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November 26, 2015
Category: Orthotics
Tags: bunions   pain  

Bunions are a very common problem for both men and women. Not only do bunions hurt when they rub with footwear, but they can progress to the point where they lead to significant deformity. In fact, in severe cases, bunions can cause the entire joint of the big toe to dislocate. We want to avoid this! Here is what we can do for you and your bunions!

What Causes Bunions?

Unfortunately, there are many causes of bunions and sometimes these can be difficult to pinpoint. Causes include biomechanical fault, congenital deformity, genetic predisposition, environmental factors such as wearing inadequate footwear, disease, or a combination of these. Because bunions represent a bony deformity, the only true way to rid oneself of a bunion is surgically. Unfortunately, surgery wait times in Ontario are very long, recovery can be long and painful, and what’s worse is that unless the underlying biomechanical problem is corrected, there is a high risk for bunion recurrence. This is where your chiropodist comes in handy!

What Can we do for your Bunion?

Its simple, really. Biomechanical problems such as flat feet, faulty gait patterns, muscle tightness/weakness or joint hypermobility can all contribute to the development of a bunion, and further, can cause existing bunions to worsen. The goal for a chiropodist and your bunion is to reduce pain, prevent progression of deformity and reduce pressure spots caused by the deformity.  This is achieved three main ways:

  1. Orthotics, padding and strapping: all three of these modalities can alter foot mechanics, which can in turn reduce pressure on the foot and prevent progression of the bunion deformity
  2. Debridement of trouble callous: this can help reduce pressure areas, improve pain and prevent wounds and ulcers (this is particularly important if you have diabetes).
  3. Footwear education: you need an expert when it comes to footwear for bunions, plain and simple. What’s more, a chiropodist has the tools in office to make modifications to your current footwear to make instant changes to improve comfort

 

If you have painful bunions, you might benefit greatly from a visit to us! Call 519-624-4122 to find out more!

 


November 10, 2015
Category: Diabetes
Tags: Diabetes   Wound   Ulcer   Cambridge   Foot  

 

The staff at Achilles Foot Specialists and Custom Orthotics spent all of last weekend in Ottawa at the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM) conference learning about all sorts of ways that we can serve you- our patients- better. One major topic this year was that of diabetic wound care.  The question often comes up in practice “why do Diabetics need special attention when it comes to wounds?”

The answer to this question is multifaceted but the reality is that diabetics tend to have poorer blood supply, less sensation, and other co-morbidities that can severely impede healability. A non healing wound can lead to infection, amputation and even death.  And therefore a small blister for one person can be life threatening to a diabetic.

If you have Diabetes, there are some simple actions you can take daily to reduce the likelihood of developing a wound:

  • Look at your feet EVERY SINGLE DAY!
  • Wear white socks so that you can see if your feet have been bleeding during the day
  • Keep your feet clean and in between your toes DRY
  • Inspect for cracks and dry skin and moisturize the bottom of your feet
  • Report  any new foot pain to your chiropodist IMMEDIATELY

If you do develop a wound, your chiropodist will have the knowledge, tools and supplies to act fast and provide local wound care, address your concerns, and help to prevent future occurrences and infection. SO give us a call today at 519-624-4122 if you have diabetes!

Happy Tuesday! 




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