Common conditions affecting your gait
Feet and posture
Flat feet (pronation- 'rolling in'), high arches (supination- cavus, 'rolling out'), tired feet, foot cramps, rolling ankles
Heel Pain/ Heel spur
Bruised heel (calcaneus), sore arches.
Sharp, aching, tired, or shooting discomfort in heels and arches
Common when standing or running. Sometimes presents with history of knee surgery, meniscus tear or replacement.
Described as 'Arthritic' pain or 'niggling' pain. Often can be located by pressure. Difficulty getting up from a seat or unable to sleep on one side. May use a foam roller.
Acute or chronic back pain. We see patients who complain about back pain from an acute incident or have suffered for 20+ years. Post- trauma from motor vehicle accidents, excessive sitting at a desk
muscle stiffness/ tightness
Difficulty getting out of sofa, bed or car. Difficulty squatting or gardening. Hard to reach feet. Equinus (tight calves), Achilles tendonitis
Shin splints, tight muscles, marathon training, treadmill running.
Burning, numbness, tingling, shooting sensations in your toes, balls of feet, legs, thighs and back. Often blamed on 'sciatica'.
Bunions, clawing and curly toes. Often secondary to biomechanical instability- your toes try to 'grip' the ground!
Peroneal Tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis
Dermatology (Skin & nail) conditions
Medical Pedicure- 'scale and clean'
We are gaining popularity with men and women for our medical pedicure. This involves complete and thorough removal of dead/hard skin, hyperkeratosis, corns, dry skin. Nails are trimmed and buffed to remove discoloration and smooth the surface. Most importantly, all instruments used are sterile using an autoclave (Australian Medical health standard).
Hard skin/ Callous (Hyperkeratosis)
Heel cracks/ fissures can cause pain and infection. Worse in high arched feet and Perth summers and post- European holidays. Dangerous in Diabetes, immunosuppresent conditions and elderly. Also removed painlessly for cosmetic reasons in our sterile, medical pedicure.
Patch of hard skin with a focal area of pressure. Usually under bony areas and between toes. Feels like a 'stone' or 'pebble' is stuck in the foot. Removed painlessly within 1 treatment.
Viral infection in the skin. Can be painful and is contagious. We can cure the most stubborn warts without the risk of scar tissue developing.
Fungal infections (Tinea pedis)
Caused by 'dermatophytes' affecting the skin or nails. Skin can be red, itchy, flaky or blistered. Nails are discolored, thickened, yellowed and crumble.
An ulcer is a wound that is very slow to heal. Common in Diabetes, Vascular disease, those on immunosuppresent drugs (corticosteroids, medications for arthritic conditions, chemotherapy, elderly, high pressure areas). With our experience and expertise from working within major hospitals, our goal is 'wound closure' and healing.
Nail edge growing into the skin causes severe pain, infection, odour, pus and swelling. We offer permanent, specialist solutions to fix your ingrown nails.
Lumps, bumps, lesions
Concern with unknown lumps that appear? We have the expertise and knowledge to rule out suspicious and potentially dangerous concerns. We have the ability to investigate via X rays, Ultrasound, MRIs without further referrals.
'Rolling in' feet are often unstable and predisposes the child to injury as tired feet, ankle sprains, knee and hamstring pain. Also exaggerates a 'knock knee' appearance.
Knock knee (Genu varum) or bow leg (Genu valgum)
Affects sports and appearances.
Nail edge growing into skin causing pain, infection, swelling.
Severs condition, Osgood Schlatters, heel pain, achilles pain, knee pain
Lateral ankle sprains are the most common and cause limping, swelling and bruising. Immediate support is crucial to prevent future ankle weakness and risk of tears.
Fractures, sprains, tears. Supported by strapping, casting, Orthotic therapy and custom devices. We offer thorough investigation, rehabilitation and support for your child.
Orthotic (Insole) therapy
We prescribe and create customized orthotics to suit your child's feet, complaint and condition. In a range of sizes, colors and styles for varying shoes.
Orthotic therapy and custom devices
functional kinetic custom orthotics (insoles)
Devices prescribed to support your feet and aid in particular biomechanical conditions. Offers support to your body's posture. We offer different styles, thickneses, densities, colours and flexibilities to suit your body and footwear.
We create your perfect shoe (Or improve an existing shoe) by creating a customized inlay- made from your foot for your shoe!
Impression silicon is used for moulding inter-digital wedges, separators, toe protectors and splints. This supports and cushions bony pressure areas.
Bunions (Hallux valgus)
Movement of the big toe, causing a 'protrusion' or 'lump' of the 1st joint. Often associated with high heels and broad feet. However, men and women are equally predisposed. An 'aching' pain or stiffness of the joint can occur. Often difficult to fit shoes. We prevent progression of this condition and offer direct imaging and surgical solutions.
Claw toes, Hammer toes, Curly toes
This disrupts balance and causes pain in balls of feet and heels. Shin splints, hip and back pain may follow.
Occurs as a result of a bony deformity.
Arch pain, heel pain, fallen arches, swelling
Changing feet, extra weight, hormone changes and postural compensation
Due to hormonal changes. Women often complain of feet 'growing' and increasing in shoe size.
Elderly/ Geriatric care
Your feet may feel as though they are growing further away from you! We look after your nails, skin and balance. Trust your feet to our hands and we will ensure your feet are beautiful and carry you for miles and miles!
Falls cause hip and wrist fractures, dislocations, head injury and bruises. Falls may be prevented by stable feet and legs.
This is important to maintain maximum healing and life of your feet.
Neuro- Vascular Assessment
To maintain maximum healing and life of your feet and limbs.
Medical pedicures are essential for maintaining life of your limbs as well as cosmetic results! We treat your nails and skin, balance and reduce pressure areas.
Pressure redistribution is a must to prevent ulceration and wounds. Complications such as amputation and blood infections must be prevented.
We maintain a relationship with your GP and provide complimentary reports.