What To Do About Foot Pain, Ankle Pain or Knee Pain!

Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

We Want to Help You Eliminate Pain…

pain in ankle, foot, heelAre you experiencing aching or sore feet and legs, foot pain, heel pain, ankle pain or knee pain? Take a look at your footwear. Do you notice uneven wear on the back of the heel?

The first thing we want you to know is that pain is not normal. Trying to cope with pain affects your mood, your sleep, and your desire to be active. Say ‘so long’ to pain and hello to your foot-friendly neighbourhood Oakville Registered Chiropodists at Werkman, Boven & Associates.

Give us a call at 905.845.4817 or send us an email. During your first appointment with us, your Chiropodist will ask you questions about your overall health and lifestyle. Then they’ll talk about specifics – and what your current concerns are – like pain! Among other things, your initial foot care visit will include assessing range of motion and conducting a gait analysis. This is when your Chiropodist will discuss pronation and supination of the foot and treatment options, especially those for pain.

Self-diagnosis for foot or leg pain/discomfort is never a good idea. Talk with a Registered foot care provider (Chiropodist or Podiatrist) for helpful information and treatment options. Why? Because there are several options to relieve pain!

One Option may be Custom Made Orthotics…

pronation patternsOrthotics are used to control the degree of pronation and supination of the foot when walking, running, or participating in sports. Custom-made to your feet Orthotics can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort you may suffer from conditions such as:

  • arthritis and joint pain
  • foot disorders such as fallen arches, heel spurs, bunions, sport injuries, etc.

Orthotics for All Ages…

  • People living with diabetes, heel spurs, sesamoiditis, metatarsalgia, pes cavus (high arch) and pes planus (flat feet), ingrown toenails, ulcers and wounds, or corns and calluses may also benefit from the use of custom-made foot orthotics.
  • Orthotics may be recommended for adults who need better shock absorption because of conditions such as arthritis, atrophy of the fibro fatty padding, or a desire to enhance overall comfort or sports performance and longevity.
  • A Registered Chiropodist may determine that a child needs biomechanical orthotic devices to improve foot and leg function. These custom fit orthotic devices fit into the child’s footwear and help the foot perform at its peak efficiency at rest, play, or when competing in sports. By controlling foot function, accommodating deformities and other anomalies, the foot will be given a chance to grow correctly.

Only your Chiropodist knows for sure! Suffer no more!

Are Orthotics Covered by Extended Third Party Health Insurance?

Browse our Custom-Made Orthotics page and scroll down to find, “Supporting Documentation for Insurance Claims“. We’ll be with you every step of the way to help you navigate insurance matters.

Your Oakville Foot Clinic & Orthotic Specialist at Werkman, Boven & Associates is conveniently located in Oakville at 1295 Cornwall Road, Unit A1 (at the back of the building). We have lots of free and easy accessible parking! Book your footcare appointment today.


What Happens During Routine Foot and Nail Care Appointments?

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Rick Werkman ChiropodistYou may think the word “routine” sounds common, but proper foot and nail care is quite comprehensive! A regular (or routine) foot and nail care appointment with a Registered Chiropodist includes the following.

  • 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)
  • the application of moisturizer (if you would like)

What Happens During the Initial (First Time) Foot Care Check Up?

During your first appointment with your Werkman, Boven & Associates Chiropodist, they will ask you medical and lifestyle questions. This information is very helpful in allowing the Chiropodist to get to know you and your feet and also to understand your current concerns and needs. Your feet will be in caring hands. If you’d like, you can download and complete our Patient Information Form prior to your first appointment.

An initial (first time) foot care check-up includes:

  • comprehensive foot, nail, skin and ankle exam
    • assessing range of motion, gait analysis, circulation, sensation, colour,
    • digital photos of both your feet
    • mapping of lesions (corns, calluses, moles and warts)
  • diabetic foot screening (if required)
  • presentation and discussion of treatment options (including immediate treatment if applicable)

Everyday foot problems/conditions that are treated by Registered Chiropodists are:


  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Claw/Hammer Toes
  • Corns
  • Flat Feet / High Arches
  • Foot Ulcers & Wounds
  • Heel Fissures
  • Hyperhidrosis/Sweaty Feet and  Bromhidrosis/Foul Smelling Feet
  • Ingrown Toenails (we have a Chiropodist on staff who is licensed for nail surgery)
  • Nail Fungus Treatment
  • Nail Surgery and Injections
  • Pain in the Heel, Arch, Knee or Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Routine foot and nail 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
  • Thick Nails
  • VOXX Socks and Insoles

We invite you to learn more about the foot related conditions we treat, footcare products, and complementary services we offer in our Oakville office.

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


Improve the Appearance of an Unsightly Toenail

Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Restore the Look of Toenails with KeryFlex

The KeryFlex System allows your Werkman, Boven & Associates Chiropodist to remodel toenails that have been affected by fungus, nail dystrophies and/or trauma.

KeryFlex is a nail restoration system that is safe, localized (non-systemic) and done in our office in order to restore the appearance of natural toenails. It’s quite remarkable!

before and after photos of toenails

The patented KeryFlex resin creates a flexible, non-porous nail that allows the remaining natural nails to grow.

It also provides an immediate cosmetic improvement. Your KeryFlex toenail is durable and unaffected by acetone, nail polishes or detergents and restores the appearance of the nail and your confidence! Bring out the sandals!

The KeryFlex nail provides a natural looking nail during oral anti-fungal therapies. Check out these results:

Top 6 Benefits of KeryFlex:

  • KeryFlex nail is durable, flexible and moves with the foot
  • Does not irritate the skin
  • Only sticks to the callous cells of the nail or the papillary roots
  • Will not bond to skin, allowing a natural edge to be fabricated
  • Allows patients to use antimicrobial solutions to treat fungal infection
  • Provides cosmetically pleasing nails during oral antifungal therapy

keryflex before and after

KeryFlex candidates have mild to moderate conditions such as:

  • Onychomycosis (a fungal infection of the nail)
  • Nail shape changes due to injury
  • Brittle, splitting and split nails
  • Spoon shaped nails
  • Horizontal ridges
  • Discolored nails

KeryFlex is not appropriate for:

  • In-grown toe nails
  • Symptomatic peripheral vascular disease
  • Arterial insufficiency
  • Symptomatic peripheral diabetic neuropathy
  • Suspicious pigmented lesions on natural nail

Watch this video for more information on KeryFlex:

Continue the conversation and book your appointment today by calling 905.845.4817, emailing, or visiting the foot care professionals in Oakville at Werkman, Boven & Associates today. We’re a foot-friendly bunch!