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By Brian Cragg
May 10, 2012
Category: Health, Foot Care
Tags: foot doctor   foot care   treatment  

Your feet carry your body weight throughout your life.  Did you know that feet put on more than 100,000 miles in the average lifetime?  Although your feet are very important, they often are the most neglected parts of the body. With the amount of stress and strain you put on your feet on a daily basis, it’s important that you give the right care and attention your feet rightfully deserve!

May is Foot Awareness Month and Brian Cragg is offering the best foot care tips you can incorporate into your daily regimen, which will leave your feet healthy and happy.

  • Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to your feet so you can detect any abnormal changes that might be a warning sign for a foot complication. If you notice any skin color changes, cracks or cuts, or discolored nails, seek your chiropodist’s medical help to ensure your feet receive the correct form of treatment.
  • Wash your feet regularly. To prevent bacterial or fungal infection, wash your feet thoroughly, especially in between your toes and dry them completely.
  • Trim your toenails. In order to prevent ingrown toenails from developing, maintain your toenail health by trimming them straight across and by not keeping them too short.
  • Wear shoes that fit. An improper shoe fit can cause multiple foot problems such as blisters, calluses, hammertoes, and even plantar fasciitis. Make sure your shoes fit your foot shape and provide enough cushion and support to avoid painful foot conditions.
  • Get your feet moving. Staying active is a great way to achieve physical fitness and maintain foot health! The Starbucks Run for Women race is Saturday, May 12 and is a great way to get moving while running for a great cause! For more details, visit www.runningroom.com
  • Visit your chiropodist for foot pain. It’s important not to ignore foot pain that has continually been causing you discomfort. Chiropodists are expertly trained to provide the right treatment needed for your foot condition with the goal of keeping your feet healthy and fit. Contact our office to set up an appointment with Brain Cragg today!

By making these foot care tips a daily habit then you can achieve foot health all year long! If you have any further questions or are experiencing foot pain, please contact our office at Markham Foot Care Clinic to set up an appointment.

By Brian Cragg
January 13, 2012
Category: Health, Foot Care

Did you remember to make a resolution for this year? What with Christmas shopping, baking, and parties, a lot of times New Year's can sneak up and leave you scrambling to come up with a resolution.  Just because New Year's eve has come and gone doesn't mean you can't come up with a last-minute resolution. Maybe this will be the year you actually come up with that life changing resolution. Maybe you'll look back and remember 2012 as the year that you changed your life for the better.

Well if you can't think of your own resolution, we can think of a couple ideas for you that will make us happy too:

1. Think of your feet this year. There are so many things patients can do to ensure the health of their feet. By trimming toenails correctly, choosing the right shoes, and examining feet regularly, you can prevent some of the most common foot problems.

2. Start running. Don't make it too much if you haven't  ran in a while. Make attainable goals for yourself, like running 3 miles a week or walking twice around the block. If you can do more, that's great. Just make sure the goals are appropriate for you. And make sure you're wearing good shoes for running/walking.

3. Rest as needed. Give your feet a break if they need it. Your feet endure more pressure than any other part of your body. By resting them often, you can assure that they'll last longer.

If you have any questions relating to your feet or ankles, please don't hesitate to call the Markham Foot Care Clinic in Markham, Ontario where Chiropodist, Brian Cragg is happy to help patients eliminate foot pain.

By Brian Cragg
December 29, 2011
Category: Health, Foot Care
Tags: New Years   Resolution  

Do you already have a New Year's resolution in mind? Every year people make resolutions: drink less pop, read every day, workout three times a week, be nicer to people, etc. Resolutions are great for about a month, but the majority of people lose interest or forget their resolutions after that. Don't make the same mistake this year--pick a resolution that's achievable: feet.

Your feet really don't require that much maintenance in order to keep healthy. There are simple steps you can take every day (or every week) to ensure foot health and they won't be challenging or take much time.

1. Shoe Selection. One of the number one mistakes people make regarding their feet is shoe selection.  What you walk around in every day has major effects on the health of your feet. Women especially often have terrible shoes because of what's fashionable: high heels, plastic flip flops, and Uggs are all shoes that have almost no benefits for feet.

2. Hygiene. Keep your feet clean and dry to avoid fungi like athlete's foot and toenail fungus. This is especially important for diabetic patients.

3. Trimming Toenails. Lots of people may have heard it but don't follow the rule: trim toenails straight across. It's true, you should trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. When a patient has an ingrown toenail, the nail grows sharply into the skin on either side of the nail and causes pain, inflammation, and sometimes infection. Don't let it happen to you.

4. Don't Ignore Pain. "Walking it off" is not a method we endorse at the Markham Foot Care Clinic.If your feet hurt, something isn't normal. Our staff is here to help if you're sensing a problem in your feet; do not let it go untreated. Many problems only get worse if ignored.

By Brian Cragg
December 07, 2011
Category: Health, Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Heel Pain   Fungus   Blisters  

Thick socks, warm boots, and fuzzy slippers keep our feet protected from the elements during these cold winter months. Though they may protect your feet from frostbite and snow; your socks, boots, and slippers won't ward off ingrown toenails, fungus, blisters, or heel pain. It's easier to remember to take care of your toes when you're wearing flip flops and walking barefoot in the grass, but they don't cease to exist just because you're wearing thick socks.

Markham Foot Care Clinic can treat foot problems all year round; one of the things you should watch for the most during the winter is ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can be brought on by tight-fitting socks and shoes along with poor trimming habits. Remember to cut your toenails straight across; the corners of your toes are what dig into the tender skin on either side of your toenail and become enflammed and painful.

You can also fight off ingrown toenails by soaking your feet in warm, soapy water whenever you get a chance, recommended 2-3 times a day. This softens the toenails while cleaning your feet which prevents infection and fungus. If you feel comfortable, you can also try to peel up a corner of the toenail when the nail is soft to encourage growth above the skin.

If an ingrown toenail becomes severe, surgery may be required which includes cutting out the section of toenail that's become ingrown. If you're concerned that you may have a severely ingrown toenail, call our office to schedule an appointment.

Related Articles:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ingrown-toenails/DS00111/DSECTION=lifestyle-and-home-remedies

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001237.htm

http://www.fitsugar.com/How-Prevent-Treat-Ingrown-Toenails-2417170