Diabetic Foot Care Supervision

Diabetics tend to be prone to foot issues due to poor circulation and nerve damage, making it important for any diabetic to consult with a podiatrist before serious complications arise. Chris Hastings is one of the most experienced podiatrists in diabetic foot care in Toronto. At the Podiatry on Yonge @ King foot clinic in downtown Toronto, we help assess manage any complications you might be experiencing as a result of diabetes, and ensure your feet stay healthy and strong. Our diabetic foot care supervision focuses on establishing proper foot care, from washing and drying feet to toenail care to foot protection, proper exercise, foot examination and more.

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Nail Care

At Podiatry on Yonge @ King foot clinic, we work with clients who are unable to manage nail care on their own, from simple tidying, to helping those who have difficulty reaching or seeing their feet, to working with clients who might have ingrown nails, discolouration, and other nail conditions.

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Smoothing of corns and callouses

Corns and callouses are areas of thickened skin that from when excessive pressure or friction is applied to the foot. When they develop on the feet, they can cause pain and discomfort when you walk or wear poor-fitting shoes. Those with bony feet are more likely to develop corns, as the feet lack natural cushioning that would prevent excessive friction. At our Toronto foot clinic, we will work with you to manage your corns and callouses, from smoothing them to suggesting the best shoes for your to wear, or in more serious cases, removal.- Medical care and supervision of fungus nails and skin disorders.Toe nail fungus characteristically causes nails to thicken and yellow, and sometimes, become brittle. Toronto podiatrist Chris Hastings will assess the fungus, and possibly prescribe oral or topical fungus, a washing routine, and in some cases, surgical treatment. Skin disorders, such as blisters, athlete’s foot, cracked heels, warts and psoriasis are some of the common aliments we see in our downtown Toronto foot clinic. They often go untreated as they are typically covered by socks or shoes, but if you suspect you’re suffering from one of these disorders, we recommend visiting our clinic for assessment and management. Leaving a foot skin disorder untreated can result in pain, infection and even more serious disease.

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Gait Correction with Orthotics

Sometimes foot pain can be so debilitating that it can prevent you from leading an active lifestyle. Years of walking and participating in various sports, or injury can lead to alignment issues in your body, resulting in foot pain. Our foot clinic specializes in assessing gait conditions and correcting them by creating custom orthotics in Toronto using balanced and corrected plaster models.

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Nail Corrective Treatment – Non Invasive Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Ingrown toe nails or nails that curve inward can be quite painful. These nail conditions can be genetic, trauma inflicted or arise from nail trimming techniques.These conditions can become complicated when the growing nail digs into the flesh of the skin. This can become inflamed, painful and infected.

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Shockwave therapy also referred to as extracorpeal shockwave therapy.High intensity pulses of mechanical energy penetrate injured tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, etc.) at a cellular level, which stimulates a healing response. This accelerates tissue healing with minimal scar tissue production.Research has shown this modality to be successful in the treatment of chronic soft tissue injuries, tendinopathies and repetitive strain disorders. This includes plantar fasciopathy, achilles tendinopathy, posterior tibial tendinopathy, capsulitis, and even joint injuries.

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Wart Treatment

Warts are a virus, verruca, that occurs in the skin. It is transmitted by touch, spread through direct contact with surfaces contaminated by the virus. These surfaces can include, pools, public showers, gyms, yoga studios or nail salons. Warts are caused by an infection known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 strains of HPV that can develop in different areas of the body

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Soft Tissue Surgeries

This surgical procedure of an ingrown nail involves removing a small portion of the side of the nail and destroying the nail bed beneath. This is known as a Nail Avulsion. The toe is injected with a numbing medicine, and the toenail is cut to create a new, straight nail edge. The cells underneath the nail will try to grow a new nail, so they must be destroyed, thereby creating a permanently thinner nail. The toe is then bandaged until it completely heals (a few weeks). If the nail is infected, antibiotics are given prior to the procedure to alleviate pain, avoid complications and to speed healing time.

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Corticosteroid Injections

Did you know approximately one fifth of all general practitioner consultations are for some form of rheumatological or musculoskeletal problem causing pain and discomfort?The use of corticosteroid injection therapy in the management of such foot and ankle problems is widely performed.

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Photodisinfection For Nail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a nail infection known in medical terms as Onychomycosis. The nails become thick, yellow or discoloured. It can spread from pools, public gyms, nail salons, spas or even working in an environment where fungus thrives. Toe fungus can spread from athletes’ foot infection, or the nails can spread to the skin causing athlete’s foot. This infection is difficult to get rid of, even the best over the counter fungal nail treatment has trouble clearing this condition.

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Physiotherapy/ Sports Medicine of the Lower Extremity

Since the joints, tendons and muscles in our lower body bear much of our weight, conditions or disorders of the lower extremities (hips, knees, and ankles) are quite common. We believe the foot is part of a kinetic chain that is not independent from the dynamic motions of the hip, knee and ankle. Imbalances above the feet can relate to foot pain as well. Part of treating foot pain requires examining individual weaknesses, range of motion and abnormalities in gait function.

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