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Bennett Podiatric Medical Center

Providing Medical Diagnoses and Treatments for Foot Problems.

3117 Joseph Howe Dr.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3L 4H2
(902) 429-1416

Podiatry in the News

  New studies find Ultrasound imaging beneficial in identifying pathology in hard to manage heel pain. The study shows that identifying the exact location of the injury is important in instituting the most effective treatment.  Early imaging allows targeted therapy based on a definitive diagnosis.  

Ultrasound scanning for recalcitrant plantar fasciopathy. Basis of a new classification.
Ieong E, Afolayan J, Carne A, Solan M Skeletal Radiol. Jul 2012


Effect of shockwave therapy on plantar fasciopathy
A biomechanical prospective

W-H. Hsu, L-J. Lai, H-Y. Chang, R. W-W. Hsu,
Bone Joint J August 2013 vol. 95-B no. 8 1088-1093


It has been suggested that extracorporeal shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment for pain relief from recalcitrant plantar fasciopathy (PF). However, the changes in gait and associated biomechanical parameters have not been well characterised. This study demonstrated that patients increased their walking velocity and cadence as well indicating a decrease in pain after shockwave therapy. In the symptomatic foot, the peak contact pressure over the forefoot increased and the contact area over the digits decreased. The total foot impulse also decreased as did stance duration. The duration the centre of pressure remained in the hindfoot increased in the symptomatic foot after shockwave therapy. The differences in centre of pressure trajectory at baseline decreased at final follow-up. In conclusion, shockwave therapy not only decreased the pain VAS rating but also improved the gait parameters of the symptomatic foot in PF patients.





We all have nearly 200 different types of fungi colonising our feet, scientists have discovered.

Fungi live all over the human body, but their favourite spots are the heel, under toenails and between the toes, according to a US study.

  • Fungal infections are common and include athlete's foot, ringworm and yeast infections
  • Athlete's foot, also called Tinea pedis, is a very common fungal infection of the foot, causing peeling, redness, itching, burning, and sometimes blisters and sores
  • Fungal nail infections affect about three in every 100 people in the UK
  • The most common symptom of a fungal nail infection is the nail becoming thickened and discoloured. it can turn white, black, yellow or green.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22622689 Helen Briggs BBC.


A new treatment for Fungal infections of the toenails is a special wavelength of laser light.  Research proposes that it works in a number of ways.  Stay tuned, we are considering offering this therapy!

All infectious agents can be killed by heat except prions, which makes 
laser therapy a promising option for onychomycosis, Dr. Waibel said. The 
mechanism of action is not fully understood, but she shared three 
hypotheses. The first is that water in the keratin of the nail absorbs 
the laser energy and creates nonspecific bulk heating, which denatures 
fungal organelles. The second hypothesis is that free radicals are 
created by the laser, and these kill the dermatophyte. The third 
hypothesis is that microscopic selective photothermolysis occurs in 
Trichophyton species that contain melanin in their cell walls. 
Microcavitation and acoustic shock waves are created, which decapsulate 
the spores. The mechanism of action "is probably a combination of all 
three," she speculated




Halifax Podiatrist Bennett Podiatric Medical Center is a poidiatry office providing Podiatry in the News, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Halifax, NS. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the B3L 4H2 area and surrounding areas in Halifax