Is foot pain normal?

Running, especially long distance running, takes a lot of mental strength.  When you have been pounding the pavement, by yourself, for 2-3 hours you need to block out any negatives and concentrate solely on getting the job done!  Now, runners are a funny bunch. All of this mental strength means they tend to ignore little niggles.  You know the ones. That dull ache about 10km in.  And then your foot or leg or knee feels a bit tender for the rest of the day but by the time you get up in the morning, you are fine!  Until you run again……

That is your moment!

What do I mean by moment? That is when you should be calling a Podiatrist. If you leave it a week, or worse a month when that slight occasional ache is now causing you to limp even at work, it is going to take a lot longer to get you back running to your best ability.  We have all been told the standard RICE – rest, ice, compression, elevation.  Unfortunately, when injuries are left to the point of you limping or struggling to walk, there is little else that can be done in the short term to settle down the injury.  BUT if you come in as soon as you feel discomfort, often a Podiatrist can prevent any injury from worsening and get you back to your best in days, rather than weeks and months.

Foot pain is not normal. Not at any age. Not if you run a 5km Parkrun per week or 100km a week!  There is always a cause and where there is a cause, there is a solution. The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons. This makes it a complex puzzle to solve when we are looking at foot pain and that’s where a Podiatrist can help. Most runners are familiar with the common causes of pain – plantar fasciitis, achilles tendon injuries, shin splints etc. But there are actually hundreds (probably more like thousands) of different foot injuries.  At Brisbane Foot Clinic, our Podiatrists collectively have nearly 30 years of experience under their belt. If they haven’t heard of a condition – well we’d be surprised!

So remember, if you have the slightest niggle, get advice early.  There is nothing more demoralising than having to pull out of an event you have been training for due to injury.  We want to help you achieve your goals because there is nothing better than the flood of endorphins when you get your medal at the end of a great run!

 

New Year? New Me!

Is this the year you make a resolution and stick to it?  Have you started pounding the pavement each morning? Maybe you want to be able to run the 5km at Parkrun without stopping?

The start of a new year is a great time to start achieving those goals that have been lingering at the back of your mind for a long time. For many of us, that means getting more fit and active and possibly trying to lose a few kilos.  Unfortunately, an injury that causes pain when walking or running is a sure fire way to derail your resolution. That’s where Brisbane Foot Clinic is here to help!

Pain commonly stops people from enjoying their daily walk or run.  We have compiled some tips that will help keep you pain free and on track to achieve your goals!

  1. Invest in good running shoes!  Need advice?  Speak to one of our Podiatrists or go to a specialty running shoe shop.  Picking the prettiest shoe or the one on the sales table isn’t always going to be the best fit for you.
  2. If you want to start running, try walking with short bursts of running followed by more walking. As your fitness and muscle strength increases you will be able to run for longer and won’t want to stop to walk as much. This takes time though so don’t be too hard on yourself if you feel like you aren’t improving fast enough!
  3. Mix things up!  Don’t walk or run the same route each day. You will get very bored very quickly!  If you have more time, like on a weekend, why not drive somewhere coastal or into Southbank to enjoy a picturesque walk or run?
  4. Bring a friend!  If you are getting up early to meet a friend for a walk or run, I can guarantee you that you will think twice before cancelling!  And it is great to have supportive people in your life who are sharing your goals or want to see you succeed.  You might not be able to talk much at first if you are starting to run, but as the weeks go on you will be amazed at how your fitness increases. And you get to have coffee and chat with a friend at the end – the best part!
  5. Don’t overdo it.  Try to to run no more than 3 or 4 times a week and avoid running on consecutive days.  Try a swim, bike ride or weights session if you still want to do something on your non run days.
  6. REST!  Take at least one day a week off. Rest is very important.  Both for your muscles to recover and for your sanity!

We hope you find these hint and tips helpful. If you do suffer from any aches or pains or need footwear advice, we are here to help!  Seeing you achieve your goals pain free is why we do what we do and we are always happy to help!

2017 Foot Health Month For Life

Pain in any part of the body is debilitating and can stop us from doing the things we want. Podiatrists treat a lot of different types of pain to get you moving again.

Older people often can’t reach their feet and therefore can’t care for them as they should. Podiatrists provide care for those who can’t care for themselves. One of the most important things in aged care is preventing major problems occurring and prolonging healthy living.

There are over 4,400 diabetes-related amputations in Australia every year and most are preventable with the correct treatment plan. As part of your healthcare plan it’s important to visit a podiatrist to prevent serious health issues and maintain healthy feet.

Regular visit with a podiatrist about your diabetes can often help avoid unnecessary surgery.

 

2017 Foot Health Month For Kids

As podiatrists, we have expert knowledge in all areas of the feet which allows us to assess and diagnose, treat and prevent ongoing problems.

With children, their bones don’t fuse together until puberty. There are some foot and leg conditions that may then present with pain or kids not keeping up with their friends.

Gait analysis, correct shoe fittings, orthosis treatment, and ongoing monitoring are some of the ways that podiatric care can positively change the lives of kids.

You should bring your kids to the podiatrist if

  • noticing bumps and lumps on their feet or skin
  • kids complaining of sore feet, ankles, knees or hips
  • kids having trouble to walk, constant tripping, or unusual walking pattern (in-toeing, out-toeing, toe walking)
  • kids actively involve in sports
  • kids having trouble keeping up with their friends
  • Poor foot posture (flat feet, high arches)
  • uneven wearing with the sole of the shoes
  • uncertain with footwear choices and fitting (school and sport shoes)

It’s a good idea to have your kids regularly checked by a podiatrist to ensure healthy foot development with or without problem.

2017 Foot Health Month For Sport

Pain in any part of the body is debilitating and can stop us from doing the things we want. Podiatrists treat a lot of different types of pain to get you moving again.

Performance and movement are priorities for anyone doing sport. All professional runners, footballers and dancers regularly see a podiatrist, so why should you be any different?

If you suffer from pain from new or old injuries, or an imbalance in your foot or knee, then early treatment will help prevent further damage and future surgery.

By collaborating with other healthcare professionals, we aim to alleviate pain and disability to improve patient outcomes.

2017 Foot Health Month launches in October

One in five Australians suffer from foot pain. This October, the Australian Podiatry Association is proud to kick start its annual national campaign – Foot Health Experts. The month-long campaign aims to raise awareness on foot health, highlighting the benefits and importance of visiting a podiatrist as part of your annual health check.

It’s time to take a stand on foot health and educate Australians on the long-term benefits of taking care of your feet. From children to seniors to athletes to those suffering from chronic illness, a visit to the podiatrist can have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Podiatry is about more than just “the foot” – it’s about uncovering the root cause for pain anywhere from your lower back down. Podiatrists are the experts in foot and lower limb health – they assess, diagnose and prescribe treatment plans so you can continue living an active, pain-free lifestyle.

In recent years, the demand for podiatric care in Australia has increased significantly. Contributing factors include our aging population and the increase in the number of Australians diagnosed with Diabetes.  For example, did you know an astounding 4,400 diabetic amputations occur in Australia every year? Most of which can be prevented through podiatric care.

In the sporting industry, professional athletes regularly get their foot health checks with a podiatrist whereas most everyday Australians ignore their foot health. Podiatrists are fundamental to getting people moving and active, preventing injuries and prolonging healthy lives.

Most health funds today cover podiatry, with no referral needed. If you have ongoing pain in your foot, ankle or knee or have noticed a change in the way your walk, come and visit us!