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: Over 6 Months in Practice and Here’s Our Review!
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.

Laser for Fungal Nails – What’s It All About? Our Podiatrist Jays Shares His Experience!

Laser for Fungal Nails
Investment in cutting edge technology is one of the cornerstones of our practice here at The Podiatrist and it’s one of the many reasons I enjoy working here. When it comes to the problem of fungal nail infections, laser technology is gaining strength. Having heard good things from other practices in different parts of the world, the owner of our practice, Troy Parsons, decided to trial the Lunula Laser for a few months beginning in October of last year. He then purchased the machine at the beginning of this year.

My Partner Had Athlete’s Foot and It Wouldn't Go Away

My Partner Had Athlete’s Foot and It Wouldn't Go Away
(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.

Why Did My Heel Pain Come Back?

Why Did My Heel Pain Come Back?
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.

Growing Pain Explained - What's Going On?

Growing Pain Explained - What's Going On?
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.

Cheap Sneakers, Football Boots and Your Kids Heel Pain - What’s the Link? An Insight from One of Our Senior Podiatrists, Sam

An example of an unsuitable sneaker from one of my patients
One of the things that I find on a regular basis is children presenting with calcaneal traction apophysitis - 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.

Warning Signs You Should Bring Your Child to See a Podiatrist

Warning Signs You Should Bring Your Child to See a Podiatrist
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.