Not Another Mask Post!

An Effective Mask Only Allows Airflow THROUGH the Material

We encourage our patients to wear their surgical and N95 (or equivalent) without any gapping at the nose or sides.

Self-Testing for a Safe Mask Fit

Do the SNIFF test — If you can smell coffee or smoke your mask is allowing airflow in from the sides, rendering it less effective

Do the PUFF TEST — if you blow in and out strongly does your mask puff in and out? Or do you feel a breeze on your cheeks and eyes?

Do your glasses fog up?

Facial hair will prevent a good seal.

Wearing a surgical mask? Try the following hacks to fit it better:

  1. Loop 3 elastics together and loop the outer ones around your ears. Fit the middle one around your nose and chin to increase the seal of the mask
  2. Tie the side loops tight against the mask and tuck in the sides
  3. Tape the bridge of the nose with medical tape or BandAid

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Let’s Talk Orthotics! Do you even need them? Having trouble fitting them into your shoes?

INTRODUCING CRYOS CUSTOM ORTHOTICS!

woman putting Cryos orthotic in shoe

What sets Cryos Orthotics apart:

Guiding your foot through proper movement, as opposed to immobilizing your foot

Precise Custom Orthotics – Using Cryos’ state of the art system, 2D and 3D scans are taken to 3D print your orthotics

Durable – Each pair of Cryos Orthotics are made to last 4-5 years

Small & Discrete – Traditional Orthotics are bulky and can take up the entire length of a shoe. Cryos Orthotics are smaller and slimmer, fitting right onto of your shoes normal sole, and allowing for easy transfer to your different pairs of shoes. 

Introducing CRYOS

State of the Art Custom Foot Orthotics

Don’t let foot, knee, hip, or back pain get in the way of your favourite activities! Custom molded Orthotics enable proper biomechanical weight transfer through the foot.

Cryos Orthotics optimize movement and reduce pain by guiding your foot through its natural motion.

Compared to traditional orthotics which immobilize your foot, Cryos Orthotics assist your foot instead of eliminating movements. 
The Cryos custom orthotic system uses both a 2D and 3D scanner to take multidimensional images of your foot. These scans allow an orthotic to be precisely crafted to fit to your foot, down to the nearest tenth of a millimetre
We are the only provider in Mississauga to offer Cryos’ custom orthotics. 
The cost for Cryos’ custom Orthotics is $500 per pair, or $750 for two. Custom Orthotics are covered in most Extended Health Care Benefits. With the end of the benefit year quickly approaching, it might be worth investigating if your benefits can cover some, if not all, of the cost!

What Conditions Do Custom Orthotics help with?– Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain- Flat Feet (Pes Planus)- Chronic Ankle Sprains- Metatarsalgia, Morton’s Neuroma & other painful conditions at the balls of your feet- Back, Knee & Hip Pain
Don’t let these pains keep you from your active lifestyle! Call us to book a COMPLIMENTARY Gait Analysis & Cryos scan today!

How Do my Feet Affect my Knees?

THE FOOT TRIPOD

THE FOOT TRIPOD:

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1. Center of the calcaneus.
2. Head of the 1st metatarsal.
3. Head of the 5th metatarsal.

A healthy foot tripod is dependent on:
– Foot structure
– Flexibility of the joints.
– Strength, endurance and control of the muscles.

Dysfunction of one or more legs of the foot tripod can lead to plantar fasciitis (heel pain), pain in the ball of the foot, bunions, hammer toes and numbness to name a few.

CLINICAL APPLICATION:
Structural leg length discrepancies can cause lower back pain, amongst other complications. The body can compensate for this FUNCTIONALLY by increasing foot supination on the shorter side to equalise length. This is done by increasing downward movement and force under the head of the 1st MT, increasing the medial arch height.. compensating with your tripod.

The tripod can also FAIL functionally and create a leg length discrepancy (pictured). When the head of the 1st MT has a weakened or inactive downward force. A uniateral pronated or flat foot posture could result.

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Can compensation for this occur higher up?

Definitely! If ‘re-supination’ cannot be achieved to restore leg length, another compensation can come from the pelvis.
If you anteriorly rotate the pelvis (ie the innominate rotates forward, bringing the ASIS forward) you can relatively increase leg length. This can be done favourably for one side and create pelvic torsion along with lateral tilt.

Please Welcome Carol, our New Kinesiology Student!

Carol Bryans, Co-Op Kinesiology student from University of Waterloo

I have always been fascinated with the human body and how rapidly you can recover from injuries. This interest has led me to pursue a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Medical Physiology at the University of Waterloo. I am currently a third year co-op student who has the wonderful opportunity of working here for the next few months. I am looking forward to working with such a great team of physiotherapists and chiropractors!

My personal experience as a dancer and my own experience with injuries has inspired me to pursue a career in healthcare and rehabilitation science, and I’m excited to learn more about the techniques used in injury rehabilitation and prehabilitation. 

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading, exercising, and I enjoy being outside as much as possible. Most of the time you can catch me doing yoga or reading in the park!