Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Your child may be experiencing heel pain without having the words to describe their discomfort. Signs for a parent to notice are complaints of tight shoes or stiffness, limping, changes in activity level, or changes in the way your child walks. The common heel conditions your child may have include Sever’s disease, overuse injuries, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis. Sever’s disease is common in athletic children between the ages of eight and fourteen. It is the result of an imbalance in the rate of bone and ligament growth. Symptoms like limping, swelling, redness, difficulty walking, and intense pain may occur. Footwear that fits poorly is another cause of heel pain in children. Since kids grow so quickly, their shoes may become too tight in a short period of time. If your child begins to sit out instead of participating in sports or if the pain does not dissipate, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a chiropodist for a checkup and diagnosis.  

If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Causes of Foot Pain in Children

While children can experience many of the same foot problems as adults do, some foot problems may be more common during childhood. 

Causes of foot pain in children can include:

  • Deformities that are present from birth, such as flat feet or clubfoot

  • Sever’s disease, which is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone

  • Various sports injuries, such as sprains and fractures 

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Plantar warts

Prevention

It is important to look after the health of children’s feet in order to prevent future problems from arising. Keep your child’s feet clean and dry, trim their toenails regularly, ensure their shoes fit properly, and keep a watchful eye on any symptoms of foot pain, such as limping. If you notice any symptoms or if your child complains of foot pain, a chiropodist can help. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2022 00:00

Foot or ankle pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life and can occur due to several different conditions. Pain can also be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition, which is why you should seek professional help as soon as you notice any abnormalities in your feet.

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

It is important for diabetic patients to check their feet daily for existing cuts, bruises, or scrapes, even if their feet feel normal. Neuropathy is a common condition to accompany diabetes, causing the inability to feel sensations on the feet. This can lead to a cut that gets infected and possibly develop into a diabetic foot ulcer. Many diabetic patients do not feel pain related to their feet, and this can be harmful in managing diabetes. People who have this condition may need to use a mirror to check the bottom of their feet, or possibly have a friend or family member help them. It is suggested that diabetic patients refrain from walking barefoot, in addition to having a chiropodist properly trim the toenails. If you have diabetes, it is urgent that you consult with a chiropodist who can help to manage your condition.

Diabetes can cause serious problems in the lower limbs if proper preventive measures are not taken and diabetic wound care is not performed. If you would like to learn more about caring for diabetic feet, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Diabetes can lead to a host of foot and ankle complications, including: 

  • Poor circulation

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Diabetic foot wounds and ulcers

  • Infection 

  • Corns and calluses

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Nail disorders 

  • Hammertoes 

  • Bunions

  • Charcot foot

If you have diabetes, you must be vigilant of any changes in your foot health. This is best done through daily foot inspections. Using a mirror to help you if necessary, look for any: 

  • Cuts, scrapes, sores, or wounds

  • Bruising or discoloration 

  • Swelling

  • Rash

  • Foul odor

  • Nail changes 

  • Hair loss 

  • Warmth and inflammation

  • Deformities 

  • Lower limb pain

  • Strange sensations (numbness, tingling, burning, pins, and needles)

If you detect anything unusual, seek the care of a chiropodist as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Running is an excellent way to burn one’s daily calories, and many people find the exercise exhilarating and rewarding. However, some individuals can be reckless by failing to take the precautions needed to prevent injuries. If a runner does not take steps to prepare their body before the run, they may be setting themselves up for injury. Some injuries that can occur during a run result from having weak muscles. The body is then forced to rely on other muscles while running to effectively compensate. This can lead to overuse injuries. To avoid overuse injuries, you may consider practicing different exercises. For example, you might consider practicing reverse lunges, single-leg deadlifts, or even side planks. Running is not just about the feet; the entire body is engaged and must be strong to run effectively. Contact a chiropodist if you are a runner for more information about preventing injuries.


 

Although running is a wonderful exercise to keep you in shape, it can wreak havoc on your feet and ankles if you don’t take preventive measures. If you have sustained a foot and ankle injury from running, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Some common running injuries include:

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Shin splints

  • Ankle sprains

  • Stress fractures

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Bursitis 

What causes injuries? 

These injuries are usually caused by overtraining, wearing the wrong shoes, running on hard surfaces, having tight and inflexible muscles, or having biomechanical issues in the feet or ankles. 

What can I do to prevent injuries? 

  • Train slowly and gradually

  • Give yourself plenty of time to recover following a run

  • Wear shoes that fit properly and support your foot

  • Avoid running on hard surfaces, like concrete

  • Stretch and strengthen the muscles of your lower legs

  • Warm-up prior to a run

  • Have your gait analyzed and your feet examined by a chiropodist to determine if there are any biomechanical problems that need to be treated 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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