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What is the Navicular?

After injury plagued Geelong AFL player's recent navicular injury we've had lot's of concerned locals asking all about this injury at our Geelong clinic and with quotes like “You’d make a strong argument that a navicular injury is more serious than an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament),” By Geelongs coach Chris Scott there is reason to query the injury that can be career ending for so many sports people.The Navicular is a bone that sits at the top of the arch of the foot, it is often to...

July 18, 2018

AFL Player Avoids Surgery, Expected to Play Later This Year

25 year old Richmond AFL club player, Rhys Conca seem's to have got off lightly  after his horrific ankle sprain and resultant dislocation last week Rhys appears to have gotten off with this injury relatively lightly with reports of only the injured player to spend 2 weeks in a CAM boot followed by an intensive rehabilitation period. During the incident that lead to the injury the ankle was forced into an inverted position placing an excessive amount of force on the structure on the outside...

July 2, 2018

5 Reasons You Have Heel Pain and What You Can Do

Pain underneath the bottom of the heel is caused by a large variety of conditions that are associated with a variety of structures and diagnosis'. It is important to have a full assessment and diagnosis to differentiate between plantar fasciitis and other conditions which can cause similar symptoms. Today we are looking at pain underneath the bottom of the heal caused by plantar fasciitis. There is more information around the cause and treatments for plantar fasciitis here. This blog post will l...

June 4, 2018

Pain In The Ball Of The Foot

Pain in the ball of the foot can be caused by a number of structures in the area that become inflamed and painful. Today we will discuss the different structures that can become inflamed, how to diagnose the pain and how to treat the pain non- surgically. At TFC Podiatry, we see a range of patients with forefoot pain. These patients range from recreational walkers to elite athletes and everything in between. As the forefoot has many structures which can become inflamed, the first step in the man...

May 23, 2018

The Facts About Ankle Rehab

Today we are going to look specifically at ankle inversion sprains, where the ankle is rolled outwards and the ligaments, tendons or even sometimes  bones on the outside of the foot become damaged. During an ankle sprain there are many structures that are damaged which is often demonstrated by pain, swelling and bruising. Often the first few hours, days or even weeks are painful to the point where weight bearing is difficult. During this time it is important to get a proper assessment to ch...

May 8, 2018

Peroneal Tendonitis

Peroneal tendonosis is a presentation that is all too common in our sports Podiatry clinic. There are many risk factors that may lead to peroneal tendonitis these may include: previous injuries, foot posture, footwear choices or even certain sports with lots of side to side movements. Ankle sprains tend to be the most common cause of peroneal tendonosis as the muscle often becomes weaker, more stretched and the ankle joint loses stability. If ankle rehabilitation is adequate at the time of injur...

April 4, 2018

Podiatry Dry Needling in Point Cook, Yarraville and Geelong

In Point Cook, Yarraville and Geelong - TFC Podiatry offers dry needling as a treatment for a variety of lower leg and foot pain conditions. Some great research and evidence exists on dry needling and the way it works, today we will answer a few frequently asked questions around dry needling.Is it painful? - Dry needling itself is usually described as uncomfortable rather than painful and should be a relaxing experience. Are the needles big? The needles we use are a diameter of 0....

March 26, 2018

Rapid Return Custom Foot Orthotics - Point Cook, Yarraville and Geelong

At TFC Podiatry in Point Cook, Yarraville and Geelong we now have rapid return orthotics available. With orthotics now able to be returned in around in 2-3 business days if the 3D scan of the foot is taken before 5PM. Custom orthotics are used to treat a variety of pathologies in the foot, ankle, knee and lower back with one of the few draw-backs being that they take up to 2 weeks or 10 business days to get back in to the clinic to fit into your footwear and start your treatment plan.For more in...

March 20, 2018

Sever's Disease - A Cause of Heel Pain in Children

Heel pain in kids is one of the most common things we see at TFC Podiatry and this month we are trying to provide education to our patients in the clinic as well as the online community on this painful condition.  One of the most common reasons for children's heel pain is Sever's disease, also known as Calcaneal Apophysitis. This condition is best described as inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone, known  as the Calcaneus. This inflammation is caused by a chronic overloadin...

March 8, 2018

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...

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