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Posts for: January, 2013

By Brian Cragg
January 21, 2013
Category: Kid's Footcare


Healthy Feet and HockeyHockey season is in full swing for the Markham Ontario Hockey League.  According to Podiatry Today, 11% of hockey injuries affect the feet.  As our children hit the ice, it’s important to understand how to protect their feet.  No one wants to be sidelined by a foot injury.

First, examine your child’s feet before the season begins.  Ask if he or she has been experiencing any pain or discomfort.  Any current issues will be worsened by time in skates, so it is best to address concerns prior to the first practice.  

Next, make sure that your child’s skates fit properly.   Toes should have plenty of wiggle-room, and the sides of the feet should not be pressed into the side of the skate.  Remember, such friction can cause blisters, corns, and calluses.  Also, your child’s heel should stay in place.  While it may be tempting to buy a larger size skate for your child, it is unwise.  Proper fit is vital for pain-free feet.

Another consideration is to make sure that your child’s skates are laced properly.  If skates are too loose, they won’t provide the necessary ankle support.  If they are too tight, your child might suffer from “Lace Bite” which can lead to tendonitis.

Finally, listen to your child.  If he or she is complaining that the skates are causing pain, you should check them out.  The solution may be as simple as re-lacing, but foot pain should never be ignored.  If you are unsure if the skates are the culprit, consider visiting a store that specializes in hockey equipment.  

 Do you have concerns about your child’s foot health?  Call Chiropodist Brian Cragg, and get the answers you need for peace of mind.  The friendly staff at Markham Foot Care Clinic is happy to set an appointment.  Call (905) 294-8087, or visit the website.

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ShoeshoesAre you a walker looking for a great winter alternative?  Is your family looking for an activity that everyone can enjoy?  Snowshoeing may be the answer, and its health benefits are an added bonus!  

Snowshoeing provides a good cardio workout while strengthening the legs and upper body. It burns about 450 calories per hour for someone weighing around 150 lbs who is snowshoeing on flat, packed snow.  Snow conditions and terrain contribute to the intensity of the workout, so powder on hillier trails will burn even more calories.  

As with any winter activity, keep your feet warm and dry to avoid frostbite.  Wearing layers, even on your feet, is important.  Choose synthetic and wool socks instead of cotton.  Also, water-proof shoes will insure comfort on the trails.  Don’t ignore signs of frostbite such as itching, tingling, or numbness, and know what to do if these symptoms occur. Listen to your feet, and contact Brian Cragg to address any concerns.

The Markham Museum hosts Family Snowshoe Days and Snowshoe Fun for Children (registration required.)  These two hour sessions include a review of snowshoeing basics, and an opportunity to play games, and explore the museum grounds.  There are many snowshoeing trails in Ontario, so take advantage of the opportunity to view the beautiful winter scenery, and get a great workout at the same time.

Contact Chiropodist, Brian Cragg to insure that your feet are in top shape for snowshoeing and other winter activities.  Call Markham Foot Care Clinic at (905) 294-8087 to set an appointment today, or visit our website and click on “Appointment Request.”

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