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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

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 Pain

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.

Athlete’s Foot

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.

Blisters

Those who walk or run long distances are no strangers to foot blisters. When the foot intensely and repeatedly rubs up against the inside of the shoe, a blister can form.

Bunions & Bunionettes

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

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.

Claw Toes

Tight fitting shoes that squeeze your feet are the most common cause for toes curling and digging into the sole of the shoe.

Cracked Heels

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

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.

Diabetic Foot Pain

Diabetes often affects the feet first, therefore it is important for diabetics to have a yearly assessment with a podiatrist.

Foot and Ankle Pain

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.

Gout

Gout is an extremely painful condition that affects the joints and tissues, most commonly the big toe. It is a result of crystallized uric acid building up in the joints.

Growing Pains

“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.

Hammer Toes

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.

Heel Pain

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.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown nails occur when the toenail begins to curve and grow into the skin. There are many causes of ingrown toenails. Some of these are uncontrollable and just bad luck.

Leg and Knee Pain

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.

Metatarsalgia

Pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot, metatarsalgia, is a common symptom of several foot conditions.

Nail Fungus

DSO makes up the majority of fungal infections of the toe, caused by the same fungi that cause Athlete’s Foot.

Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is the most common form of neuropathy affecting the peripheral nerves of the feet. Damage to peripheral nerves can alter the ability to sense pain or temperature.

Over Pronation (Flat Feet)

Adult acquired flatfoot (Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction- PTTD) and flexible flatfoot are conditions that may cause the flattening of the arches.

Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain from plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue that stretches between the heel to the toe (the fascia) becomes inflamed.

Peripheral Vascular Disease

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.

Pregnancy & Feet

The load on the feet increases dramatically due to normal weight gain and postural changes associated with pregnancy.

Reoccurring Sports Injuries

Often a technique flaw is not through lack of trying or coaching but an underlying biomechanical instability holding the athlete back.

Shin Splints

Shin splints are pains that occur on the front of the lower legs. While runners may be most familiar with this pain, other individuals may suffer from them as well.

Smelly Feet

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.

Warts on Feet

Plantar warts are warts that appear anywhere on the foot. A wart is an area of tissue that appears thickened, raised, and is normally circular.

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