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Be Good to Your Feet!

At Gentle Foot Care, we believe you should look after your feet. Since taking care of your feet significantly contributes to your overall health, it’s important to choose wisely when it comes to your footwear. Foot problems can arise from improper footwear and may lead to a host of problems in various areas of your body including hips, knees, lower back and the feet themselves. Foot problems can also take a toll on your foot function, comfort and energy comsumption. For example, shoes that are too tight can cause impingement and lead to calluses, corns, bursitis and skin breakdown. Good heel support and a firm shank to support you arch are also key. Clearly, it is important to invest in quality footwear to prevent and maintain the health of your feet and overall well-being. A good shoe will support the foot well while standing, walking or running and decrease risk of injury. Proper width, length, depth and last are also very important. At Gentle Foot Care, we have a wide variety of orthopaedic shoes in a full range of sizes to fit individual needs. You shouldn’t have to suffer with lower limb or foot pain and at Gentle Foot Care,

By |Thursday, April 24, 2014|Categories: Feet|

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Have you ever heard the old Japanese adage, “ten thousand steps a day”? Studies have shown that a simple brisk walk everyday is so good for the mind, body and spirit. The benefits are endless and, when done regularly and effectively, these rewards include cardio-vascular health; maintaining optimum weight; improvement of circulation; good posture and over-all sense of well-being...just to name a few. But if you suffer from foot ailments, it can be very difficult to take advantage of this great form of exercise. So here are some tips to make your walking more enjoyable: Wear socks or stockings with your footwear to keep them dry and to cushion and protect them from excess pressure. Take advantage of a nutritionally balanced diet that includes all essential vitamins, oils and minerals. Avoid smoking. Believe it or not, this bad habit can actually increase your risk of foot problems. Make sure that you stretch properly before each and every walk, especially during the colder months when we’re more susceptible to injuries. If you suffer from health problems such as osteoporosis and arthritis, consult a physician first before embarking upon a regular walking schedule. To minimize the likelihood of injury, I recommend a

By |Saturday, November 2, 2013|Categories: Feet, Heels, Toes|

Magnetic Biostimulation

If you suffer from pain related to fractures, connective tissue repair, delayed wound and bone healing, sport injuries, arthritis, acute and chronic inflammation, diabetic ulcers and neuropathic pain, or other chronic and degenerative conditions, Magnetic Bio-stimulation therapy may be the answer for you. The therapeutic effects of Magnetic Bio-stimulation (MBS) are based on its stimulation of circulation, which contribute to the improved functioning of the body. The ability to have an effect at the cellular level is unique to magnetic field therapy, enabling it to reach parts of the body that other treatment methods cannot reach. By increasing blood supply and metabolism, MBS and Infrared Rays can be used to target a specific area, or to treat the entire body. At the Gentle Foot Care, we pride ourselves on using all the latest techniques and advances in the field to maximize our ability to accurately evaluate and treat your individual and specific needs. Our friendly and qualified staff will ensure a pleasant visit. We look forward to serving you and exploring the many benefits of Magnetic Bio-stimulation! By Anamelva Revoredo B.Sc., D.Ch., IIWCC In an ongoing series, Anamelva will share her knowledge regarding common foot ailments and appropriate

By |Saturday, November 2, 2013|Categories: Magnetic Biostimulation|

Walking and your Feet

Canadians, regardless of age, have discovered how walking is one of the most fun, natural, and inexpensive ways of keeping your feet in top shape. The basic kind of walking often called “healthwalking” can be done almost anywhere, anytime, year around. For those who are overly inactive, don’t like strenuous activity, or have problems with obesity, walking is an excellent way to begin a fitness program. Here are some of the benefits: Walking helps control weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. A brisk walk can burn up to 100 calories per mile or 300 calories per hour. Walking also improves cardiovascular fitness. As an aerobic exercise, walking gets the heart beating faster to transport oxygen-rich blood to the muscles. The heart and lungs grow more efficient with regular walking, reducing blood pressure and the resting heart rate. Walking is even a central element of medical rehabilitation. Recovery from many ailments, including heart attack, is facilitated by a regular walking regimen. In addition, walking creates an overall feeling of wellbeing, and can relieve depression, anxiety, and stress by producing endorphins, the body’s natural tranquilizer. A brisk walk will relax you and also stimulate your thinking. And to make your regular walking

By |Saturday, November 2, 2013|Categories: Feet|

Your Health Starts With Your Feet!

Feet are complex structures made up of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, blood vessels and skin. How your feet feel can reflect your general health. If they hurt, this may be signal of more serious conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders, so it’s very important to be alert to the warning signs. Common feet maladies include corns and calluses, bunions, papillomas and ingrown toenails. These conditions and others can be treated painlessly and effectively by a chiropodist so to prevent further damage, it’s very important for you to address problems, small or large. One very common condition that I encounter is the ingrown toenail, a condition in which the patient’s side of the toenail grows over the edge of the nail, or the nail grows into the skin thereby causing swelling, pain and redness. The most common causes are ill-fitting shoes or improperly trimmed nails such as cutting too short or tapering the corners with the shape of the toe. Other causes include injury, large toes, frequent running, excessively tight socks or even bed sheets that are too tightly tucked! There are many over-the-counter treatments available at the local pharmacy and soaking your feet in warm,

By |Friday, November 1, 2013|Categories: Feet|

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes sufferers are prone to foot problems. It can cause nerve damage, which reduces sensation making it more difficult to sense trauma on the foot. Diabetes can also affect circulation in the legs and feet, which makes it harder for wounds to heal. Foot infection is the most common reason for hospitalization among diabetes sufferers. Wounds and foot ulcers are the primary causes of amputation for those with diabetes. People with diabetes should regularly examine their feet, but those who are particularly at risk including people who have had diabetes for longer than 10 years, males, those with heart, eye or kidney complications and those with poor glucose control need to take added precautions to avoid foot complications by visiting their chiropodist regularly. Have all foot problems treated immediately and professionally. Contact Us to arrange an appointment or consultation today! By Anamelva Revoredo B.Sc., D.Ch., IIWCC In an ongoing series, Anamelva will share her knowledge regarding common foot ailments and appropriate treatments. Most of us will encounter a problem at one time or another, so read and learn! If you’re in pain, or suffer from any of the ensuing conditions, call Anamelva today!

By |Friday, November 1, 2013|Categories: Feet|

What Is Raynaud’s Disease?

Raynaud’s is a disorder marked by brief episodes of vasospasm. Vasospasm is characterized by constriction of small arteries in the toes and fingers. If you primary or secondary Raynaud's, cold temperatures or stress can trigger "Raynaud's attacks." During an attack, little or no blood flows to affected areas, as a result, the skin turns white then blue for a short time. As blood flow returns, the affected area may turn red, throb or burn. Attacks can last less than a minute or as long as several hours and can occur daily or weekly. Often, the cause of Raynaud's isn't known, primary Raynaud's (Raynaud's disease) and secondary Raynaud's (Raynaud's phenomenon) have no cure. However, treatments can reduce the number and severity of Raynaud's attacks. Treatments include lifestyle changes, medicines, and rarely surgery. Infracare Bio material socks can also help keep the feet warm. They are not compression stockings and are designed to decrease heat loss with proven evidence to keep cold feet warm. Your foot specialist is an excellent source of information and management of this condition. By Anamelva Revoredo B.Sc., D.Ch., IIWCC In an ongoing series, Anamelva will share her knowledge regarding common foot ailments and appropriate treatments.

By |Friday, November 1, 2013|Categories: Toes|

Ouch! My Big Toe Hurts!

Your big toe is red to the touch. Could it possibly be an ingrown toenail? Stubbing your toe or other injuries can lead to an ingrown toenail but it also can result from toenails that are not trimmed properly. An ingrown toenail occurs when the it. Left untreated, an ingrown toenail can become infected. Your toe will puss or can form an abscess that requires prompt medical attention. Some facts about ingrown toenails: They are most common in young adults. They usually occur in the big toe. If left untreated, they can become infected and cause pain. Ingrown toenails occur due to a number of causes, including: Heredity A fungal infection in the toe Repetitive sports injuries bunions, etc) causing abnormal gait. Trimming the toenail with a rounded edge, rather than straight across If you have redness and swelling or fever or if the condition becomes more painful, infection might be present. A for evaluation and treatment. If you're concerned that you have an ingrown nail, schedule an appointment. By Anamelva Revoredo B.Sc., D.Ch., IIWCC In an ongoing series, Anamelva will share her knowledge regarding common foot ailments and appropriate treatments. Most of us will encounter a problem

By |Friday, November 1, 2013|Categories: Toes|

Those Bothersome Bunions

Sandal season is around the corner so if there was ever a time to deal with bothersome bunions, it’s now. Bunions aren’t attractive (some people think they look like a foot deformity) and even worse, they hurt. Bunions form when the big toe shifts from its normal position and moves toward the second toe. The joint at the base of the big toe “bumps” out of alignment, causing the side of your foot to look enlarged with a bump sticking out. Bunions don’t just form overnight – in fact, it can take years for the bump to form. That’s why it’s so important to be proactive at the first signs of a bunion. A chiropodist can do a thorough exam and recommend early treatment options to help relieve the pressure and slow down the deformity of the joint. Orthotics may help keep your feet aligned correctly or in severe cases, a bunionectomy may be the best course of action. Anamelva Revoredo has continuously served at the College of Chiropodists of Ontario in various roles over the years as an exemplary member of her profession. She uses the latest techniques and technology to accurately evaluate and treat your foot care needs.

By |Friday, November 1, 2013|Categories: Toes|

Heal Your Heel

Think Atlas was under pressure by having to hold up the celestial sphere? Consider what your feet have to go through! Every mile you walk puts 60 tons of stress on each foot. While impressive, putting too much stress on your feet over time can cause a lot of damage. When you hammer your heels on hard surfaces, after time, you may develop heel pain - the most common problem affecting the foot and ankle. If gone untreated, heel pain can become a chronic condition that will lead to even more problems. At Gentle Footcare, we can help heal your heels. If your heel hurts, come in and ask for Anamelva, our Registered Chiropodist who can help determine why you’re feeling pain and provide you with the proper treatment right away. You need your feet just as much as your feet need you. Take the pressure off of them and give them the care they deserve. We look forward to treating you. Feet dreams. By Anamelva Revoredo B.Sc., D.Ch., IIWCC In an ongoing series, Anamelva will share her knowledge regarding common foot ailments and appropriate treatments. Most of us will encounter a problem at one time or another,

By |Friday, November 1, 2013|Categories: Heels|