Arch Pain may reflect the fact that the support structures above and within your foot have taken a beating, perhaps with flattening feet.
You can try over-the-counter (OTC) support systems if you wish, but if you find your pain persisting or wish to simply treat it with precision right from the word go, then see an experienced podiatrist immediately. It has been show by research that an over the counter device will be more successful if it is fitted by a Podiatrist, as the right type and size will be applied.
Night pain in the calf can be expected from time to time in the young, but don’t let the problem go on for more than a few weeks. Rapid lengthening of the leg bones makes the calf muscle tighten and fatigue.
Rolling of the foot toward the arch will make this problem last for up to 2 years unless treatment is sought. It is a problem that is easily treated, and responds well.
Joint pain can be very unpleasant. Even the smallest joints of the foot. Joints can suffer from inflammation from many causes. Most are reversible with the right advice and treatment.
There are so many different causes for heel pain, so making sure we know what is causing the pain is paramount.
Achilles Tendon Pain
Achilles tendon pain can have serious end stage problems, so get it seen to if you have been suffering with this condition for more than 3 months. A mechanical problem with your foot might be the cause and can easily be rectified.
Lower Leg and Knee Pain
Lower leg and knee pain are not always easy to treat, so beware. It could take all the medical professions to sort this out. But good foot function/ foot posture is one of the key ingredients to a healthy knee.
Try this at home! Stand up, roll your foot inward to lower your arch to the ground and see how your knee internally rotates along with this action. Your knee and foot function are directly linked. We can advise you on the likelihood of the foot being the cause of your pain. Don’t forget that knee strengthening might also be an option.
If the problem lies with your feet, we can treat it straight away. If the problem doesn’t lie with the foot, you’ve eliminated one suspect and can then investigate other possibilities.
Diabetes is on the rise (estimated to be nearly 5% of the population) and can lead to foot problems. Fortunately, knowledge of the condition is also improving so now more than ever we are able to work with the patient to manage the condition with fewer complications. A Podiatrist should be part of every diabetic’s medical team.
Children’s bones can sometimes hurt when the forces of sport are applied during a time of rapid growth. This is commonly referred to as “growing Pains”. Too much sport makes this problem difficult to treat. Ages 8-12 are the most affected. Other children can have the pain due to poor foot posture, or a combination of both. We understand how to manage this and can take measures to ease the pain. Continual toe walking is not normal. Don’t wait until these conditions damage the foot.
Rolling in of the feet. It makes sense to get these feet working better. I Recommend this start at age 6. But it is never too late!
Such as warts, corns, callus, fungus, bunions or strange toenails?
This is a corn between the toes.
An easy one to remedy.
Can be removed painlessly.
Mozaic warts are difficult to treat.
Also also treated by Podiatrists.
A Podiatrist cannot fix psoriasis.
Can be debrided until back to normal.
Can be aggravated by shoes.
A common complaint.
Warts are more common in the young, but can turn up on the feet of people of any age. When the wart is located on the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot, you may need to see a professional treat these. The weight bearing over them will push the wart into the foot, making the surface area you can apply the wart paste too small to be successful. If you have warts elsewhere, visit your doctor or pharmacy for a proven remedy.
Fungal invasion can be on the bottom of the foot, but more commonly it is between the toes or under the toe nails. After nail polish has been removed, if you see white marks in the nail itself, it is probably a fungus which should be removed expertly and antifungal applied.
Psoriasis is a problem that will need a Dermatologist to recommend appropriate treatment.
Heel Callus can be unsightly, but importantly can cause pain when the skin splits and bleeds. This heel callus can be debrided until completely back to normal, although it may take a change of lifestyle to prevent further development. While many people are capable of treating callus themselves, they don’t necessarily want to, so it often builds up more that it should, leading to aching feet. Don’t use self-remedy if you have been diagnosed with Diabetes. Please go to a Podiatrist for treatment as you will need to be very careful that the skin is not broken. Just ask Bert Newton!
Bunions come from a genetic predisposition and can become painful, but always make shoe fitting a nightmare. Bunions aren’t caused by shoes, but can be aggravated by shoes. The type of shoes you chose will greatly affect the treatment we can offer. Before you seek help, you might be better off changing the type of shoes you wear.
Ingrowing Toe Nails are a common complaint presented at a Podiatrist clinic, and need to be attended to immediately. Make sure you mention that you have one to get urgent response from our team. Toe nails of all shapes and sizes turn up in our practice every day. And different colours! This one is a classic ingrowing toe nail, caused by trauma to the nail plate. Note the bruise to the whole nail. So don’t be embarrassed about the state of your toes. We’ve seen worse. Much worse!
The most common problem occurs when shoes have a tendency to rub on them (short or shallow toe box). The nail bed may bruise (blacken) and the nail plate starts to thicken, often showing ridges in the nail plate before this happens. The whole toe nail may fall off. Or just go black. We have the tools to minimise this. We recommend thinning down the nail using a two step approach. The first is to thin it down with a course but slow speed drill bit, followed by a fine diamond bur at high speed for a nice smooth finish, cleaning right back to the cuticle with a flat end of the bur.