Podiatry

Sports Podiatry

Sports podiatry is the understanding, prevention and management of lower limb injuries in sport. A sports podiatry consultation may include a biomechanical analysis, video gait analysis, a footwear assessment, diagnosis of injury and a management plan. The treatments we use may include sports taping, mobilisation, massage, shockwave therapy and orthotic prescription.

Some common injuries treated by a sports podiatrist are:

  • Heel Pain and arch pain
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Shin splints
  • Ankle pain
  • Patello-femoral pain syndrome
  • ITB friction syndrome (runners knee)
  • Lower back pain
  • Sever’s disease

Paediatric (children’s) Podiatry

Children’s feet are very different to that to a full grown adult. Up until the age of three, children’s feet are changing from cartilage to bone, which means that healthy feet can be easily influenced by abnormal pressure, such as poor biomechanics and shoes which are too small or lacking support.
It is important that if any abnormal foot mechanics, painful feet or legs, excessive tripping or unusual skin growths are assessed by a Podiatrist. At PhysioCentral we assess what is within the “normal” limits of children’s foot function and health and determine the best treatment option moving forward.

Common conditions we regularly see in children, are:

  • Metatarsus Adductus (banana shaped foot)
  • Toe walking
  • Intoeing (Pigeon Toed)
  • Outtoeing (Duck walking)
  • Juvenile Bunions
  • Flat feet/High Arches
  • Accessory bones
  • Sever’s Disease (Painful heels)
  • Iselin’s condition. (Painful bump on the side of the foot)
  • Knee Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Coalitions (Bones developing fused)
  • Warts/Papillomas
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Curled toes/Claw Toes

Orthotics

Correct orthotic prescription is very important. Our podiatrists are fully trained in biomechanical analysis and orthotic prescription which ensures results as well as comfort. Our podiatrists can offer a hybrid or a fully custom orthotic depending on their assessment. Contrary to popular belief arch supports are not what orthotics are all about. Making sure you control the whole foot mechanics is the key to making the ultimate orthotic. Our podiatrists use video analysis and 3D scanning of your feet to send pictures to Australia’s premier orthotic lab, Footwork Podiatric Lab, where we have the perfect fitting orthotics produced for you.

Common injuries treated with orthotics are:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Lower back pain
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Intermetatarsal bursitis
  • Knee pain
  • Bunions
  • ITB friction syndrome
  • Aching/tired feet

Running Assessments and Gait Analysis

Combining physiotherapy and podiatry experience and expertise we offer running assessments, gait analysis and footwear advice. Using the latest video technology on iPads and a big screen, we can assess gait abnormalities and correct running technique. We can then design exercise regimens to improve movement and strength. Should you need orthotics to correct foot mechanics then our in house podiatrist can digitally scan your feet and make custom orthotics or recommend our off the shelf products.

Some common abnormalities seen in running assessments are:

  • Poor Pelvic Control
  • Poor Foot Mechanics
  • Weak Gluteal Muscles
  • Muscle Tightness
  • Over Striding
  • Poor Core Control
  • Incorrect and Inefficient Techniques

General Foot Care

Regular treatment by a podiatrist can help prevent many common foot pathologies including ingrown toenails, corns, callouses and cracked heels. Our podiatrists at PhysioCentral offer general foot care treatment and advice to ensure the health of your feet and avoid small problems turning into much larger more complicated issues.

Common foot pathologies treated by our podiatrist are:

  • Corns
  • Callouses
  • Plantar warts
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Dry cracked heels
  • Fungal skin and nail infections
  • Thickened toenails
  • Foot odour

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes is the common name for Diabetes Mellitus. It is a disease that results in high blood sugar levels in the body over prolonged periods. There are three main types of diabetes all of which have significant impacts on foot health. Podiatry is very common for diabetic patients because high sugar levels cause occlusion of the blood vessels to the feet. This results in delayed healing of tissue, increasing the risks of infection and ulcers. Also diabetes can cause significant damage to the nerves that innervate the feet. This can result in reduction or complete loss of sensation in the feet making them more susceptible to injuries as they can go unnoticed. Diabetic patients should have at least a yearly foot check up to assess nerve and blood supply to the feet. Our podiatrists can provide diabetes foot health management plans and assess clients risk status.