May is Foot Health Month
Published on Monday, 1 May, 2017
Runner’s World 2016 Fall Shoe Guide
Published on Thursday,11 August, 2016
Are you looking for advice on your new running shoes? Click here for this years Runner's World Shoe Guide.
Tight-knit support St. Anthony woman bringing 300 pairs of socks to Ontario for homeless
Published on Monday,30 May, 2016
With May being Foot Health Awareness Month, the Chiropody/Podiatric Class of 2017 O’Rielly and her class got involved with a socks drive for the homeless.
May is Foot Health Month
Published on Wednesday, 4 May, 2016
An open or inflamed skin wound that won't heal can also be a sign of skin cancer and should be assessed by your doctor.
Healthy Feet Tips If You Have Diabetes
Published on Monday, 4 April, 2016
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure…
was never as true as for diabetic feet. To prevent foot problems before they start, every diabetic should see a chiropodist as soon as he/she is diagnosed. After an initial assessment, a baseline of information is established. A chiropodist will perform a foot and lower leg examination: neurological (nerves); vascular (blood); dermatological (skin) and musculo/skeletal (muscle, ligament, joints, and bone). Your chiropodist will teach you how diabetes affects your feet, find out whether you are likely to have serious foot problems, and will set up a foot care program for you.
DO's and Do Not's of Diabetic Care
Check your feet every day by examining the tops and bottoms of your bare feet as well as the nails and in between the toes. Look for cuts, bruises, swelling, cracks, sores, blisters, redness or any other changes in colour. If it is difficult to see the bottoms, use a mirror. If you cannot see your feet, enlist a family member or a close friend to check them for you.
Wash your feet every day in warm -not hot- water with mild soap. Dry them thoroughly,especially between the toes. Do not soak your feet for more than 15 minutes at a time.
Keep your skin soft and smooth. Rub a thin coat of skin lotion/cream over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes. E.g. of lotion: Uremol and Dermal Therapy
Smooth corns and calluses gently. Do not use over-the-counter products or sharp objects on corns and calluses. Do not apply corn and wart medicines on your feet. If your feet are at low risk for problems use a pumice stone to smooth it out. If your feet are at medium and/or high risk then see your chiropodist for professional treatment.
Trim your nails. If you can see and reach your toenails, trim them each week or as needed. Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges and corners with an emery board or nail file. If you can not see or reach your feet or have neuropathy, see your local chiropodist.
Change your socks daily. Wear seamless socks, or wear inside out. Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.
Wear shoes and socks at all times. Never walk barefoot. Wear well fitting shoes or slippers at all times. The sole of slippers should be protective enough that a thumbtack would not pierce through. Feel inside your shoes before putting them on each time to make sure the lining is smooth and there are no foreign objects inside. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. To learn more about what features in shoes are most appropriate for you and your feet, contact your local chiropodist.
Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for five minutes, two or three times a day. Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time. Don’t smoke.
Protect your feet from hot and cold. Don’t test bath water with your feet. Don’t use hot water bottle or heating pads.
See your foot specialist on a regular basis.
April's Foot Jokes!
Published on Friday, 1 April, 2016
Happy April's Foot... I means Fool's Day!
March is Nutrition Month - Food and Your Feet!
Published on Wednesday,30 March, 2016
What role does diet play when it comes to the health of your feet?
March is National Nutrition Month and with half of Canadians (52%) over the age of 20 living with a chronic disease like diabetes or heart disease, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to reducing those numbers.
The food you eat not only affects your waistline, but your diet also has a direct link to your foot health.
Extra weight means extra pressure on the joints and bones of your feet. Several foot conditions, such as flat feet, hammertoes and bunions can be made significantly worse by carrying excess weight.
A stress fracture in the foot is often the first sign of osteoporosis, a disease characterized by the loss of bone tissue. It can develop unnoticed over many years without any signs or symptoms. For that reason, calcium is essential during growth years to build up reserves and later in life to maintain bone quality. Calcium rich foods include dairy products, sardines or salmon with bones and green, leafy vegetables like broccoli and kale.
Vitamin D is also vital to improve your body’s ability to absorb calcium. If you find it difficult to get enough calcium or vitamin d from your diet or lifestyle, talk to your doctor about taking supplements.
Inflammation is a factor of several foot conditions including plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and gout. There are many common foods known to encourage inflammation such as the refined grains, sugar, and trans fats in many baked goods and junk foods; the saturated fat in red meat; and the omega-6 fats found in many commonly used vegetable oils, such as corn, soybean, and sunflower oils.
Eating more green vegetables, plant based foods and omega-3 fats found in fatty fish such as salmon, can provide anti-inflammatory benefits to your feet and overall health.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Peripheral Arterial Disease occurs when plaque made up of fat and cholesterol builds up in the arteries restricting blood flow to the arteries of the legs and feet. Because the legs and feet of someone with PAD do not have normal blood flow—and because blood is necessary for healing—seemingly small problems such as cuts, blisters, or sores can result in serious complications.
A diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium and rich in omega-3, fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of peripheral artery disease.
Diabetes can be extremely dangerous to your feet but a healthy diet can help to prevent future complications.It is important to avoid sugars and starch while maintaining a diet rich in whole grains, beans, vegetables and lean meats to help keep blood sugar levels under control. For more diet and nutrition advice, visit the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Always talk to your doctor before taking supplements or making any major dietary changes.