Orangeville Foot Clinic and Orthotics
Orangeville Foot Clinic has been established since 1985 providing service to Orangeville residents for 26 years. Our location is conveniently situated on Elizabeth St on the second floor. Free Parking, Elevator, and Wheelchair Accessible washrooms are available.
Our goal is to promote foot health (Podiatric/Chiropodial medicine) through education and the highest quality of care and treatment. We not only treat feet, but we want to make our patients feel that they have been at the centre of attention for their care.
Ali graduated from medical school at Azad University in Iran. After 3 years of practicing as a GP, he completed a master degree in Molecular Genetics in Sweden and then began work as a research assistant at McGill University for 2 years.
Soon after, he realized that he missed patient interaction and the clinical aspect of his job! Ali then decided to go back to school! He finished the 3-year chiropody program at Michener Institute in Toronto.
Since then, he used to work as a chiropodist in Regent Park CHC, Dufferin Area Family Health Team, and Bolton Family Foot Care clinic before he took over Orangeville Foot Clinic.
He also has the Soft Tissue Surgery and Injection certification from Guelph University.
Common Foot Problems We Treat
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Athlete's Foot
- Corns and Callous
- Children's Feet
- Chondromalacia Patella Syndrome
- Diabetic Foot
- Fungal Nail
- Hammer Toes
- Hallux Rigidus
- Ingrown Toenails
- Morton's Neuroma
- Nail Surgery
- Orthotic Therapy
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Plantar Warts
- Shin Splints
Just as prescription glasses come in different styles, shapes and corrections so do custom biomechanical foot orthoses. Biomechanical orthotic devices, or orthoses, are custom made. They are designed to fit inside the shoes to help your feet perform at their peak efficiency. Although they somewhat resemble arch supports true biomechanical devices do not work on the principal of supporting the arch but enhance biomechanical function.
There are two types of orthotics:
Accommodative orthoses which are designed to protect and support feet which have deformities that cannot be corrected.
Functional orthoses are designed to correct biomechanical imbalances between the hindfoot and the forefoot that may result in foot/ankle; leg; knee; hip or back problems.
After a biomechanical examination of your feet the chiropodist/podiatrist at our office will take a 3D anatomical volumetric impression using one of two methods, either a plaster cast, or a 3D laser scanner.
This detailed medical prescription is then sent to the appropriate laboratory and a custom made orthotic specifically designed for your foot / biomechanical condition is manufactured.
- The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body. It is situated in the back of the leg and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is an over use injury and the pain can usually be felt at the insertion of the tendon to the heel bone, or about 4cm above the heel bone.
- Common symptoms associated with Athletes foot include itching, redness cracking and peeling of the skin. It is very common between the 5th and 4th toes. The cracking of the skin may allow a bacterial infection to occur and so it is important to have it treated as soon as it is noticed. Treatment may vary according to the type and extent of the Athletes foot so it is important to consult with the chiropodist/podiatrist before choosing a therapy.
- A bunion or Hallux Valgus is a progressive misalignment of the big toe. It is commonly described as a bump on the joint of the big toe which can become swollen, or tender. In severe cases the first toe may overlap the second. While inappropriate shoes may cause a bunion, it is more likely to be caused by faulty foot biomechanics.
- Most parents are concerned enough to make sure that their children attend the dentist regularly for preventative treatment. Unfortunately this is not true of the health of their children’s feet. Many problems we encounter in adult feet, which cannot now be resolved, could have been successfully addressed had we seen that individual as a child. Many of the problems are genetic and so if a parent suffers from a particular complaint it is advisable to have your children assessed.
Chondromalacia Patella Syndrome
- Chondromalacia Patella is the wear and tear on the cartilage behind the knee cap, often known as “runner’s knee”. This condition may be as a result of a) Weak quadriceps muscle. b) Dysfunctional patellar below the knee. c) Faulty biomechanics of the foot/lower leg.
Corns and Callous
- Callous is a yellowish plaque of hard skin and a corn is a localised cone of the same hard skin which is pushed into the skin causing pain. Both are associated with intermittent pressure, or friction. Corns may also occur between the toes. If not treated the underlying tissues may breakdown leading to ulceration or infection.
- Foot care is important for everyone, but for the diabetic patient, it is essential. Diabetes affects the nervous and circulatory systems. It slows down the natural healing process, and increases the risk of infection, so that minor injuries quickly become serious. The feet are often the first part of the body to be affected by this disease, but serious problems can be prevented by paying careful attention to your feet on a daily basis. Poor foot care can lead to serious problems, and even amputation.
- Onychomycosis is an infection of the bed and plate underlying the nail plate and is caused by various types of fungi. The nail appears white, yellowish brown and may be crumbly. It starts at the farthest edge of the nail and works back towards the cuticle. Once a nail is infected it can quickly affect the rest of the nails and can also be transferred to other family members.
- Hallux Limitus/Rigidus is a when degenerative changes are taking place at the first metatarsal joint of the big toe. Unlike bunions there will be no big bump at the side of the foot, but there will be a reduction in the way the toe bends when walking. There will be a dull pain in and around the first joint that is increased with activity and in the early stages decreased with rest.
- Hammer toes, or claw toes are deformities that affect the second, third and fourth toe. These are very often associated with other foot deformities and are usually caused when the foot is imbalanced. They very often develop painful corns and/or calluses on the top or the end of the toe. If left untreated they will become stiff and fixed in the position.
- Ingrown toenails are one of the most common problems treated by a chiropodist/podiatrist. An ingrown toenail may start out as swollen and tender but quickly becomes sore, red and infected. There may be some drainage of pus, the skin may grow over the nail plate and is extremely vascular at this point causing it to bleed easily when bumped.
- Morton's Neuroma or Plantar Digital Neuroma is a spasmodic neurological pain in the forefoot. It causes sensations of numbness and tingling in the area affected, often relieved by taking off the shoes. It is usually felt on the bottom of the foot in the 2nd-3rd or 3rd-4th spaces.
- Nail surgery may be indicated for a number of reasons but is most often used to address long term problems with ingrown chronically infected toenails. Nail Surgery is performed in the office and involves the injection of a local anaesthetic, with a four to six week healing time. It is no more traumatic than having a tooth filled and the patient in most cases can return to work the next day.
- When necessary our office will provide the patient with oral antibiotic and/or oral anti-inflammatory medications.
- Orthotics is used for a wide range of biomechanical conditions. At our office we use a combination of 3D Anatomical Volume metric laser scanning systems along with 3D plaster casts in order to manufacture the only truly corrective custom foot orthotics and ankle foot braces which are eligible for Insurance coverage.
- Plantar Fasciitis/heel spur is a common overuse injury. The classic symptoms are pain at the bottom and side of the heel usually present during the first few steps you take in the morning. It tends to ease until the next time you rest sit or drive and returns when you stand on your feet again. If left untreated this pain can become constant, even hurting at rest. For many this pain can become so severe that it interferes with their daily work and leisure activities.
- Plantar Warts are caused by a virus that enters through a break in the skin. They round hard lesions and, depending on where they are located they can be painful. They are often confused with corns but they characteristically have small black dots in them and are painful when squeezed. If left untreated they may spread to other parts of the body, or other family members.
- Shin Splints is an over-use inflammatory condition causing a painful inflammation of the periosteum- the dense outer layer of the connective tissue lining the bones-which occurs either along the inside or the outside of the shin bone. Shin splints generally have two causes, excessive pronation or beginning an exercise program too vigorously or intensely.