First Step Towards Resolution of Foot and Ankle Pain Is to Consult a Pain Care Clinic

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Our Feet Are Our Foundation

 
Like a building’s foundation keeps that building steady and standing, our feet are our foundation. So when experiencing foot and ankle pain, don’t put off seeking medical attention. Consulting a multidisciplinary pain clinic with the necessary working knowledge of the reasons behind foot and ankle pain and the treatment options is your first step towards resolution.
 

Where Do You Feel Pain?

 
The human foot contains 26 bones, along with a plethora of tendons, nerves, muscles, joints, and ligaments. Anatomically, we are looking at hundreds of components, which is why, statistically, 75 percent of Canadians will at some point experience foot and ankle pain.
 
When visiting a foot and ankle pain clinic, the doctor will ask if you can specify where the pain is felt - such as the outside periphery of the foot, on the top of the foot, at the Achilles tendon, etc. The location and the type of pain can often provide clues to the cause.
 

Why Do You Feel Pain?

 
Foot and ankle pain can arise for a number of reasons, including:
  • sports, work or car accident injury
  • autoimmune diseases such fibromyalgia or arthritis
  • inflammation, such as gout, plantar fasciitis, or repetitive motions that lead to tendinitis
  • the actual foot mechanics of the patient, such as flat feet or over-pronation of the ankles
Left untreated, foot and ankle pain can spread to the knees, hips and back. Foot and ankle pain can also become a chronic condition with increasing severity, such as the condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). The pain may be such that the patient becomes less ambulatory. Even a painful big toe can alter a patient’s centre of balance, resulting in falls.
 
Foot and ankle pain can also tell a lot about a patient’s health. For example, swelling and edema can indicate problems with the heart, liver or kidneys. Pain can also indicate whether blood sugar is under control in the case of diabetic neuropathy.
 

How Do You Treat Pain?

 
If medication is required, the foot and ankle pain clinic will work with your family physician on prescribing an appropriate analgesic. The clinic will also look at non-pharmaceutical methods of relieving foot and ankle pain through therapies such as:
 
Ultrasound. Not just a diagnostic tool, the sound waves created by an ultrasound machine can help bring healing and pain relief to certain foot and ankle conditions, such as heel spurs.
 
Mesotherapy. Like Botox, mesotherapy was at first used primarily as a non-surgical injected cosmetic procedure. Injection of an anaesthetic such as lidocaine and/or a proven non-steroidal anti-inflammatory botanical such as Traumeel help bring relief to conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis.
 
Biopuncture. Biopuncture uses small, diluted doses of Traumeel and vitamins given repeatedly over a period of time. Very fine needles are injected shallowly along the body’s meridian points, similar to acupuncture. This works to help build immunity and reduce inflammation.
 

Don’t Jump in Feet First

 
An informed patient is a proactive patient. Inquire with your family physician about getting a referral to a foot and ankle pain clinic that specializes in all aspects of pain diagnoses, treatment, and care.
Mississauga Clinic
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Mississauga Clinic

6981 Millcreek Drive - Unit 2
Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 6B8
Tel: 289-724-PAIN (7246)
Fax: 289-914-CARE (2273)

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Oakville Clinic
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Oakville Clinic

245 Wyecroft Road - Unit 1
Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3Y6
Tel: 289-817-PAIN (7246)
Fax: 289-817-CARE (2273)

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Hamilton Clinic
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Hamilton Clinic

701 Main Street West - Unit 100
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 1A2
Tel: 289-768 PAIN (7246)
Fax: 289-779-CARE (2273)

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