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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. 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, [...]

Summer Sports and Shoes

By |July 13, 2022|

Now that summer is finally here, it's time for all our favourite summer sports to return. Making sure you have the right equipment, including footwear, will help you succeed in whichever sport you choose! Always remember, ultimately the most important feature is going to be the fit! Don’t force yourself into a shoe that is too short or narrow, and a shoe that’s too big will also cause problems. Fit over everything! Running Running is notorious for being hard on the knees and bodies, but the right shoe can absorb [...]

Ultimate Guide To Plantar Fasciitis

By |May 31, 2022|

Table of Contents Overview What Is Plantar Fasciitis Plantar Fascia Pain What Is the Main Cause of Plantar Fasciitis? What Are the Risk Factors That Make It More Likely To Develop Plantar Fasciitis? What Can Be Mistaken for Plantar Fasciitis Ruptured Plantar Fascia What are some common conditions that mimic Plantar Fasciitis and how can they be distinguished? How Do You Treat Plantar Fasciitis? What are the best shoes for plantar fasciitis? What Happens if You Don’t Treat Plantar Fasciitis Conclusion FAQ Overview Plantar Fasciitis (plan-tar [...]

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 [...]

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