Tag: runners

01/11/2018

Walking and Running

  Did you know that daily walking and/or running are some of the most important steps in reducing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and many other serious health conditions?   You may be wanting to improve your well-being, or reduce your risks of health conditions, or simply to start a new hobby, so here are some easy steps to begin your walking/running routine!

  1. Set realistic targets and goals. This could be a walking/running distance, weight loss (in combination with good diet), or seeing if you can improve your time running around the block.
  2. Ensure you have the most appropriate shoes possible by seeing a Podiatrist, who can also help you plan your walking/running sessions.
  3. Start off easy. This could mean a short walk around the block, or a light jog to the milkbar and back. Everyone is different, so do what works for you.
  4. Set a routine. Put a particular time aside each day for your exercise, and stick to it!
  5. If you’re feeling lonely, invite your partner, friend, colleague to exercise with you!
  6. Don’t feel bad if you have to skip a day, just stay positive and look forward to the next session!
  7. Make sure you’re having fun! Yes, you will get tired and sweaty, but if take notice of your surroundings, play some music and smile, you are on your way to making a

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

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.

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.

18/09/2015

How to choose the right runner for you?

  Choosing a new pair of runners can be overwhelming. Sometimes we look at our old and faithful runners and think maybe they’ll last me another 12 months, they don’t look too bad? Think again. Runners will only hold up on average for 600-800 kilometres. So if you run around 5 kilometres, three times a week and do no other training in your runners, then they should last you approximately 12 months. However, if you do this amount of running as well as using them every weekend then there life will be much shorter.   At the 12 month mark a shoe often looks in good condition from the outside, but it is the midsole that we cannot see that begins to break down and lose support. The shoe’s ability to absorb shock and provide cushioning begins to deteriorate as the shoe gets older and more worn.   Once we have come to terms with the fact that we need a new pair of runners where do we go? The bright lights and fancy colours on the shelves in the footwear stores may mesmerise us for a moment but it is important to keep our cool and that we don’t just choose a shoe based on it’s appealing colours.   Even your favourite shoe that you have worn for the last season may have changed. It may have changed weight; some will even try to drop by 20 grams, it may have changed material and therefore support. It is im