Stepping in the Right Direction

By: ICHA Community Nurse Coordinator, Namarig Ahmed

Often, our feet receive the least care and attention. It is highly recommended to wash and dry our feet every day. But what happens when someone neglects their feet? Below are signs and symptoms that would warrant a visit to your family doctor and if possible, to a foot care specialist.

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pain
  • Ingrown toenails or thickened toenails
  • Fungal nail or skin changes
  • Dry or cracked skin
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Blisters or sores
  • Any foot changes

In order to prevent major foot problems, taking action when these signs present is necessary. Foot care specialists include Foot Care Nurses, Chiropodist (or Podiatrists). One of the common issues is not finding affordable foot care options in the Toronto Area. Below are resources in the community for the homeless or vulnerably housed to help you take a step forward.

St. James’ Cathedral Centre, 65 Church Street (Free service)
Foot Care Clinic on Tuesdays and Fridays, call 416-364-7865 for details
 
Michener Institute Chiropody Clinic, 222. St. Patrick Street (Free service)
Run by Chiropody students and faculty, Contact the clinic at 416-596-3108
 
Community Health Centers (free service)
Most CHC’s have Chiropody (foot care) services
Here is a list of CHC’s that accept external clients for foot care, within their catchment area:
  • Anishnawbe Health Centre (for the Aboriginal community), (416) 360-0486
  • Rexdale Community Health Centre, (416) 744-0066
  • Central Toronto Community Health Centre (416) 703-8480

References and more information

Canadian Diabetes Association “Signs of Foot Problems”
 
Canadian Diabetes Association “Daily Foot Care”
 
Michener Institute Chiropody Clinic