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Case Study – Capsulitis

By |May 25, 2022|

48 year old male, working as a farmer, presents to their Primary Care Provider with bilateral forefoot pain with the sensation of stepping on a stone, localized under the 2nd metatarsal head. They are then diagnosed with: 2nd MPJ capsulitis. The patient was referred to a Canadian Certified Pedorthist for evaluation and treatment. The Pedorthist conducts an extensive history and assessment including range of motion testing, gait analysis, and footwear evaluation. The Pedorthist finds: ROM/ Non Weight Bearing Evaluation Heavy callusing under metatarsal heads and heels. Callusing worse under [...]

When Should Kids Get Orthotics?

By |May 25, 2022|

When most people think of orthotics, they envision a senior with existing foot problems or an injured athlete. While seniors and athletes benefit from orthotics, they are not the only people who can benefit from them. Patients of all ages can benefit from custom orthotics to support their arch, treat various foot conditions, combat general foot pain, and prevent future injuries. Custom orthotics benefit children in particular, acting as a sturdy and supportive foundation for their developing feet. Purchasing orthotics for your children is one of the best investments you [...]

What Are The Best Sandals For Summer?

By |May 25, 2022|

The best sandals are ones that fit and feel like your best lace up footwear. For summer footwear freedom for our toes and breathability for hot weather is where it's at. To duplicate the benefit of laces in shoes an adjustable Velcro strap over the top of the foot is best. Combined with an adjustable back heel strap provides a stable and secure fit for your ankles and feet. Flip flop sandals (with a strap between the big and second toe) are not advisable for long periods of wear. If [...]

How To Wear Sandals With Bunions

By |May 25, 2022|

It is possible to have sandals for people who have bunions. There are some simple pieces of advice to find something that will work for you. Sole The sole needs to be wide enough to support the whole foot. There should be no part of the foot hanging over the sole. The sole should not have too high a heel. The net heel height should be less than 2 inches. That is to say that the heel should be less than 2 inches taller than the ball of the foot. [...]

How Can I Avoid Plantar Fasciitis this Summer

By |May 25, 2022|

Plantar fasciitis is one of the more common conditions we see in the clinic. To avoid plantar fasciitis this summer, make sure you are aware and educated about the problems you’re having with your feet. Stop thinking your issues are just part of life and be aware that they are, for the most part, preventable or at least treatable. The fact that you have issues every summer tells you something right away. That there is something seasonal going on with your feet. What could it be? Every spring, activity levels [...]

Custom Shoes vs Orthopaedic Shoes

By |May 13, 2022|

If you have received a prescription for orthopaedic shoes from your doctor, you might be wondering what it is, and if insurance will cover this kind of expense. Unfortunately for many years coverage for orthopaedic shoes was looked on as a yearly allowance for free shoes, which was not its intended purpose. The benefit was supposed to be for those who had justifiable foot issues. Granted, people who spend a lot of time on their feet tend to develop pain, but does this justify orthopaedic shoes? Types of Shoes There [...]

Proper Shoes For Starting an Exercise Routine

By |May 13, 2022|

The right shoe makes all the difference for your exercise goals and comfort while working towards them.  There are plenty of theories on what is best for your workout, but the best approach is to do what is right for YOU! Comfort is going to be the most important factor as you approach your workouts. There are many beliefs of the type of shoes for working out, but ultimately use the right shoe for your foot and your activity. Running shoes, walking shoes, weightlifting shoes, cross-trainers, the list goes on [...]

Why Do I Have A Bunion

By |May 13, 2022|

A bunion is a bony bump that occurs on the big toe joint. It may appear by itself or along with a deviation of the big toe towards the next toe. Because the bone sticks out, it may be red and sore itself. A hallux valgus is the deviation of the big toe, which may or may not be present with a bunion. The hallux valgus can lead to a bunion formation because it can stress the joint and create the bunion. Bunion Causes Causes of a bunion and hallux [...]

Why Do My Toes Hurt?

By |May 13, 2022|

The smallest bones, joints and muscles in our body are in our toes. When we jump up and side to side, they provide stability and shock absorption when we land, and they stabilize the space between the bones. Toe pain can be caused by the type of footwear worn, the amount of time one spends on their feet, the type of floor or surface one works on, one's age, and one's underlying medical conditions. Shoes Footwear that is too short in length can cause toe pain. They can either hit [...]

Case Study: Metatarsalgia

By |March 25, 2022|

41 year old female, working as an Educational Assistant, presents with pain during walking on the 1st,3rd and 5th metatarsal heads R>L. She has been a highland dancer for 30 years and has had a previous stress fracture on the left foot more than 5 years prior. Previous treatments: seen by General Physician X-ray taken unremarkable seen by Sports Medicine Doctor MRI taken; was put in an off loading boot for the right foot for 8 weeks minimal effect MRI results indicated edema at the site of the sesamoid of [...]

Safety Tips for Safety Shoes

By |March 7, 2022|

If you work in safety shoes all day, you probably stand or walk on your feet for long hours in the day. To keep your feet comfortable and pain free by the end of the day, here are some tips to get you through! Proper fit Look for a shoe that fits in the length and the width. A proper fitting shoe will prevent excessive pressure on specific areas of the foot, such as the sides of the foot and at the toes. The proper fit is especially important in [...]

Tips for Working On Your Feet All Day

By |March 7, 2022|

Do you work on your feet all day and can’t wait to get home, take off your shoes and put your feet up? Although you may feel tired at the end of the day, you may be able to save your feet! Here are a few tips to prevent pain in your feet after working on your feet all day. Proper fit Look for a shoe that fits in the length and the width. A proper fitting shoe will prevent excessive pressure on specific areas of the foot, such as [...]

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