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Getting A Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferer Back On Her Feet

When I was completing my Bachelor of Science at the University of Waterloo I had the opportunity to work with a number of professors and graduate students who were doing biomechanical research. This experience sparked my interest in foot biomechanics, particularly how people adapt to walking on varying terrain and how they modify their techniques when they are injured or in pain.

Today, one of the aspects I enjoy most working as a Canadian Certified Pedorthist is assessing abnormalities in patients’ walking cycle and following the evaluation, determining the pedorthic treatment that will help them achieve their personal activity goals. I get a deep personal satisfaction each time I am able to help a patient who has been struggling to perform their daily activities.


Foot Pain Is Optional

I believe foot pain is largely optional!

This may seem like an unusual and unfair statement to make, particularly as I spend my days counselling and treating patients who are suffering from foot pain so let me explain. Foot pain can be very severe and debilitating and it can be experienced by people of all ages. However, in the vast majority of cases, foot pain can be eliminated or eased. The primary reason people live with foot pain is because they delay treatment, either because they mistakenly believe the pain is something they have to put up with or because they don’t know where to go for help.


Don’t Let A Blister Ruin Your Fun

Blisters are miserable. Whether they are on your toes, heels or the soles of your feet nothing can take the enjoyment out of a beautiful hike or relaxing run more than a painful blister. Although many people consider blisters a rite of passage for breaking in a new pair of shoes or a small price to pay for looking glamorous in high heels, blisters are largely avoidable.


Winter Footcare Dos and Don’ts

In Canada winter is tough. Frigid temperatures, ice covered roads and paths and endless snow, sleet and wind is tough on cars, houses and even feet. Here are some tips to help you protect your feet during Canada’s toughest season:


Foot Friendlier High Heels

Be sensitive about high heels

I spend a lot of time educating my patients about footwear that is appropriate for them and dress shoes, especially high heels, are one of the hot topics. I love shoes and I wear high heels but as a foot care professional I know the damage they can cause so I wear them in moderation and I always take into account my individual foot mechanics. When it comes to counseling my patients about dress shoes, I tell them to follow the same advice; be sensitive about how much time they are wearing high heels and consider their own foot shape and limitations.

If you wear high heels to a job where you will be sitting at your desk and only doing limited walking throughout the day, high heels are not as big an issue. However, if your job requires you to stand on your feet most of the day or your trip to work involves a lot of walking you need to be very careful when you wear high heels.


Leisure activities can be tipping point

Often the tipping point that brings patients into my clinic for treatment of their foot and lower limb pain is their leisure activity. Not surprisingly when patients learn the activity or sport they do for their physical and mental health has pushed them into an injury state they are frustrated, because what they love to do has helped injure them and also because they have been sidelined from their activity. This was definitely the case with Jennifer, one of the patients I have treated for the last six years. 


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