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Blisters, corns, and callouses are three of the most common foot problems Canadians experience. Each condition can easily pop up and ruin your day by leaving your feet aching and in pain. Why do these foot problems develop so easily? Chiropodist Brian Cragg provides information on blisters, corns, and callouses so you can be informed as to why they occur, and how to stop them from developing once and for all.


Blisters occur whenever there is friction between your skin and your shoe. Whether it is an improper fit of shoe, a shoe that rubs in the same spot of your foot, or from not wearing socks with your shoes, blisters will develop. A blister is made up of a clear liquid and can usually be left alone to heal naturally as it helps protect your foot from infection. If the blister doesn’t go away, use a sterile needle to pop the blister so the skin can reattach. Wash the affected area and apply antibacterial cream with a bandage to prevent infection until the skin is fully healed.


A corn is a build-up of hard skin that usually develops on the tops of the toes or in between toes.  A corn occurs because of pressure from shoes that cause friction. Avoid cutting the corn or attempting to remove it with a sharp object. Instead, after you shower, use a pumice stone to gently remove the built-up tissue. Padding inserts can also be used to add cushioning when wearing shoes.


Callouses usually develop on the underside of the foot where there is a build-up of hard skin. Unevenly distributed weight, or improper fitting shoes, can cause calluses to form. Removing the hardened skin with a pumice stone, or using extra padding on the affected areas, can help treat callouses. Medications can also be prescribed to help soften the callous.

To prevent these three conditions from being a hassle in your life, make sure you follow these tips:

  • Always wear a proper fit shoe that is supportive to your feet.
  • Wear socks with your shoes as much as possible.
  • Give your feet rest and proper treatment by washing them regularly with warm water.

If you are experiencing further complications with your blisters, corns, or callouses, please contact our office to set up an appointment with Brian. Let him help you maintain your foot health without worry of painful problems!


Soccer Foot Injuries

You’re headed down centre field expertly dribbling the ball. An opponent steps in your way and you quickly maneuver to sidestep around them. Bam! In two seconds flat you’re down on the ground thriving in pain. That’s all it takes – just a simple misstep and you’re on the bench with a sprain. Soccer is a sport a lot of footwork. This in turn means there are plenty of opportunities for foot injuries to occur. If you don’t want a painful foot injury to keep you on the bench, take a moment to review some of the most common soccer related foot injuries that Chiropodist Brain Cragg treats. They include:

Each injury or foot condition can occur during the game due to constant running, foot contact with the ball and with other players. A simple misstep or turn of the ankle can result in a sprain that will leave you in severe pain with a guarantee of necessary recovery time. It’s important to seek medical attention if you’re experiencing severe foot pain after a soccer game. In some cases, recovery can take up to a few months without playing time.

To make sure your playing time isn’t cut short, Brian strongly encourages the following soccer safety tips.

  • Proper fitting soccer cleats. Wearing the right cleat will support your foot decrease your risk for a foot injury occurring during a game. To add extra cushioning and support, use insoles.
  • Warm up. Always take time before a soccer game to stretch and slowly jog in order to warm up your foot muscles so they are flexible and loose.
  • Check the field. It can be easy to miss a small hole or uneven ground on a soccer field when you’re in the game, but a simple trip from it can result in an ankle sprain. Make sure the playing field is level and the grass is cut short to prevent any slip-ups from happening.

If you are suffering from foot pain due to soccer related injury or any other issue, please contact our office right away to set up an appointment with Brian.  He will thoroughly examine your foot and provide proper treatment.

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.

December 15, 2010
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Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatrist in the Markham area, we're excited you are here. With the podiatry industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote podiatric awareness as a vital part of your healthy, active lifestyle.Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including the latest developments in podiatry, podiatric treatments and helpful foot care advice from the Markham Foot Care Clinic.

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