Items filtered by date: February 2021

Friday, 26 February 2021 22:31

Why Is Exercising the Feet Important?

yogaThey say the feet are the foundation of our bodies, but how often do you stretch your feet? Having strong and flexible feet can help reduce muscle soreness as well as foot and ankle pain. Performing gentle stretches regularly can also help keep the feet limber and improve their range of motion. There are various types of foot exercises that you can perform to strengthen different parts of the foot. Toe curls for example, strengthen the muscles on the top of the foot and toes. To perform toe curls, lay a towel on the floor and sit down in a chair placing your feet flat on the towel. Scrunch your toes to pull the towel towards you and repeat five times with each foot. It is important to stay active and maintain the overall health of the feet. For additional exercises that can help stretch and strengthen your feet, consult with a chiropodist today. 

Stretching the feet can improve their flexibility and overall strength, and can help prevent or reduce the impact of foot injuries. For more information about stretching your feet, please consult with our physicians from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Why Stretching the Feet Is Important

Your feet support the weight of your entire body as you go about your daily activities. As with any other part of your body, stretching and exercising the feet can help maintain their overall health, reduce foot pain, and prevent future injuries. 

How to Stretch 

There are a variety of foot stretches and exercises that you may try. It is recommended that you speak with a chiropodist to learn which exercises are best for you. 

Some examples include: 

  • Heel Raises - hold onto a wall for balance as you slowly rise up on your tiptoes. Hold the position for several seconds, then lower your feet back to the ground. Repeat 10 times. 
  • Toe Splay - sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground. Spread your toes as far apart as you can, holding for several seconds. Repeat 10 times. 
  • Towel Scrunches - sit in a chair and lay a towel flat on the floor in front of you, placing your foot on top of it. Using only your toes, scrunch up the towel pulling it towards you. Repeat several times with each foot. 
  • Plantar Fascia Massage - sit in a chair and place a round or cylindrical object (such as a tennis ball, water bottle, or foam roller) under the arch of your foot. Slowly push your foot forward and backward while applying pressure to the object. Maintain the object between your heel and toes. Do this for about 30 seconds. Repeat on the other foot. 

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

Thursday, 25 February 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!

Friday, 19 February 2021 23:33

What Causes Ankle Pain?

ankle pain femaleAnkle pain can have a variety of different causes. Perhaps due to an injury while playing a sport, or simply by taking an awkward step off of a curb. Excessive exercise or overuse can also lead to ankle pain, as well as unsupportive, tight, or high heeled shoes. Ankle pain may even exist due to an underlying condition, such as osteoarthritis or gout. Your symptoms, along with the type of pain you are experiencing, can help a chiropodist determine the source of your ankle pain. For example, pain in the ankle and heel, in addition to pain in the calf when standing on your tiptoes, can be indicative of Achilles tendonitis. Redness or swelling of the ankle, along with a dull aching pain, could be bursitis. If you hear a popping sound and experience extreme pain after an injury or a fall, you may have a broken ankle. If you are afflicted with any type of ankle pain it is important to speak with a chiropodist who can properly diagnose and treat your condition. 

Ankle pain is a common symptom of many lower limb problems. If you are experiencing ankle pain, please consult with our physicians from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

The ankle is composed of a number of muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. There are many conditions which may cause ankle pain. 

Causes

  • Ankle strains or sprains
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Symptoms

If you have ankle pain, you may also experience a variety of other symptoms depending on the underlying cause of the pain. Some of these symptoms may include ankle swelling, bruising, redness, numbness or tingling, instability, and difficulty walking.

Diagnosis

The underlying cause of ankle pain can be diagnosed by a chiropodist. Diagnoses are typically made based on your medical history, a physical examination of the affected ankle, and imaging studies such as X-rays. 

Treatment

Treatment for your ankle pain will depend on its underlying cause. Often, the chiropodist will recommend that you rest the affected ankle. You might also need to ice, compress, and elevate the ankle, wear an orthotic device, or take medications to reduce pain and inflammation. 

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

Friday, 05 February 2021 23:21

What Is Peripheral Artery Disease?

black legsPeripheral artery disease, also known as PAD, is a condition in which the arteries that supply blood to your arms and legs narrow and harden due to a buildup of fatty deposits. This causes a reduction of blood flow, most commonly in the legs. If the blocked blood flow is severe enough it could lead to tissue death, which could ultimately lead to foot or leg amputation. Some symptoms of PAD may include pain, numbness, or heaviness in the legs especially when walking or standing, weak or absent pulses in the legs or feet, poorly healing sores or wounds on the feet, skin discoloration, a lower temperature in one leg, and poor nail growth on the toes, and decreased hair growth on the legs. However, people who have PAD often do not represent any symptoms, and the condition becomes apparent only through physical examination and imaging studies performed by your doctors. Contributing risk factors for PAD can include smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, and a diet that is high in fats or cholesterol. For more information about PAD and its effects on the health of your lower limbs, please speak with a local chiropodist. 

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a serious condition that can increase your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. If you have symptoms of PAD, please consult with our physicians from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Peripheral Artery Disease?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition in which the arteries that supply blood to the lower limbs narrow and harden due to a buildup of arterial plaque. PAD causes a reduction in blood flow to the legs and other extremities. 

Symptoms

Often, people with PAD experience no symptoms, especially in the early stages. If PAD continues to worsen, the first sign of PAD may be claudication, a pain and cramping in the legs while walking, caused by the reduction of blood supply to the muscles of the legs. 

Other potential symptoms include: 

  • Numbness or weakness in the legs
  • Coldness in the legs or feet
  • Slow-healing sores or wounds
  • Skin discoloration or hair loss on the legs
  • Slow growth of toenails

Diagnosis

Most often chiropodists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to the blood pressure in your ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Vascular tests look at the blood flow in the legs and are generally painless and non-invasive. 

Treatment

Lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help limit further arterial plaque buildup. Taking your prescribed medications can reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack. In some cases, surgery may be required to improve blood flow. 

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

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