The ball of your foot is a complex network of bones, muscles, ligaments, joint capsules and nerves. A through history, detailed questioning and expert knowledge of the anatomy of the foot is required to identify your painful structure so that we can effectively relieve your pain. Below is a list of common conditions we regularly assess, diagnose and treat.
Bunions appear to be a bump on the side of your big toe, however the visible bump actually reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. With a bunion, rather than pointing straight ahead the big toe leans toward the second toe throwing the bones out of alignment, producing the bunion’s “bump.”
The biomechanics of how we walk and move is important and ensures that we remain pain and injury free, unfortunately over-pronation, or flat feet (as podiatrists we call it pes planus), is a common biomechanical problem that occurs when your arch collapses too far when you stand.
Nail Fungus (or onychomycosis) is one of the most common nail conditions treated by our Podiatrists, it is estimated that more than 10 per cent of the population have this condition. Fungal infection of nails is most common in the toenails.
With the festive party season in full swing and holidays just around the corner, podiatrists are urging everyone to take extra caution, to stay safe, injury-free and happy this Christmas. The best Christmas present you can give yourself and family is...healthy feet!
We all know that there are many benefits to children participating in sporting programs. These benefits include improved cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health, learning skills such as teamwork, self-discipline, and healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
Sesamoiditis is a common ailment of the plantar forefoot, causing pain in the ball of the foot specifically under the big toe joint. The sesamoid bones are very small bones which are located under the big toe joint within the tendons that run to the big toe. They are similar to the knee cap, acting to increase the leverage of the tendons that control the big toe.
Tendonitis in the foot is a common problem because we use our feet continuously when playing sport. One of the most frequently affected tendons is the posterior tibial tendon, a structure that is normally hard at work, throughout the contact phase of gait (when the foot is in contact with the ground).
Falls are an ominous yet very real part of life for people over 65 and many falls can be prevented once the causes are determined. Most elderly patients experience a decline in balance and muscle strength. The combination of this decline with visual and vestibular compromise increases the risk of falling.
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that often occurs in response to irritation, pressure or traumatic injury to one of the digital nerves leading to the toes. A thickening of nerve tissue results as part of the body’s response to the irritation or injury.
The foot being the base and foundation for our body, many back problems can be related to the way we stand and walk. Around 40 per cent of Australians will experience some form of foot problems in their lifetime. Low back pain is a very common complaint and not many people understand how movement and alignment of the pelvis, leg, ankle and foot is intricately connected to the development of acute and chronic low back pain. Yet it can easily happen to people young and old, male and female.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by excessive strain on the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue that runs under the arch of the foot). Strain mostly occurs around its attachment site in the heel.
The silly season is almost upon us so don't wait! We're realistic, we know that next month there will probably be lots of walking around the shops to gather up all those presents- plus bare feet by the pool or maybe running around after the kids. This all takes its toll on your feet, so head into the holidays fully prepared and come in and see us for a treatment before things really get going. You don't want to be hobbling through your holidays!
So you’ve spent most of yesterday clip clopping around in your favourite new heels and now you’re paying the price. If your feet are burning and your calves are aching you’re not alone, and we can help.
Kath* is a 57 year old retiree and has been happily living for 2 years as a grey nomad with her husband. Whilst travelling around Australia she developed heel pain and it was stopping her from really enjoying her long awaited adventures. She had been enjoying hiking and trail walks but reported that her heel pain started in July 2014 during one of her walks and she wasn't able to get rid of it no matter what she did.
At the Active Foot Clinic we regularly assess and treat people with shin pain, it's a common condition but luckily there are treatments available! This kind of pain is normally localised between the knee and the ankle, and runs right along the shin bone. There are a few different kinds of shin pain, sometimes these pains can be called shin splints, also known as 'medial tibial stress syndrome'.
You’re on your feet all day and your back is killing you! Where has this come from? Your back pain is back! Or perhaps it never left. We know back problems can be debilitating and really do reduce your ability to enjoy life, so we’re here to help you!
Whether you’re new to running or you’ve been competing for as long as you can remember here are some golden rules when it comes to foot care and running. Healthy feet means healthy running so keeping your feet happy can go a long way toward ensuring that every run is not only enjoyable but also safe and pain-free.
Heel pain is not only irritating but it can be debilitating. It can stop you from doing the things you really want to do, from playing sport right through to just walking to the shops or even getting out of bed in the morning. It’s really not fun, and we understand.
Kev* started the New Year with a bang. It was time for the gut to go. He made a point of getting active on weekends by jogging and he joined a gym- he even gave up the grog!
He was doing great and lost a few kilos to begin with, but then the wheels began to fall off. Kev started to get foot pain. It wasn’t too bad to begin with and he continued to push through the pain, but finally it hurt so much that he was limping out of bed in the mornings and every work-out the pain just got worse and worse.