Gout and Your Feet - What You Should Know!

Gout and Your Feet - What You Should Know!
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!

If You’ve Noticed That We’re Not Your Average Podiatry Clinic - You’re Absolutely Right

If You’ve Noticed That We’re Not Your Average Podiatry Clinic - You’re Absolutely Right
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?

Diabetes & Foot Health Checks: Why They are a Necessity

Diabetes & Foot Health Checks: Why They are a Necessity
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.

Footwear - How Important Is It Really? Part One

Footwear - How Important Is It Really? Part One
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:

Have You Got Pain Beneath the Ball of Your First Toe? Is It Stopping You From Running? It Could Be Sesamoiditis!

Have You Got Pain Beneath the Ball of Your First Toe? Is It Stopping You From Running? It Could Be Sesamoiditis!
It can take some of us a LOT of willpower to make the commitment to get up at 6am (or earlier!) and go for that run - especially while it’s still so chilly out there! So the last thing you need while you’re out there braving the cold is for the ball of your foot to start hurting and stop you in your tracks. One common cause of forefoot pain beneath the big toe joint is called sesamoiditis.

Bunions: How Did They Develop and What Should I Know?

Bunions: How Did They Develop and What Should I Know?

Is there a big bony bump at your big toe joint? Are your shoes rubbing against the sides of your forefoot and causing blisters and pain? Do you struggle to fit your foot into narrow shoes? These are just some of the struggles many people experience when they’ve developed a bunion. But what is a bunion and how did it come to form (or may be starting to!) in your feet? The Podiatrist talks bunions.

Why is my heel pain not like everyone else’s? Brian’s Foot Story

Why is my heel pain not like everyone else’s? Brian’s Foot Story
I first met Brian a month or so ago when he came into the clinic. He’s a Diesel Mechanic and had pain at the back of his left heel that came and went. Brian told me that his wife used to have heel pain too - but that she’d describe it as a sharp pain first thing in the morning, and that’s not what he felt at all. It didn’t feel like a bruise either. His wife tried Google-ing heel pain and all it seemed to come up with was pain at the bottom of the heel called Plantar Fasciitis - but it didn’t match Brian’s symptoms.

Not Just Heel Pain - it’s Plantar Fasciitis!

Not Just Heel Pain - it’s Plantar Fasciitis!
So you’ve heard of people talk about this dreaded heel pain, right? You may have even experienced it for yourself -  “Plantar-something-or-another”?

Yes! The most common cause of heel pain is called “Plantar Fasciitis” - it’s a funny name really, but all it means is that you have an inflamed soft tissue/fascia at the bottom of your foot.

Heel Spurs - What Do They Mean for Your Heel Pain?

Heel Spurs - What Do They Mean for Your Heel Pain?
It’s not uncommon for us to see patients complaining of pain from heel spurs. They often describe a sharp pain at the bottom of their foot with each step that feels like a ‘sharp knife’. But what is a heel spur and is it the cause of your heel pain?

Your Heel Pain - It’s Not Always Plantar Fasciitis. Do You Have the Right Diagnosis?

Your Heel Pain - It’s Not Always Plantar Fasciitis. Do You Have the Right Diagnosis?

If you’re getting pain at the bottom of your heel that’s worst first thing in the morning and on standing after rest, a lot of the things you read (and people you talk to) will tell you that you’re likely to have plantar fasciitis. But there’s another muscle that has the same insertion in the heel and spans the arch to your big toe - it’s called your abductor hallucis muscle - and it could be true cause of your heel pain and the reason you’re not getting better as fast as you’d expected.

Meet Melanie Sutcliffe – Administration Assistant

Meet Melanie Sutcliffe – Administration Assistant
Meet Melanie Sutcliffe, from Sydney, lived in Canberra for 9 years and have lived in Toowoomba for 8 years. Her medical administration career has taken her from working in busy emergency department to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

The Lunula Laser for Fungal Nails: Over 6 Months in Practice and Here’s Our Review!

The Lunula Laser for Fungal Nails
After many years of hearing about the dissatisfaction of our patients in not being able to get rid of their fungal nail infection after trying traditional creams and ointments, we decided to trial the Lunula Laser at the end of last year. One of our driving forces was that some of our patients genuinely felt embarrassed and bad about the state of their nails, so we wanted to look into finding an effective solution for them and many others feeling the same.

Why are My Toenails Getting Thicker?

Why are My Toenails Getting Thicker?
You’ve noticed your toenails starting to change over time. They’re getting thicker. Perhaps they’re putting more pressure on the surrounding skin or you feel the nail rub against the top of the shoe where it never used to. Your nail may also be getting thick and crumbly, or perhaps develop a yellow tinge.