Saint-Hyacinthe podiatry clinic


Saint-Hyacinthe Podiatric Clinic

Since 2010, the Saint-Hyacinthe Podiatric Clinic has been providing the people of Saint-Hyacinthe with unwavering expertise to ensure the health and functionality of their feet. Specializing notably in sports medicine, biomechanical correction, and the treatment of foot and ankle pain, the clinic’s team is capable of adapting to a wide range of situations.

As natives of Saint-Hyacinthe, the two co-owners of the Saint-Hyacinthe Podiatric Clinic guarantee you precise diagnosis, sound advice, and treatment based on thorough medical examinations. The entire staff also collaborates with other professionals to offer a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to their practice. Make an appointment to benefit from exceptional expertise for the health of your feet.

Saint-Hyacinthe podiatry clinic

2080 Saint-Pierre Ouest, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, J2T 4R7

1-888 440-0487 Toll free

Business hours
Monday : 8:30 - 16:00
Tuesday : 8:30 - 16:00
Wednesday : 8:30 - 16:00
Thursday : 8:30 - 20:00

A Dedicated and Attentive Team

Founder of the Saint-Hyacinthe Podiatric Clinic, Dr. Jean-François Rivard, DPM, boasts an impressive professional journey. As a former clinical nurse, he established a custom orthotics laboratory, enabling him to provide his patients with precision orthotics that meet the highest industry standards. He also served as the president of the Association of Podiatrists of Quebec.

Then, in 2019, Dr. Marc-Antoine Sylvestre, DPM, who holds a doctorate in podiatric medicine and certification in digital imaging, accepted an offer from Dr. Rivard, his former preceptor, and became a co-owner of the clinic. He specializes in sports podiatric medicine, addressing biomechanical foot and leg disorders, as well as joint issues related to walking and running. Dr. Sylvestre offers a comprehensive range of high-level care, including foot and ankle ultrasound and radiography.

Dr. Lottinville joined the team in 2023. He possesses a deep understanding of joint mechanics, injury prevention, and podiatric surgery. He further honed his expertise in wound care and amputations at the Zivot Limb Preservation Centre in Calgary. A sports and outdoor enthusiast, he never misses an opportunity to engage in these activities.

Ms. Silvia-Victoria Létourneau, as the clinic’s administrative director, ensures smooth coordination of the business. She supports operational development and ensures that everyone has a satisfying, warm, and welcoming experience.

A Clinic for Everyone in Saint-Hyacinthe

The Saint-Hyacinthe Clinic stands out for its family-oriented and compassionate approach. Its mission is to provide comprehensive foot health care for patients of all ages and conditions. Podiatric assessment, digital imaging, pain and foot disease treatments are among the many services available. Whether it’s a one-time visit or the ongoing management of a chronic condition, the podiatrists are fully dedicated to the well-being and mobility of their patients.

Frequent problems

Consulter : plantar fasciitis: causes, symptoms and treatments

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition. A strain or break in the plantar fascia, the fibrous band that supports the arch of the foot, is at the root of this condition.

Heel discomfort is the most prominent sign of this condition. It will be felt from the first steps in the morning or after a lengthy period of sitting.

You can find plantar fasciitis symptoms, causes, and remedies are listed below.

A person with plantar fasciitis will feel discomfort when they first walk in the morning, but it will subside over the day. They will also experience discomfort after sitting for an extended period of time.

Plantar fasciitis can also cause the following symptoms:

  • Pain when palpating your arch or when pressing on your heel;
  • Standing or walking causes pain, which might worsen over time;
  • Tension on the outside of the foot, which can cause compensating foot and leg discomfort;
  • A condition...

Consulter : foot bunion (hallux valgus)

Is it difficult to walk on your foot because of a deformity in the big toe area? Is your big toe extending from the base due to the same deformity? Do you have pain and inflammation in your joints?

If this is the case, consult a podiatrist right away because you most likely have a bunion (hallux valgus).

Don't be deceived if the bunion appears to be painless at first.

Hallux valgus can produce a variety of unpleasant symptoms, ranging from minor aches and pains to ingrown toenails and mobility issues.

Here's a rundown of the signs and symptoms of a bunion:

  • The appearance of a hump at the base of the big toe caused by a common joint displacement
  • Beginning of the displacement of the big toe towards the 2nd toe
  • Appearance of joint stiffness and pain when moving straight
  • Having trouble putting on shoes (widening of the forefoot)
  • Second toe deforms and becomes clawed or...

Consulter : metatarsalgia

Do you ever get a pain in the foot that makes you feel like you have needles or pebbles in your shoes? If so, you may have metatarsalgia.

This is what we call the pain in the area of ​​the foot sole, between the arch of the foot and the toes. If you have metatarsalgia, you may experience pain in a very localized area or on your entire forefoot.

Metatarsalgia is basically caused by inflammation. Often, the patient who suffers will feel that their socks are always bunched up at the base of the toes. Sometimes they will even feel like they are walking with a pebble or needles in their shoe.

  • Burning sensation at the front of the foot
  • Swelling of the front part of the foot
  • Swelling on the front and top of feet
  • Calluses on the front part of the feet
  • Difficulty crouching down on bent toes
  • Twinge in the foot phalanges

Metatarsalgia can be caused by a number of...

Consulter : morton’s neuroma

Do you suffer from foot pain that resembles electric shocks in the forefoot, followed by numbness in your toes? If you experience this, it can be symptoms caused by neuroma, also known as Morton’s neuroma.

This problem is due to a thickening of the nerves located between the toes, as a result of compression or friction. This leads to inflammation, numbness, burning or a sensation of small electrical discharges felt in the toes.

Although there is no outward sign of this condition, neuroma triggers several uncomfortable sensations in different areas of the foot.

  • Numbness and tingling in your toes
  • Sensation of burning in the forefoot
  • Sensation of having a bunched up sock under your toes
  • Sensation of small electrical shocks in your toes
  • Toe cramps

These symptoms are aggravated if you remain standing for long periods of time or if you wear narrow shoes that are not...

Consulter : ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis)

Ingrown toenails are a frequent nail issue that can be extremely painful and even incapacitating. It's identified by a toenail that grows into the flesh and punctures it.

Ingrown toenails cause irritation and, in the worst-case scenario, infection, resulting in painful toes.

As a result, it is critical to address the problem as soon as possible in order to prevent the situation from spiralling out of control.

Let's look at the causes, symptoms, and remedies for ingrown toenails.

An ingrown toenail can be identified by a variety of symptoms. Inflammatory redness, pain when squeezed, and, in some circumstances, blood or pus on the side of your nail are all possible symptoms.

However, keep in mind that an ingrown toenail has three stages;

  • First stage: there is a small inflammation and pain when pressed.
  • Second stage: we observe an infection and the wound becomes more visible.
  • Third stage:...

Consulter : plantar warts: causes, symptoms and treatment

A viral infection is what causes a plantar wart, which is a skin lesion. It can either stay dormant for years or develop and spread quickly. It's a contagious skin condition that affects you and those around you.

The HPV, or human papillomavirus, creates these lesions. Despite the fact that it is a harmless virus, it is recommended that you get treatment as soon as possible to get rid of it.

The plantar wart frequently appears as a tiny, rough, spherical, and flat lump. It will manifest itself in a variety of ways.

  • Appearance: it consists of spongy, brownish or yellowish tissue with small black dots;
  • Size: it can measure from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter;
  • Pain: plantar warts can be painful, even though they are uncommon. Friction or a pressure point can produce this type of pain, which can become severe;
  • Posture problem: the foot pain caused by the plantar wart can lead to a foot positioning...

Consulter : nail fungus (onychomycosis)

If you suffer from a nail infection like nail fungus (onychomycosis), don’t let this problem go untreated. Most often affecting the big toe, it is a fungal infection that causes pain and that is very difficult to treat.

However, if you take the time, it is possible to get rid of it. Read on for further information on nail fungus.

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection, that is, caused by fungi. It causes different symptoms in the affected individual. The main symptoms associated with this podiatric problem include:

  • Nail discoloration (it becomes white, yellow or brown)
  • Nail that grows thicker, curls up or changes shape
  • Nail that breaks more easily
  • Painful, infected nail
  • Residue under the nail

As mentioned below, it is very difficult to rid oneself of an infection like onychomycosis. So, as recommended by podiatrists, if you suffer from any of these symptoms, do not hesitate...

Consulter : corns, calluses and severe corns

Corns, calluses and severe corns are formations of dead flesh under the feet. They can be embarrassing for people when they walk or exercise.

Often, people with delicate feet tend to suffer more. However, this foot problem is easily treated.

It is common for an individual to develop skin problems. However, it is important to know the difference between the 3 pathologies described below.

  • Corn: this is a localized area of skin that thickens a lot. When a cluster forms, it bores into the skin and causes pain similar to that of a pebble in a shoe.
  • Callus: a corn has several names, like callosity or hyperkeratosis. It is characterized by an accumulation of excessive layers of skin and can form cracks in the heel if not treated.
  • Severe corn: these are also corns, but in their case, they are more advanced. They are painful, with a brownish center. They develop because of excessive pressure on the skin that has thickened,...

Consulter : heel spur (lenoir’s thorn)

When you place your foot on the ground, do you feel discomfort beneath your heel?

Seeing as calcification under the calcaneus is quite common, Lenoir's thorn might be the disease that affects you.

The heel spur, known as Lenoir's thorn, is a bony protrusion on the inside of your heel. This anatomical structure can be seen by X-ray.

People with this condition frequently experience pain in their heels while taking their first steps in the morning or after sitting for a long period. They may also notice a painful spot in their heel, such as a spur.

Imaging is usually used to detect this structure. It is very difficult to feel by touch.

Let's take a look at what makes heel spurs develop, as well as the therapies that can help you get rid of the discomfort they produce.

Heel spurs usually do not cause any symptoms.

When walking or standing for lengthy periods of time, the majority of persons with this...

Consulter : diabetic foot

Diabetic foot develops as a result of the neuropathy that comes with poorly managed diabetes. When blood sugar levels are excessively high for an extended length of time, it impairs a person's neurological system.

The injury results in a lack of sensation in the lower limbs, among other things. Peripheral neuropathy is the medical term for this condition.

Blood vessel constriction is also caused by poorly managed blood sugar levels. Wounds and ulcers form more easily and heal more slowly as a result of inadequate circulation.

If left untreated, these two factors explain the dangers of a diabetic foot. A diabetic foot sufferer may have trouble recognizing a wound or a temperature change. As a result, individuals may be unable to discern between discomfort that requires the attention of a podiatrist or other health care provider.

Diabetic foot is a severe disease that can lead to gangrene and, in the worst-case scenario, amputation. That's...

Treatments provided

Consulter : foot orthotics

The primary goal of plantar orthotics is to improve the function of your foot in order to correct various biomechanical flaws or posture issues. They are used to compensate for certain deficiencies in your foot. Because they are custom designed specifically for your condition, the orthosis is perfectly adapted to the shape of your foot to optimize its function.

In addition to relieving any pain you may experience, a custom-made foot orthosis is adapted to the morphology of your feet, and redistributes the pressure exerted on them. It can therefore be used to treat many pathologies and deformities. Remember that the health of your feet is important to be able to perform your daily activities.  

To ensure your orthotics treatment provides effective results, the podiatrist will have to evaluate you and design a custom casting of your feet. You will be cared for during all stages of the process, to ensure you receive the correct orthosis, which you can...

Consulter : cortisone injections

Cortisone injections, sometimes referred to as “cortisone infiltration,” are often a beneficial podiatry treatment used to relieve acute or chronic pain related to various musculoskeletal issues. Actually, cortisone is a hormone frequently used as an anti-inflammatory to relieve certain joint pains, rashes, inflammation or swelling.

Learn more about cortisone injections, an effective treatment with numerous benefits, but which must generally be used in the short term, with care and discernment, by a healthcare professional.

Consulter : ingrown toenail treatment by a podiatrist

An ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis) is an inflammation caused by a portion of a nail (usually on the big toe) penetrating the surrounding skin.

While usually minor, it is nonetheless a common nail problem that can result in pain and inconvenience in your daily life. If the ingrown toenail is not treated, it may lead to inflammation and exacerbate the pain in the foot.

Do not worry, however, as there are a variety of useful therapies available to help you get rid of ingrown toenails and get your feet back on track. Learn more in this article. 

Medical nail clipping is one of the most traditional nail care procedures. Nail clipping is a common solution for ingrown toenail problems that is performed by a podiatrist or a specialized nurse (assistant). Professionals in the field of foot care can customize a cut to your nail's condition.

Nail care, on the other hand, is more than simple nail trimming, as antibiotic creams or baths can...

Consulter : a podiatrist’s treatment for plantar warts

Plantar warts are common skin lesions that can be quite unsightly. They are often harmless, although they can be infectious and unpleasant.

In reality, these growths on the foot might cause bleeding or create other issues such as irritation, pain, or infectious cellulitis in the long run.

Furthermore, if you are diabetic, elderly, or immunosuppressed, your plantar warts are more likely to cause problems.

Fortunately, plantar warts may be treated in a variety of ways to reduce the risk of infection and consequences. Let's have a look at those.

Your podiatrist can write you a prescription for painless wart treatment at home. The majority of these medicines are used topically.

Prescription medication care can:

  • Treat plantar warts at home;
  • Treat plantar warts completely painlessly.

However, this type of treatment...

  • Is usually longer lasting;
  • Must be...

Consulter : foot care – nails, corns and calluses treatment

Performed by a podiatrist, foot care includes many treatments and assessments aimed at preventing pain, reducing restrictions and promoting comfort. They can even be performed at home by a specialized caregiver.

A versatile professional, the podiatrist uses a variety of treatments to the benefit of your feet:

  • Physical treatments;
  • Pharmacological treatments;
  • Orthopedic treatments;
  • Surgical treatments.

A number of cases require foot care to be performed in a professional clinic. Therefore, the podiatrist and their team can provide you with a complete service to prevent and treat your foot pathologies. Naturally, all of this is done with clean, sterilized equipment.

Read on to learn more about the different treatment options.

Among the common foot treatments performed in podiatry you can find:

  • The application of special creams;
  • The prescription of medicines;
  • Foot...

Consulter : biomechanical exam

Comprehensive biomechanical examinations are carried out in a podiatric clinic in order to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition. It is thus possible to establish the best possible treatment plan. During your visit, podiatric doctors who provide advanced expertise will evaluate you.

A complete examination done in a podiatric clinic includes:

Consulter : evaluating children’s feet

Children’s bone structure remains malleable until the growth process is complete. Having your children’s feet evaluated by a competent foot care professional will ensure proper management of any foot pathology that may worsen over the years.

Thus, when taken care of early enough, it is possible to improve your child’s postural development and correct any foot issues for the rest of their lives!

Consulter : digital radiography of the foot

Digital radiography of the feet is performed at a clinic. This technique creates a medical image using X-rays to view the foot’s bone and joint structure.

With just one visit, digital imaging allows the podiatrist to make a rapid and accurate diagnosis of any issues affecting the feet.

Consulter : manual foot therapy

Podiatrists are trained to perform foot mobilizations. They are able to perform an articular evaluation of your feet as well as any symptoms felt. Following this evaluation, the podiatrist designs a personalized treatment plan to improve the articular architecture of your feet.

The podiatrist performs gentle and precise foot manipulations to help improve your feet’s functioning and alleviate your pain. You will thus benefit from optimal biomechanics. Your feet will be better adapted to your daily activities: walking, running, golf, etc.


Dr. Jean-François Rivard podiatrist

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Dr. Marc-Antoine Sylvestre podiatrist

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Dr. Alexandre Lottinville podiatrist

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Dr. Jean-François Rivard podiatrist

Dr. Jean-François Rivard, podiatrist, has been in practice since June 2010, when he received his doctorate in podiatric medicine. The practitioner, who hails from Mascouche, is happy to provide his community with cutting-edge therapies and diagnostic tools.

Founder and owner of the Saint-Hyacinthe podiatry clinic since his graduation, Dr. Rivard has surrounded himself with a team of dedicated professionals who eagerly listen to his patients’ concerns.


Training that remains useful to this today

Jean-François Rivard, DPM, has always prioritized people’s well-being. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Université de Montréal before earning his doctorate in podiatric medicine from the UQTR. He was able to work as a clinical nurse for two years after receiving this qualification.

Dr. Rivard, podiatrist, obtained a license to practice radiology as well as a certification in foot ultrasound after developing an interest in medical imaging and athletic biomechanics.

As a result of his qualifications, he is able to:

  • Use digital radiography to establish a diagnosis ;
  • Interpret the results of radiological examinations administered by other licensed professionals;
  • Perform ultrasound-guided injections to his patients or to patients of a colleague.

This member of the Ordre des podiatres du Québec is a highly versatile practitioner thanks to his diverse technical expertise and formal credentials.


A podiatrist involved in his practice

Jean-François Rivard, DPM, created the Talaria foot orthoses laboratory some years ago with a passion for biomechanics and sports medicine.

Today, this cutting-edge lab distinguishes itself by manufacturing 3D foot orthoses with a degree of precision and quality that exceeds the industry’s top standards.

Dr. Rivard, podiatrist, takes care to get involved in his practice environment in addition to his obligations at the Saint-Hyacinthe podiatry clinic and his orthotic laboratory. He was president of the Association des podiatres du Québec until recently, after serving as vice-president for six years.

Dr. Jean-François Rivard is a podiatrist and one of Quebec’s pioneers in ultrasound imaging of the foot. He treats each patient with the same genuineness that has made him successful since 2010.

Dr. Marc-Antoine Sylvestre podiatrist

Dr. Marc-Antoine Sylvestre, a young and ambitious podiatrist, has been a member of the St. Hyacinthe podiatry clinic team since 2019. Marc-Antoine Sylvestre, DPM, was previously connected with the PiedRéseau clinic in Granby before choosing to focus solely on his Saint-Hyacinthe clients.

Dr. Sylvestre, podiatrist, has up-to-date expertise, allowing him to embrace new challenges with open arms, having finished his Doctorate in podiatric medicine in the summer of 2018.

A remarkable academic pathway

Dr. Sylvestre holds a Doctorate in podiatric medicine from UQTR and is qualified to treat a wide range of patients. Additionally, his internships in hospitals in Trois-Rivières, Joliette, and Sherbrooke have allowed him to further hone his skills.

Dr. Sylvestre, podiatrist, has a radiology license as well as a certification in foot and ankle ultrasound, and is attentive to the requirements of individuals seeking his services as a podiatrist. This enables him to use digital x-rays to establish diagnosis and execute ultrasound-guided injections.

Marc-Antoine Sylvestre, DPM, addresses a wide range of foot problems but is particularly interested in sports podiatry and biomechanics.

A podiatrist committed to a variety of causes

Marc-Antoine Sylvestre not only shines on a professional level, but he also possesses human qualities that motivate him to get engaged in the community.

The young practitioner served as first vice-president of his student association at UQTR before participating in a humanitarian internship in Vietnam. He also participated in the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie and visits the Accueil Bonneau on a regular basis as a volunteer.

Marc-Antoine Sylvestre is a podiatrist who holds your well-being dear and understands how to tailor his treatments to provide optimal comfort.

Dr. Alexandre Lottinville podiatrist

Podiatrist at the Saint-Hyacinthe Clinic, Dr. Alexandre Lottinville is a caring professional who specializes in treating foot injuries and pain.

After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Sherbrooke, Dr. Alexandre Lottinville successfully earned a first-cycle Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine.

Dedicated to providing high-quality service to his patients, he joined the Saint-Hyacinthe Clinic where he deepened his knowledge of biomechanics. He is particularly passionate about studying the mechanics of the human body, specifically how the movement of feet, ankles, and legs can influence the body as a whole. He treats patients with gait disorders, foot pain, postural issues, and balance problems.

However, that’s not his only area of expertise. Recognizing how podiatric surgeries can improve the lives of his patients, he further honed his expertise in wound care and amputations at the prestigious Zivot Limb Preservation Centre in Calgary.

This pursuit of professional growth goes hand in hand with a personal journey of growth. Immersed in nature, he explores new horizons and engages in numerous outdoor sports such as skiing, kayaking, and hiking.

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