Want to Run the 2017 Melbourne Marathon? Podiatrist Answers the Top Questions.

Every year I get a tonne of questions from runners training for the Melbourne Marathon.

So I thought I'd put together the answers, to a few of the most common questions I get!

This year's Melbourne Marathon will be held on Sunday 15th October 2017, so your preparation should well and truly underway at this point. 

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Melbourne

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

We use our feet constantly throughout the day – whether it be while we are standing, walking, running, participating in sports or even climbing up stairs.

Our feet bear the weight of the entire body, so it is not uncommon for them to be subjected to overuse type injuries.

Under the foot is a thick layer of tissue called the plantar fascia that acts like a support mechanism to the arch of the foot.

Podiatrist Reveals the Most Common Foot Problem Questions

  • Posted on: 15 June 2017
  • By: Leah Waters

Podiatrist Answers Questions About Foot PainWe rely on our feet to take us where we want to go. Hence, they deserve the best care that they can get.

Below are some of the most common questions I get asked by patients about their foot issues.

I hope this information may help you with whatever foot problem you are experiencing with your feet right now.

How Much Do Podiatry Orthotics Cost?

Are you looking to find out how much custom orthotics cost in Melbourne?

At Pivotal Podiatry Clinic, we understand orthotics can be expensive, so we don't pressure you to get orthotics...

...instead, our experienced Podiatrists provide a full clinical assessment of your individual foot problems and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

In many cases, people don't need orthotics.

We will NOT prescribe orthotics to you if they are unnecessary.

Foot Arthritis and Joint Pain(s) Treatment in Melbourne

Throughout our lives our weight-bearing joints are subjected to excessive stress and micro-trauma which can lead to the development of Arthritis.

Arthritis refers to degeneration and inflammation in the joints and can affect any part of the body.

Arthritis of the foot can cause pain and disability, effecting not only the ability to exercise, but activities of daily living such as walking and standing.

In this article we briefly discuss this condition.


Flat Feet or Fallen Arches Treatment in Melbourne

Flat feet or fallen arches is a medical condition where the foot's contact with the ground is flatter than the normal person.

These two conditions are closely related to each other and can increase the risk of overuse injury to the foot.

They can also cause an overload of more proximal structures such as ankles, shins, knees and the lower back.

The arch of the foot plays and important role in absorbing shock and preventing over-stressing of the foot muscles and bones.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment in Melbourne

You've probably heard of ingrown toenails before...

...it is a condition where the nail on the big toe grows into the side of the toe causing pain and possibly infection!

In the techincal medical term for ingrown toenails is ‘onychocryptosis’.

This article will describe what an ingrown toenail is, what the causes them and how a Podiatrist will treat your ingrown toenails.


Foot Arch Pain

The ‘arch’ of the foot, on the medial or inside of the foot is a common area for injuries and pain. It acts as the “shock absorber” of the foot and is lined by different tendons and muscles that support the bones of the foot. However, in some patients, these muscles and tendons can be overloaded due to mechanical factors and excess stress through the area. This can cause significant pain that can stop people from exercising and limit their daily activities. This article will cover this pain in a bit more detail.






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Dr Leah WatersWritten by Leah Waters

Leah Waters is a Melbourne Podiatrist and founder of Pivotal Podiatry Clinic. A Melbourne based Podiatry Clinic.

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