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HyProCure ®
HyProCure ®

HyProCure® Offers a Simple and Effective Solution for Flat or Misaligned Feet

The HyProCure® procedure offers a simple and effective solution to a number of symptoms, sometimes caused by a misalignment of the foot. A misaligned foot is not normal and should not be ignored. It will never get better on its own, and in fact, it will deteriorate over time.This problem is quite common but under-treated, and it affects people of all ages around the world.

How do you know if your feet are misaligned?

Do you suffer from:
  • heel pain
  • flat feet
  • painful bunions
  • hammertoes
  • knee or patella pain
  • sciatica
  • shin splints
  • hip pain
  • lower lumbar pain

Skeletal misalignment leads to the abovementioned symptoms.

As shown in the figure on the left, a misaligned foot can cause skeletal misalignment due to the:
  • internal rotation of the tibia
  • adduction of the knee
  • internal rotation of the femur
  • anterior rotation of the pelvis
  • tilt of the pelvis
  • misalignment of the lumbar, thoracic and cervical vertebrae

So What's Exactly Taking Place? Let's Get Technical

As shown in the figure below, there is a naturally occurring space between the talus and the heel bone called the sinus tarsi. When your feet are properly aligned, this space stays in an open position. If your feet are misaligned the talus bone moves excessively on the heel bone and the sinus tarsi collapses. It is the collapse (closing) of the sinus tarsi that causes the misalignment of the foot and the subsequent secondary effects higher up on the kinetic chain. 

The HyProCure® procedure may sound intense, but it’s minimally invasive and takes as little as 30 minutes and is typically performed under local anesthesia though Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is available.

HyProCure® is a titanium stent that is placed in the sinus tarsi to help prevent it from collapsing and stabilize the ankle bone.

Medical Foot Solutions is currently the only clinic in Ontario, and only a handful in Canada, that is Atlas Certified to perform this procedure. The procedure instantly realigns and stabilizes the hindfoot, while allowing a normal joint range of motion.

The overall balance and alignment of the foot and ankle are improved, and the arch of the foot may appear more normal. Most patients are able to walk immediately after the procedure and can walk completely normally a couple of weeks later.

HyProCure® Can Help You Get Back to Feeling Normal

Contact the professionals at Medical Foot Solutions today to find out more about HyProCure®.

Custom Orthotics
Custom Orthotics

No two people’s feet are alike, which is why having custom orthotics is vital to solving many foot-related issues.

Orthotics are designed to reduce or control abnormal motion of the foot. Typically, foot-related pain will occur when the foot is attempting to compensate for an abnormal alignment of the foot or lower leg. These compensations will manifest themselves into a variety of ailments including: plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, sesamoiditis, hammertoes, neuromas, shin splints (anterior tibial tendinitis), arch pain, sciatica, patella fermoral syndrome, corns, calluses, early arthritic changes and so forth. A misaligned foot can cause an endless array of secondary problems.

Regular ultrasound therapy treatments can also work wonders when used in conjunction with orthotics or other treatment options.

You can benefit from custom orthotics if you're suffering from:

  • Foot pain
  • Knee pain
  • Foot misalignment (including those with a high or low arch in their feet)

Is There a Difference Between Off-The-Shelf and Custom Plaster Cast Orthotics?

Most definitely! Grocery stores and drugstores often sell Off-the-shelf (OTS) devices and insoles. These can range from full-length memory foam insoles to small gel heel cups. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours and usually have a “scientific”-looking brochure enclosed with them. Do not be fooled by the fancy marketing. OTC insoles are generic and are only marginally better than the original insoles that came with your shoes. OTS insoles are NOT the same as a custom orthotic. Orthotics are made to the specific properties of your foot. They are designed to realign and/or accommodate your foot deformity or misalignment and no one else's. Perhaps the only downsides of a plaster cast custom orthotic is the time required to create the orthotics and if a patient doesn't have a lot of control of their foot, it might be difficult for them to hold still. It can take anywhere between 3 to 6 weeks for your othotics to be delivered.

Benefits of Plaster Cast Custom Orthotics

It's accurate. A plaster cast can record the precise details of a patient's foot far more accurately than other methods. This can make it the best choice to assist in the treatment of certain ailments. Ones such as foot control issues or severe deformities require the capture of every subtle detail.

The foot is aligned. One downside of the impression foam method is that the foot must press down into the foam. This can cause some inaccuracies depending on how the foot flexes when it presses into the foam. A plaster casting, however, is made with the foot in a flat position. This way, the forefoot and heel are aligned.

Podiatrists, also known as Chiropodists can mark it. The outer surface of a plaster cast can hold a pencil or marker mark well. This way, the chiropodist can indicate which areas of the foot need relief. Lab workers can find this information useful as they make the foot orthotic.

Book an appointment to discuss having custom orthotics designed and fitted just for you.

Ingrown Toenail Removal / Excision
Ingrown Toenail Removal / Excision

In certain cases, ingrown toenail removal surgery is the only option to treat a problem with an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenail removal surgery is generally performed when a portion of your toenail has embedded itself into the side of your toe and other options to remove it have been unsuccessful. A relatively simple surgical procedure called an excision can be done in office and under local anesthesia

After the procedure, a chemical cauterizing agent is applied to the growth plate at the base of the nail. This will help prevent the tiny portion of nail that was removed from growing back. Most patients are able to comfortably walk out of the office after the procedure and return to work or school the next day.

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

  • pain and tenderness on one or both sides of the toe
  • swelling and redness on one or both sides of the toenail
  • pressure and pain when wearing shoes
  • overgrown skin at the tip of the toe or alongside the nail

If you are having any of these symptoms and have tried other options you may benefit from ingrown toenail removal surgery.

Contact us now to book an appointment.

Tenotomy
Tenotomy

A tenotomy is a minimally invasive surgery that is performed when a tendon in your foot is overly tight, causing a misalignment in the bone position of your toe. A great example of this is what is commonly known as a hammertoe. Hammertoes can be painful, and that pain can be reduced by adding shoe inserts, such as Silpose Gel pads. That is when two opposing muscle groups cause the toe to buckle. To be eligible for this procedure, the joints in question must be flexible. 

The surgery can be performed comfortably in the office without needing to take any time off work or school, and patients are able to walk immediately after the surgery

Do you have or are you suffering from:

  •  Abnormal bend in the joints, such as hammertoes or crooked toes
  •  Inability to straighten toes
  •  Corns and callouses on the top of the middle joint of the hammertoe

Contact us  today if you think a tenotomy could help you and your feet get back to feeling normal.

Surgical treatment for neuroma
Surgical treatment for neuroma

Patients who haven’t had any success with orthotic therapy and or injection therapy might need to consider surgical treatment. This form of treatment is aimed at reducing the trauma or compression on the digital nerve. The procedure involves making a small incision between the third and fourth toes while under local anesthesia. The transverse ligament (a tissue that holds the metatarsal bones together tightly) is identified and cut.

The end result will be decompression of the localized nerve. Patients are typically able to walk around immediately after the surgery, but there will be some bruising. You should be fully healed in four to six weeks.

Do you have or are you suffering from:

  • Numbness or tingling in toes
  • Pins and needles sensation in foot or toes
  • Shooting pain
  • Burning sensation

Book an appointment today to find out if a surgical treatment for a neuroma is right for you.

Fasciotomy
Fasciotomy

Fasciotomy is a medical term used to describe the sectioning (complexly or partially) of the fascia (thin layer of connective tissue that supports the bottom arch of the foot). A small incision is made near the heel. The plantar fascia is then identified and is partially or fully severed.

This treatment is used for patients who suffer from chronic heel pain who have not responded to orthotics, footwear modification, cortisone injections and ultrasound or physiotherapy treatments. It’s a minimally invasive procedure with a high rate of success.

Do you have or are you suffering from:

  • Chronic heel pain
  • Reoccurring heel/foot pain after trying other treatment options
  • Burning or heat sensation in the heels

Book an appointment to see if Fasciotomy is right for you.

Alcohol injection
Alcohol injection

Alcohol injection therapy involves using a 4% ethyl alcohol solution to dehydrate (shrink) surrounding tissue or nerves. Alcohol injections can also be used to treat Morton’s neuroma or painful scars. Generally, seven injections spaced out one week apart are required. For the full treatment to work, you must be committed to receiving all seven shots.

Do you have or are you suffering from:

  • Numbness / tingling in toes
  • Pins and needles sensation in foot or toes
  • Shooting pain
  • Painful scar

Book an appointment today if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms to find out if an alcohol injection could benefit you.

Cortisone injection
Cortisone injection

Cortisone injections work by minimizing inflammation, which is a major cause of foot pain. Cortisone is commonly used to treat heel pain, bursitis or Morton’s neuroma. Cortisone begins to work immediately after the injection, and inflammation will start to subside in a few days. Ultrasound-guided cortisone injections can offer relief after a foot or ankle injury for weeks or even months. 

Do you have or are you suffering from:

  • Pain / stiffness in the bottom of the heel
  • Pain in heel when you take first steps out of bed
  • Pain when you stand for long periods of time
  • Neuroma

Book an appointment to see if a cortisone injection is right for you.


Autoimmune therapy (needling warts)
Autoimmune therapy (needling warts)

Autoimmune therapy is a unique form of treatment that involves putting a small amount of the wart virus into the deeper layers of the dermis. This will activate the immune system, which will then be able to fight off the virus that causes warts. Once the immune system has been activated, it typically requires four to six weeks for the virus to be fully eradicated. 

Do you have or are you suffering from:

  • Small fleshy, rough, grainy growth on the bottom of the foot
  • Seed warts (little black dots within warts)
  • Warts present on both feet or warts that are larger than 10mm

Book an appointment today to discuss if autoimmune therapy is right for you.

Fungal toenail light therapy
Fungal toenail  light therapy

Do you have or are you suffering from:

  • A discolored and thickened nail
  • Damaged / crumbly nail

Nail Fungus Treatments

Genesis light therapy is a photodynamic therapy that involves a photosensitizer, a light source and oxygen. The three components work together to attack any organic tissue that it encounters, which improves and strengthens infected or damaged toenails due to nail fungus.

Simply stated, a dye is applied to the infected toenail, which is then subjected to an incredibly bright light source for five to seven minutes. Three to four treatments are typically required within a one to four week interval between appointments. There is also no pain attached to this form of therapy.

Nail Fungus Genesis Light Treatment

ClearToe light therapy from ToeFX The only Health Canada approved photodynamic therapy to treat Onychomycosis (toenail fungus). This proven treatment has a very high success rate for treating toenail fungus and is absolutely safe, painless and with no side effects.

Safe, non-toxic ClearToe Serum is applied to the infected toenail, which is then subjected to an incredibly bright light source for approximately 15 minutes. The entire foot is treated at once – the curved casing fits comfortably over all five toes. The ClearToe Therapy Light is a Class II medical device approved by Health Canada.

Nail Fungus ToeFX Light Treatment

Book an appointment today and feel better about the look and feel of your toes.

Laser fungal
Laser fungal

Lasers are incredible devices that can be used in the treatment of fungal toenails and warts. Treatments using lasers on fungal toenails only take about five minutes and we recommend a total of three treatments spaced out six weeks apart. No needles or anesthetic is needed, and it only causes minor discomfort. 

Do you have or are you suffering from:

  • Dark or yellow streaks on the nail
  • A discoloured and thickened nail
  • Damaged / crumbly nail

Book an appointment to see if a laser treatment is an option for your fungal toenail.

Laser warts
Laser warts

For wart removal, the laser treatment hits the wart on two different levels to help eradicate it. The success rate of this treatment is 96% and will usually require two to three sessions to complete.

  • Small fleshy, rough, grainy growth on the bottom of the foot
  • Growth on foot is flesh coloured, white, pink or tan
  • Seed warts (little black dots within warts)

Contact us today to book an appointment to discuss laser treatment for wart removal.

Routine footcare
Routine footcare

We put our feet through a lot of stress throughout a normal day, and they deserve to be treated kindly in return for all that they do. That’s why routine footcare is so important. Keeping your feet in excellent condition can help avoid more serious issues in the future.

Routine footcare treatments include:

  • Nail trimming
  • Removal of corns and callouses
  • Debriding
  • Preventative maintenance

Are you suffering from any of these issues?

  • Thick toenails
  • Difficulty cutting toenails
  • Corns/ callouses
  • Dry/ cracking skin

Routine footcare can help minimize these problems. Contact us now to book an appointment as part of your regular footcare routine!

Topical treatment
Topical treatment

Topical medicines are for use on the skin and can be tremendously effective in dealing with foot ailments and infections that are typically caused by fungus. Topical treatments are an excellent tool in combating:

  • Plantar warts
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Seed warts
  • Fungal toenails

Are you showing symptoms or suffering from any of these issues?

  • A small fleshy, rough or grainy growth on the bottom of your foot
  • A growth on the foot that is flesh, white or tan coloured
  • An itching, stinging or burning sensation on the toes or soles of your feet
  • Cracking and peeling of the skin on your foot, mainly between your toes and on your soles
  • Little black dots within warts
  • Your toenail is thickened, yellowish in colour and appears crumbly.

A topical treatment may be the right solution for you! Book an appointment today to relieve your symptoms.

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