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When you come in with heel pain, there is a decent chance we will tell you it is due to plantar fasciitis. We’ll explain that it involves an inflammation in the ligament under your foot, and prescribe a course of treatment, but what if you want to learn more? You know you can always ask us questions, but maybe you retain information better if you can read it rather than just hear it. That’s what our online patient education library is for—to give you a written resource to dig a little deeper into the causes of foot problems and learn more about foot care techniques.

Explaining Your Foot Problems

Did you know that about one fourth of your bones are found in your feet? 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments comprise this complicated foundation of your body that allows you to run, walk, and jump. Add to that your blood vessels, nerves and skin, and you can see how many possibilities there are for something to go wrong.

Understanding your problem can help you see the causes, the importance of treatment, and the ways you may be able to prevent it from getting worse or coming back. Take Achilles tendinitis, for example. When you learn that this condition often happens from overuse, or from not properly conditioning your feet and ankles for the actions you demand of them, it will help you realize the importance of resting to let the tissue heal and stretching to make the tendon more limber. You can also be careful to add new activity gradually in stages so your body gets used to the added trauma and can withstand it better.

Understanding Your Foot Care Options

You can use the patient education resources to learn about various remedies for a problem. Look up the causes of bunions, and you will understand that treatment may be as simple as changing your shoe style or being fitted with orthotics. Learn that if you do nothing the problem will most likely get worse, and may end up requiring surgery to correct the alignment of the bones in your foot, so you can regain comfort and mobility.

The library includes information on all types of foot conditions, including deformities like hammertoe and heel spurs, injuries like fractures and sprains, nerve compression problems like Morton’s neuroma, complications from disease such as diabetic ulcers, or nail and skin problems like calluses, warts, and fungal nails. Just enter the term you want to learn about in our search bar to see what we can tell you about it.

Don’t forget to check out our blogs, too. These help keep you up-to-date on common foot conditions and the current trends in caring for them.

Working Together for Your Foot Health

We strongly believe that an informed patient has a better chance at a good outcome, because then we can partner and work together to put an end to your pain and allow you to resume your normal activity. Great foot care is a team effort, with all hands needed on deck—including yours!

If you have pain or numbness in your feet or have injured them in some way, give Axis Foot & Ankle Clinic a call at (403) 477-3338 to set up an appointment at one of our three, convenient locations in Calgary, AB. We look forward to helping you restore your feet to full health and function!

Choosing shoes for your children can play a critical role in their musculoskeletal development, including their posture.

In general, infants just learning to walk do not need shoes. Infants may go barefooted indoors, or wear only a pair of socks. This helps the foot grow normally and develop its muscles and strength as well as encourages the grasping ability of toes.

Once children are ready to walk as toddlers, their need for properly-fitted shoes is important. In general, a soft, pliable, roomy shoe, such as a sneaker, is ideal for all children. The toe box should provide enough space for growth and should be wide enough to allow the toes to wiggle. A finger's breadth of extra length will usually allow for about three to six months' worth of growth, though this can vary depending on your child's age and rate of growth.

Because high-top shoes tie above the ankle, they are recommended for younger children who may have trouble keeping their shoes on. Contrary to common belief, however, high-top shoes offer no advantages in terms of foot or ankle support over their low-cut counterparts.

Here are some tips when purchasing shoes for children:

  • Both feet should be measured every time you shop for new shoes since those little feet are growing. If, as is common, the feet are two different sizes, shoes should be fitted to the larger foot.
  • The child's foot should be sized while he or she is standing up with full weight-bearing.
  • There should be about one-half inch of space (or a thumb's width) between the tip of the toes and the end of the shoe. The child should be able to comfortably wiggle his or her toes in the shoe.
  • Have the child walk around the store for more than just a few minutes wearing the shoe with a normal sock. Ask the child if he or she feels any pressure spots in the shoe. Look for signs of irritation on the foot after the shoe is tested.
  • Put your hand inside the shoe and feel around for any staples or irregularities in the glue that could cause irritation. Examine where the inside stitching hits the foot.
  • Examine the shoe itself. It should have a firm heel counter (stiff material on either side of the heel), adequate cushioning of the insole, and a built-in arch. It should be flexible enough to bend where the foot bends at the ball of the foot, not in the middle of the shoe.
  • Never try to force your child's feet to fit a pair of shoes.
  • Shoes should not slip off at the heels. Children who have a tendency to sprain their ankles will do better with high-top shoes or boots.

Children who frequently remove shoes from their feet may be signaling some discomfort. Check your child's feet periodically for signs of too-tight shoes, such as redness, calluses or blisters, which will help you know when they've outgrown their shoes.

Remember that the primary purpose of shoes is to prevent injury. Shoes seldom correct children's foot deformities or change a foot's growth pattern. Casting, bracing, or surgery may be needed if a serious deformity is present. If you notice a problem, please contact our office to have your child's feet examined.


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