Pieter Van Der Kooij graduated as a Podiatrist in 2007 and realised he had a passion for biomechanics and how the body moves. He then graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2012 and has been combining both degrees to optimise rehabilitation in acute and chronic settings.
The Queensland summer is upon us! As the Christmas lights start to appear, along with the 5am sunrises, it feels like there is only one thing missing? The warmth! Having moved from interstate, Queensland is unique as the morning state compared to the late evening running and sports groups in Victoria and New South Wales for example due to daylight savings.
We first met Nick in February 2017. He is a 31 years old, works as an accountant, is healthy and active - at least he wanted to be! Nick came in with pain at the ball of his left big toe that had been persisting for over a month. He described the pain as coming and going on different days but being particularly worse during exercise.
Caleb is a healthy and happy 10 year old boy that loves playing footy. He was practicing almost every day leading up to the new season this year. At the start of the season, Caleb was barely able to finish a game without intense pain at his heel, sometimes limping off the field. Caleb was upset and frustrated that he couldn't run and play with his friends.
For lots of people, the idea that they will start running for exercise is a simple choice. Put some shoes on, do some stretches and off you go. Unfortunately reality hits home pretty quickly because if you haven't maintained a good level of fitness, weight and muscle tone over the preceding years, those first 5 kilometres will suck.
Our feet are a foundation of the body - they keep us moving and able to do the things we need (and want!) to do. Foot pain, or injury, can then have a devastating impact on our day-to-day lives, meaning maintaining good foot health is more important than ever. Our fantastic Podiatrist, Jays, has put together a list of simple things you can start doing today to help improve your foot health!
If you have gout or know someone that does, you’ll know how excruciatingly painful it can get when you have an ‘attack’ or ‘flare up’ of gout. Gout is a type of arthritis and this can often be confused with the ‘wear and tear’ arthritis we often see - Osteoarthritis. The mechanism of action is actually very different - as are the symptoms and treatment. So we at The Podiatrist thought we’d share a bit of our knowledge on Gout!
At The Podiatrist, you may have noticed when you come into our clinic at the Range Health centre in Toowoomba, that something feels different. You may not be able to quite put your finger on it at first, but from the Podiatrists to the admin staff, perhaps you see that everyone has a genuine smile on their face. They’re happy. They’re friendly. There’s nothing untoward or unfamiliar. Everyone seems helpful - they help the patients, the help each other. The warm space is light and bright. It’s welcoming. You can relax. Quite a lovely atmosphere, isn’t it?
October is foot health month! Feet are often stigmatised or plainly neglected, however if your feet aren't in an optimal condition, your quality of life can be greatly affected. Imagine not being able to do or go wherever you’d like! With over one million Australians diagnosed with Diabetes, and hundreds of thousands living undiagnosed, I thought I’d share on the effects that Diabetes has on the feet including the risks of foot complications that can develop without you even realising.
As a Podiatrist, it’s not uncommon to get asked by friends and family about foot pain - even over dinner! This happened again not too long ago with a friend of mine, Peter, and I thought I’d share this story as I believe his misdiagnosis of Capsulitis could be a fairly common occurrence.
There is no doubt that we have all heard numerous times in our lives about the importance of wearing good, supportive footwear. Yet, for a lot of people there is great uncertainty as to whether this advice applies to them, and if so, what this “good footwear” really is. These are both great points and questions, so let me explain them both. Here in Part One, we’ll answer the first important question: