Sporting activities that involve walking and running require the optimal function and movement of our feet and lower limbs. The posture and mechanics of your foot is unique to you and will determine whether proper function can be carried out during sporting activities.
Sports podiatry is about improving the movement and efficiency of the feet and lower limb to help reduce excessive straining of the bones, joints and muscles of the lower limb.
There are various sporting injuries we encounter and treat, such as:
- Heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Achilles tendonitis
- Stress fractures
- Ankle Sprains
- Knee Pain
Orthotics are inserts that are placed in the shoe to help correct the posture and function of the lower limb. It helps to improve the lower limb biomechanics - the way the bones, joints and muscles interact and move. A lot of problems with the feet, ankle and lower limb can be related to poor biomechanics. When deemed necessary, Our podiatrist can prescribe orthotics as an effective treatment option for a variety of different options.
A thorough lower-limb assessment is carried out and the type of orthotic prescribed will depend on your individual requirements.
At East Perth Podiatry, we have both the option of pre-fabricated or customised orthotics. Our pre-fabricated orthotics come in different size ranges and are only of medical grade quality.
Our Custom orthotics are made using the latest scanning technology to produce an orthotic that is tailor-made to your feet.
An ingrown nail usually stems from a sharp portion of nail that digs into the side of the skin. Often times this can be quite painful and the skin around the nail may appear red and inflamed. It may stem from various causes such as a thickened fungal infected toenail, improper nail cutting, trauma to the nail, shape of the nail, and tight footwear.
An ingrown toenail surgery is a minor procedure that involves the removal of the ingrown nail edge under local anaesthesia. A chemical is used to permanently correct the shape of the nail so the ingrown edge does not grow back. There is minimal risk and downtime with this procedure and you can walk immediately afterwards.
When warranted, a procedure can be performed when:
- The ingrown toenail becomes recurrent
- There are signs of infection - puss and swelling
- The nail edge is too painful to touch
Have you ever wondered why your heel is sore when you first get up in the morning? Or the first few steps can be painful especially after you’ve been sitting down for a while?
Plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome is a common cause of heel pain and is due to an inflamed and irritated plantar fascia - a fibrous connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and joins the heel to the front of the foot. We commonly encounter and treat this painful condition.
It is important to note that heel pain can be varied, and some other causes of heel pain include:
- stress fracture
- fat pad bruising
- muscle straining
- nerve entrapment
Our podiatrist treats heel pain using a range of different modalities, such as taping, dry needling, tailored exercise programs and orthotic therapy.
General Foot Care
The feet are complex structures that contain almost a quarter of bones in the body - hence a lot can go wrong! It is sometimes in need of regular maintenance and care to ensure optimal function so you can carry on with your daily today activities. At East Perth podiatry, we provide general foot care to help with:
- Skin and nail problems
- Fungal toenail and skin infections
- Calluses and corns
- Bunions and hammer toes
- Diabetic screening
- Assessment of nerves and circulation to the feet
- Cracked heels
Children's Feet are quite different from that of an adult's feet. Their skeletal system has not fully reached maturity and will continue to develop until the second decade of life. Often times, the bones can outgrow the soft tissue structures around it. For this reason, kids can commonly be inflicted with painful feet, ankles, shins and knee. If the pain lingers past a couple of weeks, it is best to have your child professionally assessed by our friendly podiatrist.
Common complaints and concerns we assess and treat out our Perth clinic:
- Flat feet
- Shin pain
- ingrown toenails
- heel pain
- arch pain
- ankle sprains
We stock a range of specialist footcare products including:
- Pre-made orthotics
- Tapes and bandages
- Topical creams
- Foot rollers
- Foot sleeves
- Toe spacers / protectors