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Knee Osteoarthritis and the Feet

By |September 22, 2022|

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the tissues of all the joints. It is the most common form of arthritis and affects more than 3.9 million Canadians. Osteoarthritis (OA) is known as “wear and tear” arthritis and is generally associated with aging. We now know that it is a disease of the entire joint, including bone, cartilage, ligaments, fat and the tissues lining the joint (the synovium). Osteoarthritis can affect the cartilage and change bone shape, causing inflammation which can result in pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility. [...]

How to find the Best Shoes for Hiking

By |September 15, 2022|

Finding the best shoes for hiking will depend on a number of questions that will need to be answered and determined. The place you plan to hike, the terrain, the time of year (spring, summer etc.), a short hike (casual stroll) and/or multi-day hike with a backpack. Be aware and prepare for what you will subject your feet to. The better overall structure of the choice of footwear will significantly improve the comfort and stability to make any hike the most enjoyable. The back heel cup needs to be firm. [...]

How a Pedorthist can help with ankle arthritis

By |September 8, 2022|

Ankle arthritis is a significant issue that people have. This condition is not as common as some other issues, but it makes up for the pain that comes from it. If you have the right kind, it bothers you twice during your walking stride -once when you put your foot on the ground and once when you are about to lift it off the ground. Some causes need to be considered. Normal wear and tear can cause issues in later life, but injuries can accentuate this. A pronated (rolling in) [...]

What teachers should know about their feet before going back to school

By |August 29, 2022|

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. (At least for some) This article is for those who will now be going back to school, namely, our educators. It’s time to educate themselves about their feet. Standing for long periods or generally being on your feet more can cause issues for many, and there are simple considerations to keep in mind if you wish to have a more comfortable school year. Even if you do not have foot issues, they can develop with the extra stresses put on them by [...]

Case Study – Peroneal Tendonitis

By |August 22, 2022|

A 16-year-old female soccer player presents to her family doctor with lateral ankle pain, onset two months with the progression of her season after a mild ankle inversion sprain. The doctor diagnosed her with Peroneal Tendonitis and referred her to a local Canadian Certified Pedorthist for evaluation and treatment. https://pedorthic.ca/find-a-pedorthist/ The Pedorthist conducts an extensive history and assessment, including a range of motion testing, gait analysis, and footwear evaluation. The Pedorthist finds: ROM/Non-Weight Bearing Evaluation Subtalar joint inversion hypermobile R>L, right side produces pain during passive and active inversion All [...]

Signs that your children need their feet checked before school

By |August 11, 2022|

By now, you've probably experienced the back-to-school rush. There are many items to remember on the back-to-school list. Summer can go by quickly, and the next thing you know, you're sending them off to their first day of school. With everything to consider, have you also given consideration to your child's feet and shoes before the start of the school year? Children can grow very quickly in height and shoe size. In fact, during childhood, children's feet go through the majority of their developmental stages, from baby feet to teen [...]

How Orthopaedic Footwear can help your Feet

By |August 8, 2022|

Wearing the proper shoes can make a big difference in preventing and dealing with pain. Orthopedic footwear is a great option when choosing shoes, as it contains features to help support the structure and movement of the foot, ankle and lower limb. Many features define footwear as orthopedic, each with a specific purpose. Check out some of the features listed below. Learn what you should look for in a shoe and how it can help! Torsional Stability: This refers to the overall strength of the shank of the shoe (the [...]

Back to School Checklist for the Feet

By |August 4, 2022|

Just as you would ensure your glasses, lenses and contact lenses are ready for the new school year, doing the same for your feet is worthwhile. As this could be the largest number of students and teachers returning to in-class learning post covid, you want to be prepared. To be on the safe side for your feet, here is a guideline to help you walk to, from, and while at school, no matter your age. If you or your children are changing schools and would be walking a greater distance, [...]

Why Do I Have Claw Toes

By |July 28, 2022|

Why do my toes claw? If the last two joints of your toe are bent like a claw and become inflexible, you may have a claw toe. Claw toes, which are frequently confused with hammertoes and mallet toes, can be hereditary, caused by ill-fitting shoes, muscle imbalances, or a symptom of neurological disease. They can be painful and make walking and running difficult. What are claw toes? Claw toes are toes that have been bent into an abnormal claw-like shape, as the name indicates. The condition usually affects the smallest [...]

Case Study – Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

By |July 26, 2022|

A 55-year-old female triathlete presents to their Physiotherapist with right shin pain during activity. She had been diagnosed previously by her primary care physician with Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. The patient was referred to a Canadian Certified Pedorthist for evaluation and treatment. https://pedorthic.ca/find-a-pedorthist/ The Pedorthist conducts an extensive history and assessment, including a range of motion testing, gait analysis, and footwear evaluation. The Pedorthist finds: ROM/Non-Weight Bearing Evaluation Talocrural joint dorsiflexion restricted bilateral (<10 degrees of dorsiflexion) Excessive subtalar joint eversion, R>L All other range of motion was within normal [...]

Avoiding Ankle Sprains

By |July 25, 2022|

Ankle sprains are a common injury people have. A "sprain" is more a mechanism of injury rather than a diagnosis. Sprains are common with athletic activity, but they can happen to anyone. Most commonly, they occur when the ankle is put into inversion (bending the foot inwards) and plantarflexion (stretching the foot down). Sprains are more common among athletes involved in sports like basketball and Volleyball. It is important to pay attention and avoid them when possible because ankle injuries may permanently affect the short and/or long term. Sprains are [...]

Sandal Modifications

By |July 21, 2022|

As the hot summer weather approaches, thoughts of “what summer sandals would be best for me?” is a good question to ask yourself. You may find that your feet are not comfortable in sandals, but your feet get too hot in running shoes all day. Sandal options can become overwhelming and stressful for many. As Pedorthist, we hear this statement yearly, trying to keep many moving in comfort throughout these hot summer months.  Many sandals on the market offer orthopedic features and great support to suit most foot types. However, [...]

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