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Posts for tag: Injury Prevention

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.

Here are some more tips about fall prevention from:

You CAN Prevent Falls - HealthCanada

Prevent Trips, Slips and Falls! - foothealthfacts.org

Here's more information about how orthotics can help you:

https://www.aurorafac.com/orthotics.html

Click the link below to learn more about how to keep your feet safe in the cold weather.

https://www.foothealthfacts.org/article/cold-weather-tips-to-protect-your-feet-and-ankles

By Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic
January 07, 2016
Category: Sports Medicine

If you play sports, sooner or later you are probably going to have an injury.

It’s the nature of the beast – sports activities require strenuous physical activities and movements, from more natural activities such as walking, running or jumping to a range of motion activities.Sports Injuries

It’s important to understand the nature of your injury and what you need to do to alleviate it. The staff of Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic stand ready to help those in the Langley or Barnaby, British Columbia area when they experience a sports injury.

There are basically two types of injuries, acute and chronic. Acute injuries occur while the athlete is engaged in his or her sport. Examples of acute injuries include but are not limited to sprains, strains, and fractures. Chronic injuries are conditions caused or exacerbated by athletic activity and generally manifest either during exercise or after one is finished performing the activity. Signs of chronic injury include but are not limited to pain during exercise, a dull ache while at rest, and swelling.

If you are injured and you feel any of the following signs or symptoms, you should seek treatment:

  • Severe pain, swelling, or numbness
  • Inability to put weight on the injured area
  • Aches, pains, or swelling from an old injury
  • A joint feels unstable or abnormal

However, not all injuries require medical attention; indeed many injuries can be treated at home. If you do not have any symptoms such as described above, you can start treating the injury using the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) method. Follow these four steps for at least 48 hours after you experience an injury.

  • Rest – Rest and protect the sore or injured area.
  • Ice – Apply an ice or cold pack for 10-20 minutes at least three times a day. Do not apply the ice directly to the skin.
  • Compression – wrap the injured area – but not too tightly -- with an elastic bandage
  • Elevate – elevate the injured area whenever you are resting or whenever you are icing the injury.

If the pain persists or little to no improvement occurs, it will probably be necessary to see a doctor. One point is generally agreed upon, however: It is never a good idea to try to “tough it out” or play through pain; you should always stop exercise when you feel pain and you should always deal with the injury immediately.

For more information or to setup an appointment call 604-248-8985.

By Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic
August 17, 2015
Category: Foot Care

A problem with your eyes can often be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Royden Stanford, a podiatrist at Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic in Langley, British Columbia, applies this same sort of treatment to your feet with orthotics. These devices are worn to Orthotics help restore comfort and function to people who have persistent foot problems such as heel pain. Learn more about orthotics in Langley, BC here:

What do orthotics do?

Orthotics, also called orthoses, are custom supports for the feet that help to correct a variety of problems. For those who visit their Langley podiatrist Dr. Stanford with heel pain from flat feet or plantar fasciitis, orthotics work to support the feet, relieve pressure points, correct their position and ultimately restore proper function. They are usually made to fit inside shoes and be worn for most of the day's activities.

How do I get orthotics? 

While there are over-the-counter shoe inserts, they are not "one-size-fits-all." Just as with glasses or contacts, you'll need a prescription for orthotics from your Langley podiatrist that will be custom made for your specific needs. Dr. Stanford starts by performing a thorough evaluation; this can include analyzing your gait, taking X-rays or other images of the feet, and considering your health history. Your Langley podiatrist will then take impressions of your feet, which are sent to a specialized laboratory and used to craft your custom orthotics. Depending on your condition, they may be made of rigid, semi-rigid or soft materials. You'll then come back to Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic to have them fitted and receive further instructions from Dr. Stanford.

If you'd like to learn more about how orthotics can alleviate your heel pain and improve your lifestyle, contact the podiatric professionals at Aurora Foot & Ankle Clinic in Langley, BC for an evaluation.