We make it our business to provide professional care and treatment of foot-related conditions. Our services include:
- Pain relief
- General foot care
- Custom-made orthotics
- Diabetic foot care
- Sports medicine
- Radial shockwave therapy
- Cold laser therapy
- Magnetic wave therapy
- Laser treatments for fungal nails
- Cortisone injections
- Joint manipulation
- Specialty infra-red products
- Orthopedic shoes
- Compression socks.
No one should have to live with chronic foot pain. Our foot clinic specializes in a variety of solutions to put your soles to rest.
Cortisone Injection Treatment: Cortisone injections help to reduce inflammation. There is a common misconception that cortisone injections are painful. In our office, we use techniques to reduce discomfort during this treatment.
Infrared Light Therapy: We use monochromatic energy to stimulate wound healing. This method aids in reducing pain and swelling, as well as increasing motion in stiff or sore joints.
General Foot Care
The human foot is a complex system of muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments, and bones. Over the course of the day, the average person takes over 10,000 steps, so it’s important that we make foot care our top priority. Foot care specialists are trained to treat all manner of foot related discomfort. Don’t ignore the warning signs. Even the quality of your toenails can serve as an indicator of your general health.
Morton’s Neuroma: This painful ball of nerves tends to occur at the base of the third and fourth toes. Treatment can range from changing your shoes, to custom orthotic insoles, to anti-inflammatory medication, to steroid injections or the use of various therapies. In rare cases surgery might be recommended.
Athlete’s Foot: A fungal infection that affects the skin of the foot. It can cause a burning, itching, or stinging sensation. Characterized by redness, dry flaking skin on the soles, and occurrence of small blisters, if untreated, it can spread, resulting in fungal nail infection.
Ingrown Toenails: This common foot complaint occurs when a nail starts to dig into the tissue of the nail groove. The end result is discomfort, pain, swelling, and redness. This condition can occur in any toe, but tends to appear most often in the big toe. In office, we can correct ingrown nails with little to no pain on a walk-in, walk-out basis. Often you will be able to return to work the same day this condition is permanently corrected.
Corns and Calluses: Tight shoes, abnormalities in gait, toe deformities, and bone protrusions can create excessive pressure on the foot. This can result in corns and calluses which cause extreme pain. Regular maintenance, footwear advice, orthotics, and in some cases, surgery, are all possible solutions that can help to minimize the formation of corns and calluses.
We use orthotic devises to correct specific foot imbalances. Our custom shoe inserts increase comfort and function in activities such as standing, walking, and running. Everyone’s feet are different. Each set of orthotics is custom made for the individual so that it fits their foot exactly. When designing an orthotic, we consider various aspects. This includes the nature of the foot problem, the patient’s activities, and shoe type. These considerations will help to determine the build, the size, and the material of the orthotic.
Rigid Orthotic Insoles: Made from plastic or carbon fibre, we design these insoles for walking and dress shoes. They are designed to treat pain in the legs, thighs, and lower back and are ideal for someone with a mobile foot type.
Soft Orthotic Insoles: Made from soft materials, we use this insole to increase balance and to protect feet which have lost their cushioning. They are designed to relieve pressure and absorb shock. These insoles are often used by diabetic patients, rigid foot types with high arches, and patient’s suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
Semi-rigid Orthotics: We recommend these insoles for athletes participating in various sports. We reinforce the soft material with rigid materials to provide support. This style of insole increases performance and efficiency of muscles and tendons.
Orthotics for Children: This type of insole is ideal for treating children who have foot deformities. They can fit into standard and running shoes. We can fit the child as soon as they have begun to walk, stabilizing their feet.
Don’t live life on the sidelines. Enjoy an active lifestyle without sport-related injuries getting in the way. Whether it’s a result of bad shoes, tight muscles, or poor foot mechanics, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan to get you back on your feet, on the court, or onto the playing field in no time.
Sprains: In most cases a sprain can occur when your weight has shifted while part of your body remains rigid or in place. Activities like soccer and football can result in sprained ankles.
Pulled Muscle: This tends to occur when the muscle over stretches and tears. You can identify a pulled muscle by swelling, bruising, and pain in the foot and ankle, the inability to stand or walk, and a popping sound at the time of the injury.
Shin Splints: Also known as medial tibial syndrome, it occurs in the front lower legs resulting in pain. Running on a hard surface, playing squash, tennis, or basketball can cause this type of injury.
Knee Pain: Resulting from sudden impact, joint twisting, or trauma. Acute knee injuries depend on the type of injury. The knee may swell or bleed, and the pain can interrupt your activity or training.
When we have exhausted conventional treatment options, sometimes we have to explore alternative methods. In some cases we use surgery to relieve discomfort or restore function to your foot. Often, we can perform these procedures in our foot clinic under local anesthetic.
Hammer Toe Surgery: This treatment may require the need to remove part of the joint to realign the toe or fuse the toe joint. Some patients may need an implant to maintain toe realignment.
Corn Correction: This treatment focuses on the removal of the corn, by addressing any potential bone abnormalities
Diabetic Foot Care
Proper foot care is important for people living with diabetes. Poor blood flow and nerve damage can lead to various health problems. Over time, elevated blood sugar (hyperglycaemia) can cause serious damage to the body, including the feet. By seeing a podiatrist on a regular basis, we can help you manage foot related symptoms and complications.
It’s estimated that 15% of people diagnosed with diabetes will develop a degree of numbness in their feet. This numbness can range from partial loss in the toes to complete loss of feeling in the foot. It’s known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This loss of sensation means that tightness of shoes, the presence of a pebble, or penetration from a tack or nail can go unnoticed. This can lead to various foot-related ailments, infection, and damage.
A report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information states that more than 2000 amputations of the foot occurred in Canada between 2011 and 2012. With proper care, many of those amputations were preventable. After amputation, the likelihood of a second amputation increases by 50%. By visiting a podiatrist, it lowers limb amputation by 85% and decreases risk of hospitalization by 24%
We recommend that if you or someone you love is living with diabetes that you see a podiatrist at least once a year. Patients should also check their feet daily for cuts, bruises, and sores.
Radial Shockwave Therapy
This safe alternative to surgery has been in use for over 15 years and has the advantage of minimal side effects. Radial Shockwave Therapy does not need anesthesia. It’s used to treat various conditions, but in the foot it is highly effective for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon problems.
Radial Shockwave stimulates the body’s self-healing mechanisms. It increases metabolic activity and inflammatory responses. In doing so, it increases healing and reduces pain.
Treatment takes place over three sessions, one week apart. They can last between five to fifteen minutes. During that time, we administer approximately 2000 shocks. Many patients notice relief after their first session. Full relief is usually felt up to 12 to 16 weeks after treatment.
Cold Laser Therapy
We use laser light to relieve chronic pain. This method focuses light onto the skin, stimulating cell production, soft tissue repair, and reduces inflammation. It is used for many conditions including plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, tendonitis, arthritic pain, ankle sprains and so much more.
Magnetic Wave Therapy
We use this non-invasive therapy to treat fractures, sports injuries, inflammation, and delayed wound and bone healing. Magnetic fields stimulate circulation in the body and increase oxygen. This form of therapy is a safe and effective way of achieving pain relief and healing.