Plantar fasciitis is the most common form of heel pain we see here at myPod Podiatry, and is typically experienced by patients in middle age, people participating in running events, dancers, people with flat feet or high arches, or those that work long hours on their feet.
Primarily affecting as structure called the plantar fascia, which is a spring-like band of tissue running between the heel and toes, Plantar fasciitis occurs when we bruise or overstretch this big ligament, causing inflammation and heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is often associated with heel spurs, although the spur is less a source of pain than the inflamed ligament.
Diabetic foot ulcers are a common occurrence in diabetics suffering from diabetic neuropathy, or a loss of sensation and feeling in the feet. A condition caused by inadequate blood supply to the feet damaging small nerve endings, resulting in a reduction in the patients ability to feel wounds or sores on their feet.
Diabetes can cause a number of complications in the feet referred to as diabetic foot. Damage to small peripheral nerve endings in the feet can lead to neuropathy causing a loss of sensation in the feet. The loss of feeling means that people suffering from the diabetic foot may be unable to detect sores or injuries to the feet. They may also experience numbness, tingling, or a burning sensation in the feet.
Ingrown nails occur when the edge of a nail either applies too much pressure or pierces the neighbouring skin. It is a painful condition and one of the most common issues we address as Podiatrists on a daily basis.
Nail surgery is a common procedure performed by Podiatrists to effectively treat an ingrown toenail. Surgery may be required when an ingrown toenail repeatedly gets infected, is continually painful, affects the patient’s ability to wear shoes, or the ingrown nail begins to inhibit work, sport, or other activities.
Corns and Calluses are patches of hard, thickened skin found on the foot, formed in response to pressure or friction. A Callus is typically found on the bottom of the foot and is caused by a combination of shear and twisting forces when walking. The skin thickens with callus to add protection from these forces.
The orthotics created by myPod Podiatry are digitally scanned custom made inserts, designed to control and improve foot function. This will help patients cope with biomechanical deformities, pain and dysfunction. Custom orthotics are designed to sit comfortably underfoot inside footwear, changing the load patterns of the foot to improve function and performance, or help manage ongoing illness or injury.
Whether you’re a retired weekend warrior out pounding the trails, just starting out in your chosen sport, or a professional athlete relying on your feet to maintain your livelihood, myPod Podiatry has the technology and experience to treat your injuries and help you maintain peak fitness.
We work closely with many of South Australia’s leading sports doctors, specialist footwear companies, Physiotherapists, and massage therapists, to assist athletes with a wide range of sports-related foot and lower limb injuries.
The team at myPod Podiatry has a combined experience of over 20 years in Paediatric Podiatry, treating a wide array of conditions in children. When children are born, their feet have a lot of growing to do as they progress through childhood into the world of adults. Your child’s feet are the vehicles they will use to explore, play, compete, and move around. Maintaining healthy feet in children is essential to help them have a happy and fulfilling childhood.
Heel pain can have an enormous impact on your quality of life. It’s painful, prevents us from participating in sports and other recreational pursuits, and restricts us from performing everyday jobs and activities. The reason for the heel pain can have numerous causes which requires a thorough investigation and diagnosis from a qualified Podiatrist.
Correct diagnosis of foot pain is an essential first step for effective treatment. Pain in the feet, lower leg, and back are our body’s way of saying something is wrong and requires attention. The Podiatrist’s at myPod Podiatry are trained professionals who know exactly which tests to perform and what symptoms to look for, to ensure correct diagnosis of your foot pain.