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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

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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

11/07/2016
Diabetes

Understanding the need to look after your feet when you have diabetes

 

What is diabetes?

The pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or the body cannot make good use of the insulin it does produce. Insulin enables glucose (sugar), from the food we eat to pass from the blood stream into the cells in the body to make energy. Not being able to produce insulin or use it effectively can cause raised sugar levels (hyperglycaemia). Over the long-term high sugar levels can damage some tissues and organs in the body. Type 1 diabetes is usually caused by an auto-immune reaction where the body’s defence system attacks cells that produce insulin. It can occur at any age, however it is more common in children or young adults. Injections of insulin to control sugar levels in the blood is required. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body is no longer using insulin efficiently. Sugar builds up in bloodstream and the cells are starved of energy. There may be a family history to developing ty

24/06/2016
The Podiatry Group are hiring

The Podiatry Group Are Hiring!

Part-time podiatry position available. Are you an enthusiastic and motivated podiatrist who wants to join a fun, vibrant team? We are looking for a podiatrist to join our friendly team beginning on a part-time basis. Initially we will require 3 days per week with the opportunity to expand to full time. You will be required to work in our Cranbourne and Beaconsfield clinics. We work with physiotherapists and myotherapists and as such recognise the importance of a holistic approach to health care. The successful applicant will manage a varied patient load of sports injuries, general foot care, nail surgeries and paediatrics. We provide a well-supported team environment and place a large importance and emphasis on education and training for our podiatrists. We conduct regular meetings with guest speakers and professional development workshops. Our company prides itself on offering a culture that encourages skill development and cultivating individual interests within our field. We are looking for a podiatrist suited to a team environment who wil

14/06/2016
Sore Feet

Tips to prevent sore feet whilst traveling

  Sort out your feet before you leave. Have any corns, callouses or irritating nails attended to avoid any blisters or infections while you are travelling. You won’t want to have sore feet prevent you from experiencing the all day sight seeing tours you have booked.   Support stockings during long flights – when you’re sitting upright and are inactive for a long period of time the blood is having difficulty getting pumped to the heart. You may experience leg muscle pain after a long flight, swelling around the feet and ankles or may even increase your risk of blood clot formation in your legs. Compression stockings/tights can assist in preventing swelling and improve blood return. Foot and leg exercises are also recommended.   Footwear does make a difference on how your legs and feet feel on a daily basis. Before you go, allow enough time to break in any new shoes. Buying new shoes immediately prior to traveling can be a poor move. O

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06/06/2016
Plaster Casting

The foot is designed to withstand considerable forces. Walking, running and jumping, are all movements that place impact and force on soft tissue and bones. Amazingly, there are 26 bones in the foot, all of which are susceptible to injuries like fractures. Some injuries are due to acute trauma (e.g. ankle sprains) or may become worse over a period of time and are due to overuse. Injury assessment and diagnosis is based on clinical examination, functional testing and diagnostic imaging such as x-rays and ultrasounds where indicated. Treatment often depends on the severity of injury and location. Use of a CAM walker, immobilisation via plaster casting or a back slab cast are some treatment options that aim to reduce pain and re-align injured structures. A plaster of Paris back slab consists of a slab of plaster that does not completely surround the limb, it protects the injured area and allows for swelling. With some injuries plaster casting may be the appropriate management required. Common indications for casting include: metatarsal and ankle fractures, stress fractures, soft-tissue