Golf Shoes

Recreational and professional golfers require correct foot function for the duration of the golf swing. With the feet being the foundation of your body it is important to ensure your foot alignment, balance and stability are working holistically with your body, in order to get you through the 18-holes and many kilometers of walking.

As much as Golf can improve cardiovascular health and stress, it can also cause painful callus, corns, and blisters which can hinder your balance and golf swing.

The cause of your foot pain could be related to biomechanical issues which may include over-pronation, where your feet roll in or supination where your feet roll out. By being out of your neutral alignment it could further exacerbate symptoms by pulling on ligaments and tendons causing strain, tears or overuse injuries.

Wearing correct golf shoes suitable for your feet will assist in improving functionality and provide adequate comfort. Choosing these correct shoes may be difficult, some key features we recommend are a shoe that is lightweight, one that has stability and durability and holds you in your neutral position.

Brands on the market today include:

  • FootJoy Tour S
  • Ecco Golf Biom Hybrid 3
  • Adidas Golf Adicross Bounce or Golf Tech Response
  • Nike Golf Roshe
  • Puma Ignite Power Adapt

Biomechanical related issues can be improved or prevented by using custom-made orthotics. Orthotic therapy is used to achieve optimal biomechanics by improving stability, functionality, and posture. The orthotic inserts can be transferred from shoe to shoe if you require them on a daily basis. Stabilizing the base of your body will assist in redistributing the rest of your body into the correct posture during the swing phase of gait.

Biomechanical related issues can also cause heel pain, Achilles tendonitis or neuromas. Therefore, incorrect biomechanics should be addressed to treat foot related injuries in order to initiate a treatment plan and allow adequate healing time.

The Podiatry Centre has a passion for helping individuals achieve their fitness goals or maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you require further information or would like to book an appointment to see one of our qualified podiatrists please don’t hesitate to call us on 9525 8446

 

 

How Winter Shoes Hurt Your Feet!

In the words of John Snow, ‘Winter is coming!’ Long gone are the days of thongs, sandals and bare-foot behaviour. With the onset of colder temperatures, people look to enclosed shoes for warmth, comfort and support. There are however, a number of factors that need to be considered when choosing footwear for the colder days and nights. Making correct and appropriate footwear choices does become increasingly important in ensuring that your feet remain problem free.

In terms of winter-style shoes, let’s look at a few different ways your fashion-crazed ballet flats, heeled fur booties and formal business shoes may impact your foot health; 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

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

Different Lacing Techniques

Did you know that there are a number of different shoe lace techniques appropriate for each foot type. Here at The Podiatry Centre, we are aware that feet are as unique as the patients we see. So above is a lacing chart  from our good friends at the Athletes Foot showing a number of ways in which your laces can help your shoes better accommodate your foot type.

High Instep/Arch

For patients with a generally high arched foot. They may feel pressure through their instep due to the traditional lacing technique. The Volume Lacing technique aims to reduce pressure from above the top of the instep. Read more

How to treat Shin Splints

What is it ?

Shin splints are common among runners and individuals who participate in any activity which involves running. This overuse injury usually develops gradually over a period of weeks to months but may occur after a single, excessive bout of exercise. Individuals typically complain of pain in one of two locations: the lower inside half of the leg and, less commonly, the upper outside portion of the leg. Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, are an inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding the bone lining of the tibia at the origin of several leg muscles.

What causes it?

Excessive running, improper conditioning programs and overpronation (flattening of the arch) are common causes of shin splints because of the stress they cause to the medial structures of the lower leg. This stress may cause microtears and inflammation in the soft tissue (periosteum) attached to the tibia. Muscle weakness, non-supportive shoes, running hard on surfaces and overtraining can also be contributing factors. Patients will usually notice the pain when they start exercising and it decreases or goes away as they continue to exercise. They will usually tell you the pain is worse after they stop exercising or it will hit them the following morning. If strain continues in this area for an extended period of time, it is possible for microfractures (stress fractures) to form along the tibia. There typically isn’t a sudden break of the bone but usually patients will relate a gradual increase in pain until it becomes quite severe.

Pain in the shin area may be coming from the lumbar sacral spine, a muscle imbalance, uneven leg length or compartment syndrome. Typically, abnormal biomechanics, such as overpronation (excessive flattening of the foot), can cause these posterior shin splints

Running on hard surfaces and a flatfoot condition may be initiating factors as well. However, more often than not, this condition is a simple result of over-training or improper training. Read more

What is a Corn and Callous, and can you stop them

What are calluses and corns?

Calluses and corns are areas of thick skin caused by pressure or friction. It is a normal reaction by the body to produce thick skin when pressure is applied, in order to prevent itself from breaking down. However, this thickness can cause secondary pain by applying pressure on the soft skin around it. Corns and callouses are made of keratin, just like our hair and nails, so they dont actually have feeling. There is no nerve or blood supply to these lesions. The pain is caused by the pressure they apply to the soft skin.

Callouses are usually a patch of thickened skin which will be yellow in colour. They are caused by sheer forces on the skin.

Corns can be soft (between the toes) or hard (top of toes or sole of foot). A corn will usually appear as small seed size patch of hard skin. It occurs when there is torsional forces on the skin, which is why it becomes like cone shaped lesion. It hurts when direct pressure is applied. Read more

Shoes that Fit Orthotics

Part of my job when dispensing orthotics to patients, is to educate them on the type of shoes that fit orthotics as is can be often confusing as to what to buy and what to avoid. Fitting orthotics in sport shoes, or lace-up shoes is often a straight forward process with no difficulty. However, orthotics that have to be used in work or casual footwear is often confusing as they vary so much. I have written this article as a guide to assist those who use orthotics, and need professional advise and guidance on what features to look for in a casual or work shoe to comfortably fit orthotics.

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How to Treat Bunions?

What are bunions?

Medically referred to as “hallux abducto valgus”, bunions are a relatively common deformity found in the fore foot area which is usually characterised by a prominent ‘bump’ and deviation of the big toe from its original position. The condition can lead to painful motion of the joint when walking or difficulty when wearing or fitting shoes. The condition can occur at any point of life but research does show an increased incidence rate in people over 45 with females also being more likely to develop a bunion. A patient may present to a clinic with or without pain. Those who have discomfort, generally describe a pain centralised to the big toe joint. Aching pain may also be described with irritation from footwear on the prominent bump. Patients may report that physical activity may make the bunions feel worse and thus may limit their physical activity levels. Read more