Footwear - How Important Is It Really? Part One
There is no doubt that we have all heard numerous times in our lives about the importance of wearing good, supportive footwear. Yet, for a lot of people there is great uncertainty as to whether this advice applies to them, and if so, what this “good footwear” really is. These are both great points and questions, so let me explain them both. Here in Part One, we’ll answer the first important question:
Have You Got Pain Beneath the Ball of Your First Toe? Is It Stopping You From Running? It Could Be Sesamoiditis!
It can take some of us a LOT of willpower to make the commitment to get up at 6am (or earlier!) and go for that run - especially while it’s still so chilly out there! So the last thing you need while you’re out there braving the cold is for the ball of your foot to start hurting and stop you in your tracks. One common cause of forefoot pain beneath the big toe joint is called sesamoiditis.
Bunions: How Did They Develop and What Should I Know?
Why is my heel pain not like everyone else’s? Brian’s Foot Story
Is there a big bony bump at your big toe joint? Are your shoes rubbing against the sides of your forefoot and causing blisters and pain? Do you struggle to fit your foot into narrow shoes? These are just some of the struggles many people experience when they’ve developed a bunion. But what is a bunion and how did it come to form (or may be starting to!) in your feet? The Podiatrist talks bunions.
I first met Brian a month or so ago when he came into the clinic. He’s a Diesel Mechanic and had pain at the back of his left heel that came and went. Brian told me that his wife used to have heel pain too - but that she’d describe it as a sharp pain first thing in the morning, and that’s not what he felt at all. It didn’t feel like a bruise either. His wife tried Google-ing heel pain and all it seemed to come up with was pain at the bottom of the heel called Plantar Fasciitis - but it didn’t match Brian’s symptoms.
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?
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”?
Your Heel Pain - It’s Not Always Plantar Fasciitis. Do You Have the Right Diagnosis?
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.
Meet Melanie Sutcliffe – Administration Assistant
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, 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!
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?
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!
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
(One of our team here at The Podiatrist bravely shares her experience!)
Fighting Fungal Nails - Wise words from Podiatrist Daniel Lau
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.
Thickened, discoloured and brittle nails, tinted with a trace of an unpleasant smell. These are some of the characteristics of the frightful fungal nail that’s clinically known as onychomycosis.
Struggling to Beat Your Fungal Nail Infection? The Podiatrist Explains Why!
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.
Why Did My Heel Pain Come Back?
Growing Pain Explained - What's Going On?
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.
The Dangers of 'W' Sitting for Kids
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
You may have heard that sitting with your legs and feet in a ‘W’ position is bad - but do you know why?
Warning Signs You Should Bring Your Child to See a Podiatrist
One of the things that I find on a regular basis is children presenting with calcaneal traction apophysitis - AKA Severs Disease
Do You Keep Rolling Your Ankle? Do You Feel Your Ankle is Unstable?
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.
The Ins & Outs of Ingrown Toenails!
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.
Are You Suffering from an Aching or Stabbing Pain at the Back of Heel? You May Have Developed Achilles Tendonitis
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.
Feeling Like There's No End to Your Heel Pain? Sick of Those Painful Steps First Thing in the Morning? This is For You
If your regular sporting or daily activities have started causing you pain at the back of your heel..
Things You MUST Know About Fungal Nail Infections
You wake up and slowly begin to get out of bed, hoping that you won’t feel it but.. Ouch! Nope, there it is.
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.