Foot care

Skin care

Corns and calluses (hyperkeratosis)

Hyperkeratosis is often the result of friction and/or excessive pressure on the skin. The superficial layer of skin thickens after too much irregular stimulation. The choice of bad shoes, surplus biomechanical stress or bone prominences such as hammer toes or bunions, cause these problems.

A callus is the diffuse accumulation of a corn under the foot. Calluses are often found at the front of the foot and under the heel. They can form cracks that may be infected and very painful if not controlled.

A plantar corn is the result of an accumulation of corns under a pressure point of the foot. The corn then forms a nucleus that penetrates the skin, giving the feeling of walking on a rock, so it could prove very painful. If the latter is found between the toes, it is called a “soft corn”.


Skin cracks are intimately related to callus. Dryness and thickening of the skin cause the loss of elasticity. In turn these result in cracks; especially felt at the heels. To prevent cracks it is preferable to remove excess calluses frequently and use an emollient cream daily . To better eliminate stubborn cracks, your podiatrist can advise you on different maintenance techniques.


Possible treatments for corns, calluses and cracks
  • Bath to clean and soften the thickened skin
  • Debridement and thinning problematic skin
  • Advice and consideration of prescribing of emollient cream

Plantar warts

A wart is an infection of the skin by a virus, the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus responsible for plantar warts can penetrate the skin at small injury or trauma sites; sometimes invisible to the naked eye. It is often caught in public places such as locker rooms and swimming pools. The plantar wart is often very resistant; which requires a targeted treatment according to its location and size. It often hides under the corn and has small black spots in the center. It may be made of one or dozens of lesions Untreated, it can spread and contaminate other family members.

Possible treatments for plantar warts
  • Debridement of the problematic skin
  • Evaluation/consideration of chemical treatments
  • Evaluation/consideration of laser treatments
  • Evaluation/consideration of surgical treatment
  • Advice and follow-up

Don’t delay until the last minute and make an appointment today for plantar wart treatment in Gatineau.

Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot, also known as mycosis or tinea pedis, is an infection caused by fungi that usually affects the skin between the toes and under the foot. Athlete’s foot often appears as small red pimples, cracks, and is itchy. It can easily be transmitted from one person to another; for example in public areas such as gyms, showers and communal pools, or any moist or hot environment.

Possible treatments for Athlete’s foot
  • Bain pour nettoyer la peau et ramollir la peau épaissie, si nécessaire;
  • Débridement et amincissement de la peau problématique;
  • Conseils d’hygiène des pieds;
  • Possibilité de prescription de médication topique.

Don’t delay until the last minute and make an appointment today for Athlete’s foot treatment in Gatineau.

Dermatological lesions

Other dermatitis such as eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus may be related to certain systemic diseases. The majority of side effects of these diseases can be countered with medication. If skin discoloration occurs suddenly, it is important that your podiatrist be advised immediately to avoid complications.

Possible treatments for dermatological lesions
  • Advice
  • Evaluation/consideration of prescribing topical medication
  • Advice and follow-up

If you have any questions or concerns about skin lesions, please contact us.


Wet feet or hyperhydrosis is more common in young people and physically active people. If accompanied by a bad odour (bromhydrosis), it could be the cause of bacteria in your shoes. Excess moisture in the feet increases the risk of contracting a fungal infection in the skin and nails.

Possible treatments for hyperhydrosis
  • Bath to clean and soften the thickened skin , if necessary
  • Debridement and thinning of the problematic skin
  • Hygiene advice
  • Advice

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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