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Arthritis and its Impact 

September is Arthritis Awareness Month, and so in the name of that, we thought we would help to bring some awareness to arthritic conditions that affect the foot. According to the Arthritis Society of Canada, 4.6 million Canadians live with arthritis, 33 billion healthcare dollars are dedicated to arthritis treatment, and arthritis is a leading cause of disability in the Canadian populations.  And when you think about the role of the foot, the impact of this condition on mobility can be devastating.  

When most of us think of arthritis, we usually think of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. However, the term “arthritis” is actually an umbrella term which covers many, many diseases.  Some of these conditions, in no particular order, include: gout, ankylosing spondilitis, Reiter’s disease, lupus, infectious arthritis, scleroderma, stills disease, fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and Paget’s disease.  This list is not even exhaustive!   So how do we as chiropodists manage such diverse conditions?

Treating the Arthritic Foot

  Because many of the arthritic diseases are progressive with no cure, much of the treatment is therapeutic and involves pain management modalities. Some of these modalities include: padding and strapping, taping, prefabricated insoles, cushioning footwear, orthotics which can accommodate arthritis-related deformities, interdigital wedges, laser therapy or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.  Some specific forms of arthritis can be managed and prevented with certain medications and lifestyle changes. For example, gout, a form of arthritis caused by deposition of proteins in the joint space, is managed with drugs, diet modification, and hydration.

With so many options out there, it is always best to seek professional advice rather than MacGyvering your own  cushioning modalities!If you have arthritic related pain in your feet, give us a call at 519-624-412. We can help to determine what form of treatment may be best for you.



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