foot-pain

Foot Pain

Foot pain is widespread – if you’re active on your feet, you’ve probably felt it. Many people experience discomfort in the heel, under the foot or in their toes. An ongoing condition, an injury, or the way our feet align may be to blame. Foot injuries from running on hard surfaces without proper support are common.

Foot pain doesn’t start and end with our feet, however. Problems with our feet and choice of footwear can affect the functioning of other body parts like the hips, knees and lower back. People who put excessive stress on their feet – for example those who work standing for many hours a day – may feel related back pain.

Ask yourself whether the pain you experience in your back, knees or hips could be connected to the functioning of your feet.

Related pain

In dealing with lower body and foot pain it’s important to consider the body as a complex whole, not just the area where pain appears.

At the Orleans Dynamic Foot Clinic we take a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating pain. Using the latest, unique technology, we evaluate a patient’s posture and biomechanics in order to treat the underlying cause, not just the symptoms. Our aim is the overall and ongoing wellness of our patients.

Listen to your body

If pain in your feet or lower body interferes with your enjoyment of life or prevents you from performing, it’s time to seek professional attention.

Doctors of podiatric medicine perform a complete evaluation of lower body biomechanics and foot function.  X-rays help them understand underlying issues and make the correct diagnosis. The treatment they recommend can help with your foot pain and other parts of the body.

One treatment option available at the Orleans Dynamic Foot Clinic is cold laser therapy. The Theralase super pulsed laser system is an extremely safe and non-invasive technology that is effective in treating a variety of problems. It stimulates deep tissue regeneration to reduce inflammation, accelerate healing and reduce pain.

Orthotic solutions

Cryos orthotics are advanced-technology supports created using a 3D scan that moulds to the unique traits of your feet. They help ease pain and improve posture. A flexible and dynamic design makes them a comfortable, easy-to-use addition to your lifestyle.  

Custom orthotics guide the feet into alignment and restore balance, which can improve athletic performance, reduce risk of injury and relieve pain in the knees, hips and lower back. They can also relieve foot fatigue and discomfort.

Dynamic orthotics allow the foot’s natural range of motion but limit bad tendencies in movement, returning the foot to its optimal position and functioning.

Orthotics can help children with postural or biomechanical issues. If your child has trouble walking due to frequent stumbling, fatigue or pain, an orthotic device may correct the issue before it develops into a more full-blown problem in adulthood.

Cryos custom orthotics are cutting-edge in the field and prescribed at the Orleans Dynamic Foot Clinic in Ontario.

The Orleans Dynamic foot Clinic offers you treatments for ingrown toenails, plantar warts, plantar fasciitis, bunions, Morton's neuroma, flat foot, and more. Contact our Doctor of Podiatric Medicine to relief your foot pain.

La Clinique Podiatrique Orleans Dynamic vous offre des traitements adaptés pour les ongles incarnés, verrues plantaires, oignons, Névrome de Morton, pied plat, et bien plus. Contactez nos docteurs en médecine podiatrique pour soulage vos maux de pieds.

Our unique tools

The Orleans Dynamic Foot Clinic is the first clinic in Ontario to use CryoVizion, technology which has proven its effectiveness over 10 years of use in Quebec.

The CryoVizion digital imaging system “visualizes” the feet and body to reveal posture imbalances related to a patient’s foot alignment.

A 3D scan is then taken and sent to a special facility where the custom orthotics are made. Scans are kept on file for future reference and result assessment.

CryoVizion is an advanced and non-invasive diagnostic tool that provides a deeper understanding of a patient’s lower body and allows us to create an optimized fit for your orthotics.

Another tool we offer our clients is Theralase cold laser therapy – an extremely effective, non-invasive treatment for pain and inflammation that helps stimulate healing and tissue regeneration.

Evaluation, treatment and prevention

With foot and back pain, many people make an incorrect self-diagnosis. Be kind to yourself and see a specialist for an evaluation. It is best to address an issue before it worsens or becomes chronic.

The doctors of podiatric medicine at our clinic use the latest technology in the field to offer simple and effective solutions for foot-related pain that can have a major impact on your quality of life. They will perform a complete evaluation, diagnose the problem and provide a range of treatment options.

They can also provide expert guidance for the whole family on a range of issues such as the need for minor surgeries, caring for wounds, treating skin conditions and podiatric problems relating to diabetes.

The first step towards a better quality of life and walking pain-free is booking an appointment at the Orleans Dynamic Foot Clinic.

Services

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Bunions and Morton’s neuroma

Don’t let these painful conditions interfere with your performance or enjoyment of life. Learn more and book a consultation with our Doctors of Podiatric Medicine.

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Ingrown toenails and warts

Ingrown toenails and warts should be treated before they worsen. Learn more and book a consultation with our DPM.

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Plantar fasciitis and flat feet

Two common foot conditions – sometimes painful, often related. Learn how we can help.

Frequently asked questions

How can I avoid pain by using the right shoes when I train?

Choosing the right shoes for a sports activity is critical. Athletic shoes should be stiff and solid at the back of the heel as well as along the arch of the foot. The shoe should only bend in the toe area where your foot naturally bends.

Shoes have a shelf life. Never purchase athletic shoes that are more than a year old. Signs of wear on the outsole of the shoe mean that support for your foot is diminishing.

It’s a good idea to have two pairs of athletic shoes so you can alternate use. Only use your athletic shoes when training – they will last much longer when given a rest between workouts.

Will orthotics be covered by my insurance?

Orthotics are not currently covered by OHIP, but they are covered by most private insurance plans.d.

What is the difference between a chiropodist and a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM)?

Since 1991, Ontario law has prohibited the registration of new podiatrists in the province. New graduates in the field are required to operate under the title “Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM)” and within a more limited scope, though this is under review. Whilst chiropodist is the title used for a 3 year graduate of Michener Institute, DPM are full members of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA).

Doctors of Podiatric Medicine have graduated from a four-year program where the curriculum is similar to other schools of medicine.

The program consists of four years of clinical and didactic study, followed by at least one year’s externship rotations in clinics and a semester in NYC at the Metropolitan hospital and NYCPM.

During the first two years of study, podiatry students focus on anatomy, chemistry, pathology, and pharmacology. Third and fourth-year students have clinical rotations in private practices, hospitals, and clinics. Here they learn how to take general and podiatric histories, perform routine physical examinations, interpret tests and findings, diagnose, and perform therapeutic procedures. Graduates receive the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree.

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