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How does the diabetic foot result in amputation?

Diabetes mellitus poses several dangers to its carrier’s health. The complications it causes often include blindness, hypertension, and other cardiovascular diseases. However, the plantar problems caused by diabetes can sometimes go ignored. This is quite surprising, considering that diabetic foot is responsible for 50% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations. Let's look at what causes a person…

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What are the effects of diabetes on the feet?

What are the effects of diabetes on the feet?

Orthopedy, Dermatology, Pain

Diabetes affects more than 1 in 10 Quebecers, according to the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec. It is known to cause an array of problems like blindness and kidney disease, but diabetes is also responsible for half of all non-traumatic amputations. Before reaching such serious complications, however, other conditions of the soles of…

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Distinguishing and treating common and plantar warts

Both are associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV), but the common wart and plantar wart appear in different locations. The first is more likely to occur in visible places, while the second is more concealed and usually grows beneath the foot’s sole. But are there any real differences between these two types of warts aside…

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The 4 bad habits that can ruin your feet

The 4 bad habits that can ruin your feet

Orthopedy, Footwear, Dermatology, Pain

Taking care of your feet is primarily a matter of habit. However, when it comes to foot care, many of us have developed bad habits over the years. These damaging habits can often result in several limitations that hinder our daily lives, such as: Foot pain (Achilles tendonitis, heel spur, plantar fasciitis, bunions, Morton's neuroma,…

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5 ways to avoid big toe pain

5 ways to avoid big toe pain

Orthopedy, Footwear, Dermatology

The big toe, also called the hallux, is responsible for essential functions such as lifting and balance. This toe is also particularly susceptible to trauma and external stress. In this regard, sharp pain in the big toe can prove to be burdensome and even debilitating. Read on to learn 5 ways to avoid big toe…

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Athlete’s foot: everything you need to know about this infection

If you think that athlete's foot (or tinea pedis) only affects athletes, think again! Of course, this pathology does affect many athletes. However, no one is fully immune to this infection, which causes fungus between the toes.  Did you know that more than 10% of the North American population will suffer from athlete's foot in…

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Diabetic foot: what is it, and how do we treat it?

Diabetic foot is a problematic condition that can cause sores and ulcers. This makes the feet more vulnerable, especially among the elderly. If this condition is not treated promptly and effectively, it can lead to serious infections and, in some cases, amputation.  If you are one of the 880,000 Quebecers who are diabetic, you need…

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What are the effects of smoking on your feet?

We all know the harmful effects that smoking has on the heart or lungs. And smokers have long been aware of the many dangers of smoking to their health. However, it is too often forgotten that the harmful products contained in cigarette smoke can also affect the health of the feet. This is a little-known…

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How to prevent blisters on the foot?

How to prevent blisters on the foot?

Footwear, Dermatology

Preventing blisters on your feet is the best way to run, walk, jump or dance painlessly (no matter what activities you enjoy). These blisters appear as small pockets under the skin and are caused by repeated friction of the foot. Blisters on the foot are a way for the skin to protect itself against this…

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Diabetic foot: what to do for an injury?

A symptom of poorly managed diabetes, diabetic foot affects a quarter of Quebec’s diabetic patients. Caused by an immune deficiency, it exposes the carrier to the possibility of serious infection when an injury occurs. If not treated promptly, an injury to the diabetic foot can cause irreversible damage. Fortunately, there are several ways to identify…

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What is excessive foot perspiration?

Sweating is a physiological phenomenon whose main function is to regulate body temperature. This sweating phenomenon occurs through our sweat glands, which are more numerous in the armpits, palms and feet. Generally an ordinary occurrence, perspiration can sometimes be exacerbated when the situation does not warrant it.  This is what can be called hyperhidrosis, or…

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Can a podiatrist remove my plantar wart?

Recognized as a footcare health professional, the podiatrist treats a wide variety of chronic and acute pathologies. The podiatrist’s expertise allows them to treat joint pain and biomechanical and dermatological problems, such as plantar warts. Find out what preventive care and treatment the podiatrist can provide to ensure that your plantar warts are no longer…

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Can a plantar wart be dangerous?

Caused by a contagious virus, warts are small skin growths that can appear in various places, but more commonly on the soles of the feet. Unpleasant and sometimes painful, plantar warts are nevertheless benign most of the time. As a matter of fact, it is more the complications linked to plantar warts that are liable…

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5 tips to relieve foot eczema

Also called dermatitis, eczema is an irritation of the skin causing itching and rashes. Although not contagious, this skin disease can be particularly resistant. Eczema occurs in waves, where symptoms of irritation become more pronounced. The rashes can then turn into blisters and ooze.  When eczema appears under the feet, the resulting lesions require special…

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What are the different kinds of plantar warts?

Dirty, troublesome, embarrassing… there is no shortage of terms used to describe plantar warts. However, even if we would like to be able to ignore them, it is more important to treat them as quickly as possible. Warts are a skin growth caused by the HPV (human papilloma virus).  Although prevalent in children, they occur…

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How can we prevent nail fungus infection?

Nail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a fungal infection of the toenail. It can affect one or more nails simultaneously, and affects approximately 6.5% of the Canadian population. Diabetics or people with a weaker immune system may be particularly at risk. Foot hygiene is closely linked to fungal infections. To avoid suffering from this unpleasant…

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When should I consult a podiatrist for my plantar wart?

A plantar wart is very contagious and can become painful if not treated. That’s why it is important to consult quickly to obtain the podiatry treatment best suited to your condition. Treating a plantar wart helps to prevent many undesirable symptoms and avoid the risk of spreading warts to your loved ones. By the way,…

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How do we treat an ingrown toenail at home?

Treating an ingrown nail at home is quite possible. And not treating it can cause consequences and increase your pain. That’s why it’s important to know a few tips to properly treat your ingrown toenail at home. An ingrown toenail (also called onychocryptosis) occurs when the nail pushes against and into the skin of the…

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How to choose the right socks?

How to choose the right socks?

Sport, Footwear, Dermatology

Choosing the right socks to wear is not just about comfort and aesthetics. The right choice of socks is also important for maintaining good foot hygiene. A good pair of socks designed for the activity you are performing also helps you to keep your feet in good health! To choose the ideal sock, you should…

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Callus or plantar wart, what’s the difference?

Callus or plantar wart? Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between the two. And even though they can be similar, these are two different conditions. And the symptoms and ways of treating these two problems are not the same. Let’s take a closer look at calluses and plantar warts.   What is a callus?…

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How do I treat my plantar warts at home?

It is certainly possible to treat plantar warts at home. In fact, there are several treatment options available to you. Several treatment solutions are explained below. First, in order for pharmacy treatments to be effective, the plantar wart must not be older than one year, and for optimal healing the wart must have appeared less…

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How do I treat athlete’s foot at home?

Athlete’s foot is a very common skin infection of the feet. In North America, 10% of the population will have to deal with athlete’s foot at least once in their lifetime. It is caused by a fungus that is easily transmitted from one person to another, especially in areas where we may walk barefoot, like…

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What’s the best way to trim my nails?

Cutting your toenails is part of your personal hygiene that you should not take lightly, especially if you have thick or very curved nails. Improper technique could trigger the appearance of ingrown toenails, a very painful condition, or cause various injuries. Do you want to learn the best way to trim your toenails? Just follow…

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How can you prevent foot perspiration?

Foot perspiration is a common problem that many want to avoid. Whether it is to improve your personal comfort or avoid any embarrassment due to unpleasant foot odours, there are several options available to help manage foot perspiration. Here are a few tips to help you fight foot perspiration and avoid unpleasant odours.   Hygiene…

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