Foot Care & Orthotics
What does a Chiropodist Do?
The role of the Chiropodist is to maintain and improve patient mobility, to alleviate foot pain, provide health education and thereby improving one’s quality of life. A Chiropodist provides care to a diverse range of patients and can specialize in the following areas:
- Diabetic Care
- Sport Injuries
- Pediatrics foot care
- Geriatrics foot care
- Biomechanical and Gait Analysis
- General foot care-corns, calluses, nails
- Flat feet care
- Wart removal
- Ingrown toenails
- Athlete’s foot and Fungal nails
- Wound Care
- Orthotic / custom shoe prescription and dispensing
- Custom Foot Orthotics
- Custom Orthotics & Shoes
Custom Foot Orthotics help in providing relief for painful foot problems or an injury, especially for those who must walk, or stand excessively on the job or in everyday activities. Some of the problems solved by orthotics include:
- Shin splints
- Patello femoral pain syndrome
- Ankle pain
- Low back pain
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Nerve entrapments in the foot
The mechanical properties of the custom foot orthotics in Markham and Brampton, help to maintain the normal positioning of the bones and muscles in the foot, the joints in the ankle and knees, leading up to the hips and lower back. It does this by using a combination of shock absorption and increasing awareness of your foot mechanics (proprioception).
With enough functional correction from a custom foot orthotic, the foot structure can be aligned to give more propulsion, making walking, running and even cycling more efficient biomechanically.
Along with aligning the foot structure, the orthotics reduces muscular fatigue and helps to promote more efficient muscle performance thus enhancing performance during the gait cycle. This is very beneficial especially in athletic populations such as runners, basketball players, soccer players and other sports that require long distances of gait. If your complaint is associated with biomechanically incorrect gait, a custom orthotic will give you the sensory feedback needed to help correct the walk or run.
Orthotics at Form and Function
Here at Form & Function, we use only the most trusted orthotics known by scientific research and clinical experience. Langer Biomechanics carries a large selection of orthotics, ranging from typical running shoes and dress shoes to ski and skate fits. We also offer a full line of shoes with built in Orthotics from dress shoes and running shoes to sandals and Crocs.
Compression socks have been around for quite some time, but it’s only been in the past few years that athletes have added the tightly fitted knee-high socks to their bag of performance and recovery tricks. Do compression socks help either sports performance or recovery?
Compression garments, including stockings, socks, sleeves and wraps, were designed primarily to help improve blood flow in post-surgical patients, diabetics, those with circulatory issues or individuals prone to swelling (edema), phlebitis, varicose veins, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
For these inactive and bedridden patients, the tightly fitting leg wraps help blood return to the heart so it doesn’t pool in the lower extremities and cause swelling. The compression also reduces and risk of blood clots. Athletes started using compression socks in the hopes of gaining similar benefits regarding improved blood flow.
Compression Socks and Recovery
When it comes to wearing compression socks for sports recovery, the research paints a slightly different picture: a growing number of studies suggest that the use of compression socks may, in fact, speed recovery and reduce soreness after a strenuous workout. The results vary, but the trend points to a decrease in reported muscle sorenessand possibly less muscle damage and faster recovery when using compression sockspost-exercise. Some studies also support the theory that wearing compression socks during intense endurance runs, plyometrics or sprint training may also reduce the amount of post-exercise soreness reported by athletes.
Keep in mind that accurately measuring soreness is tricky business, and rating the level of soreness an athlete experiences after training is subjective and hard to quantify. There’s also the very real placebo effect that some athletes may experience while wearing compression clothing. The psychological boost and the belief that the clothing can improve recovery, along with the sensation of compression, may have a greater effect of an athlete’s perception of soreness. And as any athlete knows, what we believe can have a very real impact on our performance.
Get the Right Fit
To get the benefits of compression socks, the right amount of compression is essential. It should be tighter at the ankle and gradually decrease compression up toward the knee. Too much compression can decrease blood flow, and too little compression offers little benefit, so getting it just right is the trick. It is critical that when buying compression stocking that you are being measured by one of our practitioners.