Blog by Vancouver Orthotics, Hycroft Medical Building (113-3195 Granville St @ 16th Ave)

Defeat Achilles Tendonitis

August 20th, 2016

In Greek mythology, Achilles was a Greek hero of the Trojan War who met his fate when Paris shot him in the heel with an arrow. It was because of this that later poets began to describe Achilles as invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel. Flash forward, and you have a pain in your, so appropriately named, Achilles heel that is so stifling that you yourself feel like Achilles ...

Shun Shin Splint Pain

August 20th, 2016

Do you ever experience a throbbing pain in your shins after a jog? Or maybe you’ve recently changed your work out, and now you’re forced to ice your shins afterward? Or maybe you’ve experienced the pain after simply running after the bus? Regardless of the circumstances, shin splints are the pits. Shin splints are very common, and can be caused by irritated overused muscles, stress fract ...

Orthotics for Sprained Ankle Recovery

August 19th, 2016

Have you sprained your ankle recently? Or maybe you had an ankle sprain a while ago, and your ankle has not fully recovered? An ankle sprain can leave your ankle in a weakened state, consequently making it more susceptible to another ankle sprain or injury. The key to helping your sprained ankle recover fully, and to prevent a sprain from happening again, is to give your ankle the support it ...

Ankle Pain on the Brain?

August 19th, 2016

Do you experience ankle pain while walking? While running? Or maybe first thing in the morning when you wake up? Ankle pain can be caused by a myriad of things, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Pain in the ankle can be caused by an injury, a medical condition, like arthritis, or from repetitive strain from walking, running, or jumping. Consequently, ankle pain can prevent you from the activiti ...

Treatment for Painful Heel Spurs

August 12th, 2016

Spur /spƏr/ : a device with a small spike or a spiked wheel that is worn on a rider’s heel and used for urging a horse forward. A totally optional accessory, and questionably ethical. A heel spur? That’s a calcium deposit causing a tiny protrusion on the underside of the heel bone. Not fashionable, and can be painful. The good news? You may not need to rush to surgery to fix this problem bec ...

Bad Feels in the Heels?

August 12th, 2016

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the heel is highly susceptible to pain, given that it takes on the stress of roughly 1.25 times our body weight hundreds of times daily with each step, and 2.75 times when we run. The heel is designed to provide rigid support for our body weight, as well as absorbing the shock of the foot when we walk, run, skip, or jump, and it propels us forward into our next ...

Relieve Metatarsal Pain with Metatarsal Pads

August 6th, 2016

Are you seeking relief from metatarsal pain? Are you wondering what part of the body that even refers to? Metatarsal pain is pain that occurs in the ball region of your foot (for more info check out our recent blog about “Metatarsalgia”). Metatarsal pain can be relieved by custom made orthotic inserts fully equipped with a metatarsal pad. Metatarsal pads help to relieve metatarsal pain b ...

The Metaphysics of Metatarsalgia

August 6th, 2016

Metatarsalgia, or metatarsal pain, is an umbrella term for pain felt in the metatarsal region of the foot (the ball or the top of your foot). Your foot is made up of a series of bones, starting at the ankle (tarsals), moving into your foot (metatarsals), and all the way to your toes (phalanges). Most often metatarsal pain is felt in the ball of the foot just behind the big and second toe ...