How to Prepare Your Feet for Sandal Season!

Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

footcare for all members of the familySandal season is right around the corner. It’s (nearly) time to kick up your feet and surrender your shoes and boots to open toed footwear. Will you and your family be ready?

Taking Care of Your Feet

Routine Foot Care is more important than ever! Wondering what’s in it for you? At Werkman, Boven & Associates we’ll take care of your feet by:

  • cutting your toenails
  • thinning down thickened toenails
  • debriding (removing dead or damaged tissue) corns or calluses
  • exfoliating your skin, if needed
  • monitoring and mapping of moles and warts (existing and new)
  • applying a moisturizer, if you’d like

Your feet will then be polish-ready. We have a wonderful selection of Dr.’s REMEDY Nail Polish products in our Oakville Foot and Orthotic Clinic.

What’s so great about Dr.’s REMEDY?

Dr.’s REMEDY is organic vegan nail polish infused with tea tree oil, biotin, garlic extract, wheat protein, Vitamin C, and lavender. Dr.’s REMEDY offers 45 different shades of nail color along with base coats, top coats, and moisturizing nail treatments. Want to know what’s missing? Dr.’s REMEDY products do not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, TPHP or Phthalate.

How to Foil Fungal Nails

A fungal infection of the nail is called onychomycosis. Mild infections don’t always produce symptoms, that’s why routine foot care is so important. You may not recognize the signs of a fungal nail infection, but your Chiropodist will and they will educate you in terms of prevention and resolution.

Treatment Options for Fungal Nail Infections

  • Lunula Laser. The only touchless, painless solution for onychomycosis, that promises no pain, no downtime, and no risk! Learn more about Lunula Laser
  • Topical antifungal topical medication like Formula 3.  For your convenience, we stock Formula 3 in our clinic
  • Oral medication prescribed by your family physician

Don’t let sandal season pass you by! Get started by booking your routine foot care appointment today!

 

Painful Ingrown Toenails – Causes and Treatment

Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Ingrown Toenail Causes

Ingrown toenails occur most often alongside the big toe. The nail becomes “ingrown” when the edge of the toenail is driven into the tissue surrounding it, typically by shoes or boots that are too tight. The nail cuts into the side of the toe (ouch). The result can be shooting pain as pressure is put on the nerves.

Other Causes for Ingrown Toenails

  • injury
  • fungal infection
  • psoriasis
  • heredity
  • poor foot structure

Ingrown Toenail Treatments

Sometimes a mildly ingrown toenail can be treated at home. First soak the area in warm soapy water. Then trim away the ingrown part of the nail. Gently lift the free the free edge and place sterile cotton under the nail until swelling is reduced.

infected ingrown toenailIf infected, the area around the toe may become extremely painful, red and swollen. Pus filled blisters may develop. At this point, you may want to make an appointment with a Registered Chiropodist, who is Licensed for Nail Surgery and Local Anesthesia in Oakville.

We can’t stress this part enough: People living with diabetes should never attempt to remove an ingrown toenail. Professional diabetic footcare is needed. Book an appointment with your Chiropodist immediately.

Hop on over to our Ingrown Toenails page and see how you can prevent ingrown toenails.

Why Foot and Nail Care Is So Important!

Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

May is Foot Health Awareness Month!

May is foot health monthBe kind to your feet and they’ll let you walk all over them for life! May is the month that footcare professionals promote the importance of good foot health and why it’s important to take care of your feet.

Whether you are living with diabetes, an avid athlete, working, retired or a student of life, May is the month we ask everyone to stop for a moment, greet your feet and say thank you!

Feet often take a back seat when it comes to health. Why? Because we forget about them – until something goes wrong.

Did you Know? Each of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. The 52 total bones in your feet make up about one quarter of all the bones in your body!

How to Keep Feet Healthy

  • See your Chiropodist for regular foot health check-ups and nail care
  • Be open and honest with your Chiropodist. Let them know about foot pain, pain in lower extremities, or foot features you find embarrassing or unsightly (fungal nail, athlete’s foot, bunions, Plantar warts, etc.)
  • Ask questions about treatment options
  • If you’re living with diabetes, pay special attention to your feet
    • In Ontario, there is 1 amputation every 4 hours because of a diabetic foot ulcer
    • 85% of diabetes-related amputations are preceded by a foot ulcer. (Source: Canadian Diabetes Association)
  • Wash your feet with soap and water every day
  • Dry your feet carefully, especially between the toes
  • Don’t walk barefoot in public places (swimming pools, fitness centres, etc.)
  • Wear clean socks and appropriate footwear. Fit and comfort are important to your well-being. Ask your Chiropodist for suggestions on footwear for your sport of choice (including walking!)

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 the foot related conditions we treat, footcare products, and complementary services.

Book an appointment with your Chiropodist today and look forward to having a great tomorrow – putting your best feet forward!