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Tuesday, 25 July 2023 00:00

The Benefits of a Foot Massage

Foot massages offer numerous benefits beyond simply feeling good. They can also promote overall health, enhance a sense of well-being, and induce deep relaxation. Chinese medicine reveals that the sensory nerves connected to internal organs are predominantly located in the feet. Consequently, a skilled reflexology or massage practitioner can utilize the foot as a precise map to address various health conditions through targeted massage techniques and pressure point work. Regular foot massages not only offer therapeutic effects but also contribute to the stimulation of muscles, improvement of circulation, reduction of stiffness, and alleviation of foot pain. By applying appropriate pressure and manipulating specific areas of the foot, a massage can enhance blood flow to the feet and lower extremities, delivering vital nutrients and oxygen to the tissues. This increased circulation helps to nourish the muscles, reduce inflammation, and support the body's natural healing processes. If you're intrigued by the potential advantages of foot therapy and wish to delve deeper into its healing properties, it is highly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer specialized guidance, tailor treatment plans to your individual needs, and provide comprehensive information on the subject.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, consult with Sarah Urton, DPM from Kitsilano Foot and Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Vancouver, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

3 Types of Wound Care

Wound healing occurs when repair is done for skin damage. The first response from the body is known as the hemostasis phase, which happens as the injury occurs. This is the body’s natural response for wound care, as it stops any bleeding or fluids. Wounds can range from superficial to serious, and there are three types of wound care that are applicable, depending on what type of wound it is. Some wounds require staples, stitches or glue, and these are classified as primary wound healing. A large amount of tissue loss may result in having secondary wound healing performed. This is done when the wound is too large to stitch, or if the wound is in a place where stitches would be uncomfortable. Wounds that are infected may require a tertiary wound healing procedure, which is the delayed closure of a wound so proper drainage can take place. If you have a wound on your foot, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can determine what the proper type of wound care is for you.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Sarah Urton, DPM from Kitsilano Foot and Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vancouver, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

How Cracked Heels Be Prevented

There are many reasons why the skin on the heels may crack. These can include wearing open backed shoes, standing on uneven surfaces, or not drinking enough water. Additionally, there may be medical conditions that can cause cracked heels, such as diabetes, eczema, or psoriasis. Some people may develop cracked heels from soaking in a bath for long periods, using harsh soap, or possibly from taking extremely hot showers. Patients who are obese may experience this condition as a result of the added weight the feet must endure. Cracked heels may be prevented by washing and drying the feet daily, followed by applying a good moisturizer on them. It is beneficial to drink plenty of water each day, in addition to incorporating healthy foods into your eating regime. Flip flops and sandals are best for the feet while worn in beach and pool areas, but closed shoes can provide better protection while pursuing other activities. If you have cracked heels, it is suggested that you seek the expertise of a podiatrist who can offer you treatment options, which may include prescribed medicine.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Sarah Urton, DPM from Kitsilano Foot and Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vancouver, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 05 July 2023 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

Ingrown Toenails in Children

Ingrown toenails, or onychocryptosis, is a nail disorder that children and adults can get where the toenail grows into the skin surrounding the nail. Since the toenail pierces the skin, it can be a site for inflammation and infection. This can be painful and impact a child’s activities. Ingrown toenails often affect teenagers. They may get this from wearing shoes that are too tight and compress the nails, from cutting their toenails improperly, or from getting a fungal nail infection. Properly fitted shoes should have room in the toe box for the toes to move easily. Toenails should be cut straight across, not too short, and the edges should be smoothed with a nail file. Fungal nail infections can cause thickening of the toenails, which are more apt to break off in small spikes near the outer edge of the toenail causing an ingrown toenail. Teens who play a lot of sports often have sweaty feet and this can make the toenails tender and easier to penetrate surrounding skin. If your child has an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to have the nail examined and proper treatment administered.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Sarah Urton, DPM of Kitsilano Foot and Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vancouver, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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