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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Stiffness in the Ankle After Running

The feet and ankles absorb a lot of force when you run, and as a result, you may experience stiffness afterward. Ankle stiffness can limit the range of motion and make the ankle feel immobile. Studies show that as the speed of your run increases, so does the likelihood of ankle stiffness. In addition, the way you run can affect post-running stiffness. You are more likely to experience stiffness after a run if you have a rear-foot strike pattern, and less likely with a forefoot strike pattern. Certain underlying conditions can also contribute to ankle stiffness. Among them are a sprain, arthritis, or plantar fasciitis. If you believe you have an ankle injury, it is important to stop the activity and consult a chiropodist who can diagnose the problem and offer treatment solutions.

Ankle pain is a common symptom of many lower limb problems. If you are experiencing ankle pain, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

The ankle is composed of a number of muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. There are many conditions which may cause ankle pain. 

Causes

  • Ankle strains or sprains

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Fractures

  • Bursitis

  • Arthritis

  • Gout

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Symptoms

If you have ankle pain, you may also experience a variety of other symptoms depending on the underlying cause of the pain. Some of these symptoms may include ankle swelling, bruising, redness, numbness or tingling, instability, and difficulty walking.

Diagnosis

The underlying cause of ankle pain can be diagnosed by a chiropodist. Diagnoses are typically made based on your medical history, a physical examination of the affected ankle, and imaging studies such as X-rays. 

Treatment

Treatment for your ankle pain will depend on its underlying cause. Often, the chiropodist will recommend that you rest the affected ankle. You might also need to ice, compress, and elevate the ankle, wear an orthotic device, or take medications to reduce pain and inflammation. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Conditions That Can Cause Burning in the Feet

If you experience a burning sensation often accompanied by pain in the feet, it is likely caused by nerve damage. However, there are several other reasons for burning feet. The discomfort of burning feet can be constant or intermittent depending on the underlying cause, and the sensation can range from mild discomfort to severe. The most common cause of burning feet is peripheral neuropathy, the result of diabetes that causes damage to the nerves from long-term high blood sugar. High blood sugar can damage the nerves that supply the extremities, including the feet and toes. Among the others, the most common causes are heavy alcohol use, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, an inherited nerve condition, and nerve damage that occurs after an injury. Other causes are deficiencies in vitamins B6, B12, and B9, as well as an underactive thyroid gland, kidney disease, and peripheral artery disease. Treatment options for burning feet vary, but a chiropodist can offer options following a thorough examination to identify the underlying cause. 

Foot pain can have many causes. To receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment for your foot pain, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Causes

There are a variety of different conditions that can cause foot pain, including: 

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Deformities, such as bunions or hammertoes

  • Injuries to the muscles, bones, tendons, or ligaments in the feet

  • Arthritis

  • Flat feet

  • Ingrown toenails

Symptoms

The type and location of your foot pain can help determine what may be causing it and what type of treatment options are best for you. 

Common types of foot pain include: 

  • Heel pain

  • Arch pain

  • Toe pain

  • Ball of foot pain

  • Pain that has a stabbing, burning, or tingling quality

  • Pain that is constant, intermittent, or that gets better or worse depending on the situation 

Diagnosis

A thorough medical history and physical examination of your feet will be required to determine a diagnosis. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs may be performed to rule out or confirm certain diagnoses. 

Treatment

Treatment will depend on the cause of the pain. Common treatments for foot pain include resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the affected foot, wearing orthotics, or taking anti-inflammatory medications. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 19 September 2022 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Causes of Numbness in the Feet

Numbness in the feet can occur when there is a problem with how the nervous system is communicating with the feet. Sometimes, crossing your leg while sitting can compress a nerve, resulting in numbness. This may feel like your foot is “asleep,” but the numbness generally dissipates when you stand up and move around. If a lack of feeling in the feet is accompanied by a burning, prickling, or tingling sensation, more serious problems may be the cause. One condition is peripheral neuropathy, which can occur as the result of nerve damage from diabetes or other systemic diseases. Spinal problems may also be factors contributing to numbness in the feet. The two most common reasons are a herniated disc and spinal stenosis. If numbness in your feet has become a common occurrence that negatively affects your daily activities, it is suggested that you consult with a chiropodist who can diagnose the cause and offer the correct treatment options.

Caring for your feet is not just something done at the chiropodist’s office. Good foot care starts at home. If you would like to learn more about daily foot care practices, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

There are many things that you can do at home to help care for your feet, including: 

  • Wearing shoes and socks that fit properly

  • Washing the feet daily with soap and water

  • Drying the feet thoroughly

  • Applying moisturizer to the soles and heels of the feet

  • Taking a walk and exercising the feet regularly 

  • Doing foot stretches and strengthening exercises 

A chiropodist can help figure out a manageable foot care routine for you to keep your feet healthy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

The Importance of Children’s Foot Care

All individuals, no matter their age, ought to take care of their feet and be intentional about safeguarding the health of this part of the body. Neglecting your feet and failing to see a foot specialist like a chiropodist may lead to foot complications down the road. Therefore, you must become diligent about maintaining the health of your children’s feet. Child foot care is important for a variety of reasons. First, there are differences between the feet of an adult and that of a child. Namely, their toes and soles are significantly more delicate, so they consequently require much more attention and care. Second, there are several pernicious foot afflictions and conditions that affect children. These conditions include Sever’s disease, flat foot, and pigeon foot, among other things. It is important to remember that children's bodies are growing every day and protecting their feet will help ensure that they develop healthy feet in the future. If you want to learn more about how you can protect your children’s feet or treat an existing foot problem, contact a chiropodist.


 

If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Causes of Foot Pain in Children

While children can experience many of the same foot problems as adults do, some foot problems may be more common during childhood. 

Causes of foot pain in children can include:

  • Deformities that are present from birth, such as flat feet or clubfoot

  • Sever’s disease, which is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone

  • Various sports injuries, such as sprains and fractures 

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Plantar warts

Prevention

It is important to look after the health of children’s feet in order to prevent future problems from arising. Keep your child’s feet clean and dry, trim their toenails regularly, ensure their shoes fit properly, and keep a watchful eye on any symptoms of foot pain, such as limping. If you notice any symptoms or if your child complains of foot pain, a chiropodist can help. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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