If pointing your toes upwards and moving your foot up on the ankle has become difficult for you, you could be suffering from foot drop. Whether the problem has developed suddenly, like following an accident, or has been worsening over time, being unable to lift your foot means you may have difficulty walking without your toes hitting the ground, which puts you at risk of tripping and falling.
We’re very excited to introduce a very special range of nail polish that isn’t like any others available on the market - the Dr’s Remedy range. We love this 40-colour range, not only because it’s formulated by podiatrists to do all the right things by your nails, but also because they weren’t designed with the ‘create a product for the sake of it’ approach employed by many beauty brands.
Varicose veins are a common condition here in Australia, with worldwide prevalence rates estimated to be around 25%. While some people go decades without mentioning the presence of prominent veins to a healthcare practitioner, there are known dangers associated with prominent veins that can make it a concerning matter - both cosmetically and medically. Today, we thought we’d shed some light onto varicose veins, what exactly they are, how they appear - and whether you should be concerned.
You’re lying in bed, resting, feeling great… and all of a sudden your foot starts *scrunching* up like a claw and leaving you in agony. You try your best to move your foot into different positions to ease the pain. 90% of the positions don’t work, but you find one that gives you a little relief… so you hold it.
If you’re getting seemingly spontaneous waves of burning feelings in the feet - or if burning feet are keeping you awake at night - you’re definitely not alone. It can be quite alarming to feel unusual sensations that seem outside of your control - especially when you can’t pinpoint a specific cause or trigger.
Almost one million Australians currently have osteoporosis, with one in four women aged over 75 years being affected. As this condition skyrockets your vulnerability to bone fractures and associated hospitalisations, it’s important to understand why and how osteoporosis develops and who is at risk. Today, our podiatrists have shared all of this and what you can do to help protect your bone health if you develop osteoporosis.
Every 15 hours, a child in Australia is born with cerebral palsy (CP). CP is currently the most common physical disability in childhood, where the signs become evident within the first 12-18 months of a child’s life, and the effects are life-long. When it comes to the feet and legs, CP can significantly affect a person’s mobility and independence.
You have a specific joint along the middle of your foot called the Lisfranc joint. In simple terms, it’s where the long bones of your feet (metatarsals) meet your tarsal bones that are present in the third of your foot closest to your ankle.
Feeling pain at the front of your ankle when you try to point your toes and foot upwards?
This is a classic indicator of an anterior ankle impingement. Simply speaking, this occurs when the resulting space between your bones at the ankle as you point your foot up is very small to the point that it pinches or irritates tissues, tendons, vessels or other structures.
We’ll admit - sometimes, particularly during certain sporting seasons, we could swear that ‘pulled hammies’ are the most common injury given how many walk (or specifically, limp) into the clinic here at The Podiatrist!
So you have - or suspect that you have - a torn meniscus. But what does this really mean - and more importantly - how long until you can get back to feeling great and not having a painful knee? Today, our podiatry team is talking about meniscus tears, recovery and what you can do to stop it happening again.
Simon is a 20-year-old university student. He has been playing basketball since he was 10 years old, and is now on his university basketball team. He trains three times per week and goes to the gym frequently, too.
Every once in a while, we come across a less common but very serious foot condition at just the right time. Today, we thought we’d share one that could have easily been missed, but where we as podiatrists could make a real difference to the well-being of a patient through early detection.
We know what you’re thinking - do podiatrists offer hydrotherapy? Working together with our sister clinic, The Physio, we absolutely do! Hydrotherapy involves movements in water to help rehabilitate and strengthen muscles and joints - and it’s a fantastic option for many of our patients that are wanting to optimise their recovery from foot or leg pain, but aren’t up to traditional exercises.
Finding accessory bones, otherwise known as ossicles, when looking over our patients’ radiographs is not an uncommon occurrence here at The Podiatrist. Many people will go throughout their lives never knowing that they have an accessory bone or two. After all, if it’s not painful, why would you look?
So you noticed a mass in your foot, around your arch. You went to the doctor, and they’ve told you that you have a “plantar fibroma”. After the relief of learning that fibromas are not cancerous, you may find yourself wondering: so what do I do now?
Lily’s mum first brought her in to see us because she was concerned about her pigeon-toeing (in-toeing). She wanted to understand why it was happening and if everything was ‘normal’. She noticed the in-toeing was more prominent when Lily was tired, and that she was occasionally tripping during running