Good foot care and regular foot check ups are an important part of your health care. Our podiatrists offer care for a wide range of foot and ankle conditions. We work with patients of all ages on everything from simple to complex disorders.
Your foot health can be a clue to your overall health. With our specialized education and experience, our doctors not only treat your feet and ankles, we can help detect early stages of other diseases. For example, joint stiffness could mean arthritis. Tingling or numbness could be a sign of diabetes. Swelling might indicate kidney disease, heart disease or high blood pressure.
Read more about how we can help care for your feet.
SIGVARIS® Compression Stocking Therapy
Compression therapy is the application of external pressure to the limb to reduce venous pressure within the limb. Wearing graduated socks or stockings will support your veins and increase circulation, reducing swelling and the feeling of tired, achy legs. To be most effective, the socks or stockings should be put on at the start of your day and removed before you go to bed.
How do compression stockings help?
Remember, the heart pumps blood against gravity up the veins of the legs. As a person walks, the contraction and relaxation of the calf muscles around the veins are necessary to help move blood toward the heart.
Some people have an inherited weakness of the vein walls or valves, which create additional challenges to venous circulation. Wearing SIGVARIS® compression socks or stockings is vital for the prevention and treatment of varicose veins and other circulatory problems, especially for individuals who are at risk.
Compression is greatest at the ankle, gradually decreasing up the leg.
Achilles offers a wide range of SIGVARIS® stockings
The SIGVARIS® Medical Therapy Collection offers many styles, including calf-length, thigh-hi, pantyhose & maternity pantyhose which are ideal for prevention and management of various levels of venous conditions.
Achilles Certified SIGVARIS® fitters
Our doctors can help determine the appropriate SIGVARIS® product and compression strength for your condition. Contact us to set up an appointment to learn more about how compression stocking therapy can help you.
A fungal nail is an infection characterized by a change in the toenail s colour, thickness, and quality. It is also known as onychomycosis. It may cause pain and difficulty in walking. Fungal nails are unsightly and may be malodorous and a source of embarrassment.
Studies estimate that fungal nail infections affect three to five percent of the population. However, podiatrists believe that because so many cases go unreported, the incidence is much higher.
You may suffer from nail fungus if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Thickened nail
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
- Distorted in shape or separated
- Dull, with no luster or shine
- A dark colour, caused by debris building up under nail
New treatment now available for fast, effective relief of fungal nail
With summer quickly approaching, we can help clear toenail fungus and get your feet sandal-ready. Our new laser machine is proven to be a safe and effective solution for treating toenail fungus.
How does the laser work?
The laser kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear, it takes time to grow out.
Your podiatrist will repeat this several times until enough energy has reached the nail bed. Your nail will feel warm during the treatment.
Depending on how many toes are involved, a single treatment session will take under 30 minutes. Treatment times will vary, so please ask your podiatrist for more information.
How is the laser different from other common treatment methods for onychomycosis?
Until recently, sufferers of onychomycosis had few options for successfully treating this embarrassing condition. Often, the treatments could take months or even longer with limited success.
Is this treatment safe?
Our laser treatment is very safe. No side effects or adverse reactions have been reported.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
What can I expect immediately following the procedure? When will I see results?
Immediately following the procedure your nail may feel warm for a few minutes. Over the coming weeks and months, your nail should begin to grow out clear of any fungus and you will begin to see new healthy nail.
Onychomycosis may slow the growth of your nail, so result times will vary. On average, most patients will start to see results within eight to 10 weeks.
How many treatments are recommended?
The number of laser treatments will vary depending on how severely each digit is infected. After the initial treatment, most podiatrist will follow up a few weeks later.
How soon can I return to normal activities?
The majority of patients can resume normal activities immediately after their treatment. Your podiatrist will discuss this in more detail.
Will the fungus come back?
The infection improves following one treatment but you will need to continue with home care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of re-infection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
Is there a recovery period?
No. You walk in and walk out immediately after your treatment.
Low power laser therapy can help a variety of conditions including with acute or post-operative pain. Laser therapy can help by increasing blood supply and metabolism.
Treatments may last as little as one minute or as long as fifteen minutes. The total number of treatments required varies for each patient.
- Achilles tendonitis
- Heel pain
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Open wounds
We will be carrying a new line of shoes and sandals soon. As well as compression and merino wool socks this spring. Check back soon!
Custom Orthotics help relieve pain
We believe in a holistic approach to dealing with foot pain. In addition to general foot care and surgery, we offer custom orthotics to help correct posture, prevent foot strain and give you walking comfort.
How do orthotics help?
Custom foot orthotics help relieve continuous pain by restoring normal foot function and regaining your body’s natural balance. In general, an orthotic controls each phase of the walking cycle, from the moment your heel hits the ground, until your toes push off.
Orthotics often provide great relief for:
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Posterior tibial tendonitis
- Stress fractures
- Shin splints
- Nerve impingements
How do you fit a custom orthotic?
- Podiatrist prescribes orthotics.
- A stance and gait analysis needs to be performed.
- Computer mat scanning and foam box molds are taken when the patient is weight bearing. These weight bearing molds capture the foot when it is in a totally collapsed state and often in the position that is causing pain. Therefore these techniques are not used by our podiatrists.
- Non-weight bearing plaster molds are taken with each foot in a neutral, aligned position.
What are your orthotics made of?
High temperature thermoplastic or foam rubber (polypropylene, carbon fiber, EVA, Nickeplast, neoprene, etc).
Will they fit in my shoes?
Orthotics can be made to fit multiple pairs of shoes or for a specific purpose.
Do you make orthotics for children?
Our doctors are trained to diagnose and treat children’s foot problems by careful examination of the foot and lower limb. We treat common, chronic and acute problems like developmental problems, intoed gait, knock knees and flat feet. Our doctors may prescribe orthotics to help in these areas.
Your custom orthotics are carefully engineered for your feet. They generally last between three to five years. We want you to be happy with your orthotics and guarantee your satisfaction.
Routine Foot Care
Routine check-ups and testing are vital to good foot health. Our doctors are well educated on the latest techniques to ensure our patients receive the best care.
Regular foot care for seniors and high-risk patients including diabetics, can prevent many serious complications.
General foot care services include:
- Nail clipping
- Corn & callus care
- Diabetic foot health check up
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for heel pain
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot, resulting in arch and heel pain. It is a common problem that causes pain under the heel bone and in the arch of the foot. People who have plantar fasciitis often complain of pain under the heel from lengthy walks and long periods of standing.
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or ESWT, is a new treatment option for patients with chronic heel pain. It is a fast, gentle non-surgical method of reducing heel pain. It is similar to the technique that is used to disintegrate kidney stones without invasive surgery.
How does ESWT work?
ESWT delivers focused shock waves to the body. At Achilles, we use the EMS Swiss DolorClast® equipment designed specifically for orthopedic use. It ensures a gentle and efficient treatment with pneumatically (compressed) generated shockwaves, which are transmitted into the area of pain through a handpiece.
Chronically inflamed soft tissue and bone calcifications heal stronger without any harm to the surrounding tissue by stimulating the body’s natural self-healing process. Shock wave therapy is thought to work by inducing microtrauma to the tissue that is affected by plantar fasciitis. This microtrauma initiates a healing response by the body. This healing response causes blood vessel formation and increases delivery of nutrients to the affected ares. It stimulates the body’s own repair process and can relieve the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
Following the procedure, we ask patients to take it easy the remainder of the day. The next day, most patients can take part in their normal, daily activities. Significant pain relief was noted by 80% of the patients within a week following the procedure. No immobilization is required.
The treatment cost depends on the location of pain and time needed for the session.