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By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
August 18, 2014
Category: Heel Pain

For the last several summers Cambridge has been part of the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraising event. It’s quite a sight to see men decked out in shorts or slacks, ankle socks, and red high heels, walking a few blocks through town to raise funds for building “an equal and tolerant community” for all women. We bet that there are a few sore heels out there at the end of the walk, but heel pain can have many causes other than wearing uncomfortable shoes.

Common Causes 

The most common culprit is plantar fasciitis, an injury to the tendon that supports your arch. When damaged, this tendon pulls against the heel bone where it is attached and is quite painful. Another common reason your heel hurts is Achilles tendinitis. This is an inflammation at the back of your foot where the Achilles inserts into the heel bone. A ruptured Achilles will also be very painful, as well as limiting your activity.

If you are a woman and wear high heels a lot, it is possible you have developed a bump on the back of your heel called Haglund’s deformity. This can rub against your shoe and become red, inflamed, and painful. Stress fractures, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and diseases such as gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis are all possible reasons for heel pain.

What do you do when your heel hurts? You can ignore it and hope it goes away. Good luck with that! It’s a much better idea to come in to Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare in Cambridge, ON so that we can take a look at it. We can diagnose what’s causing your discomfort and find a way to ease your pain. Treatment may be as simple as getting rid of those red heels and wearing something with good support and cushioning. If you need a custom orthotic to give your feet what they need, we can do that, too. Call 519-624-4122 today and set up an appointment. You can also reach us through our contact information online.


By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
August 11, 2014
Category: General Foot Care

What is a Chiropodist“You say potato, I say potahto…” Ella Fitzgerald’s song about what we call things is fun and funny, but confusion about words is so true to life. Sometimes we have trouble pronouncing them, much less knowing what they mean. Take chiropodist: What is it and what can one do for you? Lest we get too confused about words and “call the whole thing off,” let’s take a closer look at this profession.

Following an undergraduate degree, a student in Ontario undergoes three years of training that qualify him or her to sit for the exam to be licensed by the College of Chiropodists in Ontario. Once the exams are passed, the student can practice in the province.

The area of focus for chiropody is assessing and managing problems in the lower legs and feet—both ongoing issues and injuries. As such, we deal with everything from children’s developmental issues and sports injuries to gait analysis and rheumatology. We focus on alleviating foot pain, helping your feet and legs stay mobile, and educating you about healthy practices to improve your quality of life.

We often team up with other medical professionals to provide you and your family with complete care. For instance, your internist manages your diabetes, but chiropodists can treat and care for your diabetic foot problems. A paediatrician will treat childhood diseases, but we can help straighten their club feet or alleviate their heel pain. It makes sense to take your family’s foot problems to someone who focuses on and has expertise in treating your lower limbs.

Chiropodist Douglas Broad of Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare in Cambridge, ON, can diagnose your foot pain, use tests to see what is causing it, find treatments such as custom orthotics, and send you on your way with helpful hints to prevent future discomfort. Give us a call at (519) 624-4122 and set up an appointment today.

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By Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch
August 04, 2014
Category: Skin Care

Home Remedies for Sunburnt FeetWhat fun it is to spend a day at the best kept secret in Cambridge—Shade’ Mills Conservation Area! You can relax on the beach and watch your kids having fun in the water or fish to your heart’s content. Unfortunately, you may come home with sunburnt feet if you didn’t remember to use sunscreen on them. If you have tender, painful skin on the tops of your feet after a day outside, here’s what to do.

Start by running cool water over them or soaking them for a few minutes. This soothes and numbs the pain. You can lay cool, wet washcloths on them for the same effect. Keep doing this on and off through the evening whenever they begin to feel hot to the touch or if you notice tightness and pain coming back.

Next, smooth a lotion with Aloe vera in it all over your burned skin. The sensation of coolness helps, but the healing properties of this plant extract will also help your skin repair itself more quickly. Adults can also try a topical steroid cream for the pain and swelling, but it should not be used on children. Wet chamomile tea bags applied to the area may help as well.

Make sure you drink enough water to keep your skin and body hydrated. A day in the sun can also leave you with a headache, which can be helped by lying down in a cool room away from noise for a while.

If your sunburnt feet begin to peel, you can try a lotion for the itchiness, but this is part of the healing process so it can’t be avoided. The only way to prevent sunburn pain and itchiness is to use sunscreen or cover up with clothing when you are outside.

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For severe burns, don’t hesitate to call Chiropodist Douglas Broad at Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare in Cambridge, ON, for treatment. You can call (519) 624-4122 or request an appointment on our website.

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