The Clinique podiatrique de l'Outaouais, Hull area, is equipped to analyze running and walking using the Contemplas system. This system contains dorsal and lateral cameras that permit the analysis of the patient’s gait as well as the deviations of the feet, knees, hips and back while running on a treadmill.
The evaluation can be used to analyze elite as well as recreational runners for better understanding of current or chronic injuries. Improper foot contact with the ground throughout the gait cycle and biomechanical abnormalities could be directly related to these problems.
Often of a traumatic nature, ankle sprains can lead to chronic ankle instability disorders if not treated properly. In most cases, there is an inversion mechanism of injury affecting the ligaments and muscles of the outer side of the ankle. This can even lead to fractures of the fibula and tibia. Your podiatrist may require x-rays to evaluate the injury. Continued monitoring will establish the best treatment plan to promote proper healing.
Shin splints are the inflammation of the periosteum (the envelope of the bone) at the muscular or tendinous attachments. It is usually present on the inner side of the leg and often distal to the medial third of the tibia, but may also be present on the dorsal aspect of the tibia.
Periostitis is often directly linked to a faulty biomechanics, which creates increased stress at the insertion of the muscles of the leg on the tibia.
Pain, burning sensations and the inability to continue the sport adequately are often symptoms associated with shin splints. Stopping the activity is necessary to eliminate the stress and to prevent the possible progression to a stress fracture.
Treatments involve the application of ice, laser therapy, manual therapy as well as prescribed orthotics when there is a biomechanical misalignment.
Tendinitis is a painful musculoskeletal disorder that consists of inflammation in a tendon that works repeatedly or too intensely. Since every muscle in the human body is connected to tendons, tendinitis may be present throughout the whole body!
In our clinics, we deal specifically with tendinitis of the lower limbs. Whether it is posterior tibial tendonitis, Achilles tendinitis or pes anserinus (medial knee) tendinitis, all forms of tendinitis can be caused by biomechanical disorders thus orthotic treatment may be required. Your podiatrist will be able to diagnose the type and cause of your tendinitis and help you return to your activities as quickly as possible with an appropriate treatment plan.
Stress fractures are a very common injury in sports with repeated impacts such as hiking and running. Repetitive stress to a specific region of the bone may create fatigue in the bone and lead to an incomplete fracture.
The most common location on the foot for a stress fracture is the 2nd and the 3rd metatarsal bones, but they may also be present at the level of the cuboid, the navicular and the distal regions of the tibia and fibula. Stress fractures will appear on X-rays only about 15 days after the onset of the acute pain and swelling.
X-rays and diagnosis can be made directly in the clinic. To allow a healthy and quick recovery, the podiatrist will recommend a complete discharge of the weight for the entire period of bone healing. Therapeutic laser treatments and the application of ice are beneficial and will speed the healing process.