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By Rainville Health
March 11, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Follow these different options for reducing your painful bunion symptoms.

A bunion is a condition in which a bony protrusion forms on the joint at the base on the big toe. This hard bump can continue to get worse over the years and become large, red, stiff and painful. Severe bunions can even make it difficult to walk without pain.

This bump signifies that there are actual changes being made to the overall structure of your foot, which is causing this uncomfortable deformity. As a result, the big toe begins to lean inward on the rest of the toes, which throws your foot out of alignment.

Bunion Causes

Bunions are typically the result of poor foot structure or an inherited deformity. However, there are also certain foot types (e.g., flat feet) that can put people at risk for developing bunions.

You may have heard that tight shoes are often to blame for this painful condition; this isn’t exactly true. However, wearing tight, poorly fitted and high-heeled shoes can exacerbate bunion symptoms.

Bunion Treatment

Sometimes if the bunion is still in its early stages, symptoms can be treated with minor, non-invasive measures. The most common types of treatments include,

  • Changing footwear to give your bunion more room and to reduce friction
  • Using padded inserts to reduce pressure and rubbing while wearing shoes
  • Reducing activities that put pressure on the bunion and cause pain
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications and anti-inflammatories to reduce stiffness, discomfort and swelling
  • Wearing orthotics to provide additional support for feet and ankles to make movement easier

If these non-surgical treatments don’t reduce your bunion symptoms, then your Timmins podiatrist will discuss your surgical options. Surgery is the only way to actually get rid of your bunion. However, you will need to stay off your feet for several weeks after surgery, so be prepared to take time off if you opt for surgical treatment.

If you are suffering from bunions and you’re tired of dealing with pain and stiffness every time you move, then it’s time to find out what kinds of bunion treatment options are available in Timmins. Contact your podiatrist at Rainville Health to schedule an appointment today and get one step closer to a pain-free lifestyle.

By Rainville Health
January 27, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Whether you enjoy running, you love the look of high heels or you just want to be comfortable in your shoes, the last thing you want to deal with on your feet is blisters. Painful, gross and inconvenient, blisters can be a surefire way to require a trip to your Timmins, ON chiropodist at Rainville Health - unless you take steps to prevent them that is. Here are five tips for preventing blisters that will keep your feet looking and feeling great.

1. Choose Shoes that Fit Properly

Ill-fitting shoes are one very common reason why chiropodists in Timmins, ON treat patients for blisters. Whether your shoes are too small or too large, if they don't fit properly, they will rub against your feet, and this rubbing is likely to cause blisters. Be aware that your feet may be two different sizes and that your feet change sizes throughout the day, and see a professional if you need help sizing your shoes correctly.

2. Use Powders and Creams to Prevent Friction

If your shoes fit properly and you're still experiencing a lot of friction, another great choice is to use a powder or cream specifically designed to reduce friction and prevent blisters. These powders and creams can be found anywhere where sports equipment is sold, and you can always ask your Timmins, ON chiropodist at Rainville Health for a recommendation.

3. Choose Moisture-Wicking Socks

While cotton socks are comfortable, if you sweat in them, the socks will absorb the sweat and hold it against your feet. A much better option is nylon or special moisture-wicking socks, which will draw the sweat away. These socks aren't as expensive as they sound, and you can find them pretty much anywhere socks are sold.

4. Wear Bandages Over Problem Areas

If you know that your feet are constantly rubbing against one part of your shoe, prevent the friction by taping or bandaging the area. The extra layer will help your socks and shoes glide over your foot smoothly without putting your feet at risk for blisters.

5. Stay Properly Hydrated

A lesser known way of preventing blisters, staying hydrated is important as well. Drink too much or too little water and your feet are likely to swell, causing additional friction in your shoes. Drink the right amount, however, and your smaller feet will have a better chance of remaining blister-free.

Call Rainville Health Today!

While these five tips should go a long ways to preventing blisters, if you find that you still have blisters frequently, you may want to see a specialist. Visit a Rainville Health chiropodist in Timmins for the advice and treatment options you need, and finally get rid of those annoying and painful blisters once and for all.

Are you a patient of Rainville Health? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!

By Rainville Health
July 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care
It can be unbearable to deal with heel pain -- especially when you have an occupation that requires a lot of standing, walking or running. The more your heels rub up against your shoes, the worse the pain gets. Timmins heel pain treatment Dr. Patrick Rainville D.Ch. takes care of a lot of patients who come to him with this common foot-related issue. Luckily, there are helpful solutions available.

What Causes Heel Pain?

Heel pain is commonly associated with heel spurs, which is often related to plantar fasciitis. Pain from heel spurs is caused by a calcium deposit that forms on the heel bone that shouldn’t be there. Every time you step down on your foot your feel the unwanted pressure from this calcium deposit. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and is connected to the heel bone. Both of these issues are caused by one or more of the following habits or conditions: Heel Pain
  • wearing uncomfortable shoes (especially high heels, which is why it’s more common in women)
  • being overweight
  • flat feet
  • spend a lot of time on your feet for work or walking
  • strenuous exercise (particularly while wearing sneakers that don’t provide adequate support)

Heel Pain Treatment in Timmins

One of the most commonly recommended treatments for heel pain is to get a custom orthotic device created by your chiropodist. An orthotic is an insert that goes in your shoes to help correct your arch and provides a comfortable base for walking, exercising and working. Special exercises for the foot are often prescribed as well. The doctor can help relieve the pain with anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections.

No More Pain -- Get Help from Dr. Rainville

For a qualified Chiropodist Timmins ON residents can count on Dr. Patrick Rainville to help them with their heel pain problems. Visit and click the “Appointment Request” button or call (705) 268-3338 to get scheduled in for an initial consult as soon as possible.
By Complete Foot Care
April 30, 2014
Category: Foot Care

5 Steps for Treating Fungal Nails Just in Time for Summer

Are your toenails ready for summer? If not, now is the time to take charge of your feet so that you are ready to show off those toes! Our chiropodist in Timmins, ON is available to provide you with the top 5 steps for treating fungal nails. While you may still be sporting your closed toed shoes, it doesn’t mean you have to let embarrassing fungal nails go untreated. Visit our office in Timmins for fungal nail treatments and suggestions. Let’s take a look at 5 simple steps you can take now to treat your fungal nails before the summer season begins. toenail fungus
  1. Wash Your Feet – proper hygiene is essential when it comes to ensuring your toes are healthy. Remember to wash your feet with soap and water daily, while also drying thoroughly. Fungal infections thrive in dark damp areas, so if you forget to dry your feet thoroughly, you may risk an infection.
  2. Wear Shower Shoes – when in public areas it is important to wear shoes, especially when at a public pool or shower. As stated before, fungus thrives in dark damp places and can be easily spread from person to person, as it is highly contagious. Take charge of your foot health and wear shower shoes in public areas.
  3. Change Your Shoes and Socks – you may not have thought of this, but changing your shoes, socks or hosiery more than once a day can help to further protect your feet. Throughout the day our feet sweat and with that moisture, fungal nails can develop. Try to change your shoes or socks at least once a day for better protection.
  4. Disinfect Home Pedicure Tools – even if you do not share your home pedicure tools, it is still important to disinfect. Sometimes you can have a fungal infection, but may not realize it. Plus, it is important to be safe rather than sorry. Disinfect your home pedicure tools and any instruments used to cut your nails.
  5. Don’t Apply Polish to Nails with Infection – just as you should disinfect, it is also important not to apply polish to an infected nail or a nail that you suspect might have an infection. By applying polish, you are transferring the infection to the brush and holding it into the nail. A simple rule of thumb: if it is discolored, do not polish your nails, but visit our Timmins, ON chiropodist immediately for proper treatment.
At Rainville Health, we want to help you maintain healthy, happy feet and toes. Just because summer is still a couple months away, it doesn’t mean you should put up with fungal nails in Timmins. Let us help you eliminate embarrassing toenail fungus before you have to worry about showing off your feet.
By Complete Foot Care
March 15, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: School Footwear  

Back To School FootwearBackpacks, paper, pencils and clothes are just a few of the things your youngster may need before the start of a new school year. When shopping for your child during back-to-school season and throughout the year, don’t forget to add proper fitting shoes to your shopping list.  

Your child’s feet are rapidly changing and growing. In fact, feet grow so fast when kids are young that parents are often surprised at how often they need to change shoes sizes to accommodate the growth.  

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, parents should consider a few things when selecting shoes for their little one. Remember these tips the next time you buy a new pair of shoes for your child:

  • Proper size. Poor-fitting footwear can lead to irritation and other problems, so always measure your child’s feet before buying a new pair of shoes.  Because feet are seldom the same size, always buy shoes for your child’s larger foot.
  • Avoid sharing shoes.  Hand-me-down shoes can spread fungi such as nail fungus and athlete’s foot.
  • Index finger. As a general rule, leave an index finger's width from the top of the big toe to the end of the shoe.
  • Breathing room. Buy shoes made of natural, breathable fabrics that are soft and pliable like your child’s feet.
  • Test them out. Always bring your child with you to the store to try on shoes before purchasing a new pair. When testing out shoes, the child should wear the socks that they would normally wear to ensure proper fit.  Have your child walk around the store for comfort and fit.
  • Examine the shoe itself.Your child’s shoe should have a firm heel counter, adequate cushioning of the insole, good flexibility and a built-in arch.

Feet are an important, but often overlooked, part of the body.  Since kids’ feet are soft and pliable, they are subject to abnormal pressures at a young age that can easily cause foot problems and deformity.  By promoting healthy footwear choices and consulting your Timmins podiatrist whenever you suspect your child has a foot problem, you can ensure healthy development of feet.

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