly, red rash on the foot
  • Blisters 
  • Foul odor

Treatment

Treatment for athlete’s foot typically involves using over-the-counter topical antifungal medications on the feet. When over-the-counter options are ineffective, you may need to take prescription oral medications or topical antifungal drugs, or a combination of both. 

Prevention

Preventing athlete’s foot places an emphasis on good foot hygiene practices. 

You can prevent athlete’s foot by:

  • Washing and drying your feet thoroughly every day
  • Wearing shoes when walking in public areas
  • Not sharing personal items, like shoes or socks, with others
  • Wearing shoes and socks made out of breathable materials

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

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Thursday, 13 May 2021 19:36

Stuart Berry, Chartered Scientist

Chartered Scientist is a professional registration that represents a single chartered mark for all scientists, recognising high levels of professionalism and competence in science. There are currently over 13,000 Chartered Scientists working in a vast array of settings and across all scientific and related sectors. The Chartered Scientist is amongst an array of chartered professionals who will have gained a specific level of skill or competence in a particular field of work, which has been recognised by the award of a formal credential mainly by chartered professional bodies and learned societies.

The College of Podiatry has been awarded Licensed Body Status by the Science Council, therefore members of the College of Podiatry (a UK professional association) can apply to become a Chartered Scientist.

Being chartered is the mark of professional recognition. Being a Chartered Scientist allows all scientists working at the full professional level to be recognised on an equal footing.

It gives an assurance of current competence through mandatory revalidation and encapsulates the interdisciplinary nature of science in the 21st Century.

By benchmarking professional scientists at the same high level, CSci aims to re-engage public trust and confidence in science and scientists.

All those working in the practice, application, advancement, or teaching of science can become CSci with the appropriate combination of qualifications and experience.

Chartered Scientists work in an ever growing, diversity of settings, from food science to environmental waste management, health psychology to nuclear physics, and mathematical modelling to chemical engineering.

Applicants must demonstrate various competencies including the ability to deal with complex issues and communicate their conclusions to a range of audiences

They show originality in problem solving and substantial autonomy in planning and implementing tasks

Through a commitment to continuing professional development, Chartered Scientists will continue to advance their knowledge, understanding, and competence throughout their career.

The Science Council require that individuals registered as a Chartered Scientist demonstrate their commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) within their careers.

For me, I always knew I wanted to go into the medical or allied medical fields from a very young age and naturally gravitated towards the sciences.  I had seen first-hand the impact of Type I Diabetes with my extended family and was peripherally recognisant of the role of podiatric medicine having experienced going to a chiropodist as a child with some plantar warts.

Upon commencing my training at the University of Salford, I found I loved it – it was organically a good fit for my scientific mind and my practical hands and my friends on other programs experienced my evangelical enthusiasm whilst studying my BSc (Hons) Podiatry undergrad.

I graduated in the class of 1997 pleased as punch attaining a first class honours.

I have always liked the fact that our chosen field seeks the highest levels of empirical evidence and our decisions on care, treatment or clinical management are based on research.  It is reassuring for patients and it is reassuring for us as clinicians.

Like most I went on to practice the science of podiatric medicine within the UK when I fifers qualified – BSc (Hons) Podiatry in hand! Not only that but to practise the practice of my science.  Through ongoing, continued development and redevelopment, over those early years and the decades since, I have honed skills, deepened, and broaden my science-based podiatric practice and become an evidence-based clinical manager.  

Being a Chartered Scientist has given me the opportunity to demonstrate a level of competency that excels in the science of podiatric medicine.  It is great to be able to demonstrate these competencies to patients, co-workers, and the wider scientific community.

I have found that it has opened many new and positive conversations and questions pertaining to my clinical specialty, and now that I am additionally able to practice in Ontario, within the chiropody /chiropodist scope, it has certainly increased understanding within the office with regards to scope of practice, re-emphasising the place of the science of podiatric medicine as part of the wider medical sciences.

I have been pleased that my accomplishments and post-graduate study enabled me to work in two continents- with offices in both the UK and Ontario, Canada. I have been able to build professional links with other like-minded clinician-scientists in Canada and have actively worked on the board of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine.

My general role is split between clinical practice 70% of my time, with the remainder focussed on clinical management activities such as team, leadership, and development activities.  Enjoying the full scope of professional practice, I look forward to and remain committed to, the ongoing development of my team, my environment, and practice of this interesting science and look forward to the opportunities it affords me in the future.

Stuart Berry, CSci

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 17:20

Recruitment — Join Us!

Our office is dynamic, growing, and diverse!

This makes for a great, exciting place to work and means there are often opportunities available for team members to develop, grow, or new team members to join our team of chiropodists or support staff.

What is it like working here?  Click here to watch our video to find out more.

What makes us get out of bed in the morning?

By offering the Care, Professionalism, and Time that feet deserve, our goal is to be the # 1 choice that comes to mind when people think about footcare.

WHAT WE DO: We treat patients who are suffering from various foot-oriented problems & help by providing structured plans to improve foot health, reduce pain & promote healthy active living, while maintaining a better level of care.

HOW WE DO IT: We combine a professional approach with evidence-based, tailored care solutions. We take the time to clearly communicate with patients the various options available and suggest appropriate courses of action.

WHY WE DO IT: We believe all feet deserve to be healthy and we truly enjoy making an impact on people's lives.

What about quality of care?

Des Armstrong and Stuart Berry are the office and chiropody managers respectively. Learn more about the management style here.

Through the college of Podiatry, Stuart has achieved Chartered Scientist status and has achieved accreditation for the office.

What next?

Do you think you are a good fit for The Footcare Team Centre team?

We want to hear from you!

Tell us why today here.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 19:42

Manager Coaching by Stuart Berry

I love managing. Back when immigrating to Canada it was my skill as “healthcare manager” that Canada both recognized and wanted. This enabled fast track application as a federal skilled worker all those years ago.

I have been a Chiropodist for, what, going over 24 years now and a healthcare manager for 17 years.  Over that time, I have loved the rewards managing brings. I see myself as a collaborative leader - one which enjoys utilising the skills of my team in both undertaking tasks but also in making decisions. I rely on my team day in, day out, but I always ensure they know I am available and approachable.

Developing my team, which spans two continents, with thriving offices in the UK and in Niagara Falls Canada is key to everyone’s success: patients, team members, The Footcare Centre itself. Each team member thrives through development. I utilise goals and objectives as a tool to further my team’s development - I have them and each team member has them. We grow together.

If you ever attend our offices as a patient, you will experience a professional yet laid back approach - you will experience quality care, but hopefully enjoy the experience too! I cultivate this culture with my team, our team ethic and our vision and mission.

Who are we as a team?

“By offering the Care, Professionalism and Time that feet deserve, our goal is to be the # 1 choice that comes to mind when people think about footcare.

WHAT WE DO: We treat patients who are suffering from various foot-oriented problems & help by providing structured plans to improve foot health, reduce pain & promote healthy active living, while maintaining a better level of care.

HOW WE DO IT: We combine a professional approach with evidence based, tailored care solutions. We take the time to clearly communicate with patients the various options available and suggest appropriate courses of action.

WHY WE DO IT: We believe all feet deserve to be healthy and we truly enjoy making an impact on people's lives.”

I love coaching, one-to-one development, inducting new team members, and mentoring those who need it. There is nothing more rewarding than mentoring a colleague to become a better version of themselves.

I truly thrive on managing “the business” too: the numbers, the statistics, testing, and measuring. I test and measure pretty much everything in our business. By measuring, we can improve as a team, as a service, and improve our outcomes on the care we deliver. This is where management-meets healthcare-meets science and I use my skills as a chartered scientist in my business management and care.

Do you think you are a good fit for The Footcare Team Centre team? Tell us why today here.

Stuart Berry, CSci

Friday, 07 May 2021 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

blister coveredBlisters are small, fluid-filled bumps that typically develop on the feet due to friction. They typically heal on their own given time. It is best not to pop a blister, as the fluid inside protects the raw skin underneath the blister from the environment. If you find yourself with a foot blister that is likely to burst on its own, it is recommended that you cover it with a bandage or soft dressing to protect it. If your blister has burst, wash your hands before touching the area and allow the blister to fully drain before covering it with a bandage. If you have a foot blister that is showing signs of infection, such as redness, warmth, pain, swelling, or the appearance of pus, it is strongly suggested that you seek treatment from a chiropodist. 

Blisters can usually be treated at home, however, if you have recurring blisters or experience significant discomfort or pain, please consult with one of our chiropodists of The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is a Blister? 

A blister is a small pocket of fluid in the upper skin layers and is one of the body’s natural responses to injury or pressure. Blisters can also result from burns, fungal or viral skin infections, and the feet are particularly prone due to ill-fitting footwear and friction. Friction on the skin causes the upper layer of skin to separate from the lower layers. The space that this separation creates then becomes filled with a liquid called serum, which protects the lower layers of skin. 

Treatment 

If you notice a blister on your foot, you can cover it with a soft bandage or dressing to protect it. Popping the blister is discouraged. Doing so exposes the raw skin underneath it to bacteria and also raises the risk of infection. If a blister pops naturally, let it drain before covering it with a bandage. Usually blisters heal on their own or with home treatment, however, if your blister is recurring, very painful, or appears infected, it is recommended that you see a chiropodist for treatment. 

Prevention

You can help to prevent blisters by wearing comfortable, well-fitted shoes. Keep your feet dry by wearing moisture-wicking socks and dust your feet with talcum powder if they tend to get sweaty. If you have areas on your feet that are more susceptible to blisters, you might be able to prevent the blister from forming by covering it with a pad. 

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

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