One of the things Silvia say to her patients, specifically female seniors, is that foot pain or aches comes and goes without any particular reason. Now we all wonder "Why is that?". Let's dive into the case of menopause. Menopause is when a female individual stops having menstrual cycles ("periods") between the age of 50 to 60. What happens is that the level of estrogen hormone, as known as female sex hormone, will greatly fluctuate until it ultimately decreases to a minimum.
We all encourage our children to participate in sport-related activities for numerous beneficial reasons. Sometimes they are playing competitively. But how do you know if it is too much for them? First, they will complain about heel pain. Then they may walk funny. What's going on? This is called Sever's Disease. Also known as calcaneal apophysitis, it is a prevalent condition that causes heel pain among many active children. This occurs when the heel growth plate, is stressed
Hope everyone had a great summer holiday and spent wonderful time in the heat and sun. Now we are heading into fall, where temperatures start to drop and people begin to bundle up. Some of us, especially females, experience very cold hands and feet when they are out in the cold or even indoors. Even though we wear more layers than others, our extremities remain abnormally cold. Sound familiar? This is known as Raynaud's Disease. It occurs when small blood vessels, called arte
The fall season is fast approaching; it's also time for marathon running. I agree the cooler temperatures are much more easier for long-distance running, compared to the humid and scorching summer days. Imagine this: Your Achilles tendon hurt, then the pain travels to your knees, and gets to your hamstrings. What's the problem? It's probably the shoes. Right? Let's take this further. When the foot pronates, the lower leg rolls inward, as a result the upper leg also rolls inwa
Like other parts of the body, our feet can get burnt, too! Normally shoes protect the feet from these damage but sometimes they can only provide so much. When the skin is burnt, the soft tissues in the outer and inner layers, and disrupts the skin's protection ability. The amount of skin damage varies on the severity of the burn; serious burns can affect your foot mobility and movement as the skin around the feet is fairly thin and the soft tissues like tendons and muscles ca
As mentioned in the last post about fungal skin infections, it is best to wear sandals when you are at the pool or in the locker rooms and showers to prevent getting infected. But should flip flops be worn regularly as normal footwear? It is true that flip flops prevent skin infections, but they encourage development of physical foot problems. As they are a flat piece of material, they do not provide much support or stability. So the feet will have pain in the arch and balls
Hi everyone! How's your summer going? As the temperatures soar up, we tend to seek the water to cool down and beat the heat. But this also increases your chance of catching fungal skin infections. In public shared areas, such as areas around swimming pools, in shower rooms and even locker room floors, they provide the perfect conditions for fungus to thrive due to the moisture and warm temperatures. According to the Ontario Society of Chiropodists, around 5% of Canadians have
Hi everyone, With the beautiful flowers in bloom, it is time to start thinking about your feet (not that you weren't already!) and what better time to do so than National Foot Health Month. Both podiatric professionals and the general public are invited to raise awareness-- be it an arena or soapbox--in order to promote good foot health. Many of us don't give the time and care that our feet deserve but remember, without them, where would you be? Maintaining good foot health i