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Posts for: March, 2012

All parents want the best for their children, whether it means choosing the right school, the right friends, or eating nutritional meals. There is one aspect of children’s developing years that is often overlooked: foot wear.

Selecting the right foot wear for your child is very important. Children’s feet are constantly growing and developing, so ensuring their health with a proper fit and supportive shoe is key. Children’s shoes are a huge factor contributing to a child’s posture and musculoskeletal development. It’s not necessary for an infant or young toddler learning to walk, to wear shoes constantly. Leaving them barefoot or in socks will allow foot growth and muscle development to occur naturally without the confinement of shoes.  However, for protection purposes, your infant or toddler should wear shoes when outside. Once your child is able to walk, proper fitting shoes are a must.

Chiropodist Brian Cragg recommends some simple tips to consider when choosing a shoe for your child.  They include the following:

  • Measure your child’s feet each time you shop for new shoes. Remember that your child’s feet are constantly growing and changing.
  • Shop for shoes later in the day. Children’s feet swell throughout the day, so it’s best for them to be fitted while their feet are swollen.
  • Ensure accurate measurements. Have your child stand up so they are putting their full weight on their feet. There should be thumb’s width between the tip of their toes and the end of the shoe. Your child should be able to wiggle his or her toes easily.
  • Buy shoes for the larger foot. Children commonly may have two different sized feet. Always buy a pair of shoes that fits the larger foot.
  • Inspect the shoe before you purchase. Look for support in cushion, a built-in arch, and flexibility where the ball of the foot bends. Each of these supports ensures the correct amount of foot support and prevention for injury.

If you have questions about your child’s feet, or want more tips about shoe choices, contact the Markham Foot Care Clinic today to set up an appointment with Brian Cragg at (905) 294-8087.

By Brian Cragg
March 09, 2012

Do your feet constantly ache?  Do you find that walking and moving is becoming hard to do because of your feet? Arthritis may be the cause of your foot discomfort. Arthritis is a joint disease where cartilage of the joints swells and becomes inflamed, which causes pain. Your foot has 33 joints, making arthritis development an especially painful experience that most often affects elderly patients.  

There are different causes of foot-related arthritis. The most common reasons include genetics, bacteria or infection of the foot, foot injuries not properly taken care of, or certain medications. Rheumatoid arthritis is another disease that can create chronic foot pain, due to inflammation of the joints that can become damaged and result in bunions or hammertoes. Osteoarthritis is another form of joint pain most commonly developed of older age, where a progressive loss of cartilage in the joints can result in joint failure.

Although these causes and forms of arthritis in the foot are serious and painful, there are ways in which you can help manage your foot pain.

·         Exercise: physical activity will do a tremendous amount of good for your joints. By stretching and moving, you can increase blood flow, flexibility, and help keep joints agile. Exercise will also help you lose weight, decreasing stress and strain on your joints, which is one of the main causes of pain.

·         Supportive shoes: it is crucial to have supportive footwear especially if you have arthritis. Having shoes that are form fitting will create the support needed for your foot joints and help prevent pain. Call our office to set up an appointment with foot specialist Brian Cragg for recommendations on what shoes to buy based on your foot type.

·         Medications: ask your doctor about what medications can help alleviate your arthritis pain. Glucosamine and chondroitin capsules may be prescribed to help slow down the joint deterioration process and relieve pain. Over-the-counter medications can also be taken for joint aches or inflammation.

If you experience severe foot pain or joint aches that could be caused by arthritis, please call our office today to set up an appointment with Chiropodist Brian Cragg. Let us help you manage your arthritis foot pain!