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Virtual Foot Hospital
a website owned and operated by
the Achilles Foot Health Centre and Dr. S. A. Schumacher of Surrey, British
Information contained in these pages is intended for informational purposes
and is no substitute for a proper podiatric medical examination.
The Top 10
The Ten Most Common Search Topics
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If your topic is not among
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Pain, Fasciitis, Heel Pain, Heel Spurs
Pain in this
region of the foot is one of the most common afflictions
we treat. We discuss some of the most common
causes of heel pain, including Plantar
Fasciitis and Heel
Spurs both beneath
and behind the heel bone. We also review the most
common treatments. This page also links to our
shock wave therapy
no minimal training required for making orthotic
appliances in British Columbia, and there is a lot of
poor, misrepresented product on the market. So it's definitely a
"buyer beware" climate out there. Here
we discuss various types of orthotics available, what they can and
can not do, and what to look for when seeking
biomechanical help through orthoses.
Feet and Pronation
These terms are often
used interchangeably, but they actually
refer to different things. We'll learn the difference on
this page. We'll also learn about the wide variety of
complaints associated with these conditions, including arch and
heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, and pain in
the ball of the foot.
We have three major pages on bunions. The link
above is our gateway page, including a general
discussion of bunions, what they are, how the develop. From there you can visit a
page that discusses how we assess bunions on X-ray and
another page that discusses many of the most common
types of bunion surgery.
toes are one of the most frequent compliants seen in
podiatric practice. On this page we
discuss the various types of contracted toes that may
develop, their causes, and how they may be treated.
(They're not all treated the same.)
Big Toe Joint
On this page we discuss Hallux Limitus and Hallux
Rigidis, the technical names for stiff, arthritic great
We'll discuss the causes of
this condition, and review some of the most common and
helpful treatments, both conservative and surgical.
in the Ball of the Foot
On this page we review many of the most common causes of
pain in the ball of the foot and discuss how they can be
differentiated and how they may be treated, usually
through conservative means.
Here we discuss the diagnosis, causes, treatment, and
prevention of common nail complaints. Topics on
ingrown nails, thickened, discoloured, and misshapen nails, fungal
nails, and psoriatic
The Morton's Neuroma is one of the most over-diagnosed and improperly-treated
conditions of the foot. We review the diagnosis of
a Morton's Neuroma, discuss its causes, and examine the various
treatment options for this unpleasant, sometimes
Diabetes is the
single largest cause of amputations, and one of the most
common causes of pain in the foot. Infections,
ingrown nails, ulcers, poor circulation, diminished
sensation, and a host of other foot complaints are
associated with diabetes. The good news is that
most of these complaints can be avoided.
If you did not find your
topic listed above, scroll down the list below for a more
thorough listing of Foot Health Topics.