Tag: Warragul Podiatrist

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

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.

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

26/05/2016
Cold Feet
Those of us who experience cold feet know they can be troublesome and uncomfortable and at times can stop you sleeping at night. Cold feet mostly affect us in winter months and in some cases
can lead to chilblains and poor healing, it can be more problematic as we age due to a decrease in circulation.
The simplest reason is a lack of warmth. Cold temperatures can cause constriction (narrowing) of blood vessels in our limbs, decreasing the flow of blood to our extremities. In absences of chilly weather other internal factors may be leading to our cold feet.
Raynauds Disease, Lupus, Neuropathy, Anemia, Diabetes, and Poor circulation are some common conditions that can also lead to cold feet.
Prevention is best by avoiding activities and habits that restrict circulation.

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

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.

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