Summer Foot Hazards # 3: The Stubbed Toe

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

Walking around barefoot or in sandals can leave our toes vulnerable to injury. We all know the feeling of accidently kicking an object or catching our toe on a corner, causing injury and intense pain. With that in mind, we have put together a guide on how to assess and treat a stubbed toe.

Check the condition of the toe: it can be difficult to determine if it is just stubbed and bruised, or if your toe is broken.

Signs of a broken toe may include:

      • Trouble moving the toe
      • A change in the shape of the toe
      • A visible bone poking into or through the skin
      • Pain that continues to intensify.

If you suspect a broken toe, seek medical attention promptly.

Address any cuts or abrasions: Gently cleanse any wounds. This can be done by washing the area with warm, soapy water. Gently dry with a clean cloth and bandage the wound. Change the bandage daily as the wound continues to heal. Watch for signs of infection which may include:

  • redness
  • swelling
  • oozing pus

People living with diabetes should be especially careful with these types of injuries or infections. If you suspect you may have an infection, book an appointment with your Chiropodist. We are here to help!

Once any bleeding has been controlled, follow the RICE method to reduce pain and swelling.

RICE:

  • Rest: Avoid putting any weight on the injury
  • Ice: to reduce pain and swelling, apply an ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes. Ensure the ice is not applied directly to skin but wrapped in a cloth or towel
  • Compression: wrap or bandage the area to reduce swelling
  • Elevation: while sitting or lying down, elevate the injured toe. Keeping the injured area at or above the level of your heart will help minimize swelling

Toenail trauma or injury: A stubbed toe can damage your nail plate or nail bed.

Signs of toenail trauma may include:

  • A cracked or broken nail
  • Bleeding along the edge or under the toenail (Subungual hematoma)
  • Hematomas may cause a feeling of intense pressure and pain under the nail

Your Chiropodist can fully assess the injured area, treat any wounds as well as release the pressure under your nail if necessary.

If you require any assistance with an injured foot or toe, please book your footcare appointment today!

Summer Foot Hazards #2: Barefoot? Sore foot!

Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Summer is a time when we kick off our shoes and let our toes breathe. However, a complaint that we often hear from patients is that they have been walking around barefoot and their feet are killing them. What’s going on?

Our feet are designed to walk on soft, natural, uneven surfaces such as grass or sand. A soft surface accommodates the contours of our feet and may help improve circulation as well as muscle and ligament strength and flexibility. However, walking barefoot on hard, flat surfaces such as laminate and tile flooring, or patio stones, can cause stress to the foot. On this type of surface, the foot is not naturally supported or cushioned.

A simple solution to this issue is to wear indoor footwear. Choose a pair of supportive shoes with well cushioned heels and good arch support. Sometimes walking on a hard surface without any support can exacerbate a biomechanical foot condition you might already have. In this case, custom made orthotics might be a solution for you. These devices slip into your shoes, and are manufactured specifically for your feet in order to control and realign the foot by applying corrective pressure where needed. Orthotics can also cushion and redistribute areas of high pressure on the bottom of the foot.

If you are experiencing foot pain, give our office a call and book an appointment with one of our Registered Chiropodists today!

We look forward to seeing you again or meeting you for the first time in the clinic!

To schedule an appointment, please reach our clinic either by phone or email:
905-845-4817 | info@werkman.ca | www.werkman.ca

Summer Foot Hazards: what you need to know

Posted on Thursday, June 25th, 2020
Summer has arrived! The season of relaxing on the deck or running barefoot in the grass. A time when we kick off our shoes and soak up nature. The last thing you might be thinking about is Summer Foot Hazards. We will be addressing some of the top hazards in our blog posts this summer and how to deal with them.

Summer Foot Hazard #1 – The Embedded Object

We have all been there. Getting a splinter while walking on the deck or stepping on a piece of glass hidden in the grass. Here are some simple steps to follow if the object has broken the skin.

  1. Inspect the area for any remaining foreign objects. If you suspect an embedded object in your foot, call your Chiropodist. Do not try to remove the object because that can lead to more damage or infection.
  2. If the area contains no debris, clean the area with warm salt water* and allow it to air dry. Cover with a bandage and keep dry until healed.
  3. Ensure you are up to date on your tetanus vaccination, especially if the foreign object was exposed to the soil.
  4. Monitor the site for any signs of infection: swelling, redness or thick, discoloured (deep yellow/green) foul-smelling discharge or red streaking. If you see any of these signs, please call your Chiropodist.

*We recommend Epsom salts.

See you at the clinic!

We are dedicated to following the Best Practices as laid out by Public Health Ontario that ensures the critical elements and methods of decontamination, disinfection and sterilization are incorporated into our procedures. We care about your safety!

We look forward to seeing you again or meeting you for the first time in the clinic!

To schedule an appointment, please reach our clinic either by phone or email:
905-845-4817 | info@werkman.ca | www.werkman.ca