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How To Care For Foot Corns And Calluses

Six Tips on Caring for Foot Corns and Callusing

It’s an icky topic I know, but many of us have foot corns and callusing which can be uncomfortable and painful. Here are a few tips to help care for your feet and reduce the inflamed area.

Corns and calluses are a thickening of the skin as a reaction to abnormal pressure. This can be caused by footwear that is too tight, walking on rough surfaces or your individual bone structure. The body attempts to protect itself by forming a layer of armor, but often the result can be very painful. Here’s what to do for prevention and treatment:

  1. Pumice the area every few days after a bath or shower. (Do not try to remove them yourself with a knife or razor blade, especially if you are diabetic.)
  2. Moisturize the area every day (Vick’s Vapor Rub is a good treatment).
  3. Wear shoes that are the proper width as well as length. When buying new shoes, look for a shoe company that offers their styles in different widths.
  4. Try a gel corn pad or toe sleeve over the corn or callused area to ad a buffer between the sensitive area and your footwear.
  5. For stubborn corns and callusing, see a footcare nurse regularly for deep treatment on the area.
  6. Consider seeing a Pedorthist for recommendations on custom orthotics as these devices can help to ‘off-load’ weight from the sensitive area.

Feel free to contact us anytime for more questions about caring for foot corns and callusing.

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New Year’s Resolutions

Another holiday season has past, the tree has been recycled, the plum pudding put back in the freezer and the sweets all eaten – no more excuses not to focus on your New Year’s resolution. If you are anything like me, every January you’re determined to get back into shape and start exercising. Whether it’s jogging, spin class or yoga, I always set some fitness goals for the New Year.

Many people have the best intentions to improve their fitness levels but find it hard to get started due to foot pain. Some common foot ailments that affect people of all ages and body types include; plantar fasciitis, which is pain, generally in the heel, caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia (tissue that spans the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes) and is most noticeable first thing in the morning. Metatarsalgia is pain, burning or discomfort under the ball of the foot or in the toes and is caused when the soft tissue in this area becomes inflamed. It is most noticeably when standing or walking and during the push-off phase of each step. Arthritis in the joints and bones of the feet can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in or around the joints and can affect one’s mobility. Other common problems include bunions, hammer toes and achilles tendonitis, all of which can be very painful or become aggravated when exercising.

Fortunately most people who experience these symptoms can find improvement with custom made orthotics. If you are experiencing any of the ailments listed above feel free to give us a call for some free advice, or come in for a full lower limb biomechanical assessment by our Certified Pedorthist.

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Orthotics: What you need to know

There are many places and people that sell custom orthotics in Victoria BC, but how do you know where to go when you decide to get orthotics?

Luckily there is a very easy checklist to follow to ensure you choose the best option. It is very important to use this checklist as a guideline as your money, and more importantly, your health is at risk. I say health because I have seen first hand injuries caused by wearing improper foot orthotics.

1) Who’s Authorized?

A. First you need to shorten your bench by eliminating a few players (send them to the minors). This can be easily accomplished by looking at their credentials. You should see one of these somewhere on the list: PEDORTHIST, Orthotist, Chiropodist. “These three are recognized as foot care specialists and are trained specifically to assess, design, manufacture and fit foot orthotics. The providers listed above are licensed and governed by either a provincial or national body, and are subject to standards of practice. This, along with each body’s Code of Ethics, helps ensure their accountability and your protection (Manulife Financial, Buying Custom-made orthotics, what you need to know).”

2) What to Expect?
A. Assessment: After booking your appointment you should be seen by the professional you have chosen for a full biomechanical assessment. This can take anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes, sometimes longer. This assessment should include a thorough medical history review (symptoms, previous injuries etc.), footwear examination, range of motion tests, muscle strength and weaknesses testing, static standing observations and dynamic gait assessment.
B. Treatment options: Your provider should educate you on treatments and how they will benefit you.
C. Custom 3D moulds: If you decide to get orthotics and the person does not take a 3D mould of your foot using either a foam box casting or plaster of paris slipper casting technique, you should walk out the door without looking back. “Having your footprint taken on an inkpad or using your shoe size to provide a prefabricated insole is not considered casting and does not qualify as custom-made (Manulife Financial, 2010).”
D. Manufacturing: Custom-made means that the product you are receiving is going to be made from scratch using raw materials directly from your mould. The time to get this accomplished can take anywhere from a couple days to a few weeks depending if the provider makes in-house orthotics or if they send your moulds away to an independent manufacturer. Having your orthotics made in-house has many advantages, these include: quick turn around time, ability to do adjustments while you wait, skilled technicians that see your foot and actually make the product themselves. You receive a higher quality of care.
i. Note: Some providers will give you a “best fit” footbed. These are still prefabricated inserts that are matched to your cast, however the cast is never used in the actual manufacturing of the orthotic. These are not considered custom-made and would not qualify as such. (Manulife, 2010)
E. Picking up your orthotics: Your orthotics should be sized and fitted to your footwear and your provider should ensure they are comfortable to walk in before letting you go out the door. Sometimes orthotics can take time to get used to so don’t be worried if you feel a little discomfort when you first wear your foot orthotics, that will go away as your foot adjusts. You should be offered a follow-up appointment to ensure that your orthotics are working and you are not experiencing any problems.

NEXT WEEKS BLOG – Be Cautious: 8 things to be aware of when buying custom orthotics.

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Nordic Walking Group

Nordic Walking Group

Dynamic Orthotics is starting a Nordic Walking group led by our very own Kazia Ekelund. The walks will start May 1, 2010 and will be every 2 weeks. This group is open to anyone, no age limits. If you are interested please call the store at 250.391.1812  for more details or check back for updates. We will have spare walking poles for you to try before you dive in and purchase some for yourself.

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Travelling Tips For Foot Problems

Travelling Tips For Foot Problems

Going Somewhere?

Not looking forward to your next plane ride because of your tired, achy, swollen feet? Travel related leg discomfort is more common than you think, but what isn’t common knowledge is there is a product that may help. Compression socks worn when traveling, especially on long flights, can help reduce leg pain and swelling in the feet and ankles.

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