If you are suffering with foot, leg or lower back problems, visit Hervey Bay and Maryborough's expert podiatry centres.

 

The foot has - 26 bones - 33 joints - 107 ligaments - 19 muscles

All these pieces work together to allow the foot to move in various ways while balancing your weight and propelling you forward or backward all day, every day. It's no wonder that most people will experience some kind of foot problem at some point in their lifetimes.  The good news is, there are qualified professionals at Family Feet Podiatry ready to help.

 

Biomechanical Related

Heel Pain (Plantar fasciitis & Heel spurs)

Flat feet

Severe’s Disease (Childhood heel pain)

Neuroma (Pain in the ball of the foot)

Achilles Tendonitis

Bunions

Arthritic feet

Ankle sprains and instability

Injuries

General Podiatry

Routine footcare

Corns & Callous

Ingrown toenails

Plantar warts

Fungal nails

Athlete’s foot

Hammer Toes

Diabetic footcare

Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Spurs
This condition commonly results from inflammation of the band of fibrous connective tissue (fascia or "ligament") running in and along the arch of the foot, from the heel to the ball of the foot. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, causing the soft tissue fibres of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length. This commonly leads to inflammation, pain, and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone. The condition is most often successfully treated with measures such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs, stretching exercises, and prescription orthotics devices.

 

Achillies Tendonitis
The pain caused by achilles tendonitis can develop gradually without a history of trauma. Achilles tendonitis is aggravated by activities that repeatedly stress the tendon, causing inflammation. It is a common problem often experienced by athletes, particularly distance runners. The most common cause is over-pronation (flat feet). This occurs because the arch collapses upon weight bearing, adding stress on the achilles tendon. Other factors that lead to achilles tendonitis are improper shoe selection, inadequate stretching prior to engaging in athletics, a short achilles tendon, direct trauma (injury) to the tendon, and heel bone deformity.

 

 

Flat Feet
'Flattened' arches can contribute or be the cause of the following (from left to right): hammertoe, bunion, and/or plantar fasciitis. This condition may tremendously benefit from custom orthotics, ask your foot and ankle specialist today.

 

Neuroma
Neuromas are a painful condition, also referred to as a "pinched nerve" or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes that bring on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot. The principal symptom associated with a neuroma is pain between the toes while walking. Those suffering from the condition often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. At times, the patient will describe the pain as similar to having a stone in his or her shoe. The vast majority of people who develop neuromas are women. There are many treatment options including orthotics that may alleviate your symptoms.

 

Sever’s Disease/Condition

The most prominent symptom of Sever's disease is heel pain. It is usually aggravated by physical activity such as walking, running or jumping. The pain is localised to the back and sides of the heel over the calcaneal apophysis (growth plate). Sometimes, the pain may be so severe that it may cause limping and interfere with physical performance in sports. The main diagnostic tool is pain on medial- lateral compression of the calcaneous in the area of growth plate. X-ray’s are usually normal. Therefore the diagnosis of Sever's disease is primarily clinical. It is most common in children 8-14 years of age, but can occur at any age until the growth plate has ossified.

Cause

Sever’s disease is directly related to excessive traction since the bones and tendons are still developing. It occurs more commonly in children who over-pronate (feet roll in), and involves both heels in more than half of patients. This is generally exacerbated when playing sports or anything that involves a lot of heel movement. It can be associated with starting a new sport, or the start of a new season.

Treatment

Treatment general involves the use of prescription orthotics to correct abnormal foot function and reduce torsional strain on the heel bone. This is normally done in conjunction with good footwear, stretching, ice and anti-inflammatory medication (severe cases).  

Bunions
Bunions are a bony bump on the first metatarsal bone, at the base of the big toe.

Cause
This portion of the foot bone becomes prominent when the first metatarsal and big toe shift out of alignment, most often as a result of tight shoes, genetics or excessive pronation (flat feet).

Treatment
Pain can be treated with prescription orthotics. Purchasing wide shoes can relieve pressure on the bump. Bunions can be corrected with a minor surgical procedure where the bump is removed and the bones are shifted back into alignment. This is done on an outpatient basis and usually people are able to walk on the foot that day and return to an athletic shoe within a few weeks.

 

 

 

Fungus Toenails
Nail fungus is a fungal infection in one or more of your nails. An infection with nail fungus may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolour, thicken and develop crumbling edges - an unsightly and potentially painful problem.
An infection with nail fungus may be difficult to treat, and it may recur. But medications (topical and oral) are available to help clear up nail fungus.

Corns and Calluses
 These are areas of hard, dense skin. Calluses are wider and flatter and found on the soles of the feet. Corns are smaller and usually found on the tops of toes, or between them.

Cause
Too much pressure upon the skin causes Corns and calluses. The skin's response to this pressure is to grow thick and hard, creating the corn. Most corns are seen on the tops of contracted, hammered toes or frequently between toes. Here the knuckle is causing too much pressure, or sometimes, a spur between the toes projects out and creates the corn.

Treatment
There are a number of treatment options. Trimming the corn or callus and applying a felt or moleskin pad will give temporary relief. An orthotic support with a depression to relieve the pressure on the ball of the foot will help a callus. Purchasing wider shoes to decrease the pressure will help. Corns can be eliminated permanently if the toe is straightened and the pressure from the bone beneath the corn is eliminated.