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Ankle And Foot Clinic

Our staff at Limelight Wellness Clinic consist of a team of professionally trained physical therapists and specialists dedicated to helping patients diagnose and treat various common and uncommon foot and ankle issues. We are based in Vancouver and we treat the following issues:

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles Tendonitis is caused by overuse of your Achilles tendon- the tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. It is common in athletes, active men, and women. {read more}
Contrary to popular belief, Achilles tendonitis is not always characterized by sharp and severe pain. It starts mild in most patients and grows more severe with overuse. A telltale sign of Achilles tendonitis is a mild ache at the back of your leg. It could be closer to your heel or your calf muscles.

Other symptoms you need to watch out for are:

  • Stiffness
  • Increased pain during long-running sessions, or climbing
  • Stiffness and tenderness, especially in the morning

At Limelight Wellness Clinic we offer therapeutic and surgical solutions to your Achilles tendonitis issues. When you come in for a checkup, we determine whether nor not the problem you are dealing with is indeed caused by tendonitis, then we come up with a treatment plan that should focus on treating your pain.

Heel Pain

Heel Pain
Heel pain or heel tendonitis is not actually caused by a tendon tear or overuse. Since the heel has no tendons of its own, the pain you feel each type you rest on your heel is most likely caused by a heel spur, plantar fasciitis, or ankle tendonitis. {read more}
On your first visit to Limelight Wellness Clinic our first order of business would be to conduct extensive tests on the affected heel or heels to determine the root cause of your heel pain. We will, of course, require you to answer a series of questions to better guide us and help us identify the root of your pain. After that, we perform physical therapy and administer medications, which could be done onsite or at your residence.

Toe Pain

Toe Pain
Toe pain or big toe pain are often a result of arthritis, bunions, sesamoiditis, fractures, or other underlying conditions. Most cases of big toe pain can be treated with over the counter medication, but ever so often, there is a need for therapeutic intervention. {read more}
Depending on the cause of your toe pain, your treatment will differ slightly, but it should not extend beyond implementing Rest, ice, compression, and elevation protocols, plus medication. In very rare cases, surgery is required.

Bunion

Bunion
Bunions are bony stumps that form at the base of your big toe when the toe bones shirt from their sockets. They are characterized by swelling, soreness, calluses corns, and limited toe movement. {read more}
They are caused by toe deformities, foot stress and are influenced by factors like inherited foot types. After diagnosis, we treat it with corrective Orthoses and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is characterized by a quick stabbing pain in the tendon in the arch of your foot, especially after you wake up or rest. {read more}
It is caused by prolonged stress on the bowstring shaped tendon, which can be a result of age, certain exercises, foot mechanics, obesity, and occupations.

We treat it with night splints, physical therapy, orthoses, and pain relief medication.

Heel Spur

Heel Spur
Heel spurs are a bony protrusion at the underside of your heel bone. Normally, they are usually painless. {read more}
In unusual cases, they can cause heel pain and are associated with plantar fasciitis.

They can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, custom made orthotics, exercise, and cortisone injections.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma
Morton’s Neuroma is the thickening of the tissue around one of the nerve endings between your third and fourth foot, commonly designated as the ball of your feet. {read more}

They are characterized by a sharp or burning pain at the ball of your feet or a growing numbness. Patients who wear heels typically experience the symptoms of this conditions It is associated with high arches, flat feet, bunions, and hammertoes. We treat patients with Morton’s neuroma with physical therapy, stretching, massages, exercise, rest, ice, and in rare cases, surgery.

Foot Deformities

Toe Deformity
Foot deformities are an umbrella terminology used to describe conditions that affect the bones and tendons of the feet. {read more}

The four most common types of foot deformities are: claw toes, hammertoes, mallet toes, and tarsal coalition. We treat all sorts of deformities through physical therapy and corrective surgeries.

Calf Pain

Calf Pain
The Calf contains three major muscles and a large tendon that connects the muscle to the base of the heel. Any one of these muscles could be the cause of your heel pain, and sometimes the Achilles tendon might be the cause of your pain too. {read more}
seeing any of our trained physiotherapists, your heel pain could be diagnosed as:

  • Calf muscle cramp
  • Calf muscle strain
  • Calf muscle contusion
  • Soleus Muscle strain
  • Achilles tendonitis

Though it’s not as common, it is entirely possible that your calf pain is a result of:

  • Blood clot
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Popliteal Tendonitis
  • Fracture of the lower leg bone, etc.

We typically tackle calf pain by first asking the patients a series of questions, then performing a physical examination to determine the cause of the pain. If the root of the pain is not determined, we will use an x-ray to study the affected area. From that point on, the principles of RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) are administered and are supplemented with some exercises.

Hallux Rigidus

Hallux Rigidus
Hallux Rigidus, which literally means "stiff big toe," is one of the major symptoms of big toe arthritis, a common type of degenerative arthritis. It is a progressive condition, so it might worsen over time. {read more}
Eventually, your doctor might recommend surgery to alleviate the pain. It is caused by the overuse of your big toe. Stress accumulates over time as you walk, exercise, and move. Medical conditions like gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and Osteoarthritis can cause Hallux Rigidus.

As with most muscular, joint, or tendon related issues, it can be fixed with enough rest, the right exercises, and in severe cases, surgery Limelight Wellness Clinic has helped hundreds of patients affected by Hallux Rigidus get rid of their pain and recover full control of their limbs.

Toe Deviation

Toe Deviation
Toe deviation is the lateral deviation of your big toe at the base of the joint. It is caused by biomechanical instabilities, poorly fitting shoes, arthropathies, connective tissue disorders, and neuromuscular diseases. Left untreated, it results in Hammer and claw toes, inflammations, and secondary Osteoarthritis. {read more}
At Limelight Wellness Clinic we treat it through orthoses, special shoes, insoles and other physical modalities.

Sesamoid Injuries

Sesamoid Bone
Sesamoid injuries are caused by overuse of the joint above the big toe. It can also be the result of traumatic fractures and stress fractures. {read more}
The symptoms include:

  • A gradual or acute pain
  • Shifting your weight to the outside of your foot while you walk
  • Limping
  • Inflammation and swelling

We treat sesamoid injuries by orthoses, electrotherapy, and therapy and in very rare cases, surgery.

Chronic Compartment Syndrome

Compartment Syndrome
It is caused by high impact exercises, and it affects the nerves in the legs and arms. It can lead to swelling and, in very rare cases, complete disability. We treat the condition with physical therapy, RICE protocol, stretching, and switching exercisen

Drop Foot

Foot Drop
Drop foot is an inability to move the front part of your foot while walking. It often causes the affected patient to compensate by raising their knee while they walk to compensate for the drag. {read more}
It is caused by nerve injury, brain or spinal disorders, and muscle disorders. We treat the condition through physical therapy, lightweight braces, shoe inserts, and surgery.

Stress Fracture

Stress Fractures
Stress fracture refers to a small crack in the bone. It is caused by repetitive trauma on a certain bone or area of the body. It is common among athletes and can lead to a host of complicated issues. {read more}

We treat it by recommending rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication If there is any type of swelling.

If you experience any of these conditions, contact us to book an appointment and see one of our in-house therapists to schedule a consultation. We at Limelight Wellness Clinic would love to help your alleviate the pain, prevent and reverse whatever conditions you are experiencing.

Heel Splint

Toe Deformity
Heel splints are orthotic devices that help you maintain a 90 degree stretch on your heel and allow it to recover while you sleep. Their biggest advantage, aside from promoting, is eliminating the sharp pain you feel when you climb out of bed and stretch your plantar fascia.

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Mehrdad Darvish

Mehrdad Darvish is an Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle, and Sports Injuries surgeon. Trained in Iran and Germany, he worked as the Senior Consultant Orthopaedics at National Olympic Committee of Iran. Mehrdad moved to Vancouver, BC a few years ago and started practicing Manual Osteopathy. More than 25 years of experience in Orthopaedics, works for him to diagnose properly and choose individualized treatment for every patient suffering from musculoskeletal, sports injury or chronic pain. All of which are achieved by using Craniosacral, Visceral, and other Osteopathic technics. He truly believes that Manual Osteopathy is the most effective and available treatment for chronic pains.