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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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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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4 Reasons to own more than one pair of foot orthoses

While it is not necessary to buy several pairs of different foot orthoses, it can make your life a lot easier. Having more than one pair of orthotic insoles has benefits for all types of people, from the hard-working athlete to the newly retired. If you still have doubts, read on to learn 4 reasons…

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What is the difference between a podiatrist and an orthotist?

Just like the podiatrist, the orthotist is also responsible for treating a variety of foot problems. However, the podiatrist’s role focuses more on diagnosing and carrying out the treatment while the orthotist’s duties are reserved to one particular step of the process. Their roles may be different, but the podiatrist and orthotist regularly collaborate in…

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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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4 long-term effects of wearing high heels.

No matter how and where you wear them, high heels should be worn in moderation. One look at an Egyptian-type foot is enough to understand why many plantar and joint pains are attributed to this type of footwear. Do you still have doubts? Here are 4 long-term effects of wearing high heels. Since the feet…

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Improve your athletic performance with foot orthoses

Whether it's getting back into shape, excelling, or improving your reflexes, playing a sport is usually very beneficial for you. However, various factors like muscle fatigue or injury can hinder your performance and undermine your athletic activity. Foot orthoses for athletes are a valuable tool to address these types of discomforts, before, during, and after…

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How often should you see your podiatrist?

As with other medical professionals, the decision to visit a podiatry clinic depends on several conditions. For example, there is the severity of your situation or the need to readjust your foot orthoses. If you choose to consult for your child instead, you may require recurring visits. The same applies if you have a condition…

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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?

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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Should my child wear foot orthoses?

Should my child wear foot orthoses?

Orthopedy, Pain, Kids

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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How long do foot orthoses last?

Foot orthoses must be kept effective in all situations, as they are akin to extensions of your feet. Typically, orthotics should last you about 5-10 years. However, the lifespan of an orthotic insole depends on several factors, for instance: its quality and care. Read on to learn 3 elements that can have an impact on…

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What is the anatomy of the foot?

You can run, jump, climb and swim with them. That’s right, we’re talking about your feet! They are complex structures, but what are they truly made of? Here's your chance to learn more about the anatomy of the foot. There are 3 types of feet: the Greek foot, the Egyptian foot, and the Roman (or…

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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, Sport, Pain

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

Orthopedy, Footwear, 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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What’s the difference between 2D and 3D foot scanning?

While they are both popular tools for making custom foot orthoses, 2D and 3D scanning techniques are nonetheless quite different. 2D imaging offers a very detailed representation of the sole of your foot. In turn, 3D scanning allows you to know your whole plantar morphology and effectively detect any anomalies. Only this impression technique lets…

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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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How can you get back into running after an injury?

Runners commonly experience sports injuries. It is estimated that more than 50% of them will suffer at least one injury while running. Poor preparation, inappropriate shoes, violent impacts, inadequate technique.. There is no shortage of reasons why running enthusiasts can struggle with an injury that causes pain in their feet! The majority of sports injuries…

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Can I play sports with my foot orthoses?

Custom orthotics are adaptable to a variety of situations. Technological advances, in particular, have made it possible for podiatrists to offer foot orthoses that are specifically designed for sports. Learn more about sports orthotics to get the best out of them in your everyday life.  Podiatrists often find themselves treating athletes who struggle with persistent…

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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

Orthopedy, Sport, Footwear, Pain

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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Flat foot or cavus foot: which one do you have?

Joint pain, posture problems, osteoarthritis in the knee, or an irregular arch of the foot are often at the root of more problems than you may have expected. But how does one end up with either a flat foot or a cavus foot? How do these differ from a normal foot? Let's take a look…

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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

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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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 benefits of foot orthoses for athletes

Experienced athletes and beginners alike usually depend a great deal on healthy feet for their performance. While regular exercise is good for your health, repetitive efforts can wear out your lower limbs faster. If you want to curb the premature deterioration of your feet and legs, foot orthoses are a worthy solution to consider. Here…

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What is the difference between a podiatrist and a podologist?

A podiatrist is a medical professional legally authorized to treat most foot pain and discomfort. The podologist, on the other hand, helps alleviate discomfort by providing foot care services. Keep reading to learn the 4 differences that will allow you to distinguish between a podiatrist and a podologist. One of the most important differences between…

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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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Baby’s feet: what are the most common foot abnormalities in babies?

While they are relatively rare, foot abnormalities can prove to be quite distressing to a newborn’s parents. Fortunately, the majority of those abnormalities are not due to disease. Despite its unusual and perhaps alarming appearance, an abnormal infant foot is actually very treatable if the issue is quickly addressed. Here are the most common foot…

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How to choose the plantar orthotics for your ice skates?

If you’re an athlete that likes to be active in the wintertime, you may know that it can be challenging to implement foot orthotics into your routine. However, they can be quite beneficial, both in providing relief and increasing performance. Winter sports that make use of skates can be hard on the joints. Therefore, it…

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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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Orthotics and prosthetics: what’s the difference?

Orthotics and prosthetics are both designed to support you on a daily basis. However, they do not provide support in the same way.  An orthotic compensates, supports and corrects a biomechanical deficiency or a postural problem. A prosthetic, on the other hand, replaces a missing limb of your body.  In podiatry, plantar or podiatric orthotics…

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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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Good posture starts with your feet!

You may not know it, but many postural problems stem from poor plantar alignment. This statement makes a lot of sense when you consider the whole body. After all, it is the feet that must support our body's weight and maintain its balance. Of course, other musculoskeletal components are important in maintaining good posture, but…

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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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Foot surgery: will you need orthotics?

It’s always difficult to decide on surgery, especially when it concerns your feet. Pain that persists or experiencing difficulty walking are symptoms that can lead you to consider foot surgery.   However, we mustn’t forget that foot care often includes more than one type of intervention.  There is also a real possibility that corrective treatment may…

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What is the purpose of a biomechanical exam?

Do you feel that your feet get sore too easily? Do you notice an imbalance in your movement when walking? Don’t think that your shoes provide enough support for your plantar arches? A deformity or inflammation may be contributing to your discomfort. However, many foot pathologies may be the source of pain and disruption of…

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How to take care of your foot orthotics?

Maintaining your foot orthotics allows you to keep it for a long time. Regardless of the type of foot orthotics you wear, regular maintenance is required to avoid undermining your treatment or premature wear and tear of your orthotics. Not to mention the bad smells that can occur due to inadequate maintenance!  As with your…

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How to adapt to wearing foot orthotics?

The assistance of a podiatrist is required to help you adapt to wearing foot orthotics. This foot care professional is trained to help you. Your podiatrist will design a progressive plan to help you through the process, including follow-up visits to ensure that you are adapting and using your orthotics correctly.  During the first few…

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How to practise sports without injuring your feet?

To practise sports without injuring your feet, you need to adopt a few good habits. Whether it’s running, cycling, skiing, hiking, climbing, tennis or swimming, it’s important to protect your feet. Your podiatrist is the right specialist to help you achieve this. They have the necessary expertise to help you minimize your risk for foot…

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How to choose the right shoes when we have flat feet?

Flat foot is a deformation of the arch of the foot that can significantly interfere with daily life. In addition to causing joint pain in the knees, ankles and back, flat feet also affect posture and balance. The solution to this problem could well be as easy as purchasing shoes adapted to the morphology of…

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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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Custom-made or over-the-counter orthotics: how to choose?

Whether for daily use or for sports, nowadays plantar orthotics are used to treat a wide range of pathologies. Regardless of why you want them, the choice of a pair of plantar orthotics should not be left to chance. Several factors must be considered when selecting your orthotics, such as your morphology, your lifestyle and…

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4 reasons to consider postural imaging

A highly praised diagnostic tool among healthcare professionals, postural imaging is accurate, fast and completely safe. Postural evaluation is performed using a computer and a harmless light projection. The reflections of these rays of light make it possible to identify anatomical features as well as potential pathologies of your feet and body. Here are 4…

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5 advantages of taking a biomechanical examination

A biomechanical examination is performed in a clinic by a podiatrist to assess the mechanical behaviour of your lower limbs.  Through a series of observations and manipulations, the podiatrist is able to analyze how your feet react when they are used. But how can taking a biomechanical examination be of benefit to you? Whether for…

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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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How can we identify flat foot in children?

Are you the parent of a young child whose feet seem a little too flat to you? You have a right to be concerned. While studies have shown that 97% of young children have a flat valgus foot, it may not correct itself without intervention. Most cases of flat foot usually resolve in the first…

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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, Sport, Pain

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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How do I choose my sandals this summer?

The warm weather is at our doorstep, and so is sandal season. And for many of us, this means it’s time to choose our sandals for the summer. But how do you find the best model for your feet? There are so many choices and materials available on the market! Made of wood, leather or…

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Running injury-free: a few good tips

Running without injuring yourself requires a lot of discipline. Regardless of the level or intensity, running is a physical activity that requires you to take several precautions. In fact, runners must be familiar with the proper techniques and habits to avoid nasty injuries and foot pain. On the surface, running seems to be a natural…

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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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How can orthotics help my bunions?

Bunions, also called hallux valgus, appear in the form of a deformation of the big toe, often appearing as a bump. While a bunion may seem unimportant at first, it can become painful and a serious problem if appropriate measures are not taken quickly to treat it. In fact, the bump can increase in size…

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How can we help baby take their first steps?

  Helping baby take their first steps is always an important process for parents. Your baby’s first steps are an essential part of their development. Babies normally start walking around their first anniversary (generally between 12-16 months). This process can continue up to 18 months of age or more for some babies. Regardless of the…

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Why perform a foot ultrasound?

A foot ultrasound is a medical imaging technique using ultrasound imagery on your feet. This method is frequently used by podiatrists to establish an accurate diagnosis for your feet and ankles. A foot ultrasound is painless, does not involve radiation, is not dangerous and only takes a moment to perform.   Foot ultrasound: detect problems…

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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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