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A bunion is a bony mass or bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Bunions can form when your big toe pushes against your next toe, making the joint of your big toe to get enlarge and stick out.
Flat feet can cause people to experience foot pain in the arch and heel area. Exercise can exacerbate pain and even ankle swelling can occur as a result.
From plantar fasciitis to flat feet to calluses and beyond, there can be many different reasons why you are experiencing foot pains. Foot pains can be caused by injury, overuse or other conditions which cause inflammation to your lower limbs.
Ingrown toenails are a common condition where a part of a toenail grows into the skin. Ingrown toenails can be incredibly painful and can present with swelling, bleeding, redness and in some instances infection.
One of the most common causes of heel pain in patients is Plantar fasciitis. Some patients describe the pain of Plantar fasciitis as like they are being stabbed in the bottom of their feet.
Plantar warts are also quite common. They are caused by an infection of the skin by human papillomavirus (HPV). When they’re on your feet they can be quite painful and should be treated quickly.
Since opening in 2012, our Melbourne Podiatrists have gained a reputation in the Hampton East community for excellence in the treatment and management of foot problems.
The Pivotal Podiatry Clinic is located in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Hampton East and is conveniently placed to provide Podiatry Services to patients of all ages.
The Pivotal Podiatry Clinic offers a wide variety of Podiatry Services to suit your individual needs, whether you’ve been experiencing:
- foot pains (short or long-term);
- sore feet at work;
- training for a special event like the Oxfam Walk or the Melbourne Marathon; or
- you would like your biomechanics assessed.
Frequently Asked Questions
A 45 minute initial consultation at the Pivotal Podiatry Clinic costs $95. Further follow-up 30 minute consultations are $78.
The foot is a very complex structure and therefore can become sore for a variety of reasons. Common causes of foot pain include sports injuries, poorly fitted shoes, health problems and trauma. They can be a combination of many predisposing factors or an effect of a single cause. The day to day stresses on the foot can be aggravated by various environments and conditions such as in workplaces and in sports. Poor biochemical alignment, ill-fitted, or inappropriate footwear can also lead to foot discomfort.
Orthotics are devices placed into your shoes to control biomechanical insufficiencies, support abnormal joints, reduce muscle fatigue/stress, support weakened areas of the lower limb, improve postural alignment and aid in injury recovery and prevention. One example of this is custom made orthotic devices moulded to provide support to the arch of the foot, improving knee alignment and reducing pain when running. This technique has been proven medically to resolve issues of the foot, ankle, knee, leg, hip and back discomfort or pain. Studies show that pressures applied on the foot will not only affect the lower limbs but the entire skeletal system as a whole.
What is a Podiatrist?
A Podiatrist is a health care profession who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of local and systemic conditions affecting the lower limbs.
Melbourne Podiatrists are registered practitioners who can diagnose foot and lower limb conditions, refer for diagnostic imaging modalities, and prescribe a variety of treatment interventions.
Podiatrists undergo extensive training that includes clinical and theoretical classes in order to turn them into highly skilled professionals.
Podiatrists use special equipment to detect patho-mechanical anomalies, this enables them to ensure appropriate and effective treatment is provided.
They use biomechanics of the foot to prescribe special footwear, orthotics, and prosthetics to help correct foot imperfections, and leg structure and function.
Podiatrists also care for various sports-related injuries, such as shin splints and stress fractures.
Why are Your Feet so Important?
We begin by taking baby steps, and then we learn to walk, run, skip, hop and jump every single day of our lives.
Healthy feet are important to everyone, irrespective of age, for your overall health and well-being.
At some point in life, most people will experience some type of foot problem(s)…
…your foot problem(s) could be something as simple as a blister, or as major as a structural injury affecting your muscles and bones.
However, most people with foot ailments do not seek appropriate medical attention that could provide relief to the pain.
There can be several causes for foot problems, such as improper foot care, poorly fitting shoes, poor muscle strength or flexibility, posture related problems, and genetics.
A Podiatrist can help regardless of the cause of your ache, pain, and burning, or throbbing pain.
A Podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in medical and surgical care for those with foot, ankle, and leg problems.
Preventing Foot Pains and Problems
Podiatrists are not limited to diagnostics and treatments of foot ailments; they are also a valuable source of information on how to prevent a variety of foot conditions, and how to keep your feet healthy.
In other words, Podiatrists advise patients on how to prevent foot problems and keep their feet healthy.
Podiatrists in Melbourne can help keep older people active by continuously maintaining and managing their feet.
Some of the most commonly treated foot problems in elderly people include soft tissue disorders, toenail and skin problems, and arthritis.
Treating Foot Abnormalities in Children
Podiatrists are able to diagnose and treat foot complications in children through a careful examination of the food and lower limbs.
The examination allows the podiatrist to provide information on how to prevent or reduce the food deformity, which often does not develop until the second decade of life.
This information may include information on footwear, recommendations of physical exercises, treatment through the use of splints or orthotic control of the feet.
Treating People with Diabetes for foot problems
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing foot problems due to complications of their disease, which includes reduced blood flow and damaged nerves.
Additional Podiatry Resources
Leah Waters Podiatry Melbourne – Our Podiatrist, Leah, Podiatry portal website. Contains full details on foot problems and associated podiatry services.
Podiatry Today – Extensive Podiatry resource, written for Podiatrists covering the latest research and developments in the Podiatric industry.
Podiatry Board of Australia – The board in Australia, responsible for registering podiatrist’s and podiatry students, developing codes, standards and guidelines for podiatry professionals, and approving course for accreditation .
Australian Podiatry Association Victoria – Victorian branch of the APA. Provides a variety of information on common ‘foot problems’
Australiasian Podiatry Council – Podiatry Council website for all of Australiasia. Member orientated site.
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