Orthotics for Skates and Ski Boots Now Available

Although this winter has been a bit on the warmer side, we’re finally seeing some colder weather, and yes, snow and ice too. This is exciting for anyone who loves a winter wonderland, but is particularly good news for skiers, snowboarders, and ice skaters.


For skiers and snowboarders, there’s no greater feeling than shredding through fresh powder. On the other hand, there can also be a no more painful feeling than cramming your feet into tight, stiff boots. Anyone who has spent a day out on the slopes knows that getting your boots off when you’re done provides some much needed relief.


In the past 5 to 10 years, ski and snowboard boots have come a long, long way technically and comfort-wise. Many boot companies have made their boots with the foot’s anatomy in mind, providing greater fit, circulation, and in turn, greater performance on the hill. Some boot companies even offer heat mould technology that enables professional boot fitters to create a fit specific to a skier or snowboarder’s foot. While these technologies can certainly help avert painful feet from ski and snowboard boots, sometimes they aren’t enough for those who already have issues with their feet.


The same goes for ice skates. With hockey season in full-swing and with many outdoor rinks now opening, avid skaters are feeling the joy of speeding on the ice — but also the hurt skates can cause when worn for too long.


This is where Toronto podiatrist Chris Hastings comes in. His foot clinic is offering custom orthotics for ski and snowboard boots and ice skates. Patients can bring in their boots or skates so the profile can be sent to the lab for  customer orthodics. As such, clients can ski and skate easily and comfortably, knowing their boots are fit to their specific foot structure, and won’t have to rest mid-day in the chalet or on the ice rink sidelines while they give their feet a breather. Custom orthotics can also help improve performance — less pain means more gain! — so that clients can skate and ski faster, turn and stop better, and have a more enjoyable day.


Contact Toronto podiatrist Chris Hastings today to get your custom orthotics for your boots or skates.

Foot problems

Top Three Foot Problems

While the feet are the foundation of our bodies (we use them to walk, stand, exercise, and get us from A to B, after all), theyre often overlooked when it comes to pain. Many people say their feet that are killing themafter a long day, but they are unaware that many painful foot problems are treatable and preventable with the right knowledge, and the right podiatrist.


A podiatrist, is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle and parts of the leg. As a specialist in foot care, a podiatrist not only treats painful foot problems, but also provides advice from how to take care of your feet to what kinds of shoes are best for your foot structure.


Experienced Toronto podiatrist, Chris Hastings, treats many clients with foot issues as simple as improper nail care, to conditions that require surgical intervention, such as deformed toes and joints.


The most common ailments he sees in his downtown Toronto foot clinic are:


Heel Pain/Plantar Faciitis

Plantar Faciitis is the most common source of heel pain, and is caused by inflammation of the bottom of the foot when the Plantar Fasica (the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes) is strained or weakened. Ignoring this pain can lead to chronic foot conditions, but your podiatrist can work with you to develop exercises or a custom orthotic that will alleviate the pain.


Corns form when exposed to pressure and friction, and are characterized by hard, thickened areas on the skin. When they develop on the feet, they can cause pain and discomfort when you walk or wear poor-fitting shoes. Those with bony feet are more likely to develop corns, as the feet lack natural cushioning that would prevent excessive friction. Women tend to develop corns more often than men, as well as people with improper shoe choice, sweaty feet, diabetes, or those with bunions or hammer toes. Corns generally arent serious; your podiatrist may suggest the best shoes for your to wear, corn pads, or in more serious cases, removal.


Nail fungus

Toe nail fungus characteristically causes nails to thicken and yellow, and sometimes, become brittle. Nail fungus can be spread in public places, such as gyms or pools, and might even be spread by your pedicurist so be aware of the hygiene practices at your favourite spas. The fungus easily enters damaged nails, so always wear sandals, shoes or flip-flops if youre showering at the gym or using a public pool. Your podiatrist will assess the fungus, and possibly prescribe oral or topical fungus, a washing routine, and in some cases, surgical treatment.


If youve ever experienced any of these painful (and sometimes embarrassing) conditions, a podiatrist can help. Contact us now to learn more


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Toronto podiatrist

New Downtown Toronto Podiatrist Office

One of Ontarios most experienced podiatrists, Chris Hastings, DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine), is now offering a full-service foot clinic dedicated to providing its clients with the highest quality foot care, no matter how simple or complex the issue. His practice is in the heart of downtown Toronto, at Yonge and King.


Chris Hastings and his staff have many yearsexperience in podiatry and the health services field. Chris Hastings has practised podiatry not only in downtown Toronto, but in Barrie and Gravenhurst as well, and has served as a consultant in provincial hospitals and other institutions. Hes served as President of both the Ontario and Canadian Podiatric Medical Associations, and is a member of the Ontario, Canadian, and American Podiatric Medical Associations.


We look forward to meeting new clients and helping you heelyour feet!
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