Were your feet hurting after walking around at the PNE this summer? That ingrown toenail has been bugging you since your jog on the Seawall? Do you think you need orthotics or surgery? You might need to see a Podiatrist.
We sat down with Dr. Jaspaul Riar this week, a Podiatrist on Surrey’s new Innovation Boulevard, and asked him what he sees most often in his clinic:
1. Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
Heel pain, also known as Plantar Fasciitis, is one of the most common conditions treated by podiatrists. It’s characterized by inflammation around a band of tissue on the bottom of the foot called the “plantar fascia.” It often occurs as a result of poor foot gear, high impact activities and walking on hard surfaces.
For some people, a bunion is a “bump” on the inside of the foot near the big toe joint. However, this “bump” is actually the result of a complex structural change in the foot. A bunion is progressive condition that can cause arthritis, difficulty fitting into shoes and disabling pain.
3. Ingrown Toenails
An ingrown nail is when the border of a nail is curved and growing into the skin. When this occurs, the skin becomes irritated often causing pain, redness and swelling of the toe. Some common causes include damage to the toenail (ex. stubbing your toe), improper trimming of your nail and a family history of the condition.
4. Pinched nerve (Morton’s Neuroma)
A neuroma is an enlargement of nerve tissue. This can occur in different parts of the body, but in the foot it usually occurs between the third and fourth toes as a result of irritation of the nerve. When this neuroma forms it is called a “Morton’s neuroma.” Common causes of irritation including high impact activities (like boot camp), flatfeet, bunions and tight shoes.
5. Achilles Tendonitis
The Achilles tendon is an extension of your calf muscles and runs down the back of your leg to connect to the heel bone. When your tendon is exposed to a repetitive stress, you can develop what’s called Achilles tendonitis. This often occurs when you start a new exercise program. It’s an inflammatory condition which usually affects athletes or people with tight calf muscles.
Podiatry is covered by most extended health care plans and coverage varies by your specific policy. This includes coverage for consultations, orthotics and various foot surgeries. If you experience any of these problems, you should consult a podiatrist or speak to your doctor.
When it comes to treating these foot conditions and others, Dr. Riar has extensive experience. He has done research on nerve pain and lectured at regional conferences. His state-of-the-art clinic is located across from Surrey Memorial Hospital at the new City Centre 1 building.
Dr. Riar – Foot & Ankle Clinic
Location: 13737 96th Avenue – Suite 504, Surrey
Disclaimer: The disclaimer provides that such medical information is merely information – not advice. If users need medical advice, they should consult a podiatrist or other appropriate medical professional.
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