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falls prevention 4Falls are the leading cause of serious injuries among the elderly. Fortunately, falls can be prevented by making small meaningful modifications in the home environment and in your lifestyle. These modifications can include reducing clutter around the home, taking special care to make sure that the floor is clear of tripping hazards such as loose wires and cords, movable rugs, and any other obstacles. Make sure that your home is well lit so that you can always see where you’re walking. In the bathrooms, use non-slip mats around the tub or shower. If you have stairs in your home, make sure that you have secure handrails to help go up and down safely. Eating healthy meals, engaging in regular physical activity, wearing comfortable shoes, and using walking aids as needed can all help keep you on your feet. For more tips on how to prevent falls, consult with a chiropodist.  

Falls are a major cause of injury among the elderly. To learn more about preventing falls or to get treatment following a foot or ankle injury caused by a fall, please consult with one of our chiropodists of Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our physicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Falling is one of the leading causes of injury among older Canadians. It is said that about 50% of falls that result in hospitalization, occur in the home. Fortunately, there are steps that you can implement to reduce your risk of falling in the home. 

Tips to Prevent Falls at Home:

  • In the bathroom - place non-slip mats in the shower or tub, install grab bars near the toilet and bath, and wipe up any moisture or spills as soon as possible. 
  • In the living rooms and bedroom - remove loose wires, cords, or other objects that may be an obstacle to moving around safely. Make sure that you have good lighting throughout the home so that you can always see where you are going. Get rid of any rugs or mats that are not firmly anchored or that may cause you to trip. When walking around the home, move slowly. 
  • In the kitchen - store food and supplies in easily accessible areas, store heavy items in lower cupboards, and wipe up any spills immediately to prevent slipping. 
  • On the stairs  - make sure that the stairs are well-lit and have secure handrails. Walk slowly when ascending or descending the stairs.  
  • Outside  - keep walkways well-lit and clear of snow, ice, leaves, and man-made tripping hazards.

Maintaining your overall health, including the health of your feet, can also help to prevent falls. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and wear well-fitted, comfortable and supportive shoes. If you have a mobility device, such as a cane, use it while walking.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North York, and Mississauga, ON . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 18 June 2021 00:00

Ingrown Toenails in Infants

An ingrown toenail is more common in adults, but can affect anyone of any age, including infants. An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the surrounding skin rather than over it. This causes redness, swelling, and pain, and may lead to an infection if left untreated. Usually the first symptom of an ingrown toenail in an infant is the area at the edge of the nail slowly becoming raised due to the toenail growing underneath it. At first the raised area is flesh-colored, but over time it can turn red and become painful. Just as in adults, ingrown toenails in babies are usually the result of improperly trimming the toenails or wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area. Applying a warm, wet compress to the affected toenail can soften the skin and reduce discomfort. If you notice that the area is becoming increasingly red, warm, or painful, it is suggested that you take your child to see a chiropodist for treatment.  

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our chiropodists of Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our physicians can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a chiropodist as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North York, and Mississauga, ON . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 14 June 2021 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Friday, 11 June 2021 00:00

Could I Get Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis in which an overabundance of uric acid in the bloodstream leads to the formation of urea crystals in the joints, causing a painful gout flareup. These flare ups usually occur in the big toe joint and cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, warmth, and intense pain. While gout can affect anybody, certain people are more at risk of developing it than others. These include men, those who are obese, those who have hypertension, diabetes, or poor kidney function, and those who drink alcohol, sugary beverages, or consume a diet high in purines, which are found in red meat and certain types of seafood. Gout may flare up once or become a chronic condition. If you have had a gout flareup or are at risk for gout, please speak with a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our physicians will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North York, and Mississauga, ON . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 04 June 2021 00:00

Arthritis and Joint Foot Pain

Arthritis is a common medical condition worldwide, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. When it occurs in the feet, it may be difficult to walk, in addition to completing daily activities. There are several different forms of arthritis, and gout generally affects the joints in the big toe. Lupus can affect the joints in the feet, and arthritis can gradually develop. Many patients find it is beneficial to take specific medications that may help with the inflammation arthritis can cause. If you have joint pain in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our physicians can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in North York, and Mississauga, ON . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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