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How to prevent or relieve hammertoes?

How to prevent or relieve hammertoes?

Footwear, Orthopedy, Pain

In podiatry, hammertoes are a common problem. This condition is defined by a malformation of the forefoot at the toe joints, that causes discomfort and has a V-shaped or hooked look. Because the deformity is typically painful, it is considered to be problematic. Wearing improper shoes, genetics, cavus or flat feet, inflammation of the joints,…

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6 ways to treat your plantar fasciitis with a podiatrist

Heel pain is the defining symptom of plantar fasciitis. This ailment might make it difficult to move or carry out regular tasks. Pulling or tearing of the plantar fascia, which is caused by negligent stretching when exercising or wearing shoes that are improper for your foot, is a typical cause of this condition. The podiatrist…

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How to prevent and treat ingrown toenails?

An ingrown toenail, also known as onychocryptosis, is a condition in which a toenail develops into the flesh and enters it. This pressure on the flesh might cause skin irritation. In podiatry, ingrown toenails are a prevalent condition. However, if the problem is not addressed, the nail may become infected and uncomfortable. To avoid severe…

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5 sports you can play despite having a broken foot in a cast

You don't have to stop playing sports just because you have a cast on your foot. There's nothing keeping you from participating in athletics if you have a doctor's okay and a foot that can handle a certain level of movement. Here are five activities that you can participate in when your foot is in…

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What is the procedure for removing an ingrown toenail?

When a toenail is cut too short or clipped improperly, it will result in an ingrown toenail. It's also known as onychocryptosis, and it induces discomfort that can even make walking impossible. While most ingrown toenails can be treated at home, a few may cause complications. To avoid this, the podiatrist would most certainly recommend…

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What is the best type of footwear for people with plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis manifests as a pain in the heel that often occurs with the morning’s first steps. The pain is caused by micro-tears and inflammation in the heel. If you find yourself waking up with spikes of pain in your heel, you may suffer from plantar fasciitis. Luckily, there are a number of solutions to…

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How to get rid of a bunion?

How to get rid of a bunion?

Footwear, Orthopedy, Pain

Do you notice a growth on your big toe that is deviating from its normal axis and causing you difficulty when putting on shoes? There is a good chance that a bunion is developing in your foot. Unfortunately, once hallux valgus has firmly attached itself to your foot, surgery is the only way to remove…

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Seniors: 4 tips to keep your feet healthy

Seniors: 4 tips to keep your feet healthy

Footwear, Orthopedy, Pain, Sport

People often associate wrinkles and vision problems with the process of getting older. But we also know that this inevitable phenomenon makes it more difficult to get around and sometimes causes chronic discomfort. In this article, we offer you 4 tips to reduce the impact of aging on the health of your feet. Aging leads…

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My child has leg pain, is it normal?

It can prove to be frustrating for a parent to be unable to identify what is causing their child pain. However, in the case of specific leg pain, the answer is much clearer. Leg pain occurs in many young children between the ages of 3 and 6 as part of the normal growing process. Usually,…

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Training with a cast on your foot? It is possible!

Steadying your foot or leg with a cast can significantly limit your ability to move. However, even if a fracture and a severe sprain require forced immobilization of the foot, you don’t always have to stop moving completely. Here are some tips to help you keep going despite having your foot in a cast. Keeping…

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What effects does aging have on your feet?

Aging brings along a number of symptoms, like weakening muscles, blurred vision and a hunched back. In addition to sensory damage, this also affects the musculoskeletal structures of the body, including your feet. As you age along with your body, your feet and legs can give you a hard time. Here are the various effects…

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How does being overweight affect the feet?

Obesity is a growing problem in the world population, currently affecting 34% of Canadian adults. While it is common knowledge that this condition often leads to high blood pressure and circulatory problems, the mechanical difficulties experienced by overweight people sometimes go unnoticed. Still, the joints of the legs and feet must support the extra weight.…

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What are the effects of diabetes on the feet?

What are the effects of diabetes on the feet?

Dermatology, Orthopedy, 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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Should my child wear foot orthoses?

Should my child wear foot orthoses?

Kids, Orthopedy, Pain

It is rare for a child to need orthotic insoles before the age of 3. In fact, due to the fact that the structures of the feet are not yet developed, it is difficult to determine if there are any issues with them. However, if your child is of walking age and has difficulty doing…

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Pain under the foot: plantar fasciitis or heel spur?

Your foot’s arch is supported by a fibrous membrane called the plantar aponeurosis or plantar fascia. This membrane can become inflamed and even partially ruptured if it is subjected to excessive or uneven stress. This is known as plantar fasciitis. Nowadays, it is among the most common causes of heel pain in Canada. If left…

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4 myths and facts about growing pains in children

Still a relatively obscure phenomenon, the discomfort caused by growing pains can be difficult to decipher. And yet, it is inevitable, because growth is an integral part of normal child development. Read on to learn 4 common myths associated with growing pains in children. It can sometimes be difficult to know when young children are…

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How do you treat a sprained ankle?

How do you treat a sprained ankle?

Orthopedy, Pain, Sport

A sprained ankle is a widespread injury and most people will be affected by it at some point in their lives. The majority of ankle sprains are mild, thus they can usually be treated in the comfort of your own home. Here is how you do this. For starters, you must be able to identify…

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Prevent bunions in 4 steps

Prevent bunions in 4 steps

Footwear, Orthopedy, Pain

The bunion, or hallux valgus, is a problem that is more common in women, manifesting as a deviation and deformation of the big toe. This deformation of the foot can cause pain and difficulty in comfortably wearing shoes over time. While the bunion can begin as nothing more than a cosmetic problem, it may eventually…

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How can the podiatrist treat growing pains?

Growing pains usually manifest in leg aches that often occur during the night. This pain can start as early as age 3, in certain cases. They can also affect other parts of the lower limbs, such as the knees, ankles or feet. This type of pain is generally caused by: A suboptimal growth rate (e.g.…

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Which professional should you consult for foot pain?

Most medical professionals will tell you that good musculoskeletal health directly depends on your feet. But who should you trust with the delicate task of treating foot pain? After all, there are various medical professionals who have the skills to identify what is wrong with your physical condition. Let's take a look at who offers…

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Cavus feet: pains and treatments

Have you perhaps noticed a bump on the top of your feet, and it’s getting bigger and bigger? Are your feet getting increasingly stiffer, to the point where it’s becoming difficult to put on your shoes without pain? All of these could hint at the presence of a cavus foot. At first, this type of…

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Flat feet: tips to exercise without pain

Flat feet: tips to exercise without pain

Footwear, Orthopedy, Pain, Sport

Do you regularly do a sport like running, walking, or skiing? Then you probably know that a great deal of your performance directly depends on your feet. However, your feet may have special conditions that make it difficult to perform your athletic activities. Such is the case of flat feet. This downward sagging of the…

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Flat feet: pains and treatments

The feet are rarely perceived to be the cause of joint pain. However, even a minor plantar deformity can affect your posture and undermine your daily comfort. Flat feet are one of the foot deformities that can cause lasting problems later in life. When pain claims your joints and you begin experiencing a lack of…

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Cavus foot: tips to continue playing sports without pain

Whether you’re a runner, skier, or avid walker, healthy feet are instrumental to ensuring the best athletic performance. But when you’re dealing with a deformity like the cavus foot, it affects the entirety of your body. Cavus foot is characterized by a rigid and very pronounced arch. However, even if it changes your foot’s grip…

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The 4 bad habits that can ruin your feet

The 4 bad habits that can ruin your feet

Dermatology, Footwear, Orthopedy, 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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The 4 best natural remedies for heel spur

The heel spur, also called the calcaneal spur, usually manifests by affecting your plantar fascia. This bony outgrowth from the heel bone is normally painless. However, if you play a sport that is heavy on your feet, such as running, your fascia will experience increased tension and can thus result in pain. Learn the 4…

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7 myths about treating your Achilles tendinitis

Have you been suffering from pain in the back of your ankle for a while now, preventing you from living your life normally? It could be Achilles tendinitis. Achilles tendinitis is a real sore for those who lead an active lifestyle, and it can be quite difficult to treat. To help you better understand the…

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4 home remedies for gout in the foot

Gout is a form of arthritis that is particularly sensitive to metabolic changes. It can prove difficult to predict when gout will strike, seeing as this inflammation of the joints comes and goes of its own accord. But do not despair! There are some easy remedies that you can use at home to mitigate the…

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How do we cure chronic Achilles tendonitis?

For many people, running and cycling are essential activities for health and well being. However, they can also cause pain and discomfort. Achilles tendonitis is an example of such discomfort.  Do you experience tendon pain after playing sports? And does this feeling of discomfort seem to get worse after each cycling or running activity? You…

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Gout: 5 signs to watch for

Gout: 5 signs to watch for

Orthopedy, Pain

Gout (also called "hyperuricemia") is a form of arthritis (an inflammatory disease), often very painful, that primarily affects men aged 50 and over. According to the Arthritis Society, gout affects approximately 5.2% of men and 2.4% of women in Canada. Western countries are the most affected.  The most common form of gout occurs in the…

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Sever’s disease: a pathology that affects growing children

Sever's disease is a type of pain felt in the heel (calcaneus) that should be monitored in growing children, especially if they are active! Rest assured, this condition is frequent and benign. However, it can interfere with daily activities for several months or even years.  Of course, as a parent, you will never be able…

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Work standing up: how to avoid hurting your feet

Reducing heart problems, preventing obesity, improving productivity—standing has many benefits. However, in some instances, working upright can cause stiffness or pain in the feet and legs. So, how can you reap the benefits of working on your feet without experiencing musculoskeletal pain? What follows are some helpful podiatrist tips to avoid discomfort. Despite the undeniable…

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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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Foot surgery: when should it be performed?

Foot surgery becomes necessary in podiatry when treating foot pathologies that cause significant pain or deformities. The primary goal of surgery is to restore your quality of life and allow you to resume your activities without foot pain. There are several conditions that can lead to podiatric surgery. Let's take a look at the main…

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3 exercises to help relieve plantar fasciitis

Relieving plantar fasciitis often requires discipline. Indeed, this painful inflammation, caused by a stretching or a rupture of the plantar fascia, can be cured by podiatry, but also by exercises. These exercises strengthen the plantar fascia, the membrane that supports the arch of your foot. By progressively performing exercises, you can regain your mobility and…

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Plantar fasciitis: Everything you need to know about cortisone injections

Plantar fasciitis is caused by a stretching or rupture of the plantar fascia. This damage to the fibrous band that supports the plantar arch is characterized by pain in the heel and/or arch of the foot.  Fortunately, there are several non-invasive treatments available to help treat plantar fasciitis. Manual foot therapy and therapeutic bandaging performed…

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5 myths and truths about joint pain

Joint pain in the feet is more common than you might think. However, even if the majority of the population may experience it at some point in their lives, there are many misconceptions about joint pain.  Joint pain is usually a symptom of a more serious problem. Inflammation, infection or abrasion, joint pain in the…

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The 5 symptoms of Achilles tendinitis

Have you noticed a recurring pain in the back of your ankle? Do your movements seem to become gradually less fluid? It is likely that you have Achilles tendinitis. If the nature of your job requires repetitive movements or long hours on your feet, this inflammation is even more likely to be at the root…

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How to relieve foot cramps?

How to relieve foot cramps?

Orthopedy, Pain

It is a well known fact that muscle cramps in the feet can be as painful as they are sudden. You might think that the only solution is to wait until they subside. However, there are several techniques that can quickly reduce discomfort and reduce the incidence of cramps. Let’s see what causes muscle spasms…

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Treating Achilles tendonitis in 5 steps

A common injury among athletes, Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel. Both painful and limiting, this tendinopathy can make you experience a living hell.  It can even lead to a complete rupture of the tendon and require surgery.  It goes without saying that prevention is…

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Ankle sprains: 5 ways to avoid them

Ankle sprains: 5 ways to avoid them

Orthopedy, Pain, Sport

Ankle sprain is one of the joint pains frequently treated in podiatry. This condition occurs following a tear or stretching of the ankle ligaments. Ligaments are fibrous tissues that connect our ligaments. Ankle ligaments can be very delicate and thus vulnerable to injury. All it takes is one false movement to suffer a nasty sprain.…

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What are the most common forefoot problems?

Problems with the forefoot (palm of the foot) can be very painful on a daily basis. In addition to pain and inflammation on the sole of the foot (metatarsalgia), there are various other issues that may occur: Bone deformity Feeling of numbness Foot lesions Restricted movement If the palm of your foot is sore, misshapen…

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What are the most common forms of knee pain?  

Knee pain, also known as gonalgia, can be very troublesome on a daily basis. Indeed, the knee is an indispensible joint in almost all our movements. In addition, it is a complex joint composed of bones, meniscus, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Each of these elements can cause knee pain! Gonalgia can be caused by a…

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What are the most common forms of heel pain?

Heel pain (also called talalgia) is one of the most common foot problems that podiatrists treat on a daily basis. In fact, no one is entirely immune to suffering from some form of talalgia during their lifetime.   Affecting Quebecers of all ages and backgrounds, heel pain can come in many different forms. Symptoms, causes…

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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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What is a heel spur?

What is a heel spur?

Orthopedy, Pain

A heel spur (also called a calcaneal spur) can be the source of many foot pains. Although a heel spur may be benign and may not necessarily affect your daily routine, it is important to know how to detect it. In fact, this symptom can be a precursor to plantar fasciitis and thus become quite…

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Home treatments for foot and leg pain

Many people suffer from frequent foot pain. However, there are several home treatments you can follow to relieve the pain. Regardless of where the foot pain occurs, it is possible to alleviate it, simply by listening to your body. Below are several home treatments for foot pain that will help make you more comfortable.  …

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How do I treat my plantar fasciitis at home?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament located under the arch of the foot, extending from the heel to the toes. A common occurrence, this inflammation results in a pain or sensation similar to an elongation, stretching or tearing. Some people can even feel pins and needles under their heel! Several factors…

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