Tag: podiatry

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 take a moment to answer the question of why my feet hurt from standing all day? And what we can do to help.  

Why Do My Feet Hurt From Standing All Day?

  People are meant to stand. The reason why it can be challenging and why our feet hurt is that we may not be ready for it without

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. Depending on the severity, we may cast the ankle or fit you with a moonboot. If the sprain is minor, a good supportive pair of runners may be recommended.    Once an ankle sprain is h

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.    If you have got supportive footwear already but do find your feet and legs feel sore or fatigued, our assessment can help determine other factors that might be contributing to your pain. We can look at your activity levels and training/work surfaces to build an exercise

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.
A Morton’s neuroma commonly forms between the 2nd-3rd or 3rd-4th toes.

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.

17/03/2016
Welcome to the team. Podiatrist joining The Podiatry Group

Welcome To The Team!

Welcome to the newest member of our podiatry team: Tanya Contis. Tanya grew up in country Victoria, and graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Podiatry. Since then she has been growing her career in private practice and enjoys working across all areas of Podiatry, in particular general podiatric care, diabetic foot management and prevention, injuries and paediatrics. Tanya takes a very holistic approach to foot care, acknowledging that happy feet go foot in foot with a healthy you.

For a number of years, Tanya worked in a technical footwear store run by podiatrists and has a strong appreciation for and extensive knowledge in footwear fitting and footwear education. When Tanya is not in clinic, her own feet are leading her far and wide, down many European cobble-stone streets and up many beautiful mountain sides of New Zealand and beyond. To book an appointment with Tanya or one of our friendly podiatrists please click here.
26/11/2015
Summer Footwear

Summer Footwear

During an Australian Summer it is very clear that everybody’s favourite summer footwear are thongs. They are so easy to slip on, don’t require any bending down to put on or fiddling with any laces. Throughout history there has been a war between thongs and Podiatrists; thongs have typically been flat pieces of rubber that offer no support and by the end of the day have everyone begging for a foot massage. Well, no more! The War has finally ended and I am happy to say that both sides have won.   There are thongs that now offer arch support. You can walk around all day without the same discomfort you used to have from your old pair of thongs. The best part is that they are stylish as well as comfortable. Come into our Warragul clinic to check them out.   Lynette Stokie Your Freindly Neighbourhood Podiatrist www.thepodiatrygroup.com.au

30/10/2015
Diabetes TPG

Now Hiring- Podiatry Position Available

  The Podiatry Group have a part-time Podiatry position available.   Join our team of podiatrists and work in a fun and supported environment! We operate over 3 sites spanning from the South Eastern Suburbs to Gippsland. We are seeking a motivated podiatrist who is interested in working in private practice with a strong focus on biomechanics, paediatrics and general/diabetes care. You must be reliable, motivated and have a positive attitude. We are offering part time initially with the opportunity to expand to full time. We offer professional development and mentoring. You must be willing to travel across multiple sites. If you are a new graduate looking for an exciting career in podiatry then contact us now.   Contact us on (03) 5624 3880 or email your CV to admin@thepodiatrygroup.com.au

21/10/2015
CAM Walker

Cam Walkers/Moon Boots

  A Cam Walker is designed to help injuries heal, these can include soft tissue and bony injuries. The Podiatry Group have qualified Podiatrists specifically trained to fit Cam Walkers/Moon Boots. We are able to offer same day fitting at our Warragul, Drouin and Cranbourne Podiatry Clinics, this way you will be able to begin the healing process sooner.   The benefit of a CAM Walker is that unlike a plaster cast, it can be removed at night when going to bed or showering. This is helpful as it can allow for some non-weightbearing movement at the ankle joint which reduces the risk of the joint becoming really stiff after prolonged periods in the boot. This also makes rehabilitation easier after the boot is finally removed.   A CAM Walker is mostly used without any other form of support like crutches. However, there are some injuries at the initial stages that will require a patient to use crutches in addition to a CAM Walker. We are able to fit you with crutches if the need arises.     Some injuries that may require the use of a CAM Walker include:

  • Fractures
  • Achilles Tear/Rupture
  • Plantar Fasica Tear
  • Stress Fractures
  • many more…

  Most private health funds provide rebates for CAM Walkers/Moon Boots when supplied and fitted by our podiatrists. &nb

29/09/2015
Melbourne Marathon Podiatry Tips

Melbourne Marathon Podiatry Tips

  At The Podiatry Group we are often asked for our top tips when training for a marathon. With the Melbourne Marathon coming up we have decided to give you a little insight to some helpful guidelines to consider when training and running in a marathon. The internet can provide a whole text book of information from how to carb load before an event to the best anti chafing stick to use. We will let you in on the best advice we provide for runner’s feet during their marathon.    

  • Get your runners professionally fitted. There are stores like Active Feet who are highly trained to fit running shoes. They can observe your running and walking patterns on a treadmill to better assess which shoe is most appropriate for you. Remember that runners will only last on average between 600-800kms so if you have been training hard make sure that by the time you reach your marathon day, your shoes still have life in them. If you are considering purchasing a new pair of shoes before your marathon, make sure that you have enough time to wear them in slowly before the big day. This means that you should have them at least 2 weeks before your event and begin wearing them in at home for a few hours and gradually p