Items filtered by date: August 2023

Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Understanding How Our Feet Work

The feet, our remarkable foundation of mobility, are a testament to intricate engineering. Comprising 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, they are finely tuned instruments of balance and motion. As we walk or run, the arches act as shock absorbers, distributing the impact forces throughout the foot. With each step, the Achilles tendon propels the body forward while calf muscles contract. The feet adjust to various surfaces and terrains, adapting to provide stability. The complex interplay of tendons, ligaments, and muscles facilitates movements such as flexion, extension, and rotation in perfect harmony.  Whether sprinting, dancing, or merely strolling, our feet work tirelessly to support us, reminding us of the intricate symphony of our body's mechanics. If you would like additional information about the biomechanics of the feet, it is suggested that you speak with a chiropodist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

The biomechanics of your feet play an important role in your foot health. To learn more, 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. 

Foot biomechanics refers to the study of the structure, function, and motion of the feet. The feet and ankles are a complex system consisting of many bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons that work together to move your feet. Understanding the unique biomechanics of your own feet can help you and your chiropodist make informed decisions about your foot health care. This includes decisions about the best preventive measures to avoid foot pain, the best treatment options for various foot problems, and finding the best shoes for your feet. 

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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A broken ankle can swiftly disrupt the rhythm of life, causing pain and mobility challenges. These fractures often result from sudden impacts, falls, or twisted motions that exceed the ankle joint's natural range. Recognizing the signs that can include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and an inability to bear weight is crucial for prompt intervention. Seeking immediate medical attention is paramount, as a broken ankle requires professional evaluation and diagnosis through X-rays. Treatment options can vary depending on the fracture's severity, ranging from casting and bracing to surgical intervention. Healing demands patience and adherence to medical advice, involving rest, elevation, and prescribed medications. Rehabilitation exercises under medical guidance can aid recovery and restore strength. With proper care and patience, individuals can successfully mend their broken ankles and regain their stride. If you have broken your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you contact a chiropodist as quickly as possible who can guide you toward the treatment that is right for you.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2023 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Swollen Feet When Pregnant

Swelling during pregnancy, particularly in the legs, ankles, feet, and fingers, is a common occurrence. This condition is known as edema and is often more pronounced towards the end of pregnancy and at the end of the day. Swelling while pregnant is primarily caused by the body retaining more water than usual. Hot weather, prolonged standing, and weight gain can contribute to fluid buildup and result in swollen legs, ankles, and feet. Experts suggest that pregnant women experiencing edema avoid prolonged standing, wear comfortable shoes and socks that won't constrict the feet, and elevate the legs whenever possible. Drinking plenty of water helps the body flush out excess fluid and reduces swelling. Taking walks or performing foot exercises can also aid in improving blood circulation and preventing calf muscle cramps. While gradual swelling is generally considered normal and harmless, sudden and severe swelling could indicate a more serious condition and should not be ignored. If you are experiencing abnormal swelling of the feet while pregnant, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a chiropodist.

Pregnancy can affect your feet in many ways, often causing pain or discomfort, as well as reduced mobility. If you are pregnant and experience 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. 

During pregnancy, your belly isn’t the only part of your body swelling. The whole body may experience swelling, especially in the feet and ankles. Since they carry the weight of both your body and the baby’s, caring for your feet during pregnancy is very important. 

Common Foot Conditions During Pregnancy

Various foot conditions can develop during the course of a pregnancy, including: 

  • Swelling of the feet and ankles

  • Fallen arches, leading to acquired flat feet

  • Plantar fasciitis 

  • Aching, sore feet

  • Changes in the toenails

Caring for the Feet During Pregnancy

Some things that you can do to help maintain the health of your feet during pregnancy include: 

  • Wearing comfortable shoes

  • Resting and elevating your feet

  • Icing sore areas, such as the arch

  • Keeping your toenails trimmed

  • Soaking and massaging the feet

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, 08 August 2023 00:00

Steps to Get Feet Ready for Summer

With summer here, it is time to shed those closed toe shoes and let your feet breathe. However, before you slip into your favorite sandals or flip flops, it is essential to give your feet some much needed care. This can begin by exfoliating your feet to remove dead skin and calluses, leaving them feeling soft and smooth. This can be followed by trimming your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails and potential infections. Moisturizing your feet daily can help to keep them hydrated and prevent dryness. It is important to apply sunscreen that can protect your feet from harmful UV rays while at the beach or pool. Many people enjoy pampering their feet with a relaxing foot bath or massage that can soothe tired muscles and promote circulation. By following these simple steps, your feet will be ready to take on the summer with confidence and comfort. If you would like more information about summer foot care tips, it is suggested that you speak with a chiropodist.

Summer is the season for many foot and ankle issues. If you’re suffering from a foot or ankle problem, 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. 

Common Summer Foot Problems 

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Toenail fungus

  • Plantar warts

  • Foot and ankle injuries

  • Bunions

  • Hammertoes

  • Heel pain

  • Cracked heels 

  • Sunburns

  • Blisters


  • Wear supportive shoes and avoid flip-flops

  • Maintain good foot hygiene

  • Exfoliate and moisturize the heels

  • Apply sunscreen to the feet and ankles

  • Wear shoes in public areas like swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers 

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, 01 August 2023 00:00

Various Reasons to Have Toe Pain

The majority of toe pain is caused by an injury or nerve damage. Existing medical conditions may also contribute to toe pain, and many people choose to seek relief. A bunion is defined as a bony lump that develops on the side of the big toe. It is caused by genetic factors, or it may happen from wearing shoes that are too tight. Pain may begin on the big toe, and radiate toward the other toes if left untreated. Additionally, gout is a form of arthritis and can cause debilitating pain in the big toe. Nerve damage may occur from a condition that is known as compartment syndrome, which can cause pressure in the muscles surrounding the big toe. Tarsal tunnel syndrome affects the ankle, and can also lead to nerve damage, possibly affecting the toes. If you have toe pain for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a chiropodist who can determine what the cause is, and offer correct treatment solutions.

Toe pain is common and can have a variety of causes. Causes can range from a broken toe to an ingrown toenail. Many types of toe pain can be corrected, but any toe pain that inhibits your activities for an extended period should be discussed with a chiropodist. If you suffer from toe pain, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician can help you maintain the health of your feet.

Common Causes of Toe Pain 

  • Trauma or fracture
  • Cuts, sores, or bruises
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Turf Toe
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Blisters
  • Corns
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Plantar warts
  • Athlete’s Foot

Symptoms of Toe Pain

  • Toe deformity
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Toenail deformity
  • Wart or ulcer
  • Swelling
  • Redness

When to See a Chiropodist

  • Bleeding or severe swelling
  • Trauma, such as a broken bone
  • Discoloration or extreme swelling
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Persistent pain
  • Wounds that won’t heal

Diagnosis of Toe Pain

A chiropodist can conduct a thorough examination of the painful toe or toes in order to determine the best course of treatment. The exam may include assessing the tenderness of the area, taking an X-ray or other diagnostic test, or assessing your gait and range of motion. A discussion of what led to the advanced pain issue may follow. Included will likely be a health history, as well as a list of medications you are taking and other previous injuries you may have sustained.

Treatment for Toe Pain

With such a wide range of possible causes for toe pain, treatment can be varied in scope and length. Sometimes, the chiropodist will recommend lifestyle and activity changes. In cases of trauma or other injuries, X-rays or imaging tests will likely be used to determine the severity of the problem, particularly if any bones have been broken. Treatment may also include injections of pain-relief medication or anti-inflammatory drugs. Certain injuries will require the splinting, bracing, or wrapping of injured toes. Orthotics or special shoes may be prescribed in cases of bone deformities and gait issues. Removal of warts, calluses, and corns may be needed. In other cases, such as with patients who have diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, ongoing treatment may be required to avoid more serious problems. 

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