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Posts for: January, 2015

    Many of our patients who come in are parents, or parents-to-be. Often these patients are surprised to learn that we have expertise in pediatric gait analysis.  Why might a parent be concerned about their child’s walking pattern you ask? Well there are plenty of reasons we see these patients. One of the most common reasons we see a young patient is because according to parents, the child "walks funny." The other common reason might be that a child has not started to walk within what is considered a typical time frame, causing concern for the parents. 

    Fortunately, even though gait problems may be cause for concern for a parent, often times they work themselves out without any medical intervention from us. Let’s look at the most common reasons we see pediatric patients: in-toeing.


    This form of gait occurs when the child walks with the toes pointing inward. This may lead to the child having trouble running, tripping frequently and complaining of lower back pain and muscle pain. This can occur for a number of reasons, but usually happens when one of the bones of the leg develops atypically. It can also occur due to muscle deformity. A biomechanical assessment by a professional, such as a chiropodist, will help to determine the cause of the in-toeing. 

The good news about in-toeing is that often it is a problem that goes away on its own. Many practitioners monitor the child through development. Depending on the cause, exercise and stretching of the affected area may help. Splints and braces, and special footwear do exist, and can be of assistance in some cases. Finally, paediatric orthotics may help! Most of the time, parent reassurance is the major benefit of visiting a chiropodist if you have concerns about your child!

If you have concerns about the way your child walks, give us a call at 519-624-4122! A biomechanical assessment may be in order, and we are the people for the job! 

    You may roll your eyes when you read the title of this post because if you are athletic or simply struggle with tight muscles, you know that you need to stretch before and/or after exercise. You may even feel like you are a very diligent stretcher. However, if you are like many people out there, you probably rarely stretch the small muscles and tendons of the foot.  This week we will try to provide some insight into why stretching is important and how your tight foot muscles could be causing pain elsewhere in the body.

Let's talk about the hip!

    We hear time and time again in our office from patients with "bad hips". Many of these patients come in with foot pain that they believe is completely unrelated to their hips. However, the reality  is, more often than not, their foot pain is in fact connected to their hip pain. In fact, we often find that treatment of the identified foot problem often results in the added benefit of hip pain relief. Why might foot pain cause hip pain you ask? Well, the simplest answer is that often, when we have a sore foot, we end up subconsciously altering our gait for pain relief, which may inadvertently place added pressure on the other joints of the body, which are forced to compensate for the changes to our gait.  The foot problem itself can originate from a variety of sources such as overuse of muscles, plantar fasciitis, or underlying systemic conditions such as arthritis.

How to Prevent Hip Problems Through Foot Stretching

    A major source of foot pain is overuse injuries, and these often affect soft tissues (muscles and ligaments). The benefit of this is that one effective approach to protecting the muscles of the foot is very simple: stretch the feet on a regular basis. This can aid in both injury prevention, and this may result in prevention of compensation by other parts of the body. Overall, some simple foot stretching can end up saving you from quite a lot of pain! Of course, if your foot problem is biomechanical, stretches will only be beneficial in the short term and orthotics are your best bet!

Now you know why to stretch the muscles in your foot- visit our website to learn the stretches. And if you think you may need orthotics or more footcare or athletic foot advice, give us a call at 519-624-4122!

Happy Stretching!

Brrr, Its cold out there!

    Well, it is safe to say that winter is finally here. And for all of the runners in our area, this could mean transitioning from outdoor running on pavement to indoor running on a treadmill to avoid the added stress of frigid cold temperatures. However, because the mechanics of running on a treadmill versus running outdoors on pavement are very different, transitioning from outdoor to indoor running can lead to foot injury if not done properly.

    Basically, while running on a treadmill, feet run parallel to the belt and this is not entirely natural. Therefore, when transitioning to the treadmill after running outdoors, the tendons and ligaments of the leg and foot experience abnormal strain, which is what will cause the injury. There are some basic rules which can help with the transition:

  Transition from outside to inside gradually

Increase indoor workouts (i.e. replace outdoor workouts) by only 10-20% per week. So, if someone is running four ten-kilometer runs per week (for a total of 40 km), they would run only 8km indoors on the treadmill the first week. A slow transition to a treadmill is the best way to prevent injury from doing so.  

Vary the workout:

There is natural variation in incline and surface texture of the pavement outdoors, which places different demands on the muscles and ligaments of the lower limb. When running on a treadmill, we tend to get into an autopilot mode of running and this can lead to injury.  Try to modify the workout by using the preset modalities which may include hill training or speedwork because changing it up can prevent injury.

Wear the correct shoe:

Inappropriate footwear is a common cause of injury and foot problems, and we see it pretty consistently in our office.  When running inside on a treadmill, the stresses are placed slightly differently than when running outdoors and this can necessitate different footwear depending on the underlying foot abnormalities which may already exist.  Finally, footwear should never be old. Those old indoor gym sneakers you have been using for cross training are not ideal when trying to transition your outdoor running indoors!

If you would like to learn more about footwear or orthotics for running, give us a call at 519-624-4122. We can help you maintain your edge while running indoors this winter!

Happy Running! 

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Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122