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imageThose who would like to show off their feet in the summer may have some trouble and embarrassment to deal with if they have plantar warts. Plantar warts won’t cause serious health woes, but can be painful and difficult to get rid of, according to Mark Kaufmann, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Fortunately, there are precautions and treatments available for these warts. Kaufman suggests duct tape and salicylic acid-based products can work wonders for your feet. Even though these recommendations may work, he highly suggests all patients to consult their doctor before trying any remedies.     

Plantar warts are painful and annoying to deal with. If you are experiencing plantar warts you might want to speak with a chiropodist like Marz Hardy of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics. Marz Hardy, D.Ch., B.Sc., Podiatric Medicine can evaluate your condition and provide you with the right treatment for your feet.

All about Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are warts that are only found on the feet, hence the term plantar, which means “relating to the foot.” They are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and occur when this gets into open wounds on the feet. The warts themselves are hard bumps on the foot and easily recognizable, mostly found on the heels or ball of the foot. For the most part, plantar warts are harmless, but they can cause some pain, discomfort, and are often unsightly, so removing them is often the first step taken.

Plantar warts can cause some pain while standing, sometimes felt as tenderness on the sole of your foot. Unless the wart has grown into the foot behind a callus, you will be able to see the fleshy wart. Because plantar warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist should only be consulted if there is an excess amount of pain associated with getting them, if they are affecting your walking, or if they continually come back. However, anyone who suffers from diabetes or a compromised immune system disease should seek out care immediately.

Although plantar warts usually do not require an excessive amount of treatment, there are ways to go about removing them. A common method is to freeze them off using liquid nitrogen, removing them using an electrical tool or burning them off via laser treatment. For a less invasive treatment option, topical cream can be used through a doctor’s prescription, which may help given enough time and patience.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Toronto, ON. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED THE GO AHEAD TO ESTABLISH AN X-RAY LAB AT OUR FOOT CLINIC FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH UNDER THE HEALING ARTS RADIATION PROTECTION ACT.

WHILE OWNING AN X-RAY UNIT IS NOT NEW FOR US AS DR. JOHN A HARDY OWNED AND OPERATED 2 X-RAY UNITS FOR OVER 30 YEARS, THIS WILL BE AN UNIQUE SITUATION FOR MARZ HARDY, D.Ch., B.Sc., PODIATRIC MEDICINE AS SHE WILL BE THE FIRST ONTARIO CHIROPODIST TO DO THIS UNDER THE HARP REGULATIONS AS LONG AS AN ONTARIO CHIROPODIST HAS COMPLETED A 4--YEAR COURSE IN CHIROPODY THEY ARE QUALIFIED.  

MARZ COMPLETED 3 YEARS AT THE MICHE NER INSTITUTE AND THEN COMPLETED A FURTHER 1 YEAR COURSE AT SUNDERLAND UNIVERSITY IN DURHAM, UNITED KINGDOM WHERE SHE RECEIVED HER B.Sc. IN PODIATRIC MEDICINE.  WE WERE UNAWARE OF THIS SITUATION UNTIL THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF CHIROPODISTS DIRECTED OUR FOOT CLINIC TOWARDS THE LEGISLATION WHICH WE WERE TOTALLY UNAWARE OF AS IS THE REST OF OUR PROFESSION.

ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS, ALWAYS ONE STEP IN FRONT OF THE CURVE, BRINGING OUR PATIENTS THE BEST CARE AND PRODUCTS POSSIBLE.  FOOT SPECIALISTS WHO LOVE THEIR PROFESSION AND ARE TOTALLY DEDICATED TO THEIR PATIENTS.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DR. JOHN A. HARDY, OWNER OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS.


http://www.brandpointcontent.com/images/18143886_web.jpgAccording to BPT JSOnline, even if you're healthy or young you can’t escape the painful side of bunions. If you are a woman, you are also nine times more likely to get a bunion than anyone you may know.

About 23 per cent of people aged 18 to 65 have bunions, and 35 percent of people older than 65 have them; women are most likely to acquire them, according to a study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. The American Podiatric Medical Assoc. also concludes that bunions can form at any stage in life, with several factors being: genetics, footwear choices, and injuries.  

Bunions themselves are a common problem people face. If you are experiencing toe pain or foot pain that you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a chiropodist such as Marz Hardy of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth enlargement, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big to become inflamed and often painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

· Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary, particularly among Caucasians
· Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that place undue stress on feet, such as heels and stilettos, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Podiatrists knowledgeable in anatomy and foot structure can be able to diagnose bunions through the following two methods:

· Blood Tests – to help rule out other conditions while finding underlying causes to bunions, especially from disease
· Radiological Exam- X-rays can show whether there are any joint enlargements near the toe’s base, which can indicate a bunion

To learn more about treatment procedures on bunions, please follow link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Toronto, ON. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read the full article on Bunions.


 

OUR LOVELY DAUGHTER SHANNON WHO WILL BE ATTENDING PODIATRY SCHOOL SHORTLY, MARZ HARDY, D.Ch., B.Sc., PODIATRIC MEDICINE, CHIROPODIST AND FOOT SPECIALIST AND HER HUSBAND,TORONTO DOCTOR, DR. JOHN A. HARDY WILL BE ATTENDING THE ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN PODIATRIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (APMA) SEMINAR IN LAS VEGAS FROM JULY 21 TO JULY 24, 2013.  

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT SEMINAR AND FILLED WITH ALL THE LATEST ADVANCES AND EQUIPMENT IN PODIATRY/CHIROPODY.  

OUR FOOT CLINIC IS ACTUALLY LOOKING TO PURCHASE AN X-RAY MACHINE AS WE HAVE JUST BECOME AWARE THAT MARZ IS QUALIFIED TO OWN AND TAKE X-RAYS AS WELL AS TO ORDER THEM DUE TO THE FACT THAT SHE HAS COMPLETED A 4 YEAR PROGRAM IN CHIROPODY WHICH IS THE REQUIREMENT OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH OF ONTARIO REGULATION.

AS ALWAYS, ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS ARE CONSTANTLY STRIVING TO PROVIDE OUR PATIENTS WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE SERVICE AND PRODUCTS.  FOOT CARE SPECIALISTS WHO LOVE THEIR PROFESSION AND ARE DEDICATED TO THEIR PATIENTS.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DR. JOHN A. HARDY, OWNER OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS.



ERIN McCRACKEN / COURIER & PRESSJeff Williams, a minimalist runner, runs along trails at Angel Mounds on May 30.$RETURN$$RETURN$ERIN MCCRACKEN / Scripps newspapersJeff Williams, a minimalist runner, is training for an 100 mile race in Alabama in November and typically logs 45 to 65 miles a week. Williams says minimalist running has helped get rid of some aches and pains he regularly had when he ran with a more cushioned shoe.$RETURN$$RETURN$48-year-old Jeff Williams has participated in competitive running for over a decade. However, after 15 years of not running, even those with past experience such as Williams have it tough transitioning back. “I realized very quickly that something had to change. When I started, my knees were consistently bothering me a lot, said Williams.”

Williams then discovered minimalist or barefoot running, in a book he read; and it changed everything. “I was pretty intrigued by it and decided to try it out,” said Williams, who runs 45 to 65 miles a week in minimalist running shoes. With minimalist running, the runner lands on the front of the foot or the balls of the foot. While with conventional running, a runner usually lands on the heels of the feet.   

Allowing your body time to adjust properly to barefoot running is essential, and part of this preventative care involves talking to a chiropodist like Marz Hardy,D.Ch., B.Sc., PODIATRIC MEDICINE of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics. Marz Hardy, D.Ch., B.Sc., PODIATRIC MEDICINE can advise you on a running regimen, as well as provide information on techniques of barefoot running to help avoid foot pain, heel pain, and injury.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

· A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
· Improvement in balance and body  posture
· Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

· Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
· Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
· Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you can get for wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Toronto, ON. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read the full article on Barefoot Running.




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