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A Treat for Your Feet

Suffering from foot and back pain? Orthotics might be the right thing for you!

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are a custom-made prescribed medical appliance that fits inside a person’s shoe. Orthotics provide extra support for your feet and body. They work o realign the feet, ankles and knees. The feet act as a foundation that we stand on. Just like how a house with a crooked foundation creates crooked walls, if the feet are out of alignment, it can have affects up the legs and into the back. Because of this, often times patients with low back pain benefit from orthotics.

The Perfect Pair

Orthotics are used as the insole for your shoes. They are very versatile and can be placed in protective footwear, dress shoes, running shoes, soccer cleats, skates and children’s shoes. Where you go, your orthotics go! Orthotics work best when paired with a sturdy, stable shoe. Using a poor quality shoe is like putting poor quality tires on a sports car—you compromise the performance. Look for shoes that resist twisting, folding and bending.

How Can I Get Orthotics?

Your local Chiropractor can fit you for Orthotics! Here at Edgar Family Chiropractic, chiropractors are trained to assess your walking patterns and posture to see if custom orthotics would be a benefit for you.

Book a custom orthotics fitting at your next appointment!

Orthotic Shoes
To book your appointment call 289-337-1202 or visit edgarchiropractic.ca

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Plantar Fasciitis

Have you experienced it?  You wake up in the morning, take that first step and as you place pressure on your foot, pain radiates through your heel.  Or maybe you’ve felt this pain after a long shift standing on your feet all day. What is this pain? One of the most common causes of heel pain is due to a little thing called Plantar Fasciitis.

What is it?

plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from heel to toes. This band of tissue acts as a spring that supports the arch of your foot. Repetitive stretching, strain and small reoccurring tears in this tissue can cause it to become inflamed.  This results in pain in the heel and base of the foot

What causes it?

  • Flat feet
  • Feet that roll too inward when walking (pronation)
  • Athletics that involve a lot of running and jumping
  • Ballet and other aerobic dancing
  • Occupations that keep you on your feet (factory workers, teachers)
  • Obesity

How do Orthotics help with Plantar Fasciitis?

Custom orthotics work to realign and support the arch of the foot.In the case of flat feet, the orthotics would be placed in shoes to create and maintain an arch in the foot. This takes tension off the plantar fascia. For impact sports, orthotics support the arch of the foot to reduce the amount of stretch placed on the connective tissue.

What are the benefits of Custom Orthotics Burlington?

  • Provides pain relief
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to obtain
  • Can return to the daily activities that you love!

Speak with your local Chiropractor or Podiatrist if you think that Custom Orthotics would help to improve your quality of life.  

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How To Keep Your Back Safe This Winter

Up to 69% of North Americans say that low back pain is a regular nuisance in their day to day lives. With winter on its way, coupled with seasonal snow-shoveling and slippery ice, here are a few things you should know before going into hibernation mode.

Stay Active

It’s hard to stay motivated with the cold weather and holiday treats. Give the gift of exercise to your back and stay active. This prevents the joints from seizing up and keeps the muscles supporting your spine from getting lazy. Being in good physical form and stretching regularly can decrease your chance of injury.

Keep Warm

When you feel cold your blood vessels constrict in response in an attempt to conserve heat. As result muscles and ligaments tighten up, which makes your back prone to injury and pain. Wear warm layers when out in the cold and remove them as needed.

Wear Good Shoes

Tis the season of ice and snow! Most injuries in the winter are due to slips and falls. Winter boots with good traction or slip-on shoe spikes decrease your chances of an impromptu skate across the sidewalk.

Seek Out Early Treatment

If you have had previous back injuries or have experienced an injury recently, seek out care as soon as possible. Chiropractic care has been proven to be very effective to help with lower back pain relief. The sooner chiropractic care is sought out after the injury occurs, the more likely you are to recover quickly.

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Back to School Checklist

Send your kids back to school with happy feet by following these helpful tips!

What is the first step?

Make sure that the shoe store offers to measure.
A proper fitting shoe means less wear and tear, and more comfort for your child throughout the day.

What to look for in a shoe?

  • A firm heel cup to hold the foot straight and prevent it from leaning inwards or outwards
  • Cushioning at the back of the heel to minimize the need for “breaking in the shoe”
  • A fastening which holds the foot in the shoe i.e. straps or laces
  • A flexible sole to allow the shoe to bend as your child plays and walks throughout the day
  • Arch support particularly for younger children to avoid flat feet

The shoes to avoid!

  • Ballet flats/Converse/TOMS – These are too flat and don’t offer enough support
  • High Heels – These can force your child’s weight on their toes, causing the arches across the front of their feet to collapse
  • lip-on – These allow feet to slip forward causing pressure on the toes
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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a regulated and non-invasive form of alternative medicine that does not use medication or surgery in its treatment.  It involves the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders within the musculoskeletal system, such as the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.  Chiropractic care in Burlington involves techniques such as manual manipulations of the joints and soft tissues, device assisted manipulations, and additional modalities such as acupuncture and IFC.

A Brief History

D.D Palmer founded chiropractic in the 1890s, his son B.J. Palmer helped to expand it in the 20th century.  At first, chiropractic was considered very controversial and had little evidence to support its effectiveness but today it is widely used and supported by medical professionals worldwide. D.D. Palmer called it a “science of healing without drugs.”

Who Can Chiropractic Help?

There are many reasons one may seek chiropractic care in Burlington, some being (but not limited to):

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Arthritis

Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs

According to the Ontario Chiropractic Association, almost 2.7 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.

Are There Any Risks to Chiropractic Care in Burlington?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug- free therapies for neuromuskuloskeletal disorders.  Chiropractic is safe when performed by someone who is trained and licensed to deliver care.  Serious complications with chiropractic are rare, in fact many patients feel immediate relief following treatment.  Some patients may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

How Can I Find a Chiropractor in Burlington?

It is important to do your research before walking into any health care office.  Consulting your medical doctor is a good place to start to see if chiropractic is right for you.  Otherwise many clinics offer “Consultations” where you may meet the chiropractor and chat briefly about their treatment techniques so that you may be fully informed before committing to any treatment. Make sure the chiropractor is fully-licensed, well experienced, and has good reviews from other Patients.

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April Newsletter!! Spring Cleaning

It’s the time of year where we all feel compelled to crank open our windows and clean every inch of our homes, garages, and gardens. Out with the old and in with the fresh air! What most people don’t realize though is that these chores can be extremely hard on the muscles and bones which can lead to aches, pains, and injury. In fact, many home-related injuries that occur are a result of household cleaning… Many chores involve stretching, lifting, pushing, pulling, climbing, twisting and turning, and most people tend to overdo it. So here are some tips to take the pain out of cleaning:

  • Set Realistic Goals: Tackle a project over several days so you give your body a rest in between.
  • Check your equipment: Make any necessary repairs in order to avoid potential injuries.
  • Enlist Help! Ask family members or friends to pitch in.
  • Lifting and carrying: When lifting, bend your knees and lift through your legs instead of your back. Also, keep items close to your body rather than having your arms outstretched.
  • Vacuuming: Twisting and turning when vacuuming puts increased compression on the spine and neck. To avoid problems, keep the machine or hose close to the front center part of your body and at waist height. Place both hands on the handle and push the vacuum in front of you while walking in a long line, then pull back using the same motion. Never push and pull in short strokes!

Spring Cleaning

  • Windows: Keep your feet on the ground or on a step stool (never climb on furniture or windowsills!) Be level with the area you are cleaning to avoid stretching. Also, keep your back straight and avoid tilting your head up or back, especially for a long period of time.
  • Mopping: Mop your floors whenever possible, rather than getting on your knees to scrub. Start with small areas, pushing forward and then backward without leaning forward. If scrubbing is needed, place a pad or towels under your knees and avoid reaching too far in any direction.
  • Bathtubs and showers: Kneeling, bending and stretching are not recommended. Instead, stand outside the tub with your back straight and use a mop to clean tile walls and the tub.
  • Painting: Keep paintbrushes and rollers in front of you and waist-high so that your spine is straight. Looking up at high walls or ceilings for extended periods of time can put extra pressure on nerves and cause pinching and numbness. Paint in short intervals and take frequent breaks.
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