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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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Choosing your shoes when mobility is limited

Mobility loss affects us all, whether due to aging, disability, or pregnancy. Even if movement is restricted, wearing shoes is a must for anyone who needs to get around. If you or someone you know has recently experienced a loss of mobility, there are a few things to consider before buying appropriate footwear. Here's what…

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What causes plantar warts?

Plantar warts are a type of skin infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). While some plantar warts will go away on their own, some will require treatment and a visit to a podiatrist. As a result, it is essential that you act rapidly to get rid of them.Learn about the causes, risk factors, and…

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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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How do you return to sports after removing a cast from your foot?

In most cases, a cast on the foot or leg necessitates a substantial decrease in athletic exercise. It's understandable to want to get back on the field or in the gym after an extended absence. However, it is important not to rush the body by cutting back in order to prevent aggravating the injury 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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How to start running again after a broken foot?

Nothing is more frustrating than waiting for full recovery before returning to your normal activities, particularly if you are an active athlete. As a result, it's unsurprising that one of the more popular mistakes is setting a fast pace and covering a large distance too soon. Here's what you need to know on getting back…

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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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Are pedicures safe? Here’s what your podiatrist has to say!

Pedicure is a cosmetic discipline that focuses on trimming and caring for the toenails, moisturizing the skin, and massaging the feet. While many people entrust their foot care to health professionals like podiatrists, pedicures remain a paramedical solution in our society.Therefore, podiatrists urge caution about pedicures and those who claim to be able to perform…

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What can damage your foot orthoses?

As durable as they can be, custom orthotics must be handled with extreme care. Insoles not only have to sustain the constraints of your movements, but are also regularly exposed to the rigors of time. Custom foot orthoses are explicitly designed to last, but you need to support them by protecting them from certain elements.…

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5 tips for choosing the right winter boots for your child

Have your child's shoes lived through back-to-school and the fall season? It is now time to start thinking about what boots they will wear when winter comes. Their growing feet are more vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, so children generally need to be better protected than adults. We've put together 5 podiatrist-approved tips to help…

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4 prescriptions from a podiatrist that will effectively treat your foot pain

As of late, Quebecers now have access to new prescriptions from podiatrists in order to relieve their foot pain effectively. Podiatrists can actually prescribe almost all the medications necessary to practice podiatry. So you no longer have to check with your doctor, dermatologist, or pharmacist to benefit from custom-tailored solutions at a podiatry clinic. After…

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Why should athletes see a podiatrist?

Why should athletes see a podiatrist?

Footwear, Orthopedy, Sport

We can’t stress this fact enough: the feet have a critical impact on movement. However, for highly active athletes, it can seem difficult to take a moment and consider the health of their feet. Yet a consultation with a podiatrist can enrich the athletic experience in more ways than one. Here are 4 good reasons…

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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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5 reasons to stay active with a foot in a cast

Normally, health experts do not recommend a sedentary lifestyle. But if your ability to move is limited by an injured foot, a sedentary lifestyle may seem inevitable. However, if you have the chance, you should seize every opportunity to keep active. Here are 5 reasons why you should keep exercising despite having a cast on…

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What shoes should you wear when you work upright?

A healthy employee should not experience any problems from having to stand up during work. However, in order to enjoy the best comfort, you should consider several factors. One of the most important elements is undoubtedly the choice of your footwear. Shoes can have a direct influence on the vulnerability of your feet as well…

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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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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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Preparing the feet well for a marathon

Participating in a marathon requires mental and physical preparation alike. After all, it is not every day that you have to cover 42.2 km in one go. While the preparation methods are largely directed at the change of diet, it is necessary not to neglect your feet’s health as well. Here are the different treatments…

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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?

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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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, 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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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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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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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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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

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 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

Dermatology, Footwear, Orthopedy

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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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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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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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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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 prevent blisters on the foot?

How to prevent blisters on the foot?

Dermatology, Footwear

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 you choose the right running shoe?

A good quality running shoe, one that absorbs impact and protects the feet comfortably: that’s very important for runners. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced runner, it is essential to take the time to shop to find the right running shoes. Choosing the right model of sports shoe is the key to avoiding…

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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 do you choose a good steel cap shoe?

A steel cap shoe must adhere to various criteria in order to provide comfort and safety for the owner. As a work boot or protective shoe, the steel cap must perform properly. To do this, the person wearing them must ensure they understand the different points to consider in order to make an informed choice…

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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 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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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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How to choose the right socks?

How to choose the right socks?

Dermatology, Footwear, Sport

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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What is the best way to begin a jogging activity?

Have you always been interested in jogging? Of course, it’s not as easy a sport as it seems. You have to plan things right, if you want to start off on the right foot! But by properly equipping yourself and ensuring you adopt the right techniques, patience will do its job. This way you will…

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How to choose proper shoes with a bunion?

Wearing the right footwear when you have a bunion (or hallux valgus) is possible. You just have to choose the shoes carefully. First, remember that bunions are a relatively common problem. In fact, in Canada approximately 38% of women compared to 8% of men have experienced bunions. One of the causes of the onset of…

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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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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 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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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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How do I choose the right baby shoes?

It’s not an easy task to choose the right baby shoes, given their spurts of growth and unsteady walking technique. However, choosing the right shoes is very important to ensure the comfort and safety of your little ones, from birth up to 18 months of age. Below are some of the important factors to consider…

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The FootNetwork has finally become a reality

D day at last! After several months of consultation and reflection, Pied Réseau has finally become a reality. Pied Réseau’s objective is to allow podiatrists to come together in order to offer the clients better services as well as leading edge solutions to foot disorders.

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Be on the lookout!

We will also be regularly posting information and articles closely or remotely relating to foot care. We are currently planning a big awareness‑raising campaign on podiatry in order to better inform the public about our profession.

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