Conditions Our Toowoomba Podiatrists Treat
The following is a list of common foot and ankle problems encountered by our patients. Click on the condition to expand for more information.
Achilles Tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed. When a person is walking and running the Achilles tendon aids in lifting the heel from the ground.
Ankle ligaments connect the bones of the leg to the bones of the feet. When one of these ligaments sustains damage, it is commonly referred to as an ankle sprain. Sprained ankles are common among athletes.
Tinea Pedis, most frequently known as Athlete’s Foot, occurs when fungi grow on the feet and cause a skin infection. It is a common condition among athletes and children, but it can affect anyone.
Bunions are a result of structural changes of the foot bones and can become progressively worse with time. Bunions occurs due to a combination of factors including poorly fitting footwear.
Calluses are hard, thickened areas of skin that are generally not painful and require no treatment. This hardened skin is the body’s way of protecting itself from diffuse pressure or friction.
Tight fitting shoes that squeeze your feet are the most common cause for toes curling and digging into the sole of the shoe.
Early stages of fissures on the feet, particularly the heel, involve the splitting of the skin to produce unsightly cracks. If heel cracks remain untreated, the cracks can progress into fissures.
Corns are common foot conditions that occur from repeated focal pressure on the foot, such as rubbing of the skin against a shoe, wearing no socks with shoes, or foot deformities.
It is extremely important that you do not ignore pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles. This problem may become chronic and cause you to alter your walking style or activity pattern.
“Don’t worry – they’ll grow out of it,” is a common response to parents’ concerns about the development of their children’s feet or legs.
Beginning as a slight deformity of the toe, hammertoes are little toes that bend at the end joint. Factors that play a role in the bending toes are tight shoes, previous injuries and genetics.
There are many causes for heel pain, some more serious than others. Unusually long periods of walking or standing can irritate the heel and can be managed quite easily.
It is important if you experience leg or knee pain that you don’t ignore it. If untreated the pain could be causing irreversible damage to your joints.
DSO makes up the majority of fungal infections of the toe, caused by the same fungi that cause Athlete’s Foot.
Adult acquired flatfoot (Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction- PTTD) and flexible flatfoot are conditions that may cause the flattening of the arches.
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a disease of the arteries that reduces the circulation to a body part- other than the brain or the heart.
Often a technique flaw is not through lack of trying or coaching but an underlying biomechanical instability holding the athlete back.
Many adults and children suffer from smelly feet. Excessive sweating causing bacterial growth is often the main cause for foot odour but it can also occur from fungal infections as well.