Today, Feet First Clinic celebrates its 12th anniversary! Since 2009, our goal has been (and continues to be) to set the best standards for our patients’ foot care needs.
It’s been a pleasure serving the community with the following services:
- Medical pedicures
- Nail care
- Diabetic foot care
- Foot care products
- Custom orthotics
- Skincare products
- Informative content
- Biomechanical Video gait analysis
- Wart removal
To celebrate 12 years of foot care, we want to give you a glimpse at some of our favourite and most popular articles of all time. Below you’ll find 12 of our picks from the last 12 years.
Feet First Clinic’s Top-12 Blog Articles: Our Picks
How To Cut Your Toenails Like a Professional
As simple as it may seem, trimming and filing your toenails correctly is an important part of maintaining proper foot health. It can save you from pesky and rather painful nail problems, such as ingrown toenails, broken toenails, and toenail-related infections.
In this timeless article, learn about the dos and don’ts of cutting your toenails like a professional. Then, check out our picks for the best tools for the job.
Stubbed Toe: What To Do When It Happens
Ouch. We all know that feeling. Stubbing your toe, whether it’s on the side of the bed, on the coffee table, or while barefoot on the lawn or at the beach, the pain is intense: Your toe swells like a balloon, and the area is throbbing. So what do you do? One thing’s for sure: you need to do something. Even if that means intentionally doing nothing at all. In this article we break down:
- What Classifies as a Stubbed Toe?
- How Long Does it Take For a Stubbed Toe to Heal?
Cold or Warm Therapy: What’s Better For Your Feet?
Generally, cold therapy should be used for acute injuries and foot pain as ice constricts blood vessels and swelling. Heat has the opposite effect. Applying heat to an area increases blood flow, relaxes the muscles, and encourages an extended range of motion. As such, muscle soreness or tightness may benefit from the warmth, rather than cold therapy.
This article will teach you about what the differences are between warm therapy and cold therapy, and each of the use cases.
Ankle Popping And Cracking—Causes, And Remedies
Does your ankle crack or pop when you rotate it? You’re not alone. Ankle cracking and ankle popping are quite common, and there’s no immediate need to worry. In fact, joint popping has a medical term. Crepitus is abnormal popping or crackling of a joint, which may be sometimes uncomfortable or painful. After reading this article you’ll discover whether it’s bad or good that your ankles crack, whether it’s doing damage to you, and how to get rid of cracking ankles.
Do You have a Corn or a Plantar Wart?
You have an odd lesion on your foot: it’s circular, painful at times, hard, and yellowish in colour. Is it a corn or a wart? These two skin lesions are commonly confused with one another. Check out this article to learn how to tell the difference.
Hallux Rigidus or Bunions: What’s The Difference?
If you have a lump on your big toe, you may wonder whether it’s a bunion or hallux rigidus. Both these foot conditions are characterized by bumps on the big toe and can be painful when wearing improper footwear. They are also both progressive conditions that can get worse over time if not properly treated. In this article, we’ll elaborate on how these two conditions are different from each other, and what you can do about them.
Want to learn more about various foot conditions? Read our complete guide on the As to Zs of foot conditions.
Footwear and Biomechanics
Are Your Shoes Too Small? Here Are the Warning Signs
Blisters, bruised toenails, hot feet, calluses, and corns are all signs of ill-fitting shoes. If you are unsure of your size, have your feet measured. Keep in mind: the right fitted shoe will have about a finger’s width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. If you can feel the end of the shoe with your toe, it’s too small! Pro top: Bring your orthotics with you when you try on shoes to account for the added volume.
Shoes With Zero Drop, High Drop, And Everything In Between
Our goal is to find the shoe that’s right for you. Drop, defined as the difference between the height of the heel and toe in a shoe, is an important consideration when shopping. The point of a shoe’s drop is to reduce stress on certain parts of your body. By artificially keeping your foot in a certain position, a shoe’s drop can reduce pressure on the Achilles tendon and calves. In this article, we offer our selection of choices for various brands and models that best suit you and your feet.
Everything You Need To Know About Your Gait
Have you ever wondered if you are walking properly? Or why your feet feel easily tired from an activity?
Did you know that a lot of the time, you can attribute the pain you experience in your feet (such as the arches, heel, and balls) to abnormal walking patterns?
This blog explores the body’s gait (defined as a person’s manner or pattern of walking), the gait cycle, and how faulty foot mechanics can affect your entire body, not just your feet. Additionally, we look at how overpronation and over supination can affect your gait. Finally, this blog outlines how gait can change when running versus walking.
Our clinic prioritizes a preventative approach to foot care. You, the patients, are empowered to be active participants in your treatment. Our on-site store provides patients with therapeutic tools and resources, including orthopaedic footwear, insoles, medical devices, and over-the-counter solutions.
Is There A Difference Between A Chiropodist And A Podiatrist?
Chiropodist and podiatrist are terms that refer to regulated foot specialists in Ontario. Rest assured, there is no need to worry about potentially booking an appointment with the wrong specialist. In this blog post, we answer the following questions:
- What type of foot specialist should I book an appointment with?
- What are (if any) the differences between a Chiropodist and a podiatrist?
- If I book an appointment with one or the other, is it a mistake?
What Happens During A Medical Pedicure?
A pedicure is a wonderful thing to treat yourself to when you’re in need of a little self-care and relaxation! We’re all aware that many people enjoy a standard cosmetic pedicure from a spa or nail salon, as they’re a good way to pamper yourself. While this is true, did you know that there is such a thing as a medical pedicure? That’s right! A licensed Chiropodist performs medical pedicures. There are numerous benefits to this specialized service, and this article provides the lowdown on how our downtown Toronto foot experts perform a medical pedicure!
Custom Made Orthotics: What to Expect on Your First Appointment
A custom foot orthotic is a device derived from a three-dimensional representation of a person’s foot and also made of suitable materials with regard to the individual’s condition. It addresses structural or functional foot conditions that lead to faulty foot mechanics and abnormal gait patterns by providing support, stability, and balance. Custom orthotics are removable devices that can be transferred between shoes.
In this article, we outline what you can expect for your orthotics appointment, anything you might need to bring, and how you can go about booking one.
12 Years Of Serving You, Here’s to Many More!
Toronto’s Feet First Clinic specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute and chronic conditions that affect the tissue, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints of the toes, feet, and ankles.
We’re confident in our ability to help inform you and solve your concern with the least amount of discomfort possible.
Call us at 416-769-3338 or Click Above to Book Your Assessment Today!