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14/11/2017

Summer is coming!

Make sure your feet are ready with the latest range of Orthaheel thongs.   These thongs are the only podiatrist approved thongs on the market. They have a built in arch support that will see you from the beach to the BBQ!  

Don’t let your feet ACHE or BLISTER in unsupportive thongs this Summer.  

 

Come see us at The Podiatry Group Warragul, Drouin and Cranbourne and get fitted with the latest range of Orthaheel thongs. Your feet will love you!

 

Call us on 1300 847 226.
Posted in News
07/09/2017
Standing a real pain in the "foot"

There are many ways to make a living and for some of us it involves long periods of standing. In particular, jobs that require us to stand all day place an undue stress on our feet, legs, knees, and hips- Did someone say retail worker?   The main problem with standing for long periods of time is that you are placing a large amount of stress on the same muscle groups, ligaments and bones. This is why you can experience pain.   We are all probably a little guilty of fantasizing about quitting our jobs and finally chasing our dream career of becoming a travel show host for Getaway. But we better take a look at a few ways we can reduce pain in the feet, just in case that falls through.   Keeping good foot health while standing will require you to be proactive and take steps towards achieving more cushioning and support during your day to day work.   The last thing anyone wants is an injury that prevents you from working and therefore impacts your income. To the same degree none of us want to work with foot or leg pain either!   To help make it easier, let’s tak

29/08/2017

Ankle sprains are one of the most common leg injuries that podiatrists treat every day. You can twist an ankle during sport, at work or just minding your own business at home. Whether you have twisted an ankle for the first time or the 10th time, it is a good idea to book an appointment with your podiatrist.     We can help you from start to finish. From a thorough assessment of the damage to the ankle to getting you back on your feet and doing what you love best.     Assessment of ankle sprains is very important, as there may be very little damage to the structures in the ankle or there can be a complicated bone fracture requiring urgent attention. For this reason, your podiatrist may need to refer you for ultrasound or x-ray imaging. Depe

29/08/2017

  As the clouds (eventually) start to clear we are reminded that Spring is upon us. It’s time to dust off those runners, get outside and start enjoying a bit of sunshine. If your runners are looking a little bit too dusty or your feet are feeling sore or fatigued when wearing them, it may be time for an update.     At The Podiatry Group, we can perform a biomechanical assessment of your feet. We look at your foot posture and your gait (the way you walk) to determine which type of runner would suit you best. Many people aren’t aware that runners should be replaced every 6-12 months if you have a relatively active lifestyle. The reason for this is that the structure of the shoe wears away over time and use, and the foam of the shoe compresses. A new pair of runners is often all you need to get that spring back in your step.

24/07/2017
Cranbourne Podiatrist

We have recently moved into a bigger and better clinic located at Cranbourne Park Health and Wellness Centre, 24 Mundaring Drive, Cranbourne 3977. We are located within short walking distance of Cranbourne Park Shopping Centre and there is ample off-street parking available right in front of our clinic. With this exciting move, we can offer more open hours and a broad range of services. Our podiatrists can help you with all your footcare needs including:

  • Nail and skin care
  • Corns and callouses
  • Ingrown nails
  • Diabetes footcare
  • Sports injuries
  • Video gait analysis
  • Children’s feet
19/12/2016

It is with great pleasure, we announce that on January 3rd 2017, we will open our doors in more spacious and comfortable surroundings. Our new address is 27A Victoria Street, Warragul. We will be located in the Victoria Street Medical Clinic (for all the life long locals you will know this as the doctors clinic behind the Advantage Pharmacy). This move will provide us with more room to grow as we have established a very large patient base and we look forward to being able to continue to provide our high quality service in a more purpose built practice. Our phone number remains the same 1300 847 226, and our contact email address is still admin@thepodiatrygroup.com.au. You can enter our new location through the Advantage Pharmacy or via the car park located at the rear of the building down Club Lane, there is also street front parking available. Since we opened for business, your loyal support has helped us grow, and now we need more space to serve you better. We have been looking for a new home for the past few months and are happy to inform you that we found it. If you have any ques

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14/11/2016

Plantar Plate Dysfunction

The plantar plate is the strong supporting ligament structure under the ball of the foot. This thick structure provides stability to the toe, cushioning and protects the metatarsal from pressure and injury. Plantar plate dysfunction (plantar plate tear, plantar plate injury) is a common cause of pain in the ball of the foot, although it’s a condition many people haven’t heard of. Injury to the plantar plate is typically due to overuse. * Commonly associated with bunion or hammer toe deformity – which can cause abnormal forefoot loading * Over-pronation or larger 2nd metatarsal length can also contribute to abnormal loading of plantar plate * Certain footwear; such as, high heels can increase pressure on the second toe * Additionally some sports, repetitive injury or a single traumatic event can a cause plantar plate injury

What does it feel like?

* Plantar plate injuries can cause pain in ball of the foot, most commonly under the 2nd metatarsal. Typically this pain is localised to an area and ge

Posted in News
16/09/2016
Morton

What is a Morton’s neuroma?

The name Morton’s neuroma is probably known by many. It is the common name given to repetitive compression of a plantar digital nerve found in the ball of the foot. Constant pressure and irritation of the nerve by surrounding structures can cause a neuroma to form. The body tries to protect the nerve by increasing the thickness of the nerves insulating sheath.

19/08/2016
Metatarsalgia – Ball of Foot Pain

Metatarsalgia – Ball of Foot Pain

So many foot problems can occur in our forefoot. As podiatrists we treat a wide range of problems associated with forefoot pain and deformity. Metatarsalgia is a non-specific term or general umbrella term if you will, for pain in the forefoot or ball of the foot. Discomfort is usually located beneath the balls of our feet and is typically a result of increased forefoot pressure. Bunions, hammertoes, short metatarsal bones, stress fractures, plantar plate disruption, Freiberg’s infarction, capsulitis, intermetatarsal bursitis and Morton’s neuroma area some possible causes of metatarsalgia. Today we are talking about intermetatarsal bursitis.

Intermetatarsal bursitis

What is bursitis? 

An inflammation or irritation of the bursa. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that provides cushioning and reduces friction, between and around the joints of the forefoot. Irritation of the bursa can cause swelling and pain (bursitis). The intermetatarsal bursae are located on the bottom of the foot near

14/07/2016
fungal toenails

The battle of the fungal nail!

  Fungal toenails or onychomycosis is common, unpleasant and persistent in nature. Accounting for almost half of all nail problems, this slow growing infection occurs when microscopic fungi gain entry to the nail, usually through small trauma. Trauma allows the pathogen to enter the nail and nail bed.        

Other causes 

  • Fungal organisms grow and spread in warm, moist environments and are usually picked up in warm damp areas like socks, shoes, public pools, gyms and showers.
  • Not drying off the feet thoroughly following showers or exercise and wearing tight shoes or socks, can provide conditions the fungus needs for growth.
  • People who have a compromised immune system, diabetes, circulatory problems and the elderly are particularly susceptible.

 

Symptoms

Fungal nail infections are contagious and can often spread from skin to nails. The poor cosmetic appearance that usually develops can cause some embarrassment. Nails can be