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Friday, 30 July 2021 00:00

Bunions Can Be Mild or Severe

A change in the alignment of the bones in the foot may result in a bunion. Bunions appear as a bony protrusion that forms on the side of the big toe, and they can cause difficulty in walking. People who wear shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in may see the beginning signs of a bunion developing. Additionally, bunions may happen from genetic reasons or from a foot abnormality at birth. The majority of bunions do not cause pain, despite the fact that they can gradually become larger. Research has indicated arthritis may cause the bunion and surrounding areas to become uncomfortable. Mild relief may be found when bunion pads are worn, and this can be effective if the bunion is small. Larger bunions may require surgery for permanent removal, and it is strongly suggested that you consult with a chiropodist who can determine if this is right for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, 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.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Chiropodists often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your chiropodist.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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, 23 July 2021 00:00

How to Trim Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common and sometimes painful condition in which the edges of a nail grow into the surrounding skin instead of over it. This leads to tenderness, swelling, redness, and pain. In some cases, the area can even become infected. One of the main causes of ingrown toenails is trimming the toenails incorrectly. When you trim your toenails, you should use a nail clipper rather than scissors. Trim the nails straight across and not too short. Though it may be tempting for aesthetic reasons, do not round the edges of your toenails with clippers, scissors, or a nail file. Rounded edges make ingrown nails more likely. To complement your properly trimmed toenails, wear comfortable shoes with a wide toe box. Tight, narrow, or pointy-toed shoes can squish the toes together and push the nails into the surrounding skin. To learn more about how to prevent ingrown toenails, please speak with a podiatrist. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, 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.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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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Wednesday, 21 July 2021 00:00

Do You Suffer From Painful Feet?

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Your ankle is made up of three bones, all of which can be broken or cracked from an injury. The tibia is the larger of two main bones that make up your ankle. You can feel the lower end of it along the inside of your ankle. The fibula is the thinner of the two main ankle bones, and you can feel the lower end of this bone along the outside of your ankle. The talus is a wedge-shaped bone located deep inside the ankle, between the heel bone and the ends of the tibia and fibula. Ankle fractures are usually caused by a sudden, sharp twist of the ankle or a direct impact to the area. Symptoms include immediate, severe pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, and difficulty walking. If you suspect that you may have fractured your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you seek the care of a chiropodist as soon as possible.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your chiropodist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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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Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a childhood foot injury in which the growth plate of the heel bone becomes inflamed due to repetitive overuse. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain in active children between the ages of 8 and 14. Treatment for Sever’s disease is almost always conservative. Resting the affected foot by limiting participation in sports or any other activities that place excess pressure on the heel bone is usually required for full recovery. Anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs can be used to reduce pain and swelling. In some cases, orthotic inserts may be needed to give the affected heel extra cushioning and support. Fortunately, the prognosis for Sever’s disease is very good. With proper treatment, this condition often goes away within several weeks. If your child complains of heel pain, it is suggested that you take them to see a chiropodist.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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 injuries.

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Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Friday, 02 July 2021 15:11

Why Do Ingrown Toenails Develop?

ingrown toenailsWhen a toenail grows into the skin surrounding it, an ingrown toenail forms. Ingrown toenails affect people of all ages. They can be painful and cause swelling and redness in the skin around the nail. Ingrown toenails may be caused by nails that are trimmed too short, wearing shoes that are too tight, or being born with an inherited curve to your nail. Symptoms typically progress from discomfort at the end or sides of the nail, to irritation of the surrounding skin, to steady or worsening pain, to possibly a callus developing, and— if the ingrown toenail is not treated properly—an infection. If you, your child, or your elderly loved one develop an ingrown toenail, it is suggested to seek treatment from a chiropodist to reduce the risk of an infection and to help the toenail grow normally again.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, 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.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper-fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your chiropodist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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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