How to Take Good Care of Your Feet

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Be Grateful For Your Feet by Taking Care of Them Every Day!

Being mindful of your feet is the first step (pardon the pun) to optimizing good foot health. Taking proper care of your feet is one way to say “thank you for letting me walk all over you!”

Your feet are your body’s shock absorbers. They withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure with every step you take.

Facts About Feet:

  • There are 52 bones in your feet, making up about 25% of all the bones in your body
  • The foot is an intricate structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles

How YOU Can Care for Your Feet Every Day!

  • Carefully wash and dry your feet and in-between your toes every day
  • Moisturize your feet, especially during winter
  • Change your socks daily
  • Alternate your footwear each day. This allows shoes to dry properly in-between wearing
  • Vary heel height regularly
  • Don’t wear tight or uncomfortable shoes. These can cause a myriad of foot problems
  • Think carefully when purchasing new footwear. The style/design of the shoe or boot, width of the toe-box, overall support, and heel height should be carefully considered. Choose comfort and function over flair
  • Watch out for flip-flops. They are completely flat and don’t offer any support
  • If you are living with diabetes, use a mirror to carefully check your feet every day and see a professional for specialized footcare. Learn more about Diabetic Footcare & Education
  • Be cautious when having pedicures away from home. The importance of cleanliness and proper sterilization techniques cannot be understated. Always take your own base coat, colour and top coat for nails
  • Pay attention and look for bumps, irritated or broken skin, swelling, redness, and/or other abnormalities in your feet and ankles, toes and nails
  • Don’t ignore pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Listen to your body and take action when aches and pains occur

Do You Have Third Party/Extended Health Insurance?

Check your policy! Routine footcare is most often covered under the heading Paramedical Services. Most insurance policies allow for $500 per calendar or benefit year for chiropody/podiatry services. You’ve worked hard for your benefits. Use them! Book your Chiropody appointment today.

How Your Chiropodist Can Help!

Regularly scheduled footcare appointments with your Chiropodist or Podiatrist include:

  • toenail cutting and thinning down thickened toenail(s) (if required)
  • debriding corn or callus (if required)
  • monitoring of existing and new moles and warts
  • exfoliation (if required)
  • application of moisturizer (if you would like)

Your Chiropodist is here to help you optimize your foot health so you can enjoy life’s everyday pleasures. Here are some of the foot conditions and everyday foot problems patients discuss with Chiropodists. Treatment options are available.

What We’re Thankful For…

Our attitude is gratitude. Thank you to all of our patients, colleagues, suppliers, friends and family for their unwavering support of Werkman, Boven & Associates. We appreciate you and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Introducing Stephen Witiuk – Newest Member of the Werkman, Boven & Associates Chiropody Team

Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Stephen Witiuk, B.A. Kin., D.Ch. is a Registered Chiropodist licensed under the Chiropody Act with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM), and The Ontario Society of Chiropodists (OSC).

Stephen completed his Chiropody training at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN and has diverse experience with clients from all walks of life.

Stephen’s interest in podiatric medicine began after he sustained an ankle injury while playing Jr. hockey. The extensive rehabilitation process Stephen endured was supported by many sports medicine specialists. Because of this, he was able to establish his understanding of inter-disciplinary medicine and gain an appreciation of the many aspects involved in successful rehabilitation. This captivated Stephen and sparked his interest in the science of the lower limb and foot. Years later, Stephen has successfully grown from this experience to provide competent and empathetic care for his patients. Learn more about Stephen Witiuk.

Stephen is available to assess and treat disorders and diseases of the lower limb and foot. He has experience working with both acute and chronic conditions, including biomechanical concerns and orthotic therapy, sports injuries, ingrown toenails, resistant wart treatments, general foot pain, nail and skin concerns, pediatric/congenital conditions, and much more. Stephen is also Licensed for Nail Surgery, Local Anesthesia, and Injections into the foot.

Stephen has been part of our Oakville Foot Clinic since July, working closely alongside Rick. You may have already met Stephen. He will be working with us during Kaitlin’s upcoming maternity leave starting mid-October. Yes, Kaitlin and Erik are having a baby, and Rick and Vicki are about to welcome their first grandchild! These are exciting times.

Book an appointment with Stephen Witiuk today!

Help your Feet Perform at Peak Efficiency with Custom-made Orthotics…

Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Athletes of All Ages Can Benefit from Custom-Made Orthotics!

No matter your age or sport of choice, custom-made orthotics for sports shoes and boots (including skates) can improve performance and endurance by properly addressing the biomechanics of the foot and lower body. Chiropodists and Podiatrists are the only licensed and trained professionals who are experts in this area.

Active children, teens, adults, and seniors are looking for options to address foot pain, ankle pain, heel pain, shin pain, knee pain and back pain.That’s where we come in. Here are 5 benefits of trusting the fit and function of your custom-made orthotics to a Chiropodist or Podiatrist…

Benefits of Seeing a Chiropodist or Podiatrist for Custom Orthotics:

Benefit #1:

Education: Every foot pronates or supinates. Problems arise when there is too much motion for an improper duration of time, such as when you’re participating in sports. It’s this excessive motion that increases tissue stress causing pain, diminished endurance and performance. In other words, your body becomes “unhappy” and it lets you know it with pain. Chiropodists and Podiatrists know how to assess proper foot biomechanics.

What is Pronation and Supination?
Pronation is the flattening out of the arch when a person’s foot first strikes the ground. This motion acts as a major shock absorber for the body. A normal person’s foot will pronate starting when the heel first hits the ground until prior to heel lift.

Supination is the opposite motion of pronation. It allows the foot to be a more stable, rigid structure for when we push off. A normal person’s foot will supinate prior to heel lift until the foot strikes the ground again.

How do Custom-Made Orthotics Help?
Orthotics control the foot’s range and speed of motion. The muscles that counteract the range of motion work overtime when a person over pronates or over supinates. This excess muscle contraction leads to inefficiency and fatigue. A foot with the proper biomechanics is much more efficient, requires less energy, and therefore works pain free.

custom made orthoticBenefit #2:

Chiropodists and Podiatrists know how to design a custom-made orthotic device that controls foot mechanics. They spend time with you to understand your specific needs and the type of shoe or boot you’ll be wearing. Technology is used to scan and create proper foot impressions.

Benefit #3:

Chiropodists and Podiatrists use only accredited labs to manufacture the orthotic device to precise specifications that are unique to you, hence the term, “custom-made”. Custom made orthotics are never taken “off the shelf” and they are never shipped directly to you.

Benefit #4:

Chiropodists and Podiatrists take the time to fit your new orthotic device to your shoe or sports footwear. Small adjustments often need to be made. On premise equipment takes care of these modifications quickly and easily.

Benefit #5:

Chiropodists and Podiatrists encourage follow up visits and check ups to make sure everything is working properly. The foot is an intricate structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.

Feet change too! That’s why routine foot and nail care is so important.

We hope this provides you with enough preliminary information for you to made an informed choice. Continue the conversation with your Oakville Chiropodist or Podiatrist today!