Poor weather conditions can produce natural hazards on the ground increasing the risk of injury due to falling. From a Podiatrist's perspective, simple measures to help prevent fall related injuries can begin with your feet.
Wearing proper sturdy shoes, using orthotics and using a walking aid when needed, can increase stability especially on slippery surfaces. Taking care of minor foot pain right away will help keep you in proper form when walking or performing other healthy activities and reduce risk of further injury. These and many more foot related conditions can be treated by Dr Stanford at Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic.
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SWIFT® is a revolutionary new technology, which has been approved in Canada for the treatment of warts. SWIFT® uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue(s).
SWIFT® delivers a precise, highly controlled energy dose several millimetres below the surface of the skin. Microwave energy travels into the tissue causing water molecules to collide and rapidly elevate tissue temperature. This heat creates precise, localised cell destruction. It is recommended to have 1 to 4 treatment sessions, with some patients seeing early results after just one treatment.
We would like to announce that Dr. Royden J. Stanford, DPM has successfully achieved Board Certification by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and is now a Diplomate of the ABPM.
Dr. Stanford is commited to providing the foremost foot and ankle care to his patients. This is acheived through continuing his education in advancements in Podiatry and Foot Surgery. We are excited for the benefits of board certification that will be passed on to our patients.
To learn more about Dr. Stanford read his profile here.
Six Tips to Protect Kids in Fall Sports
Article from foothealthfacts.org
Every fall season, foot and ankle surgeons see an increase in ankle injuries among young athletes. Football, soccer and basketball are the sports most likely to lead to sprains, broken bones and other problems.
If your children are playing sports this fall, here are six tips that could protect them from serious ankle injuries:
- Get ankle injuries treated right away. What seems like a sprain is not always a sprain; in addition to cartilage injuries, your son or daughter might have injured other bones in the foot without knowing it. Have a qualified doctor examine the injury. The sooner rehabilitation starts, the sooner long-term problems like instability or arthritis can be prevented and the sooner your child can get back into competition.
- Have old sprains checked by a doctor before the season starts. A medical checkup can reveal whether your child's previously injured ankle might be vulnerable to sprains and could possibly benefit from wearing a supportive ankle brace during competition.
- Buy the right shoe for the sport. Different sports require different shoe gear. Players should not mix baseball cleats with football shoes.
- Children should start the season with new shoes. Old shoes can wear down like a car tire and become uneven on the bottom, causing the ankle to tilt because the foot cannot lie flat.
- Check playing fields for dips, divots and holes. Most sports-related ankle sprains are caused by jumping and running on uneven surfaces. That is why some surgeons recommend that parents walk the field, especially when children compete in nonprofessional settings like public parks, for spots that could catch a player's foot and throw them to the ground. Alert coaching officials to any irregularities.
- Encourage stretching and warmup exercises. Calf stretches and light jogging before competition help warm up ligaments and blood vessels, reducing the risk for ankle injuries.
At Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stanford treats many athletic patients. He performs a thorough exam and assessment and offers an extensive course of treatment to get that athlete back to playing on and off the field.
We also specialize in prescription custom orthotics that can be fabricated specifically for running shoes, cleats and skates. Read more on our Orthotics page.
Going back to school and have foot pain? Consider this article from foothealthfacts.org.
After wearing flip-flops all summer, students head back to school with painful feet.
The sounds of back to school season include the ringing of school bells and cash registers, the slamming of locker doors, the noisy ruckus of school hallways and cafeterias and the moans and groans of students over tests, homework, relationships, and increasingly, their aching feet.
Flip-flops are the summer footwear of choice for many students. But while these sandals are inexpensive and stylish, they do not cushion or support the foot, leading to problems. After wearing flip-flops all summer, some students will head back to school this fall with foot pain and even injuries. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) reminds parents and students that foot pain is not normal and can be reduced or eliminated.
“People may not realize that even into your midteens, there’s new bone growing in your heel,” says Michael Cosenza, DPM, AACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon in Ukiah, Calif. “Flip-flops don’t cushion the heel, so repetitive stress from walking can inflame that heel bone growth area and cause pain and tenderness.”
Heel pain and arch pain rank among the most common complaints among students who wear flip-flops. Other flip-flop feet problems students can take back to school include inflammation of the Achilles tendon, painful pinched nerves, sprained ankles, broken or sprained toes, cuts and scrapes, plantar warts, Athlete’s foot and callus buildup on the heels and toes.
Podiatrists can usually reduce or eliminate students’ foot pain with simple treatment methods, including stretching exercises, ice massage, anti-inflammatory medications and custom inserts.
Back-to-school season will always be painful for some students, but it need not involve foot pain.
At Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stanford specializes in custom orthotics for children and teens, not only for treating post-summer foot pain, but also many other pediatric foot conditions.
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