Heel pain is one of the most common conditions treated by podiatrists.
A flat foot is a postural position that has long been associated with pain and disability. This is caused by excessive rolling in due to a mechanical misalignment of the foot. This may potential be a destructive position for the foot to function in and can cause a wide variety of foot, leg and lower back conditions.
It should however be noted that all babies and most toddlers appear to have flat feet as their immature bone structure results in the child’s foot being highly flexible and soft. Flexible flat feet are considered normal at these developmental ages. The arch on the inside of the foot may begin to develop at age 4 and should be developed by age 10. Due to this treatment of flat feet is generally not warranted in this age group unless the child is experiencing pain or difficulties walking/running or has a strong family history of lower limb dysfunction.
If you are concerned with your foot posture or your please contact us for individual podiatry assessment.
Shin splints is a general term used to describe any exertional pain occurring in the shin area including but not limited to Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, tibial or fibular stress fracture, muscle strains or tears and chronic exertional compartment syndrome.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows down and into the skin of the toe.
Brittleness, discoloration (yellow/white), crumbling, and thickening of the nail plate and/or the build up of debris under the nail are often signs of a fungal nail infection.
Bunion & Hammer Toes
A bunion is an enlargement of the big toe joint which forces the joint to protrude and the big toe to move out of place bending toward the lesser toes. With destabilization of the forefoot the lesser toes sometimes deform and retract or rotate out of normal alignment.
Though the formation of bunions is largely genetic the associated pain and swelling is usually caused by irritation to the area from footwear, or the result of subsequent arthritis. Bunions can lead to many other foot problems such as corns and callus, an ingrown toenail, and walking problems.
The podiatrists at Western Sydney Podiatry are here to advise you of the many different treatments available for bunions which vary with the type and severity of your bunion. Treatment options can range from general podiatry care to deflective padding and footwear advice to orthotics and surgery in some cases.
Plantar warts or verrucae are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and present as a skin lesion that resembles a callus on the bottom surface of the foot.
Corns and Callus
Corns and callus are a build up of dead skin caused by pressure and friction, which most commonly occurs due to poor-fitting shoes. Not only can corns and callus be painful but if left untreated, corns and calluses can lead to ulcers especially in the presence of diabetes of vascular disease.
The podiatrists at Western Sydney can provide immediate relief from these issues by painlessly removing the dead skin responsible and providing deflective or cushioning devices and footwear advice where appropriate