(One of our team here at The Podiatrist bravely shares her experience!)
Athlete’s foot (clinically known as tinea pedis) is an unpleasant fungal infection of the feet. Areas between the toes often get red, itchy, scaly or cracked. Other areas like the heels or balls of the feet can be dry and itchy. Blisters and bubbles can appear and the feet can feel tender.
Some of us battle for years before overcoming a fungal nail infection. Some of us never win the fight! If left untreated, it’s proven that nail fungus present in one nail will spread to your other nails over time. So why is it that fungal nail infections are so hard to beat? The nail fungus experts at The Podiatrist explain why.
You spent weeks - months even - doing everything you were told to get rid of your heel pain. You stopped wearing those shoes you knew were bad for you. You made yourself stretch every morning and night, just as you were told.
Winter is here! This means that football, soccer and netball seasons are well under way. Each year it feels like clockwork with kids of all ages ﬂooding into the clinic, particularly between the ages of 10 and 15 years, with the same complaint: Growing pains at their heels.
One of the things that I find on a regular basis is children presenting with calcaneal tractionapophysitis - AKA Severs Disease - wearing ‘cheap sneakers’. As a parent of three boys and one girl I appreciate how quickly children can destroy footwear and thus the lure of these cheaper alternatives to the big brand names.
It feels like you’re watching your kids grow and change before your eyes every day. With many changes being a regular part of growth and development, it can be difficult to know what is normal with kids feet and legs as they grow and what isn’t. To help you out, we thought we’d put together a list of things to look out for that can indicate that it may be a good time to book your kids in to see a podiatrist.
Ankle sprains are unfortunately very common - and incredibly painful! They don’t discriminate between adults and kids and stop you from getting out and doing the sports and activities you love. They can lead to ongoing instability and problems if not effectively managed, so must be properly cared for.
Suffering from ingrown toenails is a painful and frustrating ordeal. An ingrown toenail simply means that the nail edge has penetrated and grown into the surrounding skin. In most cases, the nail curves down into the skin, but in some cases it could be that there is excess skin/tissue surrounding the nail that the nail has grown into. Either way, the nail has pierced the skin and that is a very painful and uncomfortable problem to have.
You wake up and slowly begin to get out of bed, hoping that you won’t feel it but.. Ouch! Nope, there it is. That dreaded stabbing first step pain at the bottom of your heel. It stays with you - it could be for those first few minutes, few hours, or the whole day. It may gradually ease as you keep walking. You’re eager to get off your feet - you sit down and put your feet up and feel that sweet relief. But then.. when you finally have to stand, there it is back again and even stronger.
You’ve noticed your nail changing for some time now. The colour may be gradually changing to a yellow or a white.. There may seem to be more build up beneath the nail and it may be starting to lift away.. The nail may appear more flaky or thick.. There may even be an associated odour. You may have one or all of the above symptoms and yes, unfortunately, it does sound like you’ve picked up a fungal nail infection -otherwise known as onychomycosis.
Sever's disease is a common cause of heel pain in active children. Sever's disease, also called calcaneal apophysitis, occurs when the growth plate of the heel is injured by excessive forces during early adolescence.
The end of January means the holidays are over and it’s back to school for millions of school children. It is also the time of year when sports start back meaning there is no better time to get your child’s feet checked by a podiatrist.