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ALTHOUGH  I,  DR. HARDY, OWNER OF TORONTO FOOT CLINIC, ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS DOES THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX,  IF NOT, YOU WILL NEVER BECOME ULTRA SUCCESSFUL. DR. HARDY HAS TRAINED ALL OF THE FOOT SPECIALISTS THAT HE EMPLOYS TO NOT ONLY THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX, BUT ALSO TO THINK ABOVE THE FOOT!  MANY HEALTH SPECIALISTS GET PIGEONED-HOLED IN THEIR PARTICULAR SPECIALTY AND SOMETIMES FORGET TO CONSIDER THE BODY AS A WHOLE.

WITH OVER 30 YEARS PRACTICING AS A CHIROPRACTOR MADE ME RESPECT THE BODY AS A WHOLE.  EVERY PART OF YOUR BODY IS INTERCONNECTED AND ONE USUALLY DOES NOT FUNCTION WITHOUT THE REST.  AS WE SPECIALIZE IN THE FEET IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER HOW STRUCTURAL, POSTURAL AND BIOMECHANICS PROBLEMS CAN EFFECT THE REST OF THE BODY.  

MOST PEOPLE ARE BORN WITH A GENETIC DEFICIENCY KNOWN AS OVERPRONATION WHERE THE LONGITUDINAL ARCH OF THE FOOT HAS COLLAPSED.  WHEN THIS OCCURS, NOT ONLY DOES IT AFFECT THE FUNCTION AND STRUCTURE OF THE FOOT, BUT ALSO EVERY JOINT ABOVE THE FOOT INCLUDING THE ANKLE, KNEE, HIP, PELVIS, AND SPINE.  WHEN THE ARCH OF THE FOOT IS COLLAPSED, THE LOWER LEG MEDIALLY ROTATES WHICH ALTERS THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF THE ENTIRE BODY.  

VERY EARLY IN MY CAREER I LEARNED THE VALUE OF CUSTOM ORTHOTICS AND THE NEED FOR NORMALIZING POSTURE AND STRUCTURE OF THE FOOT.  WITHOUT A CORRECT AND PROPER FOUNDATION THE REST OF THE BODY'S STRUCTURE IS COMPROMISED WHICH CAN RESULT IN LOSS OF FUNCTION. SO MANY TIMES AFTER I PRESCRIBED CUSTOM ORTHOTICS A PATIENT'S SPINAL OR KNEE PAIN WOULD CLEAR.

CUSTOM ORTHOTICS ARE A VERY IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION WHEN DEALING WITH CHILDREN.  

"REMEMBER AS THE TWIG IS BENT, SO GROWS THE TREE." 

FOR NORMAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE JOINTS, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE FEET BE PROPERLY ALIGNED.  THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN FROM WEARING CUSTOM ORTHOTICS IS THAT THEY CAN HELP YOU.  I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE REQUIRES COMPETENT, HONEST ADVICE OR QUALITY FOOT CARE FROM FOOT SPECIALISTS WHO LOVE THEIR PROFESSION AND ARE DEDICATED TO THEIR PATIENTS, PLEASE DO HESITATE TO CONTACT DR. HARDY, OWNER OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS AT 416-465-8737.  REMEMBER, WE ALWAYS TREAT OUR PATIENTS LIKE FAMILY.


AT DR. HARDY'S TORONTO FOOT CLINIC, ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS WE TREAT A LOT OF PATIENTS WITH PAIN IN THE ARCH OF THEIR FOOT.  IT CAN HAVE MANY DIFFERENT CAUSES AND EVERY PATIENT IS DIFFERENT.  DIFFERENT WEIGHT, SIZE, AGE, OCCUPATION, GENETIC BACKGROUND, ETC. AND THEREFORE EVERY PATIENT IS UNIQUE AND MUST BE TREATED THAT WAY.  WHAT MAY WORK FOR ONE PATIENT MAY NOT FOR ANOTHER.  THAT'S WHAT MAKES THIS JOB INTERESTING AS YOU NEVER KNOW YOUR OUTCOME UNTIL YOU TRY IT.  ANOTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION IS PATIENT COMPLIANCE. IF THEY WON'T FOLLOW YOUR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOME CARE SUCH AS REST, ICE, STRETCHING, PROPER FOOTWEAR, ORTHOTICS IT MAKES THE FOOT SPECIALISTS JOB HARDER.  EVEN THOUGH, DR. HARDY'S FOOT CLINIC HAS AN EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD FOR SUCCESSFULLY TREATING HEEL, ARCH PAIN AND PLANTAR FASCIITIS.

WE HAVE THE COMPLETE ARAY OF PHYSICAL THERAPY MODALITIES INCLUDING ULTRASOUND, LASER, INTERFERENTIAL CURRENT, SHOCKWAVE THERAPY AS WELL ALL OF OUR FOOT SPECIALIST ARE TRAINED IN A.R.T. (ACTIVE RELEASE THERAPY) WHICH IS A PATENTED SOFT TISSUE TECHNIQUE WHICH IS EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE IN TREATING SOFT TISSUE ISSUES SUCH AS THESE.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE REQUIRES HONEST, COMPETENT ADVICE OR FOOT CARE, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT DR. HARDY, OWNER OF TORONTO FOOT CLINIC, ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS AT 416-465-8737.  REMEMBER WE TREAT ALL OF OUR BELOVED PATIENTS LIKE FAMILY.


DR. HARDY ESTABLISHED ACADEMY CLINICS IN 1980 AND WAS DETERMINED TO HAVE ONE OF THE FINEST HEALTH CARE FACILITIES POSSIBLE.  THROUGH HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION, DR. HARDY MADE THIS DREAM A REALITY, EMPLOYING MANY DOCTORS AND PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE TO MANY 100'S OF PATIENTS PER WEEK. DR. HARDY HAS NOW USED THIS KNOWLEDGE TO CREATE HIS TORONTO FOOT CLINIC, ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS AND DEVOTES ALL HIS ENERGY TO FOCUS ON FOOT HEALTH ISSUES.

WE PRESENTLY HAVE 4 FOOT SPECIALISTS, 1 DOCTOR, 1 NURSE, AND 7 SUPPORT STAFF.  OUR FOOT CLINIC IS STATE-OF-THE-ART WITH A WIDE RANGE OF THERAPEUTIC EQUIPMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC DEVICES.  WE ARE CONSTANTLY UPGRADING OUR TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT AS WELL AS ALL OF OUR FOOT SPECIALISTS ARE CONSTANTLY UPGRADING THEIR SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE BY ATTENDING THE MOST RELEVANT COURSES AND SEMINARS IN THE FIELDS OF PODIATRY, CHIROPODY AND PODIATRIC MEDICINE.

DR. HARDY'S ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS UNSURPASSED WHEN IT COMES TO PROVIDING THE IDEAL ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR PATIENTS.  WE ALWAYS GO ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR OUR PATIENTS TO ENSURE EVERY PATIENT VISIT IS SUCCESSFUL.  FOOT SPECIALISTS WHO LOVE THEIR PROFESSION AND ARE DEDICATED TO THEIR PATIENTS.  WE ALWAYS TREAT OUR PATIENTS LIKE FAMILY.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE REQUIRES HONEST, COMPETENT ADVICE OR FOOT CARE, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT DR. HARDY'S TORONTO FOOT CLINIC, ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS AT 416-465-8737.


Gordon Syndrome is a genetic disorder in which the joints become fixed in a flexed position. Club foot is also commonly associated with Gordon Syndrome and occurs when tendons of the foot are too short, causing the foot to bend downward and inward. While Gordon's Syndrome may be associated with another disease, it can also occur by itself. Gordon's Syndrome is very rare, only occurring once in every 3,000 births. The disorder affects both sides of the body and can be disabling without proper treatment.

Causes of Gordon Syndrome

The cause of Gordon Syndrome is unknown; however, genetic factors and drugs may play a role. Lack of movement in the womb is thought to be the cause of fixed joints. There are several known causes for limited joint movement before birth including: 

  • Abnormal development of the tendons, bones, or joints. 
  • Improper muscle development. 
  • Insufficient space for the fetus to develop in the uterus. 
  • Malformation of the central nervous system and spinal cord.

Gordon Syndrome symptoms

Symptoms of Gordon Syndrome that affect the feet may include: 

  • Club foot.
  • Impaired mobility of the ankles. 
  • Muscle atrophy. 
  • Rigid or permanently fixed joints.

Treatment of Gordon Syndrome

Treatment for club foot and impaired joints, which are commonly associated with Gordon Syndrome, should begin immediately after birth for the best possible outcome. The goal of treatment is to loosen the soft tissues and align the bones into a normal position. Treatment may include physical therapy, splinting, bracing, continuous casting, or surgery.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is most effective when performed early on. Stretching the muscles and manipulating the joints through physical therapy can improve range of motion and prevent joint stiffness and muscle atrophy. Physical therapy may also be combined with splinting which can be beneficial in moving the feet into the normal position while increasing range of motion.

Casting of feet

Another treatment, known as the Ponsetti method, involves weekly casting of the feet, moving them slightly with each cast in order to gradually stretch the skin and rotate the feet into the proper position. Once the casts are removed, braces may need to be worn for several months to maintain the position.

If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice or quality foot care from dedicated toronto foot specialists, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics today!  Foot specialists who always treat their patients like family.

 

Bone spurs may develop on the heel, toe, or arch of the foot and typically form as a reaction to pressure or arthritis. Bone spurs may form on one or both feet and commonly affect middle-aged adults. Those who have suffered from plantar fasciitis for several years, individuals with flat feet or high arches, and those who wear high heels are at the greatest risk of developing bone spurs.

Causes of bone spurs

The causes of bone spurs vary based on the location of the spur.

Arch Spur - Bone spurs that form over the arch of the foot are often caused by trauma such as a fracture. However, they may also occur naturally over time as a result of daily wear and tear. In some cases, spurs on the arch of the foot may be caused by arthritis.

Heel Spur - Bone spurs on the heel are often associated with plantar fasciitis, a condition in which the tissue that supports the arch separates from the heel bone and causes pain and inflammation. As the affected area becomes inflamed, calcium deposits form and gradually create bone spurs.

Toe Spur - Bone spurs on the toes often develop near a bunion and may be caused by abnormal motion near the joint.

Bone spur symptoms

Many individuals who have bone spurs never experience adverse symptoms. However, those who do have symptoms usually experience pain, redness, and inflammation in the affected area. A hard bump may also be felt under the skin where the spur is located. In some cases, corns and calluses form over the spur causing further irritation.

Treatment of bone spurs

The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and other symptoms. Basic non-surgical treatments are usually successful in treating bone spurs; however, in some cases more aggressive methods may be needed.

Non-surgical Treatment

Some non-surgical methods of relieving the pain and symptoms of bone spurs include: 

  • Performing stretching exercises (typically used for heel spurs to relieve tension). 
  • Resting and icing the affected area. 
  • Supporting heel with shoe inserts and night splints. 
  • Taking over-the-counter or prescription anti-inflammatory medication. 
  • Trimming corns and calluses to relieve pain (although they are likely to return if spur is not removed). 
  • Undergoing energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), which uses energy pulses to promote healing (usually used after other non-surgical treatments are tried).
 
If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice or foot care, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hardy at 416-465-8737.  we always treat our patients like family.



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