Bushfire Relief Day

bushfiresA huge thank you to everyone who attended the clinic today…. all proceeds from your visits today have been donated to Australian Bushfire Relief Funds. It was lovely to press send on the donations and we hope it can help many of the people affected by the devastating bushfires rebuild their lives and towns.

 

 

Welcome to our new Podiatrist Ash Cooper!

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A big welcome to our new Podiatrist, Ash Cooper. Ash will be working with us on Satruday mornings and brings a vast knowledge base on all things podiatry with a special interest in anatomy and orthotic management of injuries. For a full Bio on Ash, click here.

He can also answer any Trivia question you throw at him!

Welcome Ash!

To make an appointment with Ash, or Samantha click below!

A christmas gift for you from Bobux

Richmond Podiatry, in conjunction with Bobux Australia would like to offer you 10% off bobux-logo Richmond podiatrytheir online store.

We love Bobux Australia, they make choosing the right shoe to maintain your child’s foot health easy.. Bobux believe in aiding the natural development of a child’s foot by creating shoes for 0-5 year olds that don’t restrict growth and allow little feet to feel the ground beneath them.

To take advantage of the offer, simply enter the exclusive code below.

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Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas!

 

Spring is the time to start your Fungal Nail Treatment

Fungal nails are a common and difficult to treat infection of the nails. They can be unsightly

Fungal Nail

Fungal Nail

– presenting as a thick yellow chalky nail or a white plaque like nail. Fungal nail infections infect the nail bed and take several months before they begin to look normal as the ‘nail grows out’.

If you suspect you are suffering from a fungal nail infection, Spring is a good time to see a podiatrist for treatment in time for clear nails in summer. For more information on Fungal nail treatments click here or call or book online  for an appointment.

Your Feet and Pregnancy

Pregnancy takes a big toll on our bodies and can be quite uncomfortable for many women. Whilst some women have no trouble with their feet at all, many have pain and discomfort. Generally the pain resolves shortly after the baby arrives, but in some cases, the changes are long term. Here are a few issues you may have with your feet and some IMG_0602_2ways to alleviate some of the discomfort:

Sore Heels/Arches: With the additional weight of your baby, fluid and the placenta, a lot of extra load is placed on the feet. This extra load, coupled with the relaxin hormone, released in pregnancy can result in the muscles and ligaments supporting the arch of the foot to stretch and reduce the arch height resulting in a flat foot. Flat feet or excessive pronation (rolling in) can result in foot, leg and hip pain

Treatment: To prevent pain, there are a number of things you can do

  1. Choose supportive footwear. This doesn’t mean you have to wear orthopaedic shoes, but wherever possible, forego the heels or ballet flats for a shoe that holds your heel firmly in place and supports the arch and foot.
  2. Massage your foot: Rolling your foot along a ball when you are sitting down or a specialised foot roller, can stimulate blood flow and drainage away from the feet and minimise discomfort
  3. Temporary arch supports/orthotics- if the pain is very bad, it may be necessary to wear an insert in your shoe during the pregnancy to help maintain the arch and minimise pain
  4. Visit your Podiatrist- 9 months is a long time to have sore feet….. if the pain is getting worse, a podiatrist can help to relieve the pain and get you moving during pregnancy
  5. Alter your exercise program to include more low impact or no impact exercise such as swimming

Shoe size changes: There are many reasons that a pregnant woman’s shoe size can increase- Swelling of the feet, the effects of relaxin, extra load- but it is important to ensure that you accommodate the larger foot to avoid painful skin changes (corns and calluses), ingrown toenails or toenail thickening.

Swelling: There are number of reasons that a pregnant woman’s feet may swell and these are best discussed with your obstetrician. They may suggest compression stockings and elevating the feet whenever possible.

Callous and Corns: For the reasons listed above (extra weight, swelling etc), the foot may fit differently into shoes and take more pressure during walking. As a result to protect underlying vessels and nerves, the body will create thicker skin in the areas at risk. This thickening of the skin may become painful and your podiatrist can remove this for you.

 

 

Theres something white between my toes!

Warning…. Icky picture to follow!

On Monday I saw toe patients with something sore and white between their toes. Both patients thought that it was tine (a good assumption) and had been treating it accordingly with anti fungal treatments with no success. What they actually had was a ‘soft corn’ or Helloma Molle between their toes caused by pressure between their 4th and 5th toes (the little toe and the one next to it).

So, how do you tell the difference, and how do you treat it?

Helloma Molle or soft corns are most commonly found between the 4th and 5th toes. They are white, painful and feel solid and as if there is a thickening of skin in the area. They often look white and can have a slight yellow appearance. They are painful to press on.

Tina between the toes is generally itchy, moist, white and sometimes with a red appearance. There is often splits in the skin which can cause pain.

Tina picture courtesy of Laminal.com.au

Tinea picture courtesy of Laminal.com.au

How to treat:

Tinea: an anti fungal cream that you can purchase at the pharmacy should treat the infection within a week.

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Helloma Molle or soft corn

Helloma Molle: A visit to a podiatrist to remove the ‘soft corn’ is generally pain free and can be achieved in one visit. Your podiatrist should also advise you on footwear and ways to prevent the corn from recurring.

 

What is the Best Sports Shoe?

Podiatrists are often asked “what is the best sports shoe?”, a seemingly easy question to answer. Or is it?

Best Running Shoes Richmond PodiatryEvery shoe is different, just like every foot is different

People often ask what is the best shoe. What will be the best shoe for you, may be very different to what will be the best shoe for me. I have very ‘flat feet’, so need a shoe which will help to prevent excessive pronation (rolling in), whilst you may require support in other areas. But even that is not enough information. The fit of a shoe can make a huge difference to how well it works for the individual and the level of activity, type of surface you usually run/walk on.

No one Brand of Shoes is the Best for all People

A lot of people hear about a brand of shoe that is rated as the best shoes for runners for example and rush out to buy that brand of shoe. Whilst many Podiatrists (myself included) will favour certain brands of shoes because the company has a history of excellent research and development and generally makes good shoes, the brand alone is not enough. Depending on the points above- fit, purpose and the type of foot, one brand and model of shoe could be inappropriate to you, where another brand that hasn’t been talked about as much, may be better for your foot.

Sticking with the same model of Shoe for pair after pair of sports shoes could be a mistake.

It is easy to get stuck on a model of shoes and stick with it. It fits well, looks good and feels good to wear, but over the years, Footwear companies may change the design and last of a shoe, keeping the same name, just as car manufacturers do. As a result the Asiics Kayanos you bought 2 years ago that were perfect for you, may not be so perfect in the latest model.

So, which are the Best Shoes?

Your Podiatrist can give you an idea of the brands they prefer, but at the end of the day, your sports shoe should be fitted by a reputable sports footwear store who can assess your feet, and match a shoe to you. You may pay less buying shoes online, but you are missing out on getting the best shoe for you.