Foot Problems

Foot Problems

During an individual’s life-time they are sure to experience issues with their lower extremities. Ankle and foot problems are common occurrences amongst people who live in Brantford, Paris, Dundas, Oakville, Simcoe, Milton, Cayuga, Woodstock, Stoney Creek, Port Dover, Flamborough, Jarvis, Hamilton, Ancaster, Cambridge, Burlington Grimsby and Caledonia, Ontario. Their foot problems may be hereditary and contracted at birth, may develop in childhood or adolescence, or may manifest themselves in adulthood or senior years. Typically, painful and debilitating ankle and foot problems are caused by:

  • Calf muscles that are rigid
  • Dislocation, fracture or sprain
  • High heel shoes
  • Strain from work activities or sport
  • Injuries, trauma or accidents
  • Diabetes, tendonitis, tenosynovitis, arthritis, bursitis or other medical conditions
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Pronated or flat feet
  • Arches that sag or are high
  • Long periods of walking or standing
  • Aging
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Footwear that is worn out and no longer providing support
  • And many more

Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre’s Brantford and Hamilton locations specialize in treating a large number of ankle and foot problems:

Plantar warts
Small, fleshy, rough, or grainy lesions on the heels or balls of the feet that can cause pain or discomfort. These can easily be treated or removed by our registered chiropodists / foot care specialists in Brantford or Hamilton, Ontario who specialize in ankle and foot problems.

Corns / calluses
Thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when the skin on your feet or toes is exposed to friction and pressure. As this common foot problem can be painful and impair mobility, Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre in Brantford or Hamilton can effectively treat, remove, or offer custom off-loading orthotics for corns / calluses.

Ingrown toe nails
Ingrown toenails are a common foot problem that occurs when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it, resulting in tenderness, pain, swelling, redness and possibly infection. For ingrown toenail pain that is severe or spreading, our Brantford or Hamilton chiropodists / foot care specialists can remove all or part of it, elevate the end of the nail plate, drain the infected area, prescribe an oral or topical antibiotic, offer advice on special foot soaks, or provide surgical adjustment or correction.

Thick, discoloured, hard nails
Thickening, discolouration and hardening are often signs of diseased or damaged toe nails, one of many foot problems that we treat at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Brantford and Hamilton offices. Our chiropodists / foot care specialists can file or drill the toe nail to reduce its thickness, hardness and discolouration, or remove it altogether.

Dry, cracked heels
A number of factors contribute to dehydration of the heel’s skin, causing it to dry and crack. Aging, vitamin and mineral deficiency, and arid winter weather are just a few. Dry, cracked heels can be unsightly, a source of pain and embarrassment, and make activities like running or walking difficult and uncomfortable. Our chiropodists / foot care specialists in Brantford or Hamilton can assist you with this common foot problem with the use of orthopedic shoes, custom orthotics, sports orthotics, prescription foot creams, foot soaks, or removal of any callus tissue that may occur.

Fungal nails
Should a white or yellow coloured infection develop under the tip of your toe nail and spread, a fungal nail develops. Your toe nail may become dull looking and painful, separate from the nail bed, emit a foul odour, distort, discolor, thicken and crumble around its edges. The chiropodists / foot care specialists at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre in Brantford or Hamilton offers a variety of safe and effective options for the treatment of this foot problem, including custom made orthotics, sports orthotics, laser for nail fungus, topical anti-fungal ointment and more.

Heel pain / plantar fasciitis
One of the most common causes of foot problems, stabbing heel pain / plantar fasciitis is the inflammation and tearing of a thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that runs across the bottom of your foot. Our Brantford or Hamilton chiropodists / foot care specialists offers a variety of products and services to help alleviate heel pain / plantar fasciitis, such as custom orthotics, sports orthotics, cold laser therapy, shockwave therapy, strengthening / stretching exercises, night splints, orthopedic shoes, medications, arch supports and much more.

Bunion pain
A bunion (hallux valgus) is an unnatural, bony hump that forms at the base of the big toe where it meets the foot. Bunions can become swollen, red and painful due to the constant irritation, rubbing and friction of your big toe against the inside of your shoe. Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre’s Brantford and Hamilton locations can treat this common foot problem with custom orthotics, sports orthotics, orthopedic shoes, cold laser therapy, bunion day guards, night splints, protective padding or other such products or services.

Hammer toes
When toes get out of balance and weaken, flexible or rigid hammer toes (also known as claw toes) can form. Hammer toes, like many foot problems, can easily be treated by our Brantford or Hamilton chiropodists / foot care specialists with the application of orthopedic shoes, custom orthotics, sports orthotics, cold laser therapy, manipulation and mobilization of joints, or many other types of products or treatments.

Ankle pain
Pain in your ankle can be caused by the wearing of high heel shoes, arthritis, excessive weight gain, flat feet / fallen arches, ankle sprain, fracture or dislocation, or many other factors. For mild to severe ankle pain, as well as other foot problems, Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre in Brantford and Hamilton offers such services as custom orthotics, cold laser therapy, shockwave therapy, orthopedic shoes, contrast baths, medication, surgery, and other viable forms of treatment.

Arthritis
Essentially inflammation of the body’s joints, the tissues that surround the joints, and other connective tissues, arthritis can cause stiffness, pain, swelling and decreased mobility in the affected areas. Common forms of arthritis include gout, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, all of which can affect the feet. Our compassionate chiropodists / foot care specialists in Brantford and Hamilton can easily treat this arthritis as a foot problem with the help of custom orthotics, sports orthotics, orthopedic shoes, cold laser therapy, braces, or manipulation and mobilization of the joints.

Diabetes
Diabetes is a debilitating disease that can cause such foot problems as frequent or recurring infections, skin breakdown, muscle weakness, difficulty balancing or walking, scrapes, cuts, bruises or blisters or that are slow to heal, and many other symptoms. Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre’s Brantford and Hamilton offices can help alleviate the foot problems associated with diabetes with the use of orthopedic shoes, sports orthotics, custom orthotics, and visiting with our chiropodists / foot care specialists on a regular basis for ankle and feet checkups and to learn additional preventative measures. To discover just how we can assist you with your diabetes related foot problems, please visit our diabetic page.

Other common foot problems that Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre assists patients in and around Brantford or Hamilton with are tired, aching legs, deep vein thrombosis, spider veins, edema / lymphedema, varicose veins, venous thromboembolism / clot in veins, muscle cramps, ankle instability, flat feet / fallen arches and many other foot problems. Please get in touch with our caring chiropodists / foot care specialists today to learn more!