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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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Les 5 symptômes d’une tendinite au tendon d’Achille

Vous constatez une douleur près de votre cheville qui ne cesse de réapparaître ? Vos déplacements vous semblent de moins en moins fluides ? Il est probable que vous souffriez d’une tendinite au tendon d’Achille. Si vous occupez un emploi qui exige des gestes répétitifs ou de longues heures debout, cette inflammation est d’autant plus…

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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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