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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.

Click here for more information about SWIFT® Therapy

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.

Treatment and prevention of adult flatfoot can reduce the incidence of additional foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes, arthritis and calluses, and improve a person’s overall health, according to research published in an issue of the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery. Article and study reference from FootHealthFacts.org

Overweight males in white-collar jobs are most apt to suffer from adult flatfoot disorder, a progressive condition characterized by partial or total collapse of the arch, according to the research.  FootHealthFacts.org, the consumer website of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, notes that symptoms of adult flatfoot include pain, swelling, flattening of the arch and an inward rolling of the ankle. But because flatfoot is a progressive disorder by nature, the study suggests that neglecting treatment or preventive care can lead to arthritis, loss of function of the foot and other painful foot disorders.

“A Pes Planus foot type or Flatfoot disorder may gradually worsen to the point that many of the tendons and ligaments in the foot and ankle are simply overworking, often to the point where they tear and/or rupture,” says Langley foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Royden Stanford, DPM, AACFAS.

In many cases, flatfoot can be treated with non-surgical approaches including orthotic devices or bracing, immobilization, physical therapy, medication and shoe modifications. In some patients whose pain is not adequately relieved by conservative treatments, there are a variety of surgical techniques available to correct flatfoot and improve foot function.

As in most progressive foot disorders, early treatment for flatfoot disorder is also the patient’s best route for optimal success in controlling symptoms and additional damage to the feet. The goal is to keep patients active, healthy and as pain free as possible. Here at Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stanford specializes in the biomechanics of the foot and produces a high quality custom orthotic device to meet the patient's treatment needs.

If you suspect you have a flatfoot disorder or have foot discomfort, call Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic for an evaluation. 

People with diabetes are more prone to foot problems – ever wondered why?

This is largely due to high fluctuations in blood glucose levels that cause damage to blood vessels and lead to lower limb circulatory problems. Another significant impact on the disease is on the skin that becomes more susceptible to infections especially of the lower limb, including bacterial and fungal infections. Nerve damage and poor blood flow to the feet increases the risk of various foot complications. Left untreated, cuts and blisters can become serious infections and take much longer than usual to heal.

New research shows that a diabetic’s skin on the feet should not be occluded, as the lack of transpiration may cause the skin to break down, leaving the skin of the foot at risk of not performing its function of protection. All Footlogix products are non-occlusive, taking special care to not seal or impede the natural functions of the skin.

For more on Footlogix products: http://www.footlogix.com/a-solution-to-dry-cracked-heels/

We now carry some Footlogix Products for purchase in the clinic. Come in and check them out!

In a study comparing the bone healing rates of smokers and non-smokers, the findings revealed that smokers took nearly 50 percent longer to heal after surgery than non-smokers and the bones of some failed to heal. Foot and ankle surgeons are assessing ways to decrease the dangers posed to smokers during and after surgery and improve their bone health.

Smokers are a high-risk group under any circumstances, but particularly so during and after surgery.  According to foot and ankle surgeons, there are ways to reduce the risks to appropriately treat these patients for the best outcomes possible.

In addition to longer healing times, blood clots, wounds that break open and greater risk of infection are other dangers facing smokers. Perhaps the most serious threat to smokers who have foot and ankle surgery, however, is non-union or failure of the bone to mend. Smokers are four times more likely to experience non-union than non-smokers.

For more on how smoking affects your body's ability to heal after surgery, visit FootHealthFacts.orghttp://ht.ly/VvMx30739RX