chiropody & orthotics

The goal of our Cambridge Chiropodist at Wilson Health Services is to enhance the quality of life for all of our patients. They do this through preserving and enhancing patient mobility, treating foot discomfort, and educating patients about their health.

Chiropody is a medical specialty that focuses on the assessment and treatment of foot and lower limb disorders, including a broad range of ailments, traumas, and local symptoms of clinical conditions.

A Chiropodist is a primary care practitioner who specializes in the assessment, management, prevention and treatment, and prevention of foot ailments and disorders.

Cambridge Chiropodist & Custom Orthotics

The goal of our Cambridge Chiropodist at Wilson Health Services is to enhance the quality of life for all of our patients. They do this through preserving and enhancing patient mobility, treating foot discomfort, and educating patients about their health.

Chiropody is a medical specialty that focuses on the  assessment and treatment of foot and lower limb disorders, including a broad range of ailments, traumas, and local symptoms of clinical conditions.

A Chiropodist is a primary care practitioner who specializes in the assessment, management, prevention and treatment, and prevention of foot ailments and disorders.

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What is Chiropody?

Chiropody (pronounced chi-rop-o-dy) is the assessment, management, treatment, and prevention of foot and lower limb conditions utilizing therapeutic, surgical, orthotic, and palliative methods.

Chiropody is a health profession that focuses on the assessment and treatment of foot conditions.  Physicians and other health care providers often send their patients to a Chiropodist for treatment. A physician’s referral to our Cambridge Chiropody or Podiatry clinic is not necessary.

The Cambridge Chiropodist at Wilson Health Services is an essential part of the health-care team.

Chiropody education covers a wide range of theoretical, practical, and clinical elements of normal and abnormal lower-limb mechanics. Our Cambridge Chiropodist is skilled in casting and “dressing” orthoses, as well as fabricating functional and accommodative orthotic devices. Chiropody established the notion of orthoses and continues to lead the way in improving foot function using orthoses, which is the realm of lower limb biomechanics.

Cambridge Chiropodists are primary care practitioners who can examine, prescribe, and perform treatments such as minor surgical operations, therapeutic treatments such as laser, ultrasound, iontophoresis, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, and electrical therapies, among others.

Foot health is crucial to general health, according to Wilson Health Services Foot Care & Orthotics. With exceptional service, quality goods, and knowledge, we strive to offer you the greatest foot care available in order to restore you to your ideal self.

Because many illnesses and disorders start in the feet, it’s critical to look after these priceless jewels.

Wilson Health Services Advantages

Our services include:

  • Nail Care
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • High Risk Foot Care
  • Callus Removal
  • Corn Removal
  • Wart Treatment
  • Custom Foot Orthotics
  • Diabetic Insoles
  • Wound Management
  • Customized / Modified Orthopedic Footwear
  • Gait Analysis
  • Sports Injuries Management
  • Biomechanical Assessment
  • Pediatric Foot Management
  • Nail Surgery

At Wilson Health Services Foot Care & Orthotics we focus on using therapeutic, surgical, orthotic or palliative means to bring you back to your normal self through exceptional care.

MEET OUR WILSON HEALTH SERVICES CAMBRIDGE CHIROPODISTS

Patricia Wilson | Cambridge ON Chiropodist

Patricia WilsonPatricia Wilson (BScN, RN, DCh), fondly known as Patricia, is our proudly Canadian Cambridge Chiropodist at Wilson Health. Patricia’s journey to a career that she loves is a beautiful story and her positivity is infused with a spirit of gratitude and humility.

With deep roots back in Colombia where she lived for much of her teenage years and early adulthood, she returned to Canada as a young adult to pursue a nursing career. Her rewarding twelve years as a pediatric nurse instilled her strong commitment and deep values to help others. This love for patients as their health advocate would lead her to the healing profession of Chiropodist and custom orthotics care.

Patricia understands the medical science behind injuries and issues surrounding the feet and how that can affect the entire body. Understanding that many diseases and ailments can show up first in the foot, Patricia believes she has a purpose-driven career that brings meaning, prevention, education and exceptional care to the people she serves.

With her personalized approach, backed by a wealth of experience and dedication to her patients, Patricia has gained a notable reputation in the field of chiropody care throughout the Waterloo Region and Guelph area.

Blending a caring, inclusive environment with access to education and various therapy options to encompass health challenges reflects her approach to healthy living and overall wellness. Patricia embraces the opportunity to educate her patients from simple things about how to cut their toenails to warning signs and complexities of the biomechanics of the feet and lower extremities.

Patricia’s love for people and her endearing smile put people at ease from the very first consultation. Her interest in every patient goes far beyond foot conditions and care, as she makes every effort to support and guide her clientele to help with the issues they face.

With her husband Dr. Jay Wilson, they have created a family wellness centre in Cambridge that works hard to improve their patients’ quality of life. In 2018, Patricia opened the Guelph clinic to expand the services to that demographic. Improving mobility, providing education and alleviating pain are fundamental values they both share.

Patricia’s commitment and love for people starts at home. She adores her husband Jay, their three beautiful children, their dog Bernie and the life they have created together in the Puslinch Lake community. As Patricia always says, she loves them all to the moon and back, forever and ever, and to infinity and beyond.

Patricia manages all her roles seamlessly and loves making a difference that changes lives for the better, one foot at a time.

Managing all her roles seamlessly, Patricia loves making a difference that changes lives for the better, one foot at a time.

Lorraine Baclit | Wilson Health Cambridge Chiropodist

Maria Lorraine Baclit (BSc, DCh), better known as Lorraine to her patients, is one of our valuable Chiropodists. She is practicing in Cambridge, Guelph, and Mississauga to better serve the community and does so with a dedication to improve the well-being of everyone in it.

Lorraine studied at the University of Toronto and completed her education at the Michener Institute. She trained at the Michener Chiropody Clinic and right here at the heart of Wilson Health Services, integrating herself into the team quickly. Having grown her skills and rapport on-site, she is a familiar face and well-acquainted with everybody alike.

Her compassion and ability to connect with anyone creates a positive experience for all. Her manner is gentle, sincere, and enthusiastic. Lorraine is passionate about sharing her knowledge of foot health and providing a comprehensive treatment approach to improve the quality of life for all her patients. She looks forward to becoming your foot specialist!

In her time off, Lorraine enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and binge watching her favourite TV shows.

Chiropodist vs Podiatrist

Chiropody is a medical specialty that focuses on the foot. Chiropodists and podiatrists are both part of the chiropody discipline, and they are both governed by the same regulating organization in Ontario, Canada. But what is the difference between a chiropodist and a podiatrist?

A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or Podiatrist, is a practitioner who has received their education in the United States. They have completed a four-year PhD degree in podiatric medicine and have completed at least three years of podiatric medical and surgical residency. In Ontario, a limit was set in July 1993, and no further podiatrists were registered at The College of Chiropodist of Ontario. Podiatrists from the United States were required to register as Chiropodists as well.

Podiatrist are permitted to bill OHIP and communicate a “diagnosis” where Chiropodist are not allowed to do either. Podiatrists can do bone surgery, but Chiropodists can only work on soft tissues like tendons.

At Wilson Health Services Cambridge, Chiropody treatments are available. Call (519) 624-8000 to find out which service is best for you.

Custom Foot Orthotics In Cambridge

Using orthotics for foot related issues

If you’re experiencing back, leg, foot, or heel discomfort, one of the many possible reasons is the shoes you’re wearing. Because your whole body depends on your feet, it is essential to wear the proper footwear. Your life might be unpleasant if your feet are not comfortable and at ease due mainly to ill-fitting shoes.

Your issue may be easily resolved if you implement custom-created foot orthotics. These little shoe inserts might be one of several options available if you have a flat foot, diabetes-related discomfort, or other problems. Even professional athletes use personalized foot orthotics to relieve discomfort and provide comfort.

What do you know about orthotics?

Orthotics are insertable devices that may be used in almost any shoe. They aid in the alignment and support of the foot, as well as the improvement of foot function and the accommodation and correction of foot anomalies. They are particularly efficient in treating numerous forms of foot and lower limb ailments when used with the correct footwear.

The reason behind the need for orthotics?

For many years, our Cambridge Chiropodists have recommended and prescribed orthotics. The main reason for its use is that it helps to balance and stabilize the feet and lower limbs. You may be comfortable when walking or even jogging if your feet have a good support base. All of your foot-related discomfort, postural difficulties, and muscular fatigue may be resolved more quickly.

Orthotics can help you primary with:

  • Foot pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Achilles pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shin aches
  • Lower back pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Callus or corns

If you are experiencing difficulty in any of the areas listed above, please contact your local Cambridge chiropodist to see whether or not you need orthotics.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM ORTHOTICS?

People suffering from an ongoing foot pain

It might be tough to lead a regular everyday life if you experience constant foot discomfort. If you are unable to stand or walk correctly and believe you need assistance. Custom orthotics may be quite beneficial in certain instances.

A diabetic patient

Diabetes may cause nerve damage in the feet, which is generally where neuropathy initially appears. As a result, diabetes patients lose feeling in their feet and are unable to detect cold or high temperatures, as well as discomfort and tension, which may develop to calluses and corns, which can lead to pressure ulcers if not addressed. Many diabetics utilize orthotics to help them manage or eliminate their foot issues.

A patient of arthritis

Arthritis is a painful disorder that affects the joints in various sections of the body. It is possible to have painful disorders in your legs, knees, and feet. The use of orthotics has been shown to be useful.

Runners and athletes

People who participate in sports benefit from custom-made foot orthotics because they increase their strength, endurance, and ability to perform better. Orthotics provide your leg’s muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments the support and alignment needed to properly function while also preventing injuries and discomfort.

Back and knee pain sufferers

If you experience persistent discomfort in your knees, hips, or lower back that hasn’t responded to traditional therapy, there may be a problem with your foot biomechanics. Orthotics are a great way to get relief from these kind of discomfort.

How do orthotics work?

It is necessary to comprehend the walking mechanism in order to comprehend the function of orthotics. Your heel’s vertical axis must fall inverted slightly to the ground with a position of a few degrees towards the heel’s outside with each stride you take. It’s the point at which your foot begins to flatten and lift off the ground at the toes.

As a result, when you take a step, the weight shifts from the outside to the inside of your foot, then back to the lateral. When these movements are overly prominent in the case of plantar fasciitis or don’t happen as frequently in the case of a pes cavus, the issue arises. When you use a corrective orthotic to support your arch, it may prevent your arch from sinking too far or help your feet absorb shock and relieve tension and discomfort.

Types of Orthotics

When you consult our Cambridge Chiropodist, she will prescribe you with either of the two categories.

Functional orthotics

It is mostly intended for those who have impaired foot function. These devices are constructed of plastic polymer materials, which help to keep the arch from flattening. While walking or running, effective orthotics may absorb impact from the ground, minimize stress, and eliminate the possibility of injury.

Accommodative orthotics

If you have mild foot problems or discomfort, you should explore accommodative orthotics. This foot device is often recommended to older individuals who need a device to address past malformations such as bunions, hammer toes, and other foot deformities.

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Foot Conditions

Warts

Plantar warts are mild growths that form on the heels or balls of your feet. They normally go away on their own and do not represent a health risk. Plantar warts, on the other hand, may cause pain and discomfort and may need treatment with a particular drug. A tiny, fleshy, rough, grainy growth on the bottom of your foot with or without black pinpoints is the most typical sign of a plantars wart. Many people mistake a wart with a corn, however a wart disturbs the typical lines and ridges in your foot’s skin, but a corn does not.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in the outer layer of skin on the soles of your feet causes plantar warts. Warm, damp conditions, such as a locker room or a swimming pool, are ideal for HPV to grow.

Plantar warts usually fade away on their own, however it may take a year or two. Please consult your Cambridge Chiropodist and foot care expert if your warts are uncomfortable or spreading.

Toe Types

Hammer toe, Mallet Toe, and Claw Toe are all different types of conditions that can result in serious discomfort.

Hammer Toe

hammer toeA hammer toe is a toe that is contracted at the middle joint in the toe. Ligaments and tendons tighten and cause the toe’s joints to curl downwards. Hammer toes may occur in any toe except the big toe. There are two types – flexible and rigid. In a flexible hammer toe, the joint has the ability to move. A rigid hammer toe does not have that same ability to move. Both felxible and rigid hammer toes can be painless but on occasions may cause pain due to callus or corns caused by rubbing on the top of shoes.

 

Mallet Toe

mallet toeExcessive rubbing of the mallet toe against the top of the shoe can lead to pain and the development of a corn. The tip of the toe is often turned down against the shoe causing pressure and discomfort.
A mallet toe occurs when the joint at the end of the toe cannot straighten. Mallet toes can cause extreme discomfort, and can be aggravated if restrictive or improperly fitting footwear is worn for a prolonged period of time.

 

Claw Toe

claw toeA claw toe is a toe that is contracted at middle and end joints in the toe and can lead to severe pressure and pain. Ligaments and tendons that have tightened and caused the joints to curl downwards. Claw can be flexible and/or rigid. In a flexible claw toe, the joint has the ability to move and can be straightend manually. A rigid claw toe does not have that same ability to move or has very little movement and is extremely painful.

Tenia Pedis

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet that is quite frequent. Fungi or fungal germs are often found in tiny quantities on human skin, where they do no damage. They may, however, infiltrate the skin, spread, and cause infection if the circumstances are appropriate. Warm, wet, and airless regions of skin, such as between the toes, are ideal for the fungus.

Athlete’s foot is a contagious infection that may be spread from person to person. Symptoms include:

  • A rash that gets itchy and scaly as it progresses.
  • It’s possible that the skin may become cracked and inflamed.
  • Infected skin flakes may break off in little flakes.
  • If left untreated, the rash may progress down the toes.
  • It may even extend to the soles in certain situations.
  • On the whole sole and side of the foot, there is a scaling rash.

Fungi seldom penetrate the body deeper than the epidermis. Other germs (bacteria) may enter the untreated athlete’s foot via broken skin. This may sometimes lead to more severe foot or leg infections. The infection might extend to a nail in certain cases. This is something that can be fixed.

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Shin Splints

Shin splints are a recurring occurrence among sports, particularly runners. Overexertion of the muscles causes discomfort in the front or inner aspect of the lower leg or shin after running or simply walking. Without a history of trauma, the pain normally creeps on gradually. Because of the increased risk of stress fractures, shin splints should not be ignored.

Shin splints occur when the muscles in the front of the foot are overworked. Wearing worn-out sports shoes with insufficient shock absorption, flat feet that produce higher stress on the lower leg muscles during exercise, and high arched feet with inadequate shock absorption are all common reasons.

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Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

Along the inside of the ankle and foot, the posterior tibial tendon runs. The posterior tibial tendon travels from the inside of the ankle to the bottom of the foot, passing through the instep. The tendon supports the arch of the foot and aids in turning the foot inward during walking. Flat feet are caused by post-tibial tendon disfunction, in which the tendon fails to keep up the arch. Heel discomfort, arch pain, plantar fasciitis, and/or heel spurs may all result from this. Weight-bearing, particularly walking or running, will make the pain worse.

When the muscle is overworked and the tendon that links the muscle to your bone is stressed, posterior tibial tendonitis develops. Flat feet may potentially cause posterior tibial tendon weakness over time. If you continue to overuse the muscle, the tendon will be damaged, and tendonitis will develop. The discomfort or swelling may come and go at first, but the condition may gradually become more permanent.

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Ingrown Nails

Ingrown toenails are a frequent condition that predominantly affects the great toe. As the ingrown nail develops, it curls down and into the surrounding skin, forcing the skin to grow over it. Sore, frequently painful, nail folds with varying degrees of redness, swelling, and occasionally clear or yellow discharge are signs of ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails usually go away on their own without the need for medical intervention. Complex conditions may need the assistance of a foot care professional.

Ingrown toe nails are created when the sideways developing section of the nail acts as a foreign body, poking into or pinching off a little bit of flesh at the toe’s outer border. This might result in a break in the skin, which can lead to irritation and infection. The irritation typically leads the nail skin fold to thicken even more, worsening the condition. The projecting fragment of nail continues to press into the skin, injuring and inflicting further agony.

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Heel Pain

Heel pain is a frequent ailment in which bearing weight on the heel produces excruciating agony. Overuse repeated stress from too much pressure on a particular region of the foot may often cause heel discomfort. Heel pain syndrome may be caused by a variety of factors. Wearing shoes with overly low heels, a thinning fat pad in the heel region, or an abrupt increase in activity are only a few of the probable reasons. Plantar fasciitis is another probable cause of heel discomfort.

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Fungal Nails

Infections of the nails caused by fungi are quite frequent. The infection results in thicker, unpleasant nails that may also be uncomfortable. Toenails are impacted more often than fingernails. It affects more persons over the age of 55, as well as younger people who use community showers. A fungal skin infection, such as athlete’s foot, may spread to the nails. Infected nails are more likely to be those that have recently been damaged. If you have diabetes, psoriasis, poor circulation, a weakened immune system, or a general poor state of health, you’re more likely to have a fungal nail infection.

The infection usually affects just one nail, although it might affect numerous. The infection is generally painless at first. The nail may seem thicker and discolored, but no other symptoms exist. Patches of white or yellow may occur. It’s possible that the nail may get weak and crack. Nail pieces may break off. It’s possible that the skin close to the nail is irritated or scaly. If the infection is not treated, it may ruin the nail and the nail bed, as well as become uncomfortable.

Treatment for fungus nails is tough, because it does not always cure the infection, and even when it does, it may not return the nail’s look to normal. Antifungal medications must be used for many months – sometimes even longer – to be effective.

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Corns and Callus

Corns and Calluses are two very similar and extremely common foot conditions.

Corns

corn on footCorns are a very common and usually form on the tops, sides and tips of the toes. They develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot. They contain a cone-shaped core or nucleaus with a point that can press on a nerve below and cause pain.

Corns can be caused by wearing tight fitting footwear, high heeled footwear, tight fitting stockings and socks, deformed toes, or the foot sliding forward in a shoe that fits too loosely. Corns in between the toes can result from bony prominences.

Callus

callus on footCalluses are caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells that harden and thicken over an area of the foot. Callus are the body’s way to protect the foot against excessive pressure and friction. Calluses are normally found on the ball-of-the-foot, the heel, and/or the inside of the big toe.

Calluses develop because of excessive pressure at a specific area of the foot. High-heeled dress shoes, shoes that are too small, obesity, abnormalities the way you walk, flat feet, high arched feet, bony prominences, and the loss of the fat pad on the bottom of the foot are all common causes of calluses.

Bunions

Bunion on footConsidered to be one of the most common problems of the forefoot. A bunion is a bony enlargement of the joint and surrounding soft tissues at the base of the big toe. The enlargement makes the big toe joint stick out further on the side, and forces the big toe to curve in closer to the other toes. For some people, bunions cause little or no pain.

Symptoms of bunions include inflammation, swelling, and soreness on the side surface of the big toe. The discomfort commonly causes a patient to walk improperly.

Some people develop bunions from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly (especially high heels or narrow-toed shoes). For other people, bunions are caused by factors beyond their control. These can include a family history of a foot type that is susceptible to bunions, neuromuscular disorders, conditions affecting the joints (e.g., arthritis), severe injury to the foot, deformities at birth and problems that affect the way a person walks (e.g., rolling in at the ankles, pronation, etc.)

Achilles Tendonitis

The achilles tendon is inflamed and degenerates as a result of achilles tendonitis. The achilles tendon is a large tendon that runs from the back of the leg to the heel. Without a history of trauma, pain might develop gradually. Achilles tendinitis should constantly be addressed since the tendon has the potential to grow weak and tear. Excessive tendon tension from sports or running, as well as extended periods of standing, may induce Achilles Tendonitis.

A minor soreness in the back of the leg or above the heel is a common symptom of achilles tendonitis after running or other athletic activities. After a lengthy period of jogging, stair climbing, or sprinting, you may have more acute discomfort. Athletes with achilles tendinitis often remark that getting out of bed in the morning is very difficult. Another typical complaint is soreness after taking a few steps after sitting for lengthy periods of time. With exercise, the discomfort usually subsides.

Over-pronation is the most prevalent cause of achilles tendinitis. When the arch collapses as a result of weight-bearing, the achilles tendon is put under more strain. Improper shoe selection, insufficient stretching before sports, a short achilles tendon, direct stress to the tendon, and heel bone deformity are all factors that contribute to achilles tendonitis.

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful ailment of the heel and soles of the feet that affects many people. The plantar fascia of the foot is characterized by inflammation or degeneration. The plantar fascia is a strong fibrous band of connective tissue that runs from your heel bone to the base of your toes and extends along the sole of your foot. The arch of the foot is supported by the plantar fascia.

Overuse of the plantar fascia, increased physical activity, or weight gain are the most prevalent causes of plantar fasciitis. It’s often linked to long periods of weight bearing, and it’s more frequent in those who have flat feet or collapsed arches.

Plantar fasciitis pain is felt on the bottom of the heel and is generally worst with the first few steps of the day. Plantar fasciitis is known to interfere in moving the toes toward the shin, which is caused by tension of the gastrocnemius muscle or Achilles tendon.

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