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Step in the Right Direction

The Foot Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital wants to help you step in the right direction to healthy, happy feet. Here are some steps to making that happen:

Winter

  1. Be careful when cutting your toenails
    When cutting your toenails, be sure to cut straight across, never at an angle or down the edges, which can lead to ingrown toenails. If you have an ingrown toenail, avoid going to nail salons and see a chiropodist for treatment.
  1. Waterproof is key
    To help prevent infections during the winter season, wear boots that are waterproof, adequate width for your foot and warm.
  1. Make sure your boots fit
    Boots that are too tight can cause corns from the constant rubbing against your skin. Make sure your winter boots fit properly.
  1. Moisturize your skin
    Cold weather means less moisture in the air for your skin and nails. It's important to use a good moisturizer daily, not just when your skin looks like you need it.
  1. Keep your footwear dry
    Prior to going back outside in your boots or shoes again, make sure that you dry them out thoroughly. This will help prevent your feet from getting cold quickly as well as prevent the growth of fungi.

Summer

  1. Wear proper fitting footwear
    Getting calluses on your toes? Maybe your shoes are too small. To indicate a good fit you should have a thumbnail width of space between your longest toes and your shoe, and your shoes should be wide enough that you don’t feel the sides.
  1. Only wear flip flops poolside
    Flip flops change the way you walk. They cause your toes to claw and your steps to be shorter as your foot tries to keep the shoe on. Try to only use them at the pool only and look for more supportive sandals with straps.
  1. Wear your heels sparingly
    High heels move your centre of gravity forward, causing your forefoot to take on more pressure. Stick with low shoes for day-to-day activities and wear high heels for special events only.
  1. Don’t suffer in silence
    Heel pain? You’re not alone. Approximately 1 in 10 people will suffer from plantar fasciitis at some point in their life. The Foot Care Centre at WCH offers biomechanical exam and gait analysis to help identify the pain.
  1. Beware of the bunion
    Bunions are a change in alignment to the first toe joint. Your condition and risk factor has to do with your genes, gait and footwear. The Foot Care Centre at WCH can help best protect your feet from bunions.
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Location & Contact Info

Foot Care Centre
77 Grenville St., Room 101
Toronto, ON M5S 1B3

Main Building
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Switchboard: 416-323-6020

Email: info@wchospital.ca

Hours of Service
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Accessibility:
The hospital is fully accessible. All clinics have wheelchair accessible washrooms.

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)