TORONTO, ON, February 15, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Now that the Olympics are underway, people have started to spend their nights tuning into the competitions being held in Sochi, Russia. We cheer for the athletes showing great strength, prowess and determination amongst many tough competitors. As viewers, we get to witness such talent, but there is a price for the routines and feats these athletes show us. The jumps, landings, hours of practice and tough terrain that the athletes endure can cause many issues, including foot problems.
"One of the most common foot problems that athletes and physically active people encounter is heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the direct source of the problem, and continued stress on the foot contributes to it," explains Dr. John Hardy, Toronto podiatrist and owner of Toronto Foot Clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinic. "This isn't a serious condition, but in can be problematic if the pain and inflammation of the connective tissue lasts longer than six months."
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia-the thick connective tissue supporting the bottom of the foot. This tissue acts as a "tie-rod," absorbing the shock. Your feet bear much of your weight, and active footwork subjects the arch and plantar fascia to unneeded pressure.
Typically, the problem isn't serious, but continuous weight on the foot can cause flare-ups and a shooting pain. If you have infrequent inflammation and discomfort, a customized orthotic may be the only treatment you need to support your foot's ability to absorb shock. At Academy Foot & Orthotic Clinics, Dr. Hardy has been specializing in custom orthotics since 1980. It's important to find the right fit and support, and this means store bought orthotics might not do the job justice.
If an orthotic isn't giving you relief, it may be time to call Academy Foot & Orthotic Clinics for extracorporeal shock wave therapy. This isn't a surgical procedure. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy is an alternative treatment, delivering focused shock waves to the heel area. A strong shock wave can stimulate your body's healing process, which may help lower inflammation and pain. For more information, contact your Toronto Foot Specialist or visit Academy Foot & Orthotic Clinics' podiatry website (see URL below).
To schedule an appointment for professional, honest and competent foot care from a successful Foot Clinic in Toronto with Dr. Hardy at Academy Foot & Orthotic Clinics, call (416) 465-8737. Or patients can go to www.academyclinics.com
to submit an online appointment form. Pick up your feet and meet a great team of foot specialist. New patients are always welcome!
About Academy Foot & Orthotic Clinics:
Dr. John Hardy owns and operates the Academy Foot & Orthotic Clinics, employing five foot specialists, one doctor and five support staff. Dr. Hardy's mission is to provide honest, compassionate and quality foot care.
All of the professional Toronto Foot Specialists and Toronto Chiropodists at Academy Foot & Orthotic Clinics maintain the highest levels of accreditation. They all pursue ongoing education and research the latest trends in techniques and technology.Media Contact:
Dr. John Hardy
Academy Foot & Orthotic Clinics
752 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, ON M1R 2X7
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