Foot Care for Athletes & Runners
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Foot Care for Athletes and Runners in Ottawa
As athletes and runners, we ask a lot of our feet. They are one of the most important parts of the body as we spend hours on them moving, stretching, jumping, balancing, and flexing. With all this use and overuse of our feet, it’s no wonder that many running-related injuries involve the feet. Such incidents increase when the feet aren’t properly inspected or cared for. Whether it’s foot pain, a sudden injury, or a painful blister, anyone these complications can stop you from running or performing if you suffer from them.
Why Foot Care is Necessary
At Natural Sole Wellness Centre, our team of foot care specialist recognize that your feet are the most valuable asset to your performance, but also the most vulnerable part of your body. This is why foot care for runners and athlete’s is important. Your feet are in contact with the ground, while supporting your entire body weight, through full and repeated force, and for hours at a time. Staying active is great, and it’s even better if you have a team of expert looking after your feet! You don’t have to wait to experience a sore or an injury to start a foot care routine; prevention is key.
How can we help?
At Natural Sole Wellness Centre, we offer more than foot care. We pride ourselves in offering alternative therapies that can help prevent sports injuries or that will allow your body to heal and recover safely. Below are some of the therapies we offer here at our clinic in Ottawa:
Advanced Medical foot care
Your feet are your body’s foundation. As an athlete, it is essential include professional routine foot care appointments as part of your wellness journey. Your quality of life and your performance is directly linked to your ability to be move around independently. If you suffer from foot and lower-limb related problems, you will not be able to perform at your best. When the body’s foundation is not solid, the rest of the structure can become unstable; foot pain can shift the way we walk and cause stress on the knees, hips, and spine, thus increasing our risk of injuries. Our Registered Foot Care Nurse offers a holistic and comprehensive approach to foot health. Our appointments include medical pedicure treatments, footwear assessment, orthotic therapy, compression therapy assessments, foot care product recommendations, and preventive care strategies.
Reflexology is a therapeutic technique that can play part in your wellness journey and in pain management therapy. The Reflexologist applies pressure to specific areas of the feet, and this may stimulate the nerve endings in these areas. This can help with sleep, ease tension, improve digestion, improve immune function, and promote healthy blood flow throughout the body. In addition to offering stress reduction and promoting relaxation, the soft-tissue manipulation techniques used in reflexology can help with foot and ankle pain relief. Whether you are a professional athlete or just want to be at the top of your game, regular reflexology appointments can help you get to your health and well-being.
BioFlex Laser Therapy (Cold Laser Therapy)
Bioflex Laser Therapy uses red and infrared light to penetrate deep into the body’s tissues in order to stimulate a healing response at a cellular level. Light therapy lasers trigger a cascade of physiological reactions within the body’s cell enhancing the body’s immune system. The therapeutic responses that have been observed with Bioflex Laser Therapy are: increased oxygenated blood to the injured site, tissue healing, collagen production, repair of damaged muscle fibers, activation of cells leading to muscle regeneration, reducing edema, nerve regeneration, and improved cartilage production and joint function. With such ability to promote natural healing, Bioflex Laser Therapy is a non-invasive modality to use for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, wound healing, and neuromuscular conditions. Total number sessions are usually determined during the initial consultation.
Myofascial Release Massage Therapy
Myofascial release therapy is a technique often used to treat myofascial pain and discomfort. Myofascial disorders are caused by tightness and stiffness in the myofascial tissues which surround and support the muscles in the body. In combination with massage therapy, myofascial release therapy focuses on reducing pain by easing the tension and tightness felt in certain areas of the body. This will also help with increasing range of motion to the affected areas and preventing injuries. During a myofascial release massage therapy, the massage therapist (RMT) will gently massage and stretch the myofascial that feels stiff and rigid. The RMT uses a light manual pressure to release the tension to the affected muscles. Myofascial release can help with relieving pain, improving flexibility, promoting recovery, and increasing relaxation and well-being.
Custom Orthotic Therapy
Custom orthotics are orthopedic devices that are designed to align the foot and ankle into a corrective and optimal position. Custom orthotic therapy can help minimize the unwanted effects of a wide range of biomechanical foot issues, including problems with how you stand, walk, or run. They correctly align the body to allow athletes to be able to participate in their sport and perhaps help prevent further injury.
Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are specially designed to help you with your balance, mobility, gait, and pressure redistribution throughout the foot and ankle. Overall, custom orthotics can be used to help with pain management, as well as help prevent further complications such as stress and strains on the body which can lead to injuries. We offer thorough assessments and a gait scan analysis to see if custom orthotics are right for you.
Common foot complications
- Ankle sprains
- Athlete’s foot and other skin conditions
- Corns and callouses
- Cracked heels
- Heel pain
- IT band syndrome
- Knee pain
- Muscle cramps
- Plantar fasciitis
- Runner’s toes
- Shin pains
- Stress fractures
- Subungual hematoma
- Toenail pain
Whether you need treatment or prevention help, call us today at 613-761-6060 to book your appointment with one of our Health & Wellness Practitioners.