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    Athlete's Foot

    What is Athlete’s Foot?


    Athlete’s foot is a common condition referring to a fungal organism infecting the skin of the foot, medically named Tinea Pedis.  Fungus infections are common on the feet because fungus thrive on the body in warm, moist, dark areas that are enclosed, typically in a shoe.


    How do I get Athlete’s Foot?


    Athlete’s’ foot is very contagious and can be contracted and spread through:

    • Person to person
    • Touching surfaces and objects contaminated by the fungus.  

    Common places to contract a fungal infection are:

    • Walking barefoot in areas such as:
      • Gym change rooms and showers
      • Pool decks and pool change rooms
      • Sharing a shower with someone with the fungal organism.  

    Not only is Athlete’s foot contagious to others, but also contagious to you.  If left untreated, the fungus can spread to your nails, hands, groin area and the rest of your body.


    Signs and symptoms of Athlete’s Foot


    Athlete’s foot can present itself in many ways, but common signs and symptoms are:

    • Redness
    • Itching
    • Burning
    • Scaling
    • Discoloration
    • Maceration (white, soggy)
    • Pain

        

     

     

     

     

    How do I treat and prevent my Athlete’s Foot?


    If you have any concerns about potentially having Athlete’s foot, making an appointment with your local Chiropodist for an assessment and education is the first step.


    • Prescribed and over the count topical antifungal creams and astringents can clear up Athlete’s foot within a few weeks.
    • Keep your feet dry
    • Change your socks every day
    • Clean and disinfect existing shoes
      • Clean Sweep (over the counter spray)
      • UV Lighting – SteriShoe
    • Buy new, uninfected shoes
    • Wear breathable socks such as cotton
    • Wear breathable shoes
    • Wear sandals when at the gym or pool
    • Disinfect or bleach shower before an after use 

     

    Summer Nail Care - Veralac Nail Lacquer

    Summer Nail Care - Veralac Nail Lacquer

    Dear Valued Customer,

    During the summer months, we can be especially rough on our feet and sometimes forget to take care of our toenails. Veralac is a nail lacquer specially developed to improve the appearance of damaged nails.

    Nails can be affected by malformation, fragility, splitting and local pain. Veralac contains ingredients that connect to nail keratin to build and repair the existing nail structure. Veralac also creates an invisible film to protect toenails from external factors.

    Application is simple: Apply daily on clean, dry nails using the brush provided. It dries quickly leaving a clear and odourless film. The best time to apply Veralac is after washing and drying, and before bedtime to allow absorption overnight. And Veralac can also be used under nail polish.

    Contact us to purchase Veralac today!

    Running Clinic

    Dear Valued Customer,

    Now that the weather is warming up, many of us are dusting off our sneakers and spending more time running outdoors. Some of us are running for exercise, and others take up this sport to train for competitions and marathons.

    However, did you know that more than 50% of runners experience an injury?

    This can be due to many factors including repetitive stress to certain areas, footwear, foot types and prior injuries. Foot injuries are extremely common for both novice and experienced runners, and can severely impact the enjoyment of this sport.

    Common injuries include:

    • Stress fractures (overstraining of the forefoot)
    • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
    • Bunion (big toe pain)
    • Neuroma (pinched nerve)
    • Shin splints (overstress of the front leg)

    Before you start getting serious about running this season, come see one of our certified foot specialists to make sure you are well prepared to run this year without any injuries. We will assess your gait, your footwear and your overall biomechanics to ensure everything is as normal as they can be. As you may know, we stock orthopedic running shoes that we will fit you for if you are having trouble finding the proper footwear. Nonetheless, if you do suffer any foot related injuries this season, please do not hesitate to contact us for an appointment to resolve your issues as soon as possible.

    As you may know, we stock orthopedic running shoes that we will fit you for if you are having trouble finding the proper footwear. Nonetheless, if you do suffer any foot related injuries this season, please do not hesitate to contact us for an appointment to resolve your issues as soon as possible.

     

    YogaToes: Toe Stretcher & Separator

    Dear Valued Customer,

    Your feet are your foundation - exercise them to be strong! Most of us spend a large part of our day in high heels, dress shoes and work boots and many foot conditions arise as a result.

    YogaToes: Toe Stretcher & Separator

    YogaToes are patented toe stretchers made out of 100% premium medical grade gel. They relax and restore your toes and gently guide your feet back to their optimal function and shape.

    YogaToes have an ergonomic design that strengthens the entire foot, including the toes, metatarsals, and arches.

    YogaToes also helps with specific foot problems like bunions and hammer toes. They can also be used to treat claw toes, bunionettes, crossed or overlapping toes, flat feet, mallet toes, Plantar Fasciitis and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

    What Causes Turf Toe?

    Dear Valued Customer,

    Turf toe is a common sports injury among athletes. Getting its nickname from the artificial turf that athletes play on, turf toe is a sprain of the big toe from sports activities.

    What causes Turf Toe

    The injury can be caused by a repetitive injury when the individual pushes off repeatedly from jumping or running, or when the toe is jammed. It is a result of the excessive upward bending of the big toe joint.

    The injury is common with football players as well as with dancers, gymnasts, wrestlers, soccer players and basketball players.

    Symptoms

    The symptoms can begin slowly and then gradually worsen over time. Symptoms can include:

    • Swelling 
    • Pain 
    • Limited movement of the joint.

    If there is a direct injury leading to damage of the bone under the cartilage, the signs and symptoms can commence suddenly and then worse over a 24-hour period.

    Treatment

    There are two options for Turf Toe: Class 4 laser therapy (K-Laser Treatment) or Orthotic intervention.