Do You Suffer from Unstable Ankles?

Chronic ankle instability is one of the most common ankle issues we see at our downtown Toronto foot clinic. It is characterized by a recurring “giving away” of the ankle, or sudden rolling of the ankle when walking, running, hiking, and sometimes when even just standing. Those who suffer from ankle instability also complain of chronic swelling or discomfort, pain, and a “wobbly” or weak feeling in their ankles.

 

Unstable ankles are commonly seen in athletes and active people who have sprained or injured their ankles in the past, and haven’t had the opportunity to heal properly or fully rehabilitate. When this happens, the ligaments in the ankle are stretched or torn, making the ankle more susceptible to further sprains, rolls, or tearing. These repeated strains lead to chronic ankle instability.

At our Toronto foot clinic, we diagnose unstable ankles by understanding a thorough history of our patients’ ankle problems, examining the foot and ankle for pain, tenderness and swelling, and conducting stress tests on the ligaments to determine where and how severe the ankle instability is. In some instances we will x-ray the ankle to determine severity and to check for abnormalities such as arthritis.

 

If you suspect you have unstable ankles, contact us today for an examination and diagnosis. With the proper treatment, you’ll be able to avoid further damage to your ankles, and will be able to safely take part in the activities you enjoy doing.

Wear Sandals This Summer Without Sacrificing Style

Supportive summer footwear isn’t always easy to find. From flip flops to ballet flats to strappy heels, summer shoes generally aren’t made for walking long distances — they lack support and comfort, and are designed with the heat in mind rather than the needs of the foot. Because of this, oftentimes our clients find themselves sacrificing comfort for style.

 

With that in mind, our downtown Toronto podiatry clinic has developed a way to help you find your footing this summer, without forcing you to choose summer shoes that you don’t like. We’re now offering custom orthotics for sandals with a removable footbed that can be swapped into your other flat pairs of summer shoes as well.

 

Podiatrist Chris Hastings will ship your sandals and foot cast from our downtown Toronto foot clinic to our custom orthotic specialist. From there, our specialist will match your removable orthotic to the colour of your sandal so that you can still look stylish, but be comfortable at the same time.

 

So, bring out your best, and most fashionable summer sandals and have them fitted with a custom orthotic that will not only allow you to look great this summer, but also feel comfortable all day long as well.

 

Contact us for more information or to book your appointment today.