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January 04, 2016
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Happy 2016!

    Now that we are back in the office full swing we thought we would talk resolutions. New Years is a time where many people recommit to health and wellness. We are betting that when resolutions are made, no one is really considering the health of their feet! What is interesting though is that some of the most common resolutions, if achieved, can provide tremendous improvement to the lower limb! Therefore, we thought we would take some common resolutions and tell you how they could benefit your feet!

Lose Weight

Weight can play a major role in foot pain. We often see the development of painful foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis following significant weight gain. Extra weight can also exacerbate knee and ankle problems. The feet are after all, weightbearing structures and therefore, the more weight they have to carry, the more overworked they become.

Quit Smoking

Long term smoking can lead to blood vessel damage and is a major risk factor in the development of peripheral arterial disease, a condition of reduced blood flow to the lower limb. Reduced blood flow leads to many problems in the foot including delayed wound healing, wound development, neuropathy, gangrene, necrosis, infection, and pain. All of these factors can lead to reduced mobility or eventual amputation. Need more motivation? timelines suggest that within 2 weeks of quitting, lung function and circulation return to normal, so you will start to see benefits immediately!

Be Less Stressed

Stress can be a good thing, and definitely has its place in our lives. However, constant stress leads to persistent release of the stress hormone cortisol from our adrenal glands. This single hormone has a wide array of effects in the body, and these effects can be transmitted to the lower limb. For instance, cortisol suppresses the immune system, reduces calcium absorption (reducing bone strength), minimizes skin integrity, increases fat deposition and increases blood pressure.  All of these factors can lead to diseases of the foot, and can contribute to immobility. Therefore, stress reduction in the New Year will not only improve your quality of life but will also greatly benefit your feet!

If you were needing any extra motivation to uphold your New Years resolutions, there you have it. We are available to further discuss your foot health goals and get you started on the path to improved mobility! Call at 519-624-4122 to book an appointment today!

Happy New Year!

Doug and the Achilles Team

 

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! 

October 27, 2015
Category: General Foot Care
Tags: Lupus   Raynauds  

Many often wonder why we spend so much time talking about systemic diseases when they don’t seem to have anything to do with feet whatsoever. What you may not realize is that many systemic  diseases can have effects on mobility, skin integrity and more. Further, lots of systemic issues present first in the foot, so in many cases, a chiropodist is the first person to notice when something bigger could be going on.

One example of a condition that can have effects in the foot is lupus. Lupus is a fairly common connective tissue disease in which the main initial symptoms are extreme fatigue, generalized fever, photosensitive (sun-related) rashes and polyarthralgia (joint pain).  Lupus, being systemic, can have a pretty profound effect on all body systems and is connected to other disease processes such as atherosclerosis, kidney failure, alopecia (hair loss), anemia and greater susceptibility to infection.

Lupus also has a major impact on the feet. What can begin as simple aches and pains for patients can become debilitating.  Patients sometimes come into our office barely able to walk. Some lupus patient’s feet are extremely cold, and turn blue frequently which can be alarming. Vasculitis, or swelling of blood vessels can lead to open wounds on the lower limb in lupus patients.  So how do we manage these many different presentations of lupus in the foot?

Lupus and the Foot 

With lupus, footcare is mostly palliative. Patients are advised to protect the fragile skin on their feet and report to us with any lesions. So what may be a simple blister for you or me can be a nightmare for a patient with lupus. Patients are also fitted with accommodative, cushioning orthotics. Patients may require local wound care as well, depending on the severity of vasculitis and arterial disease.  Overall we have seen firsthand the benefits of seeking podiatric care when diagnosed with this condition. The sooner symptoms are managed in the foot, the greater the longterm mobility outcomes.

If you have any of the foot problems discussed here today, give us a call at 519-624-4122! You never know, it could make the difference between walking in pain, or walking pain-free.

Happy Tuesday! 

So, Its Psoriasis Awareness Month and in honour of that, we thought we’d well, make you more aware of this condition!

Ask most people what they think psoriasis is, and they would probably note that it is a condition of the skin. And this is true. But psoriasis is actually much more than a simple condition of the skin. Psoriasis is known as an autoimmune disease; a systemic condition which results from the body’s immune system attacking itself. In the case of psoriasis, the body’s skin cells are forced into overproduction. This process whereby skin cells are produced usually takes one month but with psoriasis, it only takes a few days. This leads to the presentation of the 5 Ps:  purple, planar, pruritic (itchy) papules and plaques.  The plaques tend to appear on the outside of the knees, elbows, and shins but can also appear on the foot. While as chiropodists we need to be aware of the effects of psoriatic plaques on the feet, there is another condition related to psoriasis which we also need to be aware of and that is psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that arises in people with psoriasis. It can take years after a diagnosis of psoriasis to present itself- or a patient with psoriasis may never get arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis most commonly occurs in the joints of the toe, which swell and become very painful.  Often a single toe will swell producing what is often referred to as a “sausage digit.”  Patients present to clinic when this happens because it is alarming and often occurs out of the blue.

The good news is that psoriatic arthritis, like most forms of arthritis can be managed through medications and accommodative footwear and orthotic devices. If you have psoriasis and want to learn more about arthritis or want to learn more about orthotics, give us a call at 519-624-4122. We can help! 





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