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Keep your feet safe this football season

Although summer is sadly coming to a quick end, the fall is always a season that many look forward to. Whether it’s a new school season, the change of weather and scenery, or the start of a new football season, fall is a favourite.

Football is a fun sport regardless if you’re watching or playing! Although the intense impact-filled sport is loved, football can cause some injuries. Ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, and turf toe are a few major foot injuries that commonly occur during a football game. Below, Chiropodist Brain Cragg provides information on each of these conditions.

Ankle Sprains: With running and tackling, ankle sprains can occur with just the slightest turning of the foot during a play. You’ll know right away if you’ve turned your ankle because of the pain and swelling. One of the most common treatments is R.I.C.E. – rest, icing, compression, and elevation. Allowing your ankle time to heal with help prevent more serious issues from occurring.

Achilles Tendonitis: With any sport, overuse injuries can develop such as an Achilles tendonitis where pain is felt in the back of the ankle. If the condition is ignored, the injury can worsen into an Achilles tendon rupture that requires months for recovery.

Turf Toe: The most common football foot injury, turf toe occurs when your big toe is jammed into the ground and bent backward beyond its limits. Symptoms include immediate pain, toe joint stiffness and less flexibility. Your toe joint will also be more vulnerable to the development of arthritis. If the injury isn’t treated properly, it can limit any athlete’s ability to fully compete in any sport.

You can protect your feet from risking these football injuries by making sure you engage in:

  • Proper warm-up before sport activity.
  • Wearing proper shoes designed for football.
  • Wearing padded inserts to your shoes for extra support and protection.

Our goal is to help you enjoy an injury-free football season! If you do experience any foot or ankle pain, please set up an appointment at our office and Brian will work with you to determine the best treatment process.

Do you suffer from plantar fasciitis, ankle pain, bunions, Achilles tendonitis, gait abnormalities, or arch pain? Don’t endure walking with your foot pain any longer! Our office can provide custom-made orthotics that are specifically designed for your foot shape.  Orthotics can help your hurting feet with extra support and cushioning to the areas you need it most.

What makes orthotic inserts beneficial for your feet? Chiropodist Brian Cragg provides information on the following types of custom-made orthotics that are designed differently depending on the foot condition with which you’ve been diagnosed. They include:

  • Rigid orthotics.These inserts are made from harder material, such as plastic or carbon fiber, and are specifically designed to realign your feet. The orthotic helps control motion of the two joints that are below your ankle to correct excessive rolling inward of the foot.  This rolling inward is also referred to as over-pronation.
  • Soft orthotics. Soft materials are used to provide extra cushioning and shock absorption.  This type of orthotic is used to protect your feet from painful problems such as arthritis, diabetic foot complications, or other deformities. Soft orthotics can improve your balance and remove pressure from sore areas of your feet.
  • Semi-rigid orthotics. A combination of protection and functional control, semi-rigid orthotics, are usually designed for athletes. Made up of both soft and rigid materials, these orthotic inserts can align your feet while providing the support you need for intense action sports that put your feet at risk for injury.

If you think orthotics may be beneficial for your foot pain, contact our office to set up an appointment today! Brian can evaluate and diagnose your foot condition and determine whether custom orthotic inserts are a good fit to help treat your pain. A cast will be taken of your foot to obtain the exact shape of your foot so your orthotics are naturally fit to relieve pain and correct foot alignments or structure.

With lots of summer plans ahead this season, the last thing you want to be self-conscious of or endure pain from, is your toenails. Unfortunately, the warm weather that summer brings can increase your chances for developing an ingrown toenail due to being exposed to possible difficulties. Participating in summer sports, wearing improperly fitted shoes, and not keeping up with your toenail hygiene are easy things to forget with a busy schedule. But suffering from a painful toenail due to these factors can quickly ruin your summer fun.

Chiropodist Brian Cragg is trained to treat your ingrown toenails with various treatment options available at our office. If you’ve been experiencing pain from a toenail edge cut into your skin, Brian can provide the right treatment so you don’t have to be afraid to show off your toes or suffer from pain any longer.

Treatment for ingrown toenails can include:

  • Oral antibiotic therapy. Antibiotics can be prescribed if an infection, due to an ingrown toenail, is present.
  • In-office minor surgical procedure. A simple procedure can be performed under local anesthetic.  The corner of the affected nail is removed, or in some cases, the entire nail plate.
  • In-office surgical correction. In a case of a chronic ingrown toenail, a procedure under anesthesia is required to permanently remove the part of the affected toenail. The wound requires several weeks of recovery.  After healing, the nail returns to normal with the appearance of being somewhat narrower than before.

To prevent an ingrown toenail from developing and affecting your summer activity, follow these two simple tips:

  • Always wear a proper fitting shoe. Shoes that are too tight can leave your toenails susceptible to pain and deformity. Make sure your shoes correctly fit the shape and size of your feet, and make sure to throw out any pairs that are worn or torn.
  • Trim your toenails regularly. It’s important to make trimming your toenails a regular routine.  Make sure to trim them straight across so they don’t have a chance for curving down into the skin on the side of your toe.

Let us help you ensure your toenails are healthy and ready for your summer plans! Contact our office to set up an appointment with Brian today.

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Are you tired of covering up your unattractive toenails due to toenail fungus? Summertime is not a good time to be self-conscious of your toenails! With warm weather and summer activities you don’t want to keep your feet wrapped up in shoes and socks. Our Q-Clear toenail laser treatment quickly and effectively cares for your thickened or yellowed toenails!

How do you know if your toenail condition meets the requirement for laser treatment?
Laser treatment can be used on toenails with moderate to severe fungal infection. However, the longer you wait to seek treatment, the harder it will be to remove the fungal infection. Severe conditions require multiple laser treatment procedures stretched out over several different appointments.

Are there any risks involved with laser treatment?
There are no risks involved and laser treatment is completely painless. You can expect a comfortable procedure with no side effects after your appointment. Laser treatment may not be recommended for patients who are pregnant, have skin cancer, peripheral neuropathy, or poor circulation in their feet.

When can results be seen?
You will be able to notice new nail growth within the first two months after laser treatment. Your nail will become clear from the bottom to the top as the infection clears itself out. Although Q-Clear laser treatment is the most effective and efficient form of toenail fungal treatment, it is important to know that it will not prevent any fungal infection from reoccurring in the future.

Don’t cover up your toes any longer this summer season! Contact our office to set up an appointment with Chiropodist Brian Cragg to cure your toenail fungus condition. With our laser treatment procedure, he can help your toenails return to normal health.

Canadian Diabetes AssociationThere are over 9 million Canadians today living with diabetes, and more likely than not, the chronic disease affects you or someone you know. With more people being diagnosed each hour, knowing if you are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes can help preserve the future of your health.

The main warning signs and symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes include:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Extreme fatigue

Even if you aren’t experiencing the above symptoms, if you are over the age of 40, or if a parent or sibling in your family has diabetes, it’s important to get checked and tested by your physician as these factors increase your risk for developing the disease.

Unfortunately, diabetes causes your pancreas to not produce insulin, which helps break down food into energy throughout your body. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels result from the deficiency, which can take a major toll on your feet.

People with diabetes often experience foot complications that commonly include:

  • Decreased circulation
  • Nerve damage, also known as neuropathy, where loss of feeling in the foot is experienced
  • Slow healing foot wounds that can develop into ulcers
  • Foot amputation as a possible result due to one or a combination of the above complications

How can you keep yourself protected from such problems? Although diabetes can cause serious and severe problems to your feet, the good news is that you can decrease your risk for developing these complications by managing your diabetes and blood sugar levels. Chiropodist Brian Cragg recommends incorporating these simple health tips into your life to prevent diabetic foot problems from affecting your life.

  • Take care of your feet and check them regularly for abnormal changes
  • Take your medication as prescribed
  • Maintain a healthy meal plan
  • Incorporate physical activity each day
  • Don’t smoke
  • Develop a management plan with your physician to keep your blood pressure and blood sugar levels in check

Protect your future health by being aware of your risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes! For more information, contact our office to set up an appointment with Brian.