Free Foot Assessment
To show our appreciation to our community we offer free foot assessments to the public. This process normally takes a few minutes and consists of an Assessment by a physiotherapist.
I provide educated advice to help treat or prevent injuries.
The advice may be one of the following:
I. Proper footwear: please remember proper foot wear does not have to be expensive or a specific brand.
II. Simple Exercise: some simple stretching or strengthening may be all that is needed.
III. Treatment and referral: when further professional treatment is required, I make a recommendation accordingly, often to a podiatrist, physiotherapist, medical doctor or other professional as appropriate.
IV. Orthotics: orthotics may be recommended if deemed necessary.
Pain could come from a number of ailments such as:
Ankle injury, back injury , foot injury, football injury, fracture, golf injury, herniated disc, hip injury, knee injury, plantar fascia, sciatica, scoliosis, sports injury and sports related injuries.
If you had a headache every single day, you probably wouldn't tell yourself, "Oh, well, another day, another headache. That's part of life." But many people go through that very routine when it comes to sore feet, says Paul F. Brezinski, DPM, a Chicago-area podiatrist and president of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association.
“The health of your feet despite their distance from your heart, can affect your overall health,” Dr. Brezinski says. Achiness or pain in your feet can have many causes, and you shouldn't ignore foot pain or regard it as a normal part of life.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) considers your feet a marvel of engineering. Together, your two feet contain more than 50 bones, accounting for about one-fourth of all the bones in your body. And somehow they also make room for more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold them together and help them move.
It's not surprising that many problems can affect your feet. For starters, they have a very tough job. Over the course of your life, you put a lot of wear and tear on your feet, Brezinski says. Simply walking around on an average day pounds them with hundreds of tons of force.
Think of all the activities that stress your feet. Your job may require that you stand or walk around for hours at a time. Your choice of exercise, like running, can really impact your tootsies as well. And then there’s the matter of style. Women often wedge their feet into shoes that don't give them the room or support they need, such as floppy sandals or the pair of designer pumps that were irresistible when they went on sale — even though they’re a half-size smaller than they should be.
Foot Health: Related Problems
Your feet can develop certain health problems because they're the farthest body parts from your heart, Brezinski adds. Your heart pumps blood to your feet through arteries and several medical conditions, such as peripheral arterial disease, can reduce that blood flow to your feet. This is due to a buildup of plaque in these blood vessels. If this occurs, your feet and lower legs may not get the oxygen-rich blood they need to thrive. Diabetes, a condition that affects about 24 million Americans, can also lead to reduced blood flow to your feet that can severely threaten their health.
Many other common conditions can affect the skin on your feet or the bones and tissues inside. These range from relatively minor problems, such as athlete's foot to deeper ones such as bunions (misshapen joints in the big toes) and neuromas (painful but benign growths on a nerve).
Foot Health: Heed the Warnings
You shouldn't ignore any foot related conditions or try to suffer through them because they're "only" affecting your feet, Brezinski warns. If you can't walk comfortably, you're more likely to stop being physically active, which can reduce your quality of life. In addition, many common life-threatening diseases, from heart disease to some forms of cancer, are associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
If pain in your feet is keeping you from exercising or simply moving around as much as you’d like, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your Physiotherapist, doctor or a podiatrist, a specialist for the feet. Your tootsies will thank you — and so will your heart and lungs.
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