Summer Foot Care

This Summer season has been one of our driest periods and it has influenced a lot of events around us, our feet included. Not only do the summer thongs and open shoes cause a loss of skin moisture, recent weather of low humidity exacerbates dryness. Caring for our feet is important as any foot related […]

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New Year Footwear Resolutions

When we think of the beginning of a new year, we often think about New Year’s Resolutions and the changes that we wish to make for the year ahead. One of the most common resolutions made is to live an active lifestyle and engage in physical activity. With that in mind, it is important that […]

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When a Freckle is Not a Freckle

During summer we expose our feet to a range of different conditions. Typically, due to the heat, we tend to find ourselves wearing thongs or semi opened shoes for ventilation. Consequently, we then expose our feet to the sun and its damaging rays. It is quite common for a freckle to appear on the foot, […]

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Putting your best foot forward

When we stop to take into consideration just how much they do for us, whether it is running around after kids, walking with our four legged furry friends or kicking goals in sports or the workplace, our feet are the foundations to keeping us moving. Here are some simple ways to help make your feet feel their very best.

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Why My Feet Hurt in Thongs

It’s getting warmer, your feet are getting hot. And those rubber thongs are looking really good right about now. But you’ve been told by your podiatrist that they’re not good for your feet. I’d like to explain to you how thongs compare to other footwear and why they shouldn’t be your first choice this season. […]

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Osteoarthritis – A common chronic condition but manageable

Osteoarthritis affects 2.2 million Australians. The condition costs our health system $2.1 billion per year.   People with osteoarthritis are frequently provided misinformation via friends, family, social media and other health professionals. Exposure to misinformation changes the decisions people make in relation to their health care and it is our responsibility as physiotherapists to address […]

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Integrated patient care

Firstly let’s address the difference between a Podiatrist and a Physiotherapist. A podiatrist role in managing lower limb injuries is based around addressing causative factors through biomechanical analysis, footwear advice or incorporation of orthosis. Whereas a physiotherapist helps patients to restore, maximise and maintain their physical strength and function through identifying potential physical or biomechanical […]

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Chilblains

Chilblains are damage to the skin caused by changes in temperatures typically affecting the hands and feet. The small blood vessels that supply the skin dilate and contract in response to changing temperature, fast changes can cause the leaking of fluid and chemicals under the skin causing swelling and injury to the skin. Chilblains are […]

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Clicking and Crepitus

One of the most frequently asked questions I get in the clinic from patients are the concerning sounds like clicking, popping, snapping produced my movement. These noises can be concerning to the patient therefore leading to think that movement is aggravating and damaging the affected area. As we age, these types of sensations become more […]

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Digging up the facts on Ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails are the most common cause of painful nails. The medical name for ingrown toenails is onychocryptosis and the first signs include swollen skin around the nail, tenderness to touch, and formation of granulation tissue, which can progress to become infected in some cases. They are very common among teenagers and young adults because […]

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Pre-Season Training

As that time of year fast approaches where training re-commences for physical winter sports, all those niggling injuries from last season and over indulgence over the holidays can cause problems. A good, solid and progressive pre-season training regime is vital to maximise performance and minimise injuries. Here are three key benefits of completing a structured […]

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3 reasons my child is intoeing

Intoeing is when the feet turn inwards during gait and is commonly known as being pigeon-toed. This is often seen among children and in most cases will resolve without treatment as the child grows. This is why it’s less commonly seen in adults. Intoeing may initially cause a child to trip but should reduce over […]

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Shin Splints

So many of us try from year to year try to get in shape for the warmer months, but for some of us we go too hard, too fast and this is normally the calling card for shin splints! You’ve probably heard of them but what actually are shin splints? Shin splints is a term […]

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5 Tips for Type 2 Diabetics

Insulin is a hormone that is released into the bloodstream by the pancreas to collect sugars and take them to the cells for fuel. When we consume certain foods particularly carbohydrates and sugars, they are broken down into glucose and released into the bloodstream – this is referred to as blood glucose.   Type 2 […]

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Learning to run

Athletes in every sport dedicate enormous time and energy to perfecting their sport-specific technique. Without continual technique improvement an athlete will never reach their true potential. We all want to be able to run faster or further and most people focus on this in their training while ignoring their technique. Few runners ever schedule time […]

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