Why Skecher Shoes are not Endorsed by Me.


Even if you do not own a pair of Skechers shoe, chances are you have heard of the brand or know someone who wears them. They have become a very popular style of shoe purporting to offer cushioning and comfort for wearers. Below are some of the most common reasons why they have garnered the support that they have:

 

· Lightweight flexible synthetic mesh upper with no stitching accommodates different shaped feet.

 

· Wide fitting style ensures that your little toe or bunion does not feel cramped against the material.

 

· Cushioned and lightweight thick memory foam, contours to your foot adds to the feeling of comfort. Read more

Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis. Part 1 – Introduction to Heel Pain

You either have heel pain or know someone that does, because it is very common. In fact, there are facebook pages and groups created for communities to discuss how their managing their heel pain and provide support to each other. It is the most commonly presented soft tissue pain to podiatrist, well at least for myself anyway. If you “Dr Google” this condition you will be overwhelmed by the number of treatments available and the testimonials from #1 best sellers guaranteed to treat heel pain or your money.  Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed single treatment for heel pain otherwise, every podiatrist would be utilising it. There are many medical treatments available as listed below

– Anti-inflammatories

– Rest

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Does Medicare cover Podiatry Appointments?

In our podiatry clinic, we often have new patients who come for initial consultations and ask whether they can use their Medicare cards or whether we bulk bill consultations. The reality is, Podiatry as a speciality within the health sector is still developing and undergoing legislative changes. As such, the Medicare rebates are limited for Podiatry as they are for many other Allied Health professions.
Some patients are able to have a portion of their consultation fees subsidised through Medicare, if they have an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan referral from their doctor. Read more

Wearing Heels Regularly? Every cm Matters.

The use of heels in an everyday setting has been a common trend amongst women for years. Work, social and personal requirements have all contributed to increasing use of high heels. Whilst most clinicians and most research all agree with consistent use as being detrimental to foot health, most people I see in a clinical setting do struggle to see the  effect that wearing heels often will have on their feet, they certainly can feel it. Read more

Is your foot and leg pain hiding a potential stress fracture? What you need to know

 

On an almost daily basis I encounter patients who present to me with some form of foot or lower leg pain. Some cases have involved a traumatic episode whilst others appear to have come out of the clear blue sky. Pain is often a very good indicator that something in the body may not be quite right and will push people to seek answers. More often than not, this may be due to an overload of joints, tendons, ligaments or muscles however other factors such as arthritis, soft tissue injury or fractures may also be the cause. Of the mentioned factors, it is often stress fractures of bones that go unnoticed and misdiagnosed leading to prolonged pain and time for recovery. The following will be a brief introduction into what stress fractures are and what you need to know to help you make an informed decision of when the pain is more serious and requires an assessment. Read more

What is Radial Shockwave Therapy

What is ShockWave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy (SWT) is an innovative, safe, and effective method to treat musculoskeletal pathologies.

The term “Shockwave therapy” refers to mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave within the human body.

The Swiss DolorCast machine creates these shockwaves/pressure pulses by producing acoustic wave energy which is delivered via the hand held gun to the body region experiencing pain. Read more

How do shoes cause bunions , corns, hammer toes, ingrown toenails ?

It is a well observed and well documented fact that poorly fitting footwear can cause foot problems to arise in people who previously had no foot troubles. Whilst fact remains, people often still persist with shoes that are either too narrow or too small for their feet and often present to podiatry clinics with a number of different problems. Some of the most common problems I have seen in patients who have presented to the clinic are listed below and have often had footwear choice as major contributing factor to the development of problems. Read more

Turf Toe

In my years of sports experience, sprains of the big toe joint, a condition commonly referred to as ‘turf toe’, was one of the more commonly occurring injuries among my team mates. Though most sports men and women simply attempt to ‘run it off’ the injury is one that can potentially become quite painful and debilitating which can affect both sporting performance and quality of life. In this blog I will present some information about what ‘turf toe’ is and how it can be addressed.

What is turf toe?

As previously mentioned, turf toe is an injury to the big toe joint which may or may not include a sprain injury. The injury often occurs when the toe is bent upward excessively (hyperextended) thus damaging the joint itself. The injury can occur on basically any playing surface but has a tendency to occur more frequently on artificial playing fields. The condition can be caused by direct injury such as jamming the toe or forced hyperextension as a result of pressure on the players calf. Sports that are often associated with an increased risk of turf toe includes; football, soccer, hockey, gymnastics, dance and certain athletics events.
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Childrens Heel Pain and Sever’s Disease

Pain and discomfort in the younger population is often times associated with body changes and development. A lot of this pain is often dismissed by parents and guardians as ‘growing pains’ that passes as the child develops. Heel pain is particularly common in active kids. Sever’s disease (also known as calcaneal apophysitis) is a commonly occurring condition in the young and active portion of the population. Males are often more prone to developing the condition than females and the symptoms usually arise prior to puberty. Sever’s is often characterised by ongoing episodes of heel pain which are alleviated by rest and exacerbated by periods of weight bearing activity such as school attendance or participating in sports or social activities. Read more

Metatarsalgia – Pain in the Ball of the Foot

Metatarsalgia is a broad term to generally describe inflammation and pain of the metatarsal bones in the foot. This is a common problem occurring with overuse injuries often seen in people who participate in high impact sports or people who spend extended period of time performing weight bearing tasks with unsuitable footwear.

Symptoms

Pain, whether localised or diffuse, is the primary symptom of this condition. The pain is often isolated to the ‘head’ of the metatarsal bones and can be aggravated with weight bearing or direct palpation. The fact that the pain can be debilitating, it can result in the sufferer altering their walking patterns which can trigger other overuse issues including bursitis or stress fractures. The ‘overuse’ nature of the condition means that symptoms may not arise immediately rather they build up over a period of weeks to months before becoming noticed. Read more