Medical Pedicures are for everyone
The medical Footcare Spa component of our holistic foot health model is unlike anything else available. So, it's ok if you didn't know this exists! Gone are the days when your only self care option for your feet is a pedicure salon where you don't know if you're truly receiving the best health and hygiene for your feet. In Align's medical Footcare Spa, the beautiful feet you walk out on are just the tip of the iceberg. Align Chiropodists (yes, insurance coverable treatments) provide a complete medical foot health assessment before beginning your foot treatment.
At Align, we believe health and beauty to be symonymous.
Healthy feet are the most beautiful feet. Align Clinicians who hold a D.Ch. or Chiropody designation understand and appeciate Align's unique holistic foot health circuit which is a client-focussed approach to best foot health.
As licensed Chiropodists registered with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, they have completed a post-graduate medical diploma. They are trained in podiatric care and medicine which is a clinical practice that treats patients with their medical skills and procedural techniques, including local anesthesia and soft tissue surgery, radiology, wound care and introductory biomechanics.
Our method of best serving you is simple. We diagnose, educate, treat, and teach you how to self-care. No matter whether you're coming in for a specific pain-point or a proactive foot health check-up, you will begin in our Footcare Spa in one of two appointments.Book Your Appointment Now
Specific Foot Concerns We Can Help You With
Fungus can infect and cause damage to nail. It often can appear as discoloured and thickened, white, and crumbly. Podiatric care treatment is needed to get rid of the fungus and to restore nail health.
Being diabetic, it is important to have proper foot health. Extra care, including podiatric care, needs to be taken to avoid infection from occurring or further progression of symptoms.
Make sure your socks are breathable, light coloured (to see if there is any blood or discharge on the sock) and not too tigh Wash your feet daily with soap and be sure it is completely dry in between the toes. Try to avoid using any over the counter medications to remove any calluses, corns and warts. We are here to help you with this, safely. Ensure you cut your nails straight across to avoid digging into corners and not to cut the nail too short.
Ingrown nails are a common problem and can be caused by various factors such as ill-fitting shoes, improper cutting and can also be genetic.
Most commonly seen in the big toes, but it can occur on any toe. As the nail grows out, depending on the curvature of the nail it can pierce the skin and cause some pain, swelling, redness and possible infection. It is important to remove the penetrating nail to allow healing to occur. With proper podiatric care Mississauga patients can effectively address these issues. If left untreated, it can cause an increase in pain, further problems and possibly infection. Long term solution of a recurring ingrown nails can be a partial nail avulsion which is a procedure that removes problematic portion of the nail.
Fungus infections can occur in the nails and the skin of the feet. Some nail changes that can occur are: thickening of the nail, discolouration, crumbling of the nail, odour and detachment of nail from nail bed.
The most common fungal foot infection is known as tinea pedis also known as athlete’s foot. It is commonly seen in between the 4th and 5th toes, but can spread to the entire foot, and can appear soggy, white and softened.
Your Feet's Skin Care
Our skin can tell us a lot about our health. It is important to not only look at our skin, but to also touch and assess. Here are some things to look for.
Temperature – is it cool or hot? This can indicate a possible circulation problem or infection. Colour changes can be associated with cyanosis, jaundice, gangrene,etc. Dryness can be associated with hypothyroidism. Hair – is there an absence or even distribution of hair? Skin quality – the smell, tenderness to touch and conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, corns, callus formation, shiny, rough, ulcers, fissures, discharge, pus are all indicators for further assessment and treatment.
Fissures On Your Skin
Fissures can appear as dry or moist cracks in the skin. Moist fissures are usually found in between the toes whereas dry fissures are found in areas of high stress...
such as the heels. Fissures can be painful and in some cases cause pain upon walking. It is also possible that a bacterial infection can complicate the closing of the fissures and professional help is needed.
Warts are caused by a viral infection. It often gets confused with corns and calluses. It is common for them to appear on the bottom of the foot and toes.
It causes an increased cell growth and can make it painful to walk. Warts can appear at any age and is very common amongst children. It can be easily picked up in changing rooms, the decks of swimming pools, and other barefoot environments. If it is left untreated, it can get bigger and possibly spread. There are different types of treatment available suitable for you.
Callus is a thickening of the skin. It can be hard, discoloured and can provide discomfort or pain. It can occur as a result of mechanical stresses placed on the foot from the ground.
There are different types of corns and can present on different areas of the foot. Some corns can be found in between the toes, in areas of high load/pressure and over bony areas.
It can cause pain and may hurt on direct pressure. People often describe the feeling of a pebble in their shoe or a sharp pain that may make it hard to walk. Corns and calluses can be a predisposition to ulceration and need to be managed. They require removal for maintaining normal skin integrity and reducing any pain. Some offloading measures may be taken to reduce the tissue load. Orthotics are a great way to redistribute the mechanical stresses and in managing pain.
Caused by a fungal infection of the skin. It can appear between the toes, arch area or other areas usually on the soles of the feet. Common symptoms can be scaly skin, itchiness, burning and/or redness. Fungus tends to stay in warm and moist environments. Be proactive and wear clean, dry socks, air dry your shoes, wear sandals on deck areas of swimming pools public changing rooms.
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Our team of Client Experience Coordinators are looking forward to making your foot health impeccable and your experience an amazing one.Book Now
Ready to check 'healthy feet' off your self-care list? Book your appointment today by using the link below. It's never too early or too late to start. We look forward to helping you find beauty and balance through better foot health. Improve the way you move.
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