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GEELONG GIFT - RUNNING COMPETITION

The Geelong gift is on this Sat the 24th of Feb 2018. There is lots of prize money up for grabs if you are daring enough to take on the competition. All are welcome to sign up.  Dates and times are found on the following website http://www.val.org.au/SeasonFi... Applications can also be submitted at this website. TFC Podiatry Geelong is keen on helping to support the local community of Geelong. If you have an upcoming event that you would like promoted on our website and social medial ...

February 22, 2018

Pain on the Inside of the Ankle

On the inside of the ankle right behind the long shin bone called the Tibia there is a opening that leads many muscles, nerves and arteries from the leg and calf into the foot. This is called the Tarsal tunnel, the tarsal tunnel is a common area to have pain, inflammation and swelling. The tissues that run through this area include nerves, arteries and veins as well as 3 tendons from muscles that originate in the lower leg.  These tendons come from the muscles called Tibiallis Posterio...

February 15, 2018

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions seen by the Podiatrists at TFC Podiatry. It presents as pain on the bottom of the heel. Pain on the bottom of the heel can be caused by a multitude of reasons and getting a diagnosis is an important part of the process!  The most common reason for pain on the bottom of the heel is plantar fasciitis, a painful condition that affects a strong band of tissue running from the heel to the toes.  ...

January 29, 2018

Back to School

Over the next couple of weeks, children will be returning to school in Victoria. At TFC Podiatry we have had an influx of parents and children coming to the clinic looking for advice on foot pain, orthotics and school shoes.  One of the most questions we get are around school shoes. What shoes do Podiatrists recommend for school? At the clinic in Podiatry there are a few key things that we recommend that are present in quality school shoes and can help prevent a multitude of painful foot an...

January 29, 2018

Podiatrist in Geelong - New Podiatry Clinic

TFC Podiatry is proud to announce that the new clinic in Geelong is now open! With clinics already open in both Point Cook and Yarraville, TFC Podiatry will bring it's experience in dealing with lower limb pain and injuries to the people of Geelong. The clinic is located at 275 Ryrie St, Geelong, 3220. Within walking distance of the Geelong CBD. TFC Podiatry strives to provide the highest quality lower limb sports injury management techniques to Geelong.  With services including: Dry needli...

January 22, 2018

Big Toe Pain in Point Cook and Yarraville

Pain in the big toe, or the hallux is one of the most frequent presentations that we see at The Foot Clinic. As it is the biggest toe, it generally takes the brunt of the force from your gait and injuries in the big toe are often different to the smaller toes and from the rest of the body.There are many presentations into a Podiatry clinic for pain in the big toe, it is a complex joint with a high load of force and pressure. The following presentations are just some of the causes of pain, if you...

December 1, 2017

Golf, Foot Pain and Podiatry

Golf is a sport that can require both high amount of forces and forces that can be sustained for a long period of time. The reasons for injuries to the golfers foot are generally broken down into the golf swing; which requires unusual and uneven mechanics through the foot and ankle and the walking between swings which can be upwards of 10,000 - 15,000 steps over a number of hours.The Golf swing is a unique motion from the foot and ankle perspective and when considering injuries to the golfers fo...

November 13, 2017

Ankle Braces in Point Cook and Yarraville

Here at The Foot Clinic in Point Cook and Yarraville, we provide assessments for patients with foot and ankle pain on a daily basis. As we see these problems so regularly, we stock certain products and have them on hand to provide the most convenient and effective treatment possible. At TFC Podiatry, we stock a full range of sizes of high quality ankle braces. Ankle braces help control rear foot movement where the movement may need to be limited, either to reduce pain or to prevent further ...

November 6, 2017

Why Does My Ankle Hurt?

Ankle pain can be caused by a multitude of problems, in this blog we will look at exploring soft tissue injuries and more specifically, a common reason for pain in the outside of the ankle called the peroneal muscles. The peroneal muscles are a group of 3 muscles that work to protect the ankle joint from ankle sprains and work to keep your foot in an optimal position during running and walking. Peroneal muscles can be inflamed in the tenon or muscle belly and often present as tendonopathies...

November 2, 2017

CAM Boots in Point Cook & Yarraville

CAM boots are used for many reasons. At The Foot Clinic Podiatry we stock a full size range of CAM boots and all of our Podiatrists are able and trained to fit and manage CAM boots. Often used for acutely painful conditions as a temporary measure to help manage pain and allow a reasonably high level of activity level during the acute recovery process. CAM boots are often referred to as Moon boots or removal cast walkers. This is because the function of a CAM boot is similar to that of a plaster ...

October 26, 2017

Melbourne Marathon Festival

In Melbourne, the sun has finally come out and it looks like it may be here to stay! With the Melbourne Marathon Festival finished up yesterday, today is a full clinic of injuries from the weekend race. With an empathetic ear from our resident competitor and Podiatrist, Christopher Wevling. The day has been many interesting cases from blister care and soft tissue injuries to dry needling sessions to help with those tight bands of muscles.  The race yesterday started in ideal conditions with...

October 16, 2017

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are a relatively common therapy in our Podiatry clinic In Point Cook and Yarraville, a comprehensive Podiatry plan for foot or ankle pain includes looking at short, medium and long term therapies to both reduce the load on a tissue and to increase the tolerance to load. This basic principle means that you will have the best chance of becoming pain free sooner and staying pain free as your activity levels return to normal, or even increase.Orthotics can be given in varying degrees ...

October 9, 2017

Treatment Options for Runners With Painful Feet and Ankles.

 At The Foot Clinic Point Cook and Yarraville we are focused on basing our treatment plans on the latest evidence around treating your foot and ankle pain. However all treatment plans, should be  choices that best suit your lifestyle and injury. For painful Musculoskeletal injuries of the foot and ankle, The Foot Clinic follow evidence based principles of reducing stress and rehabilitating tissue. There are many ways too both reduce stress and increase tolerance to stress. Here ar...

October 4, 2017

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a treatment used to help deal with painful, tight muscles or bands of muscles. Here are six basic facts about dry needling you may not know!1.  Dry needling uses acupuncture needles to help release trigger points inside of a painful muscle. 2. Dry needling is performed by a Podiatrist who has undergone further training in the area. 3. It is usually much less painful than expected and is usually regarded as a dull ache or heaviness rather true pain.  4. There i...

September 18, 2017

Sports Podiatry

Unfortunately in sport injuries are very common. From broken bones to a niggling injury to chronic and ongoing pain. Modern medicine is marvelous and when a rehabilitation plan is tailored for you, you should be pain free sooner than you thought possible! However, sometimes when you are no longer experiencing pain you say goodbye to your practitioner.  This can be an intimidating task of trying to getting back to your pre-injury level without flaring up your old injury. In some cases you ma...

September 11, 2017

Pain at the Front of the Knee

Pain at the front of the knee is most commonly PFJ syndrome. PFJ syndrome is caused by irritation, inflammation or degeneration between the surfaces of the Patella (knee cap) and the Femur (Thigh bone). PFJ is most often seen in cyclist or runners and is often caused by sudden increases in activity and mechanical abnormalities during activity.  From a Podiatrists point of view, PFJ pain is viewed predominantly as a mechanical problem where increases in motion in certain planes or lack of av...

September 1, 2017

Can You Help A Broken Toe?

Broken toes can be extremely painful, and many of us don't have time for foot pain! The days of living with broken bones, which are painful, for months without treatment are (thankfully) gone! The treatment of broken bones in the foot and ankle involve getting rid of the pressure as well as decreasing the inflammation. Broken bones are usually easy to diagnose with imaging such as x-ray. Usually pressure can be taken off of the area with pressure relieving devices from crutches, CAM boots also k...

August 22, 2017

Why do I get pain in my heel and forefoot?

The human body is designed to move forward, with each step the body must find a way of continuing to progress. Within the foot there are many motions that occur within this forward motion and the study and treatment of pain caused by these movements is called biomechanics. Today we will look at one of the most important joints in the foot, and probably the body, the big toe. The big toe is important in a few ways, today we will focus on the importance of the big toe on pain underneath the ball o...

August 10, 2017

How do I prevent Injuries while running?

Yesterday I completed the Run Melbourne 1/2 Marathon, as a Podiatrist who deals with injured patients, it has become a focus to run pain free and to push myself to the limit. First of all, I would like to recommend the Run Melbourne Festival for anyone looking for an enjoyable endurance race. Run Melbourne is a large festival featuring a 6km, 10km and 21.1km half marathon race. It is a busy day set in Melbourne CBD with the majority of the race, local to the Melbourne Botanical gardens. It ...

July 31, 2017

Will hypermobility cause pain and problems in my feet?

Flexibility in extreme cases can actually make you more likely to experience foot and ankle pain. When the ligaments that hold your joints in position become looser than usual, they can make the muscles that work on the same joint, work harder and become more likely to become problematic. There are standard tests for globalised joint mobility, that you can be guided through by your podiatrist. The treatment for foot pain associated with increased joint mobility can range from increasing strength...

July 25, 2017

Why do I get dry and cracked heels?

Heel fissures or cracked heels can be a painful condition that affects many adults, during this short blog piece we will talk about what to do when your heels are dry and cracked and who you should talk to!Most skin on our body secretes oil to ensure good moisture levels in the skin, good moisture levels in the skin prevents irritations including skin rashes and skin tears. On the sole of your feet, the skin is slightly different in that it does not produce the same oil as the skin on the rest o...

July 21, 2017

What is adult acquired flat foot?

Adult Acquired Flat Foot Disorder is a relatively common condition that is classically seen when the Tibiallis Posterior Tendon becomes elongated and weakened after a period of chronic Tendinopathy. This painful condition can present in the clinic for a variety of reasons associated with the sudden change of positions and mechanics to the lower limb.  Commonly the condition will present with pain in the middle of the ankle, pain into the arch, pain on the outside of the foot or even more pr...

July 7, 2017

What are bunions and how can they be treated?

Bunions are a condition also called Hallux Abducto Valgus or HAV. This is a condition where the big toe migrates towards the smaller toes and the front of the foot becomes wider. Bunions present in a Podiatry clinic for a number of reasons, some of which Podiatrists can be very helpful for and some a referral may be made to a Surgical Specialist to assess the needs of surgery. Reason for visit 1: Forefoot pain your Forefoot is the front of the foot, also known as the ball of the foot. Bunions or...

July 3, 2017

What causes pain on the outside of my foot?

Cuboid syndrome is usually a sudden onset of pain to the outside of the foot, it is caused by instability to the lateral column of the foot and ankle. It is often caused by walking on uneven surfaces where the peroneal muscles contract and pull the cuboid out of it's groove. Pain is associated with ongoing subluxation and inflammation under weight bearing. Diagnosis is usually made in the Podiatry chair, where clinical questioning is coupled with manual muscle testing to check where the pain an...

June 22, 2017

Immobilisation Vs Rehabillitation

When it comes to managing sports injuries to the foot and ankle there is always a push to get the area to peak levels of performance as quick as possible. Immobilisation settles pain, inflammation and acute injuries as quickly as possible, but this approach does come with the risk of de-conditioning the local muscles as well as losing some levels of fitness if not properly managed. This decision to immobilise is often reserved for more serious sporting injuries such as fractures as well as hig...

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