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Rideau Canal 175  Years

  
Foot & Shoe Care

 

SMITHS'S SHOES carries a wide range of foot and shoe care products. We offer our line of diabetic and arthritic friendly socks, special moisturing cream for dry feet, hommer toe cushions, bunion relievers, tubular foam bandages and many other foot aid products.

At SMITHS'S SHOES, we also carry a large range of products including polishes, sprays and shoe trees to keep your shoes looking great. Be sure to ask about our quality replacement laces as well as elastic laces for people who have difficulty tying their shoes.

Two FeetGreat Health Starts With Healthy Feet

There are several common foot conditions that we encounter on a regular basis. A general description of these foot ailments are listed below. When your feet hurt you hurt all over and the following painful conditions are often responsible for those tired, hurting feet.

Plantar Fasciitis

One of the most common and yet most preventable foot conditions active people experience. The plantar fascia ligament runs along the bottom of your foot, attaching at the heel bone and extending to the forefoot. The repetitive overextension of this very important ligament causes inflammation that leads to pain often found in the heel or arch area of the foot. There are many factors that contribute to this painful foot condition but the most common causes we find are:

  • Improper Footwear

  • Lack of Arch Support

  • High Level of Activity

The good news is that successful treatment and prevention of Plantar Fasciitis can often be achieved. Drop in or call for an appointment, your feet will thank you for it.

Metatarsalgia

Another common foot condition that can affect the bones and joints found at the forefoot. Metatarsalgia often affects the 2nd,3rd and 4th metarsal bones but the first or (big toe) joint and 5th are not always spared this painful condition. There are many factors that can cause this painful foot condition but the most common causes we find are:

  • Improper Footwear

  • Ill Fitting Footwear

  • Lack of Metatarsal Arch Support

  • Displaced Metatarsal Bones (Arthritis, Bunions, Stress Fractures)

  • Repetitive Stress

Successful treatment and future prevention of Metatarsalgia require a proper shoe selection and fit along with proper metatarsal arch support and cushioning. Drop in or call for an appointment, your feet will thank you for it.

Heel Spurs

The largest bone found in the foot is called the Calcaneus or heel bone and it's a good thing because it receives the most shock, pressure and abuse. Calcium deposits form when the plantar fascia ligament pulls away or tears from the calcaneus (heel bone) causing an bony protrusion, or heel spur to develop. The heel spur often causes a painful irritation to the plantar fascia ligament that results in inflammation. Common causes of heel spurs are:

  • Improper Footwear

  • Lack of Arch Support

  • Foot Injury

  • Arthritis

The key to treating Heel Spurs is off loading the pressure and stress that an active heel deals with every day. Drop in or call for an appointment, your feet will thank you for it.

Bunions, Hammer Toes, Foot Deformities

Bunions are a displaced 1st metatarsal bone that often cause the big toe to turn and sometimes overlap the 2nd toe. Hammer Toes are often dropped metatarsal bones causing the affected toe to draw back resulting in a painful rub creating a callous or corn. Foot Deformities are any abnormal foot shape that cause painful rubbing and excessive pressure when wearing footwear. Common causes of these painful foot conditions are:

  • Ill Fitting Footwear

  • Lack of Arch Support

  • Foot Injury

  • Congenital Foot Ailment

  • Arthritis

It is extremely important that you determine what is causing the painful foot condition. In general a proper fitting extra depth shoes and cushioned arch support are necessary in treating these conditions. Drop in or call for an appointment, your feet will thank you for it.

Diabetic Foot and Neuropathy

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects approximately 16 million North Americans. Many complications are associated with diabetes due to disruption of the vascular system affecting our eyes, kidneys, legs and feet. Diabetes often causes peripheral vascular disease that slows blood circulation. This circulation often slows in the lower legs and feet causing dry skin, slow healing and  swelling. Ulceration, infection and other serious foot conditions are often caused by poor circulation. Diabetic Neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability for the diabetic to feel pain, heat and cold. Prevention is the key in maintaining a healthy injury free diabetic foot. Properly fit extra depth footwear is critical in preventing ulcerations on the diabetic foot, the tendency is to fit footwear too short due to insensitivity. A heat molded diabetic insert helps off load pressure points and properly support the diabetic foot. Diabetic socks help reduce any binding on the leg or foot and preventing excessive moisture due to swelling that can cause the foot to dry out and skin to crack. Consult your diabetic doctor, podiatrist on a regular basis and come by at your convenience or call for an appointment, your feet will thank you for it.

Arthritis

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from some form of Arthritis a painful condition characterized by the inflammation of the cartilage and lining of the body's joints. The foot has 33 joints that can be affected by the disease and is often the target of this painful disease. Osteoarthritis is the most
common form of Arthritis and is caused by over use of a particular joint or joints. Walking can become
very painful and stiffness often sets in during rest. Gout can also lead to painful foot conditions, excess uric acid crystals in and around the big toe joint. The painful inflammation can make walking difficult to almost impossible. Rheumatoid Arthritis affects people of all ages with no known cause for this
condition. Severe deformities and crippling pain are often caused by this form of Arthritis. Treatment of all three types of arthritis starts with properly fitted footwear, arch support and cushioning.

Drop in or call for an appointment, your feet will thank you for it.

  
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