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  • MARZ HARDY, TORONTO FOOT SPECIALIST WITH A DEGREE IN PODIATRIC MEDICINE OFFERS SOME ADVICE REGARDING PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Morning pain and stiffness is frequent as well as pain on standing after prolonged rest. Symptoms often occur only on one side - Early stage: Pain after activity; Middle stage: Pain during activity; and Late stage: Pain at rest.

Add up your risk factors. If you have foot pain and said ‘yes’ to any of the above causes, you can make important changes relatively simply:

  • Change your level of activity – reduce the volume or intensity of training or simply reduce the amount of time spent on your feet;

  • Change your footwear – Your shoes may be worn-out. Look at the treads and pattern of wear on your shoes and get advice on better footwear at a specialized running store.

  • Make sure all your shoes have adequate arch support. This may mean adding a simple arch support, or obtaining orthotics.

  • If your weight is a contributing factor, consult a dietician for advice on a healthy weight loss plan.

  • Avoid walking barefoot in-doors. An athletic shoe is best as it provides cushioning and arch support, or a “Birkenstock style” of sandal that has a contoured foot bed that includes a heel cup and some arch support.

    REDUCE STRAIN - Early management of plantar fasciitis is important. It can become chronic and will often not resolve for a few years.

  • Icing will help decrease the inflammation and pain. Put your foot on a frozen bottle of water or a bag of frozen peas

    wrapped in a tea-towel, 3 or 4 times a day for 5–10 minutes each time. Never ice more than once an hour to prevent risk of ice burn to desensitized tissue.

  • Stretches for the fascia, calf and hamstring muscles plus specific strengthening of foot and leg muscles will help to reduce symptoms, correct the problem and avoid re-injury.

  • Establish an accurate activity history and implement modified active rest with non-weight bearing activities such as swimming, cycling or running in water.

  • A foam ring support or heel cup in your shoe will help to alleviate pressure from the painful area. These can be home-made or purchased from a drug store.

  • Taping the foot by a physiotherapist will reduce stress on the plantar fascia and improve foot biomechanics.

  • A physiotherapist can advise you on the benefit of motion control shoes or orthotics.

    TALK TO A CHIROPODIST - Physical Therapy can help the healing process by reducing pain and inflammation, along with instruction in proper technique for stretching tight muscles in the foot and leg. This may include ice or heat and electrotherapeutic modalities like interferential or ultrasound. Taping the foot can help relieve symptoms and is a good indicator for the benefit of orthotics.

    Toronto Chiropodists are healthcare professionals who help people of all ages and lifestyles gain and maintain their desired level of active living and physical mobility. With their applied knowledge and understanding of the human body in action, physiotherapists are able to help you to increase your mobility, relieve pain, build strength and improve balance and cardiovascular function. Chiropodists not only treat injuries, they also teach you how to prevent the onset of pain or injury that can limit your activity. 

  • For honest, competent advice or foot care from foot specialists who love their profession and patients, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hardy, owner of Toronto Foot Clinic,  Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics at 416-465-8737.

Comments:

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