Tag: podiatry clinic

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 the base of the toes. Bursitis can also affect other parts of the body – back of the heel/Achilles tendon, the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow.

How did I get this? 

Generally, bursitis can occur through injury or repetitive motion causing irritation and inflammation.

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 become discoloured, thickened, brittle, rough and weaken. Sometimes the infection can occur with an odour and can cause discomfort.  

Types of Onychomycosis

Distal subungual onychomycosismost common form of fungal nail that can cause the nail to become yellow br

05/11/2015
free podiatry footwear assessment

Free Podiatry Footwear Assessment

  The Podiatry Group are offering Free Podiatry Footwear Assessments at Nicho’s Intersport in Warragul. If you have trouble picking the right runner or shoe for your feet, or have any podiatry footwear related questions come on down and one of our podiatrists will assist you. The Podiatry Group will be at Nicho’s Intersport (21 Smith Street Warragul) on Tuesday November 10th 4:30-5:30pm.   To make an appointment contact Nichos’ Intersport on 5622 3844. Click on Nicho’s Intersport to check out the details of their store.

11/09/2015
Diabetes TPG

Online Bookings

Online bookings are now available at The Podiatry Group.   For your convenience we have online bookings available across our Warragul, Drouin and Cranbourne clinics.   Your step towards better foot health is just one click away. Click here to book now.