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Posts for: June, 2014

By Dr. Douglas Broad
June 27, 2014
Category: Diabetes

Clipping Toenails with CareIf you have diabetes, you are more susceptible to foot problems, since the disease can damage nerves and impede blood flow to your feet. Daily foot care is vitally important, and that includes keeping your toenails clean and trimmed. Your nails help protect your toes, but if not cared for properly, they can cause more harm than good. Untrimmed toenails could produce sharp edges that pierce your skin, and even the smallest cut can open the door to infection with serious consequences. So, grab some clean clippers and use the following tips for trimming diabetic toenails.

You might think the best time to trim is right after you bathe, when the nail is nice and soft, but that is not so. They are more likely to tear when wet, so wait for them to dry out. Cut the nails straight across. If you follow the natural curve of your nail, it could cause an ingrown toenail which can lead to a dangerous infection. So keep it straight! If there are any rough edges, gently smooth them with an emery board. Never cut your cuticles. You could easily cut your skin. If you’re not confident with your skills and you’d rather not chance it, make an appointment with Chiropodist Douglas Broad. He’d be happy to trim your toenails for you, and help you with any of your other diabetic foot care needs.

Besides trimming diabetic toenails properly, you should also keep a close eye on how they look. A healthy nail should be smooth and slightly pink. If you notice thickness or brittleness, or any discoloration, it could mean you have a fungal nail infection. If this is the case, you should seek help from Achilles Custom Orthotics and Footcare in Cambridge, Ontario. Call (519) 624-4122 or contact us online today.

By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
June 09, 2014
Category: Orthotics

Measuring your Feet for the Perfect OrthoticsDo you know how to get straight A's? By using a ruler, of course! Let us apply the same concept to finding the perfect orthotic - by measuring your foot. If you or someone you know is in need of an orthotic to correct or relieve the pain from a foot or ankle condition, you may be wondering how their feet are fitted.

Getting your feet measured for orthotics is completely painless. Each of your feet will be measured from the ankle to the tips of your toes, while the toes are pointed straight. Both feet may also be evaluated while your ankles have been turned in various directions.

Your chiropodist will also observe your feet while you walk and when stationary to determine which areas are experiencing unnecessary pressure and stress. Notes will be made regarding the location of your discomfort, your weight, and your shoe size. Once all of the necessary information has been gathered, you will be paired with a perfectly fitting custom orthotic, made specifically to address your individual needs. These orthotics should be placed inside your shoes and worn as directed.

Keep in mind that the details above may vary from one office to another. Orthotics cannot correct structural deformities, but they are a great option for pain relief. If you have been searching for a perfect fit, schedule an appointment to get your feet measured for orthotics with Achilles Custom Orthotics and Footcare in Cambridge, ON, today! You can reach our office at (519) 624-4122 or by way of our online patient forms.

By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
June 02, 2014
Category: Orthotics

Orthotics for Diabetic FeetLife isn't always sweet, just ask someone with diabetes. Even in its earliest stages, this disease may result in neuropathy or lack of sensation in your feet, which makes proper footwear a crucial part of the treatment process. You can help prevent serious complications by asking Achilles Custom Orthotics and Footcare aboutorthotics for diabetic feet. Though your life may not be like a box of chocolates, you could get your hands on a box of custom shoe inserts, pads, or braces.

It's essential that your footwear relieves your feet of excessive pressure. Too much localized pressure in one area could lead to skin breakdowns and ulcers. Your shoes should also stabilize and support deformities that may have occurred, such as Charcot foot or hammertoe. A custom orthotic provides all of this and more!

Orthotics for diabetic feet accommodate your changing limbs, decrease inflammation, relieve pain, and result in a more stable and functional foot. Foot pads and shoe inserts are placed on the sole of the shoes to treat complications such as flat feet, toe pain, and arthritis. They range from rigid to soft, depending on your condition, and can be custom-fitted to the unique shape of your feet. Ankle braces, on the other hand, must be put on before fitting into a shoe. Braces are used to treat ankle arthritis, foot drop, and tendonitis.

Caring for diabetic feet and proper footwear go hand-in-hand. Custom orthotics will help to correct your stance, provide cushion and support, and prevent serious foot complications. We offer both soft and rigid models. Together, we can find the modification that works for you! Call Chiropodist Douglas Broad at Achilles Custom Orthotics and Footcare at (519) 624-4122 to set up your fitting today!

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