A Better Way to Remove Plantar Warts!

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Plantar Warts are on the Naughty List in a season that should be filled with joy and wonder! But there is an easy solution for getting rid of pesky Plantar Warts once and for all. Be a holiday hero to yourself and your children. Learn more about Swift – the microwave therapy system that will get your wart-free feet back on the Nice List, for sure.

What Are Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are viral infections on the foot. They are typically hard with a rough surface and black dots in the centre, and flat because of the pressure that’s exerted when walking. Warts on the top of the foot or toes are typically raised and are fleshier in appearance.

Benefits of Swift Microwave Therapy for the Removal of Warts

You may have heard of topical chemicals or freezing to remove warts. Chemicals often require multiple applications over a longer period of time, as does freezing. Home wart kits are available, but they take time, can be messy, and sometimes it’s challenging to find the time to follow home protocols. Swift is tested technology that’s decidedly different from other therapies for Plantar Warts

Using a disposable applicator tip, microwave energy rapidly increases tissue temperature allowing for localized cell destruction that’s precise. In seconds, the treatment is complete and no home care is required. Research shows 83% of patients see resolution in just four treatments.

Watch a video to learn more about how Swift Microwave Therapy works. Book your wart removal and foot care check up appointment today.

Holiday Hours at Werkman, Boven & Associates

hollyClosed: Tuesday, December 24 – Friday, December 27

Open:  Monday, December 30

Closed: Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1

Open: Thursday, January 2, 2020

Wishing all of our patients, colleagues, friends and family the best for the Holiday Season.

 

The Importance of Infection Prevention and Control

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Our Infection Prevention and Control Initiatives

We are dedicated to following Best Practices established by The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). This Crown corporation is dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. As a hub organization, Public Health Ontario links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world. Best Practices are intended for health care providers to ensure that the critical elements and methods of decontamination, disinfection and sterilization are incorporated into health care facility procedures. We care about your safety!

sterilization roomOur Sterilization Room and Sterilization Process:

  • We have a separate room designated for the sterilization of instruments using an assembly-line process to ensure that dirty instruments are never mixed with sterilized instruments.
  • As used instruments come in, they are brushed and rinsed, placed in an ultrasonic cleaner, dried and packaged into special sterilization pouches, then sterilized in an autoclave using steam and pressure.
  • Both the Biological Indicators (BI) test and the process challenge device (PCD) with a Class V indicator are used in sterilization batches to confirm sterilization.
  • Sterilization batch numbers are tracked in each patient chart to ensure patient safety as per Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) guidelines.
  • Sterilizers are maintained and serviced as per the manufacturer guidelines.
  • Staff members responsible for sterilization are fully trained on Public Health Ontario best practices/guidelines and complete a mandatory 9-module training course in IPAC Sterilization. In addition, third-party sterilization audits are regularly performed to ensure complete compliance with the latest best practices and guidelines.

treatment room All of Our Treatment Rooms Feature…

  • Clean and disinfected space
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Treatment chairs that are fully adjustable for each patient’s comfort
  • Single-use and/or sterilized instruments specifically designed for footcare

Enjoy healthy feet for life! Book your Oakville footcare appointment today!

Maintaining healthy feet starts with you and continues by seeing your Chiropodist for regular footcare checkups. Book your footcare appointment today.

 

Diabetes Awareness Month is November!

Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Prevention is the Best Medicine!

diabetes awareness month Identifying signs of foot problems early and taking immediate action can prevent complications. If you are living with diabetes, know your risks and take action. Learn more about the proactive approach we take to diabetic footcare and education at Werkman, Boven & Associates in Oakville. Call to book your diabetic footcare appointment today.

How Diabetes Can Affect Your Feet

Diabetes can cause nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) and poor blood flow to the legs and feet (peripheral arterial disease). That means people living with diabetes are less likely to feel a foot injury, such as a blister or cut. Diabetes can make these injuries more difficult to heal. Small foot injuries that aren’t noticed or are left untreated can quickly become infected and that can potentially lead to serious complications.

November 14 is World Diabetes Day!

world diabetes day Take a moment this month to browse the Diabetes Canada website for extensive resources for people living with diabetes, including:

Diabetes Basics. https://diabetes.ca/en-CA/diabetes-basics. Information about the disease and how Diabetes Canada helps those affected. Test your knowledge and learn more about complications.

Recently diagnosed? For more information about next steps for your particular diagnosis. https://www.diabetes.ca/en-CA/recently-diagnosed

Signs, risks & prevention. Knowing the signs and symptoms of diabetes will help you to identify possible diabetes earlier. https://www.diabetes.ca/signs,-risks—prevention

Managing diabetes. Discover tools, resources, tips and recipes to better manage diabetes. https://www.diabetes.ca/managing-my-diabetes

Learn more about preventing complications. If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can lead to a variety of complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, amputation and more. https://www.diabetes.ca/managing-my-diabetes/preventing-complications

wounds canada logo The Wounds Canada website is chock full of helpful information for patients and caregivers on preventing and managing:

  • leg ulcers
  • skin tears
  • surgical wounds
  • minor burns and trauma
  • malignant wounds
  • vascular insufficiency
  • foot deformity
  • peripheral arterial disease
  • pressure injuries
  • diabetic foot ulcers

Looking after your feet is an important part of managing diabetes. See your Chiropodist today!