We will start off by introducing Professor Lorimer Moseley & David Butler, Australian pain scientists. A large amount of knowledge around pain science is derived from their work.

David Butler (photo credit to the original owner)

Lorimer Moseley (photo credit to the original owner)

Many studies have looked at the world to work out how many people suffer from lower limb pain. The statistics vary between populations, but 15-35% of the world’s population are affected by foot pain. In Australia we can estimate that nearly one in five or 20% of the population has foot and ankle pain.

The same factors stand out for groups that are at more risk of foot pain. Generally, increased age, female gender, obesity or high BMI is associated with foot pain...

Chronic pain is an epidemic. The sheer size of the problem facing our society is huge. We luckily don’t have as large an opioid/ pain killer epidemic as the USA, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a problem. 

Painful Facts from Pain Australia about public health. 

  • Pain is the most common reason that people seek medical help — yet it remains one of the most neglected and misunderstood areas of healthcare.

  • One in five Australians live with chronic pain, including adolescents and children. This prevalence rises to one in three people over the age of 65. 

  • One in five GP consultations involves a patient with chronic pain and almost five percent report severe, disabling chronic pain. 

  • The prevalence of chron...

Joe is currently part of a research team helping to create and test a questionnaire that will be used to help identify adolescent growth plate injuries. Here is a blog he prepared to help you understand these very common conditions.  

Calcaneal (Heel) Apophysitis (Growth Plate) and Tibial Tuberosity (top of shin bone) Apophysitis are very common conditions affecting around 10-15% of adolescents, with more boys experiencing pain than girls.

It affects children at different stages of their development, but generally adolescent heel pain occurs between 8 to 14 years of age, and adolescent top of shin pain occurs between 8 to 16 years of age.

Frustratingly, the kids that get struck down with this pain are the most act...

Foot Systems is very excited to announce the opening of our

Foot & Ankle Osteoarthritis Clinic

What is unique about this clinic?

The Foot Systems Foot & Ankle OA Clinic is both a treatment center for the general public with foot & ankle osteoarthritis (OA), as well as a clinical research center investigating treatments for these conditions.

As such, the clinic is able to provide treatment based on the highest level of evidence for foot & ankle osteoarthritis. 

We assess and document carefully all aspects of your care and employ the latest techniques to best understand and treat your current pain - and to improve the health of your joints for the future. 

Over the next year, the Foot Systems Foot & Ankle OA clinic will partner with universities and c...

As of March 2019, we are pleased to offer skin & nail care services to new and existing patients.

Our services include the following:

Thickened nails

Corns

Callouses

Ingrown toe nails 

Fungal infections

Even a simple professional tidy-up for beautiful feet is no problem - and a much more hygienic option than standard salons.  

For a special treat, come in a bit earlier for your appointment and have a free, relaxing foot bath before your treatment.

Our university trained podiatrists implement best-practice infection control procedures with sterilized instruments to reduce the chance of spreading fungal infections. 

For appointments, call us on 62 344 055

Please see the below pain scale to asses your pain levels.

This video is helpful for learning how to engage your arch muscles before attempting the calf raise version below. Please click HERE to be directed to the video.

Useful instructional video on calf raises from the Australian Ballet - works the arch muscles together with the calf. Please click HERE to be directed to the video.

There are a few common features of what makes a good shoe. BUT, this isn't a black and white issue as different conditions and different activities may require a variation on these general guidelines.

The main features when shoe shopping to consider are:

1. THE HEEL CUP  - squeeze the heel up or counter that sits at the back of the shoe. It should be strong and deep enough to accommodate an orthotic if required.

2. THE WIDTH OF THE SOLE - soles that are narrower than the upper of the shoe - or narrower than the width of your foot - do not make for a stable base. Think of the sole like a house foundation. It needs to be as wide as the house to provide adequate support - especially in the arch area if you are injured.

3. A SHANK - this is how bendy th...

We love to see kids smiling, playing sports that they love, expanding their social circles all the while getting a healthy dose of vitamin D.

However, it’s upsetting when you see your child limping off the field saying “My foot/knee/ankle hurts”. This is a very common problem, particularly in our young super heroes as they grow.

As a parent you are caught between a rock and a hard place; you want your child to be active, fit and healthy but their sport is causing them pain. What do you do?

It is likely that your child is experiencing a problem with their growth plates. It affects boys more so than girls. More active children experience growth plate issues than the couchsurfers, as the condition is related to excessive and repetitive tugging or pull...

 

Development- tick! Shoes and their characteristic- tick! Now onto common children's conditions.

Most common kids conditions are just that - common, and unlikely to be of major concern. Although sometimes we need to rule out nasty things, which is why we spend an hour with all our new patients to work out what condition it is, and make sure it isn't serious and doesn't need to involve someone higher up the medical food chain.

We will start with what is most easily the biggest concern, the complex and often misunderstood -  kids (pediatric to sound fancy) flat feet.

As previously discussed kids feet are very flexible and flat up until the age of 9 or 10 or even slightly older. Combine this with excess puppy fat and they can look very 'flat footed'....

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