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What are the effects of smoking on your feet?
Good posture starts with your feet!
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
How to prevent blisters on the foot?
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
How to relieve foot cramps?
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
Ankle sprains: 5 ways to avoid them
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. […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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, […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
What is a heel spur?
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 […]Lire la suite
How to choose the right socks?
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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? […]Lire la suite
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. […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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 […]Lire la suite
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.Lire la suite
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.Lire la suite