Foot Doctor Blog

Did you know that at least 10% of adults have onychomycosis, aka toenail fungus?

At Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic we now offer the Lunula Laser by Erchonia for the treatment of Onychomycosis. The Lunula Laser is ideal treatment because it offers effective, pain-free, non-thermal treatment—without side effects of oral medications or dangerous smoke plumes as other hot lasers used to treat onychomycosis.

The Lunula Laser uses patented red and violet non-thermal low-level laser light to treat foot fungus by using photonic energy to modulate cellular reactions.

Each treatment requires very little time or set-up. No down time is needed after the treatment as patients can return to their regular activities between sessions.

Don't wait till summer to treat those toes! This toenail condition can take several months to treat as the average adult toenail takes 9 to 12 months to grow out. Click here to learn more about the Lunula Laser at our clinic.

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

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.

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:

  1. 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.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. Buy the right shoe for the sport. Different sports require different shoe gear. Players should not mix baseball cleats with football shoes.
     
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
     
  6. 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.





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