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Stuart Canavan
Our New Secret Weapon: Physio Stuart Canavan

Our podiatrists are very excited to welcome Performance Physiotherapist, Stuart, to the Optimise Health team. Despite the different areas of expertise between podiatry and physio, the close working relationship with our physio team in the Optimise Health centre means we are always learning from each other.

Eliminating Knee Pain During Recreational Cycling
Eliminating Knee Pain During Recreational Cycling

Laura is a healthy and active 55-year-old woman who recently transitioned into cycling from her repertoire of outdoor activities, including running and touch football.With a previous injury to her right knee that was causing her ongoing niggling pain, Laura wanted to focus on cycling to give her knees a break, let them recover, and help prevent her injury from continuing to cause her pain - or new injuries developing.

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How Can I Make My Toenails Look Better?

If we had a dime for every time we heard that one! While the appearance of toenails isn’t something our patients traditionally come in for solely (unless they have a fungal nail infection or other problem), these are comments we hear every day while helping our patients with their feet.

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How Long Do Growing Pains Last?

This week we had a mum bring her 12-year-old son in who had been experiencing growing pains in his heels for four weeks. She just wanted to know if there was anything we could do to help her son feel more comfortable at school and during his soccer.

Do You Get Fungal Nail Infections From Nail Salons?
Do You Get Fungal Nail Infections From Nail Salons?

Every week we get at least 20 men and women with fungal toenail infections. Some come in specifically for this problem, as it’s now causing them discomfort and they hate the way their nails look. Others come in for other pains and aches, and then casually mention their infection too.

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Treating Bunions & Toe Pain At 40 Years Old
Mary is an active 40-year-old woman who has been mindful of a bump developing on the side of her big toe over a number of years. As it has never been painful, Mary has never prioritised seeking help for the problem, quietly hoping that it will resolve on its own.
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How Does A Stroke Affect Your Feet?
More than 475,000 Australians are currently living with the after-effects of suffering from a stroke - a figure that’s set to increase to one million by 2050. With one in four people predicted to have a stroke in their lifetime, and one stroke occurring every nine minutes here Australia1, understanding how to help those affected with their mobility and foot health is an important part of what we do here at The Podiatrist.
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Does Foot Drop Go Away?

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.

Dr’s Remedy Nail Polishes
Dr’s Remedy Nail Polishes Have Landed - And They’re A Hit

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.

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Varicose Veins: Should I Be Worried?

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.

person massaging foot in pain
Why Do My Feet Cramp?

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.

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Why Do My Feet Feel Like They're Burning?

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.

woman holding her foot in pain
How Does Osteoporosis Affect Your Feet?

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.

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Helping Feet Affected By Cerebral Palsy

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.

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Why Does It Hurt When I Point My Foot Upwards?

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.

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I Have A Torn Meniscus. What Does This Mean?

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.

Our expert team will get you out of pain and back to doing the things you love.