Frequent problems

INGROWN TOENAILS

Ingrown toenails occur when the nail has been badly cut or simply cut too short. This is a common problem that can affect any nail, but more often that of the big toe. The nail irritates the surrounding skin and the situation can get worse and become an infection. 

The ingrown nail is a condition that can be very painful. It should not be taken lightly. Indeed, if the ingrown nail is not treated quickly, the skin ignites and can quickly become infected with pus and swelling. If you notice redness, pain or heat to the touch, make an appointment as soon as possible.

WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT:

  • Soak your feet daily in a solution made with epsom water and salt for 10 to 15 minutes.If possible, you can also gently massage the edges of the nail to clear the ingrown furrow;
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment (e.g. PolysporinTM);
  • Wear comfortable shoes with wider ends at toes or sandals with open tips;
  • Avoid cutting or clearing the nail on your own.

CORNS AND CALLUSES

The corns are a thickening of the skin, with an often painful core. They are more often found in areas where the pressure on the foot is greater. Corns can grow under the feet or between the toes. 

Calluses, on the other hand, are more diffuse indurations of the epidermis. They vary in size and extent and are often seen under the forefoot or heels. Like corns, they are also caused by friction or excessive pressure.

The best way to maintain your feet and remove the corns and calluses is to reserve a foot care with one of our podiatrists.

WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT:

  • Wear cushioned shoes that support your feet;
  • Apply moisturizer to problem corns and calluses;
  • Do not try to remove the corns and calluses yourself;
  • Avoid free-bellied medicine products. You might confuse the corns with another condition. 

PLANTAR WARTS

A plantar wart is the result of a skin infection. It resembles a small bulging point. Contamination occurs through direct contact of the virus on the skin. It is transmitted by an infected person, often in public places, such as swimming pools, spas, gymnasiums, etc.

The wart can appear in several forms and can also be grouped into clusters. So it’s no surprise to find more than one on your feet.

The lifespan of a wart varies widely and depends on several factors, including the immune system of the infected person. Some warts require more treatment than others.

That’s why we suggest you don’t delay before consulting us!

WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT:

  • Do not treat your wart with pharmaceuticals without a prescription;
  • Wear stockings to avoid contaminating your loved ones.

NAIL FUNGUS

Onychomycosis, nail fungus, commonly known as nail fungi, is a nail infection created by harmful microorganisms. Infection occurs mainly in the feet, as these opportunistic microorganisms develop mainly in the presence of moisture, heat and darkness.

It is an infection that can be troublesome, since it usually affects the skin first, in the form of athlete’s foot. Onychomycosis can spread to other areas of the body later, including the nails. Several parts of the nail may be affected, including the root, the nail bed (bottom of the nail) and the nail plaque (visible part of the nail). It is recognized by a yellowish coloration and a flaky look of the nail. The onset of the infection bothers the patient for aesthetic reasons, but as the infection progresses, the patient may experience pain or discomfort.

It is not always easy to identify onychomycosis, as it can be similar to other conditions or problems. This is due in particular to poor lifestyle or prolonged tobacco use.

Onychomycosis (nail fungus) can be identified by our podiatrists. Clinical tests or extensive observations can lead to rapid confirmation of diagnosis. Following the diagnosis of the condition, our podiatrists will perform an aseptic debridement of the nail, often combined with an oral or topical medication (the podiatrist may prescribe the same medications as a doctor or dermatologist). This medication should always be accompanied by a treatment for onychomycosis. The type of treatment will vary depending on the level of infection defined as well as your medical condition.

It is important to keep in mind that this pathology is highly contagious and can even damage your fingernail. This is why rigorous monitoring is necessary.

If you see a slight change in the look of your nail, don’t delay in consulting us. The sooner you consult, the sooner the treatments will be effective and the infection will be controlled. Contact us if you have any doubts!

ATHLETE’S FOOT

Athlete’s foot is an infection caused by microorganisms that directly attack the skin of the feet. It is found between the toes and also below the feet. It is recognized by its reddish appearance, sometimes with cracks and often causing itching. Athlete foot infection is triggered by moisture, heat and darkness. 

Like the wart, the athlete’s foot is a contagious infection and is mainly transmitted in public places, such as gymnasiums, showers and swimming pools. 

The athlete’s foot resembles several other conditions. It can eventually spread to toenail levels and thus become difficult to heal. For those at risk, this infection can cause complications and should not be taken lightly. 

If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists.

WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT:

  • Wash your feet properly and daily;
  • Keep your feet dry and change your stockings if necessary;
  • Dry your feet well after showering (don’t forget to target your toes).

If you suspect an infection, avoid walking barefoot in public places. 

BUNIONS ON THE FEET

The hallux abducto-valgus (HAV, bunion) is a bony deviation that appears on the side of the feet. This is a painful condition because of the pressure of the shoes in the big toe. This deformation is gradual and imposes itself over time. If left unseuming, complications such as osteoarthritis, hammer toes, ingrown nails and calluses can occur. When the condition is very advanced, surgery may be an option to relieve pain and correct bone deviation.

Contact us to evaluate the options to avoid a deterioration of your condition.

WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT:

  • If the pain is unbearable, take medication to relieve inflammation;
  • Wear measuring orthotics or consult your podiatrist to see if this is a good option for you to slow the progression;
  • Apply pads to the sore area;
  • Wear comfortable shoes with the right width for your feet.

HAMMER TOES

The hammer toe is characterized by deformity of the joints of the toe. The toe folds and is elevated compared to others, which is normally caused by muscle imbalance, a disease such as diabetes or a neurological condition. It can also be caused by wearing the wrong shoes. A shoe that is not suitable for the foot can cause friction and pressure on the top and underside of the toes. To avoid developing this pathology, wear shoes that provide enough space for your forefoot.

Wearing foot orthotic orthotics and orthopaedic shoes will help to clear the pressure points that can be painful. In major cases, surgery may be a suitable treatment for pain relief. 

Make an appointment with one of our podiatrists to determine the best option according to your condition!

PLANTAR FASCIITIS

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, the fibrous band that connects the bone from the heel to the toes and passes through the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia plays a supporting role in the arch of the foot. Its inflammation usually causes pain in the heel, especially when it gets up.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot pains. Its petty appearance can become very acute after a while, if not taken care of.

Several options are available to treat it. When diagnosed, our podiatrists will suggest specific exercises for stretching the fascia, changing or adjusting shoes, foot orthotics and even cortisone infiltration, if necessary.

Plantar fasciitis has several factors:

  • Recent weight gain
  • A change in the work environment (more movement, poor posture, poor wearing of the wrong shoes, etc.);
  • The practice of a new sport or activity;
  • A change in the type of shoes (or shoes that lack support).

Plantar fasciitis can also be related to your foot type (flat or hollow feet), certain chronic diseases (rheumatoid arthritis) or also to lack of flexibility in your calf.

Think you have plantar fasciitis? Make an appointment with one of our podiatrists to get a clear heart.

WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT:

  • Wear a good pair of shoes when doing business.
  • Massage and stretch your plantar fascia and calf;
  • Apply ice to the archs of your feet or heel and take anti-inflammatory drugs if the pain is excessive;
  • Avoid walking barefoot. This could make your situation worse.

LENOIR’S THORN

Heel spur or Lenoir’s thorn is an outgrowth that lies in the heel bone (not to be confused with plantar fasciitis). It is present in a rarer part of the population and can be diagnosed by x-rays. It is not painful. Rather, it is the inflammation of the fascia that will cause the pain.

FLAT FEET

Flat feet are a physical condition characterized by the sagging of the arch when you are standing. Your foot is therefore leaning on a larger area on the ground. 

Flat feet are caused by excessive elasticity of your ligaments, tension in the calf or biomechanical imbalance between the forefoot and backfoot, among others. 

At birth, the feet are flat. The ark develops in the child’s early years, as soon as he starts walking. Our podiatrists are able to assess your child’s feet and advise you to prevent future problems during their development.

Flat feet can cause foot pain, which can spread to the knees and even affect the back.

Our foot orthotics can be a solution for relieving your pain. Moulded according to the shape of your feet, the prescription will be adjusted according to the parts to be corrected.

FOREIGN BODIES

Our podiatrists treat everything related to the feet! If you think you have a foreign object in your foot, you can make an appointment to have a clear heart.

Glass, splush, animal hair, hair or even a build-up of dirt or dust could cause damage to your feet.

Don't hesitate to come and see us! We have all the tools to remove these particles and relieve the discomfort and pain they can cause.

FOOT CARE

A foot care is a frequent maintenance of your feet. It is called the “medical pedicure” and includes several steps for a complete and effective treatment.

In our safe and sanitized environment, you will have:

  • A soaking of the feet in a single-use foot bath
  • Removing corns and calluses with sterilized instruments
  • Cutting and polishing your nails by a health professional
  • Deep hydration
  • Expert tips to keep feet healthy!

If you’re having trouble cutting your nails or maintaining your feet, we’re here for you! You can also simply entrust them to us for a pedicure and enjoy this moment of relaxation.

Our care is covered by most private insurance. Check your insurance plan.

Ulcers

Ulcers are open wounds. If left untreated, they can lead to serious infections. They are mainly caused by poor circulation at the tips of the toes or an injury that has difficulty healing. 

They are often found in people with diabetes or circulation problems, such as Raynaud.

Lack or poor management can cause bacteria to enter and worsen the condition. 

The ulcer is slow to treat, so you should consult as soon as it appears, or if you notice a slow healing. 

Our podiatrists are used to treatments and will be able to offer you the best advice to speed up recovery.

Make an appointment with us today!

Pain

Our podiatrists treat all foot pain, whether in the heels, ankles or toes. They are able to make an accurate diagnosis and provide the necessary care to solve the problem and get rid of the pain.

Contact us if you are facing any of the following problems:

  • Heel pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Pain in one or more toes
  • Poor posture (which causes back pain)
  • A fracture
  • A strain
  • A sports injury
  • Foot trauma

FOOT EVALUATIONS

Whether it’s because you’re looking for expertise in relation to a particular problem or just to answer your questions, you can make an appointment with one of our podiatrists for an evaluation. 

Our podiatrists will be able to diagnose your condition and suggest the best treatments appropriate for your condition.

Contact us for an evaluation of:

  • Your posture
  • Your approach
  • The arch of your feet
  • Pain
  • The skin in the area of your feet
  • The color of the toenails
  • A cyst in the foot
  • An ulcer
  • A strange color or shape on the feet or toes
  • The condition of your or your children
  • Etc.

Advice

Our podiatrists are here to advise you.

Do you have any doubts about your or your child’s approach? Wondering what type of shoes to choose or the cream to use to moisturize your skin? Make an appointment with one of our podiatrists to benefit from their expertise.

If you have any doubts about the health of your feet or that of someone close to you, the podiatrists at the St-Charles Podiatric Clinic are here to help.

Make an appointment today!

(Reference: Ordre des podiatres du Québec)