Winter 2014

Cold Feet?

Cold feet can occur for many reasons including poor circulation in the lower legs and feet.

Conditions such as PVD (Peripheral Vascular Disease) in which blood flow is limited due to arterial blockage or narrowing, or peripheral neuropathy, a condition affecting the nervous system and particularly sensation, can give the foot a numb and cold feeling.

Peripheral neuropathy is common in diabetics and those with spinal disease.

Other conditions that may cause cold feet include certain medications, nerve or thyroid conditions.

Symptoms of cold feet include:

  • Tired or cramping feet/legs
  • Swelling
  • Aching
  • Dry and/or cracked skin
  • “Pins and needles” sensation

Treatment for cold feet includes:

  • Examination by a chiropodist/podiatrist
  • Socks to keep the feet warm and assist in blood flow
  • Limited exposure to cold air
  • Appropriate seasonal footwear
  • Daily moisturizing to prevent dry/cracked skin

In some cases, nerve-related causes of cold sensation may have to be treated with medication and/or surgery.

Winter footwear:

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Avoid slips and falls this winter by wearing durable footwear that will keep you safe and warm. Here are a few tips on what to look for in a winter boot:

Boot Height
– boot must be tall enough to avoid snow from getting inside and melting, making you wet, uncomfortable and cold.

Liner- A thick and soft liner to help keep feet warm and dry. A fleece collar or drawstring at the top of the boot may be helpful.

Upper
– Material such as suede, treated leather or synthetic fur uppers are warm options, but must be waterproof.

Sole
– Rubber provides protection and insulation and keeps the boot protected from water and cold temperatures. It is also easy to clean.

Heel– Select a boot with wide heels and adequate tread. Look for cross-hatching that will grip in icy conditions.

Winter Footwear

What’s New?

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Lisa Henry, an associate chiropodist at our clinic for the past five years has now moved to Milton. We thank Lisa for all her hard work in providing treatment to our patients and wish her well in her future endeavours, both personally and professionally.

Darren Gobin B.Sc., D.Ch.

Joining our team this past August is Darren Gobin. Darren is a registered chiropodist and recent graduate from the Michener Institute. His past experience consists of time spent at chiropody and wound clinics around the GTA including Toronto Rehab, Women’s College Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital. Darren is dedicated to providing optimal care for all of his patients by alleviating conditions related to the foot, improving foot function and enhancing his patients’ quality of life.

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