Foot Health Week 2018



Did you know that this week is the annual 2018 Foot Health Week?

Australian Podiatry Association runs Foot Health Week, an annual campaign to promote foot health and encourage better health outcomes for all Australians.

To get you started, what is podiatry and what does podiatrist do?

Podiatrists are foot health experts who are university-trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs. The conditions podiatrists treat include those resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies, as well as neurological and circulatory disease. Podiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat any complications of the above which affect the lower limb, including skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. Foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities are also diagnosed and treated by podiatrists.

A range of skills are employed by podiatrists. Direct consultations include a clinical history composition, physical examination, diagnosis, preparation of a treatment plan and provision of a range of therapies. Clinical assessment techniques aim to secure a diagnosis and prognosis and take into account clinical, medical and surgical history, footwear, occupational and lifestyle factors, and may incorporate the use of diagnostic equipment such as vascularscopes or radiology. Gait analysis will often be undertaken through visual or computerised means and might include range of motion studies, postural alignment evaluation or dynamic force and pressure studies.

Clinical services require skilled use of sterilised instruments and appropriate infection control procedures, along with appropriate application of pharmacological agents, specialist wound dressings and a variety of physical therapies. Prescription foot orthoses (in-shoe devices) offer permanent solutions in the treatment and prevention of corns, calluses and necrotic ulceration in their capacity to provide pressure redistribution. As a technique for providing consistent weightbearing realignment they are utilised in the treatment of acute and chronic foot conditions such as heel pain, tendonitis, recurrent ankle sprain, chronic knee pain and stress fractures, to supplement and enhance clinical care.

When to see a Podiatrist

Why do people see podiatrists?

Your feet house a quarter of the bones in our entire bodies – in addition to various muscles, ligaments and joints. This makes them extremely vulnerable to injury and diseases that can affect the entire body.

A podiatrist will not just look at your foot, but they will carry out a biomechanical assessment to see how your gait can be impacting other parts of your body, such as your hips. (Your gait is the way you walk.)

Podiatrists fully understand the structure and movement of the foot and lower limbs. They are able to diagnose foot conditions, identify systemic overall health conditions that present with foot or lower limb symptoms – and recommend appropriate treatment plans.

When should you see a podiatrist?

You may be experiencing pain in your feet, ingrown or discoloured skin/nails, corns, skin rashes, foot odour, foot injuries, broader health problems such as diabetes or arthritis, recurrent tripping or falling, problems fitting comfortably in your regular shoes; or if you notice swelling, lumps, or redness on your feet or legs.

It is a common misconception that painful feet are a normal side effect from everyday activities. Yet research shows that only a fraction of individuals suffering from sore feet seek out professional advice.

Just as you would visit your dentist for a toothache, you should visit a podiatrist if you suffer from painful or tired feet and/or lower limbs.

Do you think you may need to see a podiatrist? Here is a easy checklist for you.

Do you….

  • Have painful feet? 
  • Experience leg pain? 
  • Have painful knees? 
  • Experience sore hips? 
  • Find walking or standing uncomfortable? 
  • Experience leg or foot pain during sport? 
  • Need advice on correct footwear?

Ticked one or more boxes? Then you need to see a podiatrist.



Treat Your Feet Right This Winter – Winter Shoes And Feet

Feeling that chill in the morning and having trouble getting out the bed? Digging out all your lovely enclosed shoes and boots? Yes, we are officially in the cold winter now.

It is easy to neglect our feet during the winter months. We often hide our feet into a warm pair of shoes and as the old saying goes ‘out of sight, out of mind’. This time of year presents unique challenges for our feet. Looking after them now will ensure they are in tip top condition by the time spring rolls around.


We will be discussing one of the most important topic which is “Shoes”.

Who’s secretly happy to hide their feet again as boot-season is upon us? Well, you’re not alone.

In winter time, our feet are mostly covered in enclosed shoes to keep the feet nice and warm. That’s why it is very important that you are wearing the right shoes with the right fitting.

An ill fitting shoe can create problem such as painful corn and callus, ingrown toenail, thickened or bruised toenail. It can also cause bony deformity such as claw toes or bunion.




Here Are Some Tips For You To Get The Right Shoes

When buying new shoes, keep in mind the following:

  • Materials
    • Leather is preferred for shoe uppers.  Synthetic or rubber soles are best for the sole as they tend to be more durable, shock absorption and provide better grip than leather.
  • Security
    • Shoes should be secured on the feet with laces, straps or buckles.  If your feet have to work to hold your shoes in place, your foot muscles may be strained.
  • Shape
    • Pointed shoes can cramp your toes together.  Clenched toes can cause rubbing, leading to corns and calluses. Broad- toed shoes prevent the feet from cramping but must be secure so the foot doesn’t slip or slid which can also create rubbing to the feet.
  • Get Shoes Fitted in the Afternoon
    • The best time to buy shoes is in the afternoon as the foot will generally swelled up throughout the day. Fitting shoes, while the foot is at its largest, will ensure the shoes fit during a full day.
  • Take Your Own Socks and Orthoses
    • Socks and orthoses can influent the sizing of the shoes as they can take up spaces inside the shoes. Therefore, it is best to wear the socks or the orthotics that you normally wear.
  • Decide Shoe Lace or Velcro
    • Decide if you will get shoes with laces or velcro. If you have trouble reaching your feet then velcro or slip on shoes can make your life lot easier.
  • Have Both Feet Measured and Fitted
    • It is very important to have both feet measured and shoes fitted as often the size of the feet are different. When fitting, pull the insole out from the shoes, have your foot on it, and make sure there is one thumb width from the longest toe and the foot is not hanging off on the sides.
  • Test for Comfort
    • Always walk around the shop and trial the shoes before buying to ensure they are comfortable to wear.
  • See a Podiatrist for Footwear Advice. A podiatrist can provide you with footwear education and advice based on your legs, feet, and how you walk.


Also Check The Following

  • The heel of your shoe is less than 2.5 cm.  High heels increase pressure onto the ball of your foot and adding stress onto the lower back.
  • Your shoes have a well padding sole.  A cushioned sole absorbs shock and reduces pressure to the feet.
  • Your shoes are made from a material that breathes.   Fungal infections such as tinea love a warm moist environment.
  • Your shoes protect you from injury.  Your feet must be protected from your immediate environment.  People with diabetes, peripheral nephropathy, and circulatory problems need to be especially careful that they do not injure their feet.


Tips For Wearing Shoes In Winter

  • Alternating footwear each day during winter will allow shoes ample time to ‘air out’ between wears. The added warmth from closed shoes and warm socks may cause your feet to sweat, increasing the risk of infections such as tinea and fungal nail. Absorptive socks can help with drawing moisture away.
  • As you may wear thicker socks in winter, ensure shoes and boots fit comfortably and are not too tight.


We hope the above tips can help you get the right shoes for this winter. If you do have any trouble finding the right winter shoes, our Podiatrists can get you the right shoes for your feet.

At our Browns Plains clinic we also stock a wide range of high quality comfortable winter shoes that are recommended by Podiatrists. You can Click Here to check the brands that we currently stock or come in and pay us a visit!




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.