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SPORT MEDICINE & HEEL PAIN CENTRE.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET,
AND THEY WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU

Our team of Foot Specialists are honoured to serve Wasaga Beach, South Georgian Bay and surrounding areas to help get you back on your feet without pain. When your feet hurt, everything hurts!

Our team takes special interest in resolving all cases of heel pain and has invested in the most up-to-date technology and equipment available to efficiently do so. Our goal is to return our patients to their whole level of health by healing their injuries and preventing future ones from impairing performance.

We Specialize in Sports & Injuries

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Sports

Hockey, Cleat Wearing Sports (Soccer, Football, Rugby), Running, Dancing, Skiing/Snowboarding, Martial Arts/Kick-Boxing.

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Sports Injuries/Conditions

Ankle Sprains/strains, Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spur, Turf Toe, Achilles Tendinopathies, Fat Pad Syndrome, Ingrown Toenails, Cuboid Syndrome, Shin Splints and Many More.

Sports Chiropody 

An athlete’s feet are essential to their health and overall well-being. On average, over 3X your body weight of force travels through your feet each time your foot hits the ground. Our Foot Specialists at Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic are particularly interested in Sports Chiropody. They are passionate about managing foot care for athletes of all levels (primary to elite), ages, and sports (indoor and outdoor).

The anatomy of the foot is complex, requiring extensive evaluation of both non-weight bearing and weight bearing before diagnosing and treating an injury. In addition, the type of sport, intensity, frequency, athletic footwear required, and individual biomechanics must all be evaluated for optimal treatment plan development.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
Orthotics Can Improve Your Game.

Are your skates rubbing or causing blisters? Do you experience foot pain in your ski boots, blisters, or sore feet after skiing? If so, you may benefit from custom orthotics for SPORT!

Research shows (and our practitioners can tell you from experience) custom orthotics help increase speed, control, and better turning ability. Additionally, they prevent excessive pronation leading to wasted muscle energy, blisters, and Haglund’s deformity on the back of the heel bone.

Why Do My Heels Hurt?

Heel Pain Centre

Plantar fasciitis (heel pain) is a common overuse injury characterized by sharp heel pain first thing in the morning or after rest. The plantar fascia is a thick non-elastic band of fibrous tissue that runs from all five metatarsal heads and attaches to the calcaneus (heel bone). Its primary function is to maintain the medial longitudinal arch of the foot.

The problem begins when stress is applied to the plantar fascia, and the fascia pulls away from its weakest insertion at the heel, causing microtears. This causes inflammation and pain. A plantar fascia microtear can also occur at the midsole (arch) or towards the toes. Since it is difficult to rest the foot, the situation is aggravated with every step taken. This problem can rapidly progress, and immediate treatment is best. As the fascia is pulled from the bone, the body reacts by filling the space with new bone. This can cause the classic “heel spur.” This heel spur is a secondary x-ray finding and is not the problem – but a result of the problem.

Don’t stress! An important thing to remember if you are concerned is that almost all cases can be treated using conservative measures. At Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic, we have the tools and solutions for your heel pain, no matter the cause!

Heel Pain Causes

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Flat Pronated Feet (pesplanus)

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Stress Fracture or Trauma

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High Arched Feet (pescavus)

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Achilles Tendonitis (Overuse)

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Diminished Heel Pad

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Improper Footwear

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Bursitis from Activity

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

How Can We Help You?

Sports Medicine & Heel Pain Centre Treatment

95% of heel pain cases are treated without surgery; however, in the event of unresolved cases, an instep fasciotomy may be discussed with your chiropodist/Podiatrist. Don’t stress! An important thing to remember if you are concerned is that almost all cases can be treated using conservative measures. At Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic, we have the tools and solutions for your heel pain, no matter the cause!

Shockwave Therapy

A custom-made orthotic is a prescribed corrective removable device placed in the shoes to properly hold the foot in its proper position to optimize joint, muscle, and ligament function. This allows the foot and lower leg to move more efficiently, eliminating foot and lower leg pain and pathology (ex. plantar fasciitis, heel spur, bunions, hammer toes, callous, arthritis, shin splints, runner’s knee, back pain, etc.)

Low-Level Laser Therapy/ Ultrasound

Heel pain is common and can last for months to years if not treated. It is essential to seek treatment immediately to start the healing process and prevent the injury from worsening.  Make sure you also mention sports injury here!

Manual Foot Therapy

Manual Foot Therapy

Athletic Taping

Ingrown toenails are painful and can lead to infection. Ingrown toenails can easily be fixed. Common causes include tight footwear, improper nail cutting, genetics, and trauma. It is important to treat ingrown toenails immediately to prevent them from worsening. Conservative and permanent surgical treatment options (partial nail avulsion) are available on-site and will be discussed with your Chiropodist.

Other Options Include:

Orthotics
Night Splints
Motion Control Shoes
Exercises for pain relief and prevention
Stretching and Strengthening
Hot and Cold Therapy
Cortisone Injections
Medication
Heel Pads