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    One of the most enjoyable aspects of running a chiropody practise is that in general, most people leave your office feeling better than they did when they first came in. If the patient came to see you with an ingrown toenail, a plantar wart, or painful nails, corns or calluses, chiropodists have several tools at their disposal which can make the patient feel better right then and there. The most common reason for regular visits to a chiropodist is for what we refer to as routine nailcare. Now, if you are an active and healthy person you are probably wondering why on earth anyone would need someone to cut their nails, and even further, why does this require the help of a professional

    Well, there are many different reasons why a patient may require assistance with their nailcare, but two of the most common types of patients are individuals with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, and senior citizens. This week’s blog post will focus on why diabetics are at greater risk for foot problems than the average individual, and next weeks blog post will focus on why seniors may require assistance with their feet.

    People who suffer from Diabetes produce either no insulin (Type 1) or are considered insulin-resistant (Type 2). Insulin is an important hormone responsible for regulation of blood glucose levels. Therefore, Diabetics must be very vigilant about their sugar intake.  High blood glucose levels can lead to a multitude of problems, including a nerve condition known as diabetic neuropathy, which refers to a lack of sensation, and often affects the toes of the feet first. Without sensation, diabetics may not notice cuts or pressure points on their feet, and this can make using sharp instruments such as nail clippers dangerous. Additionally, high blood glucose also results in slow wound healing processes.  This puts Diabetics at an increased risk of infection.

    Many diabetics come to a chiropodist for a diabetic foot screening, nail care, callus debridement and general maintenance.  Because a Diabetic may not notice if they stepped on a sharp object or cut themselves, it is critical that any person with diabetes undergo routine footcare with an expert.

    If you have Diabetes, and aren’t sure if footcare is something you require, give us a call at 519-624-4122 and we can book you in for a foot screening which will help us to better meet your needs. 


 

Fall is almost here and that means shifting gears from sandals to close-toed shoes, and for many women this can result in the development of foot injury, painful corns or callus, or heel pain. Every year, runways and magazines report the most “fashionable” footwear for the season, and stores follow suit by stocking their shelves with these latest trends. While much of the 2014 fall footwear we are seeing in stores is fashionable and pretty, some of it will wreak havoc on your feet!  Here at Achilles we are realistic- we know that many women need to wear professional footwear to work. That’s why we’ve decided to evaluate the trends and let you know which ones are better than others, and the footwear you should simply avoid. As an aside, please note that none of these shoes are considered orthopedic or ideal for your feet, but if you must wear them, there are winners and losers within the bunch.

 The Fall Fashion Losers

  Knee and Thigh-high boots

Boots that cover the knee reduce mobility in that joint, and in case you weren’t aware, proper knee function is a critical component of the human gait cycle. Therefore people who wear these boots tend to alter their gait to compensate and this can lead to injury!

Sky-high stilettos

Stilettos (spiky heels) result in reduced balance and increased likelihood of falling. Also, high heels such as stilettos can actually shorten the Achilles tendon over time, resulting in pain when walking on flat ground or in flatter footwear- a problem you never want to have!

Platforms/Flatforms

The latest footwear trend is flatforms, which are a combination of platform and flat, meaning that there is minimal arch support and the shoe is very rigid, resulting in poor foot mobility and altered gait.  Use of flatforms has led to ligament tears, ankle sprains and even breaks. These shoes are just plain dangerous. 

The Fall Fashion Winners

Chunky Heels

If one must wear heels, a chunkier heel is a better option because they provide better balance and reduce the likelihood of falls. Just be sure to vary heel height every day to prevent the Achilles tendon from permanently shortening.

Tomboy footwear

Think oxfords and Doc Martens. These shoes are generally flat, more supportive and well-cushioned. They can be made to look fancy as well, so they are a good option for professional women.

Wedges

Wedges, unlike flatforms, follow the arch of the foot and therefore enable slightly better mobility than flatforms do, reducing risk of falls or injury. 

For additional footwear tips or for a footwear assessment call our office at 519-624-4122 or check out our website! Coming soon.


Bunions getting you down? 

It is sad to say, but these are the final days of summer. And with September comes back-to-school, settling into old routines, and colder weather.  Around this time, most of us switch out our summer sandals, fancy pedicures and toenail polish for closed-toed footwear- and this transition can lead to a spike in foot problems.

In particular, statistics show that complaints of bunion pain increase dramatically in the fall. A bunion is a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe. About 1 in 3 individuals have bunions and they often a present within families. Most of the time, bunions are painless.  But when a patient does experience bunion pain, it is usually due to abnormal friction and rubbing with footwear.  Therefore it is no surprise that the switch from accommodative sandals to more occlusive fall footwear leads to an increase in bunion-related office visits!

 So what can be done about your bunions? One aspect of bunion care is prevention of further deformity. This can be achieved through a variety of facets, some of which include: protective padding applied by a chiropodist, callus/corn removal or use of a splint. A bunion splint is a corrective device that is usually worn at night that works to pull the big toe outward in order to prevent further inward deviation of the digit, along with preventing outward deviation of the joint. These are available at chiropody offices.

 Finally, one of the most effective options for bunions is to have a full biomechanical assessment to determine faulty foot mechanics followed by development of custom orthotics. Orthotics will help to correct the underlying biomechanical issues that could be causing your bunions.For later stage bunion deformity, surgery may be effective. Surgery in Ontario is conducted by an orthopedic surgeon and has variable long-term results. 

If fall footwear has resulted in increased pain to your bunions, or for a biomechanical assessment, call our office today at 519-624-4122! We can help. 


As many of you are aware, Cambridge is lucky to be an industrial and manufacturing hub of Southwestern Ontario. While factories and plants provide a huge economic boost to our community, we tend to see a lot of factory workers and laborers in our office, and most of the time it is because they are experiencing some sort of pain.  

 

In fact, foot problems account for 15-20% of all workplace injuries.  One of the most damaging aspects of working on your feet has been shown to be standing for long periods of time in the same position. Some workplace-related afflictions we commonly see in our office include: heel pain, inflammation, hairline fractures, arthritis, blisters, callus, burns, or sprained ankles.

 

While no job is impervious to foot injury, there are specific steps we can take to prevent foot related problems at work:

 

1.       Move around.

If working on your feet, try to change positions. If you are a manager at a factory where there are assembly lines, try to have employees fulfill multiple tasks throughout the day. This will keep the feet relatively mobile rather than in a fixed position for eight hours straight.

 

2.       Wear appropriate footwear

Different job requirements necessitate different types of footwear. For example, someone working with heavy machinery such as at the Toyota plant here in town may require protective footwear. Alternatively, someone working for Loblaws may be working in a freezer and need a shoe with insulation. Talk to an expert about the best kind of shoe for you and your workplace.

 

3.       Once you find the right shoe, consider buying two pairs

While it may seem like an unnecessary expense, it could end up saving you much more money in the long run because switching out shoes regularly has been shown to prevent injury.

 

4.       Stretch before, during and after work

There are some simple stretches you can do during your shift that will help keep your foot mobile and help protect your muscles, tendons and ligaments from damage.

 

5.       Consider   orthotics.   

Orthotics are in-shoe devices that are custom-designed to alter your faulty foot mechanics and adjust foot function, which can aid in both pain-reduction and injury-prevention in the workplace.

 

These are our main tips for preventing workplace injury.  If you are concerned about how your workplace and work environment could be impacting your feet, call our office anytime to set up an appointment! Our number is 519-624-4122.

 




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