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How Do You Get a Bunion?

Bunions develop when the pressure of your weight falls unevenly on the joints and tendons in your feet during routine actions that cause your weight to shift. When this occurs the change in pressure makes your big toe joint unstable, eventually forcing the parts of the joint to form a hard knob that pushes out beyond the normal shape of your foot. This deformity does not occur overnight. It is brought about by years of abnormal motion and pressure over the MTP joint. They are, therefore, a symptom of faulty foot development and are usually caused by the way we walk, and our inherited foot type, our shoes, or other sources.

Causes of bunions include:

  1. High-heels or extremely tight fitting shoes
  2. Stress caused by occupational related hazard
  3. Inherited Foot Type
  4. Foot injuries
  5. Congenital deformities present at birth

Bunions may also be associated with various forms of arthritis, including inflammatory or degenerative forms, causing the protective cartilage that covers your big toe joint to deteriorate. A job that puts extra stress on your feet, as in construction or contracting work, or one that requires you to wear pointed shoes can also cause bunions to form.

Although bunions tend to run in families, it is the foot type that is passed down not the bunion. Parents who suffer from poor foot mechanics can pass their problematic foot type on to their children, who, in turn, are also prone to developing bunions. The abnormal functioning caused by this faulty foot development can lead to pressure being exerted on and within the foot, often resulting in bone and joint deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.

Other causes of bunions are foot injuries, neuromuscular disorders, or congenital deformities. People who suffer from flat feet or low arches are also prone to developing these problems, as are arthritic patients and those with inflammatory joint disease. Occupations that place undue stress on the feet are also a factor; ballet dancers, for instance, often develop the condition.

Wearing shoes that are too tight or cause the toes to be squeezed together is also a common factor, one that explains the high prevalence of the disorder among women who have an affinity of wearing high heels and other fashionably tight shoes.

 

If you or a loved one are suffering from bunions, please do not hesitate to contact our foot clinic for honest, competent advice at 416-465-8737.  our foot clinic believes in conservative management of most foot problems whenever possible and try to avoid the use of drugs and surgery whenever possible.  We would never, under any circumstances consider cosmetic foot surgery.

 

Brought to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.


Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics has been prescribing custom orthotics since 1980.  This clinic was founded by Dr. John A. Hardy who is a Chiropractor and knows the importance of proper posture and correct alignment.  Your posture starts from your feet.  If there is a structural imbalance in your foot than every structure and joint above the feet will be affected.  Structure governs function and therefore everything from foot problems, ankle, knee, hip and spinal problems could be caused by foot imbalances.  Think of it this way, if the foundation of your house is not level, etc., it affect the entire house in one way or another, usually negatively.

Fortunately as Foot Specialists we have an aid to correct this imbalance known as orthotics.  In our Foot Clinic we try to think outside the box and not just focus on the foot but think about the foot in relation to the entire body.  Every part of our body is interconnected with the rest and  can have profound effects on parts far removed.  Most people can benefit from custom orthotics as they are preventative.  You should not wait till you have a problem and then try to correct it when permanent damage may have already have been done.

 In our Foot Clinic we employ all three methods of casting: foam, plaster and 3D non-weight bearing computerized laser.  The method of choice is the laser, it is more accurate and the information is sent directly to the lab which provides a much faster turnaround time for the product and thus the patient receives the orthotic sooner.

The effects of wearing custom orthotics can be profound.  I have had patients receive custom orthotics and never have back, knee, ankle, etc. pain again.  If you think that you may benefit from orthotics, please contact our Foot Clinic at 416-465-8737 for honest, competent advice and or treatment.

Brought to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.


IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A FOOT AILMENT IN TORONTO IT MAY BE CONFUSING WHICH FOOT SPECIALIST YOU SHOULD CONSULT.

MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE THAT BOTH CHIROPODISTS AND PODIATRISTS ARE REGISTERED BY THE COLLEGE OF CHIROPODISTS OF ONTARIO.  THEY PRACTICE UNDER THE SAME REGULATIONS.  BOTH PODIATRISTS AND CHIROPODISTS CAN PRESCRIBE MEDICATIONS AND PERFORM SURGERY AS WELL AS OTHER FOOT PROCEDURES.

THE 50 OR SO PRACTICING ONTARIO PODIATRISTS CAN DO SURGERY TO THE BONES OF THE FOREFOOT AND CAN BILL OHIP FOR THE TINY PORTION OF THE FEE THAT THEY STILL COVER.  HAVING OHIP BILLING PRIVILEGES IN THE PODIATRY / CHIROPODY PROFESSION IS ACTUALLY A DISADVANTAGE IN SOME CASES IN ONTARIO AS MOST PATIENTS CANNOT UTILIZE THEIR EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS WHILE OHIP BENEFITS ARE BEING USED.  MANY TIMES IT IS MORE ADVANTAGEOUS TO CONSULT A CHIROPODIST AS YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS YOUR EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS.  ALWAYS BE SURE TO CONSULT YOUR EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN BEFORE YOU CONSULT A PODIATRIST AND SEE IF YOU WILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE YOUR EXTENDED HELTH BENEFIT PLAN FROM THE FIRST VISIT.  IF YOU VISIT THE OPMA'S WEBSITE YOU CAN READ ABOUT SOME OF THE DIFFICULTIES SOME PODIATRIST'S PATIENT EXPERIENCE WHEN OHIP IS BILLED CONCURRENTLY.

THE PODIATRY PROFESSION IS THE SMALLEST REGULATED HEALTH PROFESSION IN ONTARIO.  THERE ARE OVER 550 PRACTISING CHIROPODISTS IN ONTARIO, YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR A FOOT SPECIALIST WHO PRACTICES IN A STATE OF THE ART CLINIC, WHO IS KEEPING ABREAST OF THE LATEST TRENDS IN PODIATRY, CHIROPODY AND PODIATRIC MEDICINE. BENEFIT ONE WHO CONTINUALLY UPDATES THE CLINIC EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY.  

YOU SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE A WEBSITE AND CHECK THEIR REVIEWS ON GOOGLE AND RATEMD'S, YELP, ETC.

YOU CAN BE SURE THAT IF YOU CONSULT WITH ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS YOU WILL RECEIVE HONEST, COMPETENT ADVICE AND FOOT CARE.  PLEASE CONSULT OUR FOOT CLINIC AT 416-465-8737 TO BE SEEN BY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS 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.


PRESCRIBING ORTHOTICS MAKES UP A BIG PART OF TORONTO  PODIATRISTS, TORONTO CHIROPODISTS, TORONTO FOOT DOCTORS OR TORONTO FOOT SPECIALISTS' TIME.  THEY ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT MEDICAL DEVICE WHICH IS USED TO PLACE THE FOOT IN THE NORMAL, NEUTRAL POSITION.  THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE BORN WITH A GENETIC DEFICIENCY KNOWN AS OVER-PRONATION.  THIS AFFECTS THE FUNCTION OF THE FOOT AND ANKLE AS WELL AS CAUSING MEDIAL ROTATION OF THE LOWER LIMB, WHICH CAN CAUSE DISFUNCTION AND PAIN IN THE KNEE, HIP AND SPINE AS WELL AS THE FOOT AND ANKLE.

MOST CUSTOM ORTHOTICS LAST APPROXIMATELY 2 YEARS IN AN ADULT.  MANY PATIENTS THINK THAT BECAUSE THE TOP COVER BECOMES WORN OVER TIME THAT THE ORTHOTIC IS NOT ANY GOOD ANY MORE.  THAT IS NOT TRUE IN MOST CASES, JUST THE TOP COVER HAS TO BE REPLACED AND THAT IS DONE AT THE LAB FOR A  MINOR CHARGE TO THE PATIENT.  IN CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE USUALLY THE ORTHOTICS HAVE TO BE REPLACED YEARLY AS THE CHILD'S FOOT GROWS.  IF THE CHILD OUTGROWS HIS SHOES HE ALSO WILL NEED NEW ORTHOTICS.  NEVER BUY YOUR CHILD A NEW SHOE AS THE OLD ONES WERE TO SMALL AND KEEP THE SAME ORTHOTICS.  THIS MIGHT BE MORE DETRIMENTAL TO THE CHILD THAN IF HE HAD NO ORTHOTICS.  

THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE CAN BENEFIT FROM CUSTOM ORTHOTICS.  THEY ARE PREVENTATIVE AS THE HOLD YOUR FOOT IN THE NORMAL NEUTRAL NON WEIGHT BEARING POSITION.  I WILL TALK MORE ABOUT ORTHOTICS IN TOMORROWS BLOG.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WOULD LIKE HONEST, COMPETENT ADVICE REGARDING CUSTOM ORTHOTICS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT MY FOOT CLINIC AT 416-465-8737.

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


ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THEY HAVE INVESTED IN THE LATEST IN TECHNOLOGY IN ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS (EHR) FROM MEDITOUCH.  

WE HAD A SYSTEM WHICH WE PURCHASED 5 YEARS AGO AND TRIED TO USE IT FOR SEVERAL YEARS BUT IT REALLY DIDN'T SUIT OUR NEEDS AND WE ABANDONED IT.  WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH INTO THE VARIOUS SYSTEMS AVAILABLE AND HAVE DECIDED THAT THIS ONE IS TOP OF THE LINE, BAR NONE FOR OUR PURPOSES. IT ALSO INCORPORATES A PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WHICH SEEMS EXCELLENT, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE BEEN QUITE PLEASED WITH OUR CURRENT SYSTEM. WE KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE A LEARNING CURVE AND A LOT OF EXTRA STRESS ON THE OFFICE STAFF AS WE SWITCH TO THE NEW SYSTEM BUT KNOW THAT IN THE END IT WILL BE WORTH IT IF ONLY TO SAVE VALUABLE OFFICE SPACE BY NOT HAVING ANY PAPER RECORDS ANYMORE. 

IT WORKS WITH APPLE OR MICROSOFT, IPADS, TOUCH SCREENS AND EVEN YOUR IPHONE AND YOU CAN ACCESS YOUR PATIENTS AND OFFICE INFORMATION ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.  IT HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE APMA.  IT IS CLOUD BASED SO THAT MEANS THAT THE INFORMATION CAN BE ACCESSED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD 24 HOURS PER DAY.

AS OUR FOOT CLINIC NOW HAS 10 STAFF SERVING OUR PATIENTS INCLUDING 4 FOOT SPECIALISTS AND ONE DOCTOR, THIS WILL PROVE TO BE AN INVALUABLE ADDITION TO OUR CLINIC AND OUR PATIENTS WHO WE ARE ALWAYS STRIVING TO FIND WAYS TO INCREASE OUR SERVICE TO.

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




Academy Clinics has a special interest in high quality custom orthotics.

 

416-465-8737

Toronto, ON Chiropodist
Academy Foot and Orthotic

752 BROADVIEW AVENUE
Toronto, ON M4K 2P1 

Across from the Broadview Subway
Professional  Family  Foot  Care

PROFESSIONAL
FOOT CLINIC

CHIROPODIST / FOOT SPECIALIST,  B.Sc. PODIATRIC MEDICINE / ACADEMY FOOT & ORTHOTIC CLINICS, 752 Broadview Ave , Toronto ON, M4K 2P1 416-465-8737