Posts for: December, 2012
Living with arthritis? You are not alone! More than 4.6 million Canadians are affected by arthritis, and it is currently the most common cause of disability in Canada. Your feet are crucial to your mobility, so when arthritis strikes, it’s vital that you are informed about this condition.
Arthritic pain comes in different forms. Common symptoms in your feet and ankles include stiffness, limited motion, recurring pain, redness or heat, and swelling. Most people who suffer from arthritis are afflicted with osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease. This type of arthritis is generally brought on by age and damaged joint tissues being unable to repair themselves. Another form is rheumatoid arthritis. While less common, it is a far more serious form of the disease. More than 50% of cases affect people 40-70 years of age.
Muscle relaxation exercises and reducing stress are excellent ways to manage your pain. Establishing a routine of regular physical activity will help you strengthen your joints, and increase your flexibility and energy.
Those who neglect foot problems early in life are more likely to develop arthritic issues later. If you cause enough damage to your joints and cartilage, it can initiate devastating inflammation in your feet and ankles.
This is why it’s critical to see a foot specialist after any foot or ankle injury. At Markham Foot Care Clinic, we can help in the prevention of arthritic conditions by treating your current injuries. If you are currently suffering from arthritis, Brian Cragg, our chiropodist, can assess your condition and lay out a treatment and management plan for you. Set up an appointment today by calling (905) 294-8087.
Picture the season’s first real snowfall – throwing on your coat and boots with the exuberance of a child and taking your first steps in the snow. The crunch beneath your feet, the glint of the sun as it makes the snow sparkle like diamonds – it’s wintertime! We marvel at the wonderland around us, but it’s important to remember to keep your feet warm during the winter.
Keeping your feet dry is key to keeping them warm. Wet feet very quickly become cold feet, which can lead to serious issues like frostbite. Having dry feet begins with choosing the right pair of socks. Look for thick fleece or wool socks as opposed to cotton. These fabrics are far more waterproof than cotton and will do more to keep your feet nice and toasty.
It’s important that you choose the right kind of boots for your needs. They should be comfortable, waterproof, and spacious enough for your toes to wiggle inside of them. If you’re prone to particularly cold feet, consider investing in some packs of warmers. They heat up quickly and last for hours.
For those with diabetes, keeping your feet warm is especially important. The poor circulation associated with diabetes keeps an adequate flow of blood from reaching your feet, making them cold. That, coupled with the harsh elements, is a recipe for disaster. You should not only bundle up your feet when you go outside, but also wear warm socks and slippers when inside.
We all want to enjoy the winter fun, but it should never be at the cost of your health. If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your feet warm during the winter, give the Markham Foot Care Clinic a call at (905) 294-8087 to set up an appointment.