Are You Suffering from Dry Winter Skin?

Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

hello winter graphicIt’s that season (again). For some, winter is a time to rejoice and enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, skating, snowboarding and snowmobiling, to name but a few. For others, winter means cocooning in front of a crackling fireplace with a hot cup of tea and a good book.

Either way, the cold outdoors combined with warm indoor temperatures can cause chapped, cracked and dry skin on your heels, feet and the rest of your body! What’s a proud Canadian to do, eh?

Tips for Caring for Dry Winter Skin

  • Avoid taking long, hot showers. They might feel great, but they’re drying out your skin
  • Opt for hydrating cleansers rather than harsh soaps
  • Apply a good moisturizer, like Amerigel®*, after bathing to seal and protect your skin
  • Turn on the humidifier and moisturize the air
  • Protect your skin from irritating/itchy sock fabrics that can cause rubbing, chaffing and scratching
  • Be especially careful of dry and cracked skin on your feet and heels if you are living with diabetes. You need specialized footcare
  • Pay attention to your winter footwear. Do your boots fit properly or do they ‘rub your feet the wrong way’? Talk to your Chiropodist about winter footwear and orthotics for sports shoes, boots and every day – for comfort and performance!

*We use natural Amerigel® advanced skin and wound care products in all of the treatment rooms in our Oakville Foot & Orthotic Clinic. Patients are welcome to purchase Amerigel® products for home use.

Dry, chapped or cracked skin could be a sign of an underlying issue, such as a fungal infection like athlete’s foot. Book your footcare appointment today and talk to your Chiropodist about your dry winter skin.

Here’s Why “Healthy Feet” Should Top the List of Goals for 2020!

Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

Happy New Year 2020!By mid-February, 80% of “New Year’s resolutions” will have failed. The most common resolutions are exercise more, lose weight, get organized, learn a new skill, save money, and that’s just the beginning.

This year, please be kind to your feet. Set yourself up for success by starting with the foundation for life – your feet! Taking good care of your feet will contribute to your success in other areas. Feet are often overlooked when it comes to health because we take them for granted. That is until something goes wrong.

How to Keep Feet Healthy

  • See your Chiropodist for regular foot health check-ups and nail care. Try booking your appointments in advance for the first six months of 2020, the same way you do for other health professionals like dentists, doctors, audiologists, vision care, and other specialists
  • Let your Chiropodist know about any foot pain, pain in lower extremities, or foot problems/features you find embarrassing, such as fungal nail, athlete’s foot, bunions, Plantar warts, etc. Meet the Werkman, Boven & Associates team!
  • Ask questions about treatment options
  • If you’re living with diabetes, pay special attention to your feet
  • Wash your feet with soap and water every day
  • Dry your feet carefully, especially between the toes
  • Don’t walk barefoot in public places (fitness centres, swimming pools, yoga studios, etc.)
  • Wear clean socks and footwear that fits properly. Fit and comfort are important to your well-being. Ask your Chiropodist for suggestions on footwear for exercise regime.

Footcare Concerns and Conditions Your Chiropodist Can Help With:

  • Arthritis & Joint Pain
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Claw/Hammer Toes
  • Corns
  • Custom Made Orthotics
  • Diabetic Foot Care & Education
  • Flat Feet / High Arches
  • Foot Ulcers & Wounds
  • Fungal Nails
  • Heel Fissures
  • Heel/Arch/Knee/Foot Pain
  • Hyperhidrosis/Sweaty Feet or Bromhidrosis/Foul Smelling Feet
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Magnetic Biostimulation – Relief of Pain and Inflammation
  • Nail Fungus Treatment
  • Nail Restoration (Keryflex)
  • Nail Surgery and Injections
  • Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Plantar Warts
  • Routine Foot care
  • Shin Splints
  • SIGVARIS® Compression Socks and Stocking Therapy (support veins, increase circulation, reduce swelling and the feeling of tired, achy legs)
  • Sports Related Foot Problems
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Swift Treatment for Plantar Warts
  • Shock Wave Therapy  (non-invasive, fast and effective treatment for foot pain)
  • Thick Nails
  • Total Contact Casting & Off-loading Devices (for ulcers and wounds)
  • VOXX Socks and Insoles

We invite you to learn more about all of the foot related conditions, footcare products, and complementary services we offer in our Oakville Foot Clinic.

Book an appointment with your Chiropodist today and look forward to putting your best feet forward and achieving all your goals for 2020.

Holiday Footwear Can Be a Pain!

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Do your party shoes look great – but feel tight, pinch your feet, or cause pain in your feet, legs or back?

Wearing fashionably festive, but ill-fitting footwear, can cause a myriad of foot problems, some that can have long term consequences.

Foot Conditions Caused by Wearing the Wrong Style or Size of Shoes…

  • blisters
  • bunions
  • calluses and corns
  • heel, arch, knee or foot pain
  • ingrown toenails
  • pain!

We offer comprehensive treatment for these and other foot related conditions.

How can you avoid nuisance and painful foot conditions? Start by being selective when you’re buying shoes – not just around the holidays, but year round.

Tips for Buying Footwear

  • Avoid high-heels. High heels shift much of your body mass onto the balls of your feet and tiny toe bones. The higher the heel, the greater the potential for damage
  • Choose shoes with wide toe boxes, that fit comfortably, and offer good support
  • If shoes feel tight, ask for a wider width
  • Ask your Chiropodist for footwear suggestions

Feet are the foundation for good health! Take care of your feet with regular foot and nail care appointments starting today! A referral is not required to see a Chiropodist!

Holiday Hours at Werkman, Boven & Associates

Orthotics help put the "win" in WinterClosed: 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 of the Holiday Season.