Preventing Foot Problems

Everyone changes as they grow older and there’s no reason to think your feet don’t do the same. People are often confused about the condition of their feet. They don’t know which foot problems are preventable and which ones need to be seen to by a podiatrist.

Here’s a few different scenarios and the things you can do to prevent the common problems.


Why Do My Heels Hurt?

If you ask a Toronto podiatrist like Chris Hastings, he will  more likely tell you that your heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis. This is the condition that happens when the arch of your foot starts to collapse. Wearing the wrong shoes, gaining too much weight or even just an active lifestyle can cause this condition.

One of the best ways to treat this ailment is with the right kind of shoe. As a past President of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association, Chris Hastings is available to help you get the right solution.


Why are My Toes Getting Crooked?

Bunions and a condition called hammertoe are behind crooked toes. You can get either one of these conditions from wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. They are also genetic.

Many people have a second toe that is longer than the first one. Over time, this longer digit tends to bend inside shoes designed to fit the shorter toe.

Finding shoes that provide excellent arch support is quite often the solution. An orthotic shoe is quite often the first step.  Sometimes, wearing this type of shoe over a period of time can correct the problem.

Chris Hastings can help when you need to have crooked toes and deformed joints repaired surgically. He has experience and understands that arthritis can be another reason for these deformities.


Why Do My Feet Itch and Burn?

The culprit here is quite often a fungal infection like athlete’s foot. However, itching and burning can also be the result of something in your socks.

Quite often antifungal cream is all that’s needed to control the burning and itching.

Chris Hastings understands many different kinds of foot problems and has a solution for each. As well as having his own Toronto podiatry clinic, he is served as a consultant in provincial hospitals.

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